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Kenneth MacDonald

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Partner in business disputes and asset recovery division at Brodies


Ken is an Aberdeen-based partner in the business disputes and asset recovery division of Brodies. Ken has practised in Aberdeen for over 18 years. He has a thorough understanding of the oil and gas, and property development sectors in Scotland. His primary area of expertise is commercial litigation through the provision of legal representation in commercial court proceedings in both the Court of Session and the Sheriff courts. He is well versed in the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Ken’s practice comprises a mix of commercial and corporate disputes, insolvency, contractual disputes and property litigation.


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.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

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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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Brodies LLP's 'incredibly professional' team has a tremendous record of success in dilapidations cases, complex disputes concerning contractual interpretations, and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Stephen Goldie and solicitor Chloe Postlethwaite are advising a private equity fund on various contentious issues associated with a retail park and large shopping centre, such as tenant insolvency, recovery of arrears, keep open actions and common parts issues. The firm has developed a first-rate reputation in disputes over business rates. Matthew Farrell and Postlethwaite recently acted for a number of non-domestic ratepayers (including accountants, oil companies and high street retailers) located in Aberdeen on challenging their business rates before the Valuation Appeal Committee. TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Moorfield and Pramerica are among other clients. Ken MacDonald, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, is experienced in resolving disputes through methods such as litigation, mediation, arbitration and expert determination. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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