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Brodies hires shipping and transport specialists
Legal firm Brodies has made four solicitor hires to support its shipping and transport work, which the firm says is showing strong demand at present.
Victoria Anderson joins the Glasgow office from BLM as a senior associate, bringing more than 10 years’ experience acting for clients in health and safety matters including prosecutions, fatal accident inquiries and high value liability cases.
The Edinburgh office sees the appointment of Fehmida Hanif as associate, who joins from Clyde & Co with 10 years’ experience of handling claims in transportation and other sectors, and solicitor Thomas Mulhall, who since qualifying in 2017 has worked in the Insurance Litigation team at DWF.
Solicitor Maggie Nicoll, who specialises in contract disputes and personal injury cases in the offshore and fishing industry, joins the Aberdeen office from Mackinnons.
Brodies has recently been advising on funding the construction of new vessels with a combined value of more than £100 million. These projects, commissioned by Scottish businesses, span a number of shipping sectors including offshore, cargo, ferries and pelagic fishing, with construction taking place in Europe and South East Asia.
Duncan MacLean, shipping partner at Brodies, commented: “Since the end of last year, we’ve seen an increase in demand for legal advice in shipping and transport. Transactional activity is being driven by clients who are getting on with their own agendas and investing in newbuilds, some of which will operate from the north east – Fraserburgh, Orkney and Shetland – while others will be deployed in coastal and European trade. On the regulatory and litigation side, we’re seeing demand both for immediate response services and advice, and in relation to the proceedings and disputes that follow.
“Victoria, Fehmida, Thomas and Maggie bring a blend of knowledge and experience to the firm, adding further strength to our existing specialisms in claims, insurance, contractual regulatory and health & safety work.”