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Brodies LLP

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Lynne Marr

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Brodies LLP

Work Department

Employment, pensions and benefits.


Lynne specialises in contentious employment law, appearing regularly in employment tribunals in Scotland and England for a wide range of clients including private and public companies and public institutions. She also appears in the EAT. Lynne does advise on non-contentious issues aswell, including TUPE, contracts policies, policies and senior executive appointments and termination. Currently a significant proportion of her remit involves work for clients in the public and third sector including the education sector, local authorities, and NDPB. She also acts for a number of private sector companies, particularly in the financial services sector.


Trained Brodies LLP; qualified 2000; spent one year of traineeship dedicated to the employment unit. She went on to spend a period of time working in-house at The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and acted as the in-house employment adviser when the centralised Human Resources Advisory Centre was set up in December 2001. In that role she supported the HR function in providing advice, guidance and support on disciplinary matters, sickness absence and performance management, grievances and dignity at work issues for over 100,000 staff across The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She became a partner in May 2008. Lynne is accredited as a specialist is employment law by the Law Society of Scotland. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Lynne is also a lay member of the University of Stirling Court and is involved in a number of its committees including the discipline and appeals, appointments, remuneration, court efficacy and governance committees.

Scotland: Human resources


Within: Employment

Brodies LLP handles the spectrum of employment work for major corporates with operations in Scotland, including litigation, business support and transactional mandates. Led by Tony Hadden, the team is noted for its ‘good experience, professional approach, knowledge and attention to detail’. Hadden is an employment litigator with substantial tribunal experience, but also has significant transactional experience; his recent highlights include advising Axis Capital on all HR issues relating to its purchase of Novae Group. Joan Cradden has particular expertise in financial services employment matters and in cases with a cross-border element. Cradden advised Skyes Global Services on the development of its call centre business, which allows agents to work exclusively at home. Lynne Marr led the firm’s support of long-term client, Prudential, in connection with its merger with M & G. Marr advises a range of public and third sector bodies, including charities and higher education institutions.

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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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