About Caritas Legal

Lorna Brown

Principal Solicitor and Managing Director

Lorna qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and set up Caritas Legal in 2011.

Following upon her direct experience of being a carer, Lorna set up Caritas Legal in 2011, having previously worked for a large firm in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Her mission was to make legal advice accessible and to move away from the stereotypical image of a solicitor. As a consequence of her own personal experiences, Lorna has chosen to specialise in Adults with Incapacity law, with a particular interest in Dementia and the Law and Learning Disabilities and the Law.

Lorna maintains strong links with many carer groups and charities, speaking regularly at group meetings and annual events, as well as on Webinars and as part of internal staff training programmes.

Having worked in the corporate environment, Lorna identified that a closer connection was required in order to provide genuine bespoke advice to clients. Lorna firmly believes that specialist professional advice, delivered in a down to earth manner breaks down barriers and allows the bigger picture to form part of the present day solution.

Danielle Stevenson

Senior Associate & Head of Family Law

Danielle qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and specialises in family and child law.

Danielle regularly advises clients in respect of (but not limited to) separation, divorce, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation, care arrangements for children including residence, contact and relocation, permanence and adoption and children’s hearings and referrals. She has extensive experience appearing in her own right and on an agency basis at the Sheriff Court and children’s hearings as well as instructing counsel in both the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session.

Danielle has represented clients in a wide range of matters which can be complicated, both in and out of court, and has a straightforward and pragmatic approach to helping clients reach a solution. She is committed to resolving matters out with the court setting where possible and is collaboratively trained offering clients a further method of dispute resolution for their separation.

Danielle is a committee member of the Family Law Association, a member of Consensus Scotland and a volunteer solicitor and member of the Scottish Child Law Centre.

Jemma Pirret

Guardianship Team Manager

Jemma has been working in the legal sector for over 15 years and joined Carital Legal in 2018

Jemma joined Caritas Legal in 2018 having previously worked in the local legal sector for over fifteen years . Currently working towards becoming a Private Client Paralegal, Jemma’s organisation, attention to detail and tenacity stand her in good stead to manage the guardianship team. With a keen interest in applying the law to help improve lives, in a fair and just manner, Jemma’s clients consistently advise that they feel reassured by her empathetic approach to achieving positive outcomes.

Lesley Iannarelli

Trainee Solicitor


Lesley is a trainee solicitor who is due to qualify in December and will thereafter be appointed Head of Estates.

Lesley has gained a wealth of experience in her Legal career but has chosen to specialise in the winding up of Estates. Having been a Paralegal for seventeen years, Lesley initially specialised in Family Law and Personal Injury, but has latterly worked solely in Executry work. Lesley has gained extensive experience in assisting clients with the process involved in respect of the administration of a Deceased person’s estate. This includes the process involved where the Deceased has left no Will.

Lesley was previously in the Womens Royal Naval Service (“WRNS”) having served 12 years, and is well aware of the issues which can arise both during and after being in the Armed Forces.

When Lesley is not working she enjoys walking her dog Pirlo and carrying out activities within the Armed Forces community.