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Public Sector Services Group

Delivering in Partnership with Scotland’s Public Sector

Brodies’ Public Sector Services Group Brodies’ Public Sector Services Group (PSSG) enjoys a high profile within the firm and includes lawyers from across the business, highlighting the importance that we place on this sector. Headed up by Christine O’Neill and directed by Jackie McGuire, the PSSG has gone from strength to strength. More than 70 solicitors are now actively and significantly engaged in the delivery of services to the Scottish Public Sector, including Scottish local government. We recognise the challenges that local authorities face, particularly in the current economic climate and in the context of their growing breadth of responsibility. We ensure that we are well informed about the developing public sector agenda, by expanding our knowledge base by active engagement with public sector organisations, and by ensuring our lawyers receive training and up to date information on emerging issues and new legislative requirements. Our goal is to guarantee that we are always best placed to provide quality legal advice and assistance in line with the developing requirements in the public sector.

Partnership We demonstrate the continuing success of our strategy, exploring ways of establishing effective partnerships that will deliver innovative and cost effective solutions, and high quality outcomes whilst ensuring best value for our clients and for the public purse. This strategy builds client trust in us and our lawyers, proven by our continuing success in the local government sector, repeat business, and high levels of customer satisfaction.

Breadth and Capacity The breadth and depth of our public sector practice continues to expand and we believe we have become the ‘go to’ advisers for the Scottish public sector. We provide advice across a range of sectors and on the full range of public sector functions. Environment & Waste

Property Education



Technology & Information

Urban Regeneration

Corporate Governance




Planning & Regulation

Public Law


Infrastructure & Utilities

Market Developments and Overview Economic Downturn The downturn in the market is particularly challenging for local authorities keen to see development underway. This is especially true in respect of new transport and community infrastructure, and affordable housing. Brodies has been advising local government and public sector bodies on kick-starting strategic roads infrastructure, the cost of which may be secured by future developer contributions. We have also been advising on a range of asset management initiatives, designed to maximise the value of public sector assets.

Well Integrated Public Services and Procurement Scotland’s public sector continues to explore the potential for reducing costs by maximising the delivery of well integrated public services, embracing both public and private sector partners. At the same time, the public sector is gearing up to engage more in large scale purchasing arrangements, but the readiness of contractors to challenge public sector tendering processes is on the increase, as evidenced by a number of recent cases. Brodies is well equipped to provide a comprehensive legal service on all aspects of joint working and shared services, including procurement, statutory powers and service delivery models. Our expertise in the field of procurement led Glasgow City Council to appoint Brodies to advise on the development of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, a 38.5 hectare site - twice the size of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Village, which will cater for up to 8,000 people.

Innovative Approaches to Service Delivery In the current economic climate local authorities and public bodies expect innovation in service delivery. We have risen to this challenge by improving our internal IT and communications systems and by offering our clients a range of innovative pricing mechanisms to promote partnership working and ensure best value.

Change Management and Training Brodies is well placed to help public sector clients achieve key objectives, having already advised on a number of pathfinder projects. As the sector develops there is a need for local authorities and public bodies to embrace change and ensure that their teams are ready prepared. Our employment team advises not only on legal issues associated with change management, but are also experienced in providing training, and supporting and advising on team building, leadership and succession planning.

Urban Regeneration Brodies is delighted to be associated with a number of initiatives being developed by, and in collaboration with, Scottish local authorities, urban regeneration companies and development firms, which will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of Scotland’s towns and cities. We have developed strong and flexible working relationships with in-house legal teams and have subsequently been appointed in connection with a variety of high value, high profile projects including the Oatlands area, the prestigious waterfront Custom House Quay and Glasgow’s legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

What the Market Says “Brodies LLP… areas of focus include procurement advice, and one client notes that ‘the team is familiar with esoteric aspects of local authority property law which some other major firms tend not to be aware of’.” Top Tier Rating - Local Government (Scotland) - The Legal 500 2008

“This public sector powerhouse is primarily recognised for the breadth of services it offers local authority clients, drawing on the firm’s expertise across a range of specialisms including real estate and planning, employment, public law, commercial contracts and projects.” Top Tier Rating - Local Government (Scotland) - Chambers & Partners 2008/9

“Brodies is renowned for its broad-based public sector practice and ‘excellent range of clients’, which use the firm because the lawyers are ‘bright, articulate and extremely efficient; they also produce some very interesting legal updates’.” Top Tier Rating - Administrative & Public Law (Scotland) - Chambers & Partners 2008/9

Our Team

Christine O’Neill Head of Public Sector Services Group 0131 656 0286

Jackie McGuire Director, Public Sector Services Group 0131 656 0008

Kirsty Davidson Business Development Manager, Public Sector Services Group 0131 656 0245

Charles Smith, Partner Regulatory / Governance 0131 656 0236

Keith Patterson, Partner Projects 0131 656 0059

Denis Garrity, Partner Urban Regeneration 0131 656 0155

Neil Collar, Partner Planning 0131 656 0125

Odell Milne, Partner Compulsory Purchase 0131 656 0189

Roger Cotton, Partner Procurement 0131 656 0129

Alasdair Fleming, Partner Commercial Property 0141 245 6726

Kenneth Ross, Partner Environmental 0141 245 6727

Lynne Marr, Partner Employment 0131 656 0241

Douglas Mathie, Partner Technology & Data Protection 0141 245 6227

Mark Finlay, Partner Construction & Engineering 0131 656 0101

Paul Marshall, Associate Health & Safety / Corporate Homicide 0131 656 0062

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