Shona H Smith > Balfour+Manson LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Balfour+Manson LLP

Work Department

Litigation - Family Law


Partner in litigation department and Head of family law. Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a family law specialist.  Work includes issues surrounding separation and divorce, breakdown of cohabitation both on separation and death, cohabitation agreements and pre and post nuptial agreements. Works both in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. She is also a family law mediator and arbitrator.


Trained Gray Muirhead WS; qualified 1991; Balfour+Manson LLP 1996, partner 2002, head of family law team 2012. Co editor Greens Family Law Bulletin 2014 to date.


Law Society of Scotland (Member of the Law Society Family Law Sub Committee); Member and past Chair of the Family Law Association; Member of Consensus and Member and former Board Member of the Scottish Child Law Centre; Mediator and member of CALM; Arbitrator and member of FLAGS.


University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons 1984-1988).

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Shona SmithBalfour+Manson LLP

Balfour+Manson LLP‘s family practice is chiefly focused on divorce work. The firm has a track record of work on financial provision, cases relating to cohabitants’ rights, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child residence and contact arrangements. Shona H Smith, who leads the practice, is a qualified arbitrator and mediator, and has negotiated settlements both in the Sheriff Court and in the Court of Session. Lynne Mulcahy has extensive experience in complex financial provision cases for high net worth individuals. Kirsten Knight’s practice is geared towards cases with an international aspect, while Jamie Foulis, made partner in 2017, focuses on pre- and post-nuptial arrangements.