Iain Thomson


Family Law

About Iain

Brought up and educated in Dundee, I moved to Edinburgh in 2011 to start my traineeship with Balfour+Manson and have been with the firm ever since. I joined the Family Law Team in August 2012 for the second year of my traineeship, having gained experience of Commercial Law and Employment Law in my first year, and stayed on in the Team upon qualifying as a solicitor in August 2013. I was promoted to Associate in 2016.  

In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching most sports. I regularly go to the gym and have completed a number of half and full marathons. I have also participated in charitable events for Balfour+Manson’s chosen charity, including the 54-mile “Caledonian Challenge” and an abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge.

Specialist area

Since joining the Team in August 2012 I have advised clients on a variety of Family Law issues including separation; divorce; contact arrangements for children; and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements. 

I always try to assist clients to resolve matters without the need for court action. However, on the occasions where court action has proved necessary, I have been instructed as principal and Edinburgh agent in Sheriff Court and Court of Session cases involving financial provision on divorce; contact/residence; and adoption/permanence. I have also acted in appeals to the Sheriff Appeal Court and to the Inner House of the Court of Session, including appeals against adoption orders and Hague Convention decisions in relation international child abduction.  

In my time at Balfour+Manson I have written articles on topical Family Law issues for the firm’s website; Green’s Family Law; and The Scotsman newspaper. I also volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau and Gingerbread where I provide Family Law advice.  

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  • Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law

  • Notary Public

  • Family Law Association