Job: 
Partner & Chairman
Location: 
Edinburgh
Direct line: 
+44 (0)131 656 0286
Email: 
christine.oneill@brodies.com
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Christine O'Neill is Chairman of Brodies LLP and a recognised expert on public and constitutional law issues in Scotland. She is, uniquely in Scotland, rated by Chambers UK as a Star Individual in administrative and public law and is also ranked in Band 1 for parliamentary and public affairs. Her hallmark is developing strong client relationships in the public and private sectors and providing clear, practical advice.

Christine advises clients on legislation and statutory interpretation, the powers and duties of public bodies including the Scottish Parliament, and freedom of information laws and data protection. She acts for a range of Scottish and UK clients including BBC Scotland, the Gambling Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Recognised for her experience and expertise in handling litigation, Christine is regularly instructed in judicial reviews, statutory appeals and public inquiries.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow and of Harvard Law School, Christine is an accredited mediator and a solicitor advocate. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Scottish Government's panel of Standing Junior counsel and has represented the Government in the Supreme Court, Court of Session and Sheriff Court in cases involving constitutional law, public procurement, children's hearings, legal aid and human rights. She was appointed first Standing Junior to the Scottish Government in 2016. Her detailed advocacy CV is here.

Christine led Brodies' Government, Regulation and Competition team until 2013, when she was elected Chairman of the firm. She works closely with Nick Scott, Managing Partner of Brodies, in contributing to the continued success of Brodies through her membership of the firm's strategic board. As Chairman her responsibilities also include representing the partnership internally and externally, communicating the values of the firm, upholding professional standards and supporting the personal well-being of her colleagues.

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A client notes "She is absolutely someone I want on my side and not arguing against me. She is direct, realistic and quick to identify the facts, strengths and weaknesses in any case." Another interviewee remarks: "If you can get her, you wouldn't go anywhere else."

Chambers UK 2020

Christine O'Neill has a standout intellect combined with practicality and candour.

Legal 500 UK 2020

 

Sources praise her "thorough knowledge of constitutional law," coupled with "an acute political sensitivity" and the "ability to communicate in a manner that is accessible and concise.

Chambers UK 2019