Nick Scott is to succeed Bill Drummond as managing partner at Brodies LLP.
Drummond’s final year as managing partner will coincide with the firm’s current financial year, ending in April 2018. His 20 year term as managing partner has delivered unrivalled business performance, aligned with consistent investment in people, building what is now Scotland’s largest law firm.
Drummond trained with Brodies in 1980, and became a partner in the firm in 1986. He was first elected managing partner in 1997. He has subsequently been re-elected six times, holding the role of managing partner for 20 years. During his time as managing partner the firm has grown from a business of approximately 175 people trading from a single office in Edinburgh, to the largest Scottish headquartered law firm. The firm now employs 616 people across four offices, in Aberdeen, Brussels, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and in the year to April 2017 posted audited accounts showing turnover of £66.7m. Brodies has the largest legal resource in Scotland and more tier one Scottish rankings than any other firm.
Drummond said “It has been a terrific privilege to work with so many talented people for the best part of four decades. Brodies has always placed clients first in both our business planning and our work on their behalf and that has also allowed us to make a contribution to the Scottish economy of which we can all be proud. I am extremely pleased that Nick will be taking things forward with a clear vision of how Brodies can continue to develop as a business founded on that client-first agenda.”
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Scott trained with Clifford Chance in London, joining Brodies in 1999 and becoming a partner in 2001. A tier one ranked real estate lawyer, Scott has been a member of the firm’s strategic and operational boards since 2004. Since 2010 he has been head of the firm’s top ranked real estate practice. In his time as head of practice, real estate turnover has doubled, and its lawyers have been involved in many of the largest and most iconic real estate projects in the marketplace.
Scott said “I have worked closely with Bill for over a decade. He has been recognised repeatedly as one of the leading law firm managers of his generation in the UK. It is therefore with pride, and an appropriate degree of humility, that I take on this new role within our firm. My immediate priority will be to focus on the things which have earned this firm its reputation under Bill’s leadership. Those include continued investment in market leading services relevant to the Scottish economy, recruiting and developing the best people in all roles across our offices and ensuring Brodies remains the best place in Scotland for lawyers to give, and for clients to receive, top quality legal advice. As a business we remain proud of both our Scottish roots and of our international reach, and optimistic about the opportunities ahead for well-run independent law firms.”
Brodies’ chairman, Christine O’Neill, added “In overseeing our election process this summer our board has been keen to ensure that Bill’s successor as our managing partner retained the same ambition for our clients and our people that Bill has brought to every board and partners’ meeting for the past 20 years. Nick has that same approach and his extensive involvement in our strategic and operational management, coupled with his track record of success for clients and development of partners and staff made him the ideal candidate. In November, I chaired our triennial conference at which we finalised our strategic plan for the 2018/21 period developed over the autumn – that ambition was evident across the partnership and we are all looking forward to working with Nick as we take it forward over what promises to be another interesting period for our economy and one full of opportunities as well as challenges for our clients.”