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Brodies LLP

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Brenda Scott

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Brodies LLP

Work Department

Corporate and commercial.


Partner in the firm’s corporate department; advising clients on acquisitions and disposals (including corporate finance) and general corporate work; has particular expertise in corporate governance, the education sector and charities.


Trained Brodies LLP; qualified 1993; partner 1999.


University of Edinburgh (1990 LLB Hons; 1991 Dip LP).

Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent and practical advice’ to a mixture of individual philanthropy clients, family foundations, in addition to large corporate and institutional charities. Drawing on its ‘strong understanding of the regulatory sector’, the group is well versed in the use of corporate vehicles to establish charitable organisations, including community benefit societies, community interest companies and Scottish charitable incorporate organisations (SCIOs). The group continues to advise the OSCR on a range of matters, including all aspects of the appointment of a judicial factor to Scotia Aid Sierra Leone (a charity accused of fraud and financial mismanagement). It also assisted JustRight Scotland with the establishment of a new human rights law and advocacy centre in Glasgow. The practice is co-led by Brenda Scott, whose focuses are corporate governance, constitution reform and charity trustee duties, and the ‘dynamic and highly specialist’ Alan Eccles, who is noted for possessing ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of charity law across all the UK jurisdictions’. ‘Safe pair of hands’ Helen Kidd and charitable trust expert Eric Galbraith are also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Brodies LLP fields a team of ‘effective communicators’ which acts for an extensive client roster of further education (FE) and higher education (HE) sector clients, local authority education provers, and government agencies such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The group advises on governance matters (including legislation, new governance arrangements and sensitive reputational issues), sector-specific employment issues, overseas work, immigration, real estate strategy and joint ventures. The practice is co-led by corporate and commercial specialist, Brenda Scott (who has ‘a good eye for detail’); government, regulation and competition lawyer Christine O’Neill (who ‘provides spot-on advice’); and Lynne Marr, who focuses on education sector-specific employment issues. The group is on the University of Edinburgh’s panel and advises it on a number of commercial initiatives, including an ongoing joint venture arrangement with Milltrust Agricultural Investment, to commercialise IP from the Roslin Institute and the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Jackie McGuire advised Falkirk Council on a number of challenges to decisions to refuse placing requests for children with additional support needs. Associate Niall McLean is also recommended for his ‘particularly strong understanding of the finer points of procedure’ in relation to education law.

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