Kenneth MacDonald > Brodies LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
AB10 6SD

Work Department

Partner in business disputes and asset recovery division 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

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.