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Anderson Strathern is ‘one of the best firms in Scotland for public law’. Practice head Fiona Killen is advising Universities Scotland on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill. Robert Carr, who is rated for his ‘confidence-inspiring manner’, advises the Crown Estate.

Brodies LLP is ‘acutely aware of upcoming issues facing clients’ industries’. The practice regularly acts on legal challenges to legislation, proposed bills and on handling relations with parliamentary committees. Christine O’Neill (who is ‘one of Scotland’s elite public law solicitors’) acted alongside Charles Livingstone for the Scotch Whisky Association in a challenge to minimum alcohol pricing.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s Hazel Moffat advised the British government on the creation of a regulatory framework for opening the water market to retail competition, and acted for Avid Life Media, owner of AshleyMadison.com, on the aftermath of its much-reported security breach.

CMS’ expertise covers issues including the exercise of statutory powers and high-stakes judicial reviews. Ann Faulds advised the National Galleries of Scotland on a private bill to allow for an expansion.

Harper Macleod LLP advises public bodies on issues involving City Deals, electoral law and interventions by parliamentary committees. James McMorrow is advising Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority on proposed by-laws.

MacRoberts LLP’s practice is ‘tuned-in and able to identify the narrative that needs fixing’. Michael Kelly and associate Gary Baines are ‘adept at explaining arcane procedures to the layperson’. Highlights included securing an order-in-council for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as part of its change of name.

Thompsons advises trade unions and members of the public on proposed legislative changes. Patrick McGuire acts for families affected by the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal.

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