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Brodies opens in Aberdeen and adds six

24 January 2011

Legal firm Brodies is showing its ambitions as it announces the opening of an Aberdeen office and the hiring of two partners in each of the three cities in which it now operates.

The largest firm with offices only in Scotland, and now the fourth biggest Scottish based law firm by revenue, Brodies is launching in Aberdeen with a two-partner office comprising Paull & Williamsons’ former property services head Colin MacLaren, and Bond Pearce oil and gas consultant Clare Munro. They will be joined initially by two assistants and the firm has plans to expand further.

"Brodies in Aberdeen will be a long-term investment in and commitment to the city and the region, where we have many valued clients in a wide range of sectors", managing partner Bill Drummond said. "There will be a permanent, locally based team for the north east, offering the full range of corporate, commercial, and private client legal advice to the region’s business community and public sector organisations."

Mr Drummond said the firm was opening in Aberdeen because a number of “highly important” clients in the energy sector were based in the city. The location of the Aberdeen office will be revealed shortly.

He added that client demand would dictate whether it opened any office in London.

Meanwhile Brodies is adding to its Edinburgh headquarters by hiring Addleshaw Goddard solicitor advocate Mark Clough QC and former Dundas & Wilson head of banking and financial services Michael Stoneham. In Glasgow it has hired Biggart Baillie commercial property partner Richard Smith and Harper Macleod employment head Paul McMahon.

"These six major appointments further underscore our long-term commitment to attracting the best legal talent to serve our clients across Scotland, the UK and internationally", Mr Drummond commented.

The announcements follow the completion of Brodies' most recent triennial strategic review, and mark "a major new phase of planned growth and investment" for the firm.





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