Brodies unveils six new partners in latest round of appointments and promotions

Top (L-R) Rhona McFarlane, Leigh Gould, Fiona Herrell; Bottom (L-R) Lucy McCann, Chris Duff, Graeme Leith
Top (L-R) Rhona McFarlane, Leigh Gould, Fiona Herrell; Bottom (L-R) Lucy McCann, Chris Duff, Graeme Leith

Brodies LLP, Scotland’s largest law firm, has unveiled six new partners as a result of its latest round of promotions, and reports 6% growth in people in the last 12 months.

Aberdeen-based Leigh Gould, Rhona McFarlane and Fiona Herrell step up to partner in their respective areas of personal and family, corporate and commercial (oil & gas) and employment while Lucy McCann and Chris Duff become partners in litigation and Graeme Leith is assumed as partner in real estate.  Lucy, Chris and Graeme are based in the firm’s Edinburgh Office.

Growth in Brodies’ dedicated oil & gas team has also continued with Laura Petrie, who will be based in Aberdeen, joining the firm as legal director.

These latest appointments come as Brodies records a 6% increase in people, up from 645 the previous year to 688, including 102 partners.

Brodies’ managing partner, Nick Scott, said: “Our new partners have each demonstrated exemplary levels of commitment to our clients and colleagues, and that is recognised today. I look forward to supporting them in their new roles as they continue to develop their careers here at Brodies.

“In our strategic plans we remain committed to bringing the sharpest minds together. That fusing of multiple viewpoints is what delivers value to our clients and encourages us to collaborate, innovate and think differently.  That we have today assumed six of our colleagues as partners, and in April appointed Aberdeen-based partners Elaine Farquharson-Black and Bryan Wilson, is testament to that focus, the resilience of our clients and the trust they place in us to help them achieve their ambitions.” 

In addition to the partner promotions and new appointments, Brodies has confirmed that 23 senior solicitors have been promoted to associate. The firm has also retained 11 of its trainees as newly qualified lawyers and recruitment is on-going to appoint a further 22 to join the firm in Autumn.

“In the last year, we have grown the size of our team by 6% and our clients will continue to benefit from our ability to attract leading experts in their fields,” continues Scott. “The ongoing growth of our firm is about making sure that we are in the best position to provide opportunities for all of our colleagues to grow in their careers.  By investing in our team and recruiting excellent people, we seek to ensure that Brodies remains an outstanding place for our lawyers to give, and our clients to receive, top quality legal advice. I wish all of our new recruits and colleagues receiving promotion all the best in their new roles.”

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