Child Law & Adoption

Advice and representation in connection with all matters involving the arrangements for children and securing orders such as Residence, Contact and Parental Rights and Responsibilities and Adoption.

Lesley Dowdalls is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Child Law and Family Law and is assisted by a strong team in all matters relating to Child Law. Lesley acts on behalf of those seeking to formalise adoptions as well as parents who wish to oppose the process.

Our highly skilled team offers advice based on individual circumstances and covers all aspects of Child Law, focusing on the best interests of the child. Where possible, we assist parents to find a workable and practical solution but when agreement is not possible, Court action may be necessary.

Advice and representation is also offered to parents and relevant persons in connection with Children’s Hearings and Children’s Referral proceedings.

Mindful of the emotions that surround all aspects of Child Law, we are empathetic and sensitive while striving to achieve the best result for both family and child.

Legal Aid is available where appropriate.

Meet your Local Legal Experts

Mackintosh & Wylie Kilmarnock

Lynsey Murray


Contact Lynsey
Mackintosh & Wylie Kilmarnock

Rosa McKay


Contact Rosa

Legal Services

Child Law & Adoption

For all aspects of Child Law including adoption, children’s hearings, parental rights and responsibilities and residence and contact disputes.

Learn More

Corporate Law

For businesses across all sectors, from start-up enterprises to long-established businesses.

Learn More

Criminal Law

If you are accused of committing a crime, no matter how minor or complex, our team has the experience to help you.

Learn More

Employment Law

Providing a full service for both employers and employees in Scotland, you can depend on our team from initial advice through to representation at tribunal.

Learn More

Estate Administration

In a time of grief, you can rely on us to take care of all matters arising from the death of a loved one.

Learn More

Family & Divorce

For all aspects of divorce or relationship breakdown, our specialist team is here to listen, advise and support, every step of the way.

Learn More


Whether child or adult related, we have extensive experience in Guardianship Applications.

Learn More

Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney are legal documents which allow you to appoint someone you trust to deal with your affairs.

Learn More


We can provide advice on Trusts, the creation, on-going management and administration, as well as advice to beneficiaries of Trust of their rights.

Learn More

Wills & Succession Planning

We offer an efficient, personal approach ensuring peace of mind when it comes to Wills and Succession Planning.

Learn More