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Brodies LLP

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Brodies is a UK and leading Scottish law firm, with over 750 colleagues and offices in Aberdeen, Brussels, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands and London. It is the largest law firm headquartered in Scotland measured by income, directory rankings, and lawyer numbers.
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Chairman: Christine O’Neill
Managing Partner: Nick Scott
Number of Partners: 113
Number of Associates: 176
Number of other UK Fee-earners: 234

CONTACTS
Banking & Financial Services: Bruce Stephen, Peter Kelly
Casualty: Laura McMillan, Carly Forrest
Clinical Negligence: Duncan Mawby
Commercial Litigation: Joyce Cullen, Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie
Competition & EU Law: Charles Livingstone
Construction & Engineering: Alistair McLean, Louise Shiels
Corporate: Neil Burgess, Shuna Stirling
Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency: Peter Kelly, Lucy McCann
Debt & Asset Recovery: Iain Rutherford
Dispute Resolution & Litigation: Stephen Goldie, Joyce Cullen, Iain Rutherford
Education: Brenda Scott, Niall McLean
Employment: Tony Hadden, Joan Cradden
Energy: Clare Munro, Keith Patterson, Kirsty Macpherson
Family Law: Shaun George
Government & Business: Jackie McGuire
Health: Jackie McGuire
Health & Safety: Laura McMillan, Duncan MacLean, Victoria Anderson
Immigration: Elaine McIlroy
Insurance: Duncan MacLean, Alan Calvert, Carly Forrest
International Arbitration: Ken MacDonald, Iain Rutherford, Jared Oyston
IP, Technology & Data: Grant Campbell, Martin Sloan, Iain Rutherford
Life Sciences: David Gallagher
Oil & Gas: Clare Munro, Greg May
Pensions: Juliet Bayne
Planning & Environment: Neil Collar, Elaine Farquharson-Black, Phil Hunter
Private Client: Mark Stewart, Alan Barr, Susanne Batchelor
Professional Discipline & Regulation: Duncan Mawby, Louise Kelso
Professional Negligence: Alan Calvert, Alisdair Matheson, Louise Kelso
Projects: Drysdale Graham, Roger Cotton
Public Law & Regulation: Jackie McGuire, Christine O’Neill
Real Estate: Johane Murray, Richard Whyte, Tracey Menzies
Real Estate Litigation: Stephen Goldie, Matthew Farrell
Renewables: Keith Patterson, Kirsty Macpherson
Rural Business: Clive Phillips
Shipping: Duncan MacLean, Malcolm Mackay
Tax & Incentives: Karen Davidson, Isobel d’Inverno, Alan Barr
Transport: Duncan MacLean, Roger Cotton, Karen Hamilton
Sport: Andy Nolan

THE FIRM Brodies LLP is the largest law firm headquartered in Scotland measured by income, directory rankings, and lawyer numbers.

Its approach to business today is influenced by the firm’s history, which dates back nearly 300 years to the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. That approach recognises the individual knowledge and expertise of the firm’s colleagues and the enlightened thinking that they deliver. That thought has a reach extending to all corners of the Scottish economy, and globally.

Brodies’ focus has seen it train, develop and recruit teams that in their practice areas and as individuals have achieved more tier one and two rankings than any other law firm operating in Scotland.

The firm’s core business areas include arbitration; banking and financial services; employment; energy (renewables and oil and gas); litigation; M&A, private equity and IP; real estate; pensions and benefits; personal and family and tax. Brodies represents businesses, government and other public and charitable organisations and individuals across all sectors, based in the UK and overseas.

Brodies often works in partnership with leading, like-minded, law firms across the globe, both as sender and recipient of mandates, assisting those looking to do business in the UK or those in the UK who wish to do business overseas.  

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Corporate & Commercial:
The team advises corporates, public bodies and business owners and has exceptional credentials across a broad range of specialisms – private equity; general M&A; cross-border transactions; regulation and government work; public/private partnerships and projects; investment funds; IP, IT and outsourcing; and corporate tax, with particular expertise in VAT and land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT).
Banking & Finance: Advising organisations across Scotland, the UK and internationally, the team has significant in-house experience with large financial institutions, and deals with complex and high value transactions, new product development, legal risk management and regulatory compliance. The team has particular expertise in renewables and other energy financing, including oil & gas; shipping finance; securitisation and capital markets; funds financing; re-banking; insolvency and restructuring; corporate borrowing; green finance; asset finance; portfolio sales and purchases; and social housing and care home transactions. Clients include UK and international financial institutions, alternative lenders, funds and corporates operating in all sectors from renewable energy and healthcare to food & drink and real estate.
Real Estate: Brodies has the largest team in Scotland, with specialists who operate in every sector of the property market. Expertise includes investment, development and finance; commercial; residential and mixed-use development; out-of-town and high-street retail; leisure; hotels; licensing; land and rural business; land diversification; urban regeneration and construction; outsourcing projects; planning and property litigation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The firm has one of Scotland's largest litigation practices. This includes ten solicitor advocates, who appear regularly in the Court of Session and sheriff courts throughout Scotland. Specialisms include commercial and contractual disputes; health and safety; compliance; insurance; professional negligence; clinical negligence; professional discipline and regulation; risk management; intellectual property and IT disputes; property litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation, international arbitration and expert witness. In addition, Brodies has a wealth of expertise in public law and regulation (with wide experience of parliamentary, local authority, freedom of information and human rights issues), enhanced by expertise in competition law. The public law team leads a Brexit advisory group, which advises clients on the issues raised by the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
Employment and Immigration: Brodies’ employment and immigration team delivers responsive, targeted advice to clients. With an integrated, specialist employee benefits and pensions function, the team assists HR professionals and in-house legal counsel across the UK, offering advice in employment tribunal litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, contract and policy development, guidance on pension issues and employee rewards, and business and personal immigration advice. The team also delivers added value to its clients through its online HR and employment law site, Workbox by Brodies, which provides up to date, practical HR advice, templates and tools.
Private Client/Personal & Family: The firm’s private client and family team is known for its core work in estate planning; wills; trusts; tax; divorce; child law; asset protection; charities and executries, in multi-jurisdictional areas, as well as for developing a variety of trust solutions. The firm's family practice includes a solicitor advocate, 12 family law specialists, eight accredited mediators and two child law specialists, while the private client team includes accredited specialisms in trust law and incapacity and mental disability law.

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This firm is also ranked in:

Europe 2022 High Net Worth 2021

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Seven partner promotions and Inverness office move for Brodies

Authors: Bob Langridge, Kenneth Pinkerton, Sarah Lilley, Susie Mountain, Stuart Murray, Ryan Bowie

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Agriculture & Rural Affairs
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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant
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Family/Matrimonial
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Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant
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Clive Phillips
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Shaun George
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Alex Buchan
Band 3
Graeme Leith
Band 3
Kate McLeish
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Top Ranked Lawyers

Star Individuals
Christine O'NeillAdministrative & Public Law
Eminent Practitioners
Christine O'NeillPublic Procurement
Nick ScottReal Estate: Mainly Mid-Market
Band 1
Clive PhillipsAgriculture & Rural Affairs
Odell MilneAgriculture & Rural Affairs
Joyce CullenBanking Litigation
Christine O'NeillCivil Liberties & Human Rights
Charles LivingstoneCompetition Law
Alistair McLeanConstruction
David ArnottConstruction
Douglas CrawfordCorporate/M&A
Grant CampbellData Protection & Information Law
Joan CraddenEmployment
Tony HaddenEmployment
Clare MunroEnergy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas
Lisa GirdwoodFamily/Matrimonial
Shaun GeorgeFamily/Matrimonial

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Aberdeen
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