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Balfour+Manson LLP

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Balfour+Manson LLP is a highly regarded firm of solicitors with offices in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With a focus on the individual it delivers services in the areas of litigation, commercial, charities, private client and property work.
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Number of Partners: 22
Number of Associates: 13
Number of Qualified Assistants: 8
Number of Paralegals: 16
Number of Trainees: 4

THE FIRM
The firm has a distinguished track record since its inception in 1888 combining the best of traditional values with a modern, forward-thinking attitude. Clients range from individuals, families and charities to local government bodies and businesses.
The senior management team consists of 2 partners: Robert Holland, Alan Gilfillan, Finance Director: Ken Dinneen and HR Director: Margaret Peet. The team work closely with Elaine Motion, who remains as executive chairman of the firm.

TYPES OF WORK UNDERTAKEN
Litigation:
The firm’s litigation team is at the core of the business and is among the largest in Scotland. The team was named ‘Litigation Team of the Year’ at the 2019 Law Awards of Scotland and 2020 Scottish Legal Awards. Work ranges from routine sheriff court actions, to complex and high value cases in the Court of Session, the UK Supreme Court and cases before specialised tribunals and bodies. The firm has three solicitor advocates: Robert Holland, Elaine Motion and Fiona Muirs.

As well as experience handling over 20 air crashes worldwide the team is renowned for expertise in personal injury and medical negligence claims, with particular experience of cerebral palsy and birth cases. The team handle many complex cases, including the law changing Supreme Court case, Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11. David Short and David McIntosh are accredited specialists in personal injury law. Ann Logan is accredited in medical negligence law by the Law Society of Scotland and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). David Short was the first APIL accredited occupational diseases specialist and asbestos disease specialist in Scotland.

The team has extensive experience in administrative, public and human rights law and carry out many judicial reviews as well as professional disciplinary and regulation work. Elaine Motion, Fiona Muirs and Jamie Foulis are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in regulation of professional conduct law. Elaine Motion represented the Christian Institute and six other petitioners who successfully challenged the Scottish Government in relation to the named person scheme as well as securing the European Supreme Court ruling confirming that the UK can revoke the Brexit process without the say-so of other EU states. The team also offers significant experience across the commercial and civil litigation field including contractual and property disputes, professional negligence claims, employment law, real estate and debt recovery.
The hugely experienced family team provide advice in all areas of family law. Shona Smith, Kirsten Knight, Iain Thomson and Jamie Foulis are accredited as specialists in family law by the Law Society of Scotland. The team offers services including traditional negotiation, litigation, mediation, collaborative practice and arbitration.

With a strong focus on contentious employment matters, including claimant and respondent work the employment team advises on TUPE matters and employment cases with personal injury aspects. The team specialises in executive departures and settlement agreements. The employment team were instructed by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), and represented two foster carers in the EAT v Glasgow City Council, in a claim and judgment that could change the face of foster care in Scotland and the UK.

Private Client: The private client team advises on all areas of succession planning including the preparation of wills, inheritance tax mitigation and incapacity planning. The team is highly experienced in executry and trust administration including cross border matters and are particularly noted for the advice they give to those who are in receipt of personal injury awards. The firm has a unique client welfare team that specialises in providing a range of services and advice to elderly, disabled or vulnerable clients. Five members of the private client team are accredited Trust and Estate Practitioners by STEP. The department also has a residential property team advising on the purchase and sale of properties.

Commercial: The commercial team offers advice on most areas of commercial practice with notable experience in all commercial property matters, whether leasing, buying, property investment or lending. For those starting in business, companies are incorporated and company secretarial services are provided. Partnership agreements are prepared and interpreted. Services are offered in relation to professional appointments and licensing.

Charities: The experienced charities and not-for-profit team provides a range of services, including the setting up and operation of a charity, contracts, property and employment law.

INTERNATIONAL
Sole Scottish member of the PARLEX Group of European Lawyers. The firm also has long established contacts with US attorneys in the litigation field.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Litigation: 60%
Private Client: 30%
Commercial/Commercial Property: 10%

CONTACTS
Chairman:
Elaine Motion
Senior Management Team: Robert Holland, Alan Gilfillan, Ken Dinneen, Margaret Peet
Litigation: David Short
Human Rights/Administrative Law: Elaine Motion
Discipline/Regulation: Elaine Motion
Employment: Robert Holland
Family: Shona Smith
Private Client: Shona Brown
Residential Property: Ken Robertson, Amy McKay
Commercial: Hugh Angus

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Aberdeen and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial
Band 1
Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant
Band 1
Family/Matrimonial
Band 2
Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant
Band 2
Scotland

Administrative & Public Law
Band 2
Charities
Band 4

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Kirsten Knight
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Lynne Mulcahy
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Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant


Julie Clark-Spence
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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


David S McIntosh
Band 2
Michaela Guthrie
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David ShortPersonal Injury: Mainly Claimant
Band 1
Elaine MotionAdministrative & Public Law
Elaine MotionCivil Liberties & Human Rights
Ann LoganClinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant
Lynne MulcahyFamily/Matrimonial
Shona SmithFamily/Matrimonial
David S McIntoshPersonal Injury: Mainly Claimant
Elaine MotionProfessional Discipline
Band 2
Sindi MulesAdministrative & Public Law
Sindi MulesCivil Liberties & Human Rights
David S McIntoshClinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant
Kirsten KnightFamily/Matrimonial
Julie Clark-SpencePersonal Injury: Mainly Claimant
Band 4
Robert HollandEmployment
Jamie FoulisFamily/Matrimonial
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Michaela GuthrieClinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant
Iain ThomsonFamily/Matrimonial

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Aberdeen

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56-66 Frederick Street

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City of Edinburgh

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