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Brodies LLP

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

Brodies LLP's corporate and M&A team operates across the Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, acting on a variety of market-leading Scottish, UK-wide and cross-border mandates. Practice head Neil Burgess holds more than 25 years of experience in acquisition, disposal, joint ventures, commercial contract and restructuring affairs, receiving support from Shuna Stirling, a highly reputed name for corporate real estate matters. Elsewhere, William Mcintosh provides the group with in-depth knowledge of the US market and private equity affairs, while David Lightbody is knowledgeable on transactional, company law and governance affairs. The team is also home to ‘diligent‘ senior associate Paul Breen and has been particularly active in the telecoms, technology, food and drink, and healthcare sectors of late.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Shuna Stirling; William McIntosh; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; David Lightbody; Paul Breen; Duncan Cathie


‘We have relied upon the Corporate & Commercial team, in particular Eric Galbraith and Duncan Cathie. All of the lawyers have been exceptionally helpful, responsive and resourceful in assisting us.’

‘All members of the Brodies team have been great to work with. I have the confidence to rely on all of the team, not just partners. At every level, the advice, support, availability and friendliness has been exemplary.’

‘Breadth of experience. They have experts in all areas of law which we require as a business.’

‘Approachable, visible, responsive, good rapport builders with other lawyers and principals on the other side. Know who to speak to within their organisation get a expert view.’

‘Brodies’ 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).’

‘For corporate advice, we use Neil Burgess (Corporate Partner in the Glasgow office). He is very commercial in his approach and helps to break down an issue quickly and efficiently.’

‘Paul Breen is a very diligent lawyer and provides quick and efficient responses to questions / issues.’

‘David Lightbody – very good partner-level advice and approach.’

Key clients


Scottish Enterprise

D. C. Thomson

Abellio Group

Scottish Equity Partners

Scottish National Investment Bank

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Frostkrone Food Group

Borderlink Broadband

Adelphi Distillery Ltd

Rewards4 Group

Exscientia Limited

Orbital Marine Power

Leucid Bio

Oakland Primecare

AGS Airports Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Borderlink Broadband Limited on two investments (combined potential value of up to £174.5m) from funds controlled by Gresham House Plc.
  • Advised Accel-KKR’s portfolio group Kimble on the acquisition of California-based competitor Mavenlink Inc.
  • Advising Leucid Bio Limited a biotech company and spin-out from Kings College, London on a £11.5m Series A Funding round from Sofinnova Capital, Epidarex Capital, Vulpes Investment Management, 2Invest AG and the Future Fund of the British Business Bank.

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

Active in Aberdeen and the North East, Brodies LLP is instructed on an array of local, national and cross-border deals, operating across a variety of industries such as oil and gas, real estate, healthcare, retail and financial services, among many others. Standout partners include Douglas Crawford, a sale, acquisition, management buyout (MBO) and venture capital transaction specialist, as well as joint venture, M&A, investment and reorganisation expert, Tom Boulton-Jones. Martin Ewan and senior associate Greg Costello are further key names and provide the group with transactional and contractual knowhow in the technology and energy fields.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess (Glasgow)

Other key lawyers:


‘Greg Costello is a knowledgeable and professional individual with a tremendous work ethic and a determination to provide the very best service possible. He makes himself available on a schedule that suits the client’s business requirements and is, at all times, focused on those requirements. Greg is very much a business facilitator and stands in stark contrast to those legal advisors who seem to think their job is solely to point out the potential obstacles created by the law.’

‘Brodies provide a wide range service for corporate, personal and charity sector clients. Brodies have a depth of experience in the energy sector locally, nationally and internationally, which is particularly important for our business, and are able to provide legal advice and support quickly and effectively.’

‘The team brings into play experience and learning from corporate transactions across many different sectors to our specific industry, oil and gas. The corporate team are well integrated with the energy and infrastructure practice and so as a client we see and experience a single service. The legal advice is of the highest possible standard and the willingness to structure charges and billing to suit a particular deal or circumstance is also valuable in controlling cost and delivering great value.’

‘Tom Boulton-Jones brings experience across a range of business sectors and applies it effectively to our specific industry. Tom’s calm, firm and well-reasoned approach in negotiation delivers a great result for his client and I’d recommend him to anyone executing a corporate transaction.’

‘Martin Ewan is the stand-out partner and primary reason for us moving to Brodies. He understands our space and has built a remarkable network internally and externally that enables him to guide us in the right direction regardless of our requirement. This quality, aside from his competence and professionality which are a given, is a clear differentiator for us during a pivotal period of significant growth.’

‘Built on cumulative years of experience, the team have a wealth of knowledge in their field allowing them to deliver a professional service.’

‘Martin Ewan is not only exceptionally professional and knowledgeable in his field, he is more importantly extremely approachable. He has cultivated a strong team around him through his skills as both a mentor and having a keen eye for talent. He is passionate about he work he delivers always going above and beyond to deliver an excellent service.’

Key clients

Ediston Real Estate

Whisky Hammer Ltd

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Estate Assets

Blackfriars Hotel (UK) Holdings Limited

Superior Energy Services Group

Union Investment

Parklands Limited


AGS Airports Ltd

Maxwell Oil Tools Limited

Aquatera Group Limited

Union Investment

Nobel Upstream

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Dana Petroleum

BauMount Real Estate Capital

Drum Property Group Ltd

Binn Waste Management

Avmoric Infrastructure


Nippon Gas

John Lawrie Group

Romar Abrado

Energy Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Whisky Hammer Ltd in a sell down to Hong Kong-based Rare Whisky Holdings.
  • Advised Maxwell Oil Tools Ltd in a refinancing deal with a new joint-venture partner, and subsequent international moving of subsidiary operations to Germany.
  • Advised the management team of Hydrasun Group regarding the sale of shareholding from Investcorp Bank BSC to SCF Partners – the new investment allows a focus on energy transition and other core markets, including hydrogen.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Brodies LLP fields a team of dedicated, full-time tax specialists who advise across an array of real estate and corporate transactions in addition to related disputes. Isobel D’Inverno fronts the practice and is particularly knowledgeable of both Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and is particularly well placed to support on the structuring of inward investments; she regularly serves as advisor to the Scottish Government and Revenue Scotland alongside Alan Barr, an authority on the full array of personal and business tax matters. Other standout names include Karen Davidson, an expert in respect of the private equity and corporate transactions, as well as senior associate Heather Gibson who often advises overseas corporates on arising tax responsibilities.

Practice head(s):

Isobel d’Inverno

Other key lawyers:


‘We work primarily with Karen Davidson. She is a strong all round tax lawyer, which a particular strength in employment taxes. She is responsive and a very strong technical lawyer who is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Brodies know our funds, clients and assets well and have worked with us over many years. They are also able to bring new developments to our attention and inform us of any opportunities or implications which may arise.’

‘We work with Isobel D’Inverno and the team – the deep sector and client knowledge makes them invaluable.’

‘Isobel d’Inverno is a partner with a deep knowledge of her area and supported by a team who clearly likewise know their subject who worked well with our other legal advisors on a particularly technical piece of advice.’

‘The answers given are clear and concise and not caveated.’

‘We liaise with Brodies on a regular basis in relation to employment and tax advice. The team are always very approachable and respond within agreed timescales. The advice is always delivered at an appropriate level. Expertise in a range of areas – while our requirements tend to focus on certain areas the solicitors are able to direct to other colleagues when required.’

‘We mostly work with Heather Gibson in the Tax team. Heather is always approachable and friendly, she has developed a good understanding of our organisation and tailors her advice accordingly. Any advice provided is delivered at an appropriate level – usable for non tax experts. Agreed timescales for work are always met.’

Key clients


Bristow Group

Borderlink Broadband Limited

TPG Europe LLP

Mirador Analytics Limited

BAE Pension Trustees

AGS Airports

Northcare Group


Gresham House

Work highlights

  • Instructed by BAE Systems to purchase the WaveGarden Scotland from Tartan Leisure Limited on a sale and leaseback basis.
  • Instructed by Gresham House to establish a new woodland fund aimed at generating voluntary carbon credits under the UK Woodland Carbon Code.
  • Advised the shareholders of Mirador on their tax position in relation to the acquisition of the company by US based Datavant group.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Brodies LLP is geared for a comprehensive array of competition services including merger control, antitrust compliance and investigations, market studies, dawn raids, public procurement, EU law and related disputes. Charles Livingstone leads the practice and serves as a market authority on Brexit-related issues; his team is particularly active in the transport, infrastructure, energy, food and drink, public sector and technology fields and is also home to Roger Cotton, lead partner of the firm’s state aid and subsidy control practice. Chairman Christine O’Neill provides the practice with formidable disputes expertise, most notably in respect of procurement challenges and transport infrastructure cases pertaining to breach of a dominant position, meanwhile associate Jamie Dunne is an up-and-coming name in respect of UK, EU and international merger clearance.

Practice head(s):

Charles Livingstone


‘A highly skilled and professional team. They understand the client needs and the business. Their process is lean when needed, truly getting at the core of the issue giving valuable advice also understandable for non-lawyers.’

‘Charles Livingstone and the team provided great and timely advice. They understood the matter at hand quickly and the key factors in the business. In addition, they gave understandable advice to the organisation which was valuable.’

‘Great team work and brilliant legal knowledge.’

‘Strong team with high commitment and know-how.’

‘Charles Livingstone is insightful and concise. He understands the bigger picture and provides commercially focused advice.’

‘The ability to take complex problems/concepts and respond succinctly and strategically. A deep understanding of the landscape at a UK, Scottish and local level which is unparalleled. Excellent communication skills and professionalism. No-one else comes close to the level of service in Scotland.’

‘Christine O’Neill is one of the best lawyers I have come across. Her expertise in her area of law is unparalleled as are her communication skills (both internally and externally). She is very strategic in her thinking and approach. Christine provides a range of skills and expertise that one normally requires a team for.’

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities in relation to the project conducted here at North Lanarkshire was their in depth knowledge of the subject matter and subsequent legislation. Due the conclusion of the Brexit transition period, this was imperative to this task and also informed our risk mitigation, indirectly. Brodies LLP demonstrated a strong track record of completing this work with our peers in local government and stood out from their competitors.’

Key clients


The Scotch Whisky Association

Scottish Water Business Stream

AGS Airports Limited


Stornoway Port Authority

Aker Solutions Limited

The Scottish Government

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Scottish Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising Accel-KKR on UK and international merger clearance issues in relation to a number of deals, and on the potential application of the new UK National Security and Investment Act 2021.
  • Advised Renfrewshire Council on subsidy control compliance in relation to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, a proposed hub for advanced and high value manufacturing near Glasgow Airport with a ‘first of its kind’ 5th generation ambient loop district heating network.
  • Advised Aker Solutions on competition compliance in relation to consortium arrangements with other energy sector suppliers.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 1

Brodies LLP, and team head Paul Marshall in particular, routinely get called upon by national and international high-risk sector players, such as oil and gas, banking, transport, food and drink, construction and manufacturing businesses, who require assistance with internal (cross-border) investigations arising from fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. Besides its investigative capabilities, the team also provides criminal prosecution and preventative advice in the form of compliance, (cyber) risk analysis and risk management. This advice is increasingly sought by clients entering new markets, who benefit from the group’s expertise in sanctions, supply chains and business partner relationships. Senior associate Ramsay Hall and associate Lisa Kinroy, who both cover a wide range of corporate crime matters, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘The advice given was practical and well thought through. There was always a team member knowledgeable about the matter available when required, and regular updates were provided.’

‘Brodies is a team we would trust to handle complex financial crime matters where the jurisdiction of Scotland is engaged. We know they will deal with matters efficiently and well, and that we will have a good working relationship with their team.’

They are clearly experts in their field, a multifaceted team that can assist many types of businesses, clients with both legal and supplementary financial advice and guidance.

‘We have worked with Paul Marshall and Ramsay Hall and would consider them strong lawyers in their field and easy to get on with.’

‘We worked closely with Ramsay Hall. We valued his frank and friendly approach to the matter, which was well handled from start to conclusion.’

‘Paul Marshall has a forensic eye for detail and is exceptional at articulating complex points into layman’s terms.’

‘We worked with Paul Marshall and Lisa Kinroy in a serious and complex financial matter; both have been excellent. Excellent with regards to their comprehensive knowledge, support and attention to detail.’

Lisa Kinroy is doing the heavy lifting, tracking all aspects of the case, supporting Paul and ensuring effective communication to all parties / stakeholders. Lisa is extremely diligent, very well organised and has the ability to quickly understand complex technical points.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Based out of Edinburgh, Brodies LLP‘s litigation practice has strength in depth, fielding a large team which has been bolstered by several internal promotions and lateral hires including Gareth Hale from Dentons and Craig Watt who was elevated to the partnership. The team stands out for its expertise in the energy, construction and IT sectors with practice head Iain Rutherford being the contact for IP/IT mandates. Co-head Stephen Goldie acts on high-value contractual disputes and is supported by a strong bench of partners including experienced litigator Jared Oyston who has appeared before the High Court and Supreme Court; he is recommended for energy- and insolvency-related disputes. Highlighted for its ‘measured and sound advice’, the group also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) work, handling both domestic and international mediation. In Aberdeen, Kenneth MacDonald leads the firm-wide international arbitration practice and has a strong track record in handling complex disputes for corporates. Senior associate Monica Connolly specialises in IP and tech disputes. Elsewhere, Tony Jones KC and Joyce Cullen continue to be preeminent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Goldie; Iain Rutherford


‘They are smart, knowledgeable, responsive, and they try to work as efficiently as possible. They deliver great service without unnecessarily running up their bills.’

Joyce Cullen is excellent. Very thorough and possesses the requisite expertise, but is also quite pragmatic in her approach.’

The team at Brodies are very commercially aware, practical and offer measured and sound advice. Iain Rutherford has a clear understanding of the key issues and always has a clear vision and strategy for how to move forward.’

Great service to clients with a thorough and full understanding of clients’ needs, challenges, expected outcomes and possible trade-offs. The team fully adapted their way of working to our company’s needs and organisation.’

Key clients

Aggreko Plc

Whyte and MacKay

Trident Trust

CGI IT UK Limited

Edgen Murray Europe Limited

FIM Forest Funds General Partner Ltd

PRA Group (UK) Limited

Pulsant Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance

AJ Capital Partners LLC

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

The debt recovery practice at Brodies LLP exhibits ‘exceptional legal knowledge’ and has a track record acting in advising on high-value banking litigation and handling motor finance matters, complemented by its volume debt recovery group. Jointly managed by seasoned litigators Iain RutherfordStephen Goldie and managing associate Marianne Griffin, the team has experience of acting for banks, financial services sector clients, utility companies and motor finance companies across the full gamut of matters. Frank Johnstone specialises in consumer credit matters. At the associate level, Craig Donnelly is active in contentious matters, particularly contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Iain Rutherford; Stephen Goldie; Marianne Griffin

Other key lawyers:


‘We have a great and much valued relationship with Brodies. They are proactive but also know when to apply a soft touch to the relationship, especially during the pandemic.’

‘They look after our Scottish cases for us, and we fully lean on their knowledge and recommendations.’

‘Everything is worked on with the minimum of fuss and a very personal touch.’

‘They always make themselves available to work through any queries and provide guidance where required.’

‘Frank Johnstone is someone we have worked with for many years, across several firms of solicitors. His calm and friendly manner has been hugely appreciated on many cases over the years, and his wealth of knowledge is second to none’.

‘Working on a day-to-day basis with Marianne Griffin has proved to be very rewarding, and we very much appreciate their knowledge and skills.’

‘Frank Johnstone is a first-rate professional with great industry knowledge honed from years of experience.’

‘They have a great team, are very approachable at all times and over the years have not only shown their exceptional legal knowledge but have taken the time to understand our business and how we operate.’

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

  • Successfully re-appointed to the Scottish litigation panel of Scottish Water Business Stream Limited for a period of three years from February 2022 with an option to extend the contract for a further two periods of 12 months each.
  • Newly appointed to the legal panel of a multinational corporation that provides business and commercial financing services to small and medium-sized enterprises, offering invoice finance, business funding, factoring, bad debt protection, confidential factoring, invoice discounting, export factoring, trade finance, lease finance and related services.
  • Acting for Toyota Financial Services UK plc on their debt recovery work.

Employment Tier 1

Brodies LLP stands out for its oil and gas sector work – due not least to its strong presence in Aberdeen – as well as its expertise in the financial and public sectors. While its advisory work spans the full spectrum of employment law, including transactional matters, the team has recently been particularly active in the contentious space. Team head and litigator Tony Hadden and Lynne Marr are among the key contacts for this. Recent work includes court and employment tribunal proceedings pertaining to discrimination and unfair dismissal claims, internal investigations and advice on proposed industrial actions. Joan Cradden is another key contact who is routinely called upon to handle executive hires and exits, among other issues.

Practice head(s):


‘Personable, friendly, knowledgeable. Good relationship building. Supportive. Tailors advice to our business and how we operate.’

‘Very personable, willing to go the extra mile and stretching the service beyond the SLA. Willing to reach out to colleagues outwith their own discipline at no extra cost for a one-off advice.’

‘They are hugely practical and commercial, explaining very difficult legal concepts to non-lawyers in an extremely practical and commercial way.’

‘Brodies employment law team is top tier, and deservedly so. After assisting us with an employment tribunal claim, they have gone on to provide HR advice to our CEOs, in the hope that no similar issues will arise in the future.’

‘Personable and down-to-earth approach.’

‘Lynne Marr is quite simply the best employment partner I have ever worked with. Pragmatic, direct and with a great sense of humor, she perfectly tailors her advice to the situation and stakeholders she is interacting with.’

‘Tony Hadden is an exemplary lawyer, bright articulate and human. Able to hone in on legal issues within minutes and retains an encyclopaedic volume of technical knowhow that he is able to distil into sensible advice.

Joan Cradden brings a wealth of experience and knowledge delivered in a sage-like manner.’

Key clients

Bristow Helicopters Limited

National Westminster Bank PLC

Ponticelli UK Limited

Artemis Investment Management LLP

Equality and Human Rights Commission Anwar

City of Edinburgh Council

M&G plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the Supreme Court claim Anwar v Advocate General dealing with diligence on the dependence in employment claims in Scotland.
  • Acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland in a Court of Appeal hearing involving a high-value employment claim which attracted significant press interest.
  • Advised Ponticelli UK Limited in connection with a dispute over the treatment of share scheme rights following a TUPE transfer.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Brodies LLP delivers market-leading expertise to major businesses and lenders on a broad breadth of matters; examples include green and fund finance, securitisation, built-to-rent development finance and marine finance. Bruce Stephen leads the practice, leveraging over 25 years worth of experience, and is particularly accomplished in respect of real estate finance and corporate funding; he is supported by Marion Macinnes who fronts the dedicated capital markets and structured finance group, as well as Michael Stoneham who heads the energy and infrastructure finance offering. Neal Richardson is the key contact for marine finance, demonstrating a particular tenacity for leveraged and cross-border transactions meanwhile Chris Dun is a go-to for both investment, housing and development property finance.  

Practice head(s):

Bruce Stephen

Other key lawyers:

Marion Macinnes; Michael Stoneham; Neal Richardson; Chris Dun; Peter Kelly; Alan Knowles; Jack Moir; Mark Meiklejohn


‘We regularly work with the Brodies team on Scots Law aspects of securitisation and other transactions. They deliver excellent and commercial legal advice.’

‘Marion MacInnes delivers practical and commercial advice and oversees the projects very well. Her clear and concise explanations of Scots law formalities are extremely valued by our clients.’

‘Strong team who we have worked with for many years across a number of deals in the marine sector.’

‘Neal Richardson and the team have provided excellent service across a number of deals.’

‘We have worked with Brodies for a number of years and in that time have built a strong relationship, with Brodies having a good understanding of our business. This is most useful considering that Brodies are often dealing with complex and urgent issues on our behalf and delivering innovative solutions designed to meet our requirements.’

‘Bruce Stephen is very attentive to our requirements and works hard to deliver high-quality solutions.’

‘Depth of team, knowledge of the market.’

‘Jack Moir is a trusted advisor with a strong grasp of commercials.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland plc

NatWest Group

HSBC Bank Plc

Scottish Enterprise

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

DNB Bank

Garroch Investments Limited

Clearpay Finance Limited

Secure Trust Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as sole UK counsel for Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, advising on all of the English law and Scots law aspects of the ground-breaking acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated including its UK subsidiary group, Macduff Shellfish, and the associated committed CA$350m revolving credit facility arranged by Bank of Montreal.
  • Acted for DnB Bank ASA and Shell Treasury Dollar Company Limited in the acquisition and development financing of $3.2bn for Chrysaor Oil in respect of its merger with the Premier Oil Group.
  • Acted as lead advisor to RBSI on a series of unsecured fundings to major investments trusts (both English and Scottish) managed by Baillie Gifford, one of the UK’s leading independent management firms. Lending exceeded £400m.

Insurance > Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

Brodies LLP is skilled at handling high-value claims in specialist areas across general medical practitioner negligence, ophthalmology, deaths in custody, and aesthetic surgery, as well as medical device implantation which has seen an increase. Arguably, the market leaders in this space, the team is instructed by an extensive client roster made up of medical defense organisations, hospitals, care homes and cosmetic clinics, and is overseen by practice head Duncan Mawby  from Edinburgh. The group advises on complex civil claims, regulatory issues, and defends clinicians in NHS disciplinary hearings. Laura McMillan advises clients operating in the private healthcare space and is noted for her clinical negligence practice; she also advises on ongoing Covid-19 issues. The team is supported by associate Lynn Livesey , with a proven track record in clinical negligence claims. Jill Harris has left the firm for BTO Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Mawby

Other key lawyers:


‘The Medical Negligence Team at Brodies is extremely high quality with significant ability across the Team. In cases where they represent medical and dental practitioners, they demonstrate a high level of proficiency, legal knowledge and experience in handling complex, high-value, technically challenging and sensitive litigation.’

‘The team’s reputation as a market leader in this area is well deserved.’

‘Duncan Mawby as Team Leader has a wealth of experience in this practice area. He is hard-working, personable, thorough and highly knowledgeable. He is liked and respected by clients, colleagues and counsel. It truly is a pleasure to be instructed by Duncan – his depth of knowledge and ability makes life extremely easy for Counsel.’

‘Excellent attention to detail. Very focused on supporting the client.’

‘Excellent communication every step of the way extremely approachable professional team. Every member of the team go above and beyond to deal with your case as a client you are their number one priority.’

Key clients

Association of Optometrists




Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 1

Fielding a team of ‘exceptional individuals’, Brodies LLP is regularly instructed by major insurers and blue-chip companies across Scotland on defending personal injury claims, which are often reputationally significant. After the retirement of former practice head Elena Fry, the group is now fronted by experienced duo Carly Forrest in Glasgow and Laura McMillan in Edinburgh who is noted for work around industrial disease. The practice is active across employers’ liability, public liability and fatal claims. Head of the insurance and risk team Duncan MacLean advises marine liability issuers whilst Malcolm Mackay in Aberdeen has strength in renewable energy and construction sector incidents and claims. Also in the core team is managing associate Kate Donachie, who focuses on defending liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Carly Forrest; Laura McMilla


‘Exceptional individuals and teamwork. Regular, clear communications. Great value for money.’

‘Carly Forrest puts clients at ease when unfamiliar legal processes cause stress. She is clear and expressive yet always calm. Carly resolves intractable confrontational claims effectively, economically and without fuss. The perfect package.’

‘This team complements the work of other teams within the firm. It is a feature of this firm that where a case crosses over the work of the firms’ different teams, so those teams pull together to add value and expertise to the case.’

‘The team provides a very good overall service.’

‘They are deeply into the merits of the case and explain the Scottish law system in detail and with patience.’

‘They provide good and reliable advice on the handling of the case. The billing is comprehensive and well structured.’

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 Scapa Flow Charters and its insurer in the sensitive defence of a fatal claim which occurred in Scottish Waters. The liability decision following the Proof on liability in 2021 is being challenged on appeal.
  • Representing a client on an industrial disease cases in Scotland. This includes claims involving alleged exposure to asbestos but also silicon, vibration, repetitive strain injury, asthma, dermatitis and hearing.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Brodies LLP remains a market leader in the insurance space, fielding a team of ‘talented lawyers who are technically excellent and extremely professional’. The group has demonstrable strength acting across a broad range of sectors including real estate and construction, dispute resolution and financial services. The team is jointly managed by Alan Calvert and Alisdair Matheson, and acts for corporate and insurer clients, as well as construction industry contractors and insurance brokers. Accredited mediator Louise Kelso specialises in insurance disputes and has a track record defending claims covering financial services and education. Construction contacts Louise Shiels and David Arnott are also ‘excellent’ according to peers. Senior associate Laura Fell assists on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Alan Calvert; Alisdair Matheson


‘Louise Kelso was an extremely impressive individual. At our first consultation she showed an unparalleled practical understanding of how the SLCC process works. At a difficult time, I felt reassured by her experience and as though I was in a safe pair of hands.’

‘Although Louise Kelso had several commitments, I felt as though she was still directly involved in my case, which was very much appreciated and again rare to see in modern practice. All in all, the legal services provided by Louise were faultless and I would have no hesitation in instructing Louise and her team in the future.’

‘Alan Calvert is the partner best known to me and apart from his expert legal knowledge, it is the focused and forthright manner in which he then responds to any claim or complaint that I find most welcome. His direct, no nonsense approach delivers perspective.’

‘Excellent team – talented lawyers, technically excellent and extremely professional.’

‘Great client service and very commercially aware. Diligent and committed.’

‘Louise Kelso is particularly impressive. Straight talking and does not sit on the fence – excellent technical ability and knows how to apply if for the benefit of her clients.’

‘Alan Calvert is extremely well respected in the professional negligence field offering expert advice particularly in the defence of solicitors professional negligence claims.’

‘Alan Calvert remains the giant of Professional Negligence defence in Scotland, and all those who have worked with him benefit from that. Partner Louise Kelso is very able, and combines a huge attention to detail with a strong commercial sense. She is a person who sees the solution, while understanding the problem.’

Key clients

Royal & Sun Alliance Limited (formerly Royal & Sun Alliance plc)


Nexus Claims Management Services Limited


MS Amlin



Arch Insurance Company

Aspen Insurance UK Ltd


Channel Underwriting

CGPA Europe SA

Omny LLP

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘excellent personal service’, the rural practice at Brodies LLP remains a market favourite for rural landed estates, lenders, developers and farming businesses. The team advises on a blend of agricultural matters including commercial rural estates, renewable energy projects for landowners, and land registration. Practice head Clive Philips is rated by clients and oversees the group from Aberdeen, which includes accredited specialist Odell Milne, who advises on compulsory purchases, and Alex Buchan, who is a key name for agricultural tenancies. Forestry transactions across Scotland are dealt with by Graeme Leith, while Kate McLeish acts for landed estates on sales and acquisitions. In the Highlands, Karren Smith was promoted to the partnership and handles all manner of commercial property work and crofting law.

Practice head(s):

Clive Phillips


Kate McLeish has been remarkable, she has always been at the end of a phone to guide us through the whole process. She has worked so hard to put every thing in place to enable us to buy our new farm.’

‘Good commercial knowledge combined with technical knowledge of land law.’

Excellent personal service, great honest advice, may not always be what you want to hear but straight talking and practical, excellent knowledge, up front with costs, no unwanted bill surprises.’

A large team dedicated to rural estates and farms with considerable knowledge in this niche sector. Clive Phillips is both a solicitor and a farmer, so has first hand experience in the practicalities of rural work as well as the legal.

‘The team at Brodies are amazingly organised efficient and polite. All-round good value and provide a regular update on where all outstanding matters are plus their time incurred which is extremely helpful.’

‘Alex Buchan in the Real Estate (land agriculture and rural business) is the most helpful of lawyers.’

‘Attentive and always available.’

Key clients

Gladstone Family

Innes Estates/Innes Trading Company Limited

Bagger-Sorensen Group

Glen Tanar Estate/Michael Bruce

Andrew Booth/Savock Farms

Cooke Aquaculture

Ben Alder Estate

Seafield & Reidhaven Estates

Dunecht Estates

2 Sisters Ltd


Scottish Woodlands

Marine Harvest/ Cooke Aquaculture (International Fish-farming giants)

Scottish Land & Estates

Boralex Europe Sarl

Andrew Graham and Sons


West Lothian Council

Perth & Kinross Council

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Calcott family with the acquisition of Blelack and Balnastraid Farms, Logie Coldstone
  • Acting on behalf of Clydesdale Bank plc in the provision of banking facilities of over £2m to Organic Sea Harvest Limited and parent companies.

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

Brodies LLP maintains a stellar track record in the not-for-profit space acting for an impressive roster of Scottish and UK charities, including Turning Point Scotland, and the Scottish Charity Regulator. The full-service group which has an extensive geographical reach across key cities in Scotland, is jointly managed by experienced charities law practitioner Kenneth Pinkerton, who was elevated to the partnership this year, Brenda Scott and Eric Galbraith in Glasgow. Contentious issues are dealt with by litigator Christine O’Neill. Also in the core team is Martin Sloan who advises on data protection matters, and employment lawyer Lynne Marr. The group holds various higher education institutions and local governments as key clients.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Pinkerton; Brenda Scott;  Eric Galbraith

Other key lawyers:

Martin Sloan; Christine O’Neill; Lynne Marr


‘The team are excellent, and are highly recommended to any charity operating in the third sector. Their insights and knowledge of the sector and regulatory requirements is second to none.’

‘Kenneth Pinkerton lives up to his stellar reputation. His detailed knowledge of the regulatory landscape is unrivalled and he is an asset to any charity client.’

‘Their patience, experience and depth of knowledge has been appreciated. They have provided advice and assistance pro-actively, timeously and in a manner that is easily understood.’

‘The charities team at Brodies takes in the full range of legal specialisms. Kenneth Pinkerton, provides excellent ‘triage’ advice which is invaluable for charities which may not have the high levels of familiarity with the law required to determine the specialism needed. In addition, Kenneth’s speedy assimilation of issues is a key part of the onward introduction to, for example, the employment team, the property team etc.’

‘Kenneth Pinkerton has deep and extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues impacting on charities both large and small. He is careful to understand the context of those he is advising and asks insightful and helpful questions around the circumstances of issues. Kenneth adopts a strongly strategic and long term approach to ensure charities can protect their purpose and objectives in addition to addressing whatever the core issue may be. His commitment to supporting the third sector is apparent in everything he does.’

‘The team has a broad range of expertise and individuals are good at connecting you to the right person for your needs. They provide freely accessible services and pro bono work as well as paid-for services.’

‘Kenneth Pinkerton is our key contact and he is generous in sharing his expertise, very pragmatic and understands the context that charities work in. He is friendly and easy to deal with as well as having a high standard of professionalism.’

‘Christine O’Neill stands out as being of the highest credibility and expertise. She gets right to the heart of the issue and provides accessible, authoritative advice.’

Key clients

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

University of Edinburgh

ENABLE Communities Group


Turning Point Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland


Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh

Scottish SPCA

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Work highlights

  • Advising the Scottish Charity Regulator on landmark appeals and in relation to mismanaged charities, including acting for OSCR 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.
  • Acting for Scotland’s biggest charity; the University of Edinburgh in a large amount of complex issues including: support to the University’s Student Conduct Team in dealing with capacity issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and charity advice in relation to joint ventures and projects.
  • Advising Scotland’s animal welfare charity; SSPCA – including: advising in connection with the registration of a rogue domain name and its recovery.  

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Brodies LLP has a well-regarded private client practice which combines its strength in commercial litigation to offer an extensive contentious trust offering. Spread over four locations in Scotland, the team covers disputes pertaining to business assets, validity of wills, winding up of estates and executry disputes. The Aberdeen-based Mark Stewart leads the practice with Christine O’Neill, which features tax specialist Alan Barr, and Susanne Batchelor, who focuses on complex estate planning matters. Other areas of activity include handling claims of breach of trust and actions to remove trustees. Over in Glasgow, Angela McCulloch acts for trustees, executors and individuals on estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart; Christine O’Neill


‘The team is generally very responsive to requests for support whether for existing mutual clients or new pieces of work. The interaction of the Private Client and Family Teams is a real selling point of the firm as they can offer a wider more rounded service to clients.’

‘Mark Stewart is technically excellent but still accessible to clients and good at explaining the finer points without being too bogged down in detail.’

‘Very well regarded in the sector.’

Angela McCulloch is a stand-out partner for expertise in the sector and has friendly approach’.

‘Alan Barr is also very well respected.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

With a strong regional presence covering Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the family practice at Brodies LLP has a proven track record handling high-value divorces and complex civil partnership dissolutions. Fielding a team of 12 family law specialists, the group is overseen by Shaun George which also features the ‘exceptionally talentedLisa Girdwood in Glasgow, who is the key contact for international child abduction cases and high-conflict residence issues, and senior associate Fiona Sharp, who focuses on cohabitation matters. Elsewhere, the team faced significant departures including Richard Smith, and accredited mediator Jennifer Wilkie joining the new family practice at Burness Paull LLP.

Practice head(s):

Shaun George

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly responsive, readily available and extremely well briefed and knowledgeable.’

‘Proactive in terms of suggesting solutions and surprisingly modest fee levels.’

‘Shaun George guided us through what we thought was an impossible and unpleasant family situation with outstanding knowledge of the applicable law.’

‘Shaun George proved to be a calming influence in very tense circumstances. He was extremely efficient and confidence inspiring. We felt we were in the hands of a consummate professional.’

‘Exceptionally client focussed combined with some of the best legal advice available.’

‘Lisa Girdwood is exceptionally professional in all respects. Her advice is always presented in a clear and concise manner whilst always looking strategically at the end goal.’

‘Everything is always completed in a very timely basis and phone calls/emails are responded to straight away.’

;Overall Lisa Girdwood is an exceptional talent and a great person to have represent you in family law matters.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 1

Based in Aberdeen and led by the dual-qualified Mark Stewart, Brodies LLP fields an ‘impressive and very competent team’ covering estate planning for wealthy families, succession planning, tax planning and executrices for a steady roster of high-net-worth clients. The group is also active in setting up family investment companies. Tax planning matters are led by Alan Barr, who is singled out for his expertise in property tax issues including land and buildings transaction tax. In Glasgow, Norman Kennedy‘s practice covers inheritance tax mitigation, trusts and incapacity planning. Also of note is Susanne Batchelor, who specialises in complex estate planning and receives regular instructions from English law firms on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stewart


‘Susanne Batchelor produced a report for the court on costs of trust and guardianship, which they did efficiently within the legal aid budget and timescale expected.’

‘Impressive team, very competent especially in complex cross-border probate client work.’

‘Very engaging, proactive, friendly, competent and knowledgeable.’

‘Brodies have a very strong team across the board and can support you at all levels ranging from simple queries to very complex planning and family matters.’

‘Norman Kennedy, partner, is very well connected and can introduce clients to relevant professionals, when required.’

‘Norman Kennedy is very business-minded and understand the commercial aspects of clients matters, and, indeed, may suggest business solutions to clients needs, as well as the legal aspects. He is very professional and has a relaxing manner.’

‘Brodies are very well respected in the Private Client field. Their lawyers are technically able and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Alan Barr is an excellent all-rounder with strong tax skills.’

Work highlights

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 1

    Brodies LLP undertakes a broad breadth of work though is particularly formidable in the onshore wind, tidal stream, hydro, heat project and pump storage fields. Keith Patterson operates across project finance, M&A, construction and build out and power purchase matters; he heads the practice alongside Kirsty Macpherson, a projects specialist who caters to developers and landowners alike, often receiving support from managing associate Claire Reid. Sarah-Jane McArthur provides the team with low carbon energy project, renewable subsidy scheme and regulatory prowess and the group is also highly reputed for its activities within the power purchase agreements field.

    Practice head(s):

    Keith Patterson; Kirsty Macpherson

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Very flexible to our needs and always looking for ways to improve their service to us.’

    ‘Relatively good value and able to turn around work in fewer billed hours than competitors.’

    ‘Alix Bearhop is an excellent advisor and is willing and able to give opinions on the level of legal risk around decisions rather than just always push for the most conservative position.’

    ‘Detailed knowledge of land agreements for renewable installations based on many years’ experience, and acting for landowners and developers. Thorough and diligent, fully committed.’

    ‘Kirsty Macpherson – drive, dedication, commitment, expert knowledge.’

    ‘Claire Reid – thorough, easy to work with, responsive, good manner, pragmatic.’

    ‘This firm always responds within 24 hours. They work with the client to attain the end goals and are approachable and take on any feedback.’

    ‘Sarah-Jayne McArthur is a credit to her company with prompt responses, efficient and collaborative working style and an open and easy to communicate with manner. I have worked with a vast number of Solicitors and she stands head and shoulders above most for her interpersonal skills and knowledge.’

    Key clients

    Vattenfall Wind Power Limited



    Gresham House

    Ventient Energy

    Banks Renewables

    Vattenfall Heat


    Clydesdale Bank

    Aker Solutions

    Naval Energies

    Statera Energy

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Vattenfall Wind Power Limited, one of Europe’s largest offshore wind developers and Swedish utility providers, in the ScotWind Offshore Wind Tender and Joint Venture.
    • Acting for Banks Renewables Limited, a leading independent renewables developer, on the construction, financing and sale of Kype Muir Extension Wind Farm.
    • Acting for Ørsted Onshore A/S, a leader in the global energy transformation to renewables, on its acquisition of Ireland and UK onshore wind power platform from Brookfield Renewable.

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

    Hailed as ‘simply unparalleled in sector’, Brodies LLP is home to a ‘broad range of oil and gas knowledge and experience’. Clare Munro, ‘an industry leader’, heads the practice and is especially accomplished in terms of upstream M&A, and project development endeavours; her team is also home to drilling, well engineering and offshore construction expert, Greg May, as well as Sonia Love whose core strengths lie in transactional due diligence, field development agreements and field development contracts. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Rhona McFarlane is forging a prominent reputation for her work on asset acquisitions, decommissioning liabilities and operational agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Clare Munro

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘The Brodies LLP oil and gas team are simply unparalleled in the oil and gas sector.’

    ‘Part of what distinguishes Brodies LLP  from other law firms with capabilities in this sector, is a suite of practitioners under the experienced stewardship of Clare Munro.’

    ‘Greg May is without challenge the best-in-class private practice counsel globally, for upstream oil and gas service sector mandates.’

    ‘The team is focused on the oil and gas sector and everything that involves. They have access to very experienced individuals in other sectors as required, but do not make attempts to bolster their oil and gas offering by holding out personnel who work in other sectors as being oil and gas lawyers simply by virtue of them having carried out a transaction in which an oil and gas company was involved.’

    ‘Greg May and Sonia Love are valued for their depth of both technical legal and wider industry knowledge, extensive networks and attention to detail. They are friendly and approachable whilst also giving the client the confidence that the matter is being dealt with by experts.’

    ‘Full service commercial firm but with a strong Scottish and local market/sector perspective.’

    ‘Sonia Love has a straightforward approach and is enthusiastic and delivery-oriented.’

    ‘Clare Munro is an industry leader in the provision of oil and gas advice.’

    Key clients

    Spirit Energy

    North Sea Midstream Partners

    Dana Petroleum

    Nobel Upstream

    Public sector > Education Tier 1

    At Brodies LLP, the market leading education practice is frequently instructed by leading universities in Scotland on several employment, governance and regulatory issues, including serious misconduct and sensitive student matters. Jointly managed by Brenda Scott and Niall McLean who is active in contentious work, the team is also well placed to handle immigration related education mandates and construction related disputes, underpinned by its strong dispute resolution group. Lynne Marr is the key contact for employment law for higher education and independent schools. The team regularly works with its government and regulation practice groups.

    Practice head(s):

    Brenda Scott; Niall McLean

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Very reactive and give clear and directive advice.’

    ‘Niall McLean continues to be excellent. He leads by example meaning the team that works with us are also very responsive and helpful.’

    ‘We really value the proactive advice and support as well as the ability to bring creative solutions to the table.’

    ‘Brodies has an excellent team in place. They are extremely responsive and able to provide contextual, risk-based advice.’

    ‘The team at Brodies have a thorough understanding of the Education sector, providing excellent advice in a timely and accessible way.’

    Key clients

    Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

    Queen Margaret University (‘QMU’)

    University of Edinburgh

    University of Aberdeen

    London Universities Procurement Consortium (LUPC)

    Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)

    Newbattle Abbey College

    Dollar Academy

    Stirling and Falkirk Councils

    Inverness College

    Work highlights

    • Retained by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) – the national qualifications body in Scotland as its sole supplier of legal services.
    • Appointed to the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) framework in Scotland and the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework in England, allowimg the firm to act for a significant number of further and higher education institutions.
    • Act for the University of Edinburgh on a wide range of employment, governance and student issues.

    Public sector > Local government Tier 1

    Highlighted as having ‘unrivalled expertise in Scotland’, the local government practice group at Brodies LLP has a deep bench of expertise covering large-scale infrastructure, energy and construction sector projects, advising on all manners of contracts, governance and internal investigations. Jackie McGuire, who is rated by peers and clients, leads the group from Glasgow and advises local authorities on social housing and infrastructure projects, while key partner Niall McLean focuses on governance matters and contentious issues facing councils. The team continues to act for leading public sector clients, receiving a steady stream of matters related to planning, employment and judicial reviews. Sarah-Jane McArthur is also a noted practitioner.

    Practice head(s):

    Jackie McGuire


    ‘Jackie McGuire is a standout legal adviser. Her breadth of knowledge is very impressive allied to sound judgement and advice. She is approachable and manages to provide timely and considered advice that is tailored to the needs of the client.’

    ‘Brodies’ Local Government practice have excelled at all the things that should be simple and obvious, but aren’t always evident when obtaining external legal advice – for example, they have really made an effort to understand what our organisation does and how we are governed; they provide targeted advice which is well written and suitably succinct; and they stick to agreed timescales.’

    ‘Niall McLean is our lead relationship partner, and is attentive and down to earth. Niall strikes a great balance between having a steady, calm demeanour yet having a positive, can-do attitude. We enjoy working with him because he has both the technical legal skills and the people skills to ensure the work is executed to a high standard.

    ‘The practice has a number of highly experienced and leading individuals in this field, which in the local government sector is unrivalled to most, if not all of its competitors. Jackie McGuire’s practical experience as a formal Head of Legal brings practical understanding to the legal advice that is provided.’

    ‘Unrivalled expertise in Scotland for high-quality local government matters – definitely the first choice for advice, both contentious and non-contentious, for private client and local government.’

    ‘The Brodies team contains individuals who have worked in local government which gives them a very strong understanding of the work and challenges faced by the client. They manage to provide an excellent range of well coordinated input to complex areas of work reflecting the huge range of different issues that local government work can involve.’

    Key clients

    Aberdeen City Council

    Glasgow City Council

    City of Edinburgh Council

    Stirling Council

    Perth & Kinross Council

    Argyll and Bute Council

    East Dunbartonshire Council

    East Renfrewshire Council

    Falkirk Council

    North Lanarkshire Council

    Work highlights

    • Advising Falkirk Council and continue to be instructed in complex projects such as the delivery of new roads infrastructure, which require us to field multi-disciplinary team support.
    • Advising Argyll and Bute Council in high-profile, high-value matters.
    • Advising City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the establishment of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is a key, innovative initiative in the Council’s programme to tackle climate change.

    Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 1

    Brodies LLP maintains an ‘excellent‘ parliamentary practice and is considered the go-to by many on complex Scottish law, particularly on constitutional and legislative matters. The group has demonstrable strength in legislative drafting with highly rated practice head Christine O’Neill and Charles Livingstone both being the key contacts here, and receive instructions from the Scottish Parliament and government bodies. Constitutional litigation and high-profile public inquiries also make up the core specialisms; in a representative matter; the team continues to act for the Scottish Government before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Public sector disputes are handled by Niall McLean. The group has an active pro-bono practice advising leading NGO’s and charities.

    Practice head(s):

    Christine O’Neill KC


    ‘Brodies are stand-out in terms of their legal knowledge in the area of constitutional and legislative matters. Brodies are my go-to firm for this type of work where Scots law is needed. Their experience is exemplary and their depth of knowledge is highly evident in their clear advice on often complex issues. When they are advising UK Government clients on matters of national or taxpayer importance, they get to the heart of the issues quickly and apply sound judgment to steer the clients in their decision-making on parliamentary matters.’

    ‘Extremely high level of technical knowledge and quick response time. Brodies also offer real value for money. Charles Livingstone is a standout performer with great technical knowledge.’

    ‘Christine O’Neill is one of the best lawyers I have come across. Her expertise in her area of law is unparalleled as are her communication skills (both internally and externally). She is very strategic in her thinking and approach. Christine provides a range of skills and expertise that one normally requires a team for.’

    ‘One of Brodies’ key strengths comes from the breadth and depth of their offering, with quality across their practice areas and the ability to service their clients needs in all key commercial areas.’

    ‘Charles Livingstone is an astute lawyer with a deep understanding of both the substantive and the procedural issues arising in public law cases, as well as of the political and commercial dimensions of public law litigation on key issues for the economy of Scotland and the UK more generally.’

    ‘Brodies offers an all-round service with specialist partners in the full round of public law and commercial law. Charles Livingstone is measured and effective and thorough.’

    The Brodies team are excellent in helping us deal with tricky issues when they arise. Christine O’Neill provides excellent legal advice and is unfailingly patient and helpful.

    Key clients

    Scottish Renewables

    JustRight Scotland

    Scottish Government

    Scotch Whisky Association

    Law Society of Scotland

    Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body


    Scottish Land and Estates

    Scottish Refugee Council

    City of Edinburgh Council

    Work highlights

    • Commissioned by JustRight Scotland and the Scottish Refugee Council to provide a formal opinion on the UK Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill and how the Bill would affect devolved Scottish powers and responsibilities in a range of areas including local authority support and health services.
    • Advised City of Edinburgh Council on proposals for a Low Emission Zone to improve air quality in Edinburgh.
    • Advising Argyll & Bute Council and Annan Harbour Action Group on harbour revision orders.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 1

    Home to specialist knowledge in ‘an unparalleled range of services and sectors’, Brodies LLP draws together extensive commercial property, planning, property litigation, construction, environmental and tax expertise. Practice head Johane Murray  is active on a wealth of big-ticket development and investment deals meanwhile managing partner Nick Scott  is particularly reputed for his office, retail, industrial, leisure and student accommodation knowhow. Further standout partners include James Roscoe, a lawyer with significant corporate occupier, forward funding and property finance capabilities, and Colin Morrison who is especially active on the cross-border front, catering to international investors, retailers, hotels and leisure operators. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Allan Cairns has garnered extensive exposure to multijurisdictional portfolio transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Johane Murray

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Scott; James Roscoe; Colin Morrison; Allan Cairns; Richard Whyte; Tanya MacLeod; Chris McDaid; Colin Keenan; Elaine Petterson


    ‘Brodies manage shopping centres for us. They are the most commercial lawyers we have dealt with and always deliver solutions.’

    ‘Brodies have always met deadlines and communicate well and concisely which is key to us. Their approach is a calm and considered one and have the team have always been available to deal with any legal queries and matters that we have.’

    ‘Tanya Macleod and the team have always been exceptional and the service provided by them is unmatched. They keep us updated on matters and always go over and beyond our expectations.’

    ‘Brodies Real Estate team stand out in the Scottish market because of the depth of their expertise. They have an unrivalled army of specialists capable of being deployed in an instant to resolve any client legal difficulties. They are cost effective, committed and diligent in delivering cogent solutions that add value.’

    ‘Johane Murray is peerless in Scottish property law, she leads the market in structuring complicated transactions and dealing with complicated legal issues.’

    ‘Safe option. Know the market very well and usually have had some involvement with most large RE assets.’

    ‘Chris McDaid is calm and intelligent.’

    ‘Colin Morrison was available almost 24/7, worked in an incredibly fast pace and was able to push through all our issues and requirements.’

    Key clients

    Ambassador Group

    Drum Property Group

    Ediston Real Estate

    Frasers Property Group

    Garroch Investments Limited

    Knight Property Group

    Moda Living

    Orion Capital Partners

    Realty Income

    Soller Group

    Union Investment Institutional Property

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Drum Property Group on the acquisition of a significant equity interest in New Ingliston, the landmark 200 acre regeneration site located adjacent to Edinburgh Airport, to be known as West Town.
    • Leading in the c£80M investment acquisition of New Uberior House/Princes Exchange, Edinburgh for Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH.
    • Sale of Exchange Place One, Edinburgh for Macquarie Asset Management to CBRE Investment Management.

    Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 1

    At Brodies LLP, the real estate team is some 120 legal professionals strong and is supported by extensive tax, planning, environment, litigation and construction capabilities. In Aberdeen, Tracey Menzies is one of the market’s most accomplished commercial property lawyers, specialising in transactions and developments within the build-to-rent (BTR), housebuilding and office sectors; she is supported by senior associate Jenna McCosh whose focus on development schemes has seen her amass significant exposure to pre-lets, development contracts, project management and forward funding arrangements. Karren Smith is the other key partner outside of the Central Belt, operating on investment, occupier and project affairs from Inverness.

    Practice head(s):

    Johane Murray


    ‘Tracey Menzies and Jenna McCosh provide a consistent high-quality service on complex property matters.’

    ‘Jenna McCosh is detailed and always very positive and works well in a collaborative manner.

    ‘Tracey Menzies provides an excellent service.’

    ‘Having worked closely with Tracey Menzies and Jenna McCosh over a number of years, I feel they are a great team and provide excellent service on complex deals.’

    ‘The team demonstrates great client commitment, and works well together and with business partners to ensure delivery of work within deadlines. They maintain good awareness and management of multiple workstreams relating to large commercial property transactions.’

    ‘Jenna McCosh and Tracey Menzies readily make themselves available and are always well-informed on transactional status and related matters for complex transactions, they are reliable and display great commitment in assisting the client, and are effective in proposing or contributing to pragmatic solutions when needed or when unexpected issues arise with transactions, in a manner that protects the clients’ best interests.’

    Key clients

    Aberdeen City Council

    Aberdeenshire Council

    Bancon Group

    CALA Homes

    Cater Property Investment

    Cooke Aquaculture

    Drum Property Group

    GSS Developments

    Knight Property Group

    Lerwick Port Authority

    Mandale Group

    Montrose Port Authority


    Tulloch Homes

    University of Aberdeen

    University of Edinburgh

    University of West of Scotland

    Warehouse 13

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the University of Aberdeen in the lease for development of the £40m life sciences hub at Foresterhill, Aberdeen.
    • Acted for GSS Developments on the redevelopment and lettings at the multi-tenanted office building at 37 Albyn Place, Aberdeen.
    • Acted for Cater Property Investment in the sale of a property for regeneration of a neglected area of Dundee.

    Real estate > Construction Tier 1

    Brodies LLP‘s wide-ranging expertise is brought to bear in large-scale projects across various asset classes and associated disputes and is routinely called upon by an equally diverse client base including blue chips, investors, developers and contractors. Its non-contentious offering is led by Alistair Mclean and has recently included regeneration, residential, commercial and energy projects. Jane McMonagle is another key contact in this space and, being dual qualified in Scotland, England and Wales, frequently takes the lead on projects under English law. Louise Shiels heads up the contentious construction team and is supported by David ArnottManus Quigg and Christopher Duff, whose recent workload includes construction disputes in the energy sector and contentious building safety matters, such as fire protection and cladding disputes. Quigg’s expertise extends to insurance law, translating into regular professional indemnity work.

    Practice head(s):


    ‘Experienced, quick to get to the core of issues and develop a plan for resolution, adapted very well to the restrictions imposed by COVID with no interruption to service.’

    ‘Practical and pragmatic with a very good understanding of the law. Appropriate partner involvement and support providing excellent value for money. Brodies are also very supportive of their clients and generally tell you how it is.’

    ‘The team is well organised and knowledgeable but always have the clients’ best interests at the forefront of their considerations.’

    ‘The individuals have an excellent understanding of technical issues and are able to apply that to the legal issues in a very practical way.’

    ‘High percentage of value adding activities in terms of helping our internal team understand a new area of industry but inherent knowledge of our own industry was also apparent.’

    ‘Subject matter experts that give practical commercial advice. Excellent value for money.’

    ‘Depth of knowledge and direct access to the decision makers in the practice are two of the key attributes that make this team stand out. Linking these with an approach that sees no problem too large or too small to be solved give a client a one-stop shop at all times.’

    ‘David Arnott is an individual whose depth of knowledge and experience in the construction industry are second to none.’

    Key clients

    Drum Property Group

    McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd


    Robertson Construction Group

    Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

    Amey PLC

    Balfour Beatty

    Sacyr UK Limited/ Sacyr Neopulsa

    Springfield Properties PLC

    Orion Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advising Multiplex on the delivery and completion of the £490m construction of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow; on contentious disputes arising out of the delivery and on the completion of the £150m construction of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh; and on the public inquiry concerning the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
    • Advising Vanguard in relation to all construction documentation for the extensive high-value and high-spec refurbishment of Santander’s London HQ office at Triton Square.
    • Advising Artisan Leeds Kirkstall Limited in relation to the development of a 263-home residential development in Leeds using a construction management procurement method, through which Artisan Leeds Kirkstall Limited appoint a range of individual trade contractors directly.

    Real estate > Planning Tier 1

    Brodies LLP is a regular fixture on high-profile projects, including those in environmentally sensitive locations, and is best known for its extensive public sector client base, while also acting for notable developers and other private sector clients. Much private sector work pertains to renewable energy, housing and mixed-use projects and is frequently led by the Edinburgh-based Neil Collar and the Aberdeen-based Elaine Farquharson-Black, who jointly head the practice. Local authorities regularly instruct the Glasgow-based Karen Hamilton to assist with various infrastructure projects. Handling planning appeals and compulsory purchase orders are other key elements of the practice.

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Calm. Measured. Well informed. Always a step ahead of the game. Aware of all pitfalls and challenges. Well connected and totally on top of everything that’s happening in terms of changes in law and governance.’

    ‘A very good team, with real depth and expertise.’

    ‘Brodies’ planning team are our most trusted advisers on all matters relating to renewable energy and planning consents.’

    ‘Their insight, expertise, experience and strategic approach have proved invaluable to us on numerous occasions and they are a key factor in the strength and success of our work.’

    ‘Brodies have a myriad of experts within their team that can be called upon to give specific advice on a certain area. We cannot recommend Brodies LLP highly enough, they are worth their weight in gold.’

    ‘Karen Hamilton is excellent. Has a great ability to pick apart a complicated case into manageable parts. She has superb communication skills, understands her client’s needs and offers pragmatic and considered advice.’

    ‘Neil Collar’s calm, patient and thoughtful manner underpinned by a razor-sharp legal mind make him a joy to work with. He really stands out for his ability to explain the most complex of legal matters, sees the underlying issues and offers insightful solutions.’

    ‘Neil Collar and Elaine Farqharson Black are both superstars in terms of the Scottish planning world, and to find them both in the same firm is a real result. They both combine encyclopedic knowledge and years of experience, and provide a first-class service to clients.’

    Key clients

    Stewart Milne Homes


    Countesswells Development Limited

    Drum Property Group/ Stamford Property Investments

    Aberdeen City Council

    Artisan Real Estate

    Park of Keir/ Judy Murray


    Ediston/ Orion Capital Managers

    Scottish Government

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Stewart Milne Homes on a planning appeal for 150 houses, which saved the client circa £500,000 on education infrastructure contributions.
    • Assisted Park of Keir Partnership and Judy Murray to obtain planning permission on appeal for the Murray Legacy tennis project in Dunblane, despite the green belt location and vociferous opposition.
    • Advised Aberdeen City Council on a complex road dualling project of regional significance, including preparation of the compulsory purchase order and obtaining confirmation by the Scottish Ministers.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

    In May 2021, Brodies LLP increased its bench strength by adding Gareth Hale (previously at Dentons), who has recently been particularly active for landlords and housebuilders. This complements the team’s broad client base, which also includes public sector bodies and commercial tenants. Like team head Stephen Goldie, his commercial litigation expertise goes beyond real estate, making Matthew Farrell the main contact for core property litigation; Farrell is best known for his expertise in dilapidations, business rates and service charge disputes. The team also provides assistance with arbitration and mediation proceedings and has been able to grow its telecoms sector expertise as evidenced by new instructions in this field.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘High-quality advice and practical consideration of issues. Approachable and friendly.’

    ‘Very quick to pick up on the issues at hand. Very commercially aware and have a real grasp on costs and processes required.’

    ‘They have resolved a number of difficult litigation issues – they have been excellent in assisting with Covid arrears collection. Simple and easy to deal with.’

    ‘Brodies, whilst being a large corporate entity, still always provide a personal service with employees being contactable and very customer facing. Being part of a large company this gives me access to a wide skill set and experienced legal team.’

    ‘Brodies are informative and to the point . Brodies communicate well and make sure that you are kept updated and advised.’

    ‘There is a great breadth of knowledge within the team. Good practical advice based on real world experiences. Can always answer the “what if…” questions.’

    ‘Matthew Farrell is a stand-out partner that gives you confidence in his actions and ability to get on and undertake the project in hand.’

    ‘Gareth Hale – easy to deal with and a great source of practical advice. His knowledge of anticipated court outcomes is excellent.

    Key clients

    Drum Property Group

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)


    Orion Capital Partners


    Peel Ports


    Moorfield Group Limited



    Work highlights

    • Acting for APCOA Parking (UK) Limited in a multi-million pound commercial lease dispute on the ability of the client to terminate a lease agreement for material breach by the landlord.
    • Acting for GWR (part of the Wildstone group of companies) in high-value proceedings against Forrest Outdoor Media Limited concerning the construction and letting of the M8 Tower, Scotland’s largest advertising structure at Glasgow Airport.
    • Instructed by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise to apply to the Scottish Land Court to address the objections to the construction and operation of the UK’s first spaceport for launching satellites.

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

    Brodies LLP is routinely engaged by a stellar roster of high-profile domestic and international corporate clients spanning the worlds of life sciences, energy, electronics, and other consumer goods. Grant Campbell spearheads the firm’s intellectual property, technology, and outsourcing practice, handling a wealth of transactions and advisory mandates, most recently in the agritech sector. IT and IP disputes chair Iain Rutherford is a prolific litigator who routinely works on cross-jurisdictional cases across a number of industries, ranging from energy to food and beverages. Martin Sloan is an experienced advisor regarding open source and cloud-based software development matters, while in Glasgow, David Gallagher works primarily with fast-growth companies in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. Senior Associate Monica Connolly frequently represents various corporate entities in the commercial court and Court of Session, while Jennifer Murphy’s experience is concentrated in brand rights and IP strategy. Cara McGlynn has since left the practice for CMS. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Grant Campbell; Iain Rutherford


    ‘Iain Rutherford is very responsive and always comes up with practical and commercial advice.’

    ‘We appreciate their breadth of experience, scope, and expertise.’

    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

    Performing Rights Society (PRS) and PPL PRS

    Sonos, Inc.

    Age Scotland

    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    Leucid Bio Limited

    SOLASTA Bio Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising a world famous Scotch whisky brand on global, UK and European Union trade marks matters.
    • Providing strategic advice on product commercialisation to a number of clients in the life sciences sector, on a broad range of research and development related matters.
    • Advising clients in the renewable power sector regarding the development of patentable technology.

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

    Praised by clients for its ‘excellent‘ sector knowledge and ‘first-class‘ performance, Brodies LLP‘s interdisciplinary IT and IP practice handles a significant volume of private equity-driven tech transactions and supplier-side cross-border disputes. In recent months, the team has been increasingly active on telecoms sector mandates–ranging from fibre network installations to cyber defence reviews–an area in which practice co-chair Martin Sloan is an anchoring presence. Practice co-chair Grant Campbell specialises in non-contentious technology, outsourcing, and data protection work, with recent engagements including corporate joint ventures and master service agreement reviews. The Glasgow-based Iain Rutherford spearhead’s the group’s contentious offering, leading IT and outsourcing disputes, both for customers and suppliers. Martin Ewan, who joined the Aberdeen office from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2021, is noted for his energy sector expertise. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Grant Campbell; Martin Sloan

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Martin and his team were excellent to work with – they provided advice which has stood us in good stead as we worked through our project delivery. Their responses have been timely and their interactions with our project team have been positive – very approachable and feedback on which we could rely without needing any subsequent clarification.’

    ‘Excellent IT/IP sector knowledge which has come in very useful when negotiating complex IT contracts. The team provided first-class support on the drafting and negotiation of a new CRM contract and examination delivery platform, both of huge reputational significance to our organisation.’

    ‘Martin Sloan has assisted us with a number of complex IT contracts and data protection compliance matters. He has an in depth understanding of our business and is always keen to learn more about it in order to deliver as effectively and efficiently as possible.’

    Key clients


    Capgemini UK plc

    DC Thomson


    Borderlink BroadbandLimited




    NVT Group


    Work highlights

    • Advised Borderlink Broadband Limited on Project Gigabit as well as investments (potential value of up to £174.5m) from funds controlled by Gresham House Plc.
    • Advising Abellio Scotrail Limited across all areas, including agreements in relation to the supply, upgrade and maintenance of key IT hardware and systems.
    • Advised Accel-KKR’s portfolio group Kimble on the acquisition of California based competitor Mavenlink Inc.

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

    Praised for its capabilities in ‘all sizes and types of disputes’, Brodies LLP‘s interdisciplinary team maintains a strong reputation management offering, in addition to its wide-reaching commercial media practice. Firm chair Christine O’Neill is a seasoned Queen’s Counsel specialising in defamation and reputation management, working with some of the world’s leading broadcasters and content platforms on media law disputes and injunctive proceedings.  Niall McLean is widely praised by clients for his capabilities in contentious matters, with recent engagements including litigations and reputation management advice for high-profile individuals and major corporations. Commercial lead Martin Sloan advises widely on contracts, IP, and data issues, serving as a key port of call for major Scottish publishers and international production studios alike. Senior associate Sarah McCormick, who joined the practice from Dentons in August 2021, possesses significant experience in reputation management and media law, working with public broadcasters on defamation, privacy, and contempt of court issues. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless noted otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Christine O’Neill KC; Martin Sloan

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Working with Sarah McCormick was easy and straightforward from the beginning to the end.’

    ‘Sarah McCormick is excellent at what she does and I was lucky to have her advice throughout the process.’

    ‘The advice was practical and pragmatic, but robust at the same time. I felt that I could always get hold of them when I needed them and there was no questions too simple or basic.’

    ‘Niall McLean was calm and considered when giving his advice. He understood the pressure points that were making the position difficult for us and released the pressure by providing focused advice and practical answers to our questions.’ 

    ‘A good knowledgeable team capable of handling all sizes and types of disputes.’

    ‘Niall McLean is very knowledgeable and commercial.’

    ‘Robin Mackintosh is knowledgeable and unflappable.’


    Key clients

    Meta (Facebook)


    DC Thomson

    Rewards4 Group

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

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

    National Theatre of Scotland



    Work highlights

    • Retained by BBC Scotland to provide “on call” legal advice to Scotland journalists and current affairs staff.
    • Advising a Hollywood studio and global media group on COVID-19 regulations in relation to TV and film production in Scotland.
    • Advising Mowi on advertising and PR agency contracts and other matters in connection with the UK launch of the Mowi Salmon brand.

    Scotland > Transport Tier 1

    Brodies LLP's wide-ranging transport sector expertise encompasses shipping and marine - Duncan MacLean is a key contact for this - alongside road and rail, which are key areas of expertise for Roger CottonJackie McGuireKaren Hamilton and consultant Odell Milne. This spectrum is based on a multidisciplinary approach, enabling the team to advise public authorities, operators and developers on large road, rail and harbour infrastructure projects, including associated planning issues, procurement strategies, compulsory purchase orders and disputes, while financial institutions and shipping companies also receive funding, transactional and operational support. This offering is rounded off with Cotton's rail franchising capabilities.


    ‘Excellent marine knowledge with the ability to take action and resolve issues before they become difficult.’

    ‘Nothing is too much trouble even when demanding timescales are imposed. Their knowledge of the law in this subject is second to none.’

    ‘Brodies’ ability to involve the required expertise to resolve large project development issues is what makes them stand out.’

    ‘The Brodies team displayed a real hands-on attitude and helped to structure our case logically and sensibly to get us through the inquiry process.’

    ‘The team really bought into our project and Jackie McGuire in particular brought a real understanding of the needs of a local authority to the table, having previously worked in that sector.’

    ‘The Brodies team led by Odell Milne along with Scott Logan bring a powerful and unique can-do attitude to their work.’

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

    ‘Malcolm Mackay – excellent knowledge of the intricacies of marine law. Identifies quick solutions that ensure issues are resolved quickly.’

    Key clients

    Abellio East Midlands

    Aberdeen City Council

    Agility Logistics


    Argyll and Bute Council

    Associated British Ports

    AXA XL

    Bank of Scotland


    BP Shipping Ltd

    Borr Drilling

    CalMac Ferries

    City of Edinburgh Council

    Clarkson Port Services

    Clyde Marine Services

    Clydesdale Bank

    DB Cargo

    Edinburgh City Council

    Falkirk Council

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

    Jacobs UK Ltd

    Lerwick Port Authority

    Leyland Trucks Limited

    Lothian Buses

    Maersk Drilling

    Midlothian Council

    MS Amlin

    Montrose Port Authority

    Network Rail

    NMU Speciality Insurance

    Perth and Kinross Council


    Royal Bank of Scotland

    Royal Yacht Britannia


    Seaway Heavy Lift

    Serco Northlink Ferries

    Stirling Council

    Stirling Council

    Stornoway Port Authority

    Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (West of Scotland Regional Transport Partnership)

    Subsea 7 Ltd

    Sunderland Marine

    Svitzer Marine Ltd

    Swire Oilfield Do Brasil Limitada

    TT Club

    XPO Logistics

    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.
    • Instructed on behalf of both of Scotland’s lifeline ferry operators, CalMac Ferries and Serco NorthLink Ferries, on a variety of operational matters, 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 any regulatory investigations.
    • Advising Perth and Kinross Council on the Cross Tay Link Road – one of the most significant roads infrastructure projects ever undertaken by a Scottish local authority, and includes a new bridge over one of Scotland’s largest rivers.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

    Following the retirement of Elena Fry in May 2021, Brodies LLP‘s health and safety practice is now jointly led by Glasgow-based senior associate Victoria Anderson and Edinburgh-based corporate crime and investigations specialist Paul Marshall , while respected practitioner Clare Bone also recently joined the team from BTO Solicitors LLP. This set-up enables the practice to assist clients from various hazardous industries with regulatory investigations, prosecutions and fatal accident inquiries. Marshall and the Aberdeen-based Malcolm Mackay routinely act for energy sector players, while fatal accidents in the shipping and fishing sector are typically handled by the Edinburgh-based Duncan MacLean.


    ‘Brodies have been exceptional with their attention to detail and are very good at keeping us, their client, informed. They bill their fees each month – which we like – and there is a full breakdown of the invoice constituents – no nasty surprises!’

    ‘The main feature of Brodies we find is the accessibility of staff and the manner of engagement – they are excellent at building a trusted relationship with the client, where they feel almost like partners in your business rather than ‘externals’.’

    ‘Victoria Anderson is simply brilliant. Incredibly bright and hard working. She leaves no stone unturned on behalf of her clients and is a fantastic tactical thinker. She really is a super star.’

    ‘Duncan Maclean and Victoria Anderson head up a specialist team dealing with maritime/ offshore cases, as well as other health and safety cases. Their depth of knowledge and experience in this niche area of health and safety practice sets them apart.’

    ‘Duncan Maclean is extremely knowledgeable, confident when dealing with the authorities and able to command respect.

    ‘Laura McMillan is a most capable court practitioner, who is always very well prepared and has the ear of the court.’

    ‘Clare Bone is exceptional. A recognised leader in the field in Scotland. She handles difficult, complex and high-profile cases with quiet assurance.’

    ‘Clare Bone is a superstar – it can be said that she personifies the “iron fist in a velvet glove” – her calm and measured approach belies, not only her unsurpassed experience and an encyclopedic knowledge, but also an unwavering determination to get the very best outcome. She is an outstanding solicitor.’

    Key clients

    CHC Helicopters

    Sunderland Marine

    Standard Club P&I

    Cameron House Hotel Ltd

    Subsea 7

    INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth Limited

    Work highlights

    • Instructed by the owners of Cameron House Hotel (Loch Lomond Ltd) following a serious fire which resulted in two fatalities; the team supported the client through the multi-agency investigation and subsequent criminal prosecution.
    • Represented the owners of the vessel MV Nancy Glen following its capsize in January 2019 and the subsequent death of two crew members. The team secured a decision of no prosecution and represented the vessel owners at the subsequent fatal accident inquiry held in 2021.
    • Represented Premium Liferaft Services (PLS) in connection with all legal processes arising from the sinking of the fishing boat MV Louisa that resulted in the loss of three lives.

    Employment > Immigration Tier 2

    Brodies LLP's immigration team is part of the firm's wider employment law offering, translating into a significant focus on employers work and matters at this particular intersection respectively. Recently, this included Brexit-related EU settlement scheme, sponsorship and relocation issues as well as applications under the skilled worker route. The Glasgow-based Elaine McIlroy, who also advises private clients on spousal visas and other personal immigration matters, is the key contact.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Queen Margaret University


    Sykes Global Services Ltd

    University of Edinburgh

    Equality and Human Rights Commission

    Teleperformance Limited


    Abellio Scotrail Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for TalentScotland on a broad range of immigration matters, including on sole representative, innovator, investor and start-up visas.

    Employment > Pensions Tier 2

    Brodies LLP is well placed to guide clients through projects aimed at derisking defined benefit pension schemes alongside group restructurings and the move to master trust arrangements. While advising trustees forms the backbone of the team’s workload, it also advises employers, public sector pension funds as well as several councils. Its public sector capabilities were further strengthened with the arrival of legal director Mairi Carlin from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2021, while associate Jennifer Crawford is routinely called upon by private sector sponsoring employers and trustee boards. Both are key members of the team led by the Edinburgh-based Juliet Bayne, who handles all aspects of pensions law. Expertise in corporate support work complements this offering.

    Practice head(s):


    ‘The team have been very responsive throughout what has been a fast-paced and ever changing transaction, not only highlighting how changes can impact pension risk, but also how it affects other commercial aspects of the deal.’

    ‘They endeavor to find the most efficient solution to an issue that meets the legislative requirements, whilst not being overly onerous, and which takes into account the views and challenges faced by all of the parties involved. Overall a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘They offer a personable approach and deliver clear, concise advice followed by transparent and efficient billing for excellent value.’

    ‘Juliet Bayne is a breath of fresh air – personable and yet calls a spade a spade; very knowledgeable and suitably bold in getting her views across. She is also politely relentless in seeing things through to a conclusion.’

    ‘Both Juliet Bayne and Mairi Carlin have acted as really good sounding boards when we have had challenging decisions to present.’

    ‘Mairi Carlin: Responsive, technical expertise, clear advice.’

    ‘Jennifer Crawford: Absolutely top-class, stand-out performance in the way that she handled, negotiated and delivered much of the detail.’

    ‘Juliet Bayne brings excellent knowledge and understanding of the pensions industry to any trustee discussions. She is professional, approachable and delivers time and again.’

    Key clients

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

    Trustees of the James Walker (Leith) Retirement Benefits Scheme

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

    Trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan

    Trustees of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) Pension Fund

    Morris & Spottiswood Limited

    North East Scotland Pension Fund/Aberdeen City Council

    Trustees of the Aon McMillen Retirement Benefits Scheme

    Trustees of the AES Ballylumford Pension Scheme

    Lothian Pension Fund

    Work highlights

    • Provided advice to the trustees of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Pension Fund (and the Pension Protection Fund) in respect of a proposed compromise of pension debt due to the imminent insolvency of SCDI, an historically significant and influential independent membership network.
    • Advised the trustees of the Howden Group Pension Plan on GMP equalisation and conversion in connection with targeted buy-out with Legal & General.
    • Provided BPI Pension Trustees Limited, the trustee of the British Polythene Pension Scheme, with wide-ranging advice on a variety of post-merger issues.

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

    Brodies LLP operates across a notably broad breadth of restructuring and insolvency matters, including corporate and personal formal insolvency, debt and security portfolio transactions, banking and borrower restructuring assignments, insolvency disputes and related enforcements. The practice has recently noted an uptick in its work within the retail, hospitality, leisure, charities and energy fields and is co-headed by Peter KellyElaine Petterson and Lucy McCann; the latter serves as the go-to for contentious matters, leveraging experience from the sheriff courts all the way through to the Supreme Court. Legal director Shirley Li-Ting is extremely well-regarded among clients, often employing her dual-qualification in Scotland and England and Wales to support on UK-wide restructurings.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Kelly; Lucy McCann; Elaine Petterson

    Other key lawyers:

    Bruce Stephen; Shirley Li-Ting; Iain Penman; Louise Laing


    ‘Excellent cross-section of knowledge over various topics.’

    ‘Clear and concise advice, especially from partner Lucy McCann.’

    ‘First-class service from partners and support staff.’

    ‘Louise Laing knows her subject matter extremely well and always addresses matters promptly.’

    ‘I have worked with the team for many years and have the utmost faith in their abilities. Lucy McCann was particularly helpful in using past experience and skill in negotiating a fee settlement in a case where I had a finding for costs against the defendant to make sure the insolvent estate I was administering benefited.’

    ‘Lucy McCann is a gifted negotiator. Tough when she has to be, but there have been a number of occasions where her non-confrontational style has been massively effective.’

    ‘Shirley Li-Ting balances strong technical skills with excellent commercial skills. Very responsive on client requests and builds strong rapport with clients to navigate difficult situations.’

    ‘Lucy McCann is very knowledgeable and approachable and will always come up with a solution. Iain Penman is extremely helpful and knows the subject very well. Shirley Li Ting is approachable and will always assist with a query’

    Key clients

    Interpath Advisory

    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

    Work highlights

      Finance > Investment funds Tier 2

      Lawyers at Brodies LLP are knowledge of the full array of fund structuring, formation, regulatory, restructuring, tax, finance and dispute affairs, serving a client roster which includes prominent institutional investors and global advisory firms. Practice head Andrew Akintewe  is particularly renowned for his investment fund formation and structuring work and is supported by Paul McLaughlin , a Scottish limited partnership specialist. Alan Knowles  is the other partner within the team, often deploying his fund finance expertise within the context of large, multijurisdictional deals, meanwhile senior associate Jennifer Mellor supports on regulatory, private equity investment and secondary sale matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Akintewe

      Other key lawyers:

      Paul McLaughlin; Alan Knowles; Jennifer Mellor


      ‘Deep sector knowledge and a long term relationship provide the opportunity for Brodies to bring added value to our clients by suggesting deal structuring and opportunities.’

      ‘Andrew Akintewe is our lead partner: very knowledgable and approachable. Calm, considered and thoughtful.’

      ‘Good quality team across a range of services.’

      ‘Able to take a commercial view.’

      Key clients

      Gresham House Asset Management

      MSCI Inc.

      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 Gresham House Asset Management on Gresham House Forest Growth & Sustainability LP, a £200m forest carbon fund with a strong ESG investment profile.
      • Advised Promethean Investments LLP on a series of investment fund vehicles in its third private equity fund (Fund 3), including structuring UK – US cross border elements.
      • Advised Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited on $230m investment trust financings in aggregate to Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (SMIT), $40m to BG China Growth Trust plc, £25m to Keystone Positive Change Investment Trust plc, £20m to BG UK Growth Trust plc and €45m to European Assets Trust plc.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 2

      At Brodies LLP, the infrastructure practice draws together public law, project finance, project procurement and project deliver capabilities, providing a full lifecycle service. Drysdale Graham caters to project sponsors, and their funders, throughout the UK and Ireland, recently acting on standout schemes within the healthcare and higher education sectors; he co-leads the practice jointly with Michael Stoneham who is active on finance and due diligence arrangements within the education, accommodation, water, transport and housing sectors. The practice is also reputed for its district heating and renewables work and is also active in the social accommodation field, a particular forte of senior associate Stuart Murray.

      Practice head(s):

      Drysdale Graham; Michael Stoneham

      Other key lawyers:

      Roger Cotton; Sarah-Jane McArthur; Stuart Murray


      ‘We work with Stuart Murray. Stuart has an in-depth knowledge of the hub framework and other infrastructure procurement routes. Stuart also has an engaging personality and is a pleasure to work with.’

      ‘I have worked closely with Drysdale Graham, Stuart Murray and Sarah-Jane McArthur. I have found them very user friendly. Great in dialogue. Very professional, Very informed of the sector and able to give clear and concise advice’

      ‘The Brodies project team is well suited to advising public sector clients and is able to provide a wide range of specialist input in a well integrated manner. They have a very good breadth and depth of knowledge that is well conveyed to the client.’

      ‘Drysdale Graham and Stuart Murray are hugely experienced and knowledgeable. They are always available to assist and provide advice in a very understandable way to the client.’

      ‘Best Scots law firm. Always my first choice go-to firm.’

      ‘Strong skills where you need them – real estate, projects, and associated project matters relevant to renewables and other projects. Good understanding of the financing context, so the firm works well in combination with an English law financing.’

      ‘Michael Stoneham – A true gentleman and someone you can trust.

      ‘Brodies is the only legal advisor we would consider using for our projects. The level of expertise and commitment to delivering on our requirements is second to none and provides excellent value.’

      Key clients


      Sisk PPP Investments Limited

      Hub South East Scotland Limited

      Aberdeen City Council

      Robertson Construction

      Galliford Try Investments

      Nord LB

      European Investment Bank

      Midlothian Council

      Apleona PPP Limited

      BAM Construct UK Limited

      Dumfries and Galloway Council

      North Lanarkshire Council

      Perth & Kinross Council

      Work highlights

      • Advising the funders of the EquiSisk Consortium (preferred tenderer) on the Irish Health Service Executive Community Nursing Units PPP project.
      • Advising Aberdeen City Council on Berryden Corridor Improvement Project and on the procurement of two schools projects – Countesswells Primary School and Torry Primary School /Community Hub.
      • Appointed sole legal advisor to Hub South East on design and build projects, with value c.£150m.

      Public sector > Health Tier 2

      Brodies LLP is singled out for its ‘outstanding’ health practice and regularly receives significant instructions across the contentious and non-contentious space, including major national enquiries and complex regulatory work. Practice head Jackie McGuire is an ‘impressive operator’ and continues to excel at healthcare provider regulation, counting Scottish Care as a key client, as well as advising on personal data, funding opportunities and administration of medicine. Also in the team is David Gallagher who heads the life-sciences group; he advises on international commercial contracts and regulatory issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Jackie McGuire

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘Excellent advice, tailored to the individual requirements and fully based on contractual requirements.’

      ‘The advice is thorough, detailed and provided swiftly to meet operational needs’.

      ‘Jackie McGuire is an excellent adviser, she is focussed on the needs of the client and her procurement and health advice is outstanding.’

      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


      Lorimer Care Homes

      Omega Diagnostics Ltd

      Aseptic Health

      TC BioPharm

      Antonine Court Limited


      Meallmore Care Group

      Work highlights

      • Advised Mauricare Ascot Limited extensively in relation to evidential and procedural requirements in healthcare regulatory proceedings undertaken by the Care Inspectorate.
      • Advised Omega Diagnostics plc/Omega Diagnostics Limited on drafting and negotiation regarding manufacture, supply, distribution and licensing of Covid-19 LFT test kits for UK Government and private travel market and extensive advice regarding “core” diagnostics business for other diseases including complex healthcare regulatory advice.
      • Acted on the £160m financing of Oakland Care Group, backed by the PE House, Synova, this landmark deal enables the development of a pipeline of a further 10 super-prime care homes in Southern England.

      Real estate > Environment Tier 2

      Brodies LLP‘s multidisciplinary approach translates into regular instructions at various interfaces, such as transaction-related environmental due diligence and environmental risk assessments alongside permitting, licensing and leasing matters pertaining to energy projects. Its energy sector expertise has recently also been called upon in the context of decommissioning projects, while public sector clients received assistance with the implementation of low emission zones and waste management issues, among others. Philip Hunter heads the practice and has recently been mostly active in the transactional space.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘The team were very responsive and provided prompt legal advice.’

      ‘Phil Hunter has his finger on the pulse of environmental law both in Scotland and the wider UK.’

      Key clients

      Clyde Gateway Developments Limited

      Scottish Environment Protection Agency

      City of Edinburgh Council

      Shockingly Fresh

      Highlands and Islands Enterprise

      Falkirk Council

      Indaver NV/ Indaver Ness Services Limited

      Frostkrone Food Group

      James Jones

      Orbital Marine Power

      Work highlights

      • Acted for James Jones & Sons on the acquisition of GT Timber Ltd, including advising on environmental due diligence, regulatory compliance and legacy land issues.
      • Advised City of Edinburgh Council on the implementation of low emission zones, which will be one of the first in Scotland.
      • Provided environmental law support for the acquisition of Abergavenny Fine Foods by the Frostkrone Food Group.

      Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

      Due to Brodies LLP‘s strong regulatory practice, advisory matters in this space account for a considerable share of the team’s instructions, while other typical work pertains to acquisition and development programmes alongside social housing finance. Chris Dun heads the group from Edinburgh and is a key contact for the last-mentioned segment. Clients include housing associations, developers, contractors, local councils and lenders.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘They were always available to speak with/ obtain advice from. Their level of knowledge and professionalism inspired confidence.’

      ‘Excellent knowledge of the sector and expertise pertaining to lenders’ different requirements.’

      ‘Great team – very responsive and clearly has a wealth of knowledge about social housing as well as legal aspects of house and development purchase.’

      ‘Quick response, easily accessible to clients and highly proficient.’

      ‘Commercially minded, looking for solutions and proactive with ideas to get through potential road blocks.’

      ‘The team at Brodies has extensive legal and sector experience with a proven track record for delivering complex transactions ahead of expectations.’

      ‘Their ability to work with various transaction stakeholders through to completion in good order is exceptional.’

      ‘Chris Dun is an outstanding lawyer – his ability to deliver complex transactions in an efficient and effective manner is always impressive. Chris’ knowledge of the social housing sector and associated legal matters is first class.’

      Key clients

      Wheatley Group, including Glasgow Housing Association, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership, Loretto Housing Association Limited, Dunedin Canmore Housing Limited, West Lothian Housing Partnership Limited and Lowther Homes Limited

      Link Group Limited

      Kingdom Housing Association Limited

      River Clyde Homes

      LAR Housing Trust

      Places for People Treasury

      Scottish Housing Regulator

      Triodos Bank UK Limited

      Lloyds Banking Group

      Scottish Widows Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting as sole legal advisor to the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) in its role as a regulator; the team advised on the tenant and stakeholder consultation processes, the formulation of the decision notice, matters arising in relation to the transfer of assets and transfer of staff, and the transfer agreement with Sanctuary Scotland Limited.
      • Supporting the independent housing charity LAR Housing Trust in its ongoing multi-million pound acquisition and development programme.
      • Sole advisor to River Clyde Homes on corporate and commercial matters.

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

      Brodies LLP's cross-disciplinary team is widely praised by various clubs, athletes, and corporate entities for its far-reaching capabilities, ranging from transactions and contracts to disputes. Edinburgh-based practice head Andy Nolan handles a number of commercial and IP matters for athletes and sports sector businesses. In Glasgow, associate Ross Campbell - a commercial disputes specialist - is regularly involved in arbitrations and court proceedings for various clubs and corporations.

      Practice head(s):

      Andy Nolan

      Other key lawyers:



      ‘Professional and friendly advice.’

      ‘Honest and robust advice.’

      ‘Professional, efficient and courteous in everything they do, often going the extra mile to keep you in the loop.’

      Key clients

      R4G Limited (including subsidiary Rewards4Racing)

      Park of Keir Partnership and Judy Murray

      BAE Systems Pension Fund

      Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Football Club

      Work highlights

      • Acting for the Rewards4 Group in a number of matters to facilitate the provision of loyalty schemes between different sports bodies and organisations and fans.
      • Advising the Park of Keir Partnership and Judy Murray regarding Scotland’s first purpose-built tennis and golf facility.
      • Instructed by BAE Systems to buy the WaveGarden Scotland from the seller/developer Tartan Leisure Limited on a sale and leaseback basis.

      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
      Helen Abrams photo Helen AbramsHelen has a broad commercial practice and has been involved in almost…
      Andrew Akintewe photo Andrew AkinteweAndrew advises a diverse client base of corporates, investment managers and banks…
      David Arnott photo David ArnottDavid is in our contentious construction team and specialises in the resolution…
      Alan Barr photo Alan BarrAlan is Head of Personal Tax Planning, based in Edinburgh, and one…
      Susanne Batchelor photo Susanne BatchelorSusanne has specialised in private client work for over 20 years and…
      Juliet Bayne photo Juliet BayneJuliet is head of our pensions law practice area. Her hallmark is…
      Alex Buchan photo Alex BuchanAlex acts for some of Scotland’s largest landowners and a diverse range…
      Allan Cairns photo Allan CairnsPartner
      Alan Calvert photo Alan CalvertRecognised as a leading individual in his field, Alan heads up our…
      Grant Campbell photo Grant CampbellGrant is an experienced commercial lawyer of over 25 years’ standing and…
      Neil Collar photo Neil CollarExperienced adviser, inquiry advocate, blogger, author and conference speaker – Neil is…
      Roger Cotton photo Roger CottonRoger is a contracts lawyer, but with recognised expertise in public procurement…
      Joyce Cullen photo Joyce CullenJoyce is a solicitor advocate and accredited mediator, providing advice and advocacy…
      Isobel D Isobel D"InvernoIsobel advises on the corporate tax aspects of company acquisitions, disposals and…
      Laurence Douglas photo Laurence DouglasLaurence has over 15 years’ experience acting for commercial property occupiers across…
      Christopher Duff photo Christopher DuffChristopher is part of the firm’s contentious construction and engineering team. He…
      Stephen Goldie photo Stephen GoldieStephen is Head of Litigation and a recognised expert in dispute resolution.…
      Drysdale Graham photoMr Drysdale GrahamDrysdale advises on social and economic infrastructure projects with a particular focus…
      Tony Hadden photo Tony HaddenTony is the head of our employment and immigration team. He is…
      Philip Hunter photo Philip HunterPhil is an experienced and skilled real estate solicitor with a wealth…
      Tony Jones photo Tony JonesTony was only the fifth Scottish civil Solicitor advocate to be awarded…
      Louise Kelso photo Louise KelsoLouise advises on claims, complaints and insurance issues affecting individual professionals, professional…
      Alan Knowles photo Alan KnowlesAlan specialises in advising lenders on the Scots law issues of complex…
      Graeme Leith photo Graeme LeithGraeme Leith is an experienced practitioner in the Real Estate practice area…
      David Lightbody photo David LightbodyDavid advises on all corporate matters, with a focus on business sales…
      Duncan MacLean photo Duncan MacLeanDuncan heads the Shipping & Transport team and is recognised as a…
      Tanya MacLeod photo Tanya MacLeodTanya has experience in landlord and tenant leasing (particularly retail), investment and…
      Marion Macinnes photo Marion MacinnesMarion is highly experienced in advising financial institutions, debt funds, arrangers, private…
      Kirsty Macpherson photo Kirsty MacphersonKirsty has a wide range of expertise in energy projects (both large…
      Lynne Marr photo Lynne MarrLynne is accredited as a specialist in employment law by the Law…
      Paul Marshall photo Paul MarshallPaul leads our Corporate Crime and Investigations practice group, and specialises in…
      Duncan Mawby photo Duncan MawbyDuncan specialises in the representation of healthcare and other professionals before their…
      Lucy McCann photo Lucy McCannLucy advises on all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and obtained…
      Chris McDaid photo Chris McDaidA respected member of our real estate investment team, Chris deals with…
      Jackie McGuire photo Jackie McGuireJackie is a public law specialist with particular experience and expertise in…
      Paul McLaughlin photo Paul McLaughlinPaul has developed a specialism in the various uses of limited liability…
      Laura McMillan photo Laura McMillanLaura specialises in health & safety, claims defence and insurance issues. She…
      William Mcintosh photo William McintoshWill is a corporate partner at Brodies LLP, specialising in domestic and…
      Alistair Mclean photo Alistair McleanAlistair heads the firm’s non-contentious construction group. He has more than 30…
      Odell Milne photo Odell MilneOdell is widely known as a specialist in compulsory purchase and agricultural…
      Colin Morrison photo Colin MorrisonColin heads up the firms’ Hotels and Retail  & Leisure Teams and runs a…
      Christine O Christine O"NeillChristine is Chairman of Brodies LLP and a recognised expert on public…
      Keith Patterson photo Keith PattersonKeith advises clients on the build out of new renewable energy projects,…
      Kenneth Pinkerton photo Kenneth PinkertonKenneth is part of our Personal and Family team. Kenneth has a…
      James Roscoe photo James RoscoeJames has extensive and wide-ranging experience across a number of real estate…
      Brenda Scott photo Brenda ScottBrenda is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. Her practice focuses on…
      Nick Scott photo Nick ScottNick Scott is Managing Partner of Brodies LLP. He works with the…
      Louise Shiels photo Louise ShielsLouise is a Partner and Head of Brodies Contentious Construction team. She…
      Martin Sloan photo Martin SloanMartin is an experienced lawyer specialising in IP, Tech and Data. He…
      Richard B Smith photoMr Richard B SmithRichard is one of Scotland’s leading divorce lawyers and is well known…
      Bruce Stephen photo Bruce StephenBruce has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of banking and…
      Mike Stephen photo Mike StephenMike has over 30 years’ experience of commercial real estate across a…
      Michael Stoneham photo Michael StonehamMichael is Brodies’ Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance. He is recognised…
      Heather Thompson photo Heather ThompsonHeather is a partner in Brodies corporate tax team with expertise in…
      Richard Whyte photo Richard WhyteRichard leads Brodies’ real estate investment team, alongside Johane Murray, working at…
      Number of UK partners : 103

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      Stephen Goldie discusses Brodies’ growing litigation practice and the increasing popularity of ADR