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Brodies LLP - Edinburgh
  • 15 Atholl Crescent
  • Edinburgh
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8HA
  • Chairman Christine O’Neill
  • Managing Partner Bill Drummond
  • Number of partners 77
  • Associates 83
  • Other UK fee-earners 166

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). It is the only Scottish law firm with an office in Brussels. Brodies continues to expand. During 2012, the firm recruited nine new partners, strengthening its commercial property; employment, pensions and benefits; corporate and commercial; IP, technology and outsourcing; private client; agriculture and estates; and oil and gas teams. In 2012, Brodies was named Scotland Law Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards, and in 2013 Bill Drummond, Brodies’ Managing Partner, was named the UK Management Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.

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.
Property: 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; agriculture and estates; 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 11 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 the expertise of a QC specialising in competition law, with wide experience of the UK and European courts.
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.

  • Agriculture & Estates Odell Milne
  • Banking & Financial Services Bruce Stephen
  • Casualty Peter Demick
  • Commercial Litigation Joyce Cullen, Robin Macpherson
  • Competition & EU Law Mark Clough
  • Construction & Engineering Manus Quigg
  • Corporate Julian Voge, Alistair Campbell, Will McIntosh
  • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Colin McIntosh, Rachel Grant
  • Debt & Asset Recovery David Whyte
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation David Armstrong, Joyce Cullen, Stephen Goldie
  • Education Brenda Scott, Will McIntosh
  • Employment & Pensions Joan Cradden, Martha Quinn, Nigel Watson
  • Energy Clare Munro, Neil Collar, Keith Patterson
  • Family Law Scott Cochrane
  • Health Keith Patterson
  • Insurance Elena Fry
  • 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
  • Projects Keith Patterson, Roger Cotton
  • Property Nick Scott, Johane Murray
  • Property Litigation Stephen Goldie
  • Public Law & Regulation Jackie McGuire
  • Public 
  • Shipping Duncan MacLean
  • Tax Alan Barr, Isobel d’Inverno
  • IP, Technology & Outsourcing Grant Campbell, Gill Grassie
  • Transport Odell Milne, Karen Hamilton


  • 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
  • 23 Carden Place,
  • Aberdeen,
  • Aberdeen City
  • UK
  • AB10 1UQ
  • Tel (01224) 392 242
  • Fax (01224) 392 244
  • DX AB10
  • Email : mailbox@brodies.com

Real Estate - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Standout name in the Scottish market. Represents several significant, national clients for real estate matters in Scotland. Particularly strong on regeneration and urban development matters. Ranked offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
National capability: "The biggest success story in Scotland." "Well-staffed offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow – not many firms can say that."

Notable practitioners Nick Scott is the key contact.

Real Estate Litigation - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Leading Scottish practice with noted expertise in dilapidations claims. Represents a broad range of clients, including local authorities such as Aberdeen City Council, private sector entities like Glasgow Airport, and banks. Ranked offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Goldie is the department head.

Administrative & Public Law - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 20 other lawyers

What the team is known for Offers exceptional advice and representation across the entire range of administrative and public law. Demonstrates particular expertise in public inquiries, parliamentary advice, public and local government procurement, and judicial review.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service : "We would go back to them if we had further public law issues. There are no weaknesses that we have seen, and they are so responsive and easy to work with."

Market standing: "They have a naturally high profile in this area. They work hard for their clients and are prepared to take on difficult cases."

What's new? New client and panel wins include the Scottish Futures Trust, Lerwick Port Authority, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Work highlights Acted for the Scottish government on the contesting of the Court of Session's decision to block the award of the Northern Isles ferry contract to Serco.

Advised the Scottish Qualifications Authority on the interpretation of its statutory powers under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996, and on allegations of fraud and malpractice in SQA-approved centres.

Notable practitioners  

Christine O'Neill heads the firm's public law and regulatory department. Clients describe her as "thoughtful, knowledgeable, and well attuned to what is going on," adding that she "has a great guiding hand and is an excellent lawyer."

Charles Livingstone is regarded as an excellent practitioner who is "bright, conscientious and detailed." Clients comment that he gives "very fluent and impressive presentations."

Significant clients Scotch Whisky Association, Shetland Islands Council, Argyll & Bute Council, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, City of Edinburgh Council.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 consultants
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Particularly renowned for representing landed estates, with impressive expertise in renewable energy developments. Also experienced in advising on the purchase and sale of rural land and property, including related agricultural tenancies, shooting and fishing rights. Niche expertise in legislative issues pertaining to subsidies and land reform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "You can pick up the phone and they will happily give you thoughts without the clock ticking. Advice is very sound."

Market standing: "They have always had a good team. Experienced."

Work highlights Acted on the sale of the Ben Loyal Estate, including the use of more than 24,000 ac of sporting land.

Advises the Scottish Borders Council on the transfer of land purchased from 33 farms to Network Rail for construction of a new railway.

Notable practitioners  

Experienced landowner Clive Phillips heads the team in Aberdeen, offering advice on renewable energy projects and agricultural succession plans. According to feedback, he has "a broad understanding of where legal problems can arise."

Odell Milne "listens and gives measured responses," sources say. She is overall head of the department, and has a strong grasp of transactional issues affecting rural property and land. She has a niche understanding of the intersection between transport projects and agriculture law.

Alex Buchan has in-depth experience of matters affecting estates and rural land. According to one source, he is a "straightforward, conscientious guy who won't drop the ball."

Significant clients Scottish Woodlands, Atholl Estates, The Co-operative Bank, Coutts, Dunecht Estates.

Banking & Finance - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Cultivating a focus on infrastructure and housing finance. Excellent track record in acquisition and real estate finance and specialist knowledge of funds finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are responsive, proactive, knowledgeable and very helpful in dealing with local law issues. They have demonstrated  to us many times that they will tailor their services to fit our needs."

Commercial awareness: "Excellent. Our experience from the off has been good - they've got a pragmatic, knowledgeable team."

What's new? Gained Maven Capital Partners as a client this year. 

Won panel appointments for GE Commercial and Tennants Caledonian Breweries.

Work highlights Acted for Santander on financing for the development of accommodation facilities on Stirling University campus, valued at £28 million.

Advised Lloyds TSB on a highly complex public-to-private transaction, financing a private company's acquisition of Lees Foods via a scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Kelly is noted for his entrepreneurial networking abilities and is regarded by clients as "responsive - he's got a quick turnaround time. He's good at managing the process and keeping me informed of where things are."

Head of banking Bruce Stephen recently spearheaded the team providing due diligence and advice on the Scottish aspects of a significant loan book acquisition by key client Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Michael Stoneham is regarded as an valuable partner whose experience "has led to a big increase in the team's knowledge base. He has brought up junior people to his level and his approach filters through to them."

Significant clients Santander, The Co-operative Bank, Investec, Tennant Caledonian Breweries, Lloyds TSB.

Banking Litigation - Scotland

 Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for High-quality instructions from major banking clients. Outstanding banking litigation capabilities with particular expertise in insolvency-related disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is very thorough, very quick to respond and they make everything as simple as they can when they're dealing with non-legal experts."

Work highlights Successfully defended RBS in the high-profile Grant Estates case relating to swap mis-selling. The matter involved numerous issues of contract and allegations of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation.

Defending RBS in a £2 million breach of contract action brought by N&N Henderson.

Notable practitioners  

"Cool, calm and collected" Joyce Cullen heads the firm's banking and financial services litigation team. Sources describe her as "a brilliant litigator and a great strategist. She really takes on board the commercial objectives of the client and satisfies them in the best way possible."

"A good tactical litigator," Iain Rutherford is a highly regarded associate with extensive experience in the banking field. One client notes: "He's very thorough and very good at responding quickly. Very supportive in working through litigation."

Significant clients ING Direct, The Co-operative Bank, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young.

Charities - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh and Glasgow

What the team is known for Full-service firm renowned for its ability to advise third sector clients across a broad range of issues, especially in relation to corporate, governance and employment matters. Strong client base in the education sector.  

What's new? Welcomed the highly respected Eric Galbraith to the team in 2012 from Dundas & Wilson.

Appointed to advise Turning Point Scotland, one of Scotland's biggest charities, on a range of issues.

Work highlights Advised Colleges Scotland and College Development Network on restructuring, governance issues and an outsourcing contract for digital hosting and management services. 

Represented Glasgow Rent Deposit & Support Scheme in a case brought against Glasgow City Council concerning the alleged breach of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 in a procurement exercise for homeless provision.

Notable practitioners  

Brenda Scott heads the charities team. She is experienced across a range of corporate finance and commercial issues, and wins praise for her technical knowledge.

Eric Galbraith recently joined the firm from Dundas & Wilson. He has extensive corporate and M&A experience, and is also highly respected for his specialist franchising expertise.

Significant clients Glasgow Caledonian University, Turning Point Scotland, OSCR, Queen Margaret University, Quarriers.

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Respected market player. Strong expertise across a broad spectrum of negligence areas, including orthopaedics, cardiology and obstetrics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "I have no hesitation in recommending the team to others."

Client service: "The team is very easy to work with, and I would be more than happy to work with it again." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department David Armstrong is a greatly experienced medical negligence practitioner. He receives praise for his client-handling skills, and is noted as a "safe pair of hands."

Significant clients Accident Advice Helpline, Action against Medical Accidents, Colemans Solicitors, MHR Solicitors. 

Competition/European Law - Scotland

What the team is known for Strongly focused on state aid, public procurement and regulatory matters. Also has experience in handling market investigations and merger control. Growing in stature as an adviser to global companies seeking advice on UK and Scottish competition legislation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are thorough, capable and responsive."

Technical ability: "They have the expertise we require and we would be confident in instructing them again."

What's new? As well as being reappointed to the Lothian Buses panel the firm has also attracted new instructions from Travelodge.

Work highlights Advised the Scotch Whisky Association in an EU law-driven judicial review of Scottish legislation establishing a minimum price for alcohol.

Acted for Lothian Buses on several matters including the Competition Commission investigation into local bus markets.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Clough is noted as a "very strong practitioner," especially when representing clients in complex competition litigation. He is often sought by international clients.

Charles Livingstone is praised as being a "bright, conscientious and detailed" practitioner, and counts Scotch Whisky Association and Lothian Buses as clients. He has experience in mergers and dawn raids as well as public procurement matters.

Significant clients Virgin Money, RBS, Gallaher, East Kilbride Investments, Legal Costs Negotiators.

Since publication, Mark Clough has joined Dentons

Construction - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for A highly regarded practice known for its renewables, infrastructure and dispute resolution work. Significant local authority client base, and also represents a range of clients and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "The knowledge base is excellent, the team is fully committed to the challenges. They provided sufficient resources and the turnaround time was quick"

What's new? Alistair McLean has joined the practice from Dundas & Wilson

Work highlights Advised LXB Properties on the development of a supermarket in Gloucester.

Acted for Corrimony Energy on the £15 million development of a wind farm at Corrimony in the Highlands.

Notable practitioners

Alistair McLean is a well-respected construction lawyer in the region. Alistair is described by industry sources as a "heavyweight partner" and heads up the non-contentious side of the practice.

Clients enjoy working with Mark Finlay. One source said: "We have worked together for quite a number of years. He understands what we as a business are trying to achieve."

Manus Quigg is praised by a client for having an "efficient and practical approach, and a fantastic knowledge of the Scottish market." He is primarily instructed on contentious issues.

Louise Shiels is praised by interviewees for her "commitment to clients" along with her "good overall understanding of the construction industry." She is involved in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. She recently joined the team from CMS.

Significant clients Shetlands Islands Council, McLaughlin & Harvey, City of Edinburgh Council, Lerwick Port Authority, Drum Developments.

Corporate/M&A - Scotland

Basic facts about the department:
- 8 partners 
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen 

What the team is known for Handles a wide variety of corporate work for strong Scottish clients. Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen provide an impressive bench strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are really proactive and quick to pick up on what is required." 

Client service: "There is an ease in dealing with them and the experience only improves each time - we're happy to be working with them long-term."

Visibility: "Their Scottish-based strategy has paid off; they are often on deals."

What's new? Eric Galbraith joined the team from Dundas & Wilson. He specialises in M&A, joint ventures and international franchising.

Neil Burgess joined the team from DLA Piper.

Kana Software was secured as a new client.

Work highlights The Glasgow team advised Resolution Property on its acquisition of the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh team acted for US-headquartered software company Kana on its acquisition of Ciboodle, a Scottish software company.

Notable practitioners  

Gillian Summers has a formidable reputation in the Aberdeen market, particularly for her expertise in the fishing industry; this extensive expertise has attracted clients who value her commerciality: "I ask her business advice as well as legal advice," said one source.

Julian Voge heads the department and has 25 years' experience in corporate work, particularly in M&A, corporate restructuring, SPVs and joint ventures. He is praised by peers for being "easy and pleasant to deal with." 

Key Glasgow partner Shuna Stirling has a good reputation for her corporate and M&A work, and clients enjoy working with her, reporting that she is "knowledgeable, open and honest," and "cares about client service."

William McIntosh is a key partner in the Edinburgh office and specialises in cross-border deals with France, working on M&A and joint venture transactions. "He was an impressively experienced hand during a particularly hectic deal," said one interviewee.

Experienced partner Alistair Campbell is "well respected in the market" for his expertise in MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions and disposals.

Neil Burgess is noted for his commercial and pragmatic approach. He joined the firm in 2013 from DLA Piper, where he worked with the likes of Maven Capital, Environmental Energies Fund and GVA Grimley.

Significant clients Life Technologies, The Co-operative Group, Scottish Seafood Investments, Transocean Drilling, Total E&P. 

Education - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 17 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Offering services to higher and further educational institutions, education authorities and schools. Broad expertise in areas such as mergers, knowledge transfers, governance issues, employment and university spin-offs.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Overall impression: "Excellent, cannot praise highly enough." 

What's new? Two new partners have joined the department. Alison Shackleton is a pensions specialist and Eric Galbraith is a corporate partner with education experience.

Work highlights Advised Dollar Academy on its disciplinary procedures.

Acted for Colleges Scotland and College Development Network on post-16 education reforms and a digital hosting outsourcing contract. 

Notable practitioners

Brenda Scott is head of the department.

Significant clients Queen Margaret University, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College, The General Teaching Council for Scotland, Cardonald College. 

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner

What the team is known for Focuses on the financial services and oil and gas sectors. Experienced in Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI), bonus and profit sharing plans, as well as senior-level remuneration.

Work highlights Assisted Prudential with the implementation of two bonus plans, one for senior executives and one for lower-level employees.

Advised Perigon Solutions on the implementation of a tax-efficient EMI plan.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Nigel Watson is considered to be a "commercially minded" and "energetic" share scheme specialist. He was heavily involved in the Prudential matter outlined above.

Significant clients Brammer, Berendsen, Rexam, Howden Group, SSE.

Employment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Instructed by a variety of clients, from the public sector to financial institutions, energy and food and drink manufacturers. Highly accomplished in employment litigation, including tribunal claims, yet growing in standing in non-contentious matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very supportive and take the time to understand our business to provide pragmatic and commercially astute advice."

Client service: "They got to know us and the way we work. Real partnering."

Market standing: "Brodies are fantastic."

Work highlights Advised Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service on a range of employment law matters arising from the creation of a single fire service in Scotland.

Advised Meridian Salmon on a restructuring exercise, including advice on TUPE matters and changes to terms and conditions.  

Notable practitioners  

Joan Cradden "has an uncanny ability to bridge the gap between the operation of our business and black letter law." She leads the team, and acted on the harmonisation of employment law support across all DC Thomson companies.

Tony Hadden is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious employment law and is regarded as "clear, concise and able to explain complex situations to enable reasoned decision-making on any given problem."

Paul McMahon is an experienced practitioner with experience of appearing before the Employment Tribunal and acting on matters arising in Scotland and further afield. He also handles non-contentious matters such as TUPE matters.

Solicitor advocate Brian Campbell acts for a range of public and private sector clients. He is described by clients as a "shrewd litigator with in-depth technical knowledge across the employment law sphere."

Significant clients Royal Bank of Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Tescobank, American Express, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Energy & Natural Resources - Scotland

What the team is known for Acts on substantial wind farm projects for major developers and smaller co-operatives. Experienced in advising organisations focusing on oil and gas development in the upstream sector, and in implementing transportation arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A strong practice with a lot of people who have good experience."

Market standing: "They are good and do lots of work for core banks. Their teams have good breadth and are growing."

Work highlights Acted for Banks Renewables on the development of the 20.4 MW Penny Hill find farm.

Acted for Endeavour Energy UK on its acquisition of ConocoPhillips' interest in the Alba field.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Smith has acted on significant waste-to-energy and district heating schemes. He represented E.ON Energy From Waste UK and FCC Environment in a joint venture bid to finance and develop a residual waste treatment and waste-to-energy plant.

Head of oil and gas, Clare Munro is singled out by clients as being "very experienced in her field and highly respected in the market. She's walked us through a number of scenarios, which has helped our staff and added value for us."

Significant clients The Co-operative Bank, Infinis Energy Services, AES Wind Generation, Maersk Oil, CHC Scotia.

Environment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong on waste matters, with experience acting on behalf of both bidders and contractors. Also advises on transactions, regulatory work, environmental litigation and contaminated land issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Reliable in service delivery and good commercial advice that supports clients' business objectives."

What's new? The team has gained new clients, including Renfrewshire Council, West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, Meridian Salmon Farms and Scottish Sea Farms.  

Work highlights Acted for Lanarkshire Housing Association in relation to alleged contaminated land issues at one of its properties.

Defended WRG Waste Services in a prosecution by the Procurator Fiscal. 

Notable practitioners 

Charles Smith is a commercial and projects lawyer with solid environmental expertise, and is particularly noted for his work in the waste sector. Sources say: "He is very commercial and a good person to work with."

Kenneth Ross possesses a wealth of environmental law knowledge and "has established a well-deserved contaminated land reputation."

Significant clients FCC Environment (UK), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen City Council, St Andrews University. 

Family/Matrimonial - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Handles a range of finance and children matters, including significant international matters. Strong commitment to alternative methods of dispute resolution, including collaborative law and arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The communication was all really, really efficient. I'm really impressed with them, they really helped me through a very difficult time."  

Notable practitioners  

Scott Cochrane advises clients on a variety of issues, from high-value financial disputes to difficult child contact and residence matters. Sources highlight him as "top of his field, very easy to approach, and great with clients."

Associate Leonie Burke handles a mixture of financial proceedings and children matters. She is noted for her "smart, motivated and well-prepared" approach to cases. Clients also note that she is "pleasant, nice - and when she needed to be strong, she was."

Franchising - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Accomplished full-service Scottish firm with a long-standing commitment to franchising as an adjunct to its respected corporate and transactional practice. Experienced in drafting agreements to support both domestic and international deals.

Work highlights Acted for Baguette Express on drafting franchise-style agreements to support expansion of the business.

Advised training consultancy Scotwork International on negotiation of network licences in a number of countries, including Australia, Austria and Colombia.

Notable practitioners

Eric Galbraith was the key franchise solicitor at Dundas & Wilson before joining Brodies LLP's Glasgow office as a partner in 2012. "He is a great and talented commercial lawyer," according to sources, who also note his deal-making skills, saying he is "good to deal with." He had a lead role advising Scotwork International on negotiating network licences for a number of international jurisdictions including in Australasia and Latin America.

The "courtly and considered" Julian Voge heads up the firm's corporate and commercial group. Sources admire his sharp legal and business mind, allied to superb interpersonal skills. Sources say: "He is very good, always on the ball, and he is always courteous to deal with in a transaction." He acted as lead partner on the Baguette Express work.

Significant clients Domino's Pizza, Pinstripe Inventories, Airtec International.

Health & Safety - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 19 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Supplements its wide dispute resolution practice with an admirable showing in health and safety work. Noted for its diverse client base, which includes commercial as well as insurance-related entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are very focused and do things the way we want them to."

Work highlights Advised RAS Crockett & Partners in an appeal against sentence.

Acted for an employee of National Express Group, following the death of a pedestrian.

Notable practitioners

The "extremely personable" Elena Fry is head of the health and safety practice and had a lead role in the RAS Crockett matter. Clients describe her as "very professional; she knows what she is speaking about, and has that certain gravitas."

Significant clients ScottishPower, Morris & Spottiswood, National Express Group, City Refrigeration Holdings, Clyde Marine Services.

Healthcare - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Deep expertise in relation to care home development, funding and regulations. Front runner in Scotland for medical negligence defence and NHS advisory work.

Work highlights Advised Counterweight on its strategic partnership and the negotiation of an investment deal with Cambridge Nutritional Foods. 

Acted for Care UK Homecare in its acquisition of Housecall Care, Support Limited and Nicholson Housing.

Notable practitioners  

The firm's healthcare team thrives under the leadership of Keith Patterson, who is particularly skilled in infrastructure projects and project financing in the healthcare sector.

Significant clients Life Technologies, Aortech Biomaterials, Deliverics, Cizzle Biotechnology, Ocutec.

Information Technology - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 8 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Handles large outsourcing projects in the private and public sectors. Emphasis on the financial services, technology supply and professional services sectors. Also recommended for IT disputes.

What's new? New clients and panel wins include the Scottish Futures Trust, Newedge and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Work highlights Represented City of Edinburgh Council on the Edinburgh Trams revenue collection system and maintenance outsourcing agreement.

Advising Kana Software on its acquisition of Ciboodle from Sword.

Notable practitioners  

Grant Campbell is particularly highly rated by sources for his expertise in aviation, security and defence sectors. He heads the firm's IP, technology and outsourcing team.

Gill Grassie is recommended for her IT and technology dispute resolution skills. She is a respected choice on high-value and complex disputes.

The "excellent" Iain Rutherford is a skilled IT litigator. His areas of expertise include domain name, outsourcing and IT supplier disputes.

Significant clients Standard Life, RBS, DC Thomson, ScottishPower, Actual Analytics.

Intellectual Property - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Equally strong on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Particular expertise in helping companies at all stages of their development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "First-rate! They are very responsive to requests for advice."

Client service: "Excellent attention to detail and a real interest in what we do."

 Bench strength: "They have a strong team." 

What's new? Highly regarded duo Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan arrived from Maclay Murray & Spens to boost the group's litigious offering.

Work highlights Advised Edinburgh University Press on its strategic international partnership with Oxford University Press.

Advised US-based Kana Software on its acquisition of Scottish-based Ciboodle.

Advised Glasgow Caledonian University on its collaboration with South African Transnet Freight Rail and the University of Johannesburg in the delivery of railway qualifications.

Notable practitioners 

Recent arrival and "sensational" new head of IP, Gill Grassie is "simply the best in Scotland on patent litigation."

Grant Campbell handles non-contentious matters and "delivers every time." He advised Edinburgh University Press on the matter outlined above.

Significant clients BAE Systems, DC Thomson, Santander, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Lothian Buses.

Licensing - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Comprehensive coverage of liquor licensing matters across Scotland, with a particularly strong record in successfully processing licensing applications for both multi-venue operators and owner-occupiers. Also offers extensive advocacy capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: Commentators particularly highlight the full-service approach taken by the firm's licensing practitioners.

Work highlights Represented the Scotch Whisky Association, the European Spirits Organisation and the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins in the judicial review of the Scottish government's high-profile legislation to set a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Acted for Chaophraya Restaurants with regards to licensing transfer and variation, and the property and employment aspects of the acquisition of a leasehold interest in prestigious premises on Edinburgh's Castle Street.

Notable practitioners

Alex Buchan heads the department from the firm's Edinburgh office. He led on the Scotch Whisky Association matter, and has experience across a wide range of licensing-related issues.

Significant clients Pizza Hut, Majestic Wine, Co-operative Group, Prezzo Restaurants, T.G.I. Fridays.

Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 67 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Sizeable dispute resolution group with commercial expertise across a broad range of disciplines. Strong insolvency and banking litigation practices as well as enhanced capabilities in IP and IT litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Brodies has the most exceptionally responsive service I have ever experienced. The lawyers are very attentive and bring on board additional resources when necessary. They are extremely customer-focused and want to work as part of the team."

What's new? Commercial litigator Kenneth MacDonald joined from Paull & Williamsons in December 2012. He is based in Aberdeen.

Work highlights Represented the Scotch Whisky Association in a claim against the Scottish and UK governments relating to legislation on the minimum pricing of alcohol.

Successfully defended RBS in a high-profile action brought by Grant Estates relating to swap mis-selling.

Notable practitioners  

"High-calibre" litigator Joyce Cullen enjoys a standout reputation in the Scottish market. She recently led the successful defence of RBS in a high-profile action brought by Grant Estates on swap mis-selling. Sources note that she is "very direct and very much focused on the client."

"Quality litigator" Robin Macpherson is regularly instructed on complex commercial disputes. He has extensive expertise handling insolvency matters, professional negligence claims and property disputes.

Significant clients Scotch Whisky Association, RBS, ASDA, Aviva, RSA.

Local Government - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for High-quality, comprehensive public sector services to local authorities. Specialisms in planning, procurement and litigation. Capacity to support major projects from planning and financing through to completion, as well as defending authorities from challenges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They have a wealth of expertise which is readily focused on the particular needs of the client. There is an understanding of the pressures on the public sector which allows for a far more relevant provision of advice."

Client service: "They were excellent - proactive and constructive, finding solutions and compromises if at all possible." 

Bench strength: "They are a big firm with a number of highly specialised lawyers able to contribute as required. All are hard-working and dedicated to their client's best interests."

What's new? Corporate partner Eric Galbraith joins the firm, bringing with him experience in projects and governance work.

Work highlights Advised Glasgow City Council in its development project for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Advised Falkirk Council on a pilot Tax Incremental Finance scheme to fund investment and development in local infrastructure.

Notable practitioners  

Jackie McGuire is a leading figure for local authority work in Scotland, drawing on vast experience working in a Scottish council. She leads the firm's work with City of Edinburgh Council and has handled the Barrhead regeneration project for East Renfrewshire Council. Clients describe her as "commercially astute."

Christine O'Neill is a litigation specialist with pronounced expertise in healthcare and regulatory matters. She has a close working relationship with both Midlothian and East Renfrewshire councils. Market sources say: "She does a great job - everybody wants her on their side for local government work."

Procurement specialist Roger Cotton is making his mark on the Scottish local government market and has notably represented City of Edinburgh Council on various procurement matters for the commissioning of care services and a new secondary school. Sources say: "He provides detailed analysis of complex problems and gives well-reasoned options about how to proceed."

Significant clients City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Borders Council, Clyde Valley Partnership.

Media & Entertainment - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for An emerging presence, entering the rankings this year on the strength of an impressive mix of advisory, commercial and contentious work. Representation of a range of major clients in broadcasting, music, publishing and digital media.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Brodies' level of service is excellent. They work well with an in-house client as they understand that their role is to complement the in-house experience, not supplant it."

Competitive fees: "They understand that in a competitive market they need to provide value for money and are willing to sensibly discuss fees."

Work highlights Advised Edinburgh University Press, a leading academic publisher, on a strategic partnership with Oxford University Press.

Advising Performing Right Society on its recently initiated project, Scottish Campaign against Copyright Infringement.

Notable practitioners  

Christine O'Neill is a key contact.

Significant clients BBC Scotland, Channel 4, DC Thomson, Edinburgh University Press, Wyvex Media.

Partnership - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other fee earners

What the team is known for Broad advisory and contentious capability. Devises innovative and commercial partnership structures. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Visibility: "They have expanded significantly in this area in recent years."

Work highlights Acted on a joint instruction from The Co-operative Bank and Allt Dearg Wind Farmers LLP in connection with financing for a 10.2 MW wind farm to be constructed near Lochgilphead, in Argyll & Bute.

Acted for FIM Services in the second round of fund-raising for FIMFF1, a forestry and renewables fund structured as a Scottish Limited Partnership (SLP).

Notable practitioners 

Alistair Campbell heads the group.

Significant clients Amati Global Partners, GKN, Tristan Capital Partners, Taylor Wessing, Genesco.

Pensions - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Moves up the ranking table having expanded rapidly in recent years. Acts for trustees, employers and pension providers on a diversity of complex matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity of advice: "The firm gets to the point, is absolutely on my team and does not sit on the fence."

Client service: "Brodies provides an excellent service and is extremely knowledgeable."

Visibility: "The team has expanded significantly over the last year or so."

What's new? Alison Shackleton recently joined the firm from Burness.

Work highlights Advised the trustee of the WTL Retirement Benefits Scheme on its wind-up, which involved transferring one part of the scheme, which had an insolvent employer, into the PPF, while allowing a second scheme employer to continue as a solvent company.

Providing ongoing advice to John Menzies on the new automatic enrolment regime. This includes a significant harmonisation exercise because the group has a number of existing pension arrangements and employees on differing employment contracts.  

Notable practitioners 

New arrival Alison Shackleton has particular expertise in negotiations relating to liability management, future benefit provision and restructurings. One commentator describes her as a "long-standing, good, commercial pensions lawyer."

Juliet Bayne wins glowing praise from clients as "extremely reliable and trustworthy" and "exceptional based on her subject knowledge and proactive approach." She recently advised the trustees of the Diamond Offshore Drilling Money Purchase Pension Plan on the wind-up of the scheme.

Significant clients Prudential Assurance Company, AES Ballylumford Pension Scheme trustees, Virgin, British Polythene Pension Scheme trustees, Lothian Pension Fund.

Since publication, Martha Quinn has joined Burness Paull

Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Noted for its capabilities across a broad spectrum of personal injury claims, including high-value catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases, workplace accidents and abuse claims.

Notable practitioners  

Department head David Armstrong is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field, taking the lead on some of the firm's most significant work. His workload encompasses RTAs, workplace accidents and abuse claims.

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Deals with claims across the full spectrum of personal injury defendant litigation, including complex, high-value catastrophic injury and public liability work.

Notable practitioners  

Elena Fry is a key contact.

Projects - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow and Edinburgh

What the team is known for Infrastructure team with expertise in areas such as waste, roads and energy. Advising the public and private sectors, as well as lenders, on a number of projects throughout Scotland.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "The firm has a strong depth of knowledge within its areas of expertise plus a good general understanding of other areas in which we have an interest."

What's new? New clients include MacQuarie Capital Group and West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative.

Work highlights Advised the Cube Housing Association on the procurement of a heat and power and district heating scheme.

Advised E.ON Energy From Waste and FCC Environment on their joint venture bid for an Edinburgh waste project.

Notable practitioners 

Charles Smith has a broad practice that encompasses energy, environment and projects work. He is recognised by market sources for his knowledge of the waste sector. He led the team advising Cube Housing Association on procuring the heating and power scheme. Interviewees respect his market knowledge and his ability to go beyond a "standard form" approach.

Keith Patterson is head of the firm's projects team. He recently advised clients from both the public and private sectors on a number of transport projects. Sources say: "He is good and bright," and praise his team management ability.

Key partner Roger Cotton recently advised the Shetland Islands Council on a project to develop a fibre-optic network. Sources note that "he is competent and easy to deal with," and that "his contributions are always valuable."

Significant clients Co-operative Bank, Veolia Water, Banks Renewables, Scottish Futures Trust, Aberdeen City Council.

Planning - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for A pre-eminent practice offering advice on all aspects of planning law in the commercial, residential, energy, waste and transport sectors. Experts in drafting Section 75 agreements, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) and inquiry advocacy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Their strong points are their thorough approach, fast response times and friendly, approachable attitude."

What's new? Kendra Lennox joined the firm as a solicitor in the planning law practice.

Work highlights Acted for St. Andrew's University on the planning application for the construction of six wind turbines to generate electricity for the university. The team subsequently prepared the appeal against the refusal of the initial planning application.

Acted on behalf of LXB on negotiations with the planning authority to secure key infrastructure, including a school and trunk road improvements, at the South East Ayr development zoned for 2,700 houses.

Notable practitioners 

Neil Collar is acknowledged as a market leader in this field of practice. He is recognised as "a noted authority on planning law" and clients say he is "approachable and pragmatic."

Karen Hamilton is praised by clients for her "sound, focused and easy-to-understand advice."

Significant clients Macdonald Estates, Shore Energy, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, Midlothian Council, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Private Client - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for A well-regarded private client department that sits alongside a strong corporate team to provide comprehensive services to both landed and business clients. A newly established Aberdeen team is spearheading the provision of private client services to those involved in local oil and gas industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "The private client team has perhaps the top legal brains in Scotland: they actually write the textbooks. Those same people bring their expertise to bear for their clients."

Client service: "They are very practical, very professional and always available at the end of the phone. Nothing falls between the cracks."

Breadth of service: "The advantage of Brodies is that they operate at a very high level across several disciplines and they are good at working with other advisers. You can get a second opinion or talk to them without feeling they are scoring points."

What's new? Private client practitioner Mark Stewart recently joined the firm, heading its expansion in Aberdeen.

Notable practitioners  

Sources describe department head Alan Barr as "ferociously bright, but with a common touch." His practice has a strong focus on tax and succession planning for ultra wealthy clients.

Mark Stewart has made his mark on the Aberdeen private client market, offering bespoke asset protection and wealth management advice to clients in the oil and gas industries. He is described as a strong technician, and sources attest that "he is extremely knowledgeable and his understanding of the overlap between business assets and personal circumstances is very good."

Andrew Dalgleish offers unrivalled experience on matters relating to taxation, estate administration and trust planning.

Professional Negligence - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated professional negligence practice. Can draw on the expertise of related departments. Offers a full service to a broad client base, which includes defenders and pursuers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market strength: "Brodies is very good. They are commercially minded and present the cases to me very well. They've got some of the best work out here – top-quality professional negligence work."

Notable practitioners  

Alan Calvert heads the team and has many years' experience in this field. Peers are "very impressed by him" and note that he is "very calm, cool under pressure, very commercial, and also very thorough; he doesn't miss any point."

Robin Macpherson's expertise covers a range of fields and he often engages in complex litigation.

Manus Quigg has particular expertise in construction-related matters; he has handled a number of significant cases recently. Peers comment that his "profile has gone through the roof in the market." 

Significant clients RSA, Aviva, RBS, Zurich, Amlin.

Real Estate - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners
- 52 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

What the team is known for A leading firm in the Scottish real estate market. Regularly instructed on large-scale commercial developments and regeneration projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Commercial, pragmatic and they don't let you down; they're just nice people to deal with and have a broad reach in terms of their service offering."

Client service: "They offer the complete package. Do exactly what we ask them to do and they do it when they say they're going to do it."

What's new? Office development specialist Tracey Menzies joins the Aberdeen team from Pinsent Masons.

Richard Whyte joins the Edinburgh team from Maclay, Murray & Spens.

Work highlights Acted on the acquisition of Deaconness House for Mace Group, as part of a 318-bed student accommodation development for the University of Edinburgh.

Acted on the £100 million development of phase one of the Prime Four Business Park in Aberdeen for Drum Property Group.

Notable practitioners 

Nick Scott heads the real estate department at Brodies, focusing on high-end investment and development work. Clients say he has "a good depth of knowledge of property," and is "very proactive and very pragmatic." Clients include InfraRed Capital Partners.

James Roscoe, qualified in England and Wales as well as Scotland, focuses on investment and property finance. He recently acted on the purchase of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh for Resolution Property.

Johane Murray is experienced in investment, development and asset management. Clients include Delancey and Cogent Property Solutions.

Colin MacLaren's practice focuses on retail property and development. Clients praise him as "extremely well connected, with his finger on the pulse."

The experienced Tracey Menzies, who joined Brodies from Pinsent Masons, specialises in land acquisition and development. She also acts for corporate occupiers. One client says: "I can't rate her highly enough. She knows the region, and her breadth and depth of knowledge is terrific."

Richard Whyte joins from Maclay Murray & Spens, where he acted on the development of the CORE business park in Aberdeen. Peers say he is "a good lawyer and very pragmatic."

Colin Morrison acts for investors, developers and funders, with a focus on the retail, hotel and leisure sectors. Clients appreciate his ability to "explain things in a concise and clear manner."

Significant clients Moorfield, LXB Retail Properties, Pramerica, Knight Real Estate, Aberdeen City Council.

Real Estate Litigation - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains formidable bench strength with a very strong team of associates supporting its highly reputable partners. Notable for an impressive caseload before the Supreme Court.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The overall service is extremely high. The most impressive aspect is the response time from instruction to action. We always anticipate and receive prompt turnaround of instructions."

Market standing: "My impression is that they do a good job. They have a broad range of clients and property litigation type work - a broad litigation practice. They've certainly got strength in the Scottish market."

What's new? Kenneth MacDonald joined the firm, adding further depth to the team. He was formerly head of commercial litigation at Paull & Williamsons.

The firm has gained Ocean Terminal and Heathrow Airport Holdings as new clients.

Work highlights Acted for Aberdeen City Council on a dispute over a development plot sold to Stewart Milne Group. The dispute has gone to the Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners  

"Leading light" Stephen Goldie heads the department. Clients recognise his leadership and expertise, with one saying: "I have trust in any instruction where Stephen and his team are involved. I know that he will ensure that the advice is appropriate for the situation and is then actioned thoroughly and promptly."

Significant clients Ashtenne Industrial Fund, Argyll and Bute Council, Cogent Property Partners and Delancey as asset managers for East Kilbride Shopping Centre, BNY Mellon International, Eastgate Unit Trust/Grosvenor.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow

What the team is known for Sizeable team with full-service capabilities across corporate restructuring and insolvency.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: Sources indicate that the team is particularly strong on corporate recovery work.

Work highlights Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG on separate aspects of the Dunfermline Building Society administration, including property, planning and infrastructure issues.

Notable practitioners  

Colin McIntosh heads the department at Brodies out of its Glasgow office. McIntosh regularly advises banks and financial institutions. Clients say "his opinions are thoughtful and considered" and that he "gets the job done efficiently and smoothly."

Edinburgh-based Rachel Grant also has significant expertise advising on directors' duties and disqualification, and clients attest that she is "very knowledgeable" on all matters pertaining to insolvency.

Significant clients RBS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Herbert Smith, Lloyds Banking Group.

Retail - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for One of the largest independent retail practices in Scotland. Strong property focus. Wide client base includes new international retailers entering the Scottish market. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Responsiveness: "The team is absolutely brilliant and we rate it very highly. Members are quick in terms of response and generally excellent."

Commercial awareness: "Members give helpful, commercial and practical advice."

What's new? New clients include The Kooples, Hugo Boss, Aunty Anne's, Whistles and Sunglass Hut. 

Notable practitioners Colin Morrison heads the firm's retail practice and is the main point of contact.

Significant clients Forever 21, Zara, Hollister, Dixons, Pret A Manger.

Shipping - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 4 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Acting for a broad range of clients, including port authorities, vessel insurers and P&I clubs. Similarly wide-ranging work spanning contentious and non-contentious matters, including collisions and shipbuilding contractual advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Market leaders."

What's new? New clients of the practice include Lerwick Port Authority and Steamship Mutual P&I Club.

Work highlights Advised the UK P&I Club and the owners of the 'Red Jasmine' in litigation following the loss of the tug 'Flying Phantom' as well as three fatalities.

Acted for Caledonian Maritime Assets in connection with shipbuilding contracts for the construction of two roll-on/roll-off (RORO) hybrid diesel and electric ferries.

Notable practitioners 

Duncan MacLean chairs the shipping practice from the Edinburgh office. He had a lead role in the 'Flying Phantom' matter for both the UK P&I Club and the owners of the 'Red Jasmine'. Clients laud his strategic thinking, describing him as "able to provide quick, knowledgeable guidance," while "also taking into account the costs issues when providing advice on the future handling of the claim."

Andrew Forsyth is an associate who is recognised for his keen support and input in contentious shipping matters. Interviewees describe him as a proficient and accomplished solicitor. He recently assisted Van Oord Offshore and its insurers HDI Gerling with an injury claim following an accident aboard an offshore vessel.

Rose Marie O'Donnell calls on broad experience, including previously working for a P&I club, as well as practising as a solicitor in London before qualifying in Scotland. Clients delight in her "extensive knowledge of the full spectrum of marine law as applied in Scotland." She recently assisted Caledonian Maritime Assets on shipbuilding contracts for construction of hybrid ferries.

Significant clients Gard P&I Club, CalMac Ferries, Serco NorthLink, Clyde Marine Services, TT Club.

Tax - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow and Edinburgh

What the team is known for Advises clients on a range of corporate tax issues, including acquisitions and reorganisations, as well as providing assistance with VAT. Particular strength in the property sector, in which the firm advises on SDLT and other tax implications of transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "People worked through the night, and weekends, to get us over the line. They did a very good job."

Work highlights Advised Kana Software on the acquisition of the Ciboodle Group from Sword Group, involving negotiation of stamp duties and cross-border tax issues associated with Ciboodle's overseas subsidiaries.

Assisted Resolution Property with its acquisition of the Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

Notable practitioners 

Department head Isobel d'Inverno advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, and commercial property transactions. She led the team advising on the Kana Software matter.

Alan Barr specialises in real estate matters including SDLT, amongst a range of other tax work. Clients report that he is "wonderful to work with – ferociously bright but with a common touch."

Significant clients Co-operative Group, Peter Vardy, Transocean Drilling. 

Transport - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 17 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Best known for its work on prominent infrastructure projects, particularly in connection with assembly and compulsory purchase.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Time management: "Went over and above the call of duty to meet timeframes."

Big-ticket instructions: "They've been very successful and won some high-profile mandates."

Representing Scottish Borders Council in land acquisitions for the 35-mile Borders Railway project.

City of Edinburgh Council instructed the firm on the procurement of a revenue collection system for the city's tram network.

Notable practitioners  

Odell Milne is noted for her expertise in agriculture and land assembly work. Sources suggest she is "one of the top land property experts in Scotland."

Significant clients Clackmannanshire Council, DB Shenker Rail, Jacobs, Network Rail, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Transport - Scotland

Basic facts about the department

- 19 lawyers drawn from across the multidisciplinary transport group.

What the team is known for Regularly identified for its expertise in compulsory purchase for road infrastructure projects as well as road-related disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Availability: "Brodies gave us comprehensive contact."

Commercial awareness: "They were very much tuned in to the commercial realities."

Work highlights Midlothian Council instructed the group in connection with a compulsory purchase order to acquire land for a new access road for a waste treatment facility.

Advising Jacobs Engineering on the long-awaited dualling of the A9 trunk road linking Perth to Inverness.

Notable practitioners  

Karen Hamilton "demonstrates in-depth knowledge of planning law, as well as exceptional understanding of technical questions," say pleased sources. She often acts for Transport Scotland on road consents and inquiries.

Significant clients City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, National Express Group, Transport Scotland.

Data Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Contentious and non-contentious team offering advice to a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, technology vendors, public authorities and charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "We are very satisfied with the way the team has dealt with the issues. I would recommend it for its knowledge and incredible reliability. Members know their stuff so well... they very much know the act inside out."

Client service: "The team are all approachable and easy to deal with. They provide clear, comprehensive and concise advice which is always honest and easy to follow."

Work highlights Provided advice to Midlothian Council following a data security incident and on representations to the Information Commissioner.

Assisted Gallaher with submitting a freedom of information request to the Scottish government.

Notable practitioners

Grant Campbell advises on the non-contentious issues which arise in this area, in particularly on data sharing projects. Clients describe him as "a great guy and an astute lawyer."

Associate Martin Sloan is "knowledgeable, thorough and proactive." Much of his work is undertaken within financial transactions, in which he advises on major data transfer issues.

Christine O'Neill has developed a specialism in dealing with data breaches and contentious matters in this field. Sources say: "She is very approachable" and "is a joy to work with and very pragmatic."

Significant clients Business Stream, City of Edinburgh Council, ING Direct, Scottish Information Commissioner, Young Scot.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong Scottish insurance practice, adept in handling claims arising from asbestos-related disease, energy, property damage and marine insurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We've been very happy with the support Brodies has given us. The service they provided was entirely as expected and very professional."

Client service: "They are very focused and do things the way we want them to."

Work highlights Acted for Allianz on devising and implementing a new framework agreement for the handling of pleural plaque claims in Scotland. 

Notable practitioners  

Elena Fry is the key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Direct Line Group, RSA, Aviva, Allianz, Zurich.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Boasts a broad range of outsourcing expertise, notably for clients linked to IT and the financial services sectors. Also acts for clients working in the public sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Working relationships: "The team has a real ability to make the opposing side understand client concerns."

Client service: "Their approachability and engagement with clients is as good as any London firm we have used."

Work highlights Advised Newedge on an FSA-regulated global outsourcing agreement for critical trading platforms and order management systems.

Assisted City of Edinburgh Council with the procurement of a revenue collection system for the new Edinburgh tram network.

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Martin Sloan is described as a technically gifted lawyer on technology outsourcings. Sources say that "he works beyond the level of an associate, and holds his own during negotiations."

Significant clients BAE Systems, DC Thomson, Icap, ING Direct, RBS.

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 7 associates

What the team is known for A leading professional discipline firm in Scotland, with broad experience in matters pertaining to a wide range of regulatory bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "Brodies provides clear, coherent advice, and a superior working knowledge and love of the law borne from cross-sector experience."

Client care: "The firm has a friendly, engaging manner which positively infects its staff and partners."

What's new? New client wins include the Central Scotland Joint Police Board.

Work highlights Acted for the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence in an appeal case which challenged the decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Council not to strike off a nurse who had been guilty of misconduct.

Notable practitioners

Christine O'Neill is the key contact.

Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, Lothian and Borders Police, The Insolvency Service.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh 

What the team is known for A broad procurement practice that handles both advisory and contentious matters before the Scottish courts. 

Work highlights Acted for Capgemini, the successful bidder for an NHS 24 IT support contract, when the process was challenged by the incumbent contract holder.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Clough QC offers clients a wealth of experience in procurement. Although he practises in Scotland, he is also a QC in England and Wales.

Solicitor advocate Christine O'Neill is highly regarded for her representation of clients in procurement challenges before the Scottish courts. She acts for both private sector clients and the Scottish Government.

Significant clients City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Aberdeen City Council, APUC. 

Since publication, Mark Clough has joined Dentons

Transport - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners drawn from across the firm
- 7 associates 
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Aberdeen 

What the team is known for Well known for its UK and international road carriage practice. Often handles substantial cargo claims.

Work highlights Represented a haulier on behalf of Morrone & Partners in connection with 22 joint and several excise duty assessments by HMRC.

Notable practitioners  

Rose Marie O'Donnell is a well-known logistics expert and an important point of contact for clients with contentious transport issues in Scotland.

Significant clients BAA, Groupama Transport, Hiscox, RSA, TT Club.