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Brodies LLP

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Jane McMonagle

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Brodies LLP

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Corporate and Commercial




Jane is a transactional lawyer who provides advice on all types of construction and engineering projects. She is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Construction Law and is dual qualified in Scotland and England and Wales. Jane has extensive experience of advising clients on project-wide and strategic issues, both in the public and private sectors and has acted for employers, consultants, contractors and funders (often on high profile projects of national significance).

Jane guides clients on procurement strategy and contract options; extensive use of bespoke contracts and industry standard forms (including JCT, NEC3, FIDIC, ICE etc); drafting, negotiating and assembling all forms of construction, engineering and development contracts including framework agreements, consultant appointments, development management agreements, works licences, bonds, guarantees and subcontracts (managing risk throughout the contractual chain) and advising on practical and operational aspects of contract terms.

Scotland: Public sector

Local government

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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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Construction

Brodies LLP is viewed as the firm of choice by many of the UK's largest developers, contractors, investors and insurance companies. Alistair McLean, who heads up the non-contentious practice, has 30 years of construction experience and is qualified to practise in Scotland, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. McLean and others handle some of the largest and first to the market construction projects in Scotland. McLean and senior solicitor Rachael Brown are acting for Inhabit in the Candleriggs Quarter project in Glasgow and Broadford Works project in Aberdeen; these are among the first buy to rent projects in Scotland. McLean is also working with senior solicitor Lesley Mackenzie to advise Robertson Construction Group as the main contractor on the construction of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Transactional lawyer Jane McMonagle, who recently made partner, 'explains concepts easily and shows available options in a simple and clear style'. Mark Finlay and managing associate Juliet Haldane also have non-contentious construction expertise. The firm also has 'the go-to lawyers for construction disputes', who are praised for their 'thorough knowledge and understanding of legal and commercial issues involved'. David Arnott and associate Christopher Duff are representing Muir Construction Limited in Court of Session proceedings against Kapital Residential Limited; this case is one of the first in the UK to concern the requirements of a valid Pay Less Notice. Manus Quigg, who leads the contentious practice, is 'a brilliant tactician and thoroughly reliable - he knows every trick in the book'. Louise Shiels, managing associate Keith Kilburn, and associates Claire Rice and Sara Lannigan are also experienced in construction disputes. In recent developments, Drysdale Graham was hired from Pinsent Masons LLP, while associate Laura McCorquodale joined from Harper Macleod LLP.

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    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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