Lynne Collingham is a Partner and Head of our Family Law Department in Glasgow.
She has over 23 years’ experience of family law and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in child law and family law.
In recognition of her experience, Lynne is mentioned in Legal 500 where clients say she is ‘well organised, professional and knowledgeable’ and ‘provides clear advice’.
In 2004 Lynne trained as a collaborative family lawyer and is fully qualified to practice as such in appropriate cases. She is a member of the Family Law Association and is on the Child Law Accreditation panel.
She has extensive experience of representing clients’ interests in both the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. We have a significant number of clients who require assistance at Children’s Hearings and in their dealings with the Social Work Department at case conference stage and at Looked After Review meetings. Lynne has considerable experience of liaising with other professionals involved in child related cases such as social workers, health visitors, police and education officials.
She is regularly appointed by various courts to act as curator ad litem (to protect the interests of children) and to act as a Reporter for the Court in disputed cases involving the welfare of children; to investigate and make a recommendation to the sheriff as to the best interests of the child or children concerned.
For a number of years Lynne was appointed by South Lanarkshire Council as a Safeguarder. In all of these roles she has extensive experience of cases involving children in need of compulsory measures of care.
Having been involved in a number of highly sensitive children’s referral proceedings, and having prepared and conducted opposed permanence order applications Lynne is ideally placed to advise petitioners and respondents in permanence order cases. She understands the process involved and how to achieve the required outcome.
In addition, Lynne has extensive experience of dealing with complex financial issues arising on divorce. Understanding the financial impact of divorce is essential, and she makes clients aware of the processes involved and what level of divorce settlement they may be entitled to.
Lynne also delivers seminars on family law issues to Women’s Aid workers, Social Workers and Children’s Workers and regularly attends conferences to ensure she remains up to date with changes in this specialist area.