Nicola Gilchrist

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

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Practice Profile

Nicola is recommended in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2018 as up and coming in the Family/ Matrimonial category.

Nicola specialises in family and child law, and is regularly involved in cases in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. 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. Nicola is also experienced in employment disputes and in matters of trusts and succession. 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.

In her year as a litigation solicitor with HM Revenue & Customs, Nicola specialised in employment tribunals and reparation actions. She spent a further three years as a solicitor in private practice, where she first developed her interest in family and child law.

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


  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute (2015–present)
  • AM Advocates Management Committee (2012–present)
  • Committee Member of Arnot Manderson Family Law Group (2012–present)
  • Committee Member of Advocates Family Law Association (2013–present)
  • Director of Scottish Womens Aid (2013–present)

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 2018
• Up and coming for Family/Matrimonial

Additional Information

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