Burness Paull has made a double lateral partner hire as it launches a new family law offering.

Richard Smith, who will lead the newly-formed team, and Jennifer Wilkie are joining the firm from Brodies. Both are accredited as specialists in family law and also as family law mediators. Mr Smith regularly advises professionals and members of the business community, and has acted for a number of high profile individuals; Ms Wilkie has a particular interest and expertise in international related issues.

Burness Paull chair Peter Lawson said the firm had identified a clear growth opportunity in the market and had sought out the best talent in the field to capitalise on it. 

"There have been significant shifts in this area of the law in recent years, and it’s clear that lawyers of Richard and Jennifer’s undoubted skill and reputation will be key players in helping to meet growing demand", he commented.

"They are passionate about ensuring that their clients' interests are managed in a way that is as free from acrimony as is possible, and that is why they have been recognised as Scotland’s top experts in the field of family and divorce law."