Niall is co-head of our Government and Business team and is part of Brodies' Government, Regulation and Competition practice. He gives both public and private sector clients advice in a broad range of areas including: environmental law, governance, defamation and reputation management, public law and statutory interpretation. Niall has experience advising on the data protection and reputation management issues that arise from cyber attacks.

Niall is a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in the Court of Session and has extensive advocacy experience, regularly appearing in court for clients. He is also regularly instructed to manage significant pieces of litigation in the Court of Session including judicial reviews and statutory appeals primarily focusing on planning & environment, local government and education law.

Living Brodies' values

Niall takes a collaborative approach to working with clients and colleagues and is described as "a very bright, energetic and up-and-coming lawyer" by clients.

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  • The only solicitor advocate appointed to the Scottish Government’s list of ‘Standing Junior Counsel’. Niall regularly acts for the Scottish Government in a broad range of Court of Session actions, with a particular interest in planning & environmental litigation.
  • On the panel of preferred counsel in Scotland for the Equality & Human Rights Commission.
  • Involved in the University of Glasgow’s Legal Network scheme where he mentors Diploma students.
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  • Ranked as 'Next Generation Partner' for Education in Legal 500 UK 2024.
  • Ranked by Chambers as an 'Up and Coming' Partner in Administrative & Public Law.
  • Ranked by Chambers as an 'Up and Coming' Partner and by Legal 500 as 'Next Generation' Partner in Local Government.
  • Recognised by Legal 500 as being "increasingly active in reputation management issues".