STEPHEN Goldie is set to succeed Nick Scott as managing partner at Brodies LLP in May 2024.
Scott, in his second term of office, will retire from the Scottish law firm after 24 years, 22 of which served as a partner.
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Goldie, the current head of litigation, joined the firm in 2002 before becoming a partner five-years later, moving into his current role in 2016.
Brodies announced two further changes with Louise Shiels and Marion MacInnes new practice area leaders for its disputes and banking and finance practices, respectively.
Scott has seen a breadth of change under his stewardship, including new offices opening in Abu Dhabi and London, while the firm became the first headquartered in Scotland to report annual income of over £100m, in the financial year ending 30 April 2023.
He said: “That I have made the decision to step away from Brodies, and the law, is entirely personal and positive.
“In the last 32 years I have worked with clients and colleagues who have shaped my career and inspired and guided me. I now plan to spend time doing some of the things which I haven’t been able to do whilst my priority has been our firm and its people.
“I am extremely proud of what our partners and our colleagues have achieved and the work that they have delivered on behalf of our clients. For all of the external marks of our progress, we count the way we look after our colleagues as the most important measure of business success.
“I know that under Stephen’s leadership, that progress will continue. His focus on our colleagues, and his experience as a practice area leader, is something he can bring immediately to his new role as managing partner when his term commences in May next year.
“In Louise and Marion, and our wider leadership team, we have a wealth of talent and experience to shape the future of the firm.”
After becoming a partner in 2007, the new managing director took on the role of practice area leader for the firm’s litigation practice in 2016.
His leadership of the disputes practice has seen strong growth in its revenues, expanding the breadth of skills that it offers, and has seen it develop its work from its Scots base to the rest of the UK and beyond.
He said: “To be able to follow in Nick’s footsteps and have the opportunity to lead such talented colleagues as we commence our 2024 – 2027 strategic plans is a privilege.
“The progress that we have made as a firm under Nick’s leadership has been exceptional. His vision and unrelenting optimism through periods of tumult, have become enduring qualities of our firm and its people, combined with our commitment to deliver excellent legal services for our clients.”
Brodies chair, Christine O’Neill KC, added: “In overseeing the elections for our new managing partner, I am confident that Stephen will continue to build on the progress made under Nick’s leadership in which he has guided our firm and supported our colleagues and clients through unprecedented times.
“As we prepare to implement our plans for our 2024 – 2027 strategic period, clients and colleagues alike will benefit from Stephen’s ambition and enthusiasm and in the skill and experience that Louise and Marion will bring to their respective practice areas.
“Those plans are full of confidence, speaking of practice areas and business services teams that are excited by the opportunities ahead, and aware of changes that are to come.”