I spent the early part of my career in England. I worked in a Magic Circle city firm and a major regional firm before returning home to Scotland. I joined Balfour+Manson as a partner in 2010.
I am qualified to practice in both Scotland and England. I often advise Scottish-based clients on English-based disputes.
Dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, Gordon Deane leads Balfour+Manson LLP’s disputes practice, which is known for its strength in property and professional negligence cases.Legal 500
Over the last few years, I have become increasingly involved in claims against banks particularly over mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
When asked to advise on a dispute, I always try to focus on the wider commercial or personal context. Some lawyers focus solely on the litigation process. Not me. I concentrate entirely on what steps I need to take to get my clients to their required destination. My first question is “where do you want to end up?”
There will be times when litigation may be the only option. If so, I will do my utmost to fight my client’s corner. I have experience of acting for both larger corporations and smaller businesses that find themselves in disputes with big companies, including banks. Here is one quote from a Court of Appeal judge in a case where my client successfully took on a major utility company.
“It is one of the glories of this country that every now and then one of its citizens is prepared to take a stand against the big battalions of government or industry. Such a person is Lisa Ferguson, the claimant in this case.”
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