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Brodies LLP

110 QUEEN STREET, GLASGOW, G1 3BX, SCOTLAND
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Work 0141 248 4672
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Fax 0141 221 9270
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Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

The ‘first-class class’ team at Brodies LLP is ‘very focused’ and ‘provides to-the-point advice even under extreme pressure’. Recognised for its broad transport sector expertise, the team handles shipping, road, rail and aviation work, advising clients on the development of national transport infrastructure, the building and financing of new vessels and vehicles, rail franchising and ferry contracts, among other matters. ‘Commercially minded’ shipping and marine team head Duncan MacLean (who ‘knows the shipping market inside-out’) is continuing to advise Ferguson Marine Engineering on major equipment and supplier contracts for the construction of two 100-metre dual-fuel ferries capable of carrying up to 1,000 passengers. In another highlight, Odell Milne, who is singled out for her ‘incredible personal drive’, acted for Network Rail Infrastructure and Scottish Borders Council in a number of matters pertaining to the £300m Borders Railway, which opened in September 2015. Roger Cotton advised Aberdeen International Airport on the implementation of its surface access strategy, including advising on competition law and procurement law compliance, while Jackie McGuire assisted Renfrewshire Council with a number of issues pertaining to its proposed Glasgow airport tram link. Other key figures include ‘professional, courteous and diligent’ planning expert Karen Hamilton, managing associate Scott Logan, and new recruits David Arnott, who joined from MacRoberts LLP, and Drysdale Graham, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Scott Logan - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP, which is ‘consistently on top of what the deal requires’, acts for Scottish and UK-based clients (and those located overseas) in acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments, joint ventures, MBOs, investment fund formation and corporate restructurings, among other areas. A notable hallmark of the practice is its strengths in industries such as food and drink, manufacturing, healthcare and renewable energy. In 2016, Andrew Akintewe jointly led a cross-practice team, which acted for Aberdeen City Council in a £370m index-linked bond issue on the London Stock Exchange. In another highlight, Roger Cotton and others are advising Scottish Water Business Stream on its circa £20m acquisition of Southern Water’s non-domestic customer base. Neil Burgess acted for the owners of Matthew Algie & Company in its takeover by Tchibo Coffee Service. Shuna Stirling leads the team, which also includes Julian Voge, Eric Galbraith, William McIntosh, Grant Campbell and Karen Fountain. Managing associate Paul McLaughlin and associates Sarah Miller and Euan Tripp are other recommended individuals. Derek Stroud, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, has more than 25 years’ experience of corporate transactions.

Leading individuals

Julian Voge - Brodies LLP

Shuna Stirling - Brodies LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen)

Brodies LLP’s team has ‘breadth and depth of experience, which is hard to find elsewhere in Scotland’. It handles key industry matters for clients in a multitude of sectors, including technology, education, food and drink, and financial services. Gill Summers, who is particularly knowledgeable about the fishing and maritime industry, has more than 20 years’ experience advising on acquisitions and disposals of businesses (and assets), corporate governance and directors’ duties, as well as vessel-related issues. Tom Boulton-Jones acts for blue-chip clients such as Dana Petroleum and Drum Property Group, and led the advice to Cooke Aquaculture on its acquisition of Balta Island Seafare. Other key individuals include Clare Munro, Greg May and Sonia Love, who are heavily involved in oil and gas matters; May has 20 years of oil and gas contracts experience. The ‘dedicated and professional’ associate Shona Tennant, and senior solicitors Caroline Deveney and Hamish Blair are also highly regarded. Douglas Crawford, who joined from CMS in 2016, heads the private equity practice.

Leading individuals

Douglas Crawford - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Shona Tennant - Brodies LLP

Tom Boulton-Jones - Brodies LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s practice, which is jointly led by Isobel d’Inverno and Alan Barr, covers tax issues associated with M&A, reorganisations and private equity or venture capital deals, as well as insolvency-related transactions. D’Inverno handled the tax aspects of Aberdeen City Council’s £370m index-linked bond issuance on the London Stock Exchange. The team also has experience in corporate real estate deals – for example, D’Inverno advised fund manager Brookfield Student Real Estate on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) issues and other matters associated with its investment in two student accommodation schemes in Glasgow. Fund-related tax work is a growing area of practice. Director Neil Ritchie specialises in assisting high-net-worth individuals (including owners of owner-managed businesses and company directors) with various matters, such as capital gains and employment remuneration, as well as trusts and estate planning. Heather Thompson, who recently joined from Turcan Connell, has more than 25 years’ experience in the tax arena. Senior solicitor Bob Langridge is another key individual.

Leading individuals

Isobel d’Inverno - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Heather Gibson - Brodies LLP

Isobel d’Inverno - Brodies LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is at the forefront of the most current EU law issues, which was recently illustrated by Christine O’Neill’s role as a member of the Lord Advocate’s legal team in Gina Miller’s Supreme Court Article 50 Brexit appeal. O’Neill leads the firm’s Brexit advisory group with Charles Livingstone. Elsewhere, the firm’s competition work includes CMA and EU merger control, cartel defence, abuse of dominance, state aid and public procurement. The practice also covers antitrust compliance advice, internal investigations, regulatory audits, dawn raids and litigation. Practice head Rod Lambert, who has more than 27 years’ competition experience, assisted Scottish Water Business Stream with obtaining UK merger clearance of its acquisition of Southern Water’s non-household business. Livingstone, O’Neill and associate Gemma McKinlay are representing the Scotch Whisky Association, spiritsEUROPE and CEEV in a Supreme Court appeal challenging the compatibility of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 with EU free movement of goods law. O’Neill is also acting as junior counsel on behalf of the Scottish government in state aid litigation brought by an engineering services company. Roger Cotton leads the public procurement team.

Leading individuals

Christine O’Neill - Brodies LLP

Rod Lambert - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charles Livingstone - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP has a superb reputation for its services to a wide range of national and multinational clients on fraud, bribery and corruption matters. The team specialises in handling large-scale financial criminal investigations for corporate clients and regulators while also advising on financial crime risks in their supply chain. As well as the firm’s financial sector expertise, the practice’s client roster also includes key players from the oil and gas, construction, life sciences, hospitality and food and drink sectors. The well regarded and ‘very personablePaul Marshall heads the corporate crime and investigations team, which includes regulatory expert Rod Lambert. With substantial expertise in the oil and gas sector, Lambert assists clients with criminal and civil aspects of antitrust investigations, including parallel investigations under US and EU law, while also advising on extradition arrangements between the UK and the US, as well as a mix of bribery and trade sanctions investigations.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is ‘a firm that simply gets it; it sees things from the client’s perspective’. Its first-rate commercial litigation team features 11 solicitor advocates (two of whom act as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish government) and also has strong alternative dispute resolution (ADR) capabilities. The group was further strengthened by the addition of David Arnott, and associates Chris Duff and Sara Lannigan; all three individuals joined from MacRoberts LLP. The group handles complex, high-value and high-profile disputes across a wide variety of areas, including construction, competition and EU law, shipping, local government and banking. The ‘magnificentJoyce Cullen, who has ‘the charm and diplomacy of a UN ambassador’, worked with ‘smart and quick-wittedIain Rutherford and senior solicitor Fiona Chute in an ongoing shareholders dispute at the Court of Session for the majority shareholders of a global logistics company. Interserve, NVT Group and Scottish Enterprise are other key clients. Practice head Stephen Goldie is ‘an excellent operator with a commercial and pragmatic approach’. Ken MacDonald, Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Joyce Cullen - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Glasgow)

Brodies LLP is a ‘forward-thinking law firm’ with a multifaceted practice spanning areas such as insolvency-related recoveries, consumer finance debt recoveries and commercial finance debt recoveries. Stephen Goldie, who has more than 11 years of experience of property-related debt recoveries, heads the debt and asset recovery team, which has a breadth and depth of expertise making it well placed to handle volume and bespoke instructions, and also provide day-to-day support to banks, utilities companies, debt recovery agencies and insolvency practitioners. Iain Rutherford jointly manages the volume debt recovery practice with Goldie. Other key figures include managing associate Ricky Cannon, who provides ‘excellent advice’ and ‘gets to the point’; and associates Caitlin McNeish, Laura McMillan and new recruit Philip Hall, who joined from Shoosmiths in 2016. Santander Consumer Finance, Business Stream, Park’s of Hamilton and Moneybarn are all clients.

Next generation lawyers

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen)

Brodies LLPparticularly excels in matters that are not straightforward or plain vanilla’. Equally strong in acting for lenders and borrowers, the firm advises on lending transactions involving infrastructure finance, real estate finance, asset and receivables finance, corporate (including acquisition) finance and marine finance. Michael Stoneham and associate Billy Kay handled the financing aspects of the bid by Liberty House Group/SIMEC Energy to acquire Lochaber hydro plant and Smelter Works and the Kinlochleven hydro plant (and associated estate lands) from British Alcan Aluminium. Chris Dun, a notable hire from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, has bolstered the real estate finance and housing finance practice. Securitisations are another core area of expertise in the team, which is led by the ‘genuinely solution-drivenBruce Stephen. Fund-related financing transactions are a major growth area of the practice; Peter Kelly, Alan Knowles (who is ‘always calm and good-humoured’) and Marion MacInnes are knowledgeable about the practice area. Neal Richardson leads the banking and finance practice in Aberdeen. Associates Pamela Atkinson, Kirsty McBirnie and Fiona Cameron are recommended.

Leading individuals

Bruce Stephen - Brodies LLP

Chris Dun - Brodies LLP

Michael Stoneham - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Neal Richardson - Brodies LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s clients value the firm’s ‘strength in depth’ and ‘full range of services’, opining that ‘it can handle any query’. The team manages all contentious and non-contentious aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, as well as corporate restructuring, representing a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including individuals, directors, insolvency practitioners, Scottish and non-Scottish banks and private equity/fund clients, companies and government departments. In 2016, the ‘very personable and responsiveColin McIntosh worked alongside associate Louise Laing to advise PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (as joint administrators of Fletcher Shipping) on what is believed to be Scotland’s first assignation of potential rights to a claim under sections 246ZA and 246ZB of the Insolvency Act. Another highlight involved acting for Blackfriars Hotel (UK) Holdings in its acquisition of the business and assets of Fontenhall (Scotland) Limited (in administration). Other notable clients include Whyte & MacKay, Ernst & Young, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Tennent Caledonian Breweries. McIntosh jointly heads the practice with Rachel Grant, who has more than 25 years’ experience of personal and corporate insolvency work and corporate recovery matters. Lucy McCann and Amy McVey are highly regarded associates, and senior solicitor Laura Borland is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Colin McIntosh - Brodies LLP

Rachel Grant - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Laura Borland - Brodies LLP

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Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts
Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s extensive practice spans fund structuring and formation, ongoing day-to-day management and regulatory advice, capital raising, marketing, fund restructuring, as well as assistance with funds-related tax issues and asset management outsourcing transactions. A particular specialism is the structuring of a wide variety of specialist and alternative fund structures using Scottish limited partnership structures. Another strength lies in the development of tax-efficient private wealth management fund structures. On the investor side, the firm advises clients on investments into funds and other investment management arrangements. Practice head Andrew Akintewe is leading a multidisciplinary team in its advice to LXB Retail Properties and other entities in its group on the formation of various funds, as well as on financing and investments into commercial real estate assets. Another highlight involved assisting Walls & Futures London Growth Fund on its restructuring into Walls & Futures REIT Plc and admission to the ISDX Growth Market. Other clients include Oaktree Capital, TPG Europe, Moorfield Group and FIM Services. Karen Fountain is ‘very knowledgeable, and provides practical, commercial advice’. Consultants Frank Doran and Alistair Campbell, and managing associate Paul McLaughlin are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Akintewe - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

The ‘excellent and professional team’ at Brodies LLP handles the full spectrum of employment law, from transactions and restructuring-related issues to discrimination claims and trade union matters. It also has an extensive track record representing clients in employment tribunal proceedings. Clients single out the ‘very calmPaul McMahon in Glasgow, who ‘inspires confidence’ and is noted for his focus on the third sector as well as the finance, education, manufacturing and oil and gas industries. He advised River Clyde Homes – one of the largest housing associations in Scotland – on the employment law aspects of a major restructuring, which involved advising on redundancies, changes to contractual terms and industrial relations issues. In another highlight, McMahon advised Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) on a range of employment law issues, including discrimination, unfair dismissal and collective redundancy consultations, as well as advising the same client on employment contracts including atypical contractual models such as zero hours contracts. Other clients include the University of Edinburgh and RBS. Tony Hadden heads the team from Edinburgh. Other key figures in Glasgow include the well-regarded Joan Cradden and legal director Brian Campbell, who is ‘particularly impressive through his subject matter knowledge and his ability to explain complex points in a simple manner’.

Leading individuals

Joan Cradden - Brodies LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Advising corporates and insurers alike, Brodies LLPresponds quickly’ and has ‘a depth of experience in handling maritime sector matters and personal injury procedures’. The ‘reliable and commercially-minded’ team frequently handles regulatory interventions and prosecutions by the police, the HSE, the Marine and Coastguard Agency and the Environmental Health Officers, while also defending clients in civil damages claims arising from health and safety breaches. Other areas of expertise include compliance advisory work and representing clients in health and safety-related fatal accident inquiries. ‘Experienced, thorough and strategically adept’ litigator Duncan MacLean, who ‘always takes commercial considerations into account’, advised Sunderland Marine on a catastrophic injury sustained by a fisherman on board a vessel fishing in the lower reaches of the Clyde, and assisted the vessel owners and insurers in the investigation by the regulatory authorities. ‘Very knowledgable, articulate and approachable’ insurance and risk team head Elena Fry was instructed by an insurer to represent its policyholder in an investigation following an electric shock incident in the client’s convenience store premises. Aberdeen-based litigator Malcolm Mackay is another key member of the team.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘extremely helpful’ team ‘provides a timely service and commercial advice’ on a wide range of pension matters, including transactional pension law support, and is particularly known for its public sector pension funds expertise. ‘Experienced and knowledgable’ team head Juliet Bayne, who is praised for her ‘excellent client-management skills and hands-on approach’, advised the trustee of the British Polythene Pension Scheme on a proposed cash and share offer by the packing business RPC, and advised AES Ballylumford on options for mitigating the potential impact of a National Insurance cost increase. Other recent work includes assisting the Howden Pension Plan trustees with the pension aspects of a proposed reorganisation of the employer’s group, and advising the trustees of the Metals and Mainetti Defined Benefit Pension Scheme on issues pertaining to the equalisation of benefits. The firm’s client roster also includes Lothian Pension Fund and Menzies Pension Fund.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s ‘experienced and reliable’ team ‘provides sound advice’ to medical organisations, including hospitals, care homes, manufacturers of medical equipment and cosmetic and dental clinics, as well as individual medical professionals. The team, led by Elena Fry, has a particular specialism in handling ophthalmology, death in custody, aesthetic surgery and medical device implantation matters. It also has a track record of class actions, including pelvic mesh and metal-on-metal hip litigation. ‘Approachable and pragmatic’ casualty and insurance head Peter Demick is also recommended.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP is ‘a very good firm for insurer defence work involving complex loss claims’, and is praised for its ‘commercial awareness and knowledge of court procedures’. The ‘responsive’ team acts for P&I clubs, brokers, public bodies and self-insured businesses and has a niche in shipping and marine matters. ‘Knowledgeable and strategically adept’ shipping and maritime team head Duncan MacLean represented offshore engineering and construction company Technip in a claim raised by a seafarer injured at sea. ‘Thorough and knowledgeable’ casualty insurance team head Peter Demick acted for a Scottish housing association in its defence of a class action comprising more than 35 claims from tenants and former tenants, who alleged a variety of neurological and psychological symptoms from solvent contamination. He also defended a client in a product liability claim. ‘Extremely sharp and pragmatic’ head of the insurance and risk team Elena Fry has ‘very good negotiation skills and a commanding presence’. Aberdeen-based Malcolm Mackay is another key member of the team.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘performance-driven’ team is reputed for its defendant and claimant work and stands out for its construction and infrastructure-based professional negligence expertise. oil and gas matters and work related to the fishing sector forms another key element of the practice. Alisdair Matheson defended a professional indemnity insurer in a claim brought by a contractor pertaining to alleged construction delays. In a separate matter, team head Alan Calvert acted for a firm of solicitors and its professional indemnity insurers in a claim arising from the drafting of notices to quit pertaining to agricultural tenancies, which were held to be invalid by the Land Court.

Leading individuals

Alan Calvert - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)

Clients of Brodies LLP single out the firm’s ability to ‘turn matters around quickly, accurately and commercially’. The ‘efficient and thorough’ team ‘has the strength to advise on all aspects of rural property work’ and ‘provides first-class service’ to farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations. Team head Clive Phillips, who ‘thinks outside the box and gives well-informed advice’, assisted a client with the sale of a residential and sporting estate, including a portfolio of farms, which involved negotiations with sitting agricultural tenants and advising on agricultural holdings In another highlight, Odell Milne advised a number of sub-consultants to Transport Scotland on the A9 Dualling project, involving ownership queries and a review of several estate and farm titles, as well as minerals leases. Robert Formanbrings a commercial view to agricultural and estate issues’, and Andrew Askew Blain is praised as ‘providing straightforward, no-nonsense advice in a very efficient manner’. Murray Soutar moved to Gillespie Macandrew LLP.

Leading individuals

Odell Milne - Brodies LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Offering a very good all-round, customer-focused service’, Brodies LLP assists its clients with a wide range of corporate, regulatory and governance issues, among others. Brenda Scottprovides reliable and practical advice’ and assisted the University of Edinburgh with a number of governance matters and with issues arising from its dealings with educational trusts. The ‘hugely competent and experiencedAlan Eccles, who ‘gets straight to the nub of the issue’, advised the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre on the establishment of two separate charitable incorporated organisations. He also assisted the Trades House of Glasgow – one of the city’s oldest charities – with its potential restructuring, the establishment of a new multimillion-pound fund and the transfer of a different charity into the existing not-for-profit organisation. In another highlight, the team advised media company STV on the establishment of charities and the wider legal structure to support the creation of the Scottish Children’s Lottery. Paul McMahon is also recommended.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLPprovides an excellent service in a highly professional and straightforward manner’. The practice covers a broad spectrum of contentious trust and probate work, including handling applications to the Court of Session to seek clarification in the law regarding powers of attorney; incapacity applications; disputes over the validity of wills; and the winding-up of estates. The ‘strong and approachable’ team also handles cohabitants’ rights and claims on death. Recently, the practice represented an individual in a dispute arising from his capacities as executor and beneficiary under his late mother’s will. A number of large commercial institutions instruct the team to act on their behalf when appointed as executor. Team head Alan Barr is praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge and sensitive approach’. Susanne Beveridge is ‘a safe pair of hands’ who is ‘friendly and professional’ and ‘provides information in a timely manner’. ‘Professional and helpful’ managing associate Angela McCulloch is also recommended.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is singled out for its ability to handle high-value financial provision on divorce and complex jurisdictional issues. Covering the full remit of family law, the team is well equipped to assist clients with pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements, and international child abduction cases, alongside civil partnership dissolutions, and adoption and domestic abuse issues. Lisa Girdwood, who ‘deals with clients sensitively and with compassion without losing focus on difficult legal issues’, advised a client on financial matters arising from a separation. The ‘very experienced and pragmaticScott Cochrane, who is noted for his ‘straightforward advice’, defended a client in a Court of Session divorce action, where the claimant sought the payment of a large sum alongside the payment of long-term spousal maintenance. ‘Effective and well-organised litigatorRichard Smith is praised for his ‘thorough and focused approach, which inspires confidence’. ‘Experienced and patient’ team head Shaun George is ‘extremely good at explaining legal terminology in an easily understandable way’.

Leading individuals

Shaun George - Brodies LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘strong and approachable’ team is ‘highly rated’ and stands out for its ‘professional and straightforward manner’ when handling the full remit of private client work. The recommended Norman Kennedy advised a board of trustees on a number of matters including the administering of an estate. ‘Intellectual heart of the department’ and head of the personal tax planning team Alan Barr advised a client on personal tax planning issues and estate planning structures while advising another client on inheritance tax matters. Susanne Beveridge is a ‘safe pair of hands’ who ‘always looks for innovative strategies’ and is noted for her ‘excellent work ethic and great rapport with clients’. She is experienced in advising on the establishment of family limited partnerships, while Alan Eccles advised the Golden Charter Trust on a number of matters, including trust law issues and financial services regulations. In Aberdeen, ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team head Mark Stewart, whose ‘personable approach puts clients at ease’, assisted a client with estate and succession planning issues.

Leading individuals

Mark Stewart - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s team handles a diverse workload spanning the independent power, low carbon and district heating, transport fuels and renewable energy sectors. In the power space, its team undertakes a significant amount of work for independent power producers, advising on complex issues such as power purchase agreement (PPA) offtakes, project finance, equipment supply, consents and construction. Other clients in this area include landowners, funders and investors. The group also has a strong track record in district heating network (DHN) schemes, combined heat and power (CHP) schemes and transport fuels projects. In a recent highlight, Roger Cotton advised River Clyde Homes on the Broomhill gas district heating and Cartsdyke Court biomass district heating projects in Glasgow, which involved the provision of district heating systems to more than 650 properties and energy efficiency works. Renewable energy work spans a wide range of sub-specialisms, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, tidal and hydro. A multi-disciplinary team involving Keith Patterson, Sarah-Jane McArthur, Michael Stoneham and Alix Bearhop acted for 2020 Renewables/Velocita in the development and project finance aspects of a portfolio of Scottish wind farms at Airies in Dumfries & Galloway and Sorbie in North Ayrshire. Kirsty Macpherson advises on the real estate aspects of alternative energy projects, while Neil Collar handles planning matters. Associates Ali Rimell and Claire Reid are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Keith Patterson - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Claire Reid - Brodies LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP has a 12-strong team led by Clare Munro which acts for operators and services-sector clients in all aspects of their businesses; it ‘goes the extra mile to ensure that the advice sought or representation required is delivered to a tight timescale, without compromising on quality’. The group has members with in-house oil and gas experience in the UK and internationally, which ‘enables the team to provide advice that is accurate and practically useful’: key figures include include Munro, Greg May (‘the go-to lawyer for drilling contracts’) and Sonia Love. In 2016, May and corporate partner Andrew Akintewe acted for Transocean Onshore Support Services on the provision of the Sedco 704 semi-submersible to a small independent operator in order to facilitate the drilling of an appraisal well. May also provides ongoing advice to Maersk on a suite of pro-forma service contracts used by the client and its affiliates worldwide. Other clients include INEOS Upstream, Premier Oil, Shelf Drilling and Total E&P. Standout figures at managing associate level include Suzanne Hopkinson, who ‘thinks outside the box’, and Rhona McFarlane, who has ‘superb knowledge of oil and gas contracts’. Clients also single out partner Ken MacDonald for his ‘fierce intellect’.

Leading individuals

Clare Munro - Brodies LLP

Sonia Love - Brodies LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)

Brodies LLP acts for a varied client base including sponsors, investors, banks, utilities and public bodies. The firm is particularly active in renewable energy projects, where its work spans combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating schemes, wind farms, solar projects and hydro schemes. Keith Patterson has expertise in project finance, transactional matters (including contracts for difference and grid-sharing arrangements) and development. The firm also handles infrastructure projects in the education, transport, waste, water and healthcare sectors. Jackie McGuire is leading a cross-practice team, including Roger Cotton, Odell Milne and Karen Hamilton, for Renfrewshire Council on a new train-tram link from Glasgow City Centre to Glasgow Airport. A particular strength of the firm’s offering is in infrastructure finance, as illustrated by its advice to Aberdeen City Council on a £370m index-linked bond issue to finance part of its £1bn capital and infrastructure investment programme. Other recommended individuals are Alistair McLean, Michael Stoneham, Sarah-Jane McArthur and associate Ali Rimell. Drysdale Graham joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Leading individuals

Drysdale Graham - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Working in conjunction with the firm’s public sector, corporate and employment practices, Brodies LLP’s education team is known for its experience advising further education and higher education clients, including the University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University and the University of St Andrews, on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Brenda Scott, who attracts praise for her ‘good eye for detail’, advised The University of Edinburgh on a number of commercial initiatives involving partnerships and collaborations with higher education institutions and other partners. This involved drafting and negotiating agreements and advising on regulatory and data protection issues. In other work, the ‘knowledgeable’ team advised the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation (GCEF) on governance issues, and assisted the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) with a wide range of matters, including advising on its qualifications approval and accreditation functions. Chairman Christine O’Neill, who ‘is excellent at providing practical advice on the spot’, defended the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in a civil action raised by a former student before the Inner House of the Court of Session claiming breach of contract and breach of human rights. ‘Nothing seems too daunting forLynne Marr, who advised Queen Margaret University on a number of employment law issues, including the termination of a fixed-term contract on grounds of redundancy.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLPprovides very good service’ to clients on a wide range of healthcare matters, with particular experience in the life sciences, medical device and pharmacy sectors. Areas of expertise include advising on regulatory matters such as the regulation of health and social care professionals alongside IP and licensing issues while the team is equally adept at guiding clients through investigations by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. The practice recently advised the Scottish Social Services Council on a number of issues arising from disciplinary matters including deficiencies in professional practice such as the mal-administration of medicines, poor standards of care and inappropriate behaviour within the workplace. Gill Grassie jointly heads the team with Paul Marshall.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP provides a ‘five-star service’ and is many clients’ ‘go-to firm for high-profile work’. Praised for its ‘practical solutions to difficult problems’, the ‘excellent’ team handles the full spectrum of local government work and is particularly active in major infrastructure projects, procurement and project development matters, including finance, and local government litigation. ‘Tremendously helpful’ team head Jackie McGuire demonstrated her ‘extensive knowledge of the public sector’ by advising Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council on a review of the Outline Business Case (OBC) for GAAP – the proposed tram and train rail link between Glasgow City centre and Glasgow airport – which involved a number of issues such as planning, compulsory purchase, environmental, procurement and state aid. In another highlight, the team assisted Perth and Kinross Council with aspects arising from a major road infrastructure project, which involved the drafting of objection responses and liaising with Transport Scotland. Roger Cotton advised Aberdeen City Council on procurement matters, while the team acted for Argyll and Bute Council on the consultation process for a proposed review of the harbour charges at over 20 locations in the council area. Chairman Christine O’Neill and ‘safe pair of handsCharles Livingstone are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jackie McGuire - Brodies LLP

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Regarded by public sector and commercial clients as ‘one of the leaders in the field’, Brodies LLPprovides to-the-point advice’ on a range of matters including legislation, judicial review, public inquiry and procurement. Charles Livingstone continues to assist the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Spirits Europe and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) in their challenge of the Scottish government’s Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012, which would allow the Scottish government to set a minimum unit price for alcohol. ‘Eminently capable and pragmatic’ joint team head and chairman Christine O’Neill acted for the Scottish government as junior counsel before the UK Supreme Court in an appeal pertaining to the validity of the Scottish parliament’s named person legislation, involving human rights and data protection issues. The ‘excellentJackie McGuire, who heads the team alongside O’Neill, is praised for ‘delivering timely, high-quality and detailed advice’. She acted for the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on the appointment of a judicial factor to Scotia Aid Sierra Leone, a charity accused of fraud and financial mismanagement.

Leading individuals

Christine O’Neill - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Commercial property: retail occupiers - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP handles a range of property issues for listed and privately-owned property companies, overseas-based investors, lenders and corporate occupiers, among other clients. In addition to advising on investment and development matters, the practice also has extensive experience of related property issues involving real estate finance, planning and environment, litigation, and real estate related tax. The firm, which acts for nine of the 20 largest real estate investors in the UK, is a stalwart figure in the Scottish property market, covering a multitude of sectors including office, industrial, retail, hospitality and leisure, and student accommodation. James Roscoe and Phil Hunter are key advisers in a cross-practice team that is acting for APG Asset Management in a mixed-use urban regeneration project at St James’ Quarter in Edinburgh. In 2016, ‘always available’ practice head Nick Scott, Chris McDaid and senior solicitor Jacqueline McFarlane acted for Brookfield Student Real Estate on its £37m acquisition of Collegelands (a 500-bed student accommodation scheme in Glasgow) and £25m forward-funding of St Mungo’s scheme (also in Glasgow). Scott also led on Varde Capital’s acquisition of a £150m Scottish retail park portfolio. Johane Murraybrings real value to every situation’. Other key individuals include Richard Smith, Richard Whyte, recently promoted partner Helen Abrams. Murray Soutar joined Gillespie Macandrew LLP.

Leading individuals

James Roscoe - Brodies LLP

Nick Scott - Brodies LLP

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen)

Brodies LLP has a first-class reputation for handling high-end matters, as demonstrated by practice head Colin MacLaren (‘consistent, dedicated and displays calm professionalism at all times’) and senior solicitor Jenna McCosh’s advice to Drum Property Group on various matters associated with the development of the flagship Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells, including the development and letting of a headquarters for Lloyds Register EMEA. Chris Dun, who recently joined from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, has strengthened the property finance side of the firm’s practice. He joins a team that includes Clive Phillips, who has a particular focus on the rural sector, where he acts for landed estates and farming clients throughout Scotland, as well as overseas-based clients; and Tracey Menzies. The Aberdeen-based team acts for a range of clients including Oaktree, Brookfield Student Real Estate and Knight Property Group. The group is also involved in various consultations with the Scottish Property Federation, and also participates in consultations following requests from the Scottish government and other public sector bodies.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP has ‘a superb team’ that is ‘great to work with’, is praised for its ‘commercial acumen’, and is ‘prepared to put words into action, beyond mere token gestures, to go the extra mile’. Alistair McLean spearheads the non-contentious side of the practice, which regularly acts in large-scale projects in Scotland and the UK involving areas such as student accommodation, oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure, mixed-use developments and offices. McLean and director Mark Finlay recently advised Dutch pension fund APG on construction issues associated with the St James Centre redevelopment in Edinburgh. In another highlight, McLean and managing associate Juliet Haldane advised Morgan Stanley on the construction aspects of its new headquarters in Glasgow. Louise Shiels, who is dual-qualified in Scottish and English law, has more than 12 years of construction-sector experience. Other key clients include Carillion, Interserve Construction, Drum Property Group and Amey OW. Manus Quigg, (‘an excellent strategist’) heads the contentious side of the practice, which was strengthened by the recent arrival of David Arnott from MacRoberts LLP. Also recommended are Jane McMonagle, who joined from Harper Macleod LLP, and associates Claire Rice, Keith Kilburn and Christopher Duff.

Leading individuals

Alistair McLean - Brodies LLP

David Arnott - Brodies LLP

Manus Quigg - Brodies LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP provides environmental law support on oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate transactions. The group also handles environmental prosecutions and civil litigation, and advises on regulatory issues, environmental aspects of planning matters, and waste, contaminated land, water and air pollution issues. Practice head Phil Hunter has more than 17 years of experience in the environment law arena. Paul Marshall is leading a team, which includes Duncan MacLean and Greg May, advising Transocean on possible civil and criminal liabilities for any pollution caused by the running aground of a semi-submersible rig on the Western Isles due to a storm. In another matter, Jackie McGuire defended Renfrewshire Council against a challenge brought by a developer to proposed plans to expand Braehead Shopping Centre, which involved a review of compliance with various EU environmental directives and environmental impact regulations. Other key figures include Neil Collar, Sarah-Jane McArthur and associate Niall McLean. Kenneth Ross retired from private practice in March 2017.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

One of the leading planning law firms in Scotland’, Brodies LLP attracts praise for its ‘very thorough knowledge of planning law’, ‘clear advice’ and its ability to ‘keep clients and other consultants informed of legislation changes’. The ‘hugely experiencedNeil Collar leads the team, which provides strategic planning advice on projects and also features heavily in large planning inquiries and appeals. The group acts for a wide-ranging client base, including housing, transport, minerals and renewable energy. Onshore oil and gas and aquaculture are growth areas of the practice. A particular strong suit is drafting section 75 planning obligations, including new statutory provisions on continuing liability and modification and discharge. In a recent highlight, Collar represented Park of Keir Partnership (a partnership between Judy Murray, Colin Montgomerie and the King Group) at a public inquiry into the proposed ‘Murray legacy’ project in Dunblane. The pair also assisted APG Asset Management with the planning aspects of the mixed-use St James Quarter regeneration project in Edinburgh. Brookfield, Meygen and Infinis are other clients. Also recommended is ‘experienced inquiry advocateKaren Hamilton, whose ‘public sector background provides her with a helpful insight into the local authority perspective’. Associates Alison Polson and Lee Murphy together have more than 40 years of planning law experience. Kevin Graham is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Neil Collar - Brodies LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP has a strong track record securing favourable outcomes for domestic and international investors, corporate occupiers, housebuilders and property funds. Led by Stephen Goldie, the team handles significant and highly complex matters at all court levels, ranging from Sheriff Court proceedings to cases heard at the Supreme Court. The group’s extensive expertise covers a wide range of contentious property issues, including professional negligence, breaches of contract, dilapidations, rent reviews and development disputes. In 2016, Matthew Farrell defended Aviva, as the guarantor of Scottish Coal Company Limited, against a £4m claim for payment allegedly due under a bond. Farrell also defended Abellio Scotrail against a court application, which was brought by Select Service Partner in relation to the redevelopment of Queen Street railway station. Aberdeen-based Ken MacDonald, who has more than 20 years of experience in real estate litigation, successfully represented a landowner in a Land Register appeal at The Lands Tribunal for Scotland. Other clients include Pramerica, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Sports Direct and Orion.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goldie - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Farrell - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP attracts praise for its ‘sound commercial advice’; ‘it is able to suggest a course of action rather than just following instructions and has a wealth of financial services industry and IT outsourcing expertise’. Clients include Standard Life, Tesco Bank and Sainsbury’s Bank, as well as a number of technology businesses. Martin Sloan advised a major financial services institution on the use of electronic signatures and associated risks. Sloan acted alongside Grant Campbell (who ‘provides clear and pragmatic advice and is able to steer contractual negotiations to ensure a good outcome’) for Sainsbury’s Bank on matters arising from the procurement of a new technology platform for the bank’s insurance division to enable the sale of insurance products from a panel of insurers. Other recent work includes providing data protection advice to Standard Life and assisting Mirador Analytics with the launch of a suite of new cloud-based data analytics tools and services for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is ‘quick to respond’ with ‘accurate analysis’. A respected player in the market, the team handles the full remit of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Non-contentious work is led by Grant Campbell, who advised City Refrigeration – a major provider of facilities management and building maintenance services – on the global structuring of licence arrangements for exploitation of proprietary IP, and assisted Powerleague with a wide range of commercial contracts, partnership agreements and brand licensing issues, most recently advising it on its new commercial brand partnership with Adidas. In another highlight, Martin Sloan advised the University of Edinburgh on IP aspects pertaining to the creation of a joint venture company with JB Equity with the purpose of accelerating and increasing the commercialisation of patentable technology developed by academics at the Roslin Institute. The ‘experiencedGill Grassiehas notable experience of handling contentious IP work’. Robert Buchan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gill Grassie - Brodies LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP handles a variety of IP and commercial matters including licensing, copyright and sponsorship issues. In 2016, the team advised 77 Management on sponsorship, venue and broadcasting agreements pertaining to the Andy Murray Live tennis event held in Glasgow in September 2016. Key contact Christine O’Neill continues to advise BBC Scotland’s newsroom editors, producers and journalists on regulatory matters, including defamation, privacy or contempt of court issues. It also advises the same client on general media law and copyright issues. Robert Buchan is part of a team acting for a number of social media and online businesses in copyright infringement and other IP disputes. Associate Andy Nolan ‘gives professional and concise advice in a timely manner’.

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  • Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge – the story so far


    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

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