Iain Rutherford > Brodies LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
G1 3BX

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Iain advises clients in relation to a broad range of commercial disputes with an emphasis on IT, IP & telecoms, oil & gas, corporate and financial services disputes. He has represented clients in relation to various IT/IP related disputes including trade mark and patent infringement, outsourcing, domain name and IT supplier disputes.

Iain has also acted for banks and financial services institutions in relation to high profile and high value professional negligence, misrepresentation, contractual and pensions disputes and has acted in a wide variety of corporate litigation including warranty claims, unfair prejudice petitions and related shareholder disputes.Iain is a Solicitor Advocate and his practice is primarily in the UK Courts. He is, however, an enthusiastic proponent of alternative dispute resolution, with recent experience of mediation, international arbitration (IT, Oil & Gas, international trade) and expert determination (both financial and technical).


(Pre-legal) Morgan Stanley, London 2000-02; trained Brodies LLP, qualified 05, senior solicitor 07-09; associate 09-14; partner 2014-present.


Association of Pension Lawyers (associate membership); Society for Computers & the Law; Law Society of Scotland.


Glasgow University (2000 LLB Hons); Glasgow Graduate School of Law (2003 Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2010, LLM, IT & Telecommunications Law)


Family, golf, music and food

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

Fielding a sizeable debt and asset recovery team, which is ‘always highly dependable and easy to deal with‘, Brodies LLP handles the full spectrum of debt recovery work for a client base of banks, debt purchasers, utility providers, lawyers and other debt collection agencies. The group is particularly well regarded for its work in the vehicle finance recovery space, where is advises motor retailers and motor finance companies. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Marianne Griffin jointly lead the practice, which also includes highly experienced consultant Frank Johnstone.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals)

Iain RutherfordBrodies LLP

Housing a sizeable commercial litigation practice, Brodies LLP ‘delivers sound, balanced and thoughtful advice’ across a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes in the financial services, energy, food and beverages, construction, IT and automotive sectors. Praised for his ‘strong leadership and strategic nous’, Iain Rutherford focuses on intellectual property, IT and energy litigation, and jointly leads the team with Stephen Goldie, who handles high-value contractual disputes. The ‘outstandingJoyce Cullen has experience in financial services litigation, contractual claims, professional negligence proceedings and employment-related disputes, while Antony Jones KC handles construction cases, and Aberdeen-based Kenneth MacDonald heads the firm’s international arbitration practice. Other key contacts include Craig Watt, Jared Oyston and senior associate Monica Connolly, along with Malcolm Gunnyeon and Clare Bone, who joined in October 2022 from Dentons and BTO Solicitors LLP respectively.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Iain Rutherford – Brodies LLP

Having established an ‘enviable reputation in Scotland’ for its intellectual property expertise, Brodies LLP continues to handle a broad range of transactional and dispute resolution work, covering all aspects of IP protection, commercialisation and enforcement. The team is also noted for its regulatory capabilities, advising major clients in heavily regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, biotech, food and consumer products. Leading on the non-contentious side is Grant Campbell, who regularly handles transactions for major clients in the finance, technology, aviation and utilities sectors. Iain Rutherford heads the contentious offering and is highly adept when advising on IP-related disputes including outsourcing, domain name matters, online defamation and IT supplier issues. David Gallagher brings extensive knowledge of the life sciences and biotechnology sectors, while transactional specialist Martin Sloan is particularly strong in the PE, media and food and drink sectors. Senior associate Monica Connolly is well versed in representing global IT companies in IP disputes, while associate Jennifer Murphy is highly regarded for her trade mark expertise. Alison Bryce joined from Dentons in August 2023,

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

With an impressive client roster that includes Scottish and international blue-chip tech corporations and public sector clients, the multidisciplinary IT and IP team at Brodies LLP handles the full spectrum of IT and telecoms work, including innovative and novel technologies. Assisting clients in the tech space with private equity-backed transactions constitutes a particular area of expertise. Grant Campbell and Martin Sloan jointly lead the team and handle data protection alongside non-contentious technology and outsourcing matters. Iain Rutherford is the key contact for contentious matters, routinely handling high-profile IT and outsourcing disputes.