I qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and work in the Sheriff Court team within the firm’s litigation department. I have a varied case load, acting for both pursuers and defenders. I act for businesses as well as individuals. The areas I specialise in include contract, property and business disputes as well as debt recovery. I appear in the Sheriff Courts on a frequent basis, including at Proofs and Debate.
I joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee in August 2012, having graduated in law from the University of Edinburgh. I started off my traineeship in the firm’s private client department where I had a busy and varied caseload of my own files. Then I moved to the litigation department where I spent the remainder of my traineeship. My second seat was with the employment team where I was fortunate to have a lot of client contact. My third seat was in one of the firm’s Medical Negligence/Personal Injury teams, which was a great introduction to Court of Session work and instructing counsel. I finished my traineeship in the firm’s busy Sheriff Court team.
Over the years I have been involved with various charitable causes. I volunteered at the Grassmarket Community Project by feeding homeless and vulnerable people and also the Broomhouse Centre by helping vulnerable children to improve their social skills and confidence. I have taken part in various charity events, including abseiling down Dunbar Lighthouse, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and completing the Caledonian Challenge (a 54 mile hike in 24 hours).
I tutor “Public Law of the UK and Scotland” and “Public Law and Individual Rights” at the University of Edinburgh. Whilst at university I was a research assistant for a couple of my lecturers, researching areas of human rights, constitutional and electoral law.