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Caitlin Paul

Caitlin Paul

Trainee Solicitor

Family Law


About Caitlin

I grew up in Edinburgh but completed the undergraduate LLB and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow.  I moved back to the capital city this year and joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor in August 2018.

After completing my Diploma, I worked at STV in Glasgow within their in-house legal team for nine months where I assisted with the management of their contracts system, administrative work for the Scottish Children’s Lottery and supporting the preparation of the business for the GDPR. During University, I volunteered at the Scottish Child Law Centre where I had the responsibility of taking phone calls from the general public about family and child law issues at the first instance and reporting back relevant information to solicitors so they could provide tailored legal advice. I also volunteered at Promoting Positive Contact, a contact centre which gave me a greater insight into how court ordered contact works in practice and the process of writing up Child Welfare Reports.

In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit by regularly going to the gym, rock climbing and attending jazz dance classes. I am also a member of Amnesty International as I am passionate about human rights and campaigning against injustice and inequality in the world.

Specialist area

I am currently based in the firms Family Law department for my first seat where I assist Shona Smith (Partner and Head of Family Law) and the rest of the team with a variety of family actions in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts.

I enjoy the challenge of working in litigation and the varied tasks which I undertake on a daily basis, such as drafting Minutes of Agreement, preparing file and court attendance notes, making up court papers and liaising with clients to draft affidavits, to name a few. I find working in family law particularly rewarding as it involves supporting individuals who are facing a difficult time in their life.

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