Firm Profile > Brodies LLP > Dingwall, Scotland

Brodies LLP
IV15 9XB

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Brodies LLP's team of 'industry leaders' represents rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, developers and public sector organisations on both sides of large land transactions, while also handling contentious matters such as disputes between tenants and land owners and the defence of compulsory orders to give up land. Clive Phillips has particular experience with windfarm options, leases and joint venture arrangements, areas in which he acts for both domestic and international clients. Odell Milne  advises clients including large farming businesses and poultry producers on development options, clean energy schemes, sales, acquisitions and commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Clive Philips

Other key lawyers:


“The team’s technical knowledge across what is a broad sector can only be described as consistently impressive. What is equally impressive is the team’s ability to apply that knowledge practically and commercially.”

“The firm offers approachable and knowledgeable local solicitors with practical experience of landowner and occupier issues.” 

“There is real depth in the team at Brodies and it works seamlessly with colleagues in other departments. The level of professionalism and commercial judgement are first class.”

“Clive Phillips has an excellent understanding of the market and regularly provides insight into current topics.”

Key clients

Gladstone Family

Innes Estates/Innes Trading Company

Bagger-Sorensen Group

FRP Advisory

Glen Tanar Estate

Savock Biogas

Dallas Estate

Seafield & Reidhaven Estates

Dunecht Estates

2 Sisters Ltd

Farmcare Ltd

Scottish Woodlands

Marine Harvest/ Cooke Aquaculture

Scottish Land & Estates

Dalnaspidal Estates Limited

Boralex Europe Sarl


Banking and finance Tier 1

Brodies LLP's banking and finance team has recently undergone significant growth at the non-partner level, expanding on the existing strength of the highly regarded partner group, which is led by Bruce Stephen. The practice is noted for its infrastructure, renewable energy and oil and gas finance work, real estate finance issues and corporate and acquisition finance matters. Also key is its strength in the marine finance space, where it acts on numerous new construction and vessel acquisition financings at a global level; this expertise is led by Neal Richardson and is particularly strong in the pelagic fishing, cargo vessel, emergency response and rescue vessel, and passenger ferry markets. Other key practitioners include Michael Stoneham, who leads the energy and infrastructure practice; and real estate finance specialist Chris Dun.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Stephen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stoneham; Peter Kelly; Alan Knowles; Neal Richardson; Chris Dun; Marion MacInnes


Brodies has good levels of experience across the team.

The finance team at Brodies is efficient, known for its quick turnaround times, reasonable pricing and good client relationship skills.

The banking group is made up of approachable, sensible and smart lawyers. They take a business-focused approach to the advice they provide and are quick to anticipate issues and suggest options.

Neal Richardson is worthy of special mention. He is very efficient and always turns work around quickly to a good standard and reasonable price.

Bruce Stephen stands out for his quick responses. He identifies the issues and focuses on solutions and options. His counsel is always sensible and clear.

Housing sector expert Chris Dun is personally very hands-on in both the drafting of loan agreements and the project management stage. He takes a project from cradle to grave.

Alan Knowles is very quick to respond and always remains calm and good-humoured.

Kimberley Ryder-Forman, an associate in the team, provides high levels of service.

‘Marion MacInnes is knowledgeable, to the point and, as importantly, lovely to work with – the value she provides extends beyond pure Scots law issues to cover broader points on any transaction.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC


UniCredit BankAG

Shawbrook Bank

Whyte & Mackay

DNB Bank

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC


CBRE Loan Services Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Brodies LLP's charities practice acts for private trusts, grant-giving bodies, social enterprises and corporate structures looking to invest in the third sector. As the sole legal adviser to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the team is frequently instructed to advise charities on compliance issues and help new bodies set up Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs). The firm also provides exclusive advice to a range of large trusts and grant-giving bodies on a range of matters including GDPR, tax and development for charitable purposes. Practice head Alan Eccles is regarded as 'one of the leading advisers in the sector'.

Practice head(s):

Alan Eccles; Brenda Scott


‘Within the parameters of the work we asked of them (setting up two SCIOs, advising on the content of the constitutions of the SCIOs, advising lay people on the duties of charity trustees, and obtaining the opinion above referred to),  a strong performance with no discernible weaknesses.’

‘Alan Eccles is recognised as one of the leading advisers in the Scottish charities sector.’

Key clients

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Royal Incorporation of Hutchesons’ Hospital in the City of Glasgow

Cattanach Trust

Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

LAR Housing Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Little Sisters of the Poor

John Mather Trust

Malaria No More UK

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Brodies LLP fields an 'excellent' team, which is frequently involved in many of Scotland's most high-profile disputes, most notably those arising from food and drink sector contracts, oil and gas contracts, debt and asset recovery and the international supply of goods and services. The team led by Stephen Goldie is equally well versed in handling corporate disputes and has a strong alternative dispute resolution offering. 'Litigation heavyweightJoyce Cullen and Iain Rutherford, who also handles high-value arbitration claims, are recommended, as is 'bright' professional negligence expert Tony Jones QC, who joined the firm in June 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP, and associate Monica Connolly, who has particular expertise in high-value IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:


Very professional, friendly, responsive.

Joyce Cullen is a pleasure to work with. She always provides pragmatic, and commercially sensible advice.’

The firm has a track record of hiring some of the best and brightest associates.

Joyce Cullen is an unflappable doyenne of Scottish litigation solicitors.

Ken MacDonald is a seasoned litigator with a remarkable depth of expertise in the oil and gas sector.

Driven, well resourced and committed.

Tony Jones QC is bullish yet pragmatic.’

Key clients

Johnston Press

Highland Wood Energy

Scottish Water Business Stream

Oil States International

McLaughlin and Harvey

PRA Group (UK)



Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

The commercial property team at Brodies LLP has recently been active in the emerging build-to-rent sector; it also has notable expertise in the investment, development, hotel, retail, leisure and housebuilding industries. Recent highlights include finance work, private equity investments, hotel management agreements, construction issues and licensing mandates. On the retail side, the group regularly acts for tenants and has expanded its client roster to include Tim Hortons, Waterstones, Pandora and Under Armour; the group has also gained new foreign investor and domestic developer clients. Johane Murray heads up the real estate practice and Colin Morrison leads the hotels and leisure group and the retail team. Managing partner Nick Scott also contributes to the practice, as does James Roscoe, who focuses on investment matters. Elaine Petterson in Glasgow recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray (Real estate); Colin Morrison (Hospitality, leisure and retail)

Other key lawyers:

Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Elaine Petterson; Laurence Douglas; Richard Whyte; Richard Smith; Chris McDaid; Tanya MacLeod; Robert Forman; Kevin McGlone


The team is sensitive to its clients’ specific requirements and strives to achieve all goals while maintaining commercial acumen in securing deals.

Johane Murray is solution-focused and has a great understanding of the commercial realities. This, combined with her approachable manner, establishes her as a key part of any development team. She is entirely committed to delivering the highest level of service across her team and the wider firm.

Colin Morrison is a class act and a very commercial operator. His team is very responsive, knowledgeable about the sector and always delivers on time and on budget.

Robert Forman is very commercial and always understands the deal.

Brodies always provides a first-class service through its stable team.

Laurence Douglas is a hugely reliable legal adviser with an excellent understanding of clients’ requirements and their need to hit tight schedules in the context of store openings. Work is undertaken diligently but also with good humour.

Key clients

Peveril Securities

Royal London


Drum Property Group

Peel Outlets Management


Orion Capital Partners




Anadna Properties Limited



Morgan Stanley



New Look





Burger King


Pret a Manger

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

Brodies LLP has been notably active in the emerging build-to-rent sector while also maintaining its strong presence in the investment, development, hotel, retail and leisure, housebuilding and alternatives spaces. Glasgow-based practice head Johane Murray has a track record advising the government and industry bodies, while Aberdeen head Tracey Menzies has a particular focus on office developments, housebuilding issues and build-to-rent mandates. Also notable is Clive Phillips, who is an expert in agricultural law and leads the rural property team. Colin MacLaren retired.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray; Tracey Menzies

Other key lawyers:


‘The real estate team is properly focused on what the clients need and expect. Its experts are keen to get to the nub of issues and strive not to get bogged down losing sight of the endgame.’

‘Its commercial understanding and nous makes Brodies stand out.’

Key clients

Knight Property Group

University of Aberdeen


House of Hiranandani

Drum Property Group



APG Asset Management

GSS Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Maven Capital

Construction Tier 1

Covering a broad field of construction work, Brodies LLP regularly assists blue-chip companies, contractors and sub-contractors with matters arising from large-scale construction developments, including regeneration and student accommodation developments, as well as transactional and contentious issues; Manus Quigg and David Arnott are highly regarded in the contentious space, while Alistair McLean  heads up the non-contentious construction team. Senior associate Christopher Duff is recommended and specialises in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McLean; Manus Quigg

Other key lawyers:

David Arnott; Louise Shiels; Jane McMonagle; Christopher Duff


Provides plain-English advice and is very quick to respond.

Jane McMonagle is excellent at explaining complex concepts in simple terms and asking relevant questions to understand the client’s commercial background.’

Key clients

Drum Property Group

McLaughlin and Harvey

Interserve Construction

Robertson Construction Group

Multiplex Construction Europe

Amey OW

Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth


Ediston Real Estate

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Brodies LLP's broad client range comprises executors, beneficiaries, administrators and trustees, as well as shareholders and solicitors. The team is notable for its expertise handling complex contentious matters, including legal rights claims, disputes arising from the death of family members intestate, and disagreements concerning inheritance tax between executors and beneficiaries. The dual-qualified Mark Stewart, who sits as Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's panel for trust law, handles the full range of estate, succession and tax planning matters. Recently promoted partner Angela McCulloch has a niche in advising financial institutions on trust and executry disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart

Other key lawyers:


‘Alan Barr provides excellent, clear and concise advice with a wide perspective.’

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

The corporate team at Brodies LLP is spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and advises its stellar client base on domestic and international transactions across a wide range of industry sectors. Already recognised as an established staple in the Scottish corporate space, the Brodies offering recently expanded its senior ranks through the promotion to partner of David Lightbody in Edinburgh. Shuna Stirling leads the team, which also includes Julian Voge and William Mcintosh.

Practice head(s):

Shuna Stirling

Other key lawyers:

Julian Voge; Neil Burgess; William McIntosh; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; David Lightbody; Liz Bruce


Brodies is extremely efficient in ensuring that acquisitions are completed in a timely manner.

At Brodies, lawyers always go the extra mile for clients.

Brodies is not only a law firm but also works with a commercial and flexible approach, providing expert advice. The corporate team provides first-class direct access and expertise in a number of disciplines; it definitely delivers on its tier one status.

The individuals at Brodies provide and deliver a first-class level of service and advice, not to mention their speed of response. The confidence and expertise provided is of the calibre expected and required. They understand clients’ individual needs and this is what sets them apart from their competitors. Their ability to react and manage expectations, as well as the depth and width of expertise is the reason for the firm’s success.

Euan Tripp is concise and clear in his correspondence making it easier for foreign investors to understand the legal process undertaken. Additionally, he has a certain level of patience which inspires confidence.

Shuna Stirling is a thoroughly experienced lawyer and has fantastic people skills. She explains the process in plain English and is always available if the clients have any questions.

David Lightbody has always been quick to advise, and is an indispensable asset in dealing with investor relations and general corporate management.’

Key clients

Chivas Brothers / Pernod Ricard


INEOS Upstream / INEOS Commercial


Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd

Abellio Group

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Subsea 7

Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP

Azinor Catalyst Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

Brodies LLP 's Aberdeen offering has expertise across the full range of corporate matters, advising private and public companies and institutions, high-net worth individuals and the third sector. The corporate team is able to support clients in virtually all sectors of key importance to the Scottish economy, including oil and gas, fishing and maritime, property, education, funds and financial services and technology. Over recent years the firm has strengthened its ranks in Aberdeen with a number of relocation and hires, including Tom Boulton-Jones and Douglas Crawford. Senior associate Shona Tennant specialises in IT and complex commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Shuna Stirling

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Crawford; Gill Summers; Tom Boulton-Jones; Shona Tennant; Gemma Hills


Brodies focuses on its delivery to the client’s requirements through a positive, collaborative approach.

The corporate lawyers at Brodies are very willing to help in any way they can. The team works together extremely well and has great knowledge in the subjects they have to deal with.’

The flexible, tolerant, detail-oriented, business-minded people at Brodies are willing to challenge when it is in the client’s best interests.

Key clients

INEOS Upstream/INEOS Commercial Services UK

Drum Property Group Ltd

Dana Petroleum

John Lawrie Group

Tulloch Homes Group


Cooke Aquaculture

Caley Group

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Shetland Catch Ltd

Ocean Blue Quota Company Limited

Monymusk Land Company Limited

Corporate tax Tier 1

Brodies LLP fields corporate tax experts such as Isobel D’Inverno and Glasgow-based Heather Gibson as part of its dedicated group. The practice advises businesses on complex transactions, but also acts for the individuals behind the businesses - both investors and management - on their personal tax affairs. This can range from effective remuneration and investment structures, to exit strategies and protecting wealth and assets for the next generation.

Practice head(s):

Alan Barr; Isobel d’Inverno

Other key lawyers:


Brodies’ corporate experts are proactive and practical, eager to find workable solutions.

Brodies is a great commercial, pragmatic and London-quality firm based in Edinburgh.

Isobel D’Inverno has a very thorough knowledge of private and corporate law.

Heather Gibson is a young lawyer with a great appetite for work.

Duncan Cathie is careful and caring.

Karen Davidson brings real commerciality to the team as an ex-Big 4 partner.

Key clients

Endeavour Acquisition UK Limited/AKKR

Silver Lake

Drum Property Group

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Drum Development Group

Anadna Properties Limited and Cerberus Capital Management

The Shareholders of FIM Services Limited

FIM Services Limited

Shareholders of Barrhead Travel Group

Dundee Studio

Moorfield Real Estate Fund III (MREF III)


S. Harrison Developments

Crime: fraud Tier 1

The 'well informed and approachablePaul Marshall heads up Brodies LLP's 'highly experienced and efficient' corporate crime and investigations practice, which is particularly active in the oil and gas, banking and financial services, food and drink, life sciences, construction and public sectors and assists clients with investigations into fraud, bribery and corruption. Competition and trade law expert Rod Lambert moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marshall


Paul Marshall handles sensitive and serious matters very carefully.

Go-to firm for any regulatory and criminal matters.

Has a depth of resource and legal expertise.

Quickly establishes all the facts surrounding an event and acts with urgency to ensure the interests of the client are best served.

Debt recovery Tier 1

Brodies LLP routinely handles debt and asset recovery work for banks and other financial institutions, debt purchasers and debt collection agencies as well as utility providers. Stephen Goldie and Iain Rutherford jointly head the 'very professional' team.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goldie; Iain Rutherford


The team’s attitude to their clients and work sets a very good example within the industry.

They have sound knowledge about the Scottish debt recovery and litigation process.’

The team is quick to respond and answers any questions you may have, despite the busy caseload they have.’

Key clients

Moneybarn No.1 t/a Moneybarn

Scottish Water Business Stream t/a Business Stream


Credit Style

PRA Group (UK)


Education Tier 1

With a fine reputation for its broad education sector offering, Brodies LLP's 'responsive' team regularly advises higher and further education sector clients as well as local authorities and government agencies on various governance structures, including new governance arrangements and sensitive reputational matters, sector-specific employment, immigration and corporate issues. Led by the 'fantasticBrenda Scott, the group also receives frequent instructions on various contentious and non-contentious student matters.

Practice head(s):

Brenda Scott

Other key lawyers:

Will McIntosh; Christine O’Neill; Jackie McGuire; Lynne Marr; Joyce Cullen; Brenda Scott


Works hard to understand the client’s issues and concerns and contextualises its advice and support accordingly.

Key clients

Perth and Kinross Council

Inverness College

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Queen Margaret University

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation

University of St Andrews

Merchiston Castle School

Employment Tier 1

Acclaimed for its proficiency in employment law, Brodies LLP provides its clients with wide-ranging 'practical and prompt' advice including transactional support as well as assistance with investigations and Employment Tribunal claims. Its expertise spans various sectors including the public and third sectors alongside the finance, education, manufacturing, transport, oil and gas industries. The 'extraordinaryTony Hadden heads the team which includes recommended industrial relations expert Joan Cradden and 'very smart' director Brian Campbell, who has extensive litigation expertise. Paul McMahon left the firm in December 2018 to work as employment judge. Elaine McIlroy, joined the team from Weightmans in August 2019, bringing expertise in immigration.

Practice head(s):

Tony Hadden

Other key lawyers:

Joan Cradden; Lynne Marr; Brian Campbell; Ashley Topping; Elaine McIlroy; Fiona Herrell


You can always rely on the team to work to very tight deadlines.

The team has the fantastic capability to advise on matters and see them through to advocacy in Employment Tribunals which gives them a massive advantage over firms who need to instruct external advocates.

Tony Hadden is an advocate with an outstanding track record of success.’

The team offers sound, pragmatic advice which takes into account reputational issues.’

Lynne Marr is exceptional. She inspires confidence in her advice through her pragmatic approach and sound grasp of the issues that matter most to the client.

‘Fiona Herrell is a real go-to person for all employment law matters. Her advice is practical and reliable – you can always rely on her to work to very tight timelines.’

Key clients


Dana Petroleum

AXIS Capital

8×8 UK


American Express


D.C. Thomson

Environment Tier 1

Covering a broad field of contentious and non-contentious environmental law work, Brodies LLP's 'attentive, knowledgeable and practical' team handles frequent contaminated land-related instructions alongside energy, mineral, chemicals and waste sector matters, including various regulatory issues, environmental impact assessments and risk management. Philip Hunter is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Philip Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Marshall; Neil Collar; Sarah-Jane McArthur


Always looks at practicalities and the various ways of resolving a situation.’

Paul Marshall has a positive, realistic approach and genuinely cares about the matters referred to him.

The team has in-depth knowledge and knows how to use it to get results.

Key clients

Clyde Gateway Developments

Indaver N.V.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Falkirk Council

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland


Spirit Energy

Marine Harvest

Lerwick Port Authority

EU and competition Tier 1

Brodies LLP handles merger control, regulatory compliance and investigations, state aid, public procurement and contentious issues across the full spectrum of EU and national competition law. Being one of the only Scottish firms with a Brussels office, the team has been advising on Brexit queries over the past few years. Practice head Charles Livingstone sits in Glasgow and regularly collaborates with the firm's oil and gas practice to assist major clients with competition matters in the sector. In Edinburgh, experienced litigator and firm chair Christine O’Neill - the pre-eminent public law specialist in Scotland' - maintains close connections with the Scottish Government.

Practice head(s):

Charles Livingstone

Other key lawyers:

Christine O’Neill ; Roger Cotton


Brodies’ EU and competition team always provides detailed, accurate and timely legal advice that is also commercially and pragmatically focused.

Charles Livingstone has an excellent knowledge of the subject, gives practical advice efficiently and within required time limits.

Christine O’Neill, Charles Livingstone and Roger Cotton know their respective areas of law, have excellent communication skills and are able to tailor their advice to their individual clients.

‘Christine O’Neill stands out in all areas, not just in public law in which she is the pre-eminent specialist among solicitors in Scotland. She also has an excellent practice in EU and commercial matters and substantial knowledge in both areas.’

Key clients

The Scotch Whisky Association

Lothian Buses Limited


Scottish Water Business Stream

AGS Airports Limited

Aberdeen City Council

Scottish Government

Groupe Grimaud Y


Lerwick Port Authority

Danfoss A/S

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited

Family Tier 1

The 'top flight family law team' at Brodies LLP acts for high net worth individuals and private clients, with a particular emphasis on high value divorce cases, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The large and widespread team, which is led by Shaun George, also handles the full range of child law matters, including international abduction, contact orders and child residence disputes, and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional matters pertaining to financial provision and forum shopping. Scott Cochrane has 'excellent knowledge' of international family law matters, while Lisa Girdwood is a leading voice on child abductions and the implications of Brexit in this area.

Practice head(s):

Shaun George

Other key lawyers:

Scott Cochrane; Lisa Girdwood; Richard B Smith


‘Brodies has an outstanding team of family lawyers, with a deservedly great reputation. They are supported by an outstanding firm, which means that there is back-up when unforeseen issues arise in relation to other areas of law.’

‘Brodies has a top flight family law team. It has a large team across three offices with strength and depth at all levels of seniority.’

‘Very professional, high quality and well mannered team.’

‘Lisa Girdwood is very approachable and takes time to explain things clearly.’

Richard Smith has a calm and competent manner and excellent judgement.’

‘Richard Smith is pragmatic, direct and has an excellent client manner.’

‘Scott Cochrane was not only my solicitor, but a supportive advocate through a very difficult child custody matter. My case was very complicated with an international aspect to it and he always had extensive knowledge about the law.’

‘Lisa Girdwood is well-informed and gives 100% commitment to her clients.’

Health Tier 1

With significant experience in the life sciences, medical devices and pharmacy sectors, Brodies LLP's 'pragmatic, responsive and very knowledgeable' multi-disciplinary team routinely advises on corporate, investment, IP, licensing and contentious matters, including proceedings against NHS boards. Jackie McGuire heads the team. IP expert Gill Grassie retired in July 2018.

Practice head(s):

Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Peter Kelly; Duncan Mawby; Christine O’Neill; Will McIntosh; Paul Marshall; Robert Buchan; Shuna Stirling; Drysdale Graham


The team has a wealth of experience in public and regulatory law.

Christine O’Neill is exceptional. She goes out of her way to explain the intricacies of Scots law and procedure to lay clients and English lawyers and demonstrates both a keen understanding of the client’s business and a commercial awareness of the issues.

Great attention to detail.

Christine O’Neill is a pragmatist with a dry sense of humour, she is great to work with.

Very experienced across the sector and able to provide excellent advice at all levels of the team.

Key clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific

AorTech Biomaterials

W.L. Gore & Associates

The University of Edinburgh

Mirador Analytics

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Cross Healthcare

Balhousie Care Group

Omega Diagnostics

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Welcare Homes

Perth and Kinross Council

Parklands Care Group

Intellectual property Tier 1

Brodies LLP's dedicated IP team advises on advisory and contentious matters pertaining to commercial, regulatory and cross-border issues. The group also assists with issues across a range of sectors including the oil and gas, energy, IT, engineering and life sciences industries. Grant Campbell heads up the non-contentious practice while Robert Buchan now leads the contentious expertise following Gill Grassie's retirement. Other key individuals include Martin Sloan, who advises on IP issues relating to new technologies; and associate Shona Tennant, who has notable expertise in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Grant Campbell; Robert Buchan

Other key lawyers:


Brodies has a diverse team with complimentary experience and skills that ensures it is always a safe pair of hands.’

The team has unparalleled expertise in this area.

Brodies’ IP experts are very efficient and effective.

Robert Buchan in particular has many years of experience in contentious IP matters. He can also assimilate a lot of information quickly in order to provide clear, concise and, importantly, commercial advice to a client, even in the most complex of matters.

The team is pragmatic and has a good feel for realistic outcomes.

Brodies’ TMT team always provides detailed, accurate and timely legal advice that is also commercially and pragmatically focused such that it has true value and meaning to the client’s wider business. The advice is also delivered in a clear and concise manner that is easily understood by a variety of audiences, particularly those who are not legally qualified. The team’s input is invaluable as it brings to the table unparalleled sector knowledge, awareness and insight.

Key clients

The Scottish Qualifications Authority

DC Thomson

Oil States Inc

Krispy Kreme

Judy Murray Foundation


BAE Systems Regiona lAircraft

University of Edinburgh


Performing Right Society for Music

Phonographic Performance Limited

PPLPRS Limited

The Scotch Whisky Association

Omega Diagnostics PLC

Maggie’s Centres

Power League

Lothian Buses

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Local government Tier 1

Brodies LLP's multi-disciplinary team is recognised by clients and peers alike for its outstanding expertise in advising Scottish councils on major local government projects such as infrastructure, heat and power. Led by the 'well regardedJackie McGuire, the practice handles contentious and non-contentious procurement work, judicial reviews and statutory appeals and advises on governance, election law and local government finance matters. Its client base also includes Arm's Length Organisations. Managing associate Niall McLean is recommended; he handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cotton; Christine O’Neill; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Charles Livingstone; Niall McLean; Jane McMonagle; Lynne Marr; Mike Stephen

Key clients

East Lothian Council


Aberdeen City Counsel

Aberdeenshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Stirling Council

West Lothian Council

Glasgow City Council

Falkirk Council

Argyll and Bute Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Brodies LLP represents a broad range of clients, including major broadcasters, publishing companies, private individuals, and social media companies. The firm has excellent knowledge of intellectual property law, ranging from acquiring IP rights, to advising on compliance and handling IP-focused acquisitions. Beyond this, the team advises clients on defamation risks through pre-publication reviews and pre-broadcast content reviews and manages data and brand protection for companies and individuals. Martin Sloan specializes in IP and technology, including contracts for the development of mobile apps and online affiliate advertising.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


“The team at Brodies displays intelligence, honesty and enthusiasm.”

“Christine O’Neill has a standout intellect combined with practicality and candour.” 

Key clients

BBC Scotland

Channel 4

DC Thomson



TV Squared

STV Group

Wyvex Media

Rewards 4 Group

Scottish Ballet

Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

Brodies LLP acts for a varied roster of clients including major healthcare providers and large insurers, defending complex cases often involving alleged breach of duty, such as those arising from deaths in custody, defective medical products, aesthetic surgery and ophthalmology. The strong team is led by the 'impressively efficient' Duncan Mawby, who has more than 17 years’ experience acting for the three major defence unions in Scotland. Mawby regularly advises the Medical and Defence Union of Scotland as one of the organisation's leading external panel solicitors, a relationship which has been strengthened by the recent secondment of associate Jill Harris  to the union's in-house legal team in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Mawby

Other key lawyers:

Jill Harris


‘Brodies are a top tier Scottish firm with capability in every field, which is rare in the market.’

‘Brodies are friendly, approachable, swift in dealing with new and sometimes urgent matters that arise 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’

‘Duncan Mawby is a very competent and experienced lawyer.’

Key clients



Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Association of Optometrists

Spire Healthcare Ltd


Oil and gas Tier 1

The oil and gas team at Brodies LLP is led by M&A expert Clare Munro and was recently bolstered by the arrival of Bryan Wilson from an in-house position at Total and Rhona McFarlane's promotion to the partnership. The dedicated group handles the full gamut of work in the sector, but also has expertise in several niche areas including third-party access agreements, FPSO contracts and decommissioning work alongside notable experience in the drilling sector. Sonia Love is also a key name to note for project development work.

Practice head(s):

Clare Munro

Other key lawyers:

Greg May; Sonia Love; Suzanne Hopkinson; Rhona McFarlane; Bryan Wilson


Brodies’ extensive industry experience has earned it a formidable reputation in the oil and gas sector, not only locally but internationally.

The team is very experienced and can easily draw on expertise from Brodies as a whole to provide a full-service legal offering including corporate and financing, employment, dispute resolution and litigation advice.

Brodies stands out through its efficient and flexible organisation, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and practical guidance through a thoroughly proactive approach.

Clare Munro is very good to work with. She is pragmatic, commercial and solutions-driven.

Greg May is exceptional and a real go-to partner for any oil and gas work. His in-house experience is invaluable and helps him deliver an exceptional service to his clients.

Greg May is an expert in the oil and gas contracting arena and is on-call 24/7.

Her deep intellect, experience and calmness make Clare Munro an invaluable ally in the oil and gas world.

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Total E&P UK Limited

Spirit Energy

Ithaca Energy

Premier Oil UK Ltd

Dana Petroleum

INEOS Upstream



Shelf Drilling

Awilco Drilling Plc

Northern Offshore Limited

Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 1

With superb reputation for its handling of all aspects of parliamentary and public affairs, including legislative drafting, public law litigation and EU public law matters, Brodies LLP receives frequent instructions from various public sector clients and commercial organisations. Its client roster includes the Scottish government, local governments, utilities, Scottish and UK regulators, colleges and universities as well as charities. The 'highly experienced and extremely responsive' practice is led by the 'highly regarded' Christine O’Neill and includes Charles Livingstone, who is recommended for his 'broad expertise'.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Jackie McGuire; Charles Livingstone


Without hesitation, Christine O’Neill is the best public lawyer in practice in Scotland.

Leading public law solicitors in Scotland.

Christine O’Neill admirably combines experience and understanding while also being very approachable.

The team has extremely strong public law knowledge and experience.

Provides robust advice.

The team’s open and friendly manner coupled with a pragmatic approach is extremely helpful.

Always well prepared and definitely on top of the law.

Charles Livingstone has a fine eye for detail and an immense capacity for hard work.

Key clients

The Scottish Government

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)

Lerwick Port Authority


Scottish Housing Regulator

Royal Incorporation of Hutcheson’s Hospital

Scotch Whisky Association

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

The City of Edinburgh Council

Perth and Kinross Council

Glasgow City Council

Personal injury: defender Tier 1

Brodies LLP handles a wide range of cases for major insurers and large companies, with a particular specialism in offshore accidents. The team defends class actions across a range of areas in the personal injury arena, including product liability and public liability, and also defends high value motor accidents, fatal claims and catastrophic injury claims. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO during 2018, adding considerable expertise to the practice. In 2017 partner Elena Fry spent two years as the head of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers in Scotland and was appointed as a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council in late 2017.

Practice head(s):

Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:


‘Brodies is a top tier Scottish firm with capability in every field, which is rare in the market. They have an excellent brand and reputation, which is backed up by their performance on any case I’ve instructed them on.’

‘Elena Fry is a first-class solicitor – arguably the best in the market. She gets to the heart of any issues on a case very quickly, is pragmatic, and has very strong commercial acumen.’

Key clients



Ensatar/Starstone Underwriting

Scottish Power Ltd

Axis Capital

Babcock International Group

Subsea 7

Sunderland Marine Insurance

National Express Group

Cape Plc

Abellio Ltd

CalMac Ferries

Anasuria Operating Company

Gard P&I Club

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 1

Brodies LLP acts for a wide roster of trusts, wealthy families and individuals, with particular strength in the establishment of family investment companies and family limited partnerships and expertise in all areas of estate planning, succession planning and in structuring trusts in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Practice head Mark Stewart, a dual-qualified accredited trust specialist, sits as Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s specialist accreditation panel for trust law. The 'personable and down to earth' Alan Barr is a leading tax specialist; he previously gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament on its enhanced tax powers in relation to land and building transactions tax.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart

Other key lawyers:


‘The team’s technical knowledge and practical advice is highly valued.’

‘Alan Barr’s advice is highly valued as his decisiveness when giving that advice.’

‘Mark Stewart’s technical knowledge is the best of any private client solicitor in Aberdeen. His ability to take a step back and think about bespoke solutions for clients is brilliant.’

‘Alan Eccles is technically excellent and extremely efficient when producing any legal documents for our clients. He also simplifies complex issues in an eloquent manner.’

‘Helen Kidd is extremely proficient and very approachable, takes great care when discussing client issues and family dynamics and always has the time to discuss separate matters when needed.’

Key clients

Golden Charter Trust

Planning Tier 1

Providing full-service advice, the 'highly professional, knowledgeable and experienced' team at Brodies LLP has gained a reputation as a leading planning specialist involved in various key planning projects across Scotland, and was recently joined by former Burness Paull LLP planning head Elaine Farquharson-Black. The team has seen an increase in instructions pertaining to offshore energy, student accommodation and build-to-rent projects while onshore oil and gas and aquaculture projects are other key areas of expertise alongside infrastructure project-related compulsory purchase matters. 'Very knowledgeable' team head Neil Collar is highly regarded in the market.

Practice head(s):

Neil Collar

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hamilton; Elaine Farquharson-Black


Very good communication with the client.

Has a clear understanding of the subject area and provides very good advice.’

Quick, comprehensive and professional service.

Key clients

Park of Keir Partnership

Artisan Real Estate

Spirit Energy


Moda Living

Marine Harvest

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Persimmon Homes

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB)

Scottish Natural Heritage

Professional negligence Tier 1

Brodies LLP took on Tony Jones QC from BTO Solicitors LLP in mid-2018 and also increased its team's partner count during the year with the promotion of 'refreshingly frank' Louise Kelso, an accredited mediator and a specialist in solicitor negligence. The practice - which is led by Alan Calvert and Alisdair Matheson , handles the defence of some of the most important construction claims in Scotland on behalf of engineers, while managing a broader caseload which encompasses solicitor negligence, surveyor negligence and broker negligence across various sectors, including real estate and corporate, in addition to a range of disputes and employment claims relating to discrimination and equal pay. Jones is one of only three practising civil solicitor advocate QCs in Scotland.

Practice head(s):

Alan Calvert; Alisdair Matheson

Other key lawyers:


‘Alan Calvert and Louise Kelso are particularly praiseworthy; they bring calm consideration to the most vexatious of issues.’

‘Alan Calvert takes time to get to know clients and their cases and is a proactive communicator.’

In Alisdair Matheson, Brodies has a go-to Scottish construction insurance partner. Alisdair brings an understanding of the insurance market and a level of client engagement that others in Scotland struggle to match. He is knowledgeable, responsive and always on top of the detail.’

‘Great understanding of what we need and ability to meet our requirements at short notice on multiple occasions. Very well resourced.’

‘Great communication and desire to meet our requirements. Brilliant work product at short notice.’

‘The professional negligence team at Brodies is first class. They all work as a genuine team to secure practical solutions for their clients.’

‘Louise Kelso was exceptionally down-to-earth in her personal engagement and to-the-point, both in her accurate assessment of the situation/strengths and weaknesses of a case, and her advice on the correct practical approach to take to solve it.’

Key clients



RBS Group


MS Amlin

XL Axa



Manchester Underwriting Management

Faculty of Advocates


Property litigation Tier 1

'Instilling a sense of confidence when resolving legal matters', Brodies LLP has impressive strength in the property litigation space. The 'professional, concise and commercial' practice represents real estate funds and property companies alongside local authorities, house builders, retailers and property developers in a wide range of commercial landlord and tenant disputes, high-value commercial development litigation and dilapidation claims. Stephen Goldie heads the practice, which also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies, and includes the 'extremely good, professional and commercially mindedMatthew Farrell; he is particularly experienced in commercial lease disputes and dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Farrell; Ken MacDonald


They are market leaders and assert their client’s position in a professional manner.

Matthew Farrell’s knowledge and ability to convey that knowledge is unparalleled.

Ken MacDonald is approachable, knowledgeable and grasps issues quickly.

Matthew Farrell’s ability to analyse a situation and present a range of solutions evokes trust.

Exceptional quality of work.

Very good level of communication.

Matthew Farrell provides hands-on advice, always looks for a solution to problems as they arise and shows out-of-the-box thinking.

Key clients

Drum Property Group


Orion Capital Partners




Royal London Asset Management (RLAM)




Transport Tier 1

The 'excellent' team at Brodies LLP 'provides swift and accurate advice' and handles a broad spectrum of transport sector work. The 'very knowledgeable and proactiveDuncan MacLean is the key contact for shipping and marine work, which includes ship finance, transactional and chartering advice and assistance with continuous issues, Roger Cotton specialises in rail franchising matters while the 'experiencedJackie McGuire and the 'extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficientOdell Milne are well versed in handling road and rail-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Duncan MacLean

Other key lawyers:


The firm’s knowledge of and expertise in the railway and construction sectors are unparalleled.

The team resolves issues quickly and engages with the client throughout the process.

The team consists of professional and knowledgeable lawyers who are nice to deal with.

Practical, solution-based approach to problems.

The firm can deal with any problem and always takes a commercial approach.

Always delivers on time.

The practice always strives to be better and keeps its clients and fellow professionals abreast of changes in the industry and legislation.’

Duncan MacLean takes a pragmatic and commercial approach, which best serves both the insurer and the client.

Key clients

Abellio ScotRail


Ferguson Marine Engineering

Network Rail


Transport Scotland

Perth and Kinross Council

CalMac Ferries

Aberdeen City Council

Associated British Ports

Lerwick Port Authority

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 2

Brodies LLP is noted for its advice on first-of-a-kind projects including private electricity networks, tidal stream power, greenfield district heating networks, construction portfolio finance structures and biomethane gas network projects. The team also handles power purchasing agreements, CfD projects and rural property rights issues. Jointly led by Keith Patterson and Kirsty Macpherson, the group is comprised of experts from a wide range of practice areas including real estate, finance and corporate. Sarah-Jane McArthur focuses on low carbon energy projects, and managing associate Claire Reid has expertise in the wind, hydro and anaerobic sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Patterson; Kirsty Macpherson

Other key lawyers:


The punctual, creative, constructive and pro- active legal approach delivered by Brodies is what makes it stand out from its competitors.

The team is always knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond. The practitioners at Brodies are also happy to tell you when work is not required and to avoid unnecessary fees.

Sarah-Jane McArthur consistently shows great dexterity when it comes to guiding clients through legal challenges faced along the procurement process. She is easy to work with, always constructive and pro- active!

Key clients


Grangemouth Renewable Energy Limited

Banks Renewables Limited

Murex Energy Limited

MeyGen Limited

Forsa Energy Limited

Enercon GmbH

Orbital Marine Power Limited

GFG Alliance including SIMEC and SIMEC Atlantis Energy

FIM Gresham

Guinness Asset Management

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Goldman Sachs

Shawbrook Bank

Health and safety Tier 2

Brodies LLP acts for corporate clients alongside insurers across various industries with particular expertise in the marine and fishing, construction, oil and gas and leisure sectors. Noted for its full-service offering, the team routinely advises on regulatory issues and acts for clients in regulatory and internal investigations and subsequent court actions. Elena Fry heads the team, which includes professional negligence lawyer Tony Jones QC, who joined the firm in June 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:

Duncan MacLean; Paul Marshall; Malcolm Mackay; Laura McMillan; Tony Jones QC


Pro-active engagement.

Good focus on adding value for the client.’

Makes options available clearly understood.

Paul Marshall provides timely, considered and balanced advice.

Very good attention to detail.

Key clients

Advance Construction Group


City Holdings

Babcock International Group

National Express Group

Sunderland Marine

Steamship P&I

Standard P&I

Northlink Ferries

CalMac Ferries


Subsea 7

Aberdeen City Council

Air Transat

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Brodies LLP's contentious expertise was recently bolstered by the arrival of Tony Jones QC from BTO Solicitors LLP. The insolvency and restructuring team, led from Edinburgh by Rachel Grant, represents large corporates, SMEs, public sector and regulatory clients, high-profile retailers and construction companies. Peter Kelly leads the Glasgow-based group, and Bruce Stephen handles specialised insolvency processes.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Grant; Peter Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Stephen; Shirley Li-Ting; Louise Laing; Lucy McCann; Amy McVey


‘Led by Rachel Grant, this is one of the strongest teams in the Scottish insolvency and corporate recovery field. At Brodies, the advice is robust, detailed and well thought through with a commercial application for the client.

Brodies fields a strong team at all levels with great expertise combined with practical experience.

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Brodies provides strong technical and commercial advice, which enables insolvency practitioners to make important decisions on complex issues.

Rachel Grant is one of the leading insolvency and corporate recovery lawyers in Scotland.

Rachel Grant is an extremely capable solicitor who has always been able to offer a practical solution to any issue. She is always approachable and quick to respond, which is a huge asset when faced with a time pressured situation.’

Key clients



Ernst & Young LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Grant Thornton LLP


Aver Advisory Services

Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited

Henderson Loggie

Scottish Enterprise

Investment funds Tier 2

Brodies LLP's team, led by Andrew Akintewe, advises on all aspects of investment fund structures and terms including investment companies and unit trusts, offshore vehicles including protected cell companies, classic partnerships and LLPs. Karen Fountain is singled out by clients for 'using her knowledge in a pragmatic manner', and Paul McLaughlin specialises in the various uses of LLPs, general partnerships and SLPs.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Akintewe

Other key lawyers:


Karen Fountain is key to the advice provided by Brodies.’

Brodies fields a small tight-knit group, which delivers an exceptional service with excellent value for money.

Karen Fountain is very knowledgeable on the UK investment environment, and uses that knowledge in a pragmatic manner. She is always available and attentive to clients’ needs.

Key clients

FIM and Gresham House Group

HIPCC and Helios Underwriting PLC


LXB Retail Properties Fund LP

North East Scotland Pension Fund

Promethean Investments LLP

Schulenburg Capital

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

TPG Europe LLP

Grosvenor Estates

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Brodies LLP is recognised for its work in the financial services and technology sectors acting on a variety of contentious and advisory mandates; the cross-departmental team has substantial experience handling major projects, audits and M&A transactions. The group also recently advised on matters involving new technologies including blockchain and online trading platforms. Grant Campbell and Martin Sloan jointly lead the practice; Campbell is a data protection specialist and Sloan is noted for his financial services technology procurement and outsourcing work and cloud issues. Gill Grassie retired.

Practice head(s):

Grant Campbell; Martin Sloan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Buchan; Iain Rutherford


Brodies covers all types of legal services required, from IT, employment, tax and corporate law, but it is the firm’s cross-departmental approach that makes it unique and a pleasure to work with.

The team is there whenever clients need them, be that out of office hours or even during holidays.

What makes Brodies unique is the commercial and non-legal input it provides on the strategy to deliver a successful outcome.

Grant Campbell has excellent legal knowledge and can explain things in simple commercial terms. He will raise concerns or issues in a measured way allowing sensible debate on how to resolve or address specific issues.

Iain Rutherford is excellent to have on side in a dispute. He is robust in difficult situations but creative in finding resolutions to complex problems and open to a challenge.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Sainsbury’s Bank

Capgemini UK plc


Nucleus Financial

TV Squared

Highlands and Islands Enterprise




Pensions Tier 2

Juliet Bayne's 'absolutely committed and professional' team at Brodies LLP puts significant emphasis on pension trustee work, advising on defined pension schemes and the transfer of existing schemes to master trust arrangements, while also providing corporate employers with transactional pension law support and assisting various public sector clients with sector specific pension law matters.

Practice head(s):

Juliet Bayne


Juliet Bayne takes ownership of issues and leads her team by example. She is a good communicator and delivers advice in a clear and easily understood manner.

Charges realistic fees.

Tasks are appropriately resourced between senior and junior staff with good levels of oversight.

Genuine expertise in the niche area of local government pension schemes.

Hard-working, conscientious, professional, intelligent, pragmatic.

Does not sit on the fence and is willing to give a firm opinion on issues even if it’s not the answer the client wants to hear.’

Provides an excellent service.

Meets deadlines very effectively.

Juliet Bayne is always prepared to deal with matters regardless of her other deadlines.’

Key clients

Menzies Pension Fund

Baxters Food Group

BPI Pension Trustees

Prudential Assurance Company

Trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan

Intel Corporation

Trustees of the Emtelle UK Defined Benefit Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Gates UK Pension Scheme

Lothian Pension Fund

Projects Tier 2

Brodies LLP has expertise in public law, finance, and project procurement work in its projects group and advises on the full life cycle of projects, from early stage planning to investor exits. The team is jointly led from Edinburgh by head of infrastructure Drysdale Graham and head of energy and infrastructure finance Michael Stoneham.

Practice head(s):

Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur


The team at Brodies is always available at short notice and helpful, provides a client-focused service and is prompt in its responses.

Sarah-Jane McArthur and Alisdair Matheson are exceptional.

Key clients

Hub East Central Limited

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Indaver NV

Cardiff Council

Aberdeen City Council


Banks Renewables Limited

Aberdeen Standard

Orbital Marine Power

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Sport Tier 3

Brodies LLP' practice takes a commercial approach to sports law, advising companies, individuals, sports clubs and public service bodies on contractual matters such as sponsorship agreements and service partnerships, acquisitions and structural matters, including establishing charitable foundations and advising councils on the spin-out of their services to charitable bodies. The team has a particular interest in tennis in Scotland, acting for the Judy Murray Foundation in a range of work including sponsorship and organisation of the Scottish ATP Championship Tour. Practice head Andy Nolan advised OPG-4 on its acquisition of Dundee United Football Club during 2018.

Practice head(s):

Andy Nolan


“Brodies’ work is of an extremely high standard. They advise on the legal aspects of any particular matter, but they are also extremely commercial in their approach and take time to understand our business, our challenges and think of ways to overcome them.”

“The firm’s work advising us on GDPR was superb and not only helped us get through this potential minefield, but actually meant that we were helping some of our clients navigate the challenges that GDPR created.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of Grant Campbell and his approach. His advice is pragmatic, commercial and very user-friendly.”

Key clients


Park of Keir Partnership

Murray Play Foundation

Royal Durnoch Golf Club

Rewards 4 Group

Brodies LLP

Kynoch Boxing

Scottish Football Partnership Trust

Western Baths Club

Council Leisure Trusts

Revolution Global Sports Consulting

Brodies LLP is the largest independent law firm in Scotland, delivering legal services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global organisations. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dingwall and Brussels, the firm offers legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally in its core business areas of corporate and commercial; energy (both renewables and oil & gas); property; litigation; banking and financial services; employment, pensions and benefits; personal and family and tax.

The firm: With a talent bank of lawyers that includes some of the UK’s foremost legal experts, Brodies provides specialist expertise from commercial contracts to government regulation. Such expertise is not limited solely to Scottish jurisdictional work. The capability to undertake complex cross-border transactions is strengthened by Brodies’ active membership of European and global legal networks, and its international strategic legal partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). Brodies has a headcount of more than 660, and in the past year has made two partner hires and five partner promotions, strengthening its teams in corporate and commercial; real estate; energy and infrastructure; personal and family; business disputes and asset recovery; insurance and risk; and commercial services. In the past year Brodies has been named Legal 500 Scotland Regional Firm of the Year 2018 and Scotland Law Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards .

Types of work undertaken: Corporate and commercial: the team advises corporates, public bodies and business owners, and has exceptional credentials across a broad range of specialisms – private equity; general M&A; cross-border transactions; regulation and government work; public/private partnerships and projects; funds; and IP, IT and outsourcing. There is also a strong corporate tax offering, with particular expertise in VAT and SDLT.

Banking and finance: distinguished by its strong sector coverage, Brodies has significant in-house experience with large financial institutions, dealing with complex transactions, new product development, legal risk management and regulatory compliance. It is active in and takes a market dominant position in each of energy/renewables, infrastructure, real estate including social housing and care home development finance, shipping and funds finance.

Real estate: Brodies has the largest, most diversely skilled and highest rated department in Scotland, with specialists who operate in every sector of the property market. Expertise includes: investment and finance; commercial; residential and mixed-use development; out-of-town and high-street retail; leisure; hotels; licensing; agriculture and estates; land diversification; urban regeneration and construction; outsourcing projects; and property litigation.

Dispute Resolution: the firm has one of the largest teams in Scotland. Brodies has six solicitor advocates, all appearing regularly in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland. Specialisms include commercial and contractual disputes; health and safety; compliance; insurance; professional negligence; personal injury;  risk management; intellectual property and IT disputes; and property litigation. Brodies also has an outstanding public law team, with wide experience of parliamentary, local authority, freedom of information and human rights issues.

Employment: as one of the largest teams in Scotland, Brodies’ employment department is widely regarded as a market leader, with a reputation for responsive, targeted advice, delivered with superb client focus. With an integrated, specialist employee benefits and pensions function, the department assists HR and in-house legal teams across the UK, offering specialist advice in employment tribunal litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, contract and policy development, as well as guidance on pension issues and employee rewards.

Personal and family: the firm’s personal team is highly respected for its core work in estate planning; wills; trusts; tax; asset protection; charities and executries; as well as ground-breaking innovations such as developing (Scottish) family limited partnerships. The team of specialist family lawyers provide advice on all legal matters relating to relationship breakdowns, including division of assets on divorce and separation, financial planning in connection with relationships, and issues involving children (including child support, relocation and international child abduction).


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Christine O'Neill
Managing partner Nick Scott
Land and rural business Clive Phillips
Banking and finance Bruce Stephen
Banking and finance Peter Kelly
Banking and finance Neal Richardson
Charities Alan Eccles
Charities Brenda Scott
Commercial litigation Joyce Cullen
Commercial litigation Stephen Goldie
EU and Competition Charles Livingstone
Construction Manus Quigg
Corporate Shuna Stirling
Corporate Julian Voge
Commercial services Grant Campbell
Commercial services Roger Cotton
Crime: Fraud Paul Marshall
Debt recovery Stephen Goldie
Debt recovery Iain Rutherford
Education Brenda Scott
Employment Tony Hadden
Employment Joan Cradden
Pensions Juliet Bayne
Employee incentives Nigel Watson
Energy and infrastructure Clare Munro
Renewables Keith Patterson
Renewables Kirsty Macpherson
Family Shaun George
Health Jackie McGuire
Health and safety Elena Fry
IP Robert Buchan
Medical negligence (defender) Duncan Mawby
Media and entertainment Martin Sloan
Oil and gas Clare Munro
Oil and gas Greg May
Personal injury (defender) Elena Fry
Planning and environment Neil Collar
Planning and environment Phil Hunter
Private client Alan Barr
Private client Susanne Batchelor
Private client Mark Stewart
Property litigation Stephen Goldie
Parliamentary and public affairs Christine O'Neill
Local government Jackie McGuire
Procurement Roger Cotton
Real estate Johane Murray
Shipping Duncan MacLean
Sport Andy Nolan
Tax Alan Barr
Tax Isobel d'Inverno
Technology and outsourcing Grant Campbell
Technology and outsourcing Martin Sloan
Transport Karen Hamilton
Transport Roger Cotton
Number of UK partners : 103