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Louise Mackinnon

Louise Mackinnon

Trainee Solicitor

Litigation (Personal / Business)


About Louise

I completed my LLB degree at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2015.  I then worked at the Scottish Law Commission for one year as a Legal Research Assistant in the property team.  

Following which I moved to South Korea for one year, where I worked as an English teacher.  I was lucky enough to be able to do some travelling around Asia whilst I was there too.

Returning to Scotland in Summer 2017, I spent some time in South America before completing my Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow.

I started my traineeship at Balfour+Manson in August 2018.

Specialist area

I am now in my second year and third seat of my traineeship at Balfour+Manson, training in Sheriff Court Civil Litigation. The department act on behalf of both individuals and commercial entities in a wide range of dispute resolution matters. I will regularly be appearing in the Sheriff Court, the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court and the Sheriff Appeal Court.

My second seat was in Medical Negligence. I had the opportunity to work for Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Clinical/Medical Negligence and Partner of the firm, Ann Logan. I assisted Ann in a variety of complex cases, including cerebral palsy, catastrophic brain injury and delayed diagnosis of cancer, in the Court of Session. I also assisted my other colleagues in cases in the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court.

My first seat was in the Employment Law department. I worked for Partner and Head of Department, Robert Holland. I assisted Robert and the other solicitors in the department with a variety of employment actions, on behalf of both employees and employers. Such actions included an Employment Appeal Tribunal hearing, a Reconsideration Hearing and a Judicial Mediation.  I delivered presentations to Chinese delegates on discrimination law provided advice in a law clinic for prospective clients.   

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