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Brodies LLP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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
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