Brodies appoints former Glasgow DLA Piper corporate partner

Brodies has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Burgess into its corporate team.

Burgess, who will be based in Glasgow, specialises in acquisitions, disposals and investments in numerous UK and international transactions.

He was at DLA for eight years, six and a half of which were as a partner, having previously worked at Australian commercial law firm Minter Ellison in Sydney.

In a statement on the appointment managing partner at Brodies Bill Drummond described Burgess as having “a formidable reputation among his clients” which range from private companies to private equity houses and institutions.

DLA Piper terminated its Glasgow base earlier this year as part of a UK restructuring, but not all partners took the opportunity to transfer to Edinburgh (24 January 2013).

DLA Piper’s Scotland restructuring head Yvonne Brady is expected to moved HBJ Gateley, the Scottish arm of Gateley, after the international firm confirmed that it would shut its Glasgow office (18 March 2013).

Meanwhile, DWF took a three-person corporate team from DLA Piper that had originally been based in the firm’s Glasgow office (19 June 2013).

Lawyer numbers at Brodies rose by 8.6 per cent from 220 to 239 in 2012/13 although the number of equity partners decreased from 32.3 to 31.2 (8 July 2013).

Brodies posted a 7.5 per cent rise in revenue and an increase of £75,000 at the top end of its equity spread at the end of the 2012/13 financial year.