Stephen Goldie > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP

Work Department

Property litigation.


Stephen is Head of Litigation and a recognised expert in dispute resolution. With a reputation gained from over 20 years’ experience of dealing with highly contentious and business critical matters for clients across the UK and internationally, he specialises in solving contractual and asset-related disputes involving energy (in particular oil and gas), real estate, infrastructure and finance issues.

Stephen advises clients (both domestic and international) in a broad range of dispute arenas including arbitration, mediation and court. Commercial litigation, lease enforcement (including complex dilapidations and repairing issues) together with portfolio debt recovery are also part of his repertoire. He has led and advised on high value cases involving contractual interpretation and misrepresentation claims which have been determined by the Supreme Court in London. International arbitration (through LCIA and ICC) is an active area of his practice.



Trained Bird Semple; qualified 1999; Brodies LLP 2002; associate 2004; partner Brodies 2007.


PLA; committee member, Property Litigation Association, Scottish branch.


Douglas Academy; Strathclyde University (1996 Hons), (1997 Dip LP).


Rugby, skiing, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Property litigation

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen GoldieBrodies LLP

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.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

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.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

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.