Gordon Balfour

Year of Call 2002        

"His attention to detail is first class and his advice is always pragmatic. He has an impressive grasp of the law and an excellent ability to absorb and understand complicated factual detail." - Chambers UK 2020

"He adds value to every step of a case" - Legal 500 UK 2020

Gordon is primarily instructed to act on behalf of insurance clients in a wide variety of disputes. He is ranked Band 1 for personal injury in both the Legal 500 and Chambers. He has extensive experience in high value claims arising out of catastrophic injury (both spinal and brain injury); fatal accidents; and industrial disease. He is particularly skilled in the quantification of damages and has given several seminars on the application of the Ogden Tables and on Periodical Payment Orders.


Gordon has substantial experience in property damage cases, many involving complex claims of high value. He is regularly instructed in professional negligence actions including construction disputes; claims against solicitors and surveyors; and medical negligence cases. He also has expertise in contractual disputes.

Kavreli Group Limited v Aviva Insurance Limited [2019] 4 WLUK 585
Counsel for defender in claim for indemnity under an insurance policy following a fire.  Defender assoilzied following proof concerning misrepresentations by the pursuer.

O’Connor v Scottish Water [2018] CSOH 75
Counsel for pursuer in property damage claim involving the formation of a sinkhole.  Successful after proof involving extensive technical evidence.

AH v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2018] CSOH 57
Junior counsel for one of the defenders in the leading Scottish case against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh products.

Dundee City Council & others v D Geddes (Contractors) Limited 2014 SLT 764, [2014] CSOH 164, [2017] CSOH 108
Junior counsel for defender in high value case concerning the supply of chippings for use in road construction. Defender assoilzied after proof in Commercial Court.

Cruden Buildings & Renewals Limited v Scottish Water [2017] CSOH 98
Counsel for defender in property damage case. Successfully argued that the pursuer had no title to sue.

A J Allan (Blairnyle) Ltd v Strathclyde Fire Board 2016 SC 304; [2014] CSOH 135
Counsel for defender in leading case concerning the duties of care owed by the fire service.

Cole v Advocate General for Scotland Court of Session 2015 SLT 504
Counsel for defender in case concerning res judicata in the context of provisional damages.

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