I advise clients in all aspects of family law work, supporting clients across the Highlands and Islands.
I enjoy all aspects of my job but I have a particular interest in cases concerning the welfare of children which I feel is at the heart of what I do. I assist clients in relation to disputes concerning children’s residence or contact arrangements, the relocation of children, adoption, and other matters concerning a child’s welfare.
My starting point is to aim to resolve matters as amicably as possible without recourse to Court. This often proves to be more efficient and cost effective, and it also enables those involved to hold on to the decision making power. In some situations however this is not always possible, and with that I am an experienced litigator able to confidently represent clients in Court.
I assist clients with financial protections in the early stages of, or during, a relationship, including pre or post-nuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements. I also assist clients following the breakdown of a relationship, giving advice on financial provision on separation and divorce, the dissolution of a civil partnership, cohabitation claims and matters concerning the welfare of children.
My approach is to work collaboratively with clients and to get to know my clients in order to resolve matters in a way that suits each individual person. I understand that many clients will have little to no experience of family law so I take time to guide clients through the process ensuring understanding along the way.
My clients are often experiencing a particularly challenging time of their lives. I am certified by the Law Society of Scotland as a Trauma Informed Lawyer, meaning I fully recognise the effects family law matters can have on those involved, and also those indirectly involved such as children. I do what I can to support clients through the process, and signpost clients towards other services that may be of benefit.
I am a Member of the Family Law Association (FLA) and I am also Treasurer to the Faculty of Solicitors of the Highlands.
"Overall, I have been extremely happy with the professional handling of my separation / divorce matters. All the staff I've encountered have been warm, friendly, and above all, professional in their dealings. Although it is not my intention to get divorced again, I would be happy to use the company for other matters!"
"I never imagined I would have to go through a divorce and this was a particularly difficult time for me. The service I received from Natalie and Jenny was excellent. They were so helpful and patient given the length of time it took for matters to be resolved, in what should have been a simple and straightforward process. I am very grateful and cannot recommend Harper Macleod highly enough."
"Natalie was very helpful and provided good advice in an efficient and professional way."
"Natalie was brilliant when dealing with my case and Laura was very professional and understanding when I met with her. Great company to deal with. Great communications."
"Just like to say that I’m glad I had your firm handle my case, I really appreciate everything Grant Hassan and Natalie Bruce done, especially Natalie. Her dedication and professionalism was of a high standard and if it wasn’t for COVID my case could have been dealt with a lot sooner with Natalie dealing with my case! I appreciate everything she done for me and I have already forwarded your firm on to a friend but gave Natalie Bruce’s details."