I practice exclusively in the areas of Family and Child Law, in which I have held an interest from the outset of my career. I trained in the largest legal aid provider in Scotland prior to qualifying in 2015 and have a wealth of knowledge in the intricacies of the legal aid system in Scotland and the importance of economic value for clients.
I provide advice on all aspects of family law, including divorce, separation, financial provision and cohabitation, as well as pre and post separation and cohabitation agreements. I have a particular interest in children’s rights and child welfare. I am regularly instructed in cases involving child contact and residence disputes, adoption and permanence and relocation cases as well as advising on the exercise of Parental Rights and Responsibilities. I have experience in acting for parents, as well as extended family members and children themselves.
I approach client cases with professionalism, sensitivity and understanding. I recognise that clients seek a service that offers knowledgeable legal advice paired with economic value. I am fortunate to work in a highly-skilled team which shares an ethos of approaching cases in a collaborative, pragmatic and pro-active manner. Whether the case requires to be litigated, or is capable of resolving by a negotiated settlement, my preference is to employ a robust but solutions-focussed, discrete and client-centric approach to empower clients to achieve an amicable conclusion to their case.
Prior to joining Harper Macleod I enjoyed a busy but varied practice with an emphasis on family and child law. I have appeared regularly in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and have a good understanding of the different approaches Courts may take when dealing with client cases as a result.
I am a regular contributor to the Family Law Association Bulletin. I am a committee member of the Family Law Association for Scotland and a legal member for Shared Parenting Scotland, offering a legal insight to service users based on the experiences they share of their own circumstances and cases.
"What can I say about this firm. I doubt there’s a better firm in Scotland. After a 2 year custody battle with my ex and winning my case I’m delighted with every aspect of their work. Chris, on the family team, was incredible and, as an anxious father, kept me sane throughout a very difficult process. It was extremely stressful but he sifted through every piece of evidence and put a case together that eventually won full custody for me. The finite details had been investigated and the appropriate evidence that was put together was incredible.The way he managed the case, his dedication, seeing the bigger picture and also the support he offered as a sounding board, sometimes daily, to listen to concerns and address these in a manner that helped was invaluable. I’ll never be able to repay Chris or Harper Macleod. Thank you so much. Can't recommend this firm highly enough, outstanding throughout."
“Chris made what was a difficult and emotional situation, easy to understand and follow through.”
“I have found your firm to be very professional in dealing with my case…Christopher has been exceptionally kind and helpful at all times.”
"Christopher Agnew always answered his phone, and even if he was busy with other clients, never forgot to call back and responded very quickly to emails and gave the best honest advice. Would highly recommend."
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