I understand that emotions can often run high in many aspects of family law. Whilst I pride myself on my technical ability and my attention to detail, what I view is far more important is being able to show understanding and empathy to clients going through what is possibly the most difficult times in their lives. I want to ensure that clients have all the knowledge of the law, and their options, to arm them with the information they need to make their own decisions. I do all I can to resolve matters in a constructive way, however if that does not prove possible I am a robust litigator with extensive experience conducting cases in the Sheriff Court, and instructing Counsel in the Court of Session.
I have more than 15 years’ experience practising exclusively in Family Law and am accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in this field. I have worked at Harper Macleod for more than 10 years, and was promoted to Partner in 2016.
I deal with all aspects of family law including separation, divorce, child law matters including residence and contact disputes, claims upon the breakdown of a cohabitation, and the financial issues arising from the breakdown of a marriage, including maintenance, pension sharing, and the division of assets.
I am experienced in advising in cases where there are business interests on divorce. I have written articles for Scottish Business Insider, and the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland and have also delivered talks to the Law Society of Scotland, Royal Faculty of Procurators, local faculties, and the Legal Services Agency.
I also have considerable experience advising in cases where there is domestic abuse, both for victims of domestic abuse, and for clients who have been accused of domestic abuse by their spouse or ex-partner. I have spoken on this topic for BBC Radio, and on Sky News Sunrise.
I am a member of the Family Law Association and the Consensus Collaboration Scotland. I am trained in collaborative practice. I am a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 which describes me as “extremely energetic in my client’s interest, a good tactician in litigation, and a master of detail in the preparation of my cases”.
I have been a Tutor on the Family Law Elective and at Strathclyde University for seven years and have also tutored on the professional competence course.
"Alexis and her team were extremely professional and fully supported me throughout the whole process. They were also very empathetic in their approach and alleviated stress during challenging times to ensure that my interests, and my children's, were always put first. Excellent service."
"I am incredibly grateful for the outstanding support and guidance I received from Alexis during a challenging time in my life. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication were unwavering as she helped me navigate the process of reaching a separation agreement with my wife. Alexis not only provided expert legal advice but also demonstrated genuine empathy. Her approach-ability, clear communication, and professionalism made an emotionally difficult situation much more manageable. I wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone seeking a family lawyer."
"I cannot praise Alexis enough during this lengthy, arduous process. Without her my family and I could not have maintained our mental health and financial security. Alexis provided us with great compassion and guidance which developed our relationship and built our complete trust. Alexis provided great wisdom, developed our insight and gave us strength that the law and the process would support us through this traumatic time. Alexis was able to keep us focused, steer us through the emotion and pull us back to our main aims and goals but with great kindness. Alexis is a true professional an expert in her field. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us security, peace of mind, hope and a future."
“Alexis was lovely from start to finish, she took time to listen through an emotional time”.
“Very good service from the team and particularly Alexis Harper”.
“Alexis handled my case with utmost professionalism and always kept me up to date with the latest status. Her knowledge and expert advice has been greatly appreciated throughout the whole process, making a very difficult personal situation easier to deal with”.
“I am very happy with the service I had, Alexis was sensitive to all my needs both emotional and financial as I was on a tight budget”.
“As a victim of domestic abuse I found Amanda, Alexis and Christopher to be very understanding and sensitive about the circumstances surrounding my case. Their insight and support encouraged me to think clearly about the implications and allowed me to pursue the best course of action for me and well being of my family”.
"Alexis Harper and her team have guided me through a traumatic life event. Their sensitive understanding of my situation and professionalism in ensuring that all aspects of my case were managed to completion made this time more bearable for me."
“My case was not straight forward because of the foreign element but was handled very professionally by Alexis Harper”.
"Alexis Harper is a sharp, skilled and massively knowledgeable individual who delivers her huge suite of skills and experience in a warm yet firm manner."
"Alexis Harper has been “my” lawyer since day one. She’s listened, she’s guided and she’s been unendingly supportive and honest. She’s clearly not out to make money but to get me the best outcome, and my confidence in her grows with every conversation. The difference between Alexis and other lawyers I’ve worked with has been her approach to difficult conversations. There’s no judgement. She assesses and advises. Steers without ever taking control away from me. She has empowered and supported me from the outset and I can’t recommend her highly enough."
"She is an excellent communicator who advocates strongly for the best outcome."
"She is very diligent and commercially aware."
"She has a good grasp of the law and procedure. She is well organised and robust in her approach."
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