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Balfour+Manson LLP

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Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Iain Nicol

Work 0131 200 1205
Balfour+Manson LLP

Work Department

Litigation - Reparation


Partner in Litigation department specialising in professional negligence, personal injury and medical negligence work. Iain is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is accredited by the Law Society in both professional negligence and personal injury law. Iain has a significant case load of medical negligence work as well as dealing with high value / catastrophic injury / fatal road traffic and work accident claims in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. He is regularly invited to Chair conferences by training providers and deliver seminars to lawyers on aspects of personal injury practice and procedure as well as civil litigation costs and funding. Iain also has a particular interest in quality assurance and peer reviewing having acted as a Peer Reviewer for the Law Society of Scotland since 2003. He was invited to deliver a series of seminars to Chinese lawyers in Beijing in 2015 on the skills of peer reviewing and has a particular interest in the Chinese Legal Reform programme.


Iain qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and became a partner in a medium sized practice in West Lothian in 1997. He set up his own practice, Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd in 2004, which he ran successfully until he joined Balfour & Manson in 2016 as a partner.


Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Civil Justice Committee and associated working groups on aspects of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018. (Member since Jan 2017. Convener from May 2019 to present); Accredited as a Fellow by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Appointed by Lord President Gill as a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council Costs and Funding Committee (2014-2017); Peer Reviewer for Law Society of Scotland Quality Assurance Scheme assessing and marking the standards of legal advice being offered by legal aid practitioners in civil litigation (2003 to 2018); Member of Law Society of Scotland’s Pursuers’ Panel offering specialist advice to clients and members of the profession in relation to Solicitors’ Negligence (2003 to present).


LLB and DipLP – Aberdeen University


Loves travelling and is an avid supporter of the Scottish Football team. Iain is currently co-authoring a legal text book on Scottish Civil Litigation Costs and Funding.

Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Balfour+Manson LLP act for pursuers in claims against their solicitors, accountants, co-workers and private companies. The firm also handles unusual multi-party disputes, claims arising from negligent tax advice and pension-related matters. Iain Nicol, who is accredited in professional negligence and personal injury, drafted the Professional Negligence Pre Action Protocol and recently, through representations to the Law Society, secured an increase in the fees payable under the protocol.

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