I joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor in August 2011 after graduating from the University of Dundee. During the first 6 months of my traineeship I worked for the Commercial department and was involved in commercial conveyancing transactions and work focussed on company law, intellectual property law and charity law. I then went on to work for the Employment team, assisting clients with a number of different Employment Tribunal claims such as unfair (including constructive) dismissal, discrimination and stress in the workplace.
In August 2012 I became a member of the firm’s Family Law team. For the remainder of my traineeship I practiced exclusively in the area of family law, and upon completing my traineeship in August 2013 I took up a role as a solicitor within the Family team. I was later promoted to Associate in 2016.
During my time at Balfour+Manson I have also gained advocacy experience at Sheriff Court level, appearing on behalf of Pursuer and Defender clients in a number of different cases. I have also contributed towards the firm’s seminar programme (being afforded the opportunity to present in the Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices to large groups) and written a number of articles for our website and The Scotsman newspaper.
In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching most sports. I regularly go to the gym and am a keen runner having completed a number of half and full marathons. I also volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau and Gingerbread on a monthly basis.
Since joining the Family Law Team in August 2012 I have been involved in a variety of different family law actions in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts, gaining experience in cases involving financial provision, child-related matters and international elements. The majority of my work has been in relation to complex divorce actions in the Court of Session, with much of the focus in those cases being in relation to how to effect a fair sharing of the parties’ matrimonial property. I have also been instructed in a number of cases involving international child abduction and, recently, adoption and permanence actions in both the Outer and Inner Houses of the Court of Session.
Since joining the Family Law Team I have been involved in a number of Proofs and Appeals/Reclaiming Motions in the Court of Session, all of which have proven to be fantastic learning experiences. The Judgments in some of those cases have since been published and their citations are as follows:
SW v TW  CSOH 136
Thomson v Mooney  CSIH 115
Petition of AR  CSIH 95 (later appealed to the Supreme Court: AR v RN  UKSC 35)
KR v Stirling Council  CSIH 36
Appeal by LO in the Petition by N & C  CSIH 14
In addition to my work in the field of Family Law I also work closely with my colleagues Alastair Milne and Jamie Foulis, solicitors to the Educational Institute of Scotland, and have therefore been involved in a variety of cases involving education and regulatory law, including disciplinary matters, criminal prosecutions and referrals to the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
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