Elaine J Motion > Balfour+Manson LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Balfour+Manson LLP

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Partner, Chairman and member of the firm’s management team. Formerly head of litigation department. Has a wealth of experience in a number of areas of litigation including: public and administrative law; civil liberties; professional regulation and discipline; clinical negligence (particularly high value birth claims and late diagnosis of breast cancer); personal injury claims; commercial litigation; considerable experience in acting for individuals, local authorities and public bodies, including the Law Society of Scotland. Solicitor Advocate (Civil). Five House of Lords judgment appearances.


Trained Bonar Mackenzie; qualified 1986; barrister and solicitor New Zealand 1990; Balfour+Manson LLP from 1993, partner 1997; solicitor-advocate (civil) 1999, Head of Litigation 2006 and Chairman 2014.


Society of Solicitor-Advocates; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; senior litigator with Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); trustee of vCJD Trust; Parlex Group of European Lawyers; listed in the 2019 Lawyer Hot 100 List. 


St Augustines High School; Edinburgh University (1983 LLB Hons).


Spending time with family, breadmaking and skiing. Lives in Edinburgh.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer

Balfour+Manson LLP has a ‘bank of suitably experienced medical experts’ with a track record of success in complex medical negligence cases.. Ann Logan leads the team and is adept in handling cases involving neonatal care, regularly obtaining significant settlements. David McIntosh, who successfully settled a £5m cerebral palsy claim, is another important figure. One recent key matter, led by firm chairman Elaine J Motion, has involved advising a number of women on their actions against an NHS trust which underdosed chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Scotland > Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs

Balfour+Manson LLP‘s strength lies in the contentious space, and in Brexit-related litigation in particular; this is not least due to team head and solicitor advocate Elaine Motion‘s extensive expertise in this area. Clients include politicians, charities, trade associations, environmental bodies and individuals.

Scotland > Insurance > Professional negligence

Balfour+Manson LLP handles professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, and private companies, as well as multi-party claims. Headed by David Flint, the practice also has an insolvency sub-group which deals with matters for corporate and private clients. Litigator Elaine Motion handles insurance claims, while the group also handles some property-related claims.