Nicola Gilchrist

Year of Call
Devil Masters
Kate Dowdalls QC
Gavin McColl QC
Shelagh McCall QC
@NicolaGilchrist on Twitter

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Practice Profile

Nicola is recommended in both the Chambers & Partners UK Bar and The Legal 500 UK Bar guides 2019.

Nicola specialises in family and child law, and is regularly involved in cases in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts both in cases at first instance and in appeals to the Sheriff Appeal Court and the Inner House. She has experience across the board in litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and civil partnerships. Her expertise in child law encompasses all of its many facets, including complex jurisdictional issues, international child abduction, permanence orders and petitions for adoption. She has a particular interest in cases that involve sensitive cross-cultural issues, domestic abuse and matters affecting women and girls. She successfully appeared in the first forced marriage case to be heard in Scotland. Nicola was appointed as an Advocate Depute (Ad Hoc) in 2015 and she has been instructed as junior counsel in a number of criminal trials and has appeared in the High Court of Justiciary and in the Criminal Appeal Court for both the Crown and the Appellant. Nicola was appointed as a lead statement taker at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in 2016.

Nicola is the current Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid and she is a director of Relationships Scotland.

Education & Professional Career to Date

Trainee Solicitor - Balfour & Manson
Solicitor - MMS
Solicitor - HBJ Gateley Wareing
Solicitor - HMRC

MA (Hons) in Psychology; LLB; Diploma in Legal Practice


  • Arnot Manderson Advocates Equality and Diversity Officer (2018–present)
  • Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid (2018–present)
  • Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee (2017–present)
  • Vice Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid (2017–2018)
  • Director of Relationships Scotland (2015–present)
  • Ad hoc Advocate Depute (2015–present)
  • Committee Member of the Advocates Family Law Association (2013–present)
  • Director of Scottish Womens Aid (2013–present)

Areas of Practice

Publications & Seminars

Nicola presented a seminar on social media and family law at the Arnot Manderson Family Law Conference 2012


Recommended in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2019
• Family/Matrimonial- Band 3

"She is meticulous and has good attention to detail. She is also easy to work with and empathetic towards clients, which is really important." "She is very approachable and good at putting clients at ease."

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK Bar Guide 2019
• Leading Individual in Family and Childcare

Additional Information

Featured in Scottish Woman magazine (issue 61, 2017) in list of "remarkable women" for work with Scottish Women's Aid (SWA)