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.

Lorna Brown

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.

Lorna Brown

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.

Christopher Yule

Senior Solicitor and Notary Public

Chris qualified as a Solicitor in 2019 and joined Caritas Legal in October 2021.

He has practiced almost exclusively in the area of child and family law. Chris regularly appears in Sheriff courts around Scotland and has experience of instructing counsel within the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session.
Chris advises clients on matters relating to divorce and separation, care arrangements for children including residence, contact and relocation, permanence and adoption and children’s hearings and referrals. Chris also has experience in matters relating to International Child Abduction and proceedings under the Hague Convention. Most recently, Chris worked in the Third Sector providing representation for vulnerable children in Scotland.
Chris currently tutors on the Undergraduate Family Law module at the University of Edinburgh. He has also provided training to a variety of childcare and legal professionals around the Children’s Hearing system and Children’s Rights after leaving care. He has also volunteered his time to provide Pro-Bono advice as a Volunteer Solicitor at the Scottish Child Law Centre.