Family Law Committee Members


The Hon Lady Wise

Lady Wise was appointed Judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2013.

Further information about Lady Wise can be found here.


Lynda Brabender QC

Lynda has been a member of the Faculty of Advocates since 2005 and specialises in Family and Child Law and Public Law as it relates to children. Lynda is a member of the Faculty of Advocates Disciplinary Tribunals and was a member of the Faculty Council from 2010 to 2013. She is a member of the committee of the Advocates Family Law Association and the Faculty of Advocates representative on the Scottish Government working group on bar reporters. Lynda was a Convener of the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland from 2005 to 2010. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2017. Further information about Lynda can be found here.

Fiona Campbell

Fiona is a Director with Macleod & MacCallum in Inverness where she heads up the Family Law Team. She is accredited as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland. She is regularly appointed by the Sheriff to act as a Child Welfare Reporter and as Reporting Officer and Curatrix ad litum in respect of adoption and permanence proceedings. She is a member of the Family Law Association and Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators (CALM). She is a member of Consensus and chairs the Highland Collaborative POD meetings. She is also a FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland) Arbitrator.

Rachael Kelsey

Rachael is a solicitor in Edinburgh. She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland. She is Secretary to the International Academy of Family Lawyers; Chair and a Trustee of Family Mediation Lothian; Treasurer of CALM (Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators) and on the committee of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Rachael is a FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group) Arbitrator and Trainer and regularly lectures nationally and internationally on Family Law matters. Further information on Rachael can be found here

Sheriff Principal Derek W Pyle

Sheriff Principal Pyle has been the Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands since 2012. Prior to that he was a sheriff for 13 years in Tayside, Central and Perth except for three of those years when he was a Sheriff at Inverness. He was formerly a commercial litigation solicitor in Edinburgh. He is a former member of the Scottish Court Service board and the Judicial appointments Board for Scotland. He is a commissioner for the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Simon Stockwell

Simon Stockwell is a career civil servant, who joined the then Scottish Office in 1985. He has held a variety of posts covering matters such as teachers’ salaries, building control, local government, social policy, beef exports and waste management. He is currently head of the Family Law team in the Justice Directorate.

Sheriff Fiona Tait

Sheriff Fiona Tait is a resident sheriff at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Catriona Whyte

Catriona Whyte has been employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board since October 1987 and since 2000 has been the Board’s Head of Legal Services – Civil and Children’s, with responsibility for the team of solicitors and paralegals who consider the legal merits of all aspects of civil legal applications.  Since 2009 the role has covered examining all areas of civil legal assistance expenditure to ensure the public purse is getting best value for money from such expenditure.  

Alison Reid

Alison was enrolled as a solicitor in 1996.  She worked in civil litigation in private practice for four years before being employed as a Report to the Children's Hearings.  Having recognised the need for a specialist, outreach, legal representation service for children and young people in Scotland, Alison co-founded Clan Childlaw in 2008 and continues to be employed as its Chief Executive and Principal Solicitor.  She is a court reporter and curator ad litem in relation to contact and residence disputes in the sheriff court and a curator ad litem and reporting officer in relation to adoption and permanence proceedings. Until recently she was also a safeguarder in the children's hearing system and has previously served as a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Access to Justice Committee and as a member of the City of Edinburgh Council's Child Protection Committee.


The Council has nominated a number of observers to attend Council and committee meetings in order to assist in the carrying out of its functions.  In addition to Family Law Committee members, the following observers attend Committee meetings:

David Smith, Legislation Implementation Team, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Craig Anderson, Clerking Services Manager (Civil), Court of Session, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service