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.
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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.
Over the last few years, I have become increasingly involved in claims against banks in respect of sold interest rate swaps and other financial 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?”. I have a particular interest in mediation.
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 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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