Balfour + Manson LLP

We are a leading 18 partner, medium sized law firm based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, delivering legal services in the areas of dispute resolution, commercial and charities, and private client and property work. The firm has a distinguished track record since its inception in 1888. The firm combines the best of traditional values with a modern, progressive approach.

Our firm is headed up by Chairman, Elaine Motion.

Litigation

The firm’s dispute resolution team is at the core of the business. David Short heads up our 12 partner strong Litigation team. The team is among the largest in Scotland, with an exceptional breadth and depth of experience across the litigation field. Our work ranges from routine Sheriff Court actions, through to novel, complex and high value cases in the Court of Session, the United Kingdom Supreme Court and cases before specialised tribunals and bodies. We have four solicitor advocates with extended rights of audience which entitles them to appear in the upper civil courts, they are Robert Holland, Alastair Milne, Elaine Motion and Fiona Muirs.

Our dispute resolution expertise covers a wide range of areas, including:

  • Professional discipline and regulation
  • Judicial review
  • Public law
  • Human rights
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Personal injury
  • Clinical negligence
  • Private client litigation
  • Licensing appeals
  • Planning appeals
  • Interdict
  • Commercial and contractual disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Debt recovery and insolvency.

Commercial and charities

The legal services offered by our commercial and charities teams headed by partner Hugh Angus, covers several practice areas, including:

Corporate governance and regulatory compliance

  • Social housing
  • Commercial property
  • Commercial leases
  • Commercial contracts
  • Environmental legislation and due diligence
  • Joint ventures and collaborative agreements
  • Licence and service agreements
  • Business sale and purchase
  • Partnership agreements
  • Company formation
  • Company secretarial services
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Trustee and director duties and responsibilities.

Specialist areas include legal services for housing associations, charities and not-for-profit enterprises, as well as small and family businesses.

Private client and property

Our private client and property teams, headed by partner Ken Robertson, offer legal services for individuals across a wide area, including:

  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Executries
  • Tax
  • Residential property
  • Powers of attorney
  • Guardianships

For over 30 years we have had a dedicated welfare team of Jo Downie and Fiona Shand who assist elderly and vulnerable individuals to be safe, supported, secure and well cared for.

Further afield

The firm is the sole Scottish member of The Parlex Group, an alliance of law firms. This ensures that our clients have instant access to specialist legal advice concerning their business affairs throughout the European Economic Area and beyond. Parlex has members in most European countries and affiliate members in the United States of America, China, Israel and Malaysia.

We take pride in delivering a personalised service to all its clients, who include public sector organisations, regulatory and disciplinary bodies, companies, partnerships and individuals. The relationship we develop with our clients is central to the success of this approach.

Medical Negligence

Collectively the team has over 140 years experience in dealing with complex medical / clinical injuries, individually many of them have 20+ years.

This expertise is recognised and for many years we have been ranked at the top of our profession by leading industry bodies Chambers UK and Legal 500.

We come across a huge number of medical / clinical negligence cases everyday, whether this be an injury at birth, delayed diganosis of cancer, misdiagnosis, cosmetic surgery, dental claims or other medical injuries.

We understand how emotionally and physically distressing this is for clients.

We are respected for our sensitive and personal approach and treat each case individually and in the strictest confidence.

balfour-manson

56 – 66 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LS
Tel: 0131 516 3778
Fax: 0131 200 1300
Email: info@balfour-manson.co.uk

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