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Brodies LLP
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Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Brodies LLP is well-placed to handle national mandates across Scotland, and it also deals with a steady stream of cross-border work. It acts for a wide range of clients, including private and public companies, institutions, high-net-worth individuals and third sector organisations. Glasgow-based corporate partner Neil Burgess recently succeeded Shuna Stirling as head of corporate and commercial; Sterling has noted experience in M&A, management buy-outs, commercial matters, corporate governance and restructuring. William McIntosh is recommended for private equity and venture capital work, and has a strong US focus. David Lightbody handles investments, restructurings and company law matters; and Neil Burgess, who has considerable international experience, handles a range of high-value corporate and commercial transactions. Long-serving corporate stalwart Julian Voge retired in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Shuna Stirling; William McIntosh; David Lightbody; Neil Burgess; David Gallagher; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; Liz Bruce


‘Derek Stroud is very commercial – we work well together to run through complex and challenging issues’.

‘Brodies LLP always have the right person to advise on any issue that we need help with’.

‘David Gallagher was very insightful as well as pragmatic when advising on a key commercial contract with the UK Government’.

‘David Lightbody is the epitome of calm, cool and collected in all dealings and matters of legal advice’.

‘David Lightbody presents the risks, consequences and likelihood of positions in clear and articulate language’.

‘Technical expertise borne out of years of experience’.

‘Able to find solutions that take stress out of the deal environment’.

‘The team has a strong work ethic and polished client relationship skills’.

Key clients


ECS Group

D. C. Thomson

Abellio Group

Scottish Equity Partners

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Frostkrone Food Group

Adelphi Distillery Ltd


Lalique Group SA / The Glenturret Distillery

Work highlights

  • Advised EMERAM Capital Partners portfolio company, the Frostkrone Food Group, headquartered in Germany, on the strategic cross-border purchase of Innovate Foods Limited.
  • Advised Omega Diagnostics Group plc on an £11m fundraising on AIM.
  • Instructed as lead counsel for European acquisitions for Accel-KKR which this year included the acquisition of NAVTOR, the world’s leader in cloud-based e-navigation solutions.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

Brodies LLP’s large Aberdeen-based corporate team handles a range of domestic and international deals for private and public companies and institutions, high-net-worth individuals and third sector clients. The practice incorporates a dedicated oil and gas team, making it well placed to handle deals within the sector. Key practitioners Douglas Crawford and Tom Boulton-Jones are recommended for M&A, joint ventures, investments, reorganisations and private equity matters. Glasgow-based corporate partner Neil Burgess recently succeeded Shuna Stirling as head of corporate and commercial. Gill Summers retired at the end of 2020, but the practice was boosted by the addition of former Pinsent Masons LLP partner Martin Ewan in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess


‘The team provides valuable and insightful, timely advice that is specifically tailored to, and anchored by, our business’ commercial priorities and circumstances’.

‘Advice is delivered in a clear and organised fashion that is accessible for all within our business’.

‘They are truly valued members of our extended team and are very well respected.’

‘We truly value the work of all the individuals we work with within Brodies and particularly Doug Crawford for his commercial knowledge and vast experience’.

‘Doug Crawford is excellent – very professional and intelligent and thinks through all options before coming to a conclusion and then delivering’.

‘A dependable outsourced legal team’.

‘Tom Boulton-Jones is calm under pressure and argues the client’s case with skilled clarity; his calmness carries with it gravitas’.

‘Brodies are vibrant, commercial and delivery focused’.

Key clients

INEOS Upstream/INEOS Commercial Services UK Ltd

Drum Property Group Ltd

Dana Petroleum

John Lawrie Group

Tulloch Homes Group


Cooke Aquaculture

AGS Airports Ltd


Energy Ventures

ECS Group

Clear Solutions International

Churchill Homes Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Churchill Drilling Tools Limited

3rd Momentum Limited

Ocean Blue Quota Company Limited

Monymusk Land Company Limited

Nobel Upstream


Nippon Gas

FIS Chemicals Ltd

Romar Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the preferred bidder on its potential strategic acquisition of Glasgow Prestwick Airport from the Scottish Government.
  • Advised ECS Group on its sale to GlobalLogic.
  • Advised the sole shareholder of FIS Chemicals Ltd in selling the Aberdeen-based oilfield services Company to a Newco in a management buy-in backed by private equity.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Brodies LLP’s specialist corporate tax team provides tailored advice to clients throughout the Scottish market. The team acts for high-net-worth individuals and family businesses, and is particularly experienced in real estate transaction tax structuring and high-value corporate transactions, often with an international aspect. Isobel D’Inverno heads the practice and is well known in the market for her extensive knowledge of land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) and stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Alan Barr is recommended for business and personal tax matters, and senior associate Heather Gibson handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Isobel d’Inverno

Other key lawyers:

Heather Gibson; Bob Langridge; Alan Barr; Karen Davidson; Heather Thompson


‘Approachable, pragmatic and commercial team.’

‘They cover a broad range of tax work and have strength in depth.’

‘Helpful attitude and commercial approach.’

‘Approachable, pragmatic and commercial individuals.’

‘Bob Langridge is excellent. He is technically very good but manages to convey quite complex issues in a clear and succinct manner. We have complete confidence in them and would always recommend them for any more complex tax issues.’

‘Positive approach and timely advice – Isobel d’Inverno is very helpful.’

Key clients


Drum Property Group

Apache Capital Partners

Borr Drilling Group

Simec Group

DC Thomson & Co Ltd


Knight Frank Investment Management Limited


Soller Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised a Korean real estate fund on the acquisition through a Jersey Property Unit Trust structure of the Jersey based company owning the Amazon fulfilment facility at Dunfermline, Fife.
  • Advised Gresham House plc on the structuring and set up of a fund (with initial investment of c. £105m) to invest in the New Zealand emissions trading scheme.
  • Advised the shareholders of ECS Digital Limited, ECS Europe Limited and ECS Global Ltd on the tax aspects of the disposal of the ECS group of companies to GlobalLogic Inc, providing both tax and share incentives advice across a group of circa 70 shareholders.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Brodies LLP handles the full gamut of EU and competition maters for high-profile clients in the transport and infrastructure, energy, food and drink, tech and public sectors. Well-versed in merger control, the practice also handles antitrust compliance and investigations, competition litigation and public procurement. Under the leadership of Charles Livingstone, the practice handles matters across the UK, EU and internationally. Christine O’Neill is a veteran litigator and solicitor advocate, who has considerable experience in procurement litigation. Roger Cotton runs the state aid practice and has recently been advising on businesses on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Charles Livingstone


‘The team provides valuable and insightful timely advice that is specifically tailored to and anchored by our business’ commercial priorities and circumstances’. 

‘The team listen to what I am trying to achieve and work with me to do that’.

‘It’s all very seamless, and they are really on top of the law’.

‘Brodies are excellent.’

‘They combined a keen understanding of the law with a close understanding of the needs of the client’.

‘Brodies went toe-to-toe with a magic circle firm and compared very favourably with them’. 

‘The advice set out what we needed to know to make an informed decision, and did not contain a list of caveats or attempt to sit on the fence’.

‘They combined a keen understanding of the law with a close understanding of the needs of the client’.

Key clients


The Scotch Whisky Association

Scottish Water Business Stream

AGS Airports Limited


Stornoway Port Authority


Scottish Government

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Ian Macleod Distillers

Work highlights

  • Advised Kersia on securing approved buyer status from the CMA to allow the purchase of Holchem from Ecolab, following a CMA divestment order imposed on Ecolab.
  • Advised the Scotch Whisky Association on complying with competition law while facilitating hand sanitiser production by the whisky industry in response to the COIVD-19 crisis.
  • Advised Stornoway Port Authority on the State aid compliance of funding for its deep water port project, part of its 20-year masterplan.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 1

Brodies LLP is the first port of call for many high-risk sector players, such as oil and gas, transport and banking as well as food and drink, construction and manufacturing businesses, who require assistance with internal investigations arising from suspicions of fraud, bribery and corruption. Fraud and financial crime is an area of particular expertise for the team led by Paul Marshall, which leads to regular referrals from large international law firms and subsequent cross-border investigation mandates. Senior associate Ramsay Hall shares this focus and is also experienced representing clients facing criminal prosecution in Scottish courts. In preventative work, the team is well versed in the design and implementation of compliance programmes with a particular focus on bribery, fraud, sanctions and anti-money laundering. Clients also benefit from the firm’s relationships with investigators, regulators and prosecution authorities.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marshall

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is highly committed. The first experience I had highlighted a level of intensity that I was not expecting and one that was very welcome given the urgency we had from the business end. We have recently changed practices from another and I have no regrets in doing so. One simple strength that I draw from this team is their willingness to understand the issue as it affects the business and thereby build their advice on that basis.’

Paul Marshall is good on regulatory work, including environmental and white-collar crime.’

‘I have found Ramsay Hall to be excellent all-round. He takes the time to listen and has a superb empathy. Also has first class knowledge and understanding. He is also readily available which is highly valued when I need to get in touch. He is also very aware of cost factors and how his initial work can dovetail later thereby reducing overall cost. He has signposted costs throughout as well.’

‘Paul Marshall is a safe pair of hands, to whom I would happily entrust a client’s instructions on a white collar regulatory matter. Ramsay Hall has shown himself to be invaluable not only in dealing with difficult contentious matters but in calming the client while doing so. 

‘Great team of people who are very knowledgeable within their specific sector. Really like the fact they are specialists within a defined sector. This provides greater knowledge and understanding. They also have a superb empathy towards my position.’

‘Paul Marshall had a very unique perspective in his field. This crucial piece of information made the defense case possible.’

‘Paul Marshall has, from the beginning, understood our complex situation and offered insightful and fulsome advice.’

‘Paul Marshall has been a great support during a very tough process.  His rapid understanding of the situations (he has helped us with two very technical issues) the business faced was a real comfort and his advice has been well set out and appreciated.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Brodies LLP stands out for its sizable team and the subsequent capacity to handle disputes across a wide range of sectors, most notably IT, energy, food and drink, construction and manufacturing as well as financial services and corporate. Its size alongside its wide-ranging expertise also enables the practice to represent clients faced with group proceedings. With the arrival of solicitor advocate Carly Forrest from BTO Solicitors LLP in May 2020 and the simultaneous partner promotions of English qualified litigator Jared Oyston, who is also well versed in international arbitration, and solicitor advocate Niall McLean, the practice not only expanded its inhouse advocacy capacities but also its UK-wide litigation and international arbitration offering. The latter is led by Aberdeen-based Ken MacDonald, who also handles commercial litigation and primarily acts for corporates, while Stephen Goldie, who acts for various commercial and international investment clients, and Iain Rutherford, who focuses on IT and outsourcing, corporate and energy disputes, jointly head the litigation practice. Associate Monica Connolly is another key contact for IT and outsourcing disputes, while Tony Jones QC is rated for his construction and professional negligence expertise. Banking and financial services litigation team head Joyce Cullen is another key member of the team and highly regarded in the market. Senior associate and solicitor advocate Craig Watt is noted for his expertise in contractual litigation and international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Iain Rutherford; Stephen Goldie


‘A team that is focused on the client’s case. Can move flexibly and quickly. High levels of expertise.’

‘Iain Rutherford  is clever, polished and effective. We had a tricky case and aggressive opponent, and Iain took a very measured approach to strategy and we succeeded in getting the claim against us struck out.’

‘Niall McLean and Jared Oyston are very practical and commercial and don’t waste time on fruitless exercises. They get straight to the nub of the issue.’

‘The team is very highly qualified and experienced in dispute resolution issues.’

‘Craig Watt has been the focal point in all our dealings with Brodies and during resolution of the disputes. He provided sound counsel at all stages to support our decision-making processes and during what became a very stressful situation.’

‘Iain Rutherford and Craig Watt are easy to work with, quick to respond and provide clear, commercial advice. I was most impressed with their speed of response.’

‘I valued that Iain Rutherford got straight to the point and gave clear advice. Craig Watt was extremely responsive and turned drafts and comments very quickly. That is invaluable in a fast-moving dispute.’

Key clients

Aggreko Plc

Whyte and MacKay

Scottish Water Business Stream

CGI IT UK Limited

Edgen Murray Europe Limited

FIM Forest Funds General Partner Ltd

PRA Group (UK) Limited

Pulsant Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance

WFS Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful pursuit for Pulsant Limited, an IT company, of a counterparty to a contract, for significant unpaid invoices for services arising out of an IT contract.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Brodies LLP's team is jointly led by litigators Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and managing associate Marianne Griffin, illustrating the practice's expertise in debt recovery litigation. Its volume debt recovery offering with particular expertise in the consumer credit and motor finance sectors attracts a broad client base including utility companies, financial institutions, debt purchasers, motor finance companies and a growing number of motor retailers. Consultant Frank Johnstone is anther key contact of the team and is noted for his expertise in consumer credit alongside volume debt and asset recovery in the credit, utility, motor finance and debt purchase sectors.

Practice head(s):

Iain Rutherford; Stephen Goldie; Marianne Griffin

Other key lawyers:


Brodies have demonstrated a real underlying understanding of the debt recovery sector and have a culture that lends itself to excel in this space. The treatment of customers is appropriate and fair whilst maintaining excellent performance levels.

Brodies’ team are knowledgeable, responsive and thorough debt collectors. They are a professional, reliable and courteous team. Happy to help with any complex requests. We can rely on their experience and industry knowledge to provide cost effective up to date advice and opinions.

A knowledgeable and courteous team, always willing to go that extra mile. They consistently provide a high level of service to our customers to ensure debtors are treated fairly while maintaining a focus on payment.’

Frank Johnstone has worked with us for many years, and is a valued and trusted partner. He is always available for carefully considered advice, and proactively contacts us where there are changes to ensure we can make fully informed decisions. He always puts his clients’ needs first and is a real pleasure to work with.’

The Brodies team are highly knowledgeable and always willing and available to share that knowledge. Nothing is too much trouble for them.

The connectivity between the departments is first class, with everyone aware of not only the major issues but many of the smaller issues as well. Gives a real sense of partnership with the practice as a whole.’

The team are approachable, helpful and always on hand to assist with queries. They always do their best for the client.’

Very good at keeping on top of their work, keeping us informed of any issues.’

Key clients

Scottish Water Business Stream Limited t/a Business Stream

PRA Group (UK) Ltd

Toyota Financial Services (UK) Plc

FCA Automotive Services UK Limited

Merligen investments Limited

MotoNovo Finance

Work highlights

  • Worked with Scottish Water Business Stream Limited in relation to The Water Industry for Scotland (WICS) support announced for non-household customers in the form of a detailed wholesale charge deferral scheme in light of Covid-19.
  • Working with Merligen Investments Limited on a bespoke portfolio management strategy for volume collections, litigation and enforcement.
  • Advising various FCA-regulated clients on the various temporary guidance measures issued by the FCA to support consumer credit clients impacted by Covid-19 and the impact on their operations.

Employment Tier 1

While Brodies LLP has considerable clout in the finance and oil and gas sectors - the latter owing in no small part to its presence in Aberdeen - the team's client portfolio covers a wide range of sectors. The group has recently seen an increase in senior exit mandates but covers the full spectrum of employment law from HR, TUPE and restructuring matters to internal investigations into sexual harassment and other allegations, and employment tribunal proceedings. Team head and litigator Tony Hadden is a key contact for the contentious space but also handles a wide range of non-contentious employment law matters, as is legal director and solicitor advocate Brian Campbell, who like Hadden, also routinely handles advisory work including transactional and data protection issues. Finance sector expert Joan Cradden is another key member of the team and is frequently called upon to handle industrial relations issues, executive hires and exits as well as sexual harassment cases.

Practice head(s):

Tony Hadden

Other key lawyers:

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


Brodies give great all round advice.’

I’ve always found the team to be knowledgeable, approachable and available whenever I’ve needed them. Lynne Marr, in particular, is very good at understanding my organisation’s specific requirements, and able to apply law and case law quickly and accurately. I’ve also found the team to be very personable.’

My experience of working with Tony and Joan has been without parallel.

Just a call away, quick robust responses and matters get resolved in time.’

The Brodies team are very much part of our small HR team. They have deep knowledge of our business, are very experienced and we trust them to give us the right advice for our firm.’

We would like to highlight Tony Hadden in particular. Tony has provided very deep expertise that has been hugely beneficial to our company across a number of demanding and complex issues. He understands our business and the sector in which we operate and in many respects is like a member of our team. The quality of his work is excellent and he has always delivered for us to ensure the best solution for our business.’

Strong team with practical solutions to a variety of employment law problems. Brodies were able to advise on both the legal aspects and the soft skills when advising in difficult situations.’

Fiona Herrell is our main contact. We have built a great working relationship with her and I feel that she has a good understanding of our business and our requirements. She provides support as required and checks in to see if any additional support is required.’

Key clients



Computershare Investor Services PLC

Lothian Buses Limited – Transport

M&G plc/M&G Prudential

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Galleries of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Ponticelli on the HR and employment law aspects of one of the UK’s largest offshore maintenance contracts.
  • Advised Lothian Buses Limited on various Covid-19-related issues including the furlough scheme and the aborted Job Support Scheme.
  • Advised M&G plc/M&G Prudential on workplace diversity and culture projects following a high-profile sexual harassment complaint.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Brodies LLP’s deep bench of banking specialists advises both lenders and borrowers on transactions at the top of the Scottish market. On the financing side, the firm handles a wide array of deals, from green finance, real estate finance, infrastructure finance and energy finance mandates to marine finance issues, for which Aberdeen’s Neal Richardson is the key contact. Head of banking Bruce Stephen is recommended for asset-based lending, receivables financing and derivatives work, while Michael Stoneham takes the lead on energy and infrastructure finance matters; and Chris Dun, who is dual-qualified, covers both investment and development finance issues. Jack Moir made partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Stephen

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Efficient, reliable, on the front foot, friendly, reasonably priced.’

‘Neal Richardson is the main contact, friendly, efficient, commercial and overall a great service provided.’

‘Alan Knowles is technically excellent, and always responsive.’

‘Very approachable and easy-going. Feel like part of our internal team.’

‘Michael Stoneham is highly competent, practical, friendly and available when you need him.’

‘Brodies are very proactive and act with pace. I feel they also make sure the right people with the right capability and experience are involved to make sure transactions continue with no delays.’

‘Marion MacInnes is a trusted partner and is always available to offer advice or for a discussion. She listens carefully to her clients and I have always found her to be very engaging when working on deals. She is technically very good, proactive and looks to find solutions that work for all parties involved in a transaction, which is a welcome behaviour. Equally, she isn’t afraid to have difficult conversations if it is for the good of the deal and her customer. It is always a pleasure working with Marion.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland plc

NatWest Group

HSBC Bank Plc

Scottish Enterprise

Clydesdale Bank plc

DNB Bank

Cynergy Bank

West One Loans

City Facilities Management Holdings (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Produce Investments on its bank refinancing with HSBC.
  • Advised Liberty Steel Group in relation to its joint venture investment in and financing of a new manufacturing capability at its aluminium smelting works and related hydro power plant at Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Advised BREO Hermiston Unit Trust (real estate investment finance) on the financing of the acquisition of Hermiston Gait Retail Park in Edinburgh.

Insurance > Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

Brodies LLP's client roster includes a broad array of medical defence organisations, hospitals, care homes, opticians, medical service agencies, manufacturers of medical equipment, and cosmetic and dental clinics. It has earned a reputation handling high-value claims, including those arising from general medical practitioner negligence, general dental practitioner negligence, ophthalmology, deaths in custody, and aesthetic surgery and medical device implantation. Practice head Duncan Mawby primarily defends clinical negligence claims against doctors and dentists, and has extensive experience of defending clinicians in the civil and criminal courts, before professional regulators, in NHS disciplinary hearings and at fatal accident inquiries. Other names to note are Laura McMillan, who is particularly active in consent and non-delegable duty cases, and associate Jill Harris.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Mawby

Other key lawyers:

Elena Fry; Laura McMillan; Jill Harris; Lynn Livesey


Honest, hardworking and very knowledgeable team, providing excellent client support.’

Key clients

Association of Optometrists




Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 1

Brodies LLP generates mandates from a long list of major insurers and blue-chip companies, and it has an enviable track record defending personal injury claims in Scotland. The 'fast-growing, well-respected and energetic' department is led by Elena Fry, whose practice centres on employer’s liability, public liability and disease claims. Another notable individual is Carly Forrest, who is 'personable, responsive, innovative and hugely effective'; she has decades of experience of high-value catastrophic injury and fatal claims. Elsewhere, Laura McMillan regularly appears in the Court of Session and in Sheriff Courts across Scotland, fusing her medical negligence know-how with expertise in industrial disease claims. Duncan MacLean principally focuses on advising marine liability insurers and international P&I clubs.

Practice head(s):

Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:

Duncan MacLean; Malcolm Mackay; Carly Forrest; Laura McMillan; Lynn Livesey; Gemma Nicholson


‘A fast-growing, well-respected and energetic PI defence team. Recent acquisitions underscore that.’

‘Carly Forrest is an exceptional PI defence lawyer. Personable, responsive, innovative and hugely effective. A first class communicator in every medium. She is a great advert for Brodies in Scotland.’

‘Lynn Livesey brings a common sense and pragmatic approach to cases and her advice is always well-considered, generally leading to successful outcomes for her clients.’

‘The team appears to be truly united and seems to get on very well, and this is reflected in the quality of the service we receive from them. The claim handling process is extremely clear with regular updates from the firm. 

‘The team is knowledgeable and helpful for all cases they handle on our behalf, as well as generous in their sharing of information relating to changes in case law and the differences between the application of law in Scotland and England & Wales.’

‘The main strengths relate to the team’s knowledge of a fairly specialised area of maritime law, combined with their knowledge of Scottish personal injury procedure and legislation.’

‘Duncan MacLean is always willing to assist with general questions and enquiries. Good service and response times with a good knowledge of the area of law and the joint client.’

‘I personally feel the expertise is second to none from Brodies, their knowledge and guidance has always found to be the correct course of action.’

Key clients


Zurich Insurance

Abellio Ltd

Axis Capital Insurance

Cape plc

Babcock International Group

Liberty Speciality Markets

National Express Group

Enstar/Starstone Underwriting Limited

Sunderland Marine Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing the insurers of Scapa Flow Charters in connection with a diving fatality at sea to which the Athens Convention applies.
  • Advised a variety of corporates and leading shipowners and their liability underwriters on claims arising out of alleged historic exposure to asbestos.
  • Advised both of Scotland’s lifeline ferry operators and their insurers to deal with any crew, passenger, cargo and other claims made against them, and other operational matters.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Exhibiting ‘great experience, procedural knowledge, calmness and professionalism under extreme pressure’, Brodies LLP emphasises defender side actions, most notably in the real estate and construction space. Regularly wielding its strengths in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, the group is led by Alan Calvert and Alisdair Matheson, whose practices are enhanced by their construction sector knowledge. They act for an assortment of construction professionals, accountants and surveyors, as well as solicitors. Louise Kelso primarily handles claims emanating from the financial services and education sectors. At associate level, Laura Fell and James Jerman routinely provide key support in complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alan Calvert; Alisdair Matheson


‘The team led by Alan Calvert is excellent. Their diligence and expertise in gathering all the evidence necessary to present to my professional body was outstanding. The advice they gave was spot on. This is a very impressive team.’

‘Alan Calvert is a very astute and thoughtful lawyer who can see the case from every angle to ensure that the client is getting the best advice which leads to the best outcome.’

‘The people we work with at Brodies are proactive and personable. They are flexible too, being happy to take discrete pieces of work or run whole cases on our behalf. We find the team at Brodies responsive and helpful.’

‘I have been particularly impressed with professional negligence partner Louise Kelso. Even on relatively low value matters she had a grasp of the details many partners would have to ask their associate/assistant about!’

‘The team members with whom we dealt with were not only insightful and highly skilled, but practical and solutions-driven.’

‘What is best about Brodies’ is the people and the relationships which they build and stay close to. Can place trust in them to deliver on the most complex of matters. Special mention of respect for Louise Kelso and Alan Calvert.’

‘Alan Calvert stands out as an individual you want to represent you with his combination of legal, construction and insurance knowledge. He has an excellent way of asking the right questions and challenging issues.’

‘Alisdair Matheson is an excellent partner and runs a strong team. Alisdair is approachable and excellent at getting to the issues of a case quickly and economically.’

Key clients



Nexus Claims Management Services Limited


MS Amlin




Aspen Insurance UK Ltd


Channel Underwriting

CGPA Europe SA

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The ‘excellent rural team' at Brodies LLP represents a large client base of rural landed estates, farming and rural businesses, lenders, funders, developers and public sector organisations across Scotland. The practice also advises on a mixture of estate acquisitions and sales, commercial rural estates, forestry issues, and land registration. Celebrated for his ‘very detailed knowledge and understanding of rural property and agricultural issues’, practice head Clive Phillips heads up the group, which features a number of agriculture-savvy solicitors. Odell Milne, for her part, has a special emphasis on compulsory purchase, utilities and Udal Law issues, while Alex Buchan principally focuses on agricultural tenancies, sporting rights, renewable developments and minerals extraction. Forestry expert Graeme Leith and Kate McLeish, who was promoted to partner in 2020, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Clive Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Odell Milne; Alex Buchan; Graeme Leith; Kate McLeish; Karren Smith; Lynne Murray; Andrew Askew Blain; Ryan Bowie; Scott Logan


‘A personal and high-quality service with the customer at the heart of everything.’

‘Excellent rural team that has a fantastic knowledge of the sector. They are able to articulate the legal aspects of a transaction and what that means from a practical operating point of view. I find them diligent in making sure all aspects of a proposal is considered and they highlight the key concerns.’

‘Clive Phillips has an excellent knowledge of the rural sector. He fully understands the day to day challenges and how this is impacted by legal changes. This operating knowledge is a unique attribute and one valued by clients. ’

‘The rural teams strength is the commercial approach to rural land ownership. In particular is the strong planning and development specialists within the rural team.’

‘The key strength and capability is an unparalleled knowledge of the law associated with this practice coupled with a pragmatic attitude and approachable staff. ’

‘I would highlight two individuals: Odell Milne and Scott Logan. No problem is too big for them or timescale too short. They have an excellent can do attitude and the advice provided is always concise and accurate. Our team works with their team as one.’

‘Clive Phillips has very detailed knowledge and understanding of rural property and agricultural issues; which is put into practice with pragmatic and sensible advice and supported by his team with appropriate submissions and submissions.

‘Clive Phillips has very detailed knowledge and understanding of rural property and agricultural issues; which is put into practice with pragmatic and sensible advice and supported by his team with appropriate submissions and submissions.

Key clients

Gladstone Family

Innes Estates/Innes Trading Company Limited

Bagger-Sorensen Group

Estate Holdings Pte Limited

Glen Tanar Estate/Michael Bruce

Andrew Booth/Savock Farms

Dallas Estate (Moray)

Cooke Aquaculture

Ben Alder Estate

Friends of Ensie SCIO

Seafield & Reidhaven Estates

Dunecht Estates

2 Sisters Ltd


Scottish Woodlands

Marine Harvest/ Cooke Aquaculture

Scottish Land & Estates

Ben Alder Estate

Boralex Europe Sarl

Andrew Graham and Sons

Work highlights

  • Advising a significant number of landowners affected by A9 dualling project, including providing advice on CPO and other statutory powers, and the negotiation of accommodation works and undertakings.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Retained by an impressive array of large charities and not-for-profit organisations, the well-rounded charity offering at Brodies LLP encompasses all manner of issues affecting third sector entities. Underscoring its experience in charities regulation and governance is its status as principal legal adviser to the Scottish Charity Regulator. In March 2020, charity law specialist Kenneth Pinkerton joined the group from Turcan Connell, taking up the position of director of charities and third sector and co-head of the group. Pinkerton shares responsibility for the department along with Brenda Scott and Eric Galbraith, both of whom are well-versed in corporate governance and structure mandates. Elsewhere, charity disputes expert Christine O’Neill and regulatory specialist Charles Livingstone regularly act in high-profile instructions for the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, while Martin Sloan performs well in data protection mandates and employment-focused Lynne Marr primarily represents clients in issues arising from the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Pinkerton; Brenda Scott; Eric Galbraith

Other key lawyers:

Christine O’Neill QC; Charles Livingstone; Martin Sloan; Lynne Marr; Helen Kidd


‘Really helpful, informative and actionable advice all of which is delivered with patience and in a way that seeks to ensure client understanding.’

‘The team are responsive, quick to support and methodical with their advice. They are adaptable and flexible to the needs of the client and provide excellent commercial advice.’

‘Kenneth Pinkerton, with his detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Scottish third sector, is an outstanding solicitor. He is detailed and nuanced in his approach and inspires confidence with his advice, his roles within the third sector make him immensely well qualified to advise not only on the legal aspects, but also the practical application of the law to charities. Kenneth cannot be recommended highly enough. ’

‘Excellent bench-strength across the team, standout across Scotland, Kenneth Pinkerton in particular is one of Scotland’s top lawyers and should be recognised for his contribution to the third sector and charity governance. ’

‘Kenneth Pinkerton is refreshing, his approach and extensive knowledge of charity governance legislation make him an excellent advisor. His advice is tailored to the matter at hand and he understands the practical application of his advice, making his advice particularly relevant to clients. ’

‘Brodies has the right knowledge and expertise to support the unique needs of our charity. This can be from IP, to social media to employement law. They are efficient and always up to date on the current key changes in the law. ’

‘Martin Sloan is brilliant at understanding what we need and ensuring it is expressed in plain English.’

Key clients

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Scottish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Scottish Garden City Housing Society Limited

Maggie’s Centres

Malaria No More

National Galleries of Scotland

Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust

Dollar Academy

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in the first appeals, since its creation, to the Upper Tribunal and to the Inner House of the Court of Session against OSCR’s refusal to grant charitable status to two trading subsidiaries of the New Lanark Trust.
  • Provide full-service advice to Scotland’s animal welfare charity, SSPCA, including charity law issues and governance advice in connection with a review of their constitution and the handling of a number of litigations.
  • Advising the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society on its decision to cancel the 2020 Fringe.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Leveraging expertise from the firm’s highly respected commercial litigation department and its and wider private client teams, the contentious trust offering at Brodies LLP encompasses a diverse range of disputes. It flourishes in disputes emanating from the validity of wills, executry disputes concerning business assets and disputes relating to the winding up of estates. The department is led by Mark Stewart and Christine O’Neill, the latter of whom has particular expertise in actions to remove trustees, claims of breach of trust, and actions to strike down contested wills. The ‘intelligent and commercialAngela McCulloch, tax disputes specialist Alan Barr, cross-border trusts expert Susanne Batchelor and Norman Kennedy are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart; Christine O’Neill QC


‘Mark Stewart is technically excellent and always makes time to be available.’

‘I have collaborated with Brodies on some complicated personal tax issues. The various members of their teams have each brought a level of expertise that has been invaluable to me, but more importantly providing highly skilled advice and solutions to my clients.’

‘The Brodies team are highly knowledgeable and always willing and available to share that knowledge. Nothing is too much trouble for them.’

‘Brodies has such a strong team in the Private Client and trusts arena. They are well-represented geographically throughout Scotland’

‘Norman Kennedy is an exceptional lawyer, and has an excellent grasp of the financial aspects/consequences of the advice he gives clients and professional connections alike.’

‘A friendly and approachable team with a high level of technical expertise. ’

‘Angela McCulloch is an intelligent lawyer with a commercial approach. Alan Barr is very academic, and pleasant to deal with.’

‘The team is considered to be deep in both numbers and expertise, and is the “go-to” private client team in Aberdeen. ’

Private client > Family Tier 1

With a strong focus on a collaborative approach, the family team at Brodies LLP handles some of the most complex and high-value divorces and civil partnership dissolutions, many of which have cross-border dimensions. Shaun George, ‘one of the most experienced family law practitioners in Scotland’, heads up the team, which also includes Lisa Girdwood, whose practice centres on child law issues, including complex child abduction cases, as well as complex financial provision on separation and divorce. At senior associate level, Fiona Sharp specialises in both divorce and cohabitation cases.

Practice head(s):

Shaun George

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Girdwood; Fiona Sharp; Susannah Mountain


‘Lisa Girdwood was extremely compassionate but very efficient and steadfast in her aims; she reassured me at all times and I had complete confidence in her and knew I could trust and rely on her. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer to help me at the most stressful time of my life.’

‘Brodies stand out as a market leader, whether one looks at Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow. All offices adapted well to working virtually, possibly because some of their work is international and they were already needing to use virtual communication. I have appreciated the depth of support provided by a larger firm.’

‘Shaun George in Aberdeen is now one of the most experienced family law practitioners in Scotland. He is skilled at bringing on more junior lawyers and building a strong team. Lisa Girdwood in Glasgow has outstanding client commitment and has been adroit in navigating some tricky family cases over the last year.’

‘Brodies is 100% committed to the client. They have a no messing, no time-wasting and 100% ethical approach to dealing with your case. They are 100% professional and willing to have frank conversations which ensure they represent you in the best way possible and indeed ensure that they can get the best outcome for you.’

‘A great group of people who worked together as a team to guide me through the process and ensured that my requests were dealt with in a timely and efficient way. Superb collaboration and hand-over between members of the team across a range of topics.’

‘Clear guidance, flexible to take calls on short notice and always willing to explain issues and options in detail.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 1

Fielding a team of dedicated lawyers across its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices, Brodies LLP places a premium on high-value estate planning, succession planning, tax planning, trusts and executries. Retained by a roster of wealthy families and high-net-worth individuals, the team is led by Mark Stewart, whose practice is characterised by notable cross-border capabilities, owing to his dual qualification in Scotland and England and Wales. Tax planning specialist Alan Barr is sought after for his knowledge of domestic taxes diverging from the rest of the UK, notably income tax and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax. Norman Kennedy, for his part, specialises in winding up complex estates involving family businesses, while Susanne Batchelor shines in the area of family limited partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart

Other key lawyers:


‘I have worked with Brodies for more than ten years. There is strength and depth of resource and knowledge within the firm. I can always be confident that a matter is understood and thoroughly researched, with the outcome being explained and a reliable answer or solution found.’

‘Norman Kennedy is a strategic thinker and has a positive disposition that looks for solutions. He is personable and approachable.’

‘They bring a level of knowledge that I have not experienced with other firms.’

‘I have collaborated with the Brodies tax, trust and charities teams on some complicated personal tax issues. The various members of their teams have each brought a level of expertise that has been invaluable to me, but more importantly providing highly skilled advice and solutions to my HNW clients. For me, it is the people within the organisation where I have utmost confidence in their individual skills and capabilities.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Brodies LLP fields a deep bench of oil and gas specialists, who have ‘an in-depth understanding of the industry’. The team, which handles national and international mandates, is able to draw on strengths across multiple disciplines, such as shipping, health and safety, IT, IP and employment. Practice head Clare Munro focuses on M&A and the more niche areas of field development, transportation arrangement and decommissioning. Sonia Love has considerable expertise in FPSO field developments, while Greg May is recommended for his expertise in the drilling sector. Rhona McFarlane is a name to note for UKCS upstream and midstream work.

Practice head(s):

Clare Munro

Other key lawyers:

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


‘All of the partners in the Brodies oil and gas team have significant in-house experience, which means their advice is always on point and extremely pragmatic.’

‘The size of the team and depth of experience makes the Brodies team an excellent legal partner to support any project.’

‘Greg May makes himself available 24/7 and has unrivalled experience in the service sector, which makes him my “go-to” for expert oil and gas contract advice.’

‘Under the leadership of Clare Munro, probably the best real oil and gas firm, in my experience.’

‘Clare Munro understands the business, has an understated style and knows what the client is looking for.’

‘Everything that we have asked for has been done exceptionally well with no fanfare, on time and on budget.’

‘Rhona McFarlane has provided a huge amount of support for us over the past couple of years; she is great to have on your side.’

‘Very deep and broad range of experience in the team across the upstream oil and gas sector.’

Key clients

Spirit Energy

Nobel Upstream

Dana Petroleum


Metal NRG Plc


Work highlights

  • Advised Metal NRG plc on the acquisition by its subsidiary joint venture undertaking, BritNRG Limited, of the entire issued share capital of Sunswept Enterprises Limited and its subsidiaries.

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Brodies LLP puts significant emphasis on the higher education sector, providing many of Scotland's leading universities and colleges with employment, governance, corporate and project development support in particular, but the team also acts for independent schools, qualification bodies and local authorities. Key contact Brenda Scott is best known for her corporate and commercial expertise, which is regularly called upon in the context of joint ventures and corporate structures, while Niall McLean is the main contact for contentious and non-contentious student matters. Benefiting from the firm's strong dispute resolution practice, it is also well placed to handle sector-specific construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Brenda Scott; Niall McLean

Other key lawyers:

William McIntosh; Christine O’Neill; Lynne Marr; Jackie McGuire

Key clients

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Queen Margaret University (‘QMU’)

University of Edinburgh

Dollar Academy

Glasgow Caledonian University

Perth and Kinross Council

University of Aberdeen

Work highlights

  • Reappointed to the University of Edinburgh’s panel in January 2021; advising the university on a broad range of issues, including commercial, employment and student matters.
  • Reappointed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as its sole legal services provider. Advised the client on a range of commercial and public law issues, including on how to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in making arrangements for assessment of students following cancellation of the normal exam dates.
  • Advised the University of Aberdeen on a wide range of real estate and construction-related matters, including campus redevelopment projects and leasing arrangements.

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

With a superb reputation for local government work, Brodies LLP's multidisciplinary team provides local authorities with full-service support and is a regular fixture on large infrastructure, energy and construction projects, providing advice on planning, procurement and property matters, among other issues. During the pandemic, the team has provided local authorities with on-going Covid-19 response guidance, demonstrating the group's close relationship with the public sector, which also leads to regular instructions on employment law, governance and various contentious issues. The last-mentioned segment received a further boost with the partner promotion of solicitor-advocate Niall McLean in May 2020, who is also noted for his strength in governance, equality, planning and social care. He is a key member of the team led by public law specialist Jackie McGuire.

Practice head(s):

Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Roger CottonLynne Marr; Christine O’Neill QC; Niall McLean; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Jane McMonagle


‘Brodies provides a very proactive service focused on the needs of the client. They are focused on positive outcomes and build positive relationships which foster great communication. They are very responsive and flexible in dynamic situations and on top of the law that applies in each situation.’

‘The individuals we work with build positive relationships with us which greatly enhances open communication. They are proactive in working with us to identify issues and pragmatic solutions. Niall McLean and Jackie McGuire are exceptional bringing focused legal solutions in circumstances that may be dynamic and sensitive.’

‘We have great confidence in Brodies’ legal expertise. They understand the context within which local authorities work, and have been excellent in accommodating various demands made on their time. The people we have dealt with give us confidence that we are getting a first class legal service.’

‘We’ve valued Jane McMonagle’s in-depth knowledge and ability, and her awareness of the particular pressures facing local authority clients.’

‘Brodies has the pre-eminent local government team in Scotland, with great strength in depth.’

Jackie McGuire has considerable experience in all matters local government.

‘Brodies benefits from a large range of specialists solicitors who are well-place to be able to advise local councils on variety of matters. The all-round strength of the solicitors in the firm make it an excellent choice for any local authority.’

‘Niall McLean has an excellent knowledge of contentious planning and property matters in particular. As a solicitor advocate he regularly appears as junior counsel in the Court of Session. Christine O’Neill QC has very extensive experience and knowledge of all public law matters.’

Key clients

West Lothian Council

Stirling Council

Falkirk Council

Perth & Kinross Council

Glasgow City Council

Midlothian Council

Fife Council

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Edinburgh City Council

Aberdeen Council

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Stirling Council on a wide range of matters including childcare, housing, roads, licensing and governance issues. The team also provided support and guidance in relation to the council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Provided advice and support to numerous Scottish councils in response to the Scottish Government’s guidance on maintaining continuity of supply and supporting businesses throughout the Covid–19 pandemic.
  • Advised Argyll and Bute Council on a wide range of diverse matters including its governance response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in relation to its planning, roads, waste collection, employment and social care functions.

Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 1

Brodies LLP has deep expertise in legislative drafting and parliamentary matters translating into regular instructions from the Scottish Parliament and government bodies. Team head and chair Christine O’Neill and Charles Livingstone are regularly entrusted with both elements, while O’Neill, who was appointed Queen’s Counsel in September 2020, is also a key contact for constitutional litigation. Niall McLean, who made partner in May 2020, is another contact for public sector disputes but also assists with legislative drafting. This broad offering extends to advice on EU law, Brexit and, most recently, Covid-19-related matters. While its client base centres around the public sector, it also includes charities and commercial clients.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Neill QC


‘The partner and associates we work with take a genuine interest in our project and quickly had a grasp of what we are trying to achieve.’

‘Exceptionally strong public law offering, led by Christine O’Neill, with some able assistance. Their experience in handling many of the most high-profile public law cases shines through, and the firm is of a size such that it can provide whatever resources are required.’

‘Charles Livingstone and team turned around a complex opinion in the short time requested and within budget.’

‘The firm is the go-to for breaking new ground. They were comfortable going back to first principles and really grappling with the law as it applied to our specific facts. We had high confidence in their ability to do so. The final work product was exceptional. ’

‘The team has market-leading knowledge of Brexit-related issues for the food and drink industry.’

‘Christine O’Neill‘s advice is always timely and very useful. She has the ability to make you feel like you must be her only client, though she is clearly in high demand and supports many clients. Her expertise is unquestioned but her ability to work with client-side non-lawyers is excellent and most appreciated. She is patient and engaging and always willing to speak, discuss and explain. It makes for a very valuable (and valued) relationship.

‘Charles Livingston delivered very useful advice on EU Food Information to Consumer regulations that allowed us to adopt a cost effective solution.’

Key clients

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Good Law Project

Scottish Government

Scotch Whisky Association

Annan Harbour Action Group

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body


Argyll and Bute Council

Children 1st

City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Drafted three bills this year that have been introduced in the Scottish Parliament – The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, The European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill.
  • Appointed by the Scottish Government to support its participation as a core participant in the UK Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Instructed to advise the Good Law Project on the UK Government’s appointment of an independent panel to consider reforms to judicial review. In particular, the team’s advice covered the jurisdiction of the Scottish courts to review the acts and decisions of the UK Government, the extent to which the UK Parliament could limit that jurisdiction, whether such steps would be consistent with the Acts of Union and/or devolution, and whether any inconsistency could be the subject of a court challenge.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

Brodies LLP’s broad and deep bench of practitioners handles real estate matters in ‘a precise and expeditious manner which adds real commercial value’, and is ‘unrivalled in Scotland’. The firm has a large share of the domestic market and also acts for a number of international entrants to Scotland. It is active in a number of developing sectors, including the build-to-rent sector and co-living development schemes. Johane Murray heads the practice and is recommended for investment and development deals. Managing partner Nick Scott is active in the office, retail, leisure, student and industrial sectors. James Roscoe is recommended for property finance and corporate occupier work, while Colin Morrison handles the Scots law aspects of cross-border commercial contracts. In May 2020, Kate McLeish and Karren Smith were promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray

Other key lawyers:

Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Elaine Petterson; Laurence Douglas; Richard Whyte; Richard Smith; Chris McDaid; Tanya MacLeod; Colin Morrison; Kate McLeish; Karren Smith; Allan Cairns; Colin Keenan


‘Very good at working as part of a wider deal team, interacting with lawyers in other jurisdictions or from the funder group. They know when to accommodate a point and when to close out’.

‘The team deals with our extensive real estate requirements in a precise and expeditious manner which adds real commercial value to our business’.

‘Johane Murray remains peerless in Scottish Real Estate circles; she provides clear, concise advice and exceptional commercial acumen’. 

‘Elaine Petterson has a calm manner and a methodical method of execution, Elaine inspires confidence’.

‘James Roscoe is a skilled practitioner and deep thinker – a combined skill set which delivers excellence for us on a daily basis’.

‘The team appear to operate effortlessly between Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing the full suite of real estate disciplines for their clients’.

‘They adapted well to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and continued to promote their collaborative ethos, even when working remotely’.

‘Colin Keenan oversees our account with great detail and I am extremely comfortable taking on any legal transaction when I know he is involved’.

Key clients

Drum Property Group

Ediston Real Estate

Knight Property Group


Orion Capital Partners

Frasers Property UK

Student Roost


Blackbrook Capital

Baumont Real Estate Capital


New Look



Pret a Manger




Co-operative Group

Accor Hotels

Everyman Cinema

Casual Dining Group

The Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Korean investor clients of Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) in the real estate investment acquisition of the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Dunfermline, Fife for £63m.
  • Acting for Drum Property Group and Stamford Property Investments on two separate forward funding and development projects on the 3.6 acre Candleriggs site, which is a significant regeneration project in Glasgow city centre.
  • Advised iQ Student Accommodation on Scottish property aspects of Goldman Sachs and Welcome Trust’s £4.66bn sale of the business to Blackstone.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

The real estate team at Brodies LLP continues to be active in the build-to-rent (BTR) sector and has recently been involved in two co-living development schemes in Scotland and in providing advice around COVID-19 restrictions. The practice draws on strength from its partners in planning, tax, environment, construction, and property litigation. The real estate team is headed in Glasgow by Johane Murray; the key name to note in Aberdeen is Tracey Menzies, who handles commercial and residential land acquisition and development work. Karren Smith , who is based in the Dingwall office, was promoted to partner in May 2020. Aberdeen-based senior associate Sarah Stewart is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Johane Murray

Other key lawyers:


‘Skilled and competent staff, who have the ability to get to the nitty gritty of a deal and not trouble their clients with unimportant parts of a transaction’.

‘Tracey Menzies is forward-thinking in terms of looking to the next part of a deal and what may be required’.

‘Tracey Menzies is able to give proper commercial advice’.

‘The Brodies team deliver a consistent and proactive approach to the various, often complex, property matters they have worked on’.

‘Jenna McCosh and Tracey Menzies are excellent solicitors, who display a firm understanding of, not only the project, but the clients needs’.

‘The people I work with are very knowledgeable, act in a timely manner and are always willing to assist’.

‘Tracey Menzies and Jenna McCosh are always most helpful and polite, and make themselves available at short notice’.

‘Tracey Menzies is our lead contact and is always available to respond quickly and guide work as appropriate’.

Key clients

Drum Property Group


Knight Property Group


University of Aberdeen

CALA Homes

Student Roost

GSS Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council

Maven Capital

Robertson Group

New Look





Everyman Cinema

Casual Dining Group

The Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Cellnex Telecom on the acquisition of the European telecoms tower assets of CK Hutchison Holdings.
  • Advising Eskmuir Properties on the acquisition of the Lunar Portfolio, a significant multi-let UK-wide industrial portfolio, from Legal and General’s Property Investment Fund.
  • Acting for Student Roost (the borrower) in the financing and refinancing of two significant purpose-built student accommodation developments in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Brodies LLP's construction practice is built on two cornerstones: its non-contentious arm led by Alistair Mclean and a disputes offering led by Louise Shiels. This broad team attracts an equally broad client base, including developers, public bodies, funders and contractors. Much of its advisory work pertains to residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, including large-scale regeneration projects, while a large portion of its contentious work arises from large infrastructure and healthcare projects. Other key individuals for the latter include David Arnott, who routinely handles infrastructure and engineering disputes, Manus Quigg, who has a strong engineering background, and Christopher Duff, who, alongside employers, contractors and consultants, also acts for insurers. This expertise at the intersection with insurance law is also regularly called upon by large consultant practices.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McLean; Louise Shiels

Other key lawyers:


Brodies are the leading law firm in Scotland for defence of professional negligence claims, particularly against construction professionals. Whenever a dispute crystallises there seems to be a race to appoint Brodies – whoever gets there first is immediately (and remains) several steps ahead of their opponents. The team’s strengths lie in its people, who are formidable and thoroughly reliable legal and commercial advisers. Money spent on having these guys on board is money well spent.’

Manus Quigg – extremely well versed in litigation strategy. He is only ever ahead of the game.’

Brodies continue to provide a brilliant service to us, are always respectful of our needs, timely with information and advice, and extremely personable.’

Jane McMonagle is fantastic. She understands the real issues that matter to us and explains everything simply, clearly and refers to what a particular change means for us.

The Brodies team have provided us with excellent continuous support on a very complex, technically challenging and extremely contractual construction project. Due to the diversity within Brodies team they have the strengths to clearly grasp the complex nature of the project and to offer superb contractual and legal support.

Louise Shiels – exceptional in every regard. Nothing is too much trouble, and whenever you engage with Louise, it is as though you are her only client and only priority. She is also a fantastic leader of her team, organiser and expert in her field. Chris Duff – similarly to Louise, his approach and attitude is first class.’

Brodies have strong technical capabilities and strive to ensure their clients interests are protected throughout the case life. They have a strong female presence in the construction sector (which is often male dominated), and the team hold their own in technical discussions but with an eye on customer service ensuring the claims process is amicable and runs smoothly.’

Key clients

Drum Property Group

McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd


Robertson Construction Group

Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Amey OW Ltd

Balfour Beatty

Sacyr UK Limited/ Sacyr Neopulsa

Springfield Properties PLC

Orion Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Holland Street Property Company Limited (HP) on a large-scale development of 433 high specification apartments, situated in a prime central location within Glasgow.
  • Advising Cameron House Resort Limited on the reinstatement and refurbishment of its spa luxury hotel.
  • Supporting Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in progressing construction works for the Cairngorm funicular viaduct – a major tourist attraction in the Highlands.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Brodies LLP stands out for its public sector expertise but also counts prominent private sector players among its clients. This broad client base is testimony to the team’s expertise in high-profile projects - including those in environmentally sensitive locations - in the residential, commercial, leisure, energy and infrastructure sphere. Besides planning applications, the team routinely guides clients through compulsory purchase procedures and environmental impact assessments and has significant expertise in the contentious space. Niall McLean, who made partner in May 2020, is a key contact for planning litigation, while Karen Hamilton is known for her compulsory purchase and compensation expertise. The practice is jointly led by Elaine Farquharson-Black, who advises on all aspects of planning law and has particular expertise in housebuilding, and Neil Collar, who covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious planning.

Practice head(s):

Neil Collar; Elaine Farquharson-Black

Other key lawyers:


Our experience is that the expertise of the Brodies team with regards to renewable energy projects and planning is exceptional. Their breadth and depth of knowledge makes them a ‘go-to’ law firm for our members and the number of our members who use their services is a testament to their excellent reputation.’

We regularly hear Neil Collar being described as the best solicitor in Scotland working on renewable energy projects. While his expertise and experience is exceptional, it is his calm, patient and generous manner that make him really stand out. His ability to explain highly complex planning matters to a non-specialist audience, and to provide clarity and insight into such matters, makes him one of our most valued advisers.’

Key clients


Springfield Properties plc

Countesswells Development Limited

Stewart Milne Group

Cognito Oak LLP


Scottish Government

Artisan Real Estate


Persimmon Homes

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Work highlights

  • Submission on behalf of Springfield Properties plc of four planning appeals seeking permission for a total of 821 dwellings.
  • Submission on behalf of Energiekontor UK Limited of planning appeals for three wind farms, totalling 136MW.
  • Assisted Aberdeen City Council with a compulsory purchase order for the Aberdeen city centre road improvements scheme.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Brodies LLP’s wide-ranging property litigation capabilities have recently led to a number of asset management mandates from both landlords and tenants involving lease terminations, business rate and service charge matters, among others. Handling dilapidation claims is another cornerstone of the practice and an area of particular expertise for Matthew Farrell, who also routinely handles business rate and service charge disputes. Together with practice head Stephen Goldie, he is part of the core team and also provides alternative dispute resolution services. Clients include real estate funds, real estate management firms and property companies alongside rural estate owners and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goldie

Other key lawyers:


‘I have always found Matthew Farrell to be very knowledgeable and highly professional; it has always been a pleasure working with him.

‘As litigators they have a really good commercial insight and attitude. In addition there is a finely honed sense of how to negotiate on given problems.’

‘The team just provided us with a reliable and professional back-up to our daily asset management operations on all spectrum of matters whether those be relatively minor or indeed potentially significant. Their approach is key, it is commercial, relatable and timely.’

‘Matthew Farrell continues to provide accurate and commercial advice and always seeks to resolve matters to his client’s satisfaction which does not always involve raising actual litigation. His experience and opinions are highly valued and undoubtedly assist our asset management strategy when required.’

‘First and foremost, Brodies’ litigation team are experts in their field. They use their skills and experience to then ascertain what you and your clients hope to achieve from a dispute or situation and design a plan to achieve this. They are not afraid to advise you if your expectations are unrealistic. I have complete faith in the advice that I am being offered and trust in the individuals offering it.’

‘Matt Farrell is quite simply one of the be best practising litigators that I have worked with. Knowledgeable, commercial, diligent and attentive to clients’ needs.’

Stephen Goldie’s ability as a litigator goes far beyond the law. He can form an argument like no other individual I know. In addition, he is excellent with people and can work directly with our clients to make the progression of litigation matters far simpler to achieve.

From my experience, Brodies are all about their people. They do not try and sell you the firm’s brand or image as a reason to use them. They present you with their excellent people and let them prove their capability to you.

Key clients

Drum Property Group N


Nuveen (Janus Henderson) N

Orion Capital Partners N


Peel Ports


Moorfield Group Limited


Hansteen Property Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Orion Capital Partners in successfully obtaining interim orders to prevent anchor tenant, Marks & Spencer PLC, closing premises at East Kilbride Shopping Centre.
  • Successfully represented Drum REIT in a dilapidations payment obligation case.
  • Acted for Harding Holdings in a dilapidations claim against a single commercial tenant, Travis Perkins, across three different properties, in three different locations.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Covering all aspects of IP protection, commercialisation and enforcement, Brodies LLP‘s practice features a dual contentious and non-contentious focus, with notable strengths in the IT, education, energy, food and drink, and life science sectors. The contentious offering is headed up by Iain Rutherford, who has a proven track record in infringement, validity and entitlement disputes and patent litigation, as well as trade mark protection and rebranding exercises. Meanwhile, on the non-contentious side, Martin Sloan excels in issues at the intersection of IP and IT law, whereas Grant Campbell is well-versed in global licensing issues, the securitisation of IP and IP portfolio management work.

Practice head(s):

Grant Campbell; Iain Rutherford

Other key lawyers:

Martin Sloan; David Gallagher; Grant Strachan; Cara McGlynn


‘Brodies are one of the go-to firms for IP litigation in Scotland.’

‘The team is versatile and responsive. They are willing to listen and give pragmatic advice at short notice.’

‘Martin Sloan is responsive and very knowledgeable. An excellent support in the implementation of new software and systems focused on processing personal data.’

‘Cara McGlynn is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Wild & Wolf (a D.C. Thomson & Co subsidiary)

Tomatin Distillery

DC Thomson

University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Innovations Limited

Scotcomms Technology Group Limited

Scottish Qualifications Authority

ACS Clothing

University of St Andrews

Omega Diagnostics plc

Performing Rights Society (PRS) and PPL PRS

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Omega Diagnostics plc on contractual drafting, commercial and regulatory risk and negotiation work, for the manufacturing of antigen tests to support mass Covid-19 testing program.
  • Advising DC Thomson, a leading media group, on the disposal of its toys, puzzles and games and lifestyle gifts business Wild and Wolf.
  • Instructed by Edinburgh Innovations Limited to support the drafting and negotiation of a collaboration agreement with a new biotech start-up.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Frequently instructed by leading US firms and multinational companies to advise on the Scottish law elements of international projects, Brodies LLP  places an equal emphasis on IT disputes and non-contentious mandates, with notable strength in the retail, financial services, entertainment and public sectors. Although the group has seen an uptick in complex data protection issues and projects concerning new technologies, the group - which is jointly led by Grant Campbell and Martin Sloan - excels in commercial contracts, technology procurements and large outsourcing matters. Iain Rutherford has expertise in IT and outsourcing disputes, acting both for customers and suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Grant Campbell; Martin Sloan

Other key lawyers:


‘Team has an unsurpassed knowledge of our company.’

‘Truly exceptional team led by our service partner Grant Campbell, who is always available, provides thought through commercial advice and if matters become adversarial in negotiations he has a superb manner to ensure our interests are protected without any escalation of sensitivities.’

‘The Brodies team are great to work with, understand the challenges we face and take a start-up approach to helping us tackle them. By utilising this approach we get to a solution faster and with better outcomes.’

‘Martin Sloan and his team aren’t afraid of tackling big problems or finding solutions that go against the norm. In our industry this is vital to long term success.’

‘Brodies have advised us on a number of commercial contracts over the past 12 months as well as doing a considerable amount of work advising us on data protection matters / GDPR and also some IP matters.’

‘For commercial contracts, data issues etc, we use Grant Campbell. Can’t speak highly enough of Grant and his approach. His advice is pragmatic, commercial and very user-friendly.’

Key clients


Capgemini UK plc

DC Thomson


Nucleus Financial

TV Squared


City Holdings

Rewards 4 Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Accel-KKR on the acquisition of Navtor, a world leader in navigational software in the maritime industry.
  • Advising City Facilities Management (FL) LLC on extensions to its master services agreements with 7-Eleven Inc and Southeastern Grocers Inc, covering retail stores in the State of Florida.
  • Advised Rewards4 on establishing its first club-specific loyalty scheme for English Premiership Club, Everton FC.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

The full-service media and entertainment offering at Brodies LLP brings together expertise in defamation and reputation management issues, IP work, commercial and data matters, real estate mandates as well as employment and immigration issues, acting for a wide-ranging client base of major broadcasters, media groups, social media networks and prominent individuals. Jointly leading the group is Christine O’Neill, who predominantly focuses on reputation management and defamation issues, most visibly for BBC Scotland. Steering the team alongside O’Neill is Martin Sloan, whose practice largely focuses on IP and commercial contract matters. Elevated to partner in July 2020, Niall McLean is increasingly active in reputation management issues.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Neill QC; Martin Sloan

Other key lawyers:

Andy Nolan; Niall McLean; Gareth Hale; Sarah McCormick


‘In the media and entertainment world, events don’t happen necessarily between 9 and 5. Brodies was reactive and present when we needed them – a Saturday evening call was responded to promptly.’

‘Niall McLean was available and on top of things as soon as we reached out. We had an issue that was evolving in the media and time was of essence.’

‘Brodies have advised us on a number of commercial contracts over the past 12 months as well as doing a considerable amount of work advising us on data protection matters/GDPR and also some IP matters. Their work is of an extremely high standard. Obviously, 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 (from a legal perspective).  The firm’s continued work advising us on data protection issues has helped not only us but also some of our clients navigate their way through this potential minefield.’

‘For commercial contracts and data issues we use Grant Campbell. Can’t speak highly enough of Grant and his approach. His advice is pragmatic, commercial and very user-friendly. We have also been advised by Rachel Lawson on a number of data protection and consumer protection matters. Rachel is a very diligent lawyer and provides quick and efficient responses to questions/issues.’

‘Sarah McCormick researches matters in detail and this, combined with her excellent technical background, enables her to be be one step ahead.’

Key clients



DC Thomson

TV Squared

Rewards4 Group

MG Alba (broadcaster of BBC Alba, in partnership with the BBC)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

National Theatre of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising DC Thomson, a leading media group, on the disposal of its toys, puzzles and games and lifestyle gifts business Wild and Wolf.
  • Advised Scotcomms Technology on several high-profile projects in the sports sector relating to the provision of electronic ticketing and data management services at sporting events.
  • Retained by BBC Scotland to provide ‘on call’ legal advice to  Scotland journalists and current affairs staff.

Scotland > Transport Tier 1

With expertise in shipping, road, rail, aviation and logistics, Brodies LLP acts for an extensive client roster including airports, ferry operators, rail operators, insurers and public sector bodies. Its shipping and marine work led by Duncan MacLean includes advice on vessel newbuilding contracts, charter agreements, harbour developments and insurance claims, while its rail sector work is split into the two segments rail franchising - led by Roger Cotton - and rail infrastructure jointly led by Jackie McGuire, Karen Hamilton and Odell Milne. Alongside rail projects, the infrastructure group is equally well placed to advise on road projects with typical instructions - for both rail and road - including compulsory purchase, planning and regulatory matters. This broad offering is complemented with solid contentious capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Duncan MacLean; Roger Cotton; Jackie McGuire; Karen Hamilton; Odell Milne

Other key lawyers:

Manus Quigg; Malcolm Mackay


‘Brodies treat their clients like a member of the family – they are always there to help if you call.’

‘Odell Milne – no problem is too big for her, or timescale too short. She has an excellent can-do attitude and the advice provided is always concise and accurate.’

‘The firm’s key strength and capability is an unparalleled knowledge of the law, coupled with a pragmatic attitude and approachable staff. Over the years working with Brodies on major transport infrastructure schemes, they have developed award-winning technology, including massively impressive, time-saving, error-minimising products.

‘Duncan MacLean is extremely proficient, professional, knowledgeable and personable.’

‘The team at Brodies demonstrates a strength and depth of the transport area in Scotland, with a knowledge of the legal background as well as the market itself. The individuals involved have well-known solid reputations which can be relied upon and are respected in the industry. ’

‘Karen Hamilton is knowledgeable, well respected in the sector, measured approach and good advisor.’

‘Vast knowledge of industry.’

‘Duncan MacLean understands our business and ensures that advice is directed appropriately. Their expertise in such a wide variety of business areas has ensured our business has addressed and resolved a number of difficult issues.’

Key clients

CalMac Ferries

Subsea 7 Ltd

Seaway Heavy Lift

Associated British Ports

Clyde Marine Services

Clarkson Port Services (Clarksons)

BP Shipping Ltd

Serco Northlink Ferries

Maersk Drilling

International Group P&I Clubs (including North of England, Gard, UK, Standard, Britannia, West of England, Steamship, Shipowners and Skuld)

Royal Yacht Britannia

Sunderland Marine

Lerwick Port Authority

Stornoway Port Authority

Swire Energy Services

NMU Speciality Insurance


TT Club



Lothian Buses

DB Cargo

XPO Logistics

Agility Logistics

Abellio East Midlands

Network Rail

Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council City Deal Framework

Jacobs UK Ltd

Transport Scotland

Perth and Kinross Council

Stirling Council

Aberdeen City Council

Midlothian Council

Leyland Trucks Limited

Argyll and Bute Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Advising ScotRail on all operational franchise matters including management of the franchise agreement, supply chain contracts, rolling stock issues, station infrastructure improvement, policies and procedures, and real estate matters, employment law, contract disputes and data protection compliance.
  • Instructed by CalMac Ferries and Serco NorthLink Ferries and by their insurers to deal with any claims made against them. These include crew, passenger, cargo and harbour operator claims. The team also advises on regulatory investigations.
  • Advising Perth and Kinross Council on the Cross Tay Link Road.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Brodies LLP provides regular incident response assistance, including internal, police and HSE investigations alongside fatal accident inquiries, as well as on-going regulatory and compliance advice. Its non-contentious offering extends to corporate support, where the team advises on the health and safety risks pertaining to a corporate transactions. Much of its work stems from the fishing and marine, leisure, energy (including oil and gas) and construction sectors but the team also acts for other industries. Team head Elena Fry covers both criminal and civil litigation aspects arising from health and safety incidents and is supported by senior associate Victoria Anderson.

Practice head(s):

Elena Fry

Other key lawyers:

Duncan MacLean; Paul Marshall; Malcolm Mackay; Laura McMillan; Victoria Anderson


‘Very engaging team; easy to work with and strong on collaboration. Assured and confident with offering their advice in a way that is clear and readily digestible. They embraced the additional challenges of working in a COVID-safe environment and the final stages of our case were all handled remotely; great support from their IT side made the process seamless.’

‘There’s a genuine sense of ‘partnering’ in the work to present the best case; this partnership approach ensures an appropriate flow of information back and forth without having any unhelpful ‘stilted’ conversations. The team was flexible to our needs and availability and listened to feedback on what was working well, etc.’

‘Victoria Anderson has shown herself to be an exceptionally skilled lawyer in the field of health and safety. Her dedication to clients and getting the best outcome is very impressive. She is thorough in her preparation and great to work with.’

‘Brodies LLP has been invaluable to us. Brodies’ team connects seamlessly to provide exceptional support just when you need it.’

‘Of course, exceptional individuals make an exceptional team. As individuals, all contacts at Brodies have been exceptional; great accessibility, strong amenable characters, expert advice at the right level. Stand out for me in this area is Malcolm Mackay.

‘Brodies LLP has a positive, client-friendly approach. They appreciate that their engagement is because a task requires to be done and they carry out their responsibilities and duties with proven expertise and alacrity.’

‘Elena Fry and Victoria Anderson are both really great in this field. Both are excellent lawyers with brilliant client skills and knowledge of the law in the field.’

Brodies offers free virtual seminars on topics which affect the industry and could have an impact on the company. I have found these to be very informative while allowing those involved to ask questions of the team and being provided with specific answers directly related to their work. I have also found the team to work collaboratively, with different team members working together offering their strengths and knowledge.’

Key clients

Advance Construction Group

CHC Helicopters


City Holdings Ltd

Babcock International Group

National Express Group

Sunderland Marine

North of England P&I

Steamship P&I

Standard P&I

Northlink Ferries

CalMac Ferries

Associated British Ports


Subsea 7

Aberdeen City Council

Air Transat

Work highlights

  • Represented Cameron House Hotel following a fire at the hotel in December 2017. Two people died and the hotel was very badly damaged. Following an investigation by regulators, the hotel was prosecuted for breaching fire safety regulations.
  • Instructed by Sunderland Marine and owners of MFV Nancy Glen to investigate and deal with all the regulatory follow-up of the sinking of a fishing vessel with the loss of two lives. This includes representing the owners in the fatal accident inquiry.
  • Instructed by the owners of Forth Guardsman and Sunderland Marine Insurance to investigate the death of a seafarer during a mooring operation on a cable laying vessel at an anchorage off a remote Scottish island, and to deal with the regulatory investigation which followed. This included representing the owner’s interests at the fatal accident inquiry into the death.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Working in close conjunction with its employment team, Brodies LLP is well placed to provide business immigration advice on sponsor licence applications, employee transfers and the points-based immigration system, while, benefiting from the firm's private client offering, its expertise also includes immigration issues for high-net-worth individuals. Elaine McIlroy heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Elaine McIlroy

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Marr

Key clients

Scottish Enterprise (TalentScotland)

Queen Margaret University


Sykes Global Services Limited

University of Edinburgh

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Work highlights

  • Won a panel appointment in 2020 for TalentScotland (part of Scottish Enterprise); immigration services provided have included matters relating to inward investors coming to Scotland to set up a technology business, information and guidance to Ukranian nationals wanting to set up a business in Edinburgh, assisting with sponsor licence applications and numerous sponsorship and visa applications under the points-based immigration system.
  • Advised a multinational food business on the Tier 2 sponsorship process and compliance issues associated with its sponsor licence.
  • Advised an oil and gas sector client on the new points-based immigration system and frontier worker permits.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Advising on group restructurings and projects aimed at de-risking defined benefit pension schemes constitutes a key element of Brodies LLP's practice, along with assisting in the move of existing schemes to master trust arrangements. Clients, including trustees, corporates, public sector pension funds and councils, also benefit from the team's transactional capabilities alongside its expertise in defined contribution schemes. Juliet Bayne heads up the team and is supported by public sector pension work specialist Jordan Halliday (associate) and associate Jen Crawford, who handles a wide range of matters including risk reduction, flexible apportionment arrangements and scheme re-documentation.

Practice head(s):

Juliet Bayne

Other key lawyers:

Jordan Halliday; Jen Crawford; Maureen Burns; Mairi Carlin

Key clients

Menzies Pension Fund (Trustees of the John Menzies plc defined benefit pension fund)

Chivas Brothers

BPI Pension Trustees Limited (Trustee of the British Polythene Pension Scheme)

Danfoss A/S

Trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan

Trustees of the Gates UK Pension Scheme

North East Scotland Pension Fund/Aberdeen City Council

Trustees of the Aon McMillen Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the AES Ballylumford Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Metals and Mainetti Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised Aberdeen City Council / North East Scotland Pension Fund on the buy-in for the Aberdeen City Council Transport Fund.
  • Advised the trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan on converting a major buy-in contract to a buy-out, including GMP equalisation.
  • Advised the trustees of the Menzies Money Purchase Pension Scheme on finalising a bulk transfer to a master trust and winding up and terminating the scheme.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

With strength in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, Brodies LLP has recently been handling a number of high-profile company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) and insolvencies resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The practice is also active in the charity and energy sectors, and often acts alongside City and US firms on the Scots law aspects of matters. Peter Kelly co-heads the team and has considerable experience in restructuring issues, often acting for banks. Bruce Stephen also jointly leads the team and handles specialised insolvency processes involving credit institutions and the related Banking Act requirements. Lucy McCann focuses on contentious work and Elaine Petterson assists with real estate issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kelly; Bruce Stephen; Lucy McCann; Elaine Petterson

Other key lawyers:

Shirley Li-Ting; Louise Laing; Jamie Nellany; Andrew Scott


‘I found Lucy McCann to be most professional and knowledgeable in this area after my first dealings with her, so did not hesitate to engage with Brodies when a similar situation arose a second time’.

‘Lucy McCann was a solid support to me to bounce ideas off from a commercial aspect’.

‘Lucy McCann and Jamie Nellany are both excellent solicitors’.

‘I have always found the team at Brodies to be engaging and enthusiastic about matters, with a pragmatic approach to issues arising and strong commercial view points’.

‘I have worked closely with Shirley Li-Ting, whom I feel goes the extra mile to get to know her clients and understand how they think and operate’.

‘Jamie Nellany has proven himself to be an excellent lawyer with a keen eye for detail and an ability to identify issues at an early stage’.

‘Full-service offering, with experienced and respected professionals’.

‘Louise Laing is very approachable and provides considered advice which is both technical and commercial’.

Key clients


Ernst & Young LLP

FRP Advisory LLP – Scotland and London


Leonard Curtis Business Recovery Limited – Scotland

Aver Corporate Advisory Services Limited

Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited


Duff & Phelps

Moorfields Advisory

Johnston Carmichael

Stirling Toner

Grant Thornton LLP

Mazars LLP

Begbies Traynor LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

Finance > Investment funds Tier 2

Brodies LLP’s funds practice acts for managers in the alternative investment funds space in relation to renewables and other sustainable assets. It handles a broad range of matters, including fund structurings, formations, restructurings, regulatory issues, tax work and dispute resolution. Regularly acting for large London and international firms, the practice is well versed in handling the Scots law aspects of cross-border funds. Practice head Andrew Akintewe is recommended for corporate finance transactions, joint ventures and consortium arrangements involving partnership structures. Karen Fountain retired in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Akintewe

Other key lawyers:

Paul McLaughlin; Alan Knowles

Key clients

Gresham House Asset Management


North East Scotland Pension Fund

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Promethean Investments LLP

Hermes Real Estate

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Ropes & Gray LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

TPG Europe LLP

University of Edinburgh

Grosvenor Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised market-leading renewable energy and commercial forestry investment manager, Gresham House Forest Fund I LP on a capital raising project.
  • Advised North East Scotland Pension Fund on its alternative investment programme, involving commitments of over £400m.
  • Advised MSCI Inc (leading provider of investment decision support tools for over 6,000 clients worldwide) on a multi-jurisdictional reorganisation and subsequent listing of a US dollar-denominated bond on the Cayman exchange.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 2

Brodies LLP is particularly active in the independent power and low carbon sectors, where it advises international and domestic developers, as well as funders. Key areas of focus include onshore wind, tidal and heat energy, and it is also known for subsidy-free and contract for difference (CfD) projects. Keith Patterson jointly leads the renewables team with Kirsty Macpherson. Patterson is recommended for transactional and project finance work, while Macpherson handles real estate-related energy matters for developers and landowners. Sarah-Jane McArthur counts developers, sponsors and banks among her clients, and managing associate Claire Reid is recommended for wind, hydrogen and anaerobic digestion projects.

Practice head(s):

Keith Patterson; Kirsty Macpherson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah-Jane McArthur; Claire Reid; Michael Stoneham


‘The energy team at Brodies has excellent technical capabilities – industry knowledge and expertise that really sets the team apart in the market. The team aren’t afraid to tackle new issues or groundbreaking projects, and have a very solution focused approach to all instructions.’

‘Keith Patterson’s technical and legal capabilities are exceptional, particularly in the grid and regulatory side of the sector. He is able to translate that knowledge for different types of client, and to understand commercial drivers and pressures. Sarah-Jane McArthur is another very capable partner.’

‘Michael Stoneham is very experienced in the energy sector and is very hands on and involved in the detail of the deals.’

‘Kirsty Macpherson is not only extremely competent, but also very nice to work with. She is super reactive, subtle and autonomous. Not only does she identify the issues, but she always comes up with solutions.’

‘They are solution driven and practical, and commercial in their approach.’

‘Wide experience in a range of energy projects.’

‘Robust understanding of client needs in relation to energy projects, especially large-scale district heating.’

‘Outstanding expertise in regulatory and contractual matters.’

Key clients

Tiger Infrastructure Partners

Cubico Sustainable Investments

Total Renewables

Ventient Energy

Gresham House

Clydesdale Bank

Banks Renewables

Belltown Power

Naval Energies


Work highlights

  • Supporting Orbital Marine Power in the delivery of a unique floating tidal stream project.
  • Acting for Energy Isles Limited on the development of >120MW island onshore windfarm.
  • Advising Clydesdale Bank Limited on financing the acquisition of a portfolio of biomass projects.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 2

The infrastructure team at Brodies LLP is well regarded for its public law, project finance, project procurement and project delivery experience. It has particular expertise in the social accommodation, district heating and energy from waste sectors. The group has been advising procurers, sponsors, funders and contractors on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic recently. The practice is jointly led by Drysdale Graham and Michael Stoneham, who has considerable experience in PFI and PPP projects. Senior associate Stuart Murray is experienced in public sector projects, particularly work relating to Scotland's hub programme.

Practice head(s):

Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

Other key lawyers:


‘Brodies provide a very proactive service, focused on the needs of the client.’

‘They are focused on positive outcomes and build positive relationships which foster great communication.’

‘They are very responsive and flexible in dynamic situations and on top of the law that applies in each situation.’

‘The individuals we deal with build positive relationships that help foster clear and positive communications.’

‘They are proactive in assisting clients in identifying cost-effective and pragmatic solutions to issues.’

‘Sarah-Jane McArthur is exceptional in delivering focused advice that gets to the heart of the issue and identifies clear options for the client.’

‘Michael Stoneham seems to have been around longer than the hills and is a phenomenal ambassador for the practice.’

‘I enjoy working with Stuart Murray, as I find him very knowledgeable and always willing to work out practical solutions.’

Key clients

Hub South East Scotland Limited


Nord LB

Galliford Try Investments

Sisk PPP Investments

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Midlothian Council


Work highlights

  • Advising the funders of the EquiSisk consortium on the consortium’s bids for the Irish Health Service Executive Community Nursing Units and Higher Education Bundle 1 PPP Projects.
  • Advising hub South East Limited on its £60m Winchburgh Education Campus Project.
  • Advising Midlothian Council on procuring Vattenfall as an energy partner.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Led by public law specialist Jackie McGuire, Brodies LLP stands out for its regulatory expertise, which is frequently called upon by residential and nursing care providers requiring assistance with inspections by the Care Inspectorate, alongside advice on the commissioning of care and medicine and healthcare products regulations, while, thanks to its multidisciplinary set-up, the group is also well placed to provide transactional, real estate, planning and finance advice. Clients, including healthcare regulators, insurers and educational institutions, also benefit from its contentious capabilities and the firm's strong life sciences practice.

Practice head(s):

Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Peter Kelly; David Gallagher; Richard Smith; Christine O’Neill QC


‘The team has strong knowledge and capability in their specialisms; however the services which distinguished Brodies from our experience working with other firms include: transparent billing, clear and concise communication,  collaboration, and good use of technology, particularly during the pandemic.

‘Everything was so utterly efficient from my first contact right through to follow-up once the case had concluded. What was particularly helpful was their explanation of the Scottish Court process without being either patronising or assuming you already had knowledge of it.’

‘Christine O’Neill is utterly astounding in her ability to go from zero to advising on a new area of law within hours. Her client engagement is amazing and her determination to get to the bottom of particularly challenging issues where the client is a little reluctant to tread is incredible.’

‘Solid understanding of the sector, with a responsive team.’

‘Brodies LLP is always keen to provide solutions that do work rather than pointing out why things won’t work.’

‘Jackie McGuire is a really strong team leader. Her understanding of public sector health law is exceptional and this has filtered down to those in her team. The team has both very strong technical skills and knowledge of the law.’

‘Jackie McGuire is incredibly practical as well as extremely technically able. She has a great ability to cut to the heart of the issue and filter out what is important. She has strong strategic skills and is able to take a long-term view of an issue which is often key in this sector where multi-agency involvement and the need for an awareness of such complexity is central to a good client service. With her previous role in local government, Jackie is well placed to understand and respond to the needs of public sector clients.’

‘In our case the wide range of service and knowledge within the practice making it a complete service provider. David Gallagher has helped and introduced other members of the team at Brodies to conclude the other services to help with all aspects of our legal needs as requested.

Key clients

Huntercombe Neuro Ltd

Huntercombe Adult Ltd

Mauricare (Ascot Care) Ltd

Care Concern UK Ltd

Dornoch Medical Care

Scottish Care

WL Gore & Associates

Care UK Homecare Ltd

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Lorimer Care Homes

Omega Diagnostics Ltd

Aseptic Health

TC BioPharm

Antonine Court Limited


Meallmore Care Group

Parklands Care Group

Balhousie Care Group

Jon Fleming Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed in Sheriff Court appeals against two closure notices that the client Mauricare Ascot Limited had been served in respect of a residential care home during the Covid–19 pandemic.
  • Advised Omega on a fundraising on AIM to accelerate its existing core plans and take advantage of partnership opportunities to manufacture both antigen and antibody Covid-19 tests.
  • Advised Northcare (Scotland) on a range of matters relating to its strategic expansion in the Central Belt, including providing real estate, planning, tax and finance advice pertaining to two separate development sites in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

Taking a multidisciplinary approach, Brodies LLP is a regular fixture on large energy, infrastructure, waste management and regeneration projects, providing public sector clients, developers and energy suppliers with regulatory and transactional advice and assistance with various associated matters such as planning, public law and public procurement. Its transactional work spans environmental permit applications and transfers, environmental due diligence and negotiations with regulators, while handling contentious and enforcement work is another key area of expertise and includes risk and incident management. Recently, the team handled a number of water and land contamination claims alongside air pollution matters and associated HSE investigations. Team head Philip Hunter is noted for his wide-ranging environmental sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Phil Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Neil Collar; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Paul Marshall


‘The team is excellent, very sharp and responsive.’

‘Phil Hunter is an excellent lawyer with a deep knowledge of his practice area and a passion for his work that shines through.’

‘Depth and breadth of expertise unrivalled.’

Key clients

Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

Orbital Marine Power

Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Scottish Enterprise

North Lanarkshire Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Falkirk Council

Midlothian Council

Perth and Kinross Council

Shetland Islands Council


Historic Environment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Clyde Gateway on the UK Geoenergy Observatory project which involves borehole drilling for research into Glasgow’s geology, its underground water systems, and the potential for heat from water within the city’s disused coal mines.
  • Advised Aggreko on the extension of its manufacturing facility at Dumbarton and expansion to become a future energy hub, with detailed advice on soils handling, storage and soil movements at site.
  • Provided Falkirk Council with planning and environmental law advice on the application and the subsequent appeal for a waste recycling facility which was controversial with local residents.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

With strength in matters at the nexus of sports and technology law, Brodies LLP's sports practice combines firm-wide expertise in dispute resolution, IP issues and commercial contracts. It has seen an uptick in work related to software and service agreements, specifically fan engagement and loyalty scheme transactions, which it handles for a range of sports clubs, technology providers and e-commerce entities. Department head Andy Nolan is well-versed in issues arising from the worlds of football, tennis and e-sports in particular.

Practice head(s):

Andy Nolan

Other key lawyers:

Ross Campbell

Key clients

Scotcomms Technology Group Ltd

Rewards 4 Group

Aberdeen Football Club

Perfect Memorabilia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Scotcomms Technology Group Ltd on a teaming agreement with the Atos Group in respect of a joint bid to provide electronic ticketing services to FIFA for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • Advised Scotcomms Technology Group on an agreement with The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Champions) Limited for the provision of electronic ticketing services at The Championships, Wimbledon 2020.
  • Negotiated the provision of loyalty scheme services to Everton Football Club through EvertonRewards.

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 and 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).

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
Alix Bearhop  photo Alix Bearhop Alix leads a team of lawyers with expertise in property and energy…
Neil Burgess  photo Neil Burgess Neil leads the Corporate and Commercial practice at Brodies and is a…
Karen Davidson  photo Karen Davidson With more than twenty years’ experience of advising on the tax aspects…
Chris Dun  photo Chris Dun Chris specialises in UK real estate finance including housing finance. He also…
Matthew Farrell  photo Matthew Farrell Matthew is a real estate litigator instructed in high profile and complex…
Alasdair Fleming  photo Alasdair Fleming Alasdair leads the firm’s Housebuilder Group and also sits on the firm’s…
Eric Galbraith  photo Eric Galbraith Eric has 35 years’ experience of transactional and corporate advisory work, establishing…
David Gallagher  photo David Gallagher David advises companies, from SMEs to large listed companies, in relation to…
Lisa Girdwood  photo Lisa Girdwood Lisa is recognised as an expert family lawyer, based in our Glasgow…
Karen Hamilton  photo Karen Hamilton Karen is a recognised expert in compulsory purchase and compensation. She has…
Colin Keenan  photo Colin Keenan Partner 
Peter Kelly  photo Peter Kelly Peter acts for lenders and borrowers in real estate and leveraged finance…
Norman Kennedy  photo Norman Kennedy Norman is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading private client lawyers. He…
Alisdair Matheson  photo Alisdair Matheson Alisdair has more than 20 years’ experience in resolving disputes in the…
Sarah-Jane McArthur  photo Sarah-Jane McArthur Sarah-Jane is a versatile lawyer with experience on major project delivery across…
Angela McCulloch  photo Angela McCulloch Angela acts for trustees, executors, individuals and families. She advises on wills;…
Elaine McIlroy  photo Elaine McIlroy Elaine heads the firm’s Immigration offering and acts for employers across the…
Jane McMonagle  photo Jane McMonagle Jane is an Accredited Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society…
Johane Murray  photo Johane Murray Johane heads the real estate practice at Brodies LLP. With over 25…
Elaine Petterson  photo Elaine Petterson Elaine has over 10 years’ experience in the property industry and acts…
Manus Quigg  photo Manus Quigg Manus is a partner in the contentious construction team and has been…
Iain Rutherford  photo Iain Rutherford Iain advises clients in relation to a broad range of commercial disputes…
Shuna Stirling  photo Shuna Stirling Shuna is a partner in Brodies corporate team. She is a recognised…
Derek Stroud  photo Derek Stroud Derek is a partner in the corporate group. He has over 25…
Number of UK partners : 103