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Brodies LLP

15 ATHOLL CRESCENT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8HA, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 228 3777
Fax:
Fax 0131 228 3878
DX:
ED10 EDINBURGH-1
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www.brodies.com

Louise Shiels

Tel:
Work 0131 656 3723
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Brodies LLP

Work Department

Construction and engineering.

Position

Louise has extensive experience in adivsing public sector bodies, employers and main contractors on contract interpretation and contract delivery of all forms of construction, engineering and energy contracts, related documentation and PFI/PPP/NPD contracts. Louise regularly represents clients in all aspects of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution including: court in session; sheriff court; expert determination; adjudication; arbitration; and mediation. A Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in construction law, Louise is qualified in both Scottish and English law. Career Trained DLA Piper 2002-04; solicitor Dundas & Wilson CS LLP 2004, partner 13; partner Brodies 2014-present; Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in construction law; regularly writes articles for Construction News, Construction Law, ICES.

Career

Trained DLA Piper 2002-04; solicitor Dundas & Wilson CS LLP 2004, partner 13; partner Brodies 2014-present; Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in construction law; regularly writes articles for Construction News, Construction Law, ICES.

Member

Regional coordinator of Scottish Branch of the Society of Construction Law; Women’s Infrastructure network;’ Women in Property; WiRES; Scottish Renewables.

Education

Bo’ness Academy; Edinburgh University (2001 LLB Hons), DipLP 2002; Central Law Training; qualification in the Law of England and Wales (2007).


Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Brodies LLP's team has vast experience in high-profile and business-critical litigation, with its workload spanning areas such as insurance, competition, IP/IT, shipping and pensions, among many other areas. Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels together have nearly 30 years of experience of construction disputes. Practice head Joyce Cullen has a 35-year track record in the commercial disputes arena, with a particular strength in banking and financial services litigation. Reflective of the high quality of the team, it includes a team of solicitor advocates across the offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen (two of whom are standing junior counsel to the Scottish government).  Corporate restructuring and insolvency experts Rachel Grant and consultant Colin McIntosh are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation); the matter recently involved a UK Supreme Court appeal on employee benefit trusts used for the benefit of football players and executives. In 2017, Alan Calvert, Odell Milne and associate Adam McKinlay successfully represented a firm of solicitors and its indemnity insurers at the UK Supreme Court in a case arising from the drafting of notices to quit in  agricultural tenancies. Laura McMillan made partner in November 2017. Kenneth MacDonald is a name to note in Aberdeen. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Robert Buchan are also recommended. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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Scotland: Real estate

Construction

Within: Construction

Brodies LLP is viewed as the firm of choice by many of the UK's largest developers, contractors, investors and insurance companies. Alistair McLean, who heads up the non-contentious practice, has 30 years of construction experience and is qualified to practise in Scotland, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. McLean and others handle some of the largest and first to the market construction projects in Scotland. McLean and senior solicitor Rachael Brown are acting for Inhabit in the Candleriggs Quarter project in Glasgow and Broadford Works project in Aberdeen; these are among the first buy to rent projects in Scotland. McLean is also working with senior solicitor Lesley Mackenzie to advise Robertson Construction Group as the main contractor on the construction of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Transactional lawyer Jane McMonagle, who recently made partner, 'explains concepts easily and shows available options in a simple and clear style'. Mark Finlay and managing associate Juliet Haldane also have non-contentious construction expertise. The firm also has 'the go-to lawyers for construction disputes', who are praised for their 'thorough knowledge and understanding of legal and commercial issues involved'. David Arnott and associate Christopher Duff are representing Muir Construction Limited in Court of Session proceedings against Kapital Residential Limited; this case is one of the first in the UK to concern the requirements of a valid Pay Less Notice. Manus Quigg, who leads the contentious practice, is 'a brilliant tactician and thoroughly reliable - he knows every trick in the book'. Louise Shiels, managing associate Keith Kilburn, and associates Claire Rice and Sara Lannigan are also experienced in construction disputes. In recent developments, Drysdale Graham was hired from Pinsent Masons LLP, while associate Laura McCorquodale joined from Harper Macleod LLP.

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