Emily Deans

Senior Solicitor

Family law

About Emily

I am a solicitor in the Family Law Team within the Edinburgh Office. I undertook both my Law Degree and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, and joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor after graduating. I was delighted to be able to stay on with the firm after I qualified as a solicitor, and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Family Law Team.

I have a particular interest in Child Law, and outside of work I currently volunteer with Shared Parenting Scotland and the Scottish Child Law Centre, providing free legal information in connection with the law as it relates to families and children.  

Specialist area

As a solicitor in the Family Law Team, I specialise in a variety of matters including divorce, cohabitation, child residence and relocation, and contact disputes. Although I am based in the Edinburgh office, I work closely with my colleagues in both Edinburgh and Aberdeen. I have experience in appearing at various Sheriff Courts across Scotland, and regularly act as a Local Agent for actions raised at the Court of Session.

I have found working in this area to be extremely rewarding, and I am passionate about assisting clients to find the best resolution for them and their families at what is often a difficult time in their lives.


  • Family Law Association
  • Notary Public