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Brodies LLP

31-33 UNION GROVE, ABERDEEN, AB10 6SD, SCOTLAND
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Work 01224 392242
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The 'excellent' team at Brodies LLP 'provides swift and accurate advice' and handles a broad spectrum of transport sector work. The 'very knowledgeable and proactive' Duncan MacLean is the key contact for shipping and marine work, which includes ship finance, transactional and chartering advice and assistance with continuous issues, Roger Cotton specialises in rail franchising matters while the 'experienced' Jackie McGuire and the 'extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient' Odell Milne are well versed in handling road and rail-related issues.

Practice head(s):Duncan MacLean

Other key lawyers:Roger Cotton; Jackie McGuire; Odell Milne; Karen Hamilton

Testimonials

'The firm's knowledge of and expertise in the railway and construction sectors are unparalleled.'

'The team resolves issues quickly and engages with the client throughout the process.'

'The team consists of professional and knowledgeable lawyers who are nice to deal with.'

'Practical, solution-based approach to problems.'

'The firm can deal with any problem and always takes a commercial approach.'

'Always delivers on time.'

'The practice always strives to be better and keeps its clients and fellow professionals abreast of changes in the industry and legislation.'

'Duncan MacLean takes a pragmatic and commercial approach, which best serves both the insurer and the client.'

Key Clients

Abellio ScotRail

Transocean

Ferguson Marine Engineering

Network Rail

Maersk

Transport Scotland

Perth and Kinross Council

CalMac Ferries

Aberdeen City Council

Associated British Ports

Lerwick Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising client on the construction of the world’s two first roll on/roll off dual-fuelled passenger ferries.
  • Advised Bank of Scotland on its position as lender to Pentland Ferries; owner of a new catamaran ferry being constructed in Vietnam, which included advice on the shipbuilding contract through to the funding and security arrangements.
  • Providing advice to both companies on various claims made against them by passengers, crew or cargo interests as well as on regulatory investigations.
  • Regular advice on on-going operations and future developments, including a  marina and reclamation project and deep water port expansion in Stornoway and a decommissioning project of an oil platform in Lerwick.
  • Advised the oil company on contractual matters to enable an uninterrupted supply of oil to customers.
Leading individuals

Duncan MacLean - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The corporate team at Brodies LLP is spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and advises its stellar client base on domestic and international transactions across a wide range of industry sectors. Already recognised as an established staple in the Scottish corporate space, the Brodies offering recently expanded its senior ranks through the promotion to partner of David Lightbody in Edinburgh. Shuna Stirling leads the team, which also includes Julian Voge and William Mcintosh.

Practice head(s):Shuna Stirling

Other key lawyers:Julian Voge; Neil Burgess; William McIntosh; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; David Lightbody; Liz Bruce

Testimonials

'Brodies is extremely efficient in ensuring that acquisitions are completed in a timely manner.'

'At Brodies, lawyers always go the extra mile for clients.'

'Brodies is not only a law firm but also works with a commercial and flexible approach, providing expert advice. The corporate team provides first-class direct access and expertise in a number of disciplines; it definitely delivers on its tier one status.'

'The individuals at Brodies provide and deliver a first-class level of service and advice, not to mention their speed of response. The confidence and expertise provided is of the calibre expected and required. They understand clients' individual needs and this is what sets them apart from their competitors. Their ability to react and manage expectations, as well as the depth and width of expertise is the reason for the firm's success.'

'Euan Tripp is concise and clear in his correspondence making it easier for foreign investors to understand the legal process undertaken. Additionally, he has a certain level of patience which inspires confidence.'

'Shuna Stirling is a thoroughly experienced lawyer and has fantastic people skills. She explains the process in plain English and is always available if the clients have any questions.'

'David Lightbody has always been quick to advise, and is an indispensable asset in dealing with investor relations and general corporate management.'

Key Clients

Chivas Brothers / Pernod Ricard

Danfoss

INEOS Upstream / INEOS Commercial

Netflix

Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd

Abellio Group

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Subsea 7

Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP

Azinor Catalyst Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead advisers on the sale of the Episerver group to Insight Venture Partners.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of FIM Services to Gresham House.
  • Acted for Danfoss on its majority acquisition of Artemis Intelligent Power Limited from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
  • Advised Kongsberg Maritime Limited on the sale of its worldwide subsea and harsh environment camera business.
  • Acted for the Brickability Group on the simultaneous acquisition of the entire issued share capital of five separate target entities, including Towelrads and Crest.
Leading individuals

Julian Voge - Brodies LLP

Shuna Stirling - Brodies LLP

William McIntosh - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

David Lightbody - Brodies LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP 's Aberdeen offering has expertise across the full range of corporate matters, advising private and public companies and institutions, high-net worth individuals and the third sector. The corporate team is able to support clients in virtually all sectors of key importance to the Scottish economy, including oil and gas, fishing and maritime, property, education, funds and financial services and technology. Over recent years the firm has strengthened its ranks in Aberdeen with a number of relocation and hires, including Tom Boulton-Jones and Douglas Crawford. Senior associate Shona Tennant specialises in IT and complex commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Shuna Stirling

Other key lawyers:Douglas Crawford; Gill Summers; Tom Boulton-Jones; Shona Tennant; Gemma Hills

Testimonials

'Brodies focuses on its delivery to the client's requirements through a positive, collaborative approach.'

'The corporate lawyers at Brodies are very willing to help in any way they can. The team works together extremely well and has great knowledge in the subjects they have to deal with.'

'The flexible, tolerant, detail-oriented, business-minded people at Brodies are willing to challenge when it is in the client's best interests.'

Key Clients

INEOS Upstream/INEOS Commercial Services UK

Drum Property Group Ltd

Dana Petroleum

John Lawrie Group

Tulloch Homes Group

ROVOP Group

Cooke Aquaculture

Caley Group

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Shetland Catch Ltd

Ocean Blue Quota Company Limited

Monymusk Land Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for ROVOP Group on the acquisition of certain key strategic assets from M2 Group.
  • Acting for Parklands Limited and its management team on the £5m investment by BGF, split between equity and loan notes.
  • Advising Motorsport Aftermarket Group on the sale of Renthal Limited, the motorcycle and cycle accessories brand.
  • Advising Moorfield Real Estate Fund III on the sale of the company owning the Atlantic Quay I building in Glasgow.
Leading individuals

Douglas Crawford - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Tom Boulton-Jones - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Shona Tennant - Brodies LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP fields corporate tax experts such as Isobel D’Inverno and Glasgow-based Heather Gibson as part of its dedicated group. The practice advises businesses on complex transactions, but also acts for the individuals behind the businesses - both investors and management - on their personal tax affairs. This can range from effective remuneration and investment structures, to exit strategies and protecting wealth and assets for the next generation.

Practice head(s):Alan Barr; Isobel d'Inverno

Other key lawyers:Heather Gibson

Testimonials

'Brodies' corporate experts are proactive and practical, eager to find workable solutions.'

'Brodies is a great commercial, pragmatic and London-quality firm based in Edinburgh.'

'Isobel D'Inverno has a very thorough knowledge of private and corporate law.'

'Heather Gibson is a young lawyer with a great appetite for work.'

'Duncan Cathie is careful and caring.'

'Karen Davidson brings real commerciality to the team as an ex-Big 4 partner.'

Key Clients

Endeavour Acquisition UK Limited/AKKR

Silver Lake

Drum Property Group

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Drum Development Group

Anadna Properties Limited and Cerberus Capital Management

The Shareholders of FIM Services Limited

FIM Services Limited

Shareholders of Barrhead Travel Group

Dundee Studio

Moorfield Real Estate Fund III (MREF III)

Danfoss

S. Harrison Developments

Work highlights

  • Provided tax advice to Endeavour Acquisition UK on the $1.16bn sale of the Episerver group by US private equity house Accel-KKR to Insight Venture Partners.
  • Assisted Silver Lake with UK tax and stamp duty advice in connection with the recommended cash acquisition of the ZPG group by funds managed by Silver Lake.
  • Advised Drum Property Group on the tax structuring of the Buchanan Wharf development project.
  • Acted for Anadna Properties Ltd in the purchase of Maxim Office Park, Euro Central, Glasgow from Tritax Euro Central EZ Unit Trust.
Leading individuals

Isobel d'Inverno - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Heather Gibson - Brodies LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP handles merger control, regulatory compliance and investigations, state aid, public procurement and contentious issues across the full spectrum of EU and national competition law. Being one of the only Scottish firms with a Brussels office, the team has been advising on Brexit queries over the past few years. Practice head Charles Livingstone sits in Glasgow and regularly collaborates with the firm's oil and gas practice to assist major clients with competition matters in the sector. In Edinburgh, experienced litigator and firm chair Christine O’Neill - the pre-eminent public law specialist in Scotland' - maintains close connections with the Scottish Government.

Practice head(s):Charles Livingstone

Other key lawyers:Christine O'Neill; Roger Cotton

Testimonials

'Brodies' EU and competition team always provides detailed, accurate and timely legal advice that is also commercially and pragmatically focused.'

'Charles Livingstone has an excellent knowledge of the subject, gives practical advice efficiently and within required time limits.'

'Christine O'Neill, Charles Livingstone and Roger Cotton know their respective areas of law, have excellent communication skills and are able to tailor their advice to their individual clients.'

'Christine O'Neill stands out in all areas, not just in public law in which she is the pre-eminent specialist among solicitors in Scotland. She also has an excellent practice in EU and commercial matters and substantial knowledge in both areas.'

Key Clients

The Scotch Whisky Association

Lothian Buses Limited

Abellio

Scottish Water Business Stream

AGS Airports Limited

Aberdeen City Council

Scottish Government

Groupe Grimaud Y

Accel-KKR

Lerwick Port Authority

Danfoss A/S

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Abellio on its bid for the East Midlands Rail Franchise.
  • Chairman Christine O’Neill was junior counsel for the Lord Advocate in the defence of the UK Government’s challenge to the UK Withdrawal from the European Union Bill, the first time the UK Government had referred a Scottish Parliament Bill to the Supreme Court.
  • Acted for French life sciences business Groupe Grimaud in obtaining CMA clearance for the disposal of Hubbard Holding, its broiler chicken division, to Aviagen Group Holding.
  • Advised Accel-KKR on the sale of Episerver, helping the client and the target respond to merger control and antitrust diligence questions from various bidders, in relation to a number of jurisdictions.
  • Provided state aid and procurement advice to Lerwick Port Authority on developing the port, including investing in a new fish market and options for investing in UK Continental Shelf decommissioning facilities.
Leading individuals

Charles Livingstone - Brodies LLP

Christine O'Neill - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The 'well informed and approachable' Paul Marshall heads up Brodies LLP's 'highly experienced and efficient' corporate crime and investigations practice, which is particularly active in the oil and gas, banking and financial services, food and drink, life sciences, construction and public sectors and assists clients with investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption. Competition and trade law expert Rod Lambert moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Paul Marshall

Testimonials

'Paul Marshall handles sensitive and serious matters very carefully.'

'Go-to firm for any regulatory and criminal matters.'

'Has a depth of resource and legal expertise.'

'Quickly establishes all the facts surrounding an event and acts with urgency to ensure the interests of the client are best served.'

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP fields an 'excellent' team, which is frequently involved in many of Scotland's most high-profile disputes, most notably those arising from food and drink sector contracts, oil and gas contracts, debt and asset recovery and the international supply of goods and services. The team led by Stephen Goldie is equally well versed in handling corporate disputes and has a strong alternative dispute resolution offering. 'Litigation heavyweight' Joyce Cullen and Iain Rutherford, who also handles high-value arbitration claims, are recommended, as is 'bright' professional negligence expert Tony Jones QC, who joined the firm in June 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP, and associate Monica Connolly, who has particular expertise in high-value IT disputes.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:Joyce Cullen; Tony Jones QC; Iain Rutherford; Ken MacDonald; Monica Connolly

Testimonials

'Very professional, friendly, responsive.'

'Joyce Cullen is a pleasure to work with. She always provides pragmatic, and commercially sensible advice.'

'The firm has a track record of hiring some of the best and brightest associates.'

'Joyce Cullen is an unflappable doyenne of Scottish litigation solicitors.'

'Ken MacDonald is a seasoned litigator with a remarkable depth of expertise in the oil and gas sector.'

'Driven, well resourced and committed.'

'Tony Jones QC is bullish yet pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Johnston Press

Highland Wood Energy

Scottish Water Business Stream

Oil States International

McLaughlin and Harvey

PRA Group (UK)

Moneybarn

NVT

Work highlights

  • Acting for Highland Wood Energy in seeking damages for the early termination of a contract.
Leading individuals

Joyce Cullen - Brodies LLP

Tony Jones QC - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Monica Connolly - Brodies LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP routinely handles debt and asset recovery work for banks and other financial institutions, debt purchasers and debt collection agencies as well as utility providers. Stephen Goldie and Iain Rutherford jointly head the 'very professional' team.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goldie; Iain Rutherford

Testimonials

'The team's attitude to their clients and work sets a very good example within the industry.'

'They have sound knowledge about the Scottish debt recovery and litigation process.'

'The team is quick to respond and answers any questions you may have, despite the busy caseload they have.'

Key Clients

Moneybarn No.1 t/a Moneybarn

Scottish Water Business Stream t/a Business Stream

Fleximize

Credit Style

PRA Group (UK)

Clearwin

Work highlights

  • Acting as Clearwin’s sole supplier of collections and litigation services in Scotland in relation to pursuing customers for unpaid contract sums.
Next Generation Partners

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's banking and finance team has recently undergone significant growth at the non-partner level, expanding on the existing strength of the highly regarded partner group, which is led by Bruce Stephen. The practice is noted for its infrastructure, renewable energy and oil and gas finance work, real estate finance issues and corporate and acquisition finance matters. Also key is its strength in the marine finance space, where it acts on numerous new construction and vessel acquisition financings at a global level; this expertise is led by Neal Richardson and is particularly strong in the pelagic fishing, cargo vessel, emergency response and rescue vessel, and passenger ferry markets. Other key practitioners include Michael Stoneham, who leads the energy and infrastructure practice; and real estate finance specialist Chris Dun.

Practice head(s):Bruce Stephen

Other key lawyers:Michael Stoneham; Peter Kelly; Alan Knowles; Neal Richardson; Chris Dun; Marion MacInnes

Testimonials

'Brodies has good levels of experience across the team.'

'The finance team at Brodies is efficient, known for its quick turnaround times, reasonable pricing and good client relationship skills.'

'The banking group is made up of approachable, sensible and smart lawyers. They take a business-focused approach to the advice they provide and are quick to anticipate issues and suggest options.'

'Neal Richardson is worthy of special mention. He is very efficient and always turns work around quickly to a good standard and reasonable price.'

'Bruce Stephen stands out for his quick responses. He identifies the issues and focuses on solutions and options. His counsel is always sensible and clear.'

'Housing sector expert Chris Dun is personally very hands-on in both the drafting of loan agreements and the project management stage. He takes a project from cradle to grave.'

'Alan Knowles is very quick to respond and always remains calm and good-humoured.'

'Kimberley Ryder-Forman, an associate in the team, provides high levels of service.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

HSBC BankPLC

UniCredit BankAG

Shawbrook Bank

Whyte & Mackay

DNB Bank

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC

Toscafund

CBRE Loan Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the asset management team of a German investment bank on a multi-jurisdictional real estate finance negotiation relating to the acquisition of an investment property in Glasgow's business district.
  • Assisted The European Investment Bank with a £185m debt facility to the Wheatley Housing Group.
  • Acted for Brickability Enterprises Investments on a syndicated acquisition financing transaction.
  • Instructed by a renewable energy developer as borrower on senior and mezzanine finance facilities for three English gas peaking projects.
  • Advising a challenger bank focused on international trade and development on its £150m financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of hydropower plants.
Leading individuals

Bruce Stephen - Brodies LLP

Chris Dun - Brodies LLP

Michael Stoneham - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Neal Richardson - Brodies LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's contentious expertise was recently bolstered by the arrival of Tony Jones QC from BTO Solicitors LLP. The insolvency and restructuring team, led from Edinburgh by Rachel Grant, represents large corporates, SMEs, public sector and regulatory clients, high-profile retailers and construction companies. Peter Kelly leads the Glasgow-based group, and Bruce Stephen handles specialised insolvency processes.

Practice head(s):Rachel Grant; Peter Kelly

Other key lawyers:Bruce Stephen; Shirley Li-Ting; Louise Laing; Lucy McCann; Amy McVey

Testimonials

'Led by Rachel Grant, this is one of the strongest teams in the Scottish insolvency and corporate recovery field. At Brodies, the advice is robust, detailed and well thought through with a commercial application for the client.'

'Brodies fields a strong team at all levels with great expertise combined with practical experience.'

'The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Brodies provides strong technical and commercial advice, which enables insolvency practitioners to make important decisions on complex issues.'

'Rachel Grant is one of the leading insolvency and corporate recovery lawyers in Scotland.'

'Rachel Grant is an extremely capable solicitor who has always been able to offer a practical solution to any issue. She is always approachable and quick to respond, which is a huge asset when faced with a time pressured situation.'

Key Clients

PwC LLP

KPMG LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

BDO LLP

Aver Advisory Services

Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited

Henderson Loggie

Scottish Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of directors of Angus Cereals on its financial distress and subsequently acted for FRP Advisory as joint administrators.
  • Advised the board of directors of Deveron Homes and Deveron Construction and subsequently KPMG as joint administrators.
  • Instructed by the joint liquidators of RFC 2012 (formerly Rangers Football Club) to advise on all aspects of its liquidation.
  • Acted for Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants as trustee on the sequestration of  Ross Harper Solicitors.
Leading individuals

Rachel Grant - Brodies LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's team, led by Andrew Akintewe, advises on all aspects of investment fund structures and terms including investment companies and unit trusts, offshore vehicles including protected cell companies, classic partnerships and LLPs. Karen Fountain is singled out by clients for 'using her knowledge in a pragmatic manner', and Paul McLaughlin specialises in the various uses of LLPs, general partnerships and SLPs.

Practice head(s):Andrew Akintewe

Other key lawyers:Karen Fountain; Paul McLaughlin

Testimonials

'Karen Fountain is key to the advice provided by Brodies.'

'Brodies fields a small tight-knit group, which delivers an exceptional service with excellent value for money.'

'Karen Fountain is very knowledgeable on the UK investment environment, and uses that knowledge in a pragmatic manner. She is always available and attentive to clients' needs.'

Key Clients

FIM and Gresham House Group

HIPCC and Helios Underwriting PLC

MSCI Inc.

LXB Retail Properties Fund LP

North East Scotland Pension Fund

Promethean Investments LLP

Schulenburg Capital

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

TPG Europe LLP

Grosvenor Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising the Grosvenor Estates on the terms of its investment in a series of private equity, debt and other investment funds.
  • Assisted with restructuring FIM renewable energy funds as well as capital raising projects.
  • Advising North East Scotland Pension Fund, one of Scotland’s major public sector pension funds, on investments into alternative investment funds.
  • Instructed by Arjun Infrastructure Partners to advise on aspects of its acquisition and development of a shareholding in the holding vehicle of a multi-national motorway services area operator.
  • Advised Helios Underwriting and H I PCC on the structure, marketing and establishment of an investment product to give exposure to Lloyd’s underwriting.
Leading individuals

Andrew Akintewe - Brodies LLP

Karen Fountain - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Acclaimed for its proficiency in employment law, Brodies LLP provides its clients with wide-ranging 'practical and prompt' advice including transactional support as well as assistance with investigations and Employment Tribunal claims. Its expertise spans various sectors including the public and third sectors alongside the finance, education, manufacturing, transport, oil and gas industries. The 'extraordinary' Tony Hadden heads the team which includes recommended industrial relations expert Joan Cradden and 'very smart' director Brian Campbell, who has extensive litigation expertise. Paul McMahon left the firm in December 2018 to work as employment judge. Elaine McIlroy, joined the team from Weightmans in August 2019, bringing expertise in immigration.

Practice head(s):Tony Hadden

Other key lawyers:Joan Cradden; Lynne Marr; Brian Campbell; Ashley Topping; Elaine McIlroy

Testimonials

'You can always rely on the team to work to very tight deadlines.'

'The team has the fantastic capability to advise on matters and see them through to advocacy in Employment Tribunals which gives them a massive advantage over firms who need to instruct external advocates.'

'Tony Hadden is an advocate with an outstanding track record of success.'

'The team offers sound, pragmatic advice which takes into account reputational issues.'

'Lynne Marr is exceptional. She inspires confidence in her advice through her pragmatic approach and sound grasp of the issues that matter most to the client.'

Key Clients

Teleperformance

Dana Petroleum

AXIS Capital

8x8 UK

Prudential

American Express

Abellio

D.C. Thomson

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Abellio in a claim brought against it on the grounds of sex, age and disability discrimination.
  • Advising Queen Margaret University on a wide range of HR matters arising from the client's organisational change.
  • Providing long-standing client Prudential with advice on the full range of employment law and HR-related matters, including senior exits and recruitment as well as GDPR and employment tribunal litigation.
Leading individuals

Joan Cradden - Brodies LLP

Tony Hadden - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Brian Campbell - Brodies LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP acts for corporate clients alongside insurers across various industries with particular expertise in the marine and fishing, construction, oil and gas and leisure sectors. Noted for its full-service offering, the team routinely advises on regulatory issues and acts for clients in regulatory and internal investigations and subsequent court actions. Elena Fry heads the team, which includes professional negligence lawyer Tony Jones QC, who joined the firm in June 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:Duncan MacLean; Paul Marshall; Malcolm Mackay; Laura McMillan; Tony Jones QC

Testimonials

'Pro-active engagement.'

'Good focus on adding value for the client.'

'Makes options available clearly understood.'

'Paul Marshall provides timely, considered and balanced advice.'

'Very good attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Advance Construction Group

Abellio

City Holdings

Babcock International Group

National Express Group

Sunderland Marine

Steamship P&I

Standard P&I

Northlink Ferries

CalMac Ferries

Zurich

Subsea 7

Aberdeen City Council

Air Transat

Work highlights

  • Advising Sunderland Marine Insurance Company and owners of MFV Nancy Glen after the loss of the fishing vessel, and two fatalities, including an investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
  • Advised Sunderland Marine Insurance and its insured, owner of fishing vessel Annie T, on a regulatory investigation following a fatal man overboard incident from a fishing vessel in a remote location on the Western Isles including representation at the Fatal Accident Inquiry.
  • Advising Northlink Ferries on marine health and safety issues and also acting via its insurers handling any claims concerning passengers, crew or cargo interests.
  • Advising CalMac Ferries on various claims and provides assistance with investigations by various bodies such as MCA, MAIB and HSE.
  • Instructed by Clyde Fishermen’s Association to investigate and represent one of its skipper members in a charge of criminal damage to static fishing gear while trawling.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Juliet Bayne's 'absolutely committed and professional' team at Brodies LLP puts significant emphasis on pension trustee work, advising on defined pension schemes and the transfer of existing schemes to master trust arrangements, while also providing corporate employers with transactional pension law support and assisting various public sector clients with sector specific pension law matters.

Practice head(s):Juliet Bayne

Testimonials

'Juliet Bayne takes ownership of issues and leads her team by example. She is a good communicator and delivers advice in a clear and easily understood manner.'

'Charges realistic fees.'

'Tasks are appropriately resourced between senior and junior staff with good levels of oversight.'

'Genuine expertise in the niche area of local government pension schemes.'

'Hard-working, conscientious, professional, intelligent, pragmatic.'

'Does not sit on the fence and is willing to give a firm opinion on issues even if it's not the answer the client wants to hear.'

'Provides an excellent service.'

'Meets deadlines very effectively.'

'Juliet Bayne is always prepared to deal with matters regardless of her other deadlines.'

Key Clients

Menzies Pension Fund

Baxters Food Group

BPI Pension Trustees

Prudential Assurance Company

Trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan

Intel Corporation

Trustees of the Emtelle UK Defined Benefit Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Gates UK Pension Scheme

Lothian Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on the controlled entry of British Steel Pension Scheme into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), part of the joint venture between Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel.
  • Advised this long-standing client on a bespoke deferred premium buy-out with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).
  • On-going advice on a rectification project concerning the equalisation of normal retirement ages.
  • Provided advice on a benefit redesign exercise which ultimately enabled this pension scheme to be bought out with an insurer and all members’ benefits secured.
  • Advice on preparing the buy-out and wind-up of a long-running occupational defined benefit pension scheme with a complex benefit structure.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP acts for a varied roster of clients including major healthcare providers and large insurers, defending complex cases often involving alleged breach of duty, such as those arising from deaths in custody, defective medical products, aesthetic surgery and ophthalmology. The strong team is led by the 'impressively efficient' Duncan Mawby, who has more than 17 years’ experience acting for the three major defence unions in Scotland. Mawby regularly advises the Medical and Defence Union of Scotland as one of the organisation's leading external panel solicitors, a relationship which has been strengthened by the recent secondment of associate Jill Harris  to the union's in-house legal team in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):Duncan Mawby

Other key lawyers:Jill Harris

Testimonials

'Brodies are a top tier Scottish firm with capability in every field, which is rare in the market.'

'Brodies are friendly, approachable, swift in dealing with new and sometimes urgent matters that arise 24 hours a day, seven days a week.'

'Duncan Mawby is a very competent and experienced lawyer.'

Key Clients

Zurich

RSA

Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Association of Optometrists

Spire Healthcare Ltd

RPC

Leading individuals

Duncan Mawby - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Jill Harris - Brodies LLP

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP handles a wide range of cases for major insurers and large companies, with a particular specialism in offshore accidents. The team defends class actions across a range of areas in the personal injury arena, including product liability and public liability, and also defends high value motor accidents, fatal claims and catastrophic injury claims. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO during 2018, adding considerable expertise to the practice. In 2017 partner Elena Fry spent two years as the head of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers in Scotland and was appointed as a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council in late 2017.

Practice head(s):Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:Tony Jones QC

Testimonials

'Brodies is a top tier Scottish firm with capability in every field, which is rare in the market. They have an excellent brand and reputation, which is backed up by their performance on any case I've instructed them on.'

'Elena Fry is a first-class solicitor - arguably the best in the market. She gets to the heart of any issues on a case very quickly, is pragmatic, and has very strong commercial acumen.'

Key Clients

Aviva

Zurich

Ensatar/Starstone Underwriting

Scottish Power Ltd

Axis Capital

Babcock International Group

Subsea 7

Sunderland Marine Insurance

National Express Group

Cape Plc

Abellio Ltd

CalMac Ferries

Anasuria Operating Company

Gard P&I Club

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Work highlights

  • Acted for Turning Point Scotland and its insurer, Zurich, in an unusual case brought by the family of Francis Hughes, a man who died in the care of Turning Point Scotland's homelessness centre as a result of alcohol withdrawal.
  • Acting for Sunderland Marine Insurance and their insured fishing vessel owner in the defence of a claim for damages following catastrophic injury to a foreign seafarer in Scottish waters.
  • Representing a large insurer and coach company in a Court of Session case concerning a fatal coach incident, in a claim intimated by the husband of one of the passengers who died.
Leading individuals

Elena Fry - Brodies LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP took on Tony Jones QC from BTO Solicitors LLP in mid-2018 and also increased its team's partner count during the year with the promotion of 'refreshingly frank' Louise Kelso, an accredited mediator and a specialist in solicitor negligence. The practice handles the defence of some of the most important construction claims in Scotland on behalf of engineers, while managing a broader caseload which encompasses solicitor negligence, surveyor negligence and broker negligence across various different sectors, including real estate and corporate, in addition to a range of disputes and employment claims raising issues such as discrimination and equal pay. Jones is one of only three practising civil solicitor advocate QCs in Scotland.

Practice head(s):Alan Calvert; Alisdair Matheson

Other key lawyers:Louise Kelso; Tony Jones QC

Testimonials

'Great understanding of what we need and ability to meet our requirements at short notice on multiple occasions. Very well resourced.'

'Great communication and desire to meet our requirements. Brilliant work product at short notice.'

'The professional negligence team at Brodies is first class. They all work as a genuine team to secure practical solutions for their clients.'

'Louise Kelso was exceptionally down-to-earth in her personal engagement and to-the-point, both in her accurate assessment of the situation/strengths and weaknesses of a case, and her advice on the correct practical approach to take to solve it.'

Key Clients

RSA

Aviva

RBS Group

Zurich

MS Amlin

XL Axa

Allianz

Arch

Manchester Underwriting Management

Faculty of Advocates

Axis

Work highlights

  • Successful avoidance of broker negligence claim arising from declinature of coverage for fire damage at commercial premises.
  • Multi-dispute advice arising from major infrastructure project relating to the improvement of key trunk roads in Scotland.
  • Negligence claim against counsel arising from the settlement of a significant claim against a firm of solicitors.
  • A complex and challenging claim for loss of profit against the quantity surveyor and contract administrator in a development project.
Next Generation Partners

Louise Kelso - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's team of 'industry leaders' represents rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, developers and public sector organisations on both sides of large land transactions, while also handling contentious matters such as disputes between tenants and land owners and the defence of compulsory orders to give up land. Clive Phillips has particular experience with windfarm options, leases and joint venture arrangements, areas in which he acts for both domestic and international clients. Odell Milne  advises clients including large farming businesses and poultry producers on development options, clean energy schemes, sales, acquisitions and commercial projects.

Practice head(s):Clive Philips

Other key lawyers:Odell Milne

Testimonials

"The team's technical knowledge across what is a broad sector can only be described as consistently impressive. What is equally impressive is the team's ability to apply that knowledge practically and commercially."

"The firm offers approachable and knowledgeable local solicitors with practical experience of landowner and occupier issues." 

"There is real depth in the team at Brodies and it works seamlessly with colleagues in other departments. The level of professionalism and commercial judgement are first class."

"Clive Phillips has an excellent understanding of the market and regularly provides insight into current topics."

Key Clients

Gladstone Family

Innes Estates/Innes Trading Company

Bagger-Sorensen Group

FRP Advisory

Glen Tanar Estate

Savock Biogas

Dallas Estate

Seafield & Reidhaven Estates

Dunecht Estates

2 Sisters Ltd

Farmcare Ltd

Scottish Woodlands

Marine Harvest/ Cooke Aquaculture

Scottish Land & Estates

Dalnaspidal Estates Limited

Boralex Europe Sarl

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised ERG, a leading wind energy operator in Italy, on the real estate due diligence for its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Ltd.
Leading individuals

Clive Phillips - Brodies LLP

Odell Milne - Brodies LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's charities practice acts for private trusts, grant-giving bodies, social enterprises and corporate structures looking to invest in the third sector. As the sole legal adviser to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the team is frequently instructed to advise charities on compliance issues and help new bodies set up Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs). The firm also provides exclusive advice to a range of large trusts and grant-giving bodies on a range of matters including GDPR, tax and development for charitable purposes. Practice head Alan Eccles is regarded as 'one of the leading advisers in the sector'.

Practice head(s):Alan Eccles; Brenda Scott

Testimonials

'Within the parameters of the work we asked of them (setting up two SCIOs, advising on the content of the constitutions of the SCIOs, advising lay people on the duties of charity trustees, and obtaining the opinion above referred to),  a strong performance with no discernible weaknesses.'

'Alan Eccles is recognised as one of the leading advisers in the Scottish charities sector.'

Key Clients

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Royal Incorporation of Hutchesons’ Hospital in the City of Glasgow

Cattanach Trust

Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

LAR Housing Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Little Sisters of the Poor

John Mather Trust

Malaria No More UK

Work highlights

  • Sole legal advisor for the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Scotland’s charity regulator, providing recent advice concerning the interpretation of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and providing training to OSCR on the responsibilities of charity trustees in relation to safeguarding.
  • Hired (on recommendation from Glasgow City Council’s head of legal) to provide bespoke, specialist and unusual advice and assistance to the Royal Incorporation of Hutcheson's Hospital in the City of Glasgow to promote an Act of Parliament that will allow the charity to transfer its assets to a new SCIO.
  • Appointed as sole legal advisers to Cattanach Charitable Trust, one of the largest Scottish grant-making charities, giving advice that has so far included GDPR management and implementing a memorandum of understanding to govern the relationship between trustees and the charity.
  • Appointed as sole legal advisors to act on behalf of LAR Housing Trust for the acquisition of existing developments and to assist with the acquisition of sites for new developments.
Leading individuals

Alan Eccles - Brodies LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's broad client range comprises executors, beneficiaries, administrators and trustees, as well as shareholders and solicitors. The team is notable for its expertise handling complex contentious matters, including legal rights claims, disputes arising from the death of family members intestate, and disagreements concerning inheritance tax between executors and beneficiaries. The dual-qualified Mark Stewart, who sits as Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's panel for trust law, handles the full range of estate, succession and tax planning matters. Recently promoted partner Angela McCulloch has a niche in advising financial institutions on trust and executry disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Stewart

Other key lawyers:Angela McCulloch

Testimonials

'Alan Barr provides excellent, clear and concise advice with a wide perspective.'

Work highlights

  • Represented husband in challenging will of his late wife.
  • Represented executors in defending a highly contentious legal rights claim.
  • Represented two beneficiaries in a highly contentious executry where assets were undervalued by the sole executor.
Leading individuals

Mark Stewart - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Angela McCulloch - Brodies LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The 'top flight family law team' at Brodies LLP acts for high net worth individuals and private clients, with a particular emphasis on high value divorce cases, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The large and widespread team, which is led by Shaun George, also handles the full range of child law matters, including international abduction, contact orders and child residence disputes, and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional matters pertaining to financial provision and forum shopping. Scott Cochrane has 'excellent knowledge' of international family law matters, while Lisa Girdwood is a leading voice on child abductions and the implications of Brexit in this area.

Practice head(s):Shaun George

Other key lawyers:Scott Cochrane; Lisa Girdwood

Testimonials

'Brodies has an outstanding team of family lawyers, with a deservedly great reputation. They are supported by an outstanding firm, which means that there is back-up when unforeseen issues arise in relation to other areas of law.'

'Brodies has a top flight family law team. It has a large team across three offices with strength and depth at all levels of seniority.'

'Very professional, high quality and well mannered team.'

'Lisa Girdwood is very approachable and takes time to explain things clearly.'

'Scott Cochrane was not only my solicitor, but a supportive advocate through a very difficult child custody matter. My case was very complicated with an international aspect to it and he always had extensive knowledge about the law.'

'Lisa Girdwood is well-informed and gives 100% commitment to her clients.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a case involving cross-border aspects of 'forum shopping' on maintenance and divorce.
  • Represented a client to provide a creative solution to a complicated business case subject to HMRC clearance.
  • Represented a client in a highly contentious litigation in relation to the care of his children, both at first instance and on appeal.
  • Representing a client in a case involving complex international financial provision.
  • Application for return of a child under Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 as instructed by the Scottish Government.
Leading individuals

Lisa Girdwood - Brodies LLP

Shaun George - Brodies LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP acts for a wide roster of trusts, wealthy families and individuals, with particular strength in the establishment of family investment companies and family limited partnerships and expertise in all areas of estate planning, succession planning and in structuring trusts in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Practice head Mark Stewart, a dual-qualified accredited trust specialist, sits as Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s specialist accreditation panel for trust law. The 'personable and down to earth' Alan Barr is a leading tax specialist; he previously gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament on its enhanced tax powers in relation to land and building transactions tax.

Practice head(s):Mark Stewart

Other key lawyers:Alan Barr

Testimonials

'The team's technical knowledge and practical advice is highly valued.'

'Alan Barr's advice is highly valued as his decisiveness when giving that advice.'

'Mark Stewart's technical knowledge is the best of any private client solicitor in Aberdeen. His ability to take a step back and think about bespoke solutions for clients is brilliant.'

'Alan Eccles is technically excellent and extremely efficient when producing any legal documents for our clients. He also simplifies complex issues in an eloquent manner.'

'Helen Kidd is extremely proficient and very approachable, takes great care when discussing client issues and family dynamics and always has the time to discuss separate matters when needed.'

Key Clients

Golden Charter Trust

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Golden Charter Trust on the broadest range of trust related matters.
  • Advised wealthy family seeking to structure the proceeds of sale of business and be philanthropic.
  • Advised the widow of a successful entrepreneur who died without a will.
  • Advising a wealthy businessman in relation to his personal estate planning.
Leading individuals

Alan Barr - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is noted for its advice on first-of-a-kind projects including private electricity networks, tidal stream power, greenfield district heating networks, construction portfolio finance structures and biomethane gas network projects. The team also handles power purchasing agreements, CfD projects and rural property rights issues. Jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, the group is comprised of experts from a wide range of practice areas including real estate, finance and corporate. Sarah-Jane McArthur focuses on low carbon energy projects, and managing associate Claire Reid has expertise in the wind, hydro and anaerobic sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Patterson; Kirsty Macpherson

Other key lawyers:Sarah-Jane McArthur; Claire Reid

Testimonials

'The punctual, creative, constructive and pro- active legal approach delivered by Brodies is what makes it stand out from its competitors.'

'The team is always knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond. The practitioners at Brodies are also happy to tell you when work is not required and to avoid unnecessary fees.'

'Sarah-Jane McArthur consistently shows great dexterity when it comes to guiding clients through legal challenges faced along the procurement process. She is easy to work with, always constructive and pro- active!'

Key Clients

ERG SpA

Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited

Banks Renewables Limited

Murex Energy Limited

MeyGen Limited

Forsa Energy Limited

Enercon GmbH

Orbital Marine Power Limited

GFG Alliance including SIMEC and SIMEC Atlantis Energy

FIM Gresham

Guinness Asset Management

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Goldman Sachs

Shawbrook Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simec Group on its purchase of 22 hydro projects developed by Green Highland Renewables from Ancala Partners.
  • Advised ERG on its acquisition of Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Limited, the Scottish company which owns rights to build a 22 turbine wind farm in Sutherland.
  • Handled the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Element Power UK and Ireland for Statkraft UK. This involved the purchase of operational assets in Ireland and several development assets in Scotland.
  • Advised Orbital Marine Power on the development and finance of the Orbital O2 floating tidal stream project.
  • Assisted Energy Isles with the development of a new onshore wind farm on Shetland.
Leading individuals

Keith Patterson - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sarah-Jane McArthur - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Claire Reid - Brodies LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The oil and gas team at Brodies LLP is led by M&A expert Clare Munro and was recently bolstered by the arrival of Bryan Wilson from an in-house position at Total and Rhona McFarlane's promotion to the partnership. The dedicated group handles the full gamut of work in the sector, but also has expertise in several niche areas including third-party access agreements, FPSO contracts and decommissioning work alongside notable experience in the drilling sector. Sonia Love is also a key name to note for project development work.

Practice head(s):Clare Munro

Other key lawyers:Greg May; Sonia Love; Suzanne Hopkinson; Rhona McFarlane; Bryan Wilson

Testimonials

'Brodies' extensive industry experience has earned it a formidable reputation in the oil and gas sector, not only locally but internationally.'

'The team is very experienced and can easily draw on expertise from Brodies as a whole to provide a full-service legal offering including corporate and financing, employment, dispute resolution and litigation advice.'

'Brodies stands out through its efficient and flexible organisation, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and practical guidance through a thoroughly proactive approach.'

'Clare Munro is very good to work with. She is pragmatic, commercial and solutions-driven.'

'Greg May is exceptional and a real go-to partner for any oil and gas work. His in-house experience is invaluable and helps him deliver an exceptional service to his clients.'

'Greg May is an expert in the oil and gas contracting arena and is on-call 24/7.'

'Her deep intellect, experience and calmness make Clare Munro an invaluable ally in the oil and gas world.'

Key Clients

Chevron Corporation

Total E&P UK Limited

Spirit Energy

Ithaca Energy

Premier Oil UK Ltd

Dana Petroleum

INEOS Upstream

INEOS FPS

Transocean

Shelf Drilling

Awilco Drilling Plc

Northern Offshore Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Premier Oil UK on the drafting and negotiation of a suite of agreements relating to the Tolmount Field development.
  • Instructed to act for Maersk Oil, which was acquired by Total E&P 2018, on a suite of commercial agreements supporting the Ballindalloch oil field development.
  • Acted for Chevron North Sea on the sale of its interest in Rosebank to Equinor.
Leading individuals

Clare Munro - Brodies LLP

Sonia Love - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rhona McFarlane - Brodies LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP has expertise in public law, finance, and project procurement work in its projects group and advises on the full life cycle of projects, from early stage planning to investor exits. The team is jointly led from Edinburgh by head of infrastructure Drysdale Graham and head of energy and infrastructure finance Michael Stoneham.

Practice head(s):Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur

Testimonials

'The team at Brodies is always available at short notice and helpful, provides a client-focused service and is prompt in its responses.'

'Sarah-Jane McArthur and Alisdair Matheson are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Indaver NV

Cardiff Council

Aberdeen City Council

Abellio

Banks Renewables Limited

Aberdeen Standard

Orbital Marine Power

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Work highlights

  • The team handled Abellio's involvement in the re-let of the eight year East Midlands Rail franchise by the Department for Transport.
  • Acted for the vendor shareholders of the Saur Group on a vendor due diligence exercise on its Scottish waste water assets as part of its sale to EQT Infrastructure.
  • Acting for the funders of a consortium involving Aberdeen European Infrastructure Partners as a shortlisted bidder on bundle 2 of an Irish social housing PPP programme.
  • Advising Aberdeen City Council on the development of a new £400m exhibition and conference arena for the City of Aberdeen.
Leading individuals

Drysdale Graham - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

With a fine reputation for its broad education sector offering, Brodies LLP's 'responsive' team regularly advises higher and further education sector clients as well as local authorities and government agencies on various governance structures, including new governance arrangements and sensitive reputational matters, sector-specific employment, immigration and corporate issues. Led by the 'fantastic' Brenda Scott, the group also receives frequent instructions on various contentious and non-contentious student matters.

Practice head(s):Brenda Scott

Other key lawyers:Will McIntosh; Christine O’Neill; Jackie McGuire; Lynne Marr; Joyce Cullen; Brenda Scott

Testimonials

'Works hard to understand the client's issues and concerns and contextualises its advice and support accordingly.'

Key Clients

Perth and Kinross Council

Inverness College

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Queen Margaret University

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation

University of St Andrews

Merchiston Castle School

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Scottish independent school in connection with a complaint that the school was objectionable for having failed to safeguard the well-being of its pupils.
  • Providing regular advice to the client; in 2018, this included advice on property transactions, governance, freedom of information and data security issues alongside IP and copyright disputes in order to protect SQA’s brand as well as dealing with complaints by students and parents.
  • The team is the sole supplier of legal services to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and has recently provided advice on its statutory powers and duties, its relationship with the government, colleges and universities as well as real estate, procurement, employment law and equality law matters.
  • Assisted the client with its response to challenges to decisions refusing placing requests involving children with additional support needs. This included advice on whether the council had properly applied the statutory tests, and on Assisted Support Needs Tribunal proceedings.
  • Acting for the university in a wide range of governance and student issues, including student discipline cases, policy changes to the Student Code of Conduct, part-time study and admission matters alongside litigation.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

With significant experience in the life sciences, medical devices and pharmacy sectors, Brodies LLP's 'pragmatic, responsive and very knowledgeable' multi-disciplinary team routinely advises on corporate, investment, IP, licensing and contentious matters, including proceedings against NHS boards. Jackie McGuire heads the team. IP expert Gill Grassie retired in July 2018.

Practice head(s):Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:Peter Kelly; Duncan Mawby; Christine O’Neill; Will McIntosh; Paul Marshall; Robert Buchan; Shuna Stirling; Drysdale Graham

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience in public and regulatory law.'

'Christine O’Neill is exceptional. She goes out of her way to explain the intricacies of Scots law and procedure to lay clients and English lawyers and demonstrates both a keen understanding of the client's business and a commercial awareness of the issues.'

'Great attention to detail.'

'Christine O’Neill is a pragmatist with a dry sense of humour, she is great to work with.'

'Very experienced across the sector and able to provide excellent advice at all levels of the team.'

Key Clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific

AorTech Biomaterials

W.L. Gore & Associates

The University of Edinburgh

Mirador Analytics

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Cross Healthcare

Balhousie Care Group

Omega Diagnostics

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Welcare Homes

Perth and Kinross Council

Parklands Care Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a large multi-regulated home charity on a group restructure.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's multi-disciplinary team is recognised by clients and peers alike for its outstanding expertise in advising Scottish councils on major local government projects such as infrastructure, heat and power. Led by the 'well regarded' Jackie McGuire, the practice handles contentious and non-contentious procurement work, judicial reviews and statutory appeals and advises on governance, election law and local government finance matters. Its client base also includes Arm's Length Organisations. Managing associate Niall McLean is recommended; he handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:Roger Cotton; Christine O’Neill; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Charles Livingstone; Niall McLean; Jane McMonagle; Lynne Marr; Mike Stephen

Key Clients

East Lothian Council

COSLA

Aberdeen City Counsel

Aberdeenshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Stirling Council

West Lothian Council

Glasgow City Council

Falkirk Council

Argyll and Bute Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Work highlights

  • Advising on significant roads infrastructure projects undertaken by a Scottish local authority, which will include a new bridge over one of Scotland’s largest rivers.
  • Advising Hub East Central, on behalf of Fife Council, on a district heating scheme in Glentrothes; this includes assistance with the final development and procurement of a substantial multi-customer district heating scheme in Glenrothes.
  • Advised on the development and finance of a district heating scheme using heat from sewers to provide heat to commercial developers at Clyde Gateway as part of a wider energy masterplan for the area.
  • Advised SIC on the transfer of the operator role at Sollum Voe Terminal (SVT) in Shetland from British Petroleum to EnQuest.
Leading individuals

Jackie McGuire - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Niall McLean - Brodies LLP

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

With superb reputation for its handling of all aspects of parliamentary and public affairs, including legislative drafting, public law litigation and EU public law matters, Brodies LLP receives frequent instructions from various public sector clients and commercial organisations. Its client roster includes the Scottish government, local governments, utilities, Scottish and UK regulators, colleges and universities as well as charities. The 'highly experienced and extremely responsive' practice is led by the 'highly regarded' Christine O’Neill and includes Charles Livingstone, who is recommended for his 'broad expertise'.

Practice head(s):Christine O'Neill

Other key lawyers:Jackie McGuire; Charles Livingstone

Testimonials

'Without hesitation, Christine O'Neill is the best public lawyer in practice in Scotland.'

'Leading public law solicitors in Scotland.'

'Christine O'Neill admirably combines experience and understanding while also being very approachable.'

'The team has extremely strong public law knowledge and experience.'

'Provides robust advice.'

'The team's open and friendly manner coupled with a pragmatic approach is extremely helpful.'

'Always well prepared and definitely on top of the law.'

'Charles Livingstone has a fine eye for detail and an immense capacity for hard work.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)

Lerwick Port Authority

Wildland

Scottish Housing Regulator

Royal Incorporation of Hutcheson’s Hospital

Scotch Whisky Association

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

The City of Edinburgh Council

Perth and Kinross Council

Glasgow City Council

Work highlights

  • Christine O’Neill acted as junior counsel for the Lord Advocate in the defence of the UK Government’s challenge to the UK withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, the first time the UK Government had referred a Scottish Parliament bill to the Supreme Court.
  • Advising this Scottish charity on the promotion of a private bill in the Scottish Parliament; the bill will modernise the charity’s governance arrangements by transferring its assets to a new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and thereafter dissolve the current body and repeal the 19th century legislation under which it has most recently been constituted.
  • Assisting Lerwick Port Authority with the promotion of harbour revision orders (HROs) to enable the expansion of the port to accommodate business activity, including North Sea oil and gas decommissioning activity.
  • Advised the client on various issues including the powers to intervene in the affairs of registered social landlords and on whether a local authority was discharging its duties with regard to homelessness, among other matters.
  • Drafted the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Act 2018, a Scottish Parliament Member’s Bill introduced to repeal legislation passed following a number of controversial incidents at and around football matches.
Leading individuals

Christine O'Neill - Brodies LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charles Livingstone - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The commercial property team at Brodies LLP has recently been active in the emerging build-to-rent sector; it also has notable expertise in the investment, development, hotel, retail, leisure and housebuilding industries. Recent highlights include finance work, private equity investments, hotel management agreements, construction issues and licensing mandates. On the retail side, the group regularly acts for tenants and has expanded its client roster to include Tim Hortons, Waterstones, Pandora and Under Armour; the group has also gained new foreign investor and domestic developer clients. Johane Murray heads up the real estate practice and Colin Morrison leads the hotels and leisure group and the retail team. Managing partner Nick Scott also contributes to the practice, as does James Roscoe, who focuses on investment matters. Elaine Petterson in Glasgow recently made partner.

Practice head(s):Johane Murray (Real estate); Colin Morrison (Hospitality, leisure and retail)

Other key lawyers:Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Elaine Petterson; Laurence Douglas

Testimonials

'The team is sensitive to its clients' specific requirements and strives to achieve all goals while maintaining commercial acumen in securing deals.'

'Johane Murray is solution-focused and has a great understanding of the commercial realities. This, combined with her approachable manner, establishes her as a key part of any development team. She is entirely committed to delivering the highest level of service across her team and the wider firm.'

'Colin Morrison is a class act and a very commercial operator. His team is very responsive, knowledgeable about the sector and always delivers on time and on budget.'

'Robert Foreman is very commercial and always understands the deal.'

'Brodies always provides a first-class service through its stable team.'

'Laurence Douglas is a hugely reliable legal adviser with an excellent understanding of clients' requirements and their need to hit tight schedules in the context of store openings. Work is undertaken diligently but also with good humour.'

Key Clients

Peveril Securities

Royal London

Ediston/Clydebuilt

Drum Property Group

Peel Outlets Management

Moorfield

Orion Capital Partners

Canmoor

Blackstone

Brookfield

Anadna Properties Limited

Vastint

Resolution

Morgan Stanley

Starwood

Zara

Sportsdirect.com

New Look

Skechers

Pandora

Co-op

B&Q

Burger King

B&M

Pret a Manger

Work highlights

  • Acted for Starwood Capital on the Scottish aspects of the £750m sale of the Principal Hayley hotel portfolio.
  • Advised Quartermile Ventures on its exit from the mixed-use Quartermile development in Edinburgh.
  • Assisting Hyatt with the development of Scotland’s first Hyatt Regency hotel, which is due to open at the new Edinburgh Marina Development.
  • Advising Sportsdirect.com on the Scottish aspects of its acquisitions of House of Fraser and Evans Cycle and the ongoing management of its portfolio.
  • Advised Resolution Property on the £60m refinancing of the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh.
Leading individuals

Colin Morrison - Brodies LLP

James Roscoe - Brodies LLP

Nick Scott - Brodies LLP

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP has been notably active in the emerging build-to-rent sector while also maintaining its strong presence in the investment, development, hotel, retail and leisure, housebuilding and alternatives spaces. Glasgow-based practice head Johane Murray has a track record advising the government and industry bodies, while Aberdeen head Tracey Menzies has a particular focus on office developments, housebuilding issues and build-to-rent mandates. Also notable is Clive Phillips, who is an expert in agricultural law and leads the rural property team. Colin MacLaren retired.

Practice head(s):Johane Murray; Tracey Menzies

Other key lawyers:Clive Phillips

Testimonials

'The real estate team is properly focused on what the clients need and expect. Its experts are keen to get to the nub of issues and strive not to get bogged down losing sight of the endgame.'

'Its commercial understanding and nous makes Brodies stand out.'

Key Clients

Knight Property Group

University of Aberdeen

Brookfield

House of Hiranandani

Drum Property Group

Brookfield

Oaktree

APG Asset Management

GSS Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Maven Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised LCN Aksol Aberdeen on its purchase of the Aker Campus at Aberdeen International Business Park.
  • Acted for GSS Investments (Aberdeen) on the lease of the Stratus Building at ABZ Business Park to Noble Drilling.
  • Advised Knight Property Group on the sale of two investment properties at Westhill, Aberdeen to Balfe for £13m.
  • Assisted Ineos FPS with the lease of its office space at Prime View, Prime Four Business Park from Lloyds Register EMEA.
Leading individuals

Tracey Menzies - Brodies LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Covering a broad field of construction work, Brodies LLP regularly assists blue-chip companies, contractors and sub-contractors with matters arising from large-scale construction developments, including regeneration and student accommodation developments, as well as transactional and contentious issues; Manus Quigg and David Arnott are highly regarded in the contentious space, while Alistair McLean  heads up the non-contentious construction team. Senior associate Christopher Duff is recommended and specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):Alistair McLean; Manus Quigg

Other key lawyers:David Arnott; Louise Shiels; Jane McMonagle; Christopher Duff

Testimonials

'Provides plain-English advice and is very quick to respond.'

'Jane McMonagle is excellent at explaining complex concepts in simple terms and asking relevant questions to understand the client's commercial background.'

Key Clients

Drum Property Group

McLaughlin and Harvey

Interserve Construction

Robertson Construction Group

Multiplex Construction Europe

Amey OW

Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth

ISG

Ediston Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Ineos in two EPC contracts totalling circa £360m for the enhancement of its plant in Grangemouth.
  • Advising the client, as owner, on all construction aspects concerning extensive refurbishment, reinstatement and extension works for the luxurious Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond following the fire in December 2017.
  • Advising the developer on the construction of a new state-of-the art campus headquarters for Barclays at Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow, which is one of Scotland’s largest regeneration projects.
  • Advised the developer Soller One in on the design and construction of a large-scale student accommodation development at Dunblane Street, Glasgow.
  • Acted for Anadna Properties as purchaser in the acquisition of Maxim Park, Eurocentral from Tritax Eurocentral EZ Unit Trust.
Leading individuals

Alistair McLean - Brodies LLP

David Arnott - Brodies LLP

Manus Quigg - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Christopher Duff - Brodies LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Covering a broad field of contentious and non-contentious environmental law work, Brodies LLP's 'attentive, knowledgeable and practical' team handles frequent contaminated land-related instructions alongside energy, mineral, chemicals and waste sector matters, including various regulatory issues, environmental impact assessments and risk management. Philip Hunter is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Philip Hunter

Other key lawyers:Paul Marshall; Neil Collar; Sarah-Jane McArthur

Testimonials

'Always looks at practicalities and the various ways of resolving a situation.'

'Paul Marshall has a positive, realistic approach and genuinely cares about the matters referred to him.'

'The team has in-depth knowledge and knows how to use it to get results.'

Key Clients

Clyde Gateway Developments

Indaver N.V.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Falkirk Council

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Petroineos

Spirit Energy

Marine Harvest

Lerwick Port Authority

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic advice to Clyde Gateway on the environmental remediation of contaminated land.
  • Advising Indaver N.V. on the procurement and development of a new energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen.
  • Advising Falkirk Council on restoration works at a former open-case coal mine.
  • Worked with Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland on the Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook.
  • Defending a class action of more than 35 claims from tenants and former tenants, who allege a variety of neurological and psychological symptoms arising from contaminated land.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Providing full-service advice, the 'highly professional, knowledgeable and experienced' team at Brodies LLP has gained a reputation as a leading planning specialist involved in various key planning projects across Scotland, and was recently joined by former Burness Paull LLP planning head Elaine Farquharson-Black. The team has seen an increase in instructions pertaining to offshore energy, student accommodation and build-to-rent projects while onshore oil and gas and aquaculture projects are other key areas of expertise alongside infrastructure project-related compulsory purchase matters. 'Very knowledgeable' team head Neil Collar is highly regarded in the market.

Practice head(s):Neil Collar

Other key lawyers:Karen Hamilton; Elaine Farquharson-Black

Testimonials

'Very good communication with the client.'

'Has a clear understanding of the subject area and provides very good advice.'

'Quick, comprehensive and professional service.'

Key Clients

Park of Keir Partnership

Artisan Real Estate

Spirit Energy

Ravenscraig

Moda Living

Marine Harvest

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Persimmon Homes

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB)

Scottish Natural Heritage

Work highlights

  • Advising on the Murray Legacy project in Dunblane, to provide Scotland’s first purpose-built tennis and golf facility.
  • Provided advice on the Custom House hotel development in a Grade A listed building; this included assistance with the planning process and legal audit of the planning application, among other matters.
  • Instructed by Spirit Energy to object to the Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm due to its proximity to Spirit’s operational infrastructure and licensed areas for future exploration.
  • Advised on the amendments of the existing section 75 agreements for the Ravenscraig redevelopment.
  • Advising Moda on the implementation of one of Scotland’s largest build-to-rent projects in Scotland.
Leading individuals

Elaine Farquharson-Black - Brodies LLP

Neil Collar - Brodies LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

'Instilling a sense of confidence when resolving legal matters', Brodies LLP has impressive strength in the property litigation space. The 'professional, concise and commercial' practice represents real estate funds and property companies alongside local authorities, house builders, retailers and property developers in a wide range of commercial landlord and tenant disputes, high-value commercial development litigation and dilapidation claims. Stephen Goldie heads the practice, which also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies, and includes the 'extremely good, professional and commercially minded' Matthew Farrell; he is particularly experienced in commercial lease disputes and dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:Matthew Farrell; Ken MacDonald

Testimonials

'They are market leaders and assert their client's position in a professional manner.'

'Matthew Farrell's knowledge and ability to convey that knowledge is unparalleled.'

'Ken MacDonald is approachable, knowledgeable and grasps issues quickly.'

'Matthew Farrell's ability to analyse a situation and present a range of solutions evokes trust.'

'Exceptional quality of work.'

'Very good level of communication.'

'Matthew Farrell provides hands-on advice, always looks for a solution to problems as they arise and shows out-of-the-box thinking.'

Key Clients

Drum Property Group

Co-op

Orion Capital Partners

PGIM

Capreon

Canmoor

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM)

Hansteen

Moorfield

LXB

Work highlights

  • Acting for Drum Property Group in a range of high-value and sensitive matters across its real estate assets and extensive development portfolio, which includes contentious site assembly and contractual interpretation issues.
  • Acting for JCAM Renfrew GP in servicing any contentious tenancy issues following the acquisition of Westway Park, Renfrew.
  • Advising Abellio on the issues associated with a property in disrepair adjoining an operational railway station.
  • Acting for the client in a claim against the builder of a retail park in Inverurie for defective drainage in the car park.
  • Acted for the client in a dilapidations dispute.
Leading individuals

Stephen Goldie - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is recognised for its work in the financial services and technology sectors acting on a variety of contentious and advisory mandates; the cross-departmental team has substantial experience handling major projects, audits and M&A transactions. The group also recently advised on matters involving new technologies including blockchain and online trading platforms. Grant Campbell and Martin Sloan jointly lead the practice; Campbell is a data protection specialist and Sloan is noted for his financial services technology procurement and outsourcing work and cloud issues. Gill Grassie retired.

Practice head(s):Grant Campbell; Martin Sloan

Other key lawyers:Robert Buchan; Iain Rutherford

Testimonials

'Brodies covers all types of legal services required, from IT, employment, tax and corporate law, but it is the firm's cross-departmental approach that makes it unique and a pleasure to work with.'

'The team is there whenever clients need them, be that out of office hours or even during holidays.'

'What makes Brodies unique is the commercial and non-legal input it provides on the strategy to deliver a successful outcome.'

'Grant Campbell has excellent legal knowledge and can explain things in simple commercial terms. He will raise concerns or issues in a measured way allowing sensible debate on how to resolve or address specific issues.'

'Iain Rutherford is excellent to have on side in a dispute. He is robust in difficult situations but creative in finding resolutions to complex problems and open to a challenge.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Sainsbury’s Bank

Capgemini UK plc

CGI

Nucleus Financial

TV Squared

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

EpiServer

Rewards

Sykes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Capgemini in the bid, negotiation and conclusion of a five-year agreement to provide application services to Scottish Water as part of its new strategic digital partnership arrangements.
  • Advised Episerver on its preparations for GDPR including a number of intra-group data issues, data mapping, privacy notices and changes to its policies and procedures. The team also advised on its subsequent $1.2bn sale to Insight Venture Partners.
  • Advised the University  of Edinburgh on a contract with EdX for the provision of a new platform and expanded strategic relationship for the delivery of online masters degrees and MicroMasters programmes.
  • Instructed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop a playbook on electronic signatures, which provides guidance to its internal legal and business teams on when it is appropriate to sign documents using electronic signatures.
Leading individuals

Martin Sloan - Brodies LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's dedicated IP team advises on advisory and contentious matters pertaining to commercial, regulatory and cross-border issues. The group also assists with issues across a range of sectors including the oil and gas, energy, IT, engineering and life sciences industries. Grant Campbell heads up the non-contentious practice while Robert Buchan now leads the contentious expertise following Gill Grassie's retirement. Other key individuals include Martin Sloan, who advises on IP issues relating to new technologies; and associate Shona Tennant, who has notable expertise in the education sector.

Practice head(s):Grant Campbell; Robert Buchan

Other key lawyers:Martin Sloan; Shona Tennant

Testimonials

'Brodies has a diverse team with complimentary experience and skills that ensures it is always a safe pair of hands.'

'The team has unparalleled expertise in this area.'

'Brodies' IP experts are very efficient and effective.'

'Robert Buchan in particular has many years of experience in contentious IP matters. He can also assimilate a lot of information quickly in order to provide clear, concise and, importantly, commercial advice to a client, even in the most complex of matters.'

'The team is pragmatic and has a good feel for realistic outcomes.'

'Brodies' TMT team always provides detailed, accurate and timely legal advice that is also commercially and pragmatically focused such that it has true value and meaning to the client's wider business. The advice is also delivered in a clear and concise manner that is easily understood by a variety of audiences, particularly those who are not legally qualified. The team's input is invaluable as it brings to the table unparalleled sector knowledge, awareness and insight.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Qualifications Authority

DC Thomson

Oil States Inc

Krispy Kreme

Judy Murray Foundation

Abellio/Scotrail

BAE Systems Regiona lAircraft

University of Edinburgh

Episerver

Performing Right Society for Music

Phonographic Performance Limited

PPLPRS Limited

The Scotch Whisky Association

Omega Diagnostics PLC

Maggie’s Centres

Power League

Lothian Buses

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Work highlights

  • Advised on the establishment of The Judy Murray Foundation, a new charity, including handling the protection of IP (trade marks, domain names, copyright and social media channels) and all data protection and regulatory issues.
  • Advised Episerver on its $1.2 billion sale to Insight Venture Partners including issues regarding the use of open source software, patent disputes, and the integration of software from previous acquisitions.
  • Advised the University of Edinburgh on a new contract with EdX to enable the provision of a new platform and expanded strategic relationship for the delivery of online Masters degrees and MicroMasters programmes.
Leading individuals

Robert Buchan - Brodies LLP

Rising stars

Shona Tennant - Brodies LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP represents a broad range of clients, including major broadcasters, publishing companies, private individuals, and social media companies. The firm has excellent knowledge of intellectual property law, ranging from acquiring IP rights, to advising on compliance and handling IP-focused acquisitions. Beyond this, the team advises clients on defamation risks through pre-publication reviews and pre-broadcast content reviews and manages data and brand protection for companies and individuals. Martin Sloan specializes in IP and technology, including contracts for the development of mobile apps and online affiliate advertising.

Practice head(s):Christine O'Neill

Other key lawyers:Martin Sloan

Testimonials

"The team at Brodies displays intelligence, honesty and enthusiasm."

"Christine O'Neill has a standout intellect combined with practicality and candour." 

Key Clients

BBC Scotland

Channel 4

DC Thomson

Facebook

Tripadvisor

TV Squared

STV Group

Wyvex Media

Rewards 4 Group

Scottish Ballet

Work highlights

  • Providing on-call support to BBC Scotland’s journalists and current affairs staff on defamation, privacy and contempt of court matters.
  • Advising advertising analytics business TV Squared on data protection and ePrivacy law.
  • Advising DC Thomson on the acquisition of Aceville, one the UK’s fastest growing publishing houses.
  • Providing complex copyright infringement advice to a leading global TV broadcaster and preparing to defend a business critical interim interdict (injunction) action.
  • Raising a successful trade mark and infringement and passing off action in the Court of Session for a global fashion magazine and brand.
Leading individuals

Martin Sloan - Brodies LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP' practice takes a commercial approach to sports law, advising companies, individuals, sports clubs and public service bodies on contractual matters such as sponsorship agreements and service partnerships, acquisitions and structural matters, including establishing charitable foundations and advising councils on the spin-out of their services to charitable bodies. The team has a particular interest in tennis in Scotland, acting for the Judy Murray Foundation in a range of work including sponsorship and organisation of the Scottish ATP Championship Tour. Practice head Andy Nolan advised OPG-4 on its acquisition of Dundee United Football Club during 2018.

Practice head(s):Andy Nolan

Testimonials

"Brodies' work is of an extremely high standard. They advise on the legal aspects of any particular matter, but they are also extremely commercial in their approach and take time to understand our business, our challenges and think of ways to overcome them."

"The firm's work advising us on GDPR was superb and not only helped us get through this potential minefield, but actually meant that we were helping some of our clients navigate the challenges that GDPR created."

"I can't speak highly enough of Grant Campbell and his approach. His advice is pragmatic, commercial and very user-friendly."

Key Clients

OPG-4

Park of Keir Partnership

Murray Play Foundation

Royal Durnoch Golf Club

Rewards 4 Group

Brodies LLP

Kynoch Boxing

Scottish Football Partnership Trust

Western Baths Club

Council Leisure Trusts

Revolution Global Sports Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advising in the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Dundee United Football Club.
  • Worked with Judy Murray to establish the Judy Murray Foundation.
  • Providing ongoing contractual support to the Rewards 4 Group on a number of managed services.
  • Reviewing Western Baths Club's organisational structure to help provide long-term security and attain fiscal benefits for an iconic sporting institution.

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