Brodies targets Aberdeen as part of six-partner recruitment drive

Scottish firm Brodies has marked the first phase of its new three-year strategy with the addition of six partners and the launch of an office in Aberdeen.

Bill Drummond
Bill Drummond

The Edinburgh-headquartered firm, which also has an office in Glasgow, has opened in Aberdeen with the hire of Paull & Williamsons’ former property services head Colin MacLaren and Bond Pearce oil and gas partner Clare Munro. The latter, who had a spell in house at oil giant BP, joined Bond Pearce from McGrigors in 2007, having previously worked at Aberdeen firm Ledingham Chalmers.

In Edinburgh, Brodies has added Addleshaw Goddard solicitor advocate Mark Clough QC and Dundas & Wilson banking partner Michael Stoneham, while in Glasgow it has hired Biggart Baillie commercial property partner Richard Smith and Harper Macleod employment head Paul McMahon.

Brodies managing partner Bill Drummond said the hires reflect the fact that the firm is “sticking to its strategic guns”.

“We think all the industries these guys work for are highly relevant in terms of long-term activity. They’re going to be core to what’s going on in the economy,” he said.

Drummond said the firm had chosen to open in Aberdeen because it has a number of “highly important” clients in the energy sector who are based in the city.

“We’ve got very strong renewables and oil and gas clients and businesses based in Aberdeen like to have their lawyers there,” he said.

Drummond added that the firm, which also has two Aberdeen-based assistants, has “ambitious plans to grow Aberdeen”.