‘Brodies’ expertise and knowledge within the Scottish litigation arena is second to none. They provide a high level of service and succeed in putting their clients’ best interest at the forefront of their advice.’
Chambers and Partners UK 2020
Head of litigation and partner
+44 (0) 141 245 6226
Stephen Goldie is head of litigation at Brodies and a recognised expert in dispute resolution. With more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with highly-contentious and business-critical matters for clients across the UK and internationally, he specialises in solving contractual and asset-related disputes involving energy (oil and gas), manufacturing, real estate, infrastructure and finance issues. He advises clients in a broad range of dispute arenas including arbitration, mediation, expert determination and court, as well as commercial litigation, lease enforcement (including complex dilapidations/repairing issues) and portfolio debt recovery are also part of his repertoire. He has led on high-value cases involving contractual interpretation and misrepresentation claims which have been determined by the Supreme Court in London. International arbitration (through LCIA and ICC) is an active area of his practice. Corporate and finance clients including plcs, funds and private equity houses regularly work with him citing his ‘professional, concise and commercial’ approach.
Partner and chair
+44 (0) 131 656 0286
Christine O’Neill is chair of Brodies and a recognised expert on public and constitutional law issues in Scotland. Her hallmark is developing strong client relationships in the public and private sectors and providing clear, practical advice. She advises clients on legislation and statutory interpretation, the powers and duties of public bodies including the Scottish Parliament, and freedom of information laws and data protection. She acts for a range of Scottish and UK clients including BBC Scotland, the Gambling Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. In 2009, she became the first solicitor advocate in Scotland to be appointed as Standing Junior to the Scottish Government. In 2016 she was appointed as First Standing Junior Counsel – leading the standing junior group of advocates and solicitor advocates and being instructed for the government in cases of constitutional significance and complexity. In that role she appeared as junior counsel for the Lord Advocate in the Supreme Court throughout the proceedings that ultimately determined that the Prime Minister’s prorogation of Parliament in the autumn of 2019 was unlawful.
+44 (0) 131 656 0008
Jackie McGuire is a specialist in the field of local government law with over 20 years’ experience. Recognised as a leader in the field by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK she regularly advises local authorities on their powers and decision-making processes including in relation to education and social care. She is highly experienced in the delivery of training on conduct and governance. She heads up the firm’s government, regulation and competition team and its public sector services group, which is focused on the delivery of tailored services to our public sector clients. She is also involved in assisting clients improving service delivery by modernising and streamlining their business models.
+44 (0) 141 245 6215
Elena Fry heads our insurance and risk team. She has been helping clients manage legal processes arising from health and safety incidents for 25 years. She deals with HSE, police and other regulatory interventions and prosecutions as well as the defence of complex, high-value and sensitive liability damages claims. She has a wealth of expertise and experience across the full spectrum of liability. Elena is a trusted adviser to clients dealing with high-profile crises and incidents. She is well known for her hands-on, pragmatic and solution-driven approach. Clients include insurers, self-insured businesses, public and third sector organisations and individuals.
+44 (0) 131 656 3723
Louise Shiels heads our contentious construction team. She is an accredited specialist in construction law and dual-qualified in both English and Scots law. She has extensive experience advising clients on contract interpretation and contract delivery of all forms of construction, engineering and energy contracts. She regularly represents clients in all forms of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution for high-profile, complex disputes, both during the delivery of the project and post-completion of the works. She is currently engaged in some of the largest, most technically complex construction, engineering and energy disputes in the UK.
Tony Jones QC
+44 (0) 131 526 4029
Tony Jones QC is one of only six civil solicitor advocates in Scotland to be afforded the rank of senior counsel; this is testament to the fact that the majority of his career has been devoted to conducting advocacy in Scotland at the highest level. He is the only QC in Scotland to be accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an expert in professional negligence and construction law. He has conducted litigations, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations relating to a wide spectrum of commercial disputes.
+44 (0) 1224 392 170
Ken MacDonald leads Brodies’ international arbitration practice and is a respected business disputes lawyers with over 25 years’ experience. He advises clients and represents their interests in commercial disputes. He has a remarkable depth of expertise in dealing with real estate, commercial and contractual disputes with a particular focus in both the oil and gas and the property development sectors.
He is qualified in both English and Scottish law and is a notary public. In 2017 Ken completed his Diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) at the Queen Mary University
+44 (0) 131 656 0165
Iain Rutherford advises clients in relation to a broad range of commercial disputes with an emphasis on IT, IP and telecoms, energy and corporate and financial disputes. He has an LLM in IT and telecommunications law and has represented clients in relation to various IT/IP-related disputes, including trade mark and patent infringement, outsourcing, domain name and IT supplier disputes. He has also acted for banks and financial services institutions in relation to high-profile and high-value professional negligence, misrepresentation, contractual and pensions disputes and has acted in a wide variety of corporate litigation including warranty claims, unfair prejudice petitions and related shareholder disputes.
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