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Joyce Cullen

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Brodies LLP

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Litigation and employment.


Partner; solicitor-advocate specialising in commercial litigation and employment law; accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an employment specialist and has a reputation as one of Scotland’s most highly-regarded litigators. Trained as a mediator.


Qualified 1981; assistant solicitor Brodies LLP 1981-86; partner since 1986; chairman from 2005-13; accredited as a specialist in employment law 1995; solicitor-advocate 1995; contributor to the chapter on ‘Directors’ Contracts’ in Tolley’s ‘Employment and Personnel Procedures Manual’. Member, General Teaching Council, Scotland 1998-2006.


Employment Law Group; Employment Lawyers Association; Institute of Directors; Chamber of Commerce; convenor Law Society Employment Law Committee; Scottish chair Two Percent Club Standing Group; governor The New School Butterstone.


Leith Academy, Edinburgh; Dundee University (LLB).


Family, travel.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Joyce Cullen - Brodies LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Brodies LLP's team has vast experience in high-profile and business-critical litigation, with its workload spanning areas such as insurance, competition, IP/IT, shipping and pensions, among many other areas. Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels together have nearly 30 years of experience of construction disputes. Practice head Joyce Cullen has a 35-year track record in the commercial disputes arena, with a particular strength in banking and financial services litigation. Reflective of the high quality of the team, it includes a team of solicitor advocates across the offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen (two of whom are standing junior counsel to the Scottish government).  Corporate restructuring and insolvency experts Rachel Grant and consultant Colin McIntosh are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation); the matter recently involved a UK Supreme Court appeal on employee benefit trusts used for the benefit of football players and executives. In 2017, Alan Calvert, Odell Milne and associate Adam McKinlay successfully represented a firm of solicitors and its indemnity insurers at the UK Supreme Court in a case arising from the drafting of notices to quit in  agricultural tenancies. Laura McMillan made partner in November 2017. Kenneth MacDonald is a name to note in Aberdeen. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Robert Buchan are also recommended. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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