Edinburgh 0131 200 1200
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David Short

Chairman & Head of Litigation

Edinburgh 0131 200 1285

My 35 years plus representing clients injured through no fault of their own has taught me to understand the emotional and financial difficulties they face. 

My role is to fight hard for every client and improve their standards of life both physical and financial. 

From the first meeting I attempt to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each client’s case and map out the likely legal journey ahead of them.

I represent clients often in straightforward and complex injury cases many with a foreign element. 

I have a particular specialisation in aviation related accidents and have represented clients in 22 aircrash cases involving airliners, military aircraft and helicopters. 

I recently have been appointed as Chair of the Pan European Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Aviation Group. 

Recent aviation cases were the Shoreham Air Show incident, Clutha Helicopter Accident Inquiry and the MH17 Malaysian Aircraft shot down over the Ukraine. 

The best thing about my job is knowing I have fought hard for every client to make the stress of the legal journey as easy as possible. 

When I am not at work you will find me digging holes in my garden or walking my two Spaniel dogs. 

  • Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland in Personal Injury Law
  • A member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Ranked Band 1 by the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2023 for Personal Injury and Band 2 for Medical Negligence

David Short has gravitas that comes with being a solicitor for a long time. He has good relationships with clients and is a standout solicitor at Balfour+Manson. He is never stressed and he doesn’t drop the ball.

Chambers UK, 2023

David Short is a fantastic lawyer and great with clients. He is approachable, proactive and well respected in his field. He is not phased by difficult opponents and simply focuses on getting the best result for his client. Exceptionally well organised and hugely committed to client care.

Legal 500 2023