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Brodies LLP

Work Department

Shipping and transport/commercial dispute resolution.


Lead partner in the team with over 25 years of experience and is involved in both transactional  work and high-value and complex litigation in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. Has practiced in the shipping and transport sector for over 20 years and is recognised as one of the country’s leading experts in this area. Work includes commercial and insurance litigation, contractual advisory work and transactional support. Has been involved in advising key clients in the recent resurgence of Scottish shipbuilding, and much of the significant shipping litigation in Scotland in recent years, arising from representing P&l clubs and other underwriters, leading shipping firms and specialist fishing vessel insurers. Leads the team involved in wide range across the shipping sector – merchant, offshore oil and gas, ferries, marine renewables, fishing and leisure, including ship building, charterparties, arrest, salvage, collision, on-site investigations, personal injury, prosecutions, property damage, cargo claims, and road haulage claims.


Trained Guild & Guild, Edinburgh; qualified 1988; solicitor then senior solicitor Brodies LLP 1989-94; associate 1994 then partner HBJ 1996; partner Brodies LLP 2004. Writer to the Signet.


Law Society of Scotland; British Maritime Law Association; UK Chamber of Shipping; Forum of Insurance Lawyers.


Achtercairn Secondary School, Gairloch; Dingwall Academy; Edinburgh University (1986 LLB; 1987 Dip LP).


Family, sports, the outdoors, church, and social action.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Duncan MacLeanBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP covers the gamut of transport sector work with specialist expertise across the segments shipping, road, rail, aviation and logistics, but the team has been particularly active handling contentious and non-contentious instructions pertaining to rail and road projects. In the rail sector, Roger Cotton is noted for his expertise in rail franchising, while Jackie McGuire is well equipped to clients, including developers, contractors and local authorities, through road and rail regulations; together with Odell Milne, she is also a key contact for compulsory purchase orders. Karen Hamilton handles road and rail infrastructure project-related planning law, while Duncan MacLean is the main contact for shipping and marine sector work.