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Firm Profile

Brodies LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 15 Atholl Crescent
  • Edinburgh
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8HA

Firm profile submitted by Brodies LLP

Chairman: Christine O’Neill
Managing Partner: Bill Drummond
Number of partners:
Associates: 102
Other UK fee-earners:

Banking & Financial Services:
Bruce Stephen, Peter Kelly
Casualty: Elena Fry, Peter Demick
Commercial Litigation: Joyce Cullen, Stephen Goldie
Competition & EU Law: Rod Lambert, Charles Livingstone
Construction & Engineering: Alistair McLean, Manus Quigg
Corporate: Shuna Stirling, Julian Voge
Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency: Colin McIntosh, Rachel Grant
Debt & Asset Recovery: Iain Rutherford
Dispute Resolution & Litigation: Stephen Goldie, Joyce Cullen
Education: Brenda Scott
Employment: Joan Cradden, Tony Hadden, Nigel Watson
Energy: Clare Munro, Keith Patterson, Kirsty Macpherson
Family Law: Shaun George
Health: Gill Grassie, Paul Marshall
Insurance: Elena Fry
Land & Rural Business: Clive Phillips
Oil & Gas: Clare Munro, Greg May
Pensions: Juliet Bayne
Planning & Environment: Neil Collar, Phil Hunter
Private Client: Mark Stewart, Alan Barr, Susanne Beveridge
Professional Negligence: Alan Calvert, Alisdair Matheson
Projects: Keith Patterson, Roger Cotton
Property: Nick Scott, Johane Murray
Property Litigation: Stephen Goldie, Matthew Farrell
Public Law & Regulation: Jackie McGuire, Christine O’Neill
Public Sector Services Group: Charles Livingstone, Jackie McGuire
Shipping: Duncan MacLean, Malcolm Mackay
Tax: Alan Barr, Isobel d’Inverno
IP, Technology & Outsourcing: Grant Campbell, Robert Buchan, Gill Grassie, Martin Sloan
Transport: Karen Hamilton, Roger Cotton
Sport: Andy Nolan

Brodies LLP is a 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. The firm’s 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, and is the only firm without a London office to be ranked as one of the fastest growing firms in organic revenue and PEP over the past five years in the Legal Business 100. In November 2015 Brodies moved into a new office at 110 Queen Street in Glasgow which now accommodates its 208-strong Glasgow team. Since April 2016, teams have been strengthened in corporate and commercial, construction, real estate, energy and infrastructure, land and rural business, personal and family and employment with the recruitment of six new partners, two partner promotions and four managing associate promotions. In the past year Brodies has been named ‘UK National/Regional Firm of the Year’ at the 2017 Legal Business Awards and ‘Scotland Law Firm of the Year’ for the sixth consecutive year at the 2017 Who’s Who Legal 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; and IP, IT and outsourcing. There is also a strong corporate tax offering, with particular expertise in VAT and land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT). In 2017 Brodies was named ‘Scotland IP Firm of the Year’ at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards for the fourth year running.

Banking, Restructuring & Insolvency: The team can be distinguished by its strong coverage across Scotland, 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 in 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 nine 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. The public law team leads a new Brodies Brexit Advisory Group, which is advising clients on the potential consequences of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Employment: As one of the largest teams in Scotland, Brodies’ employment department is widely regarded as market-leading, 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, guidance on pension issues and employee rewards.

Private Client/Personal & Family: The firm’s private client and family department 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 ground-breaking innovations such as developing (Scottish) family limited partnerships and a variety of trust solutions.


  • 15 Atholl Crescent,
  • Edinburgh,
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH3 8HA
  • Tel 0131 228 3777
  • Fax (0131) 228 3878
  • DX ED10 Edinburgh-1
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website :
  • 110 Queen Street,
  • Glasgow,
  • Glasgow City
  • UK
  • G1 3BX
  • Tel 0141 248 4672
  • Fax 0141 221 9270
  • DX GW 11
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Brodies House,
  • 31-33 Union Grove,
  • Aberdeen,
  • Aberdeen City
  • UK
  • AB10 6SD
  • Tel 01224 392 242
  • DX AB10
  • Email : [email protected]