Brodies’ market-leading government, regulation and competition team advises local authorities and other public bodies and commercial clients in judicial reviews, statutory appeals and in bringing and defending regulatory enforcement action. We also represent businesses facing potential criminal prosecution particularly in relation to regulatory matters. 

Our lawyers appear in the Sheriff Court and in the Court of Session and at public inquiries, including in relation to environmental appeals and compulsory purchase. Key areas of expertise include education, health and social care, and environmental compliance.

We support clients with all aspects of parliamentary work, whether promoting or challenging new legislation, changes in government policy and executive decisions, and all aspects of state aid, procurement and competition law.

Our team has considerable experience advising on business ethics and compliance, as well as in relation to defamation and media law.

We are in demand for advice and commentary on Scotland's constitutional future and provide regular updates on constitutional reform and a wide range of public law issues through our interactive public law blog, which is free to access. Many of our lawyers have worked in central or local government, bringing valuable insights to their work for clients. Clients can be confident that our public law specialists understand the questions of policy and issues of accountability which can play an important part in public law litigation. We harness this experience and use it to our clients' advantage, whether they are bringing or defending proceedings.

Brodies has a significant practice covering EU and UK competition and regulatory law on issues such as cartels, restrictive agreements and the abuse of dominant positions, as well as the competition and regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Brodies solicitors also assist businesses with advice on competition issues arising from commercial agreements, including licensing, franchising, supply and distribution arrangements.

The public sector team at Brodies consistently demonstrates an exceptional insight into the requirements for working in partnership with in-house solicitors to maximise the benefits of that collaboration.

Charles Reppke, Argyll & Bute Council


To find out how we can assist you, contact Jackie McGuire.