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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:
https://www.balfour-manson.co.uk
Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Shona H Smith

Tel:
Work 0131 200 1238
Email:
Web:
www.balfour-manson.co.uk/our-people/shona-smith/
Balfour+Manson LLP

Work Department

Litigation - Family Law

Position

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.

Career

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.

Member

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.

Education

University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons 1984-1988).


Scotland: Private client

Family

Within: Family

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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