Charles Livingstone > Brodies LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
G1 3BX

Work Department

Public law and regulatory.


Partner specialising in administrative & public law and competition law. Significant experience in public law issues including judicial review, human rights, information law, the powers and duties of public authorities and private legislation, including Harbour Revision Orders and Acts of the Scottish Parliament. Regularly advises clients on constitutional issues such as the limits on the Scottish Parliament’s powers. Also has substantial competition law expertise, advising clients on issues including antitrust compliance and investigations, merger control, State aid and public procurement. Handles advisory matters and litigation, including major cases in the Sheriff courts, Court of Session, UK Supreme Court and House of Lords, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Trained Shepherd+ Wedderburn 2002-04; Brodies LLP: solicitor/senior solicitor 2004-09, associate 2009-15, partner 2015-present.


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Procurement Lawyers Association; Law Society of Scotland Constitutional Sub-Committee.


Trinity Academy, Edinburgh; University of Aberdeen (2001 LLB Hons); University of Edinburgh (2002 Dip LP).


Sport, cinema, theatre, history, politics.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Brodies LLP represents a number of the largest charities and non-profit groups operating in Scotland, and has an established relationship as adviser to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The firm advise charities on the full range of potential issues, including employment, corporate structures and commercial matters succession issues, tax planning, disputes, investigations, governance, and property disposals and acquisitions. The firm also has a track record of work advising high-net-worth individuals on the formation of charitable trusts. Brenda Scott, the head of the practice, principally advises on matters related to governance, while Charles Livingstone, a partner in the firm’s government, regulatory and competition practice, acts on contentious matters and advises the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Eric Galbraith has advised a range of charities, trusts and non-profits on their corporate structures, while Martin Sloan provides data protection advice. Lynne Marr chiefly acts for clients in the education sector, while Gill Summers, based in Abderdeen, advises clients in the north of Scotland.

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Charles LivingstoneBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP‘s team has expertise in a broad range of EU and national competition law matters, including merger control, antitrust compliance and investigations, competition litigation, state aid and public procurement. A distinguishing feature of the firm is that it has a Brussels office, which has made it well-placed to advise on Brexit-related issues. Glasgow-based Charles Livingstone, who heads up the practice, handles contentious and non-contentious competition matters. Christine O’Neill in Edinburgh is renowned for her expertise in procurement litigation; she counts the Scottish government as one of her key clients.

Scotland > Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs

(Next Generation Partners)

Charles LivingstoneBrodies LLP

Known for its prowess on parliamentary and public affairs, Brodies LLP assists a wide range of public, private and third sector clients with legislative drafting, judicial reviews and public inquiries alongside local government and public procurement matters. Led by solicitor advocate Christine O’Neill, the practice is noted for its strong litigation capabilities and is a regular fixture on Brexit and Scottish independence debates. Charles Livingstone is another key member of the team and regularly handles legislative drafting and other parliamentary agent work.