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Burness Paull LLP

50 LOTHIAN ROAD, EDINBURGH, EH3 9WJ, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 473 6000
Fax:
Fax 0131 473 6006
DX:
ED73 EDINBURGH
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www.burnesspaull.com
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

David Goodbrand

Tel:
Work +44 (0)131 473 6125
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Burness Paull LLP

Work Department

Commercial

Position

David leads our IP, technology & commercial team. He specialises in advising clients on outsourcing arrangements, IT projects, IP licensing, complex commercial contracts and the use of information. He also advises clients on areas including competition compliance, contractual restrictions and merger control.

Career

1996 Trainee at Wright Johnstone and Mackenzie; 1998 Admitted as Solicitor and joined Burness; 2002 Associate at Burness; 2006 Partner at Burness (now Burness Paull)

Education

LLB (Hons); Dip LP


Scotland: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Burness Paull LLP handles merger control aspects of high-value and high-profile transactions, advises on competition issues arising from commercial agreements and manages competition disputes. A dedicated team led by director Graeme Palmer focuses on procurement and state aid. Although the practice attracts competition law work from clients in a wide range of sectors, particular areas of strength are financial services, food and drink, and energy. Complementing its work for private sector organisations, the practice also has a notable public sector offering, where key clients include Highlands & Islands Enterprise and City of Edinburgh Council. Practice head David Goodbrand advised Highland Spring on developing key relationships with its distributors, which included managing competition issues. On the transactional side, Goodbrand handled the competition aspects of Standard Life’s acquisition of Baigrie Davies Holdings.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Burness Paull LLP regularly acts for technology businesses, financial services companies, oil and gas companies and public sector entities on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IT matters. It added to its bench strength with the recruitment of the ‘knowledgeable’ Callum Sinclair, who joined as head of technology from DLA Piper Scotland LLP; he advised Glasgow City Council on the procurement of ICT services while also providing procurement advice to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise with regards to its Community Broadband Scotland project, rolling out high-speed broadband to rural areas. David Goodbrand advised Payfont – a technology start-up specialising in cyber solutions for data protection and online payment transactions – on a number of technology matters, including data processing and data protection. Colin Hulme has ‘extensive breadth and depth of knowledge’ and is the main contact for contentious IT work. Senior associate Neeraj Thomas is ‘a real workhorse’.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Regarded as ‘one of the leading IP firms in Scotland’, Burness Paull LLP is particularly well known for its strong contentious practice, handling high-profile enforcement campaigns while the protection of confidential information and trade secrets constitutes a significant area of growth for the ‘fantastic’ practice. Well regarded litigator and head of contentious IP Colin Hulme continues to manage Sky’s enforcement programme across Scotland, which involves the enforcement of Sky’s on-screen logos copyrights through interdict proceedings in the Court of Session. On the non-continuous side, the practice is well versed in handling high-profile IP transactions and sport sponsorship matters. David Goodbrand jointly heads the non-contentious team with Callum Sinclair, who joined from DLA Piper Scotland LLP; Goodbrand advised Brown-Forman – one of America’s largest wine and spirit businesses – on the acquisition of the BenRiach Distillery, the owner of the BenRiach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh Scotch whisky brands and trade marks. In another highlight, Goodbrand advised Standard Life Investments on the renewal of its sponsorship and global partnering with the Ryder Cup in 2018. Senior associate Neeraj Thomas is ‘responsive and discreet’.

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