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Brexit law firm Balfour + Manson revamps top team

Elaine Motion

Elaine Motion: led historic Brexit case

Legal firm Balfour+Manson has revamped its leadership, with a new senior management team of three partners – Ann Logan, Robert Holland and Alan Gilfillan.

Previously, the firm was led by executive chairman Elaine Motion, who remains as chairman of the partnership.

Mrs Motion led the historic Brexit case which resulted in the UK Supreme Court ruling Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful.

“Elaine has done a fantastic job as Executive Chairman, while also doing very demanding and high-profile client work,” said Ann Logan, a Litigation Partner and Personal Injury specialist. “She was keen to hand on the executive reins as part of a long-term succession planning strategy, while remaining as chair and continuing her high-profile client work.

“The partnership decided that a Senior Management Team of three was the best structure – and the three of us were elected in a free vote of the 23 Partners.”

Robert Holland, Head of Employment, added: “Elaine has a high profile as a result of the Brexit cases and this is a perfect time to capture that as she concentrates on a more outward-facing role as chairman. At the same time, the new team will look to draw heavily on her experience as we work together to drive the firm to the next level.”

Alan Gilfillan, a Commercial Law Partner, said:  “The three of us have different expertise and skills and it’s important that we represent a wide cross-section of the business.”

Elaine Motion said: “Ann, Robert and Alan are great lawyers and excellent leaders and I look forward to working with them to build an even stronger future for Balfour+Manson.”



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