Brodies advised the management team of Crawford Scientific Holdings Ltd, a leading supplier of chromatography products and analytical services to the laboratory research and testing sectors, during the acquisition of the business by Limerston Capital Partners. 

Crawford Scientific was sold for an undisclosed sum, with its investor Maven Capital Partners achieving a full exit and the management team of Crawford Scientific rolling over some of their equity.

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 advised the shareholders of cloud technology solutions provider Results Squared Limited in the sale of their business to Blue Minerva Limited, part of the IRIS Software Group.

The sale and purchase of the Portland Hotels Group, owners and operators of five hotels – Edinburgh Capital Hotel, Edinburgh City Hotel, Pond Hotel (Glasgow), Huntingtower Hotel (Perth) and Speedbird Inn (Aberdeen Airport).

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.

Sale of 152-year-old family business to one of the world’s largest coffee roasting companies

Matthew Algie, the Glasgow-based coffee roaster, has a proud 152-year history and had been family-owned since it was established in Greenock in 1864.

Brodies Corporate has advised in the sale of Rockwell Solutions Limited, a Scottish-based food packaging developer and manufacturer to Sappi group of South Africa. Sappi is one of the world’s leading producers of speciality papers and carton board with a strong presence in meeting the increased global demand for sustainable barrier paper solutions.

Brodies advised City Facilities Management Group in the purchase of the Lesprit group, which trades as Maintenance Management Limited in the UK and Atrium Maintenance France in Europe, from Lloyds Development Capital (LDC). Through this acquisition, City, one of the world’s largest and leading, privately owned facilities management providers, has now extended its footprint into Europe, in addition to strengthening its existing business in the UK.