Kenneth MacDonald > Brodies LLP > Aberdeen, United Kingdom > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
Brodies House
31-33 Union Grove
AB10 6SD
United Kingdom

Work Department

Partner in business disputes and asset recovery at Brodies


Ken is one of Aberdeen’s most respected business dispute lawyers with over 25 years’ experience of advising both UK and international clients and representing their interests in commercial disputes. He leads Brodies’ International Arbitration practice.

He has a remarkable depth of expertise in dealing with real estate, commercial and contractual disputes with particular focus in both the Oil & Gas and the Property development sectors.

Ken’s approach is to seek effective ways to avoid or resolve conflicts efficiently. He is a keen proponent of mediation in addition to litigation and arbitration (both domestic and international). Ken is qualified in both English and Scottish law.


Trained McGrigor Donald 1993-95; solicitor McGrigor Donald 1995-96; solicitor Paull & Williamsons 1996-2001; associate Paull & Williamsons 2001-04; partner Paull & Williamsons 2004-12; partner Burness Paull & Williamsons 2012-13; partner Brodies LLP 2013 to date.


Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test and thereafter a member of the roll of solicitors for England and Wales 1996; member of Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales; Aberdeen Bar Association; Grampian Area Insolvency Group; Society of Advocates; committee member of the northern chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Oil & Gas UK Legal Issues Forum ADR Workgroup.


Nairn Academy (1988); Glasgow University (1992 Public International Law Honours; 1993 Diploma in Legal Practice).


Golf, swimming and music, member of Nairn Golf Club.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Housing a sizeable commercial litigation practice, Brodies LLP ‘delivers sound, balanced and thoughtful advice’ across a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes in the financial services, energy, food and beverages, construction, IT and automotive sectors. Praised for his ‘strong leadership and strategic nous’, Iain Rutherford focuses on intellectual property, IT and energy litigation, and jointly leads the team with Stephen Goldie, who handles high-value contractual disputes. The ‘outstandingJoyce Cullen has experience in financial services litigation, contractual claims, professional negligence proceedings and employment-related disputes, while Antony Jones KC handles construction cases, and Aberdeen-based Kenneth MacDonald heads the firm’s international arbitration practice. Other key contacts include Craig Watt, Jared Oyston and senior associate Monica Connolly, along with Malcolm Gunnyeon and Clare Bone, who joined in October 2022 from Dentons and BTO Solicitors LLP respectively.