Christine O’neill > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile
Brodies LLP Offices
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Litigation/public sector services.
Recognised specialist in constitutional and administrative law litigation. Chairman and partner in the firm’s public law and regulatory practice. Speaks regularly at conferences on topics such as devolution, information law and human rights. Combines experience in public law litigation, including judicial review, statutory appeals and contentious public procurement with her role in advising clients on Scottish devolution, legislation and administrative law. A solicitor advocate and standing junior to the Scottish government.
Qualified 1999; full-time lecturer in constitutional and administrative law, Edinburgh Law School 1999-2000; solicitor then senior solicitor Brodies LLP 2000-03; associate 2003-04; partner 200; chairman 2013. Publications: co-author with Chris Himsworth ‘Scotland’s Constitution: Law and Practice’ (Bloomsbury 3rd edition 2015).
Law Society of Scotland.
LLB Hons; Dip LP; LLM.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Known for its prowess on parliamentary and public affairs, Brodies LLP assists a wide range of public, private and third sector clients with legislative drafting, judicial reviews and public inquiries alongside local government and public procurement matters. Led by solicitor advocate Christine O’Neill, the practice is noted for its strong litigation capabilities and is a regular fixture on Brexit and Scottish independence debates. Charles Livingstone is another key member of the team and regularly handles legislative drafting and other parliamentary agent work.
Brodies LLP‘s team has expertise in a broad range of EU and national competition law matters, including merger control, antitrust compliance and investigations, competition litigation, state aid and public procurement. A distinguishing feature of the firm is that it has a Brussels office, which has made it well-placed to advise on Brexit-related issues. Glasgow-based Charles Livingstone, who heads up the practice, handles contentious and non-contentious competition matters. Christine O’Neill in Edinburgh is renowned for her expertise in procurement litigation; she counts the Scottish government as one of her key clients.
The ‘first class’ media and entertainment practice at Brodies LLP ‘delivers great advice and is proactive in identifying issues’. Acclaimed for its ‘breadth of expertise’, the practice is home to an array of industry expertise, covering arts and culture, sport, technology, social media, music, broadcasting, publishing and gaming. Christine O’Neill, an expert in defamation and reputation management, is praised as ‘the best public lawyer in Scotland’; she leads the department together with the ‘excellent’ Martin Sloan, whose strengths include commercial contracts, licensing, ePrivacy and adtech. The team also excels in respect of media-related M&A, sponsorship and events, pre-publication and broadcast advice and reputation management.
Mark Stewart leads the contentious trusts practice at Brodies LLP, drawing on his experience as the firm’s head of its personal and family team, while Alan Barr, head of the firm’s personal tax planning team, focuses on trust disputes with complex tax issues. Christine O’Neill has significant experience of acting to remove trustees, strike down contested wills, and establish adult incapacity. The practice is well-versed in handling complex disputes concerning the estates of high net worth individuals, and has considerable experience in cases where contested assets are found in multiple jurisdictions. Norman Kennedy and Angela McCulloch, both based in Glasgow, advise wealthy individuals and high-value companies respectively. Susanne Batchelor is adept at handling cases with an international aspect.
- Contentious trusts and probate - Scotland > Private client
- EU and competition - Scotland > Corporate and commercial
- Leading individuals - Scotland > Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs
- Leading individuals - Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment
- Leading individuals - Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Media and entertainment - Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- Parliamentary and public affairs - Scotland > Public sector
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
- Real estate > Construction
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud
- Dispute resolution > Debt recovery
- Public sector > Education
- Employment > Employment
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Private client > Family
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- Public sector > Local government
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment
- Insurance > Medical negligence: defender
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs
- Insurance > Personal injury: defender
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries
- Real estate > Planning
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas)
- Real estate > Environment
- Public sector > Health
- Employment > Health and safety
- Employment > Immigration
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Finance > Investment funds
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Employment > Pensions
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport