I am collaboratively trained and endeavour to negotiate amicable settlements wherever possible. This is particularly important in child-centred cases. My approach is solution-focussed and empathetic and my aim is to support and guide my clients as they navigate the legal process amidst difficult personal circumstances.
I am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both family and child law. I advise clients on a broad range of family law issues, including divorce, financial provision on separation, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation, adoption and disputes relating to children. I have wide experience in complex and high-value cases and those with intersecting public law aspects.
In situations where court action is necessary, I am an experienced litigator and regularly appear in the Sheriff Courts. I am mindful that my clients require a sensitive and pragmatic approach and that court proceedings can be stressful and emotional. I strive to help clients participate fully in what can be a daunting process so that they achieve positive outcomes.
I am based between our Inverness and Elgin offices.
"Never a service I had hoped I would have to use, Laura was understanding and approachable in all matters. I greatly appreciate her help and knowledge when I was completely lost as to where to go next."
"I just can't fault them. It was an extremely stressful time made so much easier, not only because they were consummate professionals, who also supported me emotionally by understanding exactly what I needed. There was prompt communication and action which, for me, resulted in the desired outcome in an efficient and highly effective manner. In essence, if you want professional perfection with compassion and fantastic communication, just don't hesitate."
"Going through a separation and divorce with young children can be a real challenging, emotional time and ensuring the security of the children's needs, and their future, is paramount. Having Laura and Harper MacLeod supporting my case during such procedures was very helpful, supportive and went really smoothly, despite feeling it could be very anxiety provoking. However, I can honestly say the service I was provided with was first class - I felt very informed when making choices, listened to, and most of all, the needs of both myself and my children were always addressed promptly without any long delays. I commend Laura for her excellent service and people skills - she really did go above and beyond to ensure she was with me every step of the way. Since having Harper Macleod representation I have a new home, my children have settled well with a fair agreement for childcare and their time with their dad. I would recommend this company for anyone who requires the vital support during a separation, or divorce, in relation to children and their needs."
"Laura was absolutely brilliant when I was using her services. She was always at the end of the phone and kept it all in plain lingo when I was overwhelmed by some of the legal terms."
"Laura McLean was a tremendous guide to me during a difficult divorce. I was shown empathy, expertise and will forever be grateful."