Brodies bolsters IP team with double partner hire from Maclays

Brodies has bulked up its IP practice with the hire of two partners from Maclay Murray & Spens.

Bill Drummond
Bill Drummond

IP and technology head Gill Grassie and partner Robert Buchan both join the firm as partners, with Buchan coming on board this week while Grassie will make the move in the summer.

The pair are both experienced in handling complex IP disputes.

Brodies managing partner Bill Drummond said: “The capability of these lawyers has been long admired by us all at Brodies and will both boost our recognised market-leading litigation credentials and complement our excellent technology team, which is headed by Grant Campbell and includes Andrew Rigby, both of whom are recommended as experts by independent legal directories.”

Grassie and Buchan will work alongside lawyers in the firm’s business disputes, asset recovery and technology teams, working across the financial, retail, public sector and telecommunications sectors.

Drummond added: “The appointment of Gill and Robert will, I believe, give us unparalleled expertise in the Scottish legal marketplace and provide our clients with advice from lawyers of the very highest calibre who have experience of advising businesses and organisations on the full range of intellectual property and technology issues.”

Prior to joining Maclays, Grassie was a litigator with Bristows in London and has advised on patent and trademark litigation, anti-piracy, trade secret protection and IT contract disputes. She was recently appointed as an expert on the Nominet dispute resolution panel.