William Mcintosh > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP

Work Department

Corporate department.


Will is a corporate partner at Brodies LLP, specialising in domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions. He has over 25 years’ experience, practising in the UK and France, and is co-chair of the international Private Equity Committee of the American Bar Association.

He has particular sectorial expertise in tech and life sciences. With a previous career in intellectual property, he is now heavily focused on tech M&A/PE deals. He advises a number of US and European PE/VC funds, as well as high growth companies and multinationals. His corporate clients include software “unicorns” and listed companies, as well as sectorial leaders in technology, biosecurity, life sciences and energy.


Trained Lindsays, Edinburgh; qualified 1994; Poitrinal & Associés, Paris 1995-99; Lindsays 1999-2010; partner Brodies LLP 2010 to present. In addition to regular articles on the exploitation of Scotland’s technology base, William initiated and co-wrote a series of reports on commercialisation best practice within the university sectors, including the ‘Report on University Technology Transfer Policies and Practices’ which has been widely disseminated within university technology transfer circles. Director and vice-president of the Franco-Scottish Business Club Limited.




Franco-Scottish Business Club Limited; Franco-British Lawyers’ Society.


Ampleforth College, Yorkshire; University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB Hons); University of Edinburgh (1993 diploma in Legal Practice).


Telemark skiing, canoeing, scuba diving, climbing, fly fishing, member of the British Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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William McIntoshBrodies LLP

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Brodies LLP is well-placed to handle national mandates across Scotland, and it also deals with a steady stream of cross-border work. It acts for a wide range of clients, including private and public companies, institutions, high-net-worth individuals and third sector organisations. Glasgow-based corporate partner Neil Burgess recently succeeded Shuna Stirling as head of corporate and commercial; Sterling has noted experience in M&A, management buy-outs, commercial matters, corporate governance and restructuring. William McIntosh is recommended for private equity and venture capital work, and has a strong US focus. David Lightbody handles investments, restructurings and company law matters; and Neil Burgess, who has considerable international experience, handles a range of high-value corporate and commercial transactions. Long-serving corporate stalwart Julian Voge retired in April 2020.