Balfour & Manson takes on rival’s PI team

Edinburgh’s Balfour & Manson has scooped the bulk of the personal injury (PI) practice of Aberdeen’s Burnside Kemp Fraser, gaining its first office outside the Scottish capital in the process.

The move comes after three-partner firm Burnside Kemp Fraser was absorbed by Simpson & Marwick.

David Burnside, a former Burnside Kemp Fraser partner, said the firm had decided to dispose of those parts of the PI practice that conflicted with Simpson & Marwick’s insurer clients.

Simpson & Marwick, with 23 partners, has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow and counts a large number of major insurance companies among its clients, including Zurich and Aviva.

Burnside said no consideration had been paid for the files, but that a decision on how fees would be apportioned would take place after the conclusion of the cases.

Burnside Kemp Fraser and Balfours partner Fred Tyler have had a longstanding relationship, working together for claimants on the Lockerbie and Chinook helicopter crash cases.

In a separate move, Balfours last week opened a one-partner satellite office outside Glasgow to operate as Disability Legal Services.