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UK Guide

Civil Liberties & Human Rights — Scotland

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From the Chambers UK guide

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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

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From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Provides representation to a client base of marginalised individuals throughout Scotland, with both public and prison law encompassed within its practice. Particular expertise in mental health and disability concerns, as well as certain parliamentary and common law prison regulations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're obviously very knowledgeable, and doing good work." 

Notable practitioners  

Laura Milite is "dedicated to what she does and balanced as well," sources attest, noting that "she doesn't lose sight of the bigger picture." She serves as the principal solicitor at Taylor & Kelly.

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From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Capable of handling a broad array of civil liberties and human rights matters, offering support throughout areas as diverse as local government, medical negligence and family law. Demonstrates strength in regulatory cases involving health workers, solicitors, Members of Scottish Parliament and others.

Notable practitioners  

Catriona Watt enjoys "a strong reputation in the field," market commentators observe. Medical negligence, adult incapacity and regulatory matters comprise the core of her practice, and she is experienced in representing a number of medical authorities.

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Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The “hugely impressive” Jennifer Jack of Harper Macleod LLP is “extremely able, organised, efficient and maintains good client relationships.” She often appears in the context of appeals and judicial reviews, as well as in an advisory role.

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Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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.

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Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Catriona Watt enjoys "a strong reputation in the field," market commentators observe. Medical negligence, adult incapacity and regulatory matters comprise the core of her practice, and she is experienced in representing a number of medical authorities.

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Taylor & Kelly

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Milite is "dedicated to what she does and balanced as well," sources attest, noting that "she doesn't lose sight of the bigger picture." She serves as the principal solicitor at Taylor & Kelly.

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Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients report that Christine O'Neill of Brodies LLP is “very knowledgeable, politically astute and attuned to the needs of the client.” Her high-profile work portfolio includes Scottish devolution, constitutional issues and administrative and public law.

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Associates to watch

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

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.

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