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Brodies LLP
Limited liability partnership
Industry Law
Headquarters Edinburgh (HQ), Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels
Area served
Scotland and UK
Services Legal advice
Revenue £65.1m (2016)

Brodies LLP is Scotland's largest law firm.[1] Its lawyers support Scottish, UK and global organisations in and from Scotland.

The firm offers legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally in its core business areas of corporate and commercial; energy (both renewables and oil & gas); real estate; litigation and dispute resolution; banking and financial services; employment, pensions and benefits, trust and tax, and personal and family law.[2]

Brodies' clients include multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs, business people and individuals from all backgrounds who are active in almost every sector of the Scottish economy.

Financial Performance[edit]

In July 2016, Brodies reported that the successful completion of the second year of its 2014/17 strategic plan led to a 12.4% increase in turnover to £65.1 million in the 12 months to 30 April 2016.[3]

Over the same period, profit before partner distributions grew 14.2% to £30.9 million and cash balances rose 7.3% to £15.9 million.

During 2015/16, the total number of lawyers and staff at Brodies grew 4.6% from 603 to 631. Over the same period, the number of partners rose from 82 to 91 (10.9%) and the number of other lawyers and professional advisers from 290 to 303, an increase of 4.5%. The firm currently has 92 partners and remains the largest law firm in Scotland.

Highlights of the year included:

• Five lateral partner hires and seven partner promotions, strengthening Brodies’ teams in corporate & commercial; real estate; public law & regulatory; business disputes & asset recovery; banking; family; and land & rural business. This included the recruitment of a three-partner family law team to expand Brodies’ nationwide private client legal services.

• 37 top tier practice area rankings in the independent legal directories, giving Brodies more practice area and ‘leading individual’ lawyer rankings than any other firm in Scotland.

• Moving into a new office at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow.

• Extending Brodies’ PRIME programme, a pioneering initiative by the UK’s leading law firms to widen access to the legal profession to young people from all backgrounds, to school pupils from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

• Celebrating a decade of support for the Scottish Schools Swimming Association and Maggie’s Centres, which provide UK-wide support for people whose lives are affected by cancer.

Legal Rankings[edit]

Brodies is home to many solicitors regarded as leaders in their field and has more lawyers ranked as leading individuals in the independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners than any other firm in Scotland. In total, Brodies has 37 top tier practice area rankings in the current editions of the leading independent legal directories, including:

Legal 500[4] Chambers[5]
Agriculture & Estates Administrative & Public Law
Banking & Finance Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Charities Banking Litigation
Commercial Litigation Corporate/M&A
Commercial Property Education: Institutions
Commercial Property: Leisure & Hospitality Employment
Commercial Property: Retail Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables
Corporate & Commercial Environment
Corporate Tax Family/Matrimonial
Crime: Fraud Franchising
Debt Recovery Healthcare
Education Intellectual Property
Employment Litigation
Environment Local Government
EU & Competition Planning
Family Private Client
Health Professional Negligence
Insolvency Real Estate
Intellectual Property Real Estate Litigation
IT & Telecoms Retail: General
Local Government Shipping
Oil & Gas Tax
Parliamentary & Public Affairs Transport: Rail
Personal Injury: Defender Transport: Road: Projects & Infrastructure
Planning Restructuring/Insolvency
Professional Negligence
Property Litigation
Unit Trusts, OEICs & Investment Trusts


The achievements of Brodies and its partners have been recognised with numerous independent awards in recent years. These include:

UK National/Regional Law Firm of the Year, Legal Business Awards 2017

UK Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016, The Lawyer Awards [6]

UK National/Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015, Legal Business Awards[7]

UK Law Firm of the Year 2014, British Legal Awards [8]

Scottish Law Firm of the Year 2014, Legal 500 Awards [9]

Legal Advisor of the Year 2014, Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards [10]

Scotland Law Firm of the Year 2016, Who’s Who Legal Awards[11] - the fifth consecutive time the firm has gained this recognition.

Partner of the Year, Business Stream Annual Awards[12] in recognition of its lawyers’ "hands-on support", "enthusiasm" and "willingness to go the extra mile".

Bill Drummond, Managing Partner of Brodies, was named Managing Partner of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2014.[13]

Bill Drummond was also named an EY Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014, and UK Management Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards, 2013.

Brodies’ intellectual property team was named Scotland IP Firm of the Year at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards in 2014,[14] 2015[15] and 2016.[16] In 2015 and 2016 the team also achieved a ‘Gold’ ranking in World Trademark Review’s global list of the 1,000 leading trademark professionals for the second consecutive year.


Brodies has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels. Brodies is the only Scottish law firm to have an office in Brussels.[17]

Information Security[edit]

Brodies became one of the first UK law firms to achieve certification to the 2013 version of ISO 27001 for its information security management system, implementing global best practice to safeguard information throughout the firm.[18] ISO 27001 is regarded as the benchmark for information security management. The latest version of the standard has been updated to take account of changes in technology and risks in recent years.

Brodies sought ISO certification in response to growing demand among businesses for professional advisers to put in place robust information security regimes to safeguard commercially sensitive data in all forms and protect them from the financial and reputational damage that a data breach can cause.

In 2015 Brodies also achieved the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, a new Government-backed and industry supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats.[19]


Brodies has practice areas in:[20] Alternative Dispute Resolution; Banking, Finance & Contentious Banking; Construction & Engineering; Corporate; Dispute Resolution & Litigation; Employment, Pensions & Benefits; Energy & Infrastructure; Health & Safety; Insurance & Risk; IP, Technology & Outsourcing; Personal & Family; Personal Injury; Planning & Environment; Public Law, Regulatory and Competition; Real Estate; Restructuring & Insolvency and Tax.

Brodies runs the largest free seminar programme of any Scottish law firm and provides regular legal updates to its clients via email and social media.[21]

PRIME Initiative[edit]

Brodies is a founding member of PRIME,[22] a pioneering initiative by the UK's leading law firms to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession by offering quality work experience and continuing support to young people from less privileged backgrounds.

Brodies is committed each year to offering students aged 13–17 the opportunity to take part in a structured work experience programme that is coordinated and delivered by Brodies staff representing departments across their business. Brodies’ target is to offer places to 30 students each year across its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The programme delivers a minimum of 30–35 hours of work experience and is designed to give the young people involved an insight into all aspects of the business, not just law but also professional support services, such as IT, Finance, HR and Marketing.[23]

Brodies continues to develop its relationship with Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh and Drumchapel High School, Glasgow and is expanding its PRIME programme to Aberdeen. Brodies’ target is to offer places to 30 students each year across its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Scottish Business Insider Law Review, June 2014
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Brodies LLP". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
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  20. ^ "Services". Brodies. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Brodies Seminars". Brodies. 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "PRIME Initiative". PRIME Initiative. 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "PRIME Initiative". Brodies. 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.