Joyce Cullen > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
Capital Square
58 Morrison Street
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Work Department

Litigation and employment.


Joyce is a solicitor advocate and accredited mediator, providing advice and advocacy services to a wide variety of clients in the commercial, regulatory and financial services sectors, in courts and tribunals and using alternative dispute resolution techniques.  Joyce regularly advises clients on the defence of class actions, otherwise known as Group Proceedings in Scotland.

Clients include public bodies, private sector businesses, universities, private schools, regulators and individuals seeking advice in relation to the application of professional standards and contractual and common law duties in many different contexts.


Qualified 1981; assistant solicitor Brodies LLP 1981-86; partner since 1986; chairman from 2005-13; accredited as a specialist in employment law 1995; solicitor-advocate 1995; contributor to the chapter on ‘Directors’ Contracts’ in Tolley’s ‘Employment and Personnel Procedures Manual’. Member, General Teaching Council, Scotland 1998-2006.


Employment Law Group; Employment Lawyers Association; Institute of Directors; Chamber of Commerce; convenor Law Society Employment Law Committee; Scottish chair Two Percent Club Standing Group; governor The New School Butterstone.


Leith Academy, Edinburgh; Dundee University (LLB).


Family, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

(Hall of Fame)

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