Balfour+Manson LLP

Elaine Motion

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Partner, chairman and member of the firm's management team. Formerly head of litigation department. Has a wealth of experience in a number of areas of litigation including: public and administrative law, civil liberties, professional regulation and discipline, clinical negligence (particularly high value birth claims and late diagnosis of breast cancer), personal injury claims, commercial litigation, considerable experience in acting for individuals, local authorities and public bodies, including the Law Society of Scotland. Solicitor advocate (civil). Five House of Lords judgment appearances.


Qualified 1986. Qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand 1990. Joined Balfour+Manson LLP in 1993, partner in 1997. Solicitor-advocate 1999. Head of litigation 2006 and chairman 2014.

Professional Memberships

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Regulation of Professional Conduct Law; Accredited Senior Litigator by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); The Society of Solicitor Advocates; The Association of Regulatory Lawyers; Trustee of vCJD Trust; Parlex Group of European Lawyers.


Spending time with family, breadmaking and skiing. Lives in Edinburgh.