Patience and Buchan, Family Lawyers, was formed in 2000. We were the first firm in the North East of Scotland to specialise exclusively in Family Law. Initially based at 13 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen, we quickly outgrew those premises and the summer of 2003 saw us move to 10 Golden Square, Aberdeen.
Partners Iain Patience and Lorna Buchan are both accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in both Family Law and Family Mediation. Both partners have been at the forefront in developing Collaborative Family Law in Scotland. Lorna Buchan is also an accredited specialist in Child Law. Iain Patience is also a trained Family Law Arbitrator.
We strive to provide an excellent service to our clients. All fee earners are accessible. We do not use voicemail. Support staff are fully trained in our philosophy and delivery of service. Documents are produced quickly and efficiently. Bucking the trends we have a high ratio of support staff to solicitor. Each partner is supported by a specialist registered paralegal and each lawyer also has designated secretarial staff. Administrative backup is also provided by other members of the team.
Our whole team takes pride in developing not only a professional, but empathetic relationship with clients. Clients requiring our services may also need additional support. We have a substantial bank of other professionals who we are able to call upon for assistance, such as personal counsellors, divorce/life coaches, children’s counsellors, couple counselling, family mediation, financial advisors and experts.
At Patience & Buchan we do not encourage all clients to use traditional negotiation and/or litigation. The range of services available within the office and outwith, such as mediation, collaborative practice and now arbitration.
We offer a wide range of services within our office including collaborative practice, mediation, arbitration, traditional negotiations and litigation. We actively encourage clients to consider a consensual approach to cases wherever possible, with particular emphasis being placed on collaboration.