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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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GW11 GLASGOW
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www.brodies.com
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP covers a range of road, rail and water matters. Roger Cotton advised Abellio on its successful bid for the new ScotRail franchise, while shipping practice head Duncan MacLean advised Ferguson Marine Engineering on contracts to build two new ferries for the Clyde and Hebrides ferries network.

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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 handles a full spectrum of notable and high-value matters for private and listed companies, high-net-worth individuals, and third sector clients. In 2015, Shuna Stirling and Tom Boulton-Jones acted for Scottish homebuilder Tulloch Homes on its MBO. The team’s excellent investment funds capabilities were bolstered by the arrival of Karen Fountain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. William McIntosh, Julian Voge, Andrew Akintewe and Neil Burgess are among the other notable individuals. Derek Stroud joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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 2

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen)

Noted for its strong oil and gas capability, Brodies LLP’s practice was bolstered by Douglas Crawford’s recent arrival from CMS. Tom Boulton-Jones, who made partner in 2015, relocated to the Aberdeen office from Glasgow. Boulton-Jones and Clare Munro acted for INEOS in its acquisition of DEA UK E&P Holdings. The firm’s other sector expertise includes food and drink, fisheries and financial services.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s Isobel d’Inverno is noted for her Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) knowledge, and has also been at the vanguard of Scotland’s new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), having advised the Scottish Government on its introduction. Alan Barr handles the full range of business and personal tax issues.

Leading individuals

Isobel d’Inverno - Brodies LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

In 2015, Brodies LLP’s Rod Lambert and Roger Cotton successfully assisted Abellio with obtaining European Commission merger clearance in connection with the ScotRail franchise award. In her capacity as a solicitor advocate, Christine O’Neill regularly represents the Scottish government in public procurement and EU law cases. Charles Livingstone made partner.

Leading individuals

Christine O’Neill - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP provides ‘clear and timely advice’ to well-known businesses on anti-corruption, fraud and modern-day slavery compliance matters. Practice head Paul Marshall is ‘able to cut through complicated law in a way that clients can understand’.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP fields nine solicitor advocates, including Christine O’Neill, who defended Transport Scotland at the Inner House of the Court of Session in a case concerning an alleged breach of public procurement rules. Other recommended individuals are Joyce Cullen and Iain Rutherford. Matthew Farrell and Charles Livingstone made partner in 2015, and Derek Stillie was appointed as a specialist sports law litigator.

Leading individuals

Joyce Cullen - Brodies LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Glasgow)

Brodies LLP handles matters ranging from standard undefended cases to high-value and sensitive matters for clients such as insolvency practitioners, banks and debt purchasers. It covers every step of the recovery process, from pre-legal collection to post-judgment enforcement. Stephen Goldie’s team includes Iain Rutherford and Ricky Cannon. David Whyte has retired.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen)

Bruce Stephen’s ‘highly responsive’ team at Brodies LLP handles a diverse range of financing transactions, including infrastructure, real estate and asset finance. It recently handled Wheatley Housing Group’s £350m bond issue and refinancing. Elsewhere, Stephen assisted Royal Bank of Scotland with its corporate financing of James Donaldson & Sons. Also recommended are Michael Stoneham, Aberdeen-based partner Neal Richardson, and the ‘client-focusedPeter Kelly. In 2015, the firm expanded at associate level, and Marion MacInnes made partner.

Leading individuals

Bruce Stephen - Brodies LLP

Michael Stoneham - Brodies LLP

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

Brodies LLP (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP provides a full service to insolvency practitioners, funds, banks and public sector clients. Its expertise includes corporate and personal insolvencies, debt and equity restructurings, securities portfolio transactions, and insolvency litigation. Rachel Grant, who has more than 25 years’ experience, works with Colin McIntosh, who ‘truly understands the role of the insolvency practitioner’. David Whyte has retired.

Leading individuals

Colin McIntosh - Brodies LLP

Rachel Grant - Brodies LLP

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Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts
Unit trusts, OEICs and investment trusts - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Andrew Akintewe’s team at Brodies LLP recently recruited Karen Fountain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Fountain’s expertise includes fund structuring, co-investment and managed account arrangements, and fund management start-ups and spin-outs. Regulatory expert Frank Doran is experienced in the formation and operation of a wide range of vehicles, including non-UCITS retail funds, unit trusts and regulated OEICs. The firm’s recent work for FIM Services included the structuring, formation and fundraising of FIM Timberland LP. Paul McLaughlin was promoted to managing associate in 2015.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP provides ‘highly business-focused’ advice on issues including TUPE transfers and executive exits, as well as tribunal litigation. Practice head Tony Hadden is noted for his ‘very commercial approach’ and advised Clyde Blowers on its purchase of the Clyde’s last commercial shipyard. Other clients include RBS and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

Leading individuals

Joan Cradden - Brodies LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s practice is singled out for its ability to ‘cover areas that the clients haven’t considered’. Elena Frycomes up with practical solutions that clients embrace’; her work includes pre-prosecution advice following fatal accidents. Clients include Sunderland Marine.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP advises on scheme transformations and the pensions implications of corporate acquisitions. Clients include the trustees of the Oil & Gas UK Pension Scheme, which Juliet Bayne advised on terminating its defined benefit scheme. Alison Shackleton has retired.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s Elena Fry defends private providers in a range of cases involving cosmetic and elective surgery. Clients include Spire Healthcare and Marketform.

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Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Glasgow)

Brodies LLP has ‘a very cohesive team with a thorough knowledge of the area’. Work includes misdiagnosis, delayed treatment and botched surgery cases. David Armstrong is ‘highly approachable’.

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

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP provides ‘a superb level of service’ to insured defendants in motor claims, industrial disease and product liability cases. Elena Fry has ‘excellent knowledge of client’s businesses’, and Peter Demick is ‘a first choice for high-value claims’. Clients include Allianz and Amlin.

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘very professional practice’ acts on claims involving road collisions, product liability and workplace injuries. Solicitor-advocate Jonathan Cornwell is ‘compassionate, understanding and attentive at all times’. David Armstrong leads the team, which acts for several trade unions.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s ‘strong, long-established team’ provides ‘excellent advice that demonstrates good sector knowledge’. Work includes defending accountants, architects and solicitors. Alisdair Matheson is ‘well regarded by the construction profession’ and practice head Alan Calvert is ‘very astute’. Clients include Amlin and Allianz.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)

Brodies LLP is ‘one of Scotland’s leading firms for agriculture and estates’. The practice advises a range of rural businesses on acquisitions and land use. Odell Milne advised Transport Scotland on the salmon fishing rights aspects of the A9 Dualing project. Newly promoted partner Murray Soutarpunches above his weight’.

Leading individuals

Odell Milne - Brodies LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent’ advice on mergers and formations of charities and arms-length bodies. Clients include the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and The Co-operative Group, which Brenda Scott advised on distribution of revenues from the mandatory carrier bag charge to charities. Alan Eccles is also recommended.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Glasgow)

Brodies LLP’s expertise includes representing executors and beneficiaries in disputes regarding art collections, divisions of interests in family businesses and cohabitation claims. Alan Barr heads the practice.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP has ‘great coverage across all court levels’. The practice’s workload ranges from high-value financial provision cases and child law to domestic violence orders. Practice head Shaun George, one of three partners to join the firm from Simpson & Marwick, has ‘an impressively direct, sensitive and honest approach’.

Leading individuals

Shaun George - Brodies LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent’ advice on issues involving complex family structures and international and agricultural assets. The practice also acts for well-known private banks and asset managers. Key figures include Alan Eccles, Mark Stewart and Norman Kennedy.

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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)

At Brodies LLP, Keith Patterson’s team is ‘aware of the commercial realities in a fast-changing industry’. Active in all sectors, the firm has a particularly standout reputation in the independent renewables space, where it advises on energy trading, power purchase agreement offtakes and financing, among other areas. The firm has been advising Banks Renewables on every aspect of its five turbine wind farm project at Hook Moor, Yorkshire. Other clients include Infinis, Velocita/2020 Renewables and MeyGen. Onshore renewables expert Kirsty Macpherson joined from Gillespie Macandrew LLP in 2015, along with two associates and a solicitor. Sarah Sleigh departed the firm.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Noted for its team’s vast in-house experience, Brodies LLP acts for some of the leading oil and gas operators and service sector clients in the industry, such as Dana Petroleum, Total E&P and Transocean. In 2015, Clare Munro assisted INEOS Upstream with its entry to the offshore oil and gas market with two separate acquisitions. Greg May is particularly knowledgeable about the drilling industry. In the exploration and production space, Sonia Love assists operators with acquisitions and disposals, as well as joint venture agreements.

Leading individuals

Clare Munro - Brodies LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Aberdeen)

Brodies LLP’s strong reputation draws clients such as local authorities, utilities, sponsors and investors. Roger Cotton acted for Aberdeen City Council in the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver a £300m housing project. The firm also handles a significant number of mandates for developers and funders in the project finance arena; Keith Patterson leads the firm’s project finance work in the renewables sector. Michael Stoneham is also recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP advises universities on matters including intellectual property, governance and commercial issues. Brenda Scott advised the University of Edinburgh on a range of partnerships and collaborations, and Christine O’Neill advised the Scottish Qualification Authority on a variety of issues including the extent of its powers and Scottish Parliamentary procedure.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP’s ‘highly professional’ team advises on pharmaceutical investments and patents, care home joint ventures and product liability. William McIntosh advised Lamellar Biomedical on a £2.3m equity funding round.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP represents a number of councils in litigation regarding social housing, health and social care. Practice head Jackie McGuire, who advises Falkirk Council on a range of issues, has ‘a rare mix of strategic vision and operational understanding’. Other mandates relate to arms-length bodies and planning.

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

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is ‘acutely aware of upcoming issues facing clients’ industries’. The practice regularly acts on legal challenges to legislation, proposed bills and on handling relations with parliamentary committees. Christine O’Neill (who is ‘one of Scotland’s elite public law solicitors’) acted alongside Charles Livingstone for the Scotch Whisky Association in a challenge to minimum alcohol pricing.

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)

Nick Scott’s team at Brodies LLP acts for institutional funds, developers and local authorities, among other clients. In 2015, it advised Quartermile Ventures on a high-profile pre-let to FanDuel at Quartermile Four in Edinburgh. Kirsty Macpherson moved from Gillespie Macandrew LLP. In other developments, Laurence Douglas, Chris McDaid and Murray Soutar made partner. Other key names include Johane Murray and Richard Whyte.

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’s Colin MacLaren acts for Drum Property Group in various matters concerning Aberdeen’s Prime Four Business Park, and recently handled the sale of OneSubsea’s headquarters to Reassure. In another highlight in 2015, Tracey Menzies acted for Travis Perkins in the sale and leaseback of Scottish property assets.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP provides ‘sound tactical advice’ across all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Manus Quigg’s contentious construction expertise includes professional negligence actions. Alistair McLean, who heads the non-contentious side of the practice, is advising Aberdeen City Council on contractual matters associated with the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre redevelopment project. Louise Shiels has ‘exceptional client communication skills’ and Keith Kilburn also earns praise.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

In 2015, Brodies LLP advised Cube Housing Association on three biomass district heating schemes in Glasgow. The team also has expertise in contaminated land issues and waste, and provides environmental compliance support. Paul Marshall deals with environmental prosecutions and other regulatory action, while Neil Collar handles environmental issues in a planning context. Kenneth Ross is also recommended. Philip Hunter leads the practice.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Led by the ‘exceptionally approachableNeil Collar, Brodies LLP’s team deals with matters ranging from early strategic advice on projects, through to planning inquiry advocacy and Court of Session appeals. A particular area of strength is in drafting s75 planning obligations. Clients include City of Edinburgh Council, Airvolution and Tulloch Homes. Karen Hamilton is recommended. Kevin Graham joined from City of Edinburgh Council, where he was an in-house planning solicitor, while Robert Seaton departed to become a Scottish Government appeal reporter.

Leading individuals

Neil Collar - Brodies LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP acts for property professionals, funds and corporates in property disputes. In 2015, Stephen Goldie defended Greenbelt Group’s operation of the land-owning maintenance model at the Lands Tribunal. Matthew Farrell, who made partner in 2015, has ‘a very natural commercial awareness’.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is noted for its ‘expert advice and high level of partner involvement’. The practice has extensive expertise covering procurement agreements and disputes, bespoke software development and licensing matters. Martin Sloan is ‘very good on technical IT and data protection matters’; he advised Tesco Bank on its high-value telephony contract with Vodafone. Grant Campbell is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

Brodies LLP is ‘a go-to-firm for high-value business-critical issues’. Litigators Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan are recommended, as is Martin Sloan, who heads the non-contentious practice. Clients include major pharmaceutical companies and the Scotch Whisky Association.

Leading individuals

Gill Grassie - Brodies LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)

At Brodies LLP, Christine O’Neill advises the BBC on defamation and contempt of court matters, and Robert Buchan advises on footage usage rights and online reputation management.

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Scotland

Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen

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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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