I joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor in August 2011. During my traineeship, I worked in the firm’s Private Client, Family and Court of Session Litigation departments in my 1st Year before spending a year with the firm’s Sheriff Court litigation Department, appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on a regular basis and have been involved in cases of an extremely varied nature, including debt recovery and insolvency, Executry disputes and commercial litigation.
Upon completing my traineeship in August 2013 I returned to the firm’s Family Team where I have remained ever since, acting in a range of matters concerning financial provision on the breakdown of personal relationships and the arrangements which are to be made for children in those circumstances. It is an area which I find to be extremely rewarding and interesting to assist clients and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so.
I currently provide advice and assistance on a voluntary basis with Citizen’s Advice, Gingerbread and the University of Edinburgh’s Free Legal Advice and have tutored with the School Mock Court Project since 2014.
My day-to-day practice involves acting on behalf of and advising individuals on contentious and non-contentious issues in connection with their own personal relationships, largely arising from the breakdown of those relationships and relating to issues concerning children and financial provision in those circumstances. Where court proceedings are required, I have experience of appearing and acting on behalf of clients in the Sheriff Court and have acted in high-value proceedings concerning financial provision in the Court of Session as well.
Additionally, I act on behalf of members of the EIS Teaching Union in disciplinary proceedings before the GTCS and have appeared on a regular basis at Hearings before Fitness to Teach panels of the GTCS since the beginning of 2015.
I also act and assist with a variety of additional civil litigation matters, including property and commercial disputes, and have advised upon Guardianship applications made in courts across Scotland. I have spoken on the topic of Guardianship applications at a Central Law Training Conference for Personal Injury practitioners.
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