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We are still open throughout the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

Family law is still a vital aspect of many of our lives, and the courts will still handle urgent business. The Courts have stated that that urgent business includes: 

  • New applications for child protection orders
  • Interim interdicts
  • child referral appeals
  • urgent adoptions
  • urgent interim residence or contact applications 
  • and urgent applications in relation to Adults with Incapacity.

This means many cases can still proceed through court including urgent disputes regarding the living arrangements of children, social work cases and more. 

Many cases can be progressed as normal outside of court.  In particular, separation and divorce matters can often be finalised without any court intervention whatsoever.

Since our founding we have operated a paperless way of working.  We are able to progress the cases of new and existing clients remotely during these unprecedented times.  We can receive documents via email, WhatsApp and more.  We can offer appointments by telephone, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom. 

Please contact our office on 0141 404 6575  to arrange an appointment to discuss the best approach for your case.


Key Cases

In deciding whether to instruct a solicitor, the cost of the service is, of course, very important but it is also important that you have every confidence that your solicitor has the relevant experience to assist you. In Scotland, the Scottish Court Service reports cases which are of some note or complexity. Solicitors at Thompson Family Law have a number of reported cases which are of legal significance and complexity. It is important to know that when you instruct a solicitor in a complex legal matter, they have the track record and ability to deal with the cases. We certainly have that and it’s what we do. Some of our notable cases are detailed below.

Divorce Key Cases 

M v. M

This was a high-value divorce case where there had been a suggestion of alienation of assets. Michael Thompson was the principle solicitor for one of the parties. This case is the leading case on the use of section 18 of The Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 which deals with settling aside of transactions which amounts to an alienation of assets.

AF v. AF

A high value divorce action where one of the parties attempted to obtain a divorce in a foreign jurisdiction to avoid any financial provision in the Scottish jurisdiction. Michael Thompson successfully argued that the foreign decree of divorce should not be recognised in Scotland.

DM v. JM

A complex divorce case which involved three children, handled by Michael Thompson.

AF v. AF

This case sought out to determine if the parties had in fact already divorced, evidencing a judgement from High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan. The pursuer did not dispute the divorce, however, argued that they had little involvement in the proceedings, hence the bringing of the case.

Child Relocation Key Cases

Ross v. Ross

In this case, we acted on behalf of a father to prevent his child from being relocated to the USA; Michael Thompson successfully halted the relocation. Click through for further information on this case.


This case saw a child being relocated to Northern Cyprus without the father’s permission: Michael Thompson was successful in the prevention of relocation. Click through for further information on this case.

Contract Key Cases

Elizabeth Miller v. Smith and Others

A key case concerning the validity of verbal contracts in relation to land. Click through for further information on this case.

John Grey v. Roderick Macneil

This was an important case as it clarified that there can be damages for breach of contract, even with a defective lease agreement in place. Click through for further information on this case.

Promontoria (Henrico) Limited v. Portico Holidings and Others

This case was key in clarifying the correct procedural steps for effecting repossession of properties in Scotland. Click through for further information on this case.

Southern Rock insurance v Hardar Hafeez

This case looked at insurance comparison websites, and issues relating to insurance misrepresentation. Click through for further information on this case.

Employment Law Key Cases

Grubb v. Shannon

An interesting case of a hairdresser, and vicarious liability through employment: liability for the wrongful acts of others. Click through for further information on this case.

Fatal Accident Key Cases

Contact our expert Solicitors Coatbridge & Glasgow 

If you are looking to discuss any legal issues surrounding separation or divorce, contact one of our team today. We are based in Glasgow and Coatbridge, and serve clients across the whole of Scotland including Inverness, Oban, Stirling, Newton Mearns, Bothwell and Cambuslang. Our solicitors pride ourselves in providing high quality and cost-effective legal advice, and have a strong commitment to achieving positive results for our clients. We tailor solutions specifically to you and your family’s needs and circumstances; delivering cutting-edge advice and skilful court representation where needed. Contact us now via our online contact form, or give us a call on 0141 413 8682.

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