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Brodies LLP


Brodies LLP - Edinburgh
  • 15 Atholl Crescent
  • Edinburgh
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8HA
  • Chairman Christine O’Neill
  • Managing Partner Bill Drummond
  • Number of partners 86
  • Associates 93
  • Other UK fee-earners 173

The Firm Brodies LLP is the Scottish headquartered law firm offering clients the largest specialist legal resource in Scotland. It has won many industry awards and plaudits for its client services, innovation, use of technology, commercial awareness and business acumen. Brodies provides business-focused advice to virtually every sector of the Scottish economy, and its client base includes companies and individuals from Scotland, the UK and across the globe, as well as the Scottish Government and a broad range of public sector organisations. With a talent bank of lawyers that includes some of the UK’s foremost legal experts, Brodies can provide specialist expertise, whatever the legal requirement – from commercial contracts to government regulation. Such expertise is not limited solely to Scottish jurisdictional work. The capability to undertake complex cross-border transactions is strengthened by Brodies’ active membership of European and global legal networks, and its international strategic legal partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). In addition, Brodies remains the only Scottish law firm with an office in Brussels. The firm has continued to expand over the past year, recruiting seven new partners, strengthening its real estate, competition, corporate and commercial, private client, energy and lititgation teams. In 2014, Brodies was named Scotland Law Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards for the third consecutive time and Bill Drummond, managing partner, was named Managing Partner of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards. In 2013, Brodies was named Regional Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards and Bill Drummond was named the UK Management Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.

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; funds; intellectual property; IT and outsourcing. There is also a strong corporate tax offering, with particular expertise in VAT and SDLT.
Banking, Restructuring & Insolvency: The team can be distinguished by its strong cross-Scotland coverage, with full capability in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It has significant in-house experience with large financial institutions, and deals with complex transactions, new product development, legal risk management and regulatory compliance. It is very active on renewables and other energy financing; funds financing; re-banking; restructuring; asset finance; portfolio sales and purchases; and social housing and care home transactions.
Real Estate: Brodies has the largest, most diversely skilled, and highest-rated department in Scotland, with specialists who operate in every sector of the property market. Expertise includes investment 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, and property litigation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The firm has one of the largest teams and strongest capabilities in Scotland. Brodies has ten solicitor advocates, all of whom 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; personal injury; risk management; intellectual property and IT disputes, and property litigation. In addition, Brodies has an outstanding public law team (with wide experience of parliamentary, local authority, freedom of information and human rights issues), enhanced by expertise in competition law.
Employment: As one of the largest teams in Scotland, Brodies’ employment department is widely regarded as a market leader, with a reputation for responsive, targeted advice, delivered with superb client focus. With an integrated, specialist employee benefits and pensions function, the department assists HR and in-house legal teams across the UK, offering specialist advice in employment tribunal litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, contract and policy development, as well as guidance on pension issues and employee rewards.
Private Client: The firm’s private client team is highly respected, not only for its core work in estate planning; wills; trusts; tax; divorce; custody; asset protection; charities and executries, in multi-jurisdictional areas, but also for groundbreaking innovations such as developing (Scottish) family limited partnerships and a variety of trust solutions.

  • Banking & Financial Services Bruce Stephen
  • Casualty Elena Fry, Peter Demick
  • Commercial Litigation Joyce Cullen, Robin Macpherson
  • Competition & EU Law Rob Lambert
  • Construction & Engineering Alistair Mclean, Manus Quigg
  • Corporate Shuna Stirling, Julian Voge, Will McIntosh
  • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Colin McIntosh, Rachel Grant
  • Debt & Asset Recovery David Whyte
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation David Armstrong, Joyce Cullen, Stephen Goldie, Robin Macpherson
  • Education Brenda Scott, Will McIntosh
  • Employment & Pensions Joan Cradden, Juliet Bayne, Nigel Watson
  • Energy Clare Munro, Neil Collar, Keith Patterson, Peter Kelly
  • Family Law Scott Cochrane
  • Health Keith Patterson
  • Insurance Elena Fry
  • Land & Rural Business Odell Milne
  • Oil & Gas Clare Munro, Greg May
  • Personal Injury David Armstrong, Jonathan Cornwell
  • Planning & Environment Neil Collar, Charles Smith, Kenneth Ross
  • Private Client Alan Barr, Susanne Beveridge
  • Professional Negligence Alan Calvert Alisdair Matheson
  • Projects Keith Patterson Roger Cotton
  • Property Nick Scott Johane Murray
  • Property Litigation Stephen Goldie
  • Public Law & Regulation Jackie McGuire, Christine O’Neill
  • Public Sector Services Group Christine O’Neill, Jackie McGuire
  • Shipping Duncan MacLean
  • Tax Alan Barr, Isobel d’Inverno
  • IP, Technology & Outsourcing Grant Campbell, Gill Grassie
  • Transport Karen Hamilton, Odell Milne


  • 15 Atholl Crescent,
  • Edinburgh,
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8HA
  • Tel (0131) 228 3777
  • Fax (0131) 228 3878
  • DX ED10 Edinburgh-1
  • Email : mailbox@brodies.com
  • Website : www.brodies.com
  • 2 Blythswood Square,
  • Glasgow,
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G2 4AD
  • Tel (0141) 248 4672
  • Fax (0141) 221 9270
  • DX GW 11
  • Email : mailbox@brodies.com
  • 31-33 Union Grove,
  • Aberdeen,
  • Aberdeen City
  • UK
  • AB10 6SD
  • Tel (01224) 392 242
  • Fax (01224) 392 244
  • DX AB10
  • Email : mailbox@brodies.com