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Burness Paull LLP

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David Goodbrand

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Burness Paull LLP

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David leads our IP, technology & commercial team. He specialises in advising clients on outsourcing arrangements, IT projects, IP licensing, complex commercial contracts and the use of information. He also advises clients on areas including competition compliance, contractual restrictions and merger control.


1996 Trainee at Wright Johnstone and Mackenzie; 1998 Admitted as Solicitor and joined Burness; 2002 Associate at Burness; 2006 Partner at Burness (now Burness Paull)


LLB (Hons); Dip LP

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Burness Paull LLP's competition practice is led by David Goodbrand, who is knowledgeable about competition compliance, commercial contracts and merger control. The group generates work from a wide range of sectors, such as food and drink, technology, oil and gas, financial services and media. Recently promoted partner Graeme Palmer has driven the growth of the firm's state aid and public procurement practice; he is working with Goodbrand, senior associate Ruth McNaught and others to advise Hampden Park Limited on various aspects of the development of Hampden Park stadium for the Euro 2020 football tournament, including the procurement strategy of appointing a design team. Palmer is also acting as the lead partner to Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the rollout of high-speed broadband to rural areas in Scotland as part of the Community Broadband Scotland project. Contentious procurement cases (for both public and private sector clients) are another pillar of the practice.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Burness Paull LLP’s clients span tech businesses, financial service providers, oil and gas companies and public sector entities. The practice is led by the ‘professional and approachable’ Callum Sinclair, who is noted as ‘particularly helpful in crisis situations’. The group has been appointed as sole legal advisers to Oil & Gas Technology Centre and continues to advise ScottishPower on its GDPR compliance, data retention issues and updates to its data and security policies. Sinclair and Walter Clark advised on the UK IT and IP aspects of Weir Group’s acquisition of Singapore-based KOP Surface Products, as well as an IT transitional services agreement in relation to the transaction, and a renegotiation of its IT outsourcing arrangements with Cognizant. David Goodbrand is also recommended for fintech matters.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘first-class’ contentious IP practice stands out for its substantial expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, where it has handled a number of major trade mark and patent disputes. It also acts for high-profile clients in the fashion and TMT industries. Colin Hulme (the ‘oracle of Scottish IP’) leads on IP litigation and is representing AstraZeneca Group in four patent litigation cases at the Court of Session, concerning three of the client’s patents and an action for declaratory non-infringement in relation to one of the patents, brought by a supplier of generic medicines to the NHS, securing an interim interdict for all three patents in November 2017. Hulme continues to manage Sky’s copyright enforcement programme across Scotland, in addition to acting as general counsel to Harris Tweed Authority in relation to the registration and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio. Callum Sinclair leads on non-contentious matters, notably supporting Renfrewshire Council on its IP strategy in connection with the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid. The ‘business-focused’ David Goodbrand advised Standard Life Aberdeen on IP matters arising from its acquisition of Jones Sheridan Holdings. Neeraj Thomas is noted for his ‘expert knowledge and tenacity’ in the contentious IP space.

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