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Balfour+Manson LLP

56-66 FREDERICK STREET, EDINBURGH, EH2 1LS, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 200 1200
Fax:
Fax 0131 200 1300
DX:
ED4 EDINBURGH
Email:
Web:
www.balfour-manson.co.uk
Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh)

Clients of Balfour+Manson LLP single out its β€˜outstanding case management’. The practice’s workload encompasses assists clients with contract and partnership disputes, banking litigation, shareholder disputes, professional negligence cases and contentious regulatory matters. Gordon Deane, who heads the practice and is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, β€˜handles clients well and does not create false expectations’. He is frequently instructed by Scotland-based clients to manage disputes in England and is growing his workload for pursuers in claims against banks, including matters involving mis-sold interest rate hedging products. Also recommended are the β€˜careful and conscientious’ David McIntosh, who is β€˜very commercial and realistic in his approach to matters’; Fiona Muirs, who is β€˜always willing and able to address the hard issues’; and David Flint, Elaine Motion and David Short.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Balfour+Manson LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh)

Primarily acting for employees, Balfour+Manson LLP attracts praise for β€˜dealing with difficult and very contentious claims’ at the intersection of employment, personal injury and regulatory law. The β€˜very experienced, efficient and forward-thinking’ team β€˜is not scared to push boundaries’ and β€˜makes clients feel at ease’ while β€˜providing speedy tailor-made advice’. It has a strong trade union and charities client base, for which it frequently handles unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. β€˜Very competent and friendly’ practice head Robert Holland β€˜is extremely strong in litigation and very experienced in conducting tribunals in the Civil Court’. He represented the director of a UK charity in an unfair dismissal claim before the employment tribunal. Other clients include the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). Associate Sarah Shiels is β€˜very experienced and skilled in employment litigation and particularly good when acting for the claimant’.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 1

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh)

β€˜One of Scotland’s top medical negligence pursuer firms’, Balfour+Manson LLP handles the full range of medical negligence work, with particular expertise in high value and complex cases. David McIntosh, who is praised for his β€˜attention to detail and excellent case preparation skills’, β€˜achieves impressive results time and time again’. He acted for a mother whose daughter was injured during birth resulting in cerebral palsy, in a claim against the Lanarkshire Health Board. The β€˜compassionate, highly focused and well-organised’ Ann Logan is β€˜always prepared to go that extra mile’ and is β€˜very experienced’ in birth injury cases, while consultant Fred Tyler is known for his track record in cerebral palsy claims. β€˜Thorough’ team head Elaine Motion, who attracts praise for her β€˜measured and realistic advice, guidance and insights’, frequently handles cancer cases, with an emphasis on cases concerning breast cancer. The team also includes Iain Nicol, who joined the firm from Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd.

Leading individuals

Ann Logan - Balfour+Manson LLP

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)

β€˜One of the leading firms in Scotland for personal injury work, Balfour+Manson LLP β€˜has particular expertise in high-value and complex cases’. Key areas of expertise include catastrophic road accidents resulting in tetraplegia, severe head and brain injuries or death as well as fatal accident claims, particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector. David Short heads the team, which includes the β€˜down-to-earth’ David McIntosh, who β€˜achieves impressive results’ and is praised for his β€˜great attention to detail and excellent client skills’. Iain Nicol joined the firm from now defunct Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd. Fred Tyler is now a consultant.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh)

Pursuers of professional negligence claims often instruct Balfour+Manson LLP to act in claims against solicitors and architects, among other professionals. β€˜Shrewd operator’ David Flint heads the team, which demonstrates particular expertise in handling claims arising from property-related disputes and β€˜provides good results’. β€˜Tenacious and skilled litigator’ Iain Nicol β€˜shows good judgement’ and joined the firm from now defunct Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd.

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Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh)

The β€˜very helpful, personable and knowledgeable’ team at Balfour+Manson LLP β€˜gives pragmatic advice based on client needs’, which often pertain to contentious and non-contentious corporate, governance, employment and property issues. As well as the team’s extensive expertise in dealing with faith-based organisation, it also acts for a number of healthcare, environmental and community-based charities. Bethany Christian Trust, the Faith Mission, Health in Mind and Scripture Union are among the firm’s longstanding clients, while Scottish War Blinded is a new client win. Hugh Angus heads the team, which includes β€˜prompt and friendly’ associate Alan Gilfillan. Former practice head John Hodge is now a consultant.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Balfour+Manson LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh)

Balfour+Manson LLP’s β€˜professional’ team β€˜provides good and straightforward advice’ on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious family law matters, including post-nuptial and pre-nuptial agreements, financial claims on divorce, cohabitation, child relocation and other child-related matters. β€˜Calm’ team head Shona Smith β€˜provides pragmatic and confident advice and seeks practical solutions for clients’, and is noted for her β€˜extensive knowledge and unflappable manner’. She acted for a client in a divorce action in the Sheriff Court involving cohabitation matters. Associate Jamie Foulis is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 5

Balfour+Manson LLP (Edinburgh)

The β€˜courteous’ team at Balfour+Manson LLP β€˜responds promptly’ and β€˜always takes time to explain and clarify issues’. The β€˜reliable and highly conscientious’ Shona Brown β€˜combines excellent technical legal skills with an ability to remain empathetic’. She is regularly instructed to advise on wills and the creation and management of trusts, including personal injury trusts, succession planning, asset protection and tax mitigation. Ken Robertson has a focus on residential property matters. Senior associate Margaret Ross is β€˜very good at handling trust and executry work’. David Campbell moved to Anderson Strathern.

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