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Rachel Grant

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Brodies LLP

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Litigation - Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency


Partner specialising in corporate recovery and insolvency for more than 25 years; accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in insolvency law; has specialist knowledge of all aspects of corporate recovery and insolvency including administration, liquidation, receivership, CVA, directors’ duties and responsibilities, director disqualification, public interest winding up and personal insolvency (sequestration, trust deeds and DAS). Regularly lectures and writes on various aspects of insolvency for ICAS, R3, Law Society, clients and contacts.


Trained DR Calder & Williams, Dundee, qualified 1987; Alex Morison & Co, Edinburgh 1987-88; head of corporate recovery and insolvency at Shepherd & Wedderburn, 1988-99; partner and head of corporate recovery and insolvency, Steedman Ramage, 1999-2001; partner and head of corporate recovery and insolvency, Semple Fraser LLP, 2001-08; partner Brodies LLP 2008.




Lawside Academy, Dundee; Edinburgh University (1981 LLB Hons); Dundee University (1985 Dip LP).

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: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Grant - Brodies LLP

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Brodies LLP is 'one of the most capable firms in the Scottish insolvency field', and its team has 'broad experience and deep knowledge'. Practice head Rachel Grant 'identifies the relevant issues quickly'. Peter Kelly, managing associate Shirley Li-Ting (who joined from Gilson Gray in 2017, and is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law) and consultant Colin McIntosh are among other notable individuals. The group provides the full spectrum of advice on contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to corporate restructurings and insolvencies, as well as personal insolvencies. Grant, McIntosh and associate Lucy McCann are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc in a high-profile liquidation. In another matter a cross-practice team recently assisted Burntisland Fabrications Limited with negotiating a rescue package with the Scottish government to avoid a formal insolvency. Associate Louise Laing has experience of advising banks and other lenders on security enhancement and enforcement. Associate Amy McVey assists banks and borrowers with financial restructurings, and also advises insolvency practitioners on issues arising from formal insolvency appointments (corporate and personal).

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