I am one of the third generation of Balfours to have spent their working lives with the firm – my grandfather, William Balfour, set up his plate in 1888.
I was apprenticed to the firm in 1952, qualified as a solicitor in 1955, and became a partner in 1959. In those days, one could be a ‘general practitioner’, doing civil and criminal Court work, buying and selling houses, making Wills and dealing with Executries, setting up Limited Companies and anything else that came along. As specialisation set in, I concentrated on Court work, and then exclusively on civil Court work.
I retired as senior partner in 1997 and was invited to become a Consultant. I retain a lively interest in (and admiration for) the firm. I am regularly at the office in Frederick Street in my capacity as Joint Auditor of the Edinburgh Sheriff Court. I continued as the Secretary of the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland until June 2014.
In 2013 I produced a document titled 'The History of Balfour+Manson LLP: the first 125 years' which you can find in our firms history page. Click here to view.