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Jackie McGuire

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Brodies LLP

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Public Law and Regulatory


Partner and Head of Brodies’ Public Law and Regulatory Division and its Public Sector Services Group.


Qualified 1983. Senior local government officer with over 15 years’ experience. Head of administration and legal services Clackmannanshire Council 1996. Joined Brodies LLP 2007. Key clients: City of Edinburgh Council, Aberdeen City Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Stirling Council, Falkirk Council Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Social Services Council, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.


The Law Society of Scotland, 1981.


Strathclyde University (1980 LLB; 1981 DipLP).


Travel, reading, watching football and rugby.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Projects

Brodies LLP's practice is growing significantly under the joint leadership of Drysdale Graham , who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2017, and energy and infrastructure finance head Michael Stoneham. Graham's arrival has led to the firm undertaking more work for project sponsors and their funders in projects in the UK and Ireland. It has also led to new instructions from the Scottish market; he acted for bidders in eight out of ten projects in the Scottish government's recent £2.5bn NPD programme, with his clients winning three of those projects. Graham also advised Aberdeen Harbour Board on the procurement of the new South Harbour at Nigg Bay. Stoneham has worked on UK PFI/PPP and NPD projects since 1995; his key clients include Nord LB, Atlantis Resources and M&G Investment Management. Sarah-Jane McArthur, Roger Cotton and others assisted Hub East Central Limited (on behalf of Fife Council) with the delivery contracts for the Glenrothes town centre district heating network, a £20m collaborative project with RWE. McArthur also acted for Indaver as the proposed operating sub-contractor for one of the bidding consortia for the Aberdeen Ness Energy from Waste project. The firm also undertakes projects in sectors such as transport, education, accommodation, housing and healthcare. Keith Patterson, Jackie McGuire, Alistair Mclean , and managing associates Billy Kay, Ali Rimell, and Juliet Haldane, are also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Brodies LLP¬†fields a¬†team of ‚Äėeffective communicators‚Äô 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 ‚Äėa good eye for detail‚Äô); government, regulation and competition lawyer¬†Christine O‚ÄôNeill¬†(who ‚Äėprovides spot-on advice‚Äô); and Lynne Marr, who focuses on education sector-specific employment issues. The group is on the University of Edinburgh‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėparticularly strong understanding of the finer points of procedure‚Äô in relation to education law.

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Within: Health

Brodies LLP has a multidisciplinary practice which handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious health work, with a particularly strength in regulatory mandates in relation to health and social care. The group continues to support the Professional Standards Agency (PSA) in a number of matters, including an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session against a lenient sanction imposed on a dentist who had sexually harassed members of his staff. The firm also has expertise in healthcare-related financing projects; in a recent matter, Peter Kelly¬†advised Meallmore and Hilton Rehabilitation on financing provided by Santander for the ¬£27.9m purchase and refurbishment of the Mandaville Care Home in Inverness. ‚ÄėFriendly, approachable and knowledgeable‚Äô associate Shona Tennant¬†assists the University of St Andrews with various medical research matters, most recently including a Research Services Agreement with the University of Dundee, and in connection with a collaboration agreement between several UK Universities, The National Cancer Research Institute and Breast Cancer Care for the development of a programme to support individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. IP specialist Gill Grassie¬†has vast experience advising pharmaceutical companies on contractual and regulatory matters. Local authority healthcare provision expert Jackie McGuire¬†leads the practice.

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Local government

Within: Leading individuals

Jackie McGuire - Brodies LLP

Within: Local government

Brodies LLP's 'excellent' practice acts for major Scottish councils, including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling, on the full spectrum of project work, including governance, electoral law, judicial reviews, private legislation, local government finance. It also acts for Arms-Length External Organisations (ALEOs) on TUPE matters. Practice head Jackie McGuire and consultant Jane McMonagle are advising Glasgow City Council in connection with all aspects of its refurbishment and redevelopment of the Burrell Collection, including procurement, pre-construction agreements and the drafting of specific contractual clauses to allow for community benefits and partnering provisions. Drawing on her expertise in public, planning and environmental law, McGuire is also advising Perth and Kinross Council on a major road and bridge infrastructure project. The group is Argyll and Bute Council’s principal external legal adviser, and continue to provide the client with employment, pensions, property and public law support regarding the externalisation of its leisure services. Firm chair Christine O’Neill is recommended for expertise in contractual and procurement issues, while Sarah-Jane McArthur has particular experience in supporting local authorities with their low-carbon emissions projects.

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Parliamentary and public affairs

Within: Parliamentary and public affairs

‚ÄėA market leader‚Äô, Brodies LLP¬†handles the full range of parliamentary and public affairs issues, including in relation to legislation, parliamentary advice, judicial review, public inquiries, local government and public procurement. ‚ÄėExtremely skilful‚Äô firm chairman¬†Christine O‚ÄôNeill¬†exercises ‚Äėacute political sensitivity‚Äô and is representing the Scottish government as sole counsel before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.¬†She was also instructed by the Scottish parliament‚Äôs Finance and Constitution Committee to review the Westminster parliament‚Äôs European Union Withdrawal Bill and its impact on the powers of the Scottish parliament.¬†¬†Jackie McGuire¬†leads the government, regulatory and competition division and is advising Lerwick Port Authority on a harbour revision order (HRO) that introduces a number of changes to the constitution of the authority, reflecting Scottish government good practice. Charles Livingstone¬†specialises in constitutional issues and represented the Scotch Whiskey Association, alongside other alcohol industry bodies, in a challenge to the Scottish government‚Äôs Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 at the Supreme Court.

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