Brendan Diamond BSc Dip Arch RIBA FRIAS

Brendan Diamond is responsible for the design and delivery of major projects within the practice. I qualified from the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Edinburgh in 1981 and have been with MLA since. I have delivered a wide range of projects across Scotland including masterplanning, office design and complex manufacturing buildings. I have extensive experience in leading and managing design teams on large and complex projects.

Key Projects:

  • City of Glasgow College, City Campus
  • City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus
  • Edinburgh BioQuarter
  • Royal Bank of Scotland’s World HQ

Firm Overview:

MLA is an award-winning architectural practice with a strong reputation for high quality, enduring design of buildings and spaces. We are drawn to understanding how people use their environment and how buildings and spaces influence our sense of well-being and happiness.

Anne Morris

Anne Morris is the Managing Director of DavidsonMorris.

Anne has worked in immigration for over 20 years, starting her career in the Home Office. After training to become a solicitor, Anne worked at two top immigration firms and learnt to provide comprehensive, informative support both to individuals and commercial organisations.

Since establishing DavidsonMorris in 2005, Anne has developed the firm into a highly regarded provider of specialist immigration legal services. Anne is proud of the team of immigration experts that she has recruited, bringing together professionals from a background in both HR and the Home Office. This positions the DavidsonMorris team uniquely to partner with in-house administrative departments to successfully support and streamline their immigration processes.

Firm Overview:

DavidsonMorris is a modern legal services provider that specialises in providing value and solutions-based guidance on immigration law.

We support a range of commercial clients from the petrochemical, education and financial sectors, including major multi-nationals, FTSE 100 and Global 2000 companies, to help them meet their global mobility needs.

Ian Wattie

Ian Wattie is the managing partner of Burness Paull and in that capacity chairs the firm’s Operations Board responsible for the day to day running of our business.

Ian is also highly regarded in the market, named by Chambers UK as one of the leading real estate lawyers in Scotland with a “broad knowledge base in commercial real estate”. Clients like his no-nonsense style and readiness to give a commercial steer as to how best to achieve the results they want.

He has a particular focus on property development and the funding of developments. With the economic downturn he has also been regularly involved advising banks and other financial institutions involved in the property sector on security related issues.

Firm Overview:

Lawyers like data. So here are the numbers:

  • We have over 480 people.
  • We operate from three offices.
  • This year we have worked on over £10bn of deals in more than 60 jurisdictions.
  • And we have one goal. To be the Best Scottish Law Firm in the World.

But it’s not the numbers that make us special.

Don’t take it from us. Take it from our clients.

Alastair Dickson

Alastair Dickson is the senior partner at Dickson Minto. Alastair has a broad practice with a particular focus on the international private equity market. He advises a number of private equity managers, corporates and investors.

Firm Overview:

Dickson Minto is a boutique law firm that specialises in corporate matters. We develop long-term client relationships by providing clear, concise and commercial advice.

We are specialists in corporate transactions and complex commercial advice. Our focus, our expertise and our culture mean that we deliver unmatched client service.

Our experienced team is dedicated to achieving exceptional execution. That is why our clients trust us implicitly with some of the largest and most complex transactions in the market.

Dickson Minto is a long-term partner delivering outstanding results.

Every client instruction starts with the most important question: “What do you want us to help you achieve?”

We are an independent business, which means we always put our clients’ best interests first. Most of our clients stay with us for their entire business career and that’s because we consistently solve their problems.

Every member of our team takes the time to truly understand their business and their needs, and clients have unrivalled access to our most senior people.

We believe in making life easier for our clients. That means being clear and simple in all our communication, avoiding jargon, and getting straight to the point. We take pride in being experts in corporate law and in being good people to work with.

We treat you with respect, which is why we never issue press releases about client transactions. People come to us because they have heard about our reputation, and we’re proud to be judged on what’s most important: our performance.

We have always been a specialist law firm, acting for some of the largest and most sophisticated UK and global companies, privately owned businesses and fund managers. Clients can have complete confidence in our work because we have chosen to excel in the specific fields of corporate and commercial law rather than attempting to be everything to every business.

We offer far more than legal advice. We act as a trusted advisor, navigating clients through the complex world of corporate transactions, always looking to see what more we can do to make the process as smooth and painless as possible.

We combine our strategic and commercial expertise with a sharpness and agility that means we work faster and get results quicker.

We work with some of the largest global companies and investors on complex cross-border transactions. Our clients include top tier private equity houses, mid–sized family owned businesses and start-ups.

We advise over 50 listed companies (more per partner than any other UK law firm) and the full range of financial institutions, including banks and asset managers.

We provide specialist commercial advice in the areas of regulation, investment funds, real estate, competition, intellectual property, employment, pensions and tax.

We have advised clients on corporate transactions with an aggregate value of over $200 billion.

Gillian Carty

Gillian Carty is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner, a specialist in insolvency law accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and is a member of the Law Society’s Insolvency Solicitors’ Committee. Clients have described her as “an exceptional lawyer who is practical, measured and thorough”. She deals with both contentious and non-contentious insolvency work with a particular focus on insolvency litigation, banking and finance litigation and debt recovery. Gillian is very highly regarded for the depth of her technical knowledge in the field of restructuring and insolvency and her shrewd commercial approach. She also has a wealth of advocacy experience and experience in contentious tax having represented clients and appeared many times before the Tax Tribunal.

Firm Overview:

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading UK law firm. From offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and the City of London, the firm delivers comprehensive multi-jurisdictional legal advice across every business sector as well as offering the full range of private client and wealth management services.

Regarded by many as the go-to firm for specialist advice in real estate; energy and natural resources; and financial and banking sectors, Shepherd and Wedderburn also has an impressive track record in advising clients from across other industries and sectors. FTSE and AIM companies, large SMEs, and public service organisations are counted among its clients.

With 81 partners and more than 500 staff, Shepherd and Wedderburn has the expertise, experience and depth of resource to deliver what our clients need.

As a founding member of the World Services Group, Shepherd and Wedderburn is able to respond to clients’ needs swiftly and effectively anywhere in the world. Currently the firm serves clients in 92 jurisdictions.

David Arnott

David Arnott has 25 years’ experience resolving construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes. He is an accredited specialist in Construction Law and a band 1 ranked Construction Lawyer in Chambers & Partners in which he is described as “very level-headed, practical and he understands his clients”. In recent years he has been involved in some of Scotland’s largest construction disputes including issues arising from the Edinburgh Trams Project, the Edinburgh Schools PFI Project and the new Forth Crossing. He has been involved in excess of 200 adjudications and lectures regularly on construction issues to clients and the wider construction industry.

Firm Overview:

Brodies is the Scottish headquartered law firm offering clients the largest specialist legal resource in Scotland, delivering services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global organisations.

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels, the firm offers legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally in its core business areas of corporate and commercial; energy (both renewables and oil & gas); property; litigation; banking and financial services; employment, pensions and benefits and trust and tax.

Our clients include big companies, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs, business people and individuals from all backgrounds who are active in almost every sector of the Scottish economy. They come to us for different reasons but invariably stay with us for the same ones – relationships built on trust and galvanised by the quality of our legal advice, commercial know-how and shared appetite for success.

Brodies is characterised by:

Advice that is distinguished by a practical approach, good judgement and the most relevant expertise, drawn upon from every part of the firm while being there for clients whenever and wherever needed.

Know-how that comes from understanding industry sectors, the challenges that businesses face in Scotland, the UK, and globally, and from our commitment to innovation and harnessing the latest technology.

Success that is driven by our desire to provide the best for clients – whether it’s developing innovative tax products such as Family Limited Partnerships, or taking on complex litigation that is reshaping the legal and wider landscape.

At Brodies we believe it’s important to understand and communicate the broader issues, in the world of finance, the economy and public policy. Where change is happening, you will often find us leading the legal debate and we will always make sure that our clients are the first to know about the issues that matter.