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Brodies is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which its people live and work. Through the many initiatives in which we are involved we try to make a tangible, long-term difference. These include:

  • Expanding our involvement in the PRIME programme, a pioneering initiative by the UK’s leading law firms to widen access to the legal profession to young people from all backgrounds, to school pupils from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. To date, four Brodies PRIME ‘graduates’ have been offered places to study law at university.
  • Founding partner of the teacher-led charity Impressive People, reflecting the firm’s long-standing commitment to education and diversity. The firm is represented in the charity’s State School Lawyers scheme, which aims to help young people understand that talented individuals from all backgrounds are increasingly reaching the highest levels of the legal profession.
  • Brodies recruits and promotes the most talented people from all backgrounds. Currently, women account for 31% of our partners, 68% of our solicitors and 42% of our senior management team. 27% of Brodies’ people were among the first generation of their family to study at university and 76% attended state schools.
  • Brodies has achieved accreditation as an Investor in People and Investor in Young People – becoming one of the first law firms in the UK to be recognised for excellence in people management in both categories.
  • Continuing support for Pilotlight, a charity that brings together businesses and charities to tackle disadvantage in Scottish communities. Brodies lawyers have been working as part of a team of five business professionals to provide strategic advice and support to Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT). FEAT has almost 20 years’ experience of helping people with mental health problems to find and sustain work.
  • Supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming swimmers. Since 2006, Brodies has been a proud supporter of the Scottish Schools Swimming Association (SSSA) – helping to fund its day-to-day work and supporting its annual championships.
  • Brodies has raised more than £167,370 over the past eight years for Maggie’s cancer care centres throughout the UK, and once again chose Maggie’s as its official charity partner for 2016. In September 2015, Brodies was the headline sponsor for the first ever Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh, a 10-mile twilight walk around the capital city to raise funds for the charity. Our support helped over £63,000 to be raised for Maggie’s Edinburgh, with many of our staff volunteering to help support the event and talking part in the sponsored walk. The success of the Edinburgh Culture Crawl, which will be repeated this year, led to the launch of a new culture crawl in Glasgow this year, which Brodies is also supporting.
  • Brodies provides pro-bono legal advice to the trustees of the John Smith Centre for Public Service on the establishment of the charity, which was awarded charitable status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2015. Brodies continues to assist the centre through its first year of operation in advising on the collaboration between the centre and the University of Glasgow, and general charity governance.
  • Career Ready is a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. It offers a structured programme of study for 16-19 year olds that sits alongside students’ school or college coursework and is delivered by employer volunteers who provide masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help students compete with the best in the country.
  • Offering Modern Apprenticesin functions such as secretarial and IT. As well as completing an SVQ in either Business Administration or Information Technology, Brodies apprentices also receive coaching and support to expand the skills and knowledge required to progress their career, or to develop the confidence to move into further education. In 2015, four young people successfully completed their apprenticeship, all of whom still work with the firm.

Legal Developments by:
Brodies LLP

  • Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge – the story so far

    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

    - Brodies LLP

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