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Brodies LLP

15 ATHOLL CRESCENT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8HA, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

The ‘vastly experienced’ team at Brodies LLP handles the spectrum of road, rail and shipping work. It is well placed to advise clients on high-value Scottish transport projects, particularly in relation to marine and rail infrastructure. The shipping and marine group is led by the ‘passionate’ Duncan McLean, which spans contentious insurance, commercial and regulatory work, in addition to non-contentious matters including ship finance, sale, purchase and chartering. Roger Cotton is a rail specialist whose ‘knowledge of franchising procedures is a great strength to bidders’. Odell Milne’s ‘overall depth of expertise and pragmatic advice’ is noted. The group is advising Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow Council on a proposed rail link between Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Airport, which is to be funded via the Glasgow City Deal. It continues to be instructed by Perth and Kinross Council in connection with a major road and bridge infrastructure project. On the shipping side, the team is advising Transocean on potential liabilities arising from the grounding of a large semi-submersible rig that occurred in August 2016. It is also the sole legal adviser to Lerwick Port Authority, handling matters including a decommissioning facility, the construction of a new quay, corporate deals and commercial developments by major industrial landlords.

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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

Brodies LLP 's team combines 'expertise, knowledge, people skills and attention to detail to ensure that the deal is completed in a timely manner'. Shuna Stirling  leads the group, which includes 'real no-nonsense commercial lawyer' Neil Burgess and Julian Voge. Other names to note include William McIntosh, Derek Stroud (who focuses on the renewable energy and oil services sectors), food and drink group head Eric Galbraith and associate Liz Bruce. The firm handles a broad cross-section of mandates for Scottish, UK and international clients; its varied workload includes acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, joint ventures, restructurings and commercial contracts matters. Illustrative of the firm's excellent record in high-profile and landmark deals, in 2017, Stirling, Roger Cotton and associate Alasdair Dunn acted for Abellio in the sale of a 40% stake in the Greater Anglia rail franchise to Mitsui & Co., and also in new joint venture arrangements between Abellio and Mitsui. Burgess was the lead adviser to City Facilities Management Group on its strategic acquisition of Maintenance Management and Atrium Maintenance France, as part of the client's European expansion plans. McIntosh led a cross-practice team, which assisted Energy Services Group (which is backed by Accel-KKR) with its acquisition of Utiligroup, and with the related funding aspects of the deal. Martin Sloan has particular expertise in technology procurement (particularly in the financial services sector), IT outsourcing and data protection.

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

At Brodies LLP, 'overall performance is excellent, delivery is accurate and on time, and you get good value for expenditure'. Gill Summers, who has specialised in corporate and commercial law for more than 20 years, is among the highly regarded individuals in the team, which is 'friendly, helpful and just incredible'. Douglas Crawford has spearheaded the growth of the private equity side of the practice since his arrival from CMS in 2016; clients in this space include management teams, buyers, sellers and funding institutions. Crawford is also active in the UK M&A market. Tom Boulton-Jones handles corporate transactions across a number of sectors, such as food and drink, technology, and manufacturing and engineering. Clare Munro, Greg May and Sonia Love focus on matters connected with the oil and gas sector. Shuna Stirling leads the team, which also includes associates Shona Tennant and Gemma Hills, and also senior solicitor Hamish Blair. The firm attracts a significant number of large-scale transactions; Crawford led a multidisciplinary team in the advice to the shareholders of Craig Group Limited on the sale of North Star to Basalt Infrastructure Partners through Basalt's vehicle Ardmair Bay Holdings Limited; this was one of the biggest M&A deals in Scotland in 2017. Crawford was also the lead adviser to the shareholders of John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Limited on the sale and MBO of the company to Thunderbird Bidco Limited (an acquisition vehicle backed by Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint). Other clients include Drum Property Group, Tulloch Homes Group and Cooke Aquaculture.

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

The team at Brodies LLP provides 'very measured, constructive advice - nothing flash, just pragmatic and reliable'. Isobel D’Inverno and Alan Barr lead the team, which provides tax support on M&A and real estate transactions, advises on tax issues in the oil and gas sector and handles investment funds-related tax matters, among many other areas. D'Inverno is particularly sought after to advise on issues associated with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Heather Thompson, who is a recent hire from Turcan Connell, is experienced in advising family and owner-managed businesses on a broad cross-section of personal, corporate and real estate tax issues. Heather Gibson is 'a very intelligent and industrious person, with an eye for detail'. Nigel Watson is a share scheme and employee remuneration tax expert. Associate Bob Langridge is also recommended. A highlight for the team in 2017 involved advising Axis Capital Holdings Limited on the tax aspects of its £477m offer to acquire Novae Plc. Another matter involved assisting a joint venture between Moda Living and Apache Capital with tax issues related its acquisition from Grosvenor of a build to rent site at Springfield, Edinburgh.

Leading individuals

Isobel D'Inverno - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Heather Gibson - Brodies LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP assists public and private sector clients with a wide ambit of public law, regulatory and competition law questions. Charles Livingstone has expertise in antitrust compliance and enforcement, merger control and state aid, among other areas. In addition to handling transactional antitrust matters, Rod Lambert has a wealth of experience of cartel investigations, dawn raids and antitrust litigation. Lambert also co-heads the firm's multidisciplinary Brexit advisory group with Christine O'Neill, which advises clients from a wide range of sectors on the implications of the UK's departure from the European Union, including the future UK-EU relationship. Roger Cotton leads the public procurement team and is also a state aid expert. Livingstone, O'Neill and others recently represented the Scottish Whisky Association, spiritsEUROPE and CEEV in a challenge to the Scottish government's Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . In another highlight, Livingstone acted for Scottish Care in the CMA's UK-wide study of the care homes market.

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

Brodies LLP  is noted for its ‘strong multidisciplinary approach’ to financial criminal cases and ‘capability for dealing with complex, cross-border issues’ for an array of public and corporate clients facing allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption. The group has particular expertise in the oil and gas sector, but also handles a significant workload on behalf of banking and financial service providers. The ‘responsive, focused and trusted’ +Paul Marshall  leads the corporate crime and investigations team, and has a reputation for ‘enlisting the support of key industry stakeholders’. Regulatory lawyer Rod Lambert , has extensive experience in cases concerning cartels and suspected infringements of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act – in addition to strong international sanctions knowledge. Glasgow’s Ramsay Hall is noted for financial crime compliance and investigations work.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's team has vast experience in high-profile and business-critical litigation, with its workload spanning areas such as insurance, competition, IP/IT, shipping and pensions, among many other areas. Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels together have nearly 30 years of experience of construction disputes. Practice head Joyce Cullen has a 35-year track record in the commercial disputes arena, with a particular strength in banking and financial services litigation. Reflective of the high quality of the team, it includes a team of solicitor advocates across the offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen (two of whom are standing junior counsel to the Scottish government).  Corporate restructuring and insolvency experts Rachel Grant and consultant Colin McIntosh are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation); the matter recently involved a UK Supreme Court appeal on employee benefit trusts used for the benefit of football players and executives. In 2017, Alan Calvert, Odell Milne and associate Adam McKinlay successfully represented a firm of solicitors and its indemnity insurers at the UK Supreme Court in a case arising from the drafting of notices to quit in  agricultural tenancies. Laura McMillan made partner in November 2017. Kenneth MacDonald is a name to note in Aberdeen. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Robert Buchan are also recommended. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Joyce Cullen - Brodies LLP

Tony Jones QC - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP delivers 'a very high level of service' on both volume and bespoke debt and asset recovery mandates. The team acts for a broad cross-section of clients, including banks, utility companies, debt purchasers and insolvency practitioners. It also assists English law firms requiring Scottish debt litigation support. Practice head Stephen Goldie, who has circa 20 years of experience, has a particular specialism in property-related debts, such as arrears of rent, service and common charges. Goldie and others are particularly active in handling high-value property repossession work for private investment firms that purchased distressed secured property portfolios from banks. Solicitor advocate Iain Rutherford  works with Goldie to manage the volume debt recovery offering, and also handles his own caseload of high-value and high-profile matters. Also active in complex, large-value cases is solicitor advocate Laura McMillan. Philip Hall (who focuses on corporate and plant hire debt recovery) and associate Monica Connolly are other notable figures. The practice was strengthened by the arrival in April 2018 of managing associate Marianne Griffin from Dentons . Santander Consumer Finance, Fleximize Limited and Moneybarn are among the firm's clients. Ricky Cannon departed for DWF, while Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Iain Rutherford - Brodies LLP

Monica Connolly - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's banking team has 'good links with the key Scottish institutions' and 'delivers joined-up advice by working with other practices'. Michael Stoneham, who is the head of energy and infrastructure finance, 'balances technical skills, attention to detail, commerciality and team management to deliver excellent results in a short time frame'. Neal Richardson in Aberdeen leads the marine finance team. Chris Dun, who joined from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017 with four other team members (prior to its merger with Dentons), has strengthened the firm's offering in real estate finance and housing finance. A growth area of the firm's practice has been in funds finance; in a recent highlight, Peter Kelly and associate Jack Moir advised Regional REIT Limited on the amendment and restatement of circa £70m of existing facility agreements with Santander to finance the expansion of the client's commercial property portfolio. Team head Bruce Stephen has more than 20 years of banking and finance experience, with expertise in areas such as asset-based lending and receivables financing, among various others. Alan Knowles, Marion MacInnes, and managing associates Billy Kay and Fiona Cameron, are also 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 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is 'one of the most capable firms in the Scottish insolvency field', and its team has 'broad experience and deep knowledge'. Practice head Rachel Grant 'identifies the relevant issues quickly'. Peter Kelly, managing associate Shirley Li-Ting (who joined from Gilson Gray in 2017, and is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law) and consultant Colin McIntosh are among other notable individuals. The group provides the full spectrum of advice on contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to corporate restructurings and insolvencies, as well as personal insolvencies. Grant, McIntosh and associate Lucy McCann are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc in a high-profile liquidation. In another matter a cross-practice team recently assisted Burntisland Fabrications Limited with negotiating a rescue package with the Scottish government to avoid a formal insolvency. Associate Louise Laing has experience of advising banks and other lenders on security enhancement and enforcement. Associate Amy McVey assists banks and borrowers with financial restructurings, and also advises insolvency practitioners on issues arising from formal insolvency appointments (corporate and personal).

Leading individuals

Rachel Grant - Brodies LLP

Next generation lawyers

Laura Borland - Brodies LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

In addition to forming and launching funds, Brodies LLP provides day to day operational and regulatory advice (among other matters) to its UK and international fund manager clients. Senior solicitor Barbara Jamieson, who joined from Martin Currie Investment Management in January 2018, has experience of regulatory projects involving AIFMD, UCITS V and MiFID II, among others. Andrew Akintewe leads the team, which also has a significant investor-side practice, where the work includes assisting clients with negotiating the terms of fund investments and portfolio management. The group's areas of expertise span multiple fund structures, including private equity buyout funds, real estate funds, debt funds and listed funds. Paul McLaughlin is knowledgeable about the uses of LLPs, general partnerships and Scottish limited partnerships. As a full-service firm, its funds team is well-supported by practitioners in areas such as tax and corporate, enabling it to cover all manner of issues. Karen Fountain is leading a cross-practice team, which is acting for midmarket private equity fund manager Promethean Investments LLP in the circa £150m capital raising of its third limited partnership fund, as well as the structure and operations of the management group. In 2017, Fountain and others advised The Scott Trust and Guardian Media Group Plc (GMG) on GMG's launch of a £42m venture capital fund, GMG Ventures. Another recent highlight for the team involved assisting Blackstone with establishing a joint venture with a UK residential property investment company.

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Akintewe - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Joan Cradden - Brodies LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a clear understanding of the commercial backdrop to which business operates in’, advising insured corporates and insurance companies. Practice head, Elena Fry, is ‘an excellent lawyer who you would want on your side in times of crisis’, and represented a European hotel operator in meetings with the regulator and advised the client on potential enforcement proceedings, following separate food and chemical safety incidents, both resulting in formal cautions rather than prosecution. The ‘vastly experienced and methodical’ Duncan McLean advised Transocean on potential liabilities arising from a rig which ran aground after a storm in 2016. Laura McMillan represented Liberty Mutual and the Jim Clark Memorial Motor Club in connection with a fatal accident inquiry into separate incidents at a rally that led to several injuries and fatalities – finding the organisers not directly liable and determining the rally could run again.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP acts for major employers, as well as public and private sector pension trustees, on the full range of pension issues, including governance, buy-ins, defined benefit schemes and transactions. The ‘efficient and enormously helpful’ practice head, Juliet Bayne, provides ‘extremely good support to trustee boards’, which clients note is especially useful in decision-making and protecting the trustee position in negotiations. The ‘high-calibre’ senior solicitors, Jordan Halliday and Jen Crawford, are praised for their expertise, as well as ‘an ability to understand the wider client agenda’. Highlights included representing the trustees of the John Menzies defined benefit pension fund in negotiation with John Menzies, on ways to control future pension costs and the termination of future benefit accrual. The team also advised the trustees of the Howden Group pension plan in relation to the equalisation of retirement ages for male and female members.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP acts in a wide range of claims, including ophthalmology, deaths in custody, aesthetic surgery and medical device implantation. Clients include medical institutions, equipment manufacturers and individual medical professionals. Elena Fry co-leads the practice alongside Duncan Mawby, who joined from BTO Solicitors LLP in September 2017. The firm is defending a number of class actions for suppliers of pelvic mesh and metal on metal hip implants. It also represents several insurers in cases involving insured practitioners facing complex medical negligence claims and fatal accident inquiries.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP has ‘one of the best teams on the local market’, which is led by Elena Fry, who is ‘extremely sharp, pragmatic and has a commanding presence’. The group represents self-insured businesses and public bodies in the range of personal injury claims and is on the panel for a number of major insurers operating in Scotland. The team has a strong anti-fraud offering, and regularly acts for insurers in defending against fraudulent claims. Highlights included successfully defending a Scottish Housing Association against a class action brought by tenants and former tenants in relation to a variety of neurological and psychological symptoms allegedly arising from solvent contamination from the foundations of their properties; a claim that was subsequently defended at appeal. The ‘vastly experienced’ Duncan McLean is ‘methodical and instils confidence in his ability to deal with whatever he is given’, and has a particular focus on maritime claims. Malcolm Mackay is another key practitioner; Duncan Mawby joined from BTO Solicitors LLP and Peter Demick left the team for Kennedys Scotland in September 2017, whilst Craig Watt joined the practice in March 2018 from CMS.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

With a ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive team’, Brodies LLP is the ‘leading firm in the professional indemnity arena in Scotland’. It represents both pursuers and defenders in claims involving the range of professional disciplines, including major professional services companies in the real estate, construction, financial, employment and cyber-risk sectors, in addition to major insurer panel appointments. The team is jointly led by Alisdair Matheson and the ‘leading’ Alan Calvert, who is particularly noted for his experience in representing solicitors and accountants. Calvert represented a law firm, and its professional indemnity insurance in an £8m claim arising from the drafting of notices to quit agricultural tenancies, which were held to be invalid by the Land Court; a case that was dismissed based on a time bar following a preliminary proof. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP in June 2018.

Leading individuals

Alan Calvert - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's ‘first-class’ practice advises rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland on all corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Odell Milne provides ‘an exceptional strategic overview’, and specialises in compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and utility work. ‘Efficient, intelligent and good under pressure’, Kirsty Macpherson focuses on rural renewable energy matters.  Alex Buchan has ‘a commercial outlook’ and particular sector knowledge in commercial rural estates. Noted for her ‘great attention to detail in transactions’, Kate McLeish advises clients on a range of agricultural holdings. The group advised the GFG Alliance on the $330m acquisition of eight Estates, which involved an extensive review of agricultural and renewables leases, grazing and residential tenancies. In another highlight, it assisted the Litchfield Family with the sale of the whole issued share capital of Tulchan Sporting Estates to a Russian businessman, in a transaction that was affected by land ownership reform and a high level of public scrutiny. Clive Philips leads the practice.

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

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent and practical advice’ to a mixture of individual philanthropy clients, family foundations, in addition to large corporate and institutional charities. Drawing on its ‘strong understanding of the regulatory sector’, the group is well versed in the use of corporate vehicles to establish charitable organisations, including community benefit societies, community interest companies and Scottish charitable incorporate organisations (SCIOs). The group continues to advise the OSCR on a range of matters, including all aspects of the appointment of a judicial factor to Scotia Aid Sierra Leone (a charity accused of fraud and financial mismanagement). It also assisted JustRight Scotland with the establishment of a new human rights law and advocacy centre in Glasgow. The practice is co-led by Brenda Scott, whose focuses are corporate governance, constitution reform and charity trustee duties, and the ‘dynamic and highly specialist’ Alan Eccles, who is noted for possessing ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of charity law across all the UK jurisdictions’. ‘Safe pair of hands’ Helen Kidd and charitable trust expert Eric Galbraith are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alan Eccles - Brodies LLP

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

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP’s ‘outstanding team’ is ‘a market leader’ that demonstrates ‘cutting-edge technical knowledge’. The team handles a broad spectrum of work, including applications to the Court of Session, proving the tenor of lost wills, assisting adults with incapacity applications, negligence opinions and disputes over will validity and the winding up of estates. The team recently represented the wife of a deceased high-net-worth individual, who left an informal will, in a dispute over the estate. ‘Exceptional’ Alan Barr leads the practice and brings a ‘sympathetic approach’ to family trustees, noted for an ability to ‘stand firm on particularly difficult issues’. Barr is a thought leader in wills, tax planning and trusts, and has extensive experience in related contentious matters. The ‘professional’ Mark Stewart and associate Angela McCulloch are recommended for their client relationship building skills. Susanne Batchelor is another key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Alan Barr - Brodies LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP

The ‘absolutely top-end team’ at Brodies LLP is noted for its family law work, including high-value and high-profile divorce cases, as well as multi-jurisdictional aspects and ‘forum shopping’ cases. The group also cases involving international child abduction and has expertise in European regulations pertaining to maintenance. Lisa Girdwood is ‘hugely experienced and able’ and has ‘a caring manner with clients’. Also recommended are ‘master tactician’ Scott Cochrane, Richard Smith, who focuses on divorce cases involving business owners has ‘a pleasant and pragmatic approach’, and Shaun George, who heads the practice.

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

Brodies LLP’s ‘well-resourced and experienced’ team is ‘at the top of its game’, and adept at handling tax and estate planning matters for wealthy individuals and families and smaller value clients alike. It also has extensive expertise in the establishment of Family Investment Companies (FICs) and Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs); work that ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Susanne Batchelor is noted for, alongside her extensive cross-border asset practice. Mark Stewart leads the personal and family department while Alan Barr heads the personal tax planning group, which includes a number of chartered accountants. Other key practitioners include Norman Kennedy, who specialises in succession planning, asset protection, inheritance tax mitigation, trusts and incapacity planning; Alan Eccles, a ‘trusted adviser’ who is known for advising individuals, families, charities and family business on trust matters; and associate Leigh Gould.

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

Brodies LLP has a strong market profile in the Scottish renewable energy sector, and it particularly stands out in areas such as onshore wind, hydro, heat and bioenergy. The team, which is jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, is frequently sought-after by clients in the most high-profile matters in the market. Patterson, Roger Cotton and Neil Collar are acting for Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited in the development of a large biomass combined heat and power (CHP) project and district heating network; this is the largest CHP project, and the first heat-led project, to win a contract for difference (CfD) in Scotland. In 2017, Patterson, Sarah-Jane McArthur, Phil Hunter, associate Alison Polson and others advised three project companies owned by Banks Renewables on the £210m development and financing of a 151MW CfD wind farm portfolio; this matter represented the first CfD onshore wind farm financing. McArthur, construction director Mark Finlay and Michael Stoneham (who is the head of energy and infrastructure finance) are acting for MeyGen in the development of a landmark, first-of-its-kind tidal stream energy project in the Pentland Firth. Alix Bearhop focuses on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects, while Derek Stroud has more than 15 years of experience of corporate transactions connected with the industry. Associate Claire Reid assists developers and landowners with wind, hydro and anaerobic digestion projects.

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

Brodies LLP & Aberdeen's 12-strong specialist group is 'excellent in every way' for advice on the gamut of issues impacting businesses active in the upstream and supply chain ends of the oil and gas industry. Clients benefit from the notable in-house experience of key members of the team; practice head Clare Munro, Sonia Love (who has specialist knowledge of FPSO field developments), and managing associates Suzanne Hopkinson and Rhona McFarlane, have all spent significant periods of their careers working at major exploration and production companies. Gregory May, who is an expert on drilling and the other service sectors of the oil and gas industry, also has substantial in-house experience. In addition, Munro, May and Love each have more than 20 years of experience providing legal advice to the sector. May has increasingly been active recently in the advice to operators on the terms and conditions of invitations to tender in relation to service sector contracts for field developments. In 2017, Munro, McFarlane and others acted for INEOS FPS Limited in its high-profile $250m acquisition of the Forties Pipeline System from BP, and for INEOS Upstream (Shale) in its acquisition of Engie E&P UK Limited's entire onshore upstream licence portfolio. ConocoPhillips, Maersk Oil, Awilco Drilling and Shelf Drilling are among other key clients.

Leading individuals

Clare Munro - Brodies LLP & Aberdeen

Sonia Love - Brodies LLP & Aberdeen

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Brodies LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Drysdale Graham - Brodies LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

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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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

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. ‘Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’ 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
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Jackie McGuire - Brodies LLP

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

Brodies LLP

‘A market leader’, 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. ‘Extremely skilful’ firm chairman Christine O’Neill exercises ‘acute political sensitivity’ and is representing the Scottish government as sole counsel before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. 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. She was also instructed by the Scottish parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee to review the Westminster parliament’s European Union Withdrawal Bill and its impact on the powers of the Scottish parliament. Charles Livingstone specialises in constitutional issues and represented the Scotch Whiskey Association, alongside other alcohol industry bodies, in a challenge to the Scottish government’s Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 at the Supreme Court.

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

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Noted for its 'strength in depth', Brodies LLP fields a team of 'industry-leading professionals, who are absolutely dedicated to their job and their clients'. It operates at the very top end of the investment and development market across a number of sectors, such as leisure, retail, offices and student accommodation. It also excels in commercial lettings, real estate finance and tax. Associate Elaine Petterson has extensive experience of the acquisition, disposal and management of multiple large-scale real estate assets. Richard Whyte and Elizabeth Ward are 'both technically superb, commercially astute and very easy to work with'. Johane Murray is 'able to see the full picture' and has 'a huge amount of personal charm and charisma'. Nick Scott, senior solicitor David Bales and others recently acted for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in the £71m sale of Saltire Court in Edinburgh to the private office of the Al Rasheed family. Another highlight saw Scott and associate Clare Dewar advise Swiss fund manager AFIAA on the circa £28m sale of Quartmermile Two in Edinburgh to UBS. James Roscoe focuses on property investment and property finance, and acts for clients such as Blackstone, Citigroup and TPG Capital. Chris McDaid is assisting Brookfield with growing its student accommodation sector portfolio. Helen Abrams, Richard Smith, Michael Stephen and Colin Morrison (who heads up the retail sector, and hotels and leisure practices) are also recommended.

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

Brodies LLP's team is 'very knowledgeable, confident, professional and efficient', according to its clients. The firm acts for some of the most active market participants in office lettings, commercial and residential developments, housebuilding and property finance matters, among many other areas. In addition, its position as a market-leader in the north east of Scotland is underscored by its roles in high-profile and high-value matters. In 2017, Tracey Menzies advised Chrysaor Limited on its lease from M&G of 48,000 feet of space at The Capitol on Union Street in Aberdeen. The firm also acted for both Drum Property Group (as the seller) and LCN Capital Partners (as the buyer) in the sale and purchase of the Lloyds Register Building at Prime Four in Aberdeen; this was the largest investment deal in Aberdeen. Menzies and Nick Scott acted for LCN in this deal, while Colin MacLaren acted for Drum. Aberdeen City Council, Pramerica and Brookfield Student Real Estate are among other key clients. Clive Phillips, who leads the rural property team, is experienced in advising landed estates and farming clients on a range of commercial property matters, such as rural acquisitions and sales, and wind farm options and leases. Associate Jenna McCosh is another name to note.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

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.

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

Brodies LLP's environmental law offering adds an important dimension to the firm's advice on corporate and real estate transactions, and energy and infrastructure projects, among other matters. In addition to providing transactional and project support, members of its team provide standalone advice on the full range of environmental law issues. Philip Hunter, who heads up the practice (and is also a real estate partner), is leading a team, which is advising Clyde Gateway Developments Limited on the Shawfield Phase Two redevelopment project as part of the redevelopment of the Clyde Gateway area; the project covers an area of land where large swathes have a legacy of environmental contamination, owing to previous use as a chemical works. Duncan MacLean and Hunter advised Lerwick Port Authority (LPA) on environmental and consenting issues associated with the arrival of the semi-submersible Buchan Alpha at LPA's newly-extended deep-water quay at Dales Voe decommissioning facility for decommissioning. Sarah-Jane McArthur and others are acting for Indaver NV as the proposed operating subcontractor for one of the bidding consortia of a waste management project in the north east of Scotland. Paul Marshall assists clients with regulatory compliance, and on the contentious side, he also handles environmental prosecutions and enforcement actions. Associate Niall McLean, who is a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience at the Court of Session, is active in environmental litigation. Neil Collar, who heads up the planning practice, is another name to note. Associate Ewen Cairns recently joined from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP is 'one of the leading planning law firms in Scotland', and is 'particularly well regarded among planning authorities' for whom 'its presence on a mandate inspires confidence'. Practice head Neil Collar, associate Alison Polson and senior solicitor Victoria Lane 'have an excellent awareness of planning matters' and they all deliver 'clear and consistent advice'. Karen Hamilton, associate Lee Murphy and managing associate Niall McLean are also highly recommended. The group provides a full service on the contentious and non-contentious issues arising at every stage of the planning process, ranging from early-stage strategic advice to planning inquiry advocacy and Court of Session appeals. A particular area of strength is in drafting section 75 planning obligations, including provisions on continuing liability, modification and discharge, and decommissioning bonds for minerals and wind farm developments. Collar and Lane are preparing the terms of a section 75 obligation on behalf of Park of Keir Partnership in relation to the 'Murray Legacy' project in Dunblane. Collar and Lane are also assisting Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners with the planning aspects of a proposed Build to Rent scheme at Springside in Edinburgh. Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited, Boralex and Candleriggs Limited are other notable clients.

Leading individuals

Neil Collar - Brodies LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP's 'incredibly professional' team has a tremendous record of success in dilapidations cases, complex disputes concerning contractual interpretations, and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Stephen Goldie and solicitor Chloe Postlethwaite are advising a private equity fund on various contentious issues associated with a retail park and large shopping centre, such as tenant insolvency, recovery of arrears, keep open actions and common parts issues. The firm has developed a first-rate reputation in disputes over business rates. Matthew Farrell and Postlethwaite recently acted for a number of non-domestic ratepayers (including accountants, oil companies and high street retailers) located in Aberdeen on challenging their business rates before the Valuation Appeal Committee. TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Moorfield and Pramerica are among other clients. Ken MacDonald, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, is experienced in resolving disputes through methods such as litigation, mediation, arbitration and expert determination. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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

Brodies LLP has ‘a strong team of associates who display commendable independence’ and ‘excellent knowledge of the telecoms sector and general market practice’. The practice is co-led by the ‘approachable and friendly’ Grant Campbell and ‘insightful’ Martin Sloan, who specialise in data protection and outsourcing, respectively. The firm also stands out for its IT litigation practice, with particular experience in English law matters as well as mediation. The group advised Sainsbury’s Bank on the strategic transformation of its insurance business, which centred on a new outsourced technology platform from CDL. It also advised Abellio Scotrail on a managed service arrangement with Cubic Transportation Systems for the provision of enterprise integration and an account-based ticketing service. In another highlight, the group acted for Sykes Enterprises on GDPR compliance matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brodies LLP

Brodies LLP’s team houses ‘among the best and most experienced contentious IP practitioners’, in addition to having a thriving non-contentious practice. Its work covers copyright, trade mark and patent law in a variety of sectors, such as luxury brands, oil and gas, renewables, life sciences and financial services. The ‘knowledgeable and personable’ Gill Grassie leads the IP dispute resolution practice, and has a strong track record representing clients in patent infringement and validity cases as well as brand and trade mark protection cases. ‘Hardworking and very able’ litigator Robert Buchan is ‘commercially minded and a joy to work with’; he has particular experience in cross-border patent and copyright infringement, entitlement and validity cases, often involving co-ordinating actions in national courts and IP offices. He is defending a major engineering company against a court action including allegations of copyright and database right infringements and the theft of confidential information. Non-contentious IP head Grant Campbell handles a wide spectrum of transactional and advisory work. Associate Shona Tennant is recommended for providing ‘good support’ as well as ‘a clear knowledge of IP law’. Clients include the University of Edinburgh, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Performing Rights Society for Music and the University of Edinburgh.

Leading individuals

Gill Grassie - Brodies LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Brodies LLP 

Brodies LLP  acts for clients across the media and entertainment sphere on the full spectrum of legal services, including defamation, pre-publication and –broadcast advice, reputation management, privacy issues, FOI requests, and data protection. Practice head and regulatory expert, Christine O’Neill provides holiday and out-of-hours advice to BBC Scotland journalists and current affairs staff. Martin Sloan assisted the Chinese mobile gaming company, Skymoons Interactive, in establishing a UK subsidiary in Edinburgh and continues to advise the client on IP issues, contractual matters, employment and immigration law. Sports expert and managing associate Andy Nolan assisted 77 Management with legal aspects of the Andy Murray Live tennis event, including sponsorship agreements, a venue agreement with SSE Hydro, a broadcasting agreement with Eurosport, a player agreement with Mansour Bahrami and various service agreements. Alan Eccles is noted for his ‘excellent knowledge’ of charity and media law. Tony Jones QC joined the team from BTO Solicitors LLP in June 2018.

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Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen AB10, Aberdeen AB10, Dingwall IV15, and Dingwall IV15

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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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