Brodies elects O’Neill as new chair and promotes trio to partnership

Scottish firm Brodies has elected litigator Christine O’Neill as its new chairman following the decision of incumbent Joyce Cullen to stand down after nine years in the role.

Meanwhile, the firm has also promoted three to the partnership. Funds lawyerAndrew Akintewe, property specialist Bob Forman and banking, restructuring and insolvency lawyer Neal Richardson all become partners today (1 May 2013).

Akintewe and Forman are both in the firm’s Edinburgh office while Richardson is based in Aberdeen.

The election of O’Neill as chairman follows the firm’s reelection of managing partner Bill Drummond for a sixth term last year (10 December 2012). Brodies has also been expanding through lateral hires, taking on board two new partners late last year (5 December 2012).

Drummond said in a statement that Brodies thanked Cullen for her “sure touch and absolute commitment” to the firm. He added: “It is fitting that Christine, who became a partner in the same year Joyce took over the role, now succeeds her in such a key position for our firm and we all know she will work hard to help guide Brodies as we look forward with great enthusiasm to the next phase in our development.”

O’Neill is a solicitor advocate and is a standing junior counsel to the Scottish government. She is currently acting for the Scotch Whisky Association and European drinks producers in their challenge to the Scottish Parliament’s legislation on minimum pricing of alcohol.