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Brodies LLP


5 ranked lawyersBand 1ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Leading Scottish practice acting for clients including public and private companies, high net worth individuals and large owner-managed businesses on the full gamut of corporate and private equity transactions. Offers sector expertise in the financial services, manufacturing and energy industries, among others. Able to provide depth of experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions, with recent activity involving England and across Europe and North America.


A client says: "The team's quick response times, ability to project-manage complex transactions and positive attitude during crunch times makes them a pleasure to work with."

One client notes: "They are focused on achieving the best outcomes for their clients, and the service is meticulous, pragmatic and professional."

Another source states: "I thoroughly enjoy working with the lawyers at Brodies, who are proactive and strive to understand the business of their client. They can be relied upon as experts in their respective fields and have solid commercial acumen, meaning they give practical legal advice."

Work highlights

Acted for Kersia, a French biosecurity and food hygiene business, on its acquisition of UK-based Holchem Group from Ecolab.

Notable practitioners

Derek Stroud has significant corporate expertise, particularly in the renewable energy and oil services sector. He advises on M&A deals and disposals, notably handling transactions with an international element.
"He is commercially-oriented, very practical and can get to the main issues very quickly." "Derek is very experienced and knowledgeable."

Douglas Crawford provides advice on the full range of corporate transactions. He has particular experience in M&A work, while also specialising in private equity matters.

Neil Burgess is head of the firm's corporate and commercial practice. He acts on behalf of national and international clients on corporate transactions and private equity investments.
"He is extremely diligent, very thorough and very good at leading his team." "Neil is very commercial in his approach and helps to break down an issue quickly and efficiently."

Shuna Stirling advises both domestic and international clients on transactional matters including M&A, joint ventures and MBOs. She also has notable expertise in corporate real estate deals.
"Shuna Stirling is an excellent lawyer."

William McIntosh is noted for his expertise in cross-jurisdictional corporate and commercial matters. He regularly works on deals in the technology, energy and life sciences sectors.
"He is among the best lawyers I have worked with - he can provide great advice at the strategic and commercial level, while at the same time still showing attention to detail to analyse the situation from every angle and distil the options into a sound recommendation."

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With expertise across the full range of corporate matters, our M&A lawyers provide specialist knowledge to a growing Scottish, UK and international client base. Whether that is part of a transaction, or as a sounding board for day-to-day issues, we generate value.

As well as a wealth of experience advising on the most complex strategic projects, we also work on deals for multinationals, PE funds, SMEs, fast growing companies and owner managed businesses. Whether your business is public or private, we understand the challenges of M&A deals. 

We advise on genuine 'firsts' and landmark transactions for some of the biggest names in the UK and beyond, as well as regularly transacting local SME deals. We tailor our services and our fees to suit.

A leading UK corporate team, as well as one of the largest dedicated M&A teams in Scotland with 40+ lawyers, including 11 partners, leading transactions from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The team is recognised by independent directories Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK as a top tier ranked practice, with 11 individuals additionally ranked.

Our M&A team advises clients across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, renewables, transport, infrastructure, food and drink, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and many others. We understand regulatory frameworks and the impact on transactions of the key issues that affect your business. This in-depth sector knowledge allows us to add real value to the M&A process.


Brodies LLP


Capital Square, 58 M


City of Edinburgh



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Derek Stroud
Band 4
Douglas Crawford
Band 1
Neil Burgess
Band 2
Shuna Stirling
Band 2
William McIntosh
Band 3