Tender success

Balfour+Manson to supply legal work to Faculty of Advocates

Elaine Motion

Elaine Motion: ‘tremendous news’


Balfour+Manson has won a rigorous tender process to provide legal services to the Faculty of Advocates – the first new appointment to the role for many decades.

The Faculty tendered for the external advice in areas including employment, property, charity governance, data protection and professional regulation

It also required the successful tender to comply with the 10 Equality Standards published by the Law Society of Scotland and confirmation that the successful firm would sign up for the Faculty’s Fair Instruction Policy.

Elaine Motion, executive chairman of Balfour+Manson, said: “This is tremendous news and a real honour for the firm. We instruct members of Faculty regularly and have had a close and productive working relationship with both individual members and the Faculty as a whole.”

Balfour+Manson has around 130 staff and 23 partners, the majority of them female. “Our firm has equality in our DNA, and I think this was really important in winning the Faculty tender,” said Mrs Motion. “We were the first firm in Scotland to appoint a female partner, Ethel Houston, in 1949 and we believe we are the only firm of our size in Scotland to have a majority female partnership. We signed up last year to the Faculty’s Fair Instruction Policy.”

Iain Reid, CEO of the Faculty of Advocates added;  “We were impressed with Balfour + Manson’s comprehensive response to our tender exercise and look forward to working with them over the coming years.”


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