Christine O’Neill, solicitor advocate, acted for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) in defending an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session by the Law Society of Scotland. The Law Society was also represented by solicitor advocates. The case involved arguments about an unusual and difficult legal question: when is a regulator entitled to alter decisions that it has taken in live cases where its previous course of action has been found by the courts to have been wrong?
Brodies has been appointed as sub-contractor to provide Scots Law advice in support of international legal firm Simmons & Simmons in its appointments to the UK Government’s General Legal Advice (GLAS) and its Finance and Highly Complex Legal Advice (FaCLS) panels.
These panels make legal services available to Central Government and its associated bodies, including the Security and Intelligence Services, the Bank of England, the Medical Research Council, UK Export Finance and the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency.
Brodies has helped Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils comply with new procurement regulations by providing a method of maintaining a central register of contracts for both local authorities using its BOrganised contract management system.
Under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, which came into force in April 2016, public bodies are obliged to maintain a contract register and publish key information from the register online as a statement of current and future opportunities for commercial partners.
Brodies has built on its strong relationship with transport company Abellio by acting as lead adviser on its sale of 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise to global conglomerate Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”).
The transaction completed on 21 March 2017.
Mitsui has business interests in numerous different sectors, including infrastructure, integrated transportation systems, energy, and IT and communications.