Brodies bolsters leading litigation and technology teams with two new senior appointments
Published by Brodies LLP on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:15
Brodies LLP has further strengthened its leading specialist litigation & dispute resolution and technology teams with the appointment of two senior contentious lawyers regarded as 'outstanding' specialists in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and regulation.
Gill Grassie (Partner) and Robert Buchan (Partner) are to join from Maclay Murray & Spens, where they have built a formidable reputation for their expertise in handling often complex intellectual property disputes. Robert starts at Brodies this week, with Gill joining in the summer.
Gill, formerly head of IP and Technology at the firm, is described by the Legal 500 independent law directory as "outstanding… her knowledge and experience of contentious IPR and technology matters is clearly second to none". Both are accredited IP specialists.
Gill and Robert will complement Brodies' highly-regarded Business Disputes and Asset Recovery specialists, as well as the Technology Unit who provide a full range of services including transaction, litigation and advisory work to businesses and organisations operating across a broad spectrum of sectors including energy and oilfield services, financial services, retail, public sector, life sciences and telecommunications. Both lawyers have acted in oil and gas sector technology IPR disputes and bring their expertise to Brodies clients active in the latest round of UKCS exploration and development.
Bill Drummond, Managing Partner of Brodies, 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.
"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.
"Scotland has a justified reputation as a world-leader in areas of technological and scientific innovation. Protecting patents, trademarks and ideas is vital for Scottish firms as they seek to attract funding, build their market share in the UK or expand overseas. Also, showing overseas investors that there is a robust legal framework with domestic lawyers with an international reputation for asset protection is critical to inward investment. The team looks forward to continuing to work with clients across all sectors, drawing on specialist advice from colleagues across all our departments as required, to help them achieve their commercial objectives."