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Children's Quality Assurance

The Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme is for all solicitors who are registered with SLAB to provide children’s legal assistance.

The peer review process is administered by our Children’s Quality Assurance Committee (CHQAC), under section 25c of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986.

More details about the scheme and how it works is available in Part I, chapter 3, of the 2011 Act  Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook.

This includes information on the processes for:

Peer review

Routine reviews

Extended reviews

Final reviews

Special reviews

Marking scale

Nominated solicitors

Equalities and diversity

FAQs - including on why the scheme is being introduced

If you would like any further information on the scheme, please contact:

Tracy Brown 

Children’s Assurance Co‑ordinator  

T: 0131 240 1945 E:

A list of Children's Quality Assurance Committee members and peer reviewers is available below.


Committee Members

  • Marie-Louise Fox , SLAB member  (chair person)   
  • Elizabeth Cushieri, SLAB  member
  • Alison Reid, Clan Childlaw Ltd  (SLAB member)
  • Fiona Carey, Linda George Family Law (LSS representative)
  • Lucy Millard (LSS representative)
  • Dozie Azubike (Lay member)
  • Colin Speight (Lay Member)
  • Martin Toye (Lay Member)
  • Professor Alan Paterson (Advisor)

Peer Reviewers

  • Anne Brophy, Lanarkshire Law Practice
  • Billy Warden, Finlay, MacRae, Gilmartin, Warden
  • Eva Comrie, Comrie Law
  • Fiona Cook, Cook Stevenson & Co
  • Gail Wiggins, The Grant Smith Law Practice
  • Gerry McClure, McClure Collins
  • Gordon Ghee, Nellany & Co
  • Lesley Dowdalls, Mackintosh & Wylie
  • Lynne Collingham, T C Young 
  • Margaret Carlin, McQuillan Glasser & Waughman
  • Mark Thorley, Thorley Stephenson Ltd
  • Rick Mill, Mill and Millard

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