Firm profile submitted by Balfour+Manson LLP
As one of Scotland’s longest-established legal practices Balfour+Manson LLP is a highly regarded firm of solicitors with offices in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With a focus on the individual it delivers services in the areas of litigation, commercial, charities, private client and property work.
THE FIRM The firm has a distinguished track record since its inception in 1888 and combines the best of traditional values with a modern, forward-thinking attitude. Clients range from individuals, families and charities through to local government bodies and businesses. Members of the firm also act as agents on behalf of solicitors in litigation and other matters.
Types of work undertaken
Litigation: The firm’s litigation team is at the core of the business and is among the largest in Scotland, with an exceptional breadth and depth of experience across the litigation field. Work ranges from routine Sheriff Court actions, through to novel, complex and high value cases in the Court of Session, the UK Supreme Court and cases before specialised tribunals and bodies. The firm has four solicitor advocates: Robert Holland, Alastair Milne, Elaine Motion and Fiona Muirs. As well as experience handling over 20 air crashes worldwide they are also renowned for their expertise in personal injury and medical negligence claims, with particular experience of cerebral palsy and birth cases. The team handle the most complex of cases, including Fred Tyler’s Supreme Court case, Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11. Partners David Short and David McIntosh are accredited specialists in personal injury law and Partner Ann Logan is accredited in medical negligence law by the Law Society of Scotland. The team have extensive experience in administrative, public and human rights law and carry out a lot of judicial reviews as well as professional disciplinary and regulation work. Elaine Motion represented the Christian Institute and six other petitioners who successfully challenged the Scottish Government in relation to the Named Person Scheme. In addition the team offer very significant experience across the commercial and civil litigation field including contractual and property disputes and professional negligence claims, as well as employment law, real estate and debt recovery. The family law team have considerable experience in all areas of family law with a considerable emphasis on financial provision, cross border and international work. Shona Smith, Alastair Milne and Karen Gibbons are accredited as specialists in family law by the Law Society of Scotland. With a strong focus on contentious employment matters, including claimant and respondent work the employment team advise on TUPE matters and employment cases with personal injury aspects. The team specialise in executive departures and settlement agreements.
Private Client: The private client team advises on the preparation of wills and inheritance tax mitigation. Executry and trust administration is a particular speciality and tax advice is given. The firm has a unique and dedicated client welfare team that specialises in providing a range of services to elderly, disabled or vulnerable clients. The property team offers a one-stop service for those involved in the residential property market, including advice on the purchase and sale of properties as well as leases. A full estate agency service is offered.
Commercial: The commercial team offers advice on most areas of commercial practice. It has notable experience in all commercial property matters, whether leasing, buying, property investment or lending. For those starting in business, companies are incorporated and company secretarial services are provided. Partnership agreements are prepared and interpreted. Services are offered in relation to professional appointments and licensing.
Charities: The charities and not-for-profit team is one of Scotland’s leading teams providing services to this sector, including the setting up and operation of a charity, contracts, property and employment law. International Sole Scottish member of the PARLEX Group of European Lawyers. David Short is the Scottish member of PEOPIL (Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers) General Board. The Family team are regularly instructed in cases with an international element.