Solicitors in tie-up
Balfour+Manson joins forces with Duthie Ward
Balfour+Manson will move its Aberdeen staff into Duthie Ward’s offices in Carden Place following the formal tie-up on 30 June, leaving its current base in Albyn Place.
Duthie Ward’s partners, Alastair Duthie and Richard Ward will join Balfour+Manson as consultants. Staff will also join Balfour+Manson, taking its head count in Aberdeen to 16.
Elaine Motion, executive chairman of Balfour+Manson, said: “Alastair and Richard are both very well-known and well-respected lawyers in Aberdeen with deep roots in the city.
“Their expertise in private client and family law work will add even more to our expanding range of services for customers in Aberdeen. And the office in Carden Place is perfect for us, right in the heart of the city’s business area. This continues our strategy to grow and develop our Aberdeen office.”
Balfour+Manson’s recent expansion in Aberdeen has included hiring family lawyer Kirsten Lobban and employment lawyer Jenna Redpath who starts with the firm next week.
Julie Clark-Spence, who heads up Balfour+Manson’s Aberdeen office, said: “We are focused on strengthening the Aberdeen team to broaden and deepen what we can offer to our clients in the city.”
Balfour+Manson is one of Scotland’s longest-established legal firms, founded in 1888, and employs 136 people in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Ms Motion said: “We are extremely busy, and our litigation department is absolutely buzzing. Our turnover is rising and we are in a good place. We certainly benefit from being a very well-established, independent legal firm with a strong brand and a physical presence right in the heart of Edinburgh.”
Iain Nicol, who ran a litigation practice in Livingston, West Lothian, has also joined the firm as a partner, along with his secretary June Paton. “
Photo: Alastair Duthie & Richard Ward (contributed)