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 am currently part of Iain Nicol’s Litigation team, where I assist with his personal injury and medical negligence caseload. The work is varied and I assist with cases at every stage. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in these fields and I am gaining useful experience in handling all aspects of litigation work.

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.

Prior to joining Residential Property, I worked in the Private Client department. My tasks included assisting with Guardianship applications, drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, assisting our Client Welfare Team and dealing with trust administration. 


  • Edinburgh Young Professionals

  • Scottish Young Lawyers Association