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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 3

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP's 'wide range of expertise and resources enable it to provide an excellent service to clients'. Gordon Deane, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, is experienced in a wide variety of contentious matters, including shareholders' disputes and contractual disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Deane has developed a particular specialism in claims against banks over allegedly mis-sold interest rate hedging products. David Flint's workload includes cases involving personal and business debts, insolvency-related matters and partnership disputes. David McIntosh, who is 'exceptionally well-organised and commercial in his outlook', demonstrates 'judgment and experience to filter out irrelevant material'. Chairman Elaine Motion leads the team, which also includes Fiona Muirs and David Short.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP has ‘a well-deserved reputation for offering extremely good value service and high levels of expertise’ and is ‘particularly strong in representing individuals who find themselves in conflict with large organisations’. The practice is led by Robert Holland, noted as ‘an excellent lawyer, who combines professionality with compassion and practical advice’. The firm also has a strength in cross-border matters, providing clients with ‘valuable insight into the intricacies of Scots law and how it relates to Scottish and English employment tribunals’. The group has been involved in a number of major precedent-setting cases; recent work includes representing two specialist foster carers on their potential employment status with Glasgow City Council, which resulted in a tribunal verdict that confirmed the claimants were in fact employees and should obtain employment rights. It also represented the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain at the Supreme Court, and successfully argued that tribunal fees are unlawful – which has had a major impact UK on employment law. Also recommended is Sarah Shiels, who has a niche expertise in employment law and how it relates to personal injury work.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Balfour+Manson LLP

As well as providing ‘excellent service’, Balfour+Manson LLP’s team has ‘a complete understanding of the issues’ facing clients pursuing claims arising from medical negligence and accidents. ‘Outstanding’ Elaine Motion , who leads the team, has considerable experience in representing clients bringing child birth and cerebral palsy claims, late diagnosis of breast and bowel cancer cases; as well as matters involving negligent bowel surgery and bedsore negligence. Ann Logan specialises in birth injury cases, but also has expertise in cerebral palsy, lack of informed consent and fatal claims. David McIntosh is acting for a mother whose daughter suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, in a complex claim seeking to secure damages to cover care costs. Julie Clark-Spence is another key practitioner with experience in pursuing claims against hospitals, GPs and other care professionals.

Leading individuals

Ann Logan - Balfour+Manson LLP

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

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP’s ‘caring, friendly and professional’ team has significant experience in pursuing claims arising out of catastrophic road, aviation, fatal and offshore oil and gas related accidents, especially with complex causation and liability elements. The team is led by David Short, who has a strong track record in representing victims involved in sensitive major disaster claims, including multiple high profile serious air accidents. ‘Level-headed and highly organised’ David McIntosh acts for a number of claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries in road traffic and work place accidents. Julie Clark-Spence focuses on in claims that arise out of offshore accidents and is currently representing a Polish National, who was injured whilst working on a vessel in Rotterdam, in the Court of Session, against three defenders, one of whom is domiciled in Singapore. Experienced litigators Ann Logan (who is qualified to practice in Scotland, England and Hong Kong) and Iain Nicol (who specialises in fatal claims) are also ecommended.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP is regarded as ‘a safe pair of hands’ and provides an ‘efficient service’ with respect to solicitor negligence cases in negotiations, mediation and litigation. The firm predominantly represents claimants in matters pertaining to the administration of trusts, executries and contentious disputes arising out of litigation, in addition to property-related matters. David Flint leads the team, which includes Gordon Deane and Elaine Motion , both of whom are noted for possessing extensive experience in the area of professional negligence. The group currently represented a US citizen in relation to a potential claim against their accountants for providing wrong advice regarding tax returns for a period of 13 years. Iain Nicol is another key contact.

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Scotland: Private client

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

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP is particularly noted for its work with faith organisations, but its clients comprise a broad range of established charities and individuals or groups setting up new charitable organisations. The ‘responsive and technically knowledgeable’ team handles both non-contentious matters (including property, constitution, governance and re-organisations) and contentious work such as regulatory inquiries and investigations. Practice head, Hugh Angus recently advised a number of religious organisations in connection with major reorganisations and charitable status applications for various local churches. Alan Gilfillan  (who is rated for his ‘first-class’ knowledge of charity law) advised on the registration of a charity following a merger, as well as on the cessation of a joint charitable venture and constitutional issues relating to the high-profile disaffiliation of a religious community. Clients include the Samaritans and the Scottish National Institution for War Blinded.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP’s ‘very experienced and hard-working’ team handle all aspects of family law, drawing on experience in cross-border matters and the firm’s wider private client expertise. Practice head Shona Smith, who gives ‘sensible and clear advice’, often handles negotiated settlements in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. Kirsten Knight’s practice encompasses divorce, cohabitation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child-related disputes and adoptions. ‘Experienced beyond his years’, Jamie Foulis advises clients on the spectrum of non-contentious family matters. Associate Iain Thomson is recommended for his ‘quick-wittedness’ and ‘impressive familiarity with the Court of Session’.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 4

Balfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice often works closely with the firm’s welfare department to offer a ‘one-stop-shop for elderly clients’. The executry team handles high-value, complex cases, including those with an international dimension. The team also advises clients on the formation, management and taxation of all types of trust. ‘Absolutely trustworthy’ practice head, Shona Brown is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘pays tremendous attention to detail’. She specialises in will drafting, the creation and management of trusts (including personal injury trusts), succession planning, asset protection and tax mitigation. Karen Phillips, who joined the firm from Brodies LLP in June 2017, is ‘an excellent communicator and handles difficult circumstances well’. Phillips has particular expertise in advising high-net-worth clients on succession planning, inheritance and capital gains tax planning. Senior associate Margaret Ross is noted for her expertise in trusts and taxation.

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