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Medical negligence

We come across a huge number of medical / clinical negligence cases everyday, whether this is an injury at birth, delayed diagnosis of cancer, misdiagnosis, cosmetic surgery, dental claims or other medical injuries. 

Experts in medical negligence

We are recognised for our expertise and the results we achieve for our clients. We understand how emotionally and physically distressing this time is for our clients. We are respected for our sensitive and personal approach and treat each case individually and in the strictest confidence.

We have been instructed in high profile cases, some of which have changed the law in the process. Crucially, we successfully represented the Pursuer in the case Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board, which went all the way to the UK Supreme Court. This case transformed the law on consent and puts the patient and their individual wishes at the front and centre of medical decision making.

Our solicitors sit on various court and government committees and are involved in decision making as to industry wide protocols. Our team also regularly deliver training sessions to doctors in relation to their professional and legal duties.

We have adopted the Pre-Action Protocol for cases involving medical negligence to assist with the efficient running of cases.

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How do we work?


We are able to offer consultations both in person or virtually depending on what suits you best. 


We offer access to a range of funding options, including Legal Aid and ‘no-win, no-fee’ arrangements. As funding is so dependent on your personal circumstances, we will explore all applicable funding options with you.

Instruct Balfour+Manson as your Edinburgh agent

We raise and manage cases in both the Court of Session and the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court. We would be happy to assist you in the management of your case.

We offer a range of services to law firms outwith Edinburgh, from a simple postbox-type service to a comprehensive service where we put in place appropriate funding, identify and instruct experts and progress the claim through the court process, while you manage the day-to-day client work.

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Beyond your medical negligence claim

Balfour+Manson are not only medical negligence experts. Our firm offers a range of services in-house to assist you, during the course of your claim and even once your claim is at an end.

We have experience in setting up Periodical Payment Agreements for clients with lifelong and complex needs as a result of medical negligence. These Agreements allow for an upfront sum, with annual payments for life, to ensure you are financially secure. We recently settled a birth injury case for a 7 figure initial lump sum, plus annual payments for care costs for the child’s lifetime, equivalent to over £30million.

Our Private Client team can assist you in obtaining Guardianship orders, setting up Personal Injury Trusts to protect your damages payments, and preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney. We can help safeguard the damages you receive and protect you for the future. Our Property Team can also assist you in selling your current property and purchasing one which is more suitable. 

We have contacts who are well-respected in the care, rehabilitation and financial planning fields, ensuring that you receive the help and support you require for as long as you need it.

Latest news

Amy McKay, Alastair Hart, Julie Clark-Spence, Greg Lawson Balfour+Manson has expanded its presence in the North-east by merging with Alastair

A major conference will be held later this year to honour pioneering female solicitor Ethel Houston  – who would have

Balfour+Manson has promoted two of its senior associate solicitors from its Property and Private Client teams in Aberdeen to Partner,

Our expertise

Ranked number 1 by Chambers and the Legal 500 for medical negligence, our team is made up of specialist lawyers, accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Ann Logan was awarded Insurance Lawyer of the Year in 2023 at the Legal 500 Scotland Awards.