Martin Sloan > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, United Kingdom > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
Capital Square
58 Morrison Street
United Kingdom
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Work Department

Commercial Services


Martin is an experienced lawyer specialising in IP, Tech and Data. He combines technical knowledge with an interest in understanding his client’s business to provide pragmatic advice and practical solutions.

Martin’s expertise includes technology procurement, IT outsourcing, business process outsourcing,  commercial contracts, intellectual property, data protection, ePrivacy and cyber risk. Martin regularly helps clients in relation to the legal and commercial risks relating to the development and use of new technology, such as cloud-based services, and projects involving AI, blockchain and big data. Martin works with clients across a range of sectors including financial services, media, food and drink, charities and the third sector, and the public sector. Martin also advises technology businesses and innovative tech start-ups, including fintech and adtech.


Joined Brodies LLP in 2002, qualified in 2004 and promoted to Partner in 2014.


Society for Computers and the Law (SCL). Martin is also a member of the SCL’s Editorial Advisory Board.


University of Glasgow – LLB (Hons); Dip.LP.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Martin SloanBrodies LLP

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

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

(Leading individuals)

Martin SloanBrodies LLP

With firm chair and experienced KC Christine O’Neill at the helm, Brodies LLP‘s team in Edinburgh maintains an excellent defamation and reputation management offering, working with leading global broadcasters and content platforms on media disputes and injunctive proceedings. Senior associate Sarah McCormick further excels in this area, handling a mixture of defamation, privacy and contempt of court issues. Also praised in the contentious sphere is Niall McLean for his litigation and reputation management advice to individuals, corporations and public authorities. Martin Sloan anchors the firm’s equally strong commercial media practice, advising major Scottish publishers and global production studios on a range of contracts, IP and data matters.

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

With an impressive client list that includes some of the biggest charities operating in Scotland, Brodies LLP‘s charities and not-for-profit team combines its full-service offering with an extensive geographical spread across Scotland’s major cities. Kenneth Pinkerton, praised for his ‘exceptional‘ knowledge of the charity law sector, jointly heads the team with Brenda Scott . Christine O’Neill takes point on contentious matters, while Martin Sloan advises a wide variety of charities on commercial, contractual and data protection issues. The firm also receives regular instructions from philanthropic and family foundations as well as Scottish regulators and larger corporate entities operating in the charity sector. Lynne Marr and senior associate Rebekah Leviston are other notable members of the team.

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

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