Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh
What the team is known for Provides counsel to a broad client base of claimant individuals, local government entities and charities on rights infringements and related matters of policy. Consequently, the firm is able to maintain balance between authorities and client individuals, and to protect the interests of the latter.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They think and work in a proper commercial manner and give good value for money. Balfour+Manson have time and again stood out as being utterly dependable in a crisis, and able to pull out the stops when needed."
"They've got a good team approach and respond quickly. I always find them an absolute pleasure and all the individuals are very approachable."
Work highlights Acted for the Christian Institute in a challenge to the Scottish Parliament's law requiring the assignment of a 'named person' to every child under 18 years old. The institute cited concerns relating to the Data Protection Act, as well as the rights to religion and family life.
Counselled the Law Society of Scotland in responding to an appeal from a Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal decision, which raised issues pertaining to Article 6. The appeal was ultimately dismissed as incompetent, as was a subsequent petition for judicial review on the same matter.
The "unflappable and totally dependable" Elaine Motion "anticipates and solves problems, and provides unrivalled support," according to sources. She is able to tackle matters ranging from voting rights to planning applications, often representing the Law Society of Scotland.
Sindi Mules is recognised by commentators as "always on top of the procedure; she knows what she's doing and she's got practical experience." Her work focuses on areas including access to justice, judicial review and Convention rights, with growing expertise in environmental issues.
Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, Institute & Faculty of Actuaries, Educational Institute of Scotland, Fife Council.