Balfour+Manson LLP

Elaine Motion

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Practice Areas

Partner and Chairman. 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.


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 Chairman 2014.

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.


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