A LAW firm that counts US president Donald Trump among its clients set aside an additional £135,000 in the last financial year to settle potential professional negligence claims.

Balfour & Manson, which in 2015 represented the Trump International Golf Club Scotland in the UK Supreme Court, said it had increased its provision for liabilities in the year to the end of October 2016 because “potential claims have been made against the [partnership] over advice given”.

In accounts filed with Companies House this week the firm disclosed that its provision fund increased from £201,223 at the start of the year to £315,000 at the end, with almost £10,000 being paid out during the 12 months.

The firm, which said it is appealing the claims against it, said it could not disclose information about them “on the grounds that it can be expected to seriously prejudice” their outcome.

The accounts also reveal that while the firm’s turnover for the year increased by five per cent to £8.8 million, the amount of profit available for partner pay fell by seven per cent to £2.9m.

The firm, which specialises in cash-intensive personal injury and medical negligence claims, took on additional short-term debt during the year, taking its total borrowings to just under £2m.

In 2015 Balfour & Manson inherited Mr Trump as a client from Dundas & Wilson, which was taken over by UK firm CMS that year.

Chairman Elaine Motion represented the then tycoon as he took a challenge against a wind farm near his Aberdeenshire golf course to the Supreme Court. The claim was ultimately unsuccessful.