Brodies to appoint three new partners

Scottish headquartered law firm Brodies LLP said it appointed three new partners who are “recognised leaders in the fields of infrastructure projects, real estate finance and corporate and personal tax.”

It said Heather Thompson is a trust and tax specialist whose experience spans a wide range of taxation matters across the corporate, private client and real estate areas.

Thompson is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Trust and Succession Law Reform Sub Committee and STEP, the worldwide professional association for those advising families.

She joins Brodies on April 3 and will be based in its Edinburgh office, working across the firm’s top tier-ranked corporate and personal tax teams.

Brodies said Drysdale Graham is a lawyer specialising in social and economic infrastructure projects.

He has worked closely with sponsors, investors and funders on high-profile PFI, PPP and NPD-funded projects, most recently the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and Aberdeen Harbour Expansion projects.

Drysdale joins Brodies’ energy & infrastructure team on May 1, and will be based primarily in the Edinburgh office.

Brodies said Chris Dun specialises in investment and development property finance, property investment trusts, social housing finance, education finance and securitisation and bond issues.

Dun will join Brodies in the summer and will be based in the firm’s Glasgow office.

Brodies managing partner Bill Drummond said: “We are pleased that lawyers of the calibre of Heather, Drysdale and Chris will be sharing their considerable expertise with our clients and further enhancing the service provided by our banking and finance, corporate, projects, infrastructure and real estate teams.

“With infrastructure investment looking to ramp up, stimulated by significant funding commitments from the Scottish and UK Governments, and with consensus on the need to meet growing demand for new homes in Scotland, advice from acknowledged market-leading lawyers such as Drysdale and Chris will be in great demand.

“Similarly, Heather’s specialist expertise in both business and personal tax matters will be invaluable to clients at a time when we are seeing change in taxation internally in the UK as well as the likelihood of further complexity and divergence in international systems ahead.”