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Provided by Elaine Motion

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Partner, Chairman and formerly head of litigation department. Wealth of experience in public and administrative law; civil liberties; professional regulation and discipline; clinical negligence (particularly late diagnosis of breast cancer); commercial litigation; acting for individuals and public bodies, including the Law Society of Scotland. Solicitor Advocate (Civil). Involved in ground-breaking cases: Article 50 case to the Court of Justice of the European Union; Cherry prorogation case; Brexit extension case; additional party in the successful Church lockdown case.

Career

Trained Bonar Mackenzie; qualified 1986; barrister and solicitor New Zealand 1990; Balfour+Manson LLP from 1993, partner 1997; solicitor-advocate (civil) 1999, Head of Litigation 2006 and Executive Chairman 2014 to 2020 and presently Non Exec Chairman. Accredited specialist by the Law Society of Scotland in professional regulatory law in 2019. Awarded an outstanding achievement award in 2019. Awarded Managing Partner of the year 2020 and CEO Chairman of a legal firm 2021.

Professional Memberships

Society of Solicitor-Advocates; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; senior litigator with Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); trustee of vCJD Trust; Parlex Group of European Lawyers; listed in the 2019 Lawyer Hot 100 List.

Personal

Enjoys spending time with family, breadmaking and skiing. Lives in Edinburgh.

Chambers Review

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Administrative & Public Law - Scotland
1
Band 1

Elaine Motion is chairman at Balfour+Manson. She is held in high regard for her ability to handle sophisticated disputes arising in the administrative and public law space.


Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Scotland
1
Band 1

Chair of Balfour+Manson Elaine Motion is among the most respected civil liberties and human rights practitioners in Scotland. She is adept across both public law and human rights challenges against the government and other public bodies.


Professional Discipline - Scotland
1
Band 1

Elaine Motion is highly adept at prosecuting solicitors in proceedings before the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal. She possesses additional experience representing individuals before their relevant regulatory bodies, including universities and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - Scotland
3
Band 3

Elaine Motion is an experienced solicitor with particular knowledge of court procedures and practice.She deals with large childbirth injury and cerebral palsy claims as well as delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, with a particular focus on breast and bowel cancer cases.

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