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Accreditations + memberships

We are recognised by the following bodies

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

AvMA support people affected by avoidable harm in healthcare; to help them achieve justice; and to promote better patient safety for all.

Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA)

Balfour+Manson are a member Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA) nationwide scheme. As a member of the scheme we offer 15% – 33% off fees to the following individuals:

  • Serving Armed Forces personnel (regular and reserve)
  • Those who left the Service within the previous two years
  • Those who have sustained serious combat injuries
  • Recipients of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross
  • Bereaved next of kin recipients of the Elizabeth Cross

For more information or to arrange an initial consultation please contact us. Please note the discount should be agreed from the outset.

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

We have 6 solicitors within the firm accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 30 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL’s 3,300 member lawyers (mainly solicitors, barristers and legal executives) are dedicated to protecting and enhancing access to justice, improving the services provided for victims of personal injury, and campaigning to change the law wherever appropriate. Over the years APIL has grown to become the leading, most respected organisation in this field, constantly working to promote and develop expertise in the practise of personal injury law, for the benefit of injured people.

The Brain Injury Group

Balfour+Manson are the sole legal partner firm for Scotland. The Brain Injury Group offer a complete package of support for brain injured people and their families. Their unique service combines the best legal experts in head injury cases with an extensive range of other specialist professionals, all of whom have a vital role to play in the support and rehabilitation of brain injured people and their families. Balfour+Manson are currently the sole Scottish members, representing the entire country.

Chambers UK

Balfour+Manson have continued to be ranked in Band 1 Clinical Negligence (mainly claimant) for over 15 years. We are also highly ranked for Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Public and Administrative Law, Family/Matrimonial, Professional Discipline and continue to be recognised as leaders in the Professional Negligence, Charities, Employment and Private Client categories. The firm is also proud to have 14 solicitors recognised as ‘Leaders in their field.’

For more than 20 years, Chambers has published the leading directories of the legal profession. They have more than 130 full-time researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world. This intensive, continuous research identifies the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those which perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients. No lawyer can buy their way into their rankings.

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Headway - the brain injury association

Balfour+Manson are supporters of the Headway charity year after year and hold a Corporate Membership with them to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. A network of local Groups and Branches throughout the UK and Channel Islands offers a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care. The services available will vary, depending on local needs and resources. Headway also provides UK wide support to the local Groups and Branches and helps to deliver high quality services through guidance on policies, procedures, standards and training.

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Law Society Scotland

We are regulated by the Law Society of Scotland. The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scottish solicitors, established in 1949 and are financed by its members.

They regulate and represent all practising solicitors in Scotland but have an important duty towards the public interest. All practising solicitors are members of the Society and are required to meet their high standards.

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Legal 500 (UK)

We are delighted to continue to be ranked top tier in the Medical Negligence category of the Legal 500 UK. We are also ranked in the following areas across the firm: Personal Injury, Family Law, Professional Negligence, Personal Tax Trusts and Executries, Commercial Litigation, Charities and Employment Law.

The Legal 500 series of guides reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in over 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America, and the Caribbean. These guides provide research and law firm rankings to enable clients to identify the best law firm for the job.

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Living Wage Employer

We are delighted to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

The Living Wage accreditation ensures that everyone working at Balfour+Manson over the age of 18, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or employees supplied by contractors receive a minimum hourly wage significantly higher than the national minimum wage.

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The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)

The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) was founded in 1996 and formally established as a not-for-profit organisation in 1998 by European lawyers to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems of European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law.


A member of the Parlex Group

Balfour+Manson is the sole Scottish member of Parlex, an alliance of European law firms established in 1971. The main purpose of The Parlex Group is to ensure that the clients of each member have instant access to specialist legal advice concerning their business affairs throughout the European Economic Area and beyond.  

From its inception, The Parlex Group has been both a personal and a professional association and strong ties of friendship and trust have developed over many years. As a result, members and their clients can be sure of the professionalism of service by all members.

The Parlex Group

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. We work to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promote education and high professional standards among our members.

STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting a will to advising on issues concerning international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

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The Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet

7 of our Partners are recognised by The WS Society as Writers to her Majesty’s Signet. The WS Society is Scotland’s independent association for lawyers and one of the oldest professional bodies in the world with over 500 years of history. Today the Society supports the latest generation of lawyers and legal businesses, with professional support lawyer (PSL) and research services, training, accreditation, networking and events.