The Last Balfour

The Last Balfour in ‘Balfour + Manson’

End of an era at famous law firm

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It was the end of an era for Edinburgh law firm Balfour + Manson at the end of 2021 as Ian Balfour, the last of his family in the business, finally retired at the age of 89.

His grandfather William Balfour founded the firm in 1887 – and Ian began as an apprentice in 1952, the year before the Queen’s coronation. The old trams ran past the office in Frederick Street and there was a stop at the door.

Despite retiring as a partner when he reached 65 in 1997, he stayed on as a consultant with the firm and continued working as a sheriff court auditor, advising the courts when parties could not agree on expenses that had been awarded.

Now, after working for 69 years, he has decided to retire altogether.



Read the Evening News article about Ian’s working life by Ian Swanson

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Sheriff Court Insignia

Appointment and Resignation of Sheriff Court Auditor

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Retirement card
Some kind words from colleagues and friends