Thomas Nicol

Thomas Nicol

Trainee Solicitor

Private Client


About Thomas

I am originally from Musselburgh, and I completed my legal studies at the University of Edinburgh. I commenced my traineeship with Balfour+Manson in August 2016, starting off in the Private Client department.

I was previously a volunteer at the Scottish Child Law Centre, where I took phone calls and performed research into legal issues for the Centre’s website. This gave me great experience of helping those who need it, as well as handling responsibility and analysing problems, which will be invaluable skills to have during my traineeship. I was awarded the Family Law Association Prize for 2014/15 during my time at the University of Edinburgh.

In my spare time I am very interested in music, and I play both alto saxophone and guitar. I previously played in the University of Edinburgh Law Society Jazz Band, having been a part of East Lothian’s Wind Band and Jazz Band while I was at school. I also enjoy travel, literature and creative writing.

Specialist area

I currently work in the Private Client department, having previously been based there from August 2016 to February 2017. My tasks include assisting with Guardianship applications, drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, assisting our Client Welfare Team and dealing with trust and estate administration. I enjoy being part of the team here at Balfour+Manson and I am gaining useful experience of Private Client work.

I was formerly part of Iain Nicol’s Litigation team, where I assisted with his personal injury and medical negligence caseload. I experienced all aspects of litigation work and I valued my time spent with the team.

From February to August 2017 I was based in the Residential Property department. I was involved in work such as the sale and purchase of property, re-mortgaging, transfers of title, and attending to the redeeming of mortgages and discharging securities from client’s titles.


  • Edinburgh Young Professionals

  • Scottish Young Lawyers Association