Law firm Brodies boosts operations with nine new partners

Scottish legal heavyweight Brodies has welcomed nine new partners, including four internal promotions and five lateral hires.

The internal promotions comprise banking and finance lawyer Mark Meiklejohn; commercial litigator and solicitor advocate Craig Watt; and personal and family lawyers Hayley Robertson and Nick Marshall.

They will be joined by lateral hires Allan Cairns and Colin Keenan, who join the firm's real estate practice, and litigator Gareth Hale – all three join from Dentons – and corporate lawyers Martin Ewan and David Millar. The latter two boost Brodies' growing practice in Aberdeen, as the firm marks a decade in the city.

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Mr Cairns specialises in the UK real estate investment market, while Mr Keenan has a focus on the retail sector. Complementing Brodies’ litigation practice is Mr Hale, who has represented UK clients in sectors from housebuilding, shopping centres and retail parks to care homes and healthcare.

From left, Hayley Robertson, Mark Meiklejohn, and Nick Marshall are among those promoted to partner. Picture: contributed.

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Mr Ewan has more than two decades under his belt and is an experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer in the oil and gas industry, while Mr Millar is a veteran of corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity work.

In addition to the new partners, the firm has promoted nine colleagues to the role of senior associate, and 12 to associate.

Brodies managing partner Nick Scott said: “Our strategic plans for 2021 – 2024 recognise the opportunity for growth across all areas of the firm and the benefits that will bring to our clients in the provision of relevant, quality legal advice. Those plans also recognise the wealth of talent within our firm. I congratulate Mark, Craig, Hayley and Nick as they step up to partner, and wish all our newly promoted colleagues well as they start the next stage in their careers.

"That we can continue to attract market leading lawyers of the calibre of Allan, Colin, Gareth, Martin and David underpins our strategic plans, and is testament to the market's recognition of our firm's ambition. We look forward to their contribution."

The firm notes that it dates back nearly 300 years to the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. It also says it is now the largest law firm headquartered in Scotland, measured by income, directory rankings, and lawyer numbers, and has more than 700 people working across Aberdeen, Dingwall, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels.

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