I am an associate in the Sheriff Court team within the firm’s litigation department. The areas that I have specialised in include commercial actions, general contract and property disputes (including interdict, restrictive covenant and consumer disputes), private client litigation as well as sequestrations and debt recovery. I act for businesses as well as individuals. I have a varied case load, acting for both pursuers and defenders. I appear in the Sheriff Courts on a regular basis, including at Proofs, Debates and opposed motions. I also have experience with alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2014, after having joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee in 2012. Prior to that, I studied law at the University of Edinburgh (at undergraduate and masters level as well as the Diploma in Legal Practice).
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. I also volunteered at 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.