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CMS’s ‘excellent’ team scores highly for its ‘very responsive’ approach and its ‘very good market knowledge’, particularly with regard to the financial services, public and education sectors. Laurence Ward continues to advise Clydesdale Bank on its app banking product, which involved assisting with IT contracts and a governance review. In the education sector, he assisted the University of Dundee with a software procurement project. Alan Nelson (a ‘robust and extremely knowledgeable negotiator’ who is ‘very approachable and always goes the extra mile for clients’) advised new client Ingenico on contractual matters. NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is another client.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ team has a fine reputation in the IT and telecoms market, handling IT procurement, outsourcing, data protection and IT contract matters. In an illustration of its track record of advice to public and financial sector clients, highly regarded team head John McKinlay assisted Scottish Water with the re-procurement of its core IT and telecoms infrastructure as part of the organisation’s new investment cycle. Other highlights included advising RBS on the outsourcing of its ATM operations including security and fraud issues, and acting as lead adviser to the Highland Council on matters pertaining to its three-year ICT re-provision programme to procure end-to-end ICT products and services across the council’s and various stakeholders’ organisations. Edinburgh Airport instructed the team to advise on data protection issues pertaining to the new flight path consultation. Other clients include Secure Trust Bank and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Callum Sinclair moved to Burness Paull LLP.

Nothing is too much hassle’ for Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘extremely approachable’ team, which has a strong reputation for IT procurement and outsourcing in the financial services, education and energy sectors and also handles contentious work. Highly regarded practice head Yvonne Dunn advised Tesco Bank on the development of its digital wallet and a contractual joint venture for its development with Mastercard. This role included assistance with the terms of the strategic partnership between Tesco Bank and Mastercard, including advice on interchange rules. In the contentious arena, legal director David Woods acted for David MacBrayne – a limited company owned by the Scottish government – in Court of Session proceedings for breach of contract against ATOS IT Services UK. The ‘very personable and hardworking’ Chris Martin is ‘a real star’.

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts across a range of sectors and is well versed in advising on data retention and data protection matters alongside cloud-computing and procurement matters. Paul Carlyle advised Sainsbury’s Bank on its internal policies and standards for procuring and implementing cloud-based services. Other clients include Spartan Solutions – a supplier of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and tracking solutions – and Skills Development Scotland.

Brodies LLP attracts praise for its ‘sound commercial advice’; ‘it is able to suggest a course of action rather than just following instructions and has a wealth of financial services industry and IT outsourcing expertise’. Clients include Standard Life, Tesco Bank and Sainsbury’s Bank, as well as a number of technology businesses. Martin Sloan advised a major financial services institution on the use of electronic signatures and associated risks. Sloan acted alongside Grant Campbell (who ‘provides clear and pragmatic advice and is able to steer contractual negotiations to ensure a good outcome’) for Sainsbury’s Bank on matters arising from the procurement of a new technology platform for the bank’s insurance division to enable the sale of insurance products from a panel of insurers. Other recent work includes providing data protection advice to Standard Life and assisting Mirador Analytics with the launch of a suite of new cloud-based data analytics tools and services for the pharmaceutical industry.

Burness Paull LLP regularly acts for technology businesses, financial services companies, oil and gas companies and public sector entities on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IT matters. It added to its bench strength with the recruitment of the ‘knowledgeable’ Callum Sinclair, who joined as head of technology from DLA Piper Scotland LLP; he advised Glasgow City Council on the procurement of ICT services while also providing procurement advice to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise with regards to its Community Broadband Scotland project, rolling out high-speed broadband to rural areas. David Goodbrand advised Payfont – a technology start-up specialising in cyber solutions for data protection and online payment transactions – on a number of technology matters, including data processing and data protection. Colin Hulme has ‘extensive breadth and depth of knowledge’ and is the main contact for contentious IT work. Senior associate Neeraj Thomas is ‘a real workhorse’.

Harper Macleod LLP regularly advises public sector clients on ICT contracts and procurement matters. Tom Thomas advised the North Lanarkshire Council on the regulatory aspects of an ICT procurement and the drafting and negotiation of the underlying ICT contract between the council and the appointed ICT service provider. He also assisted Blackwood Homes and Care with data protection issues. In another highlight, the team advised the Highland Council on the Inverness City WiFi project, which involved handling procurement and commercial contract matters. Other recent work includes advising the Fair Isle Broadband Company on the creation of a broadband network on Fair Isle and – in an illustration of its sport broadcasting expertise – drafting and negotiated broadcast agreements with three broadcasters on behalf of the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) for its 2016/17 season Challenge Cup Competition.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IT contract, data protection, software and procurement matters. Ross Nicol assisted John Menzies with commercial contracts, data protection and IT matters including the enterprise terms for cloud services provided by an international software provider as well as the licensing of in-house developed software for the Menzies Aviation side of the business. He also assisted The STV Group with a number of website issues. Team head Alison Bryce advised FreeAgent – an online accounting software provider – on a number of IT matters pertaining to its joint venture with RBS to provide software to its business banking customers.

MacRoberts LLPprovides a high-quality service’ on a range of IT-related matters including procurement, managed services and software licensing agreements, and contentious and non-contentious IT contract issues. David Gourlay advised the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on contractual documentation pertaining to the procurement of a command and control platform to replace the mixed portfolio of systems currently in use across eight Scottish legacy Fire Services. He also assisted Disclosure Scotland with the preparation of procurement and contractual documentation for the procurement of an IT system to replace its legacy systems and transform services. In other work, the team advised Kames Capital on a new intra-group services agreement to regulate the provision and receipt of services. In litigation, the practice acted for an executive agency of the Scottish government in a commercial Court of Session action against a global IT contractor, which arose from the termination of an ICT contract due to the contractor’s default. Also recommended are David Flint, the ‘hardworking and extremely knowledgeable’ Val Surgenor, who is noted as being ‘calm, exceptionally practical and highly conscientious’, and Euan Duncan, who ‘provides straightforward advice’.

Thorntons Law LLP acts for an extensive roster of IT services and software buyers, suppliers, service providers and hosting companies. Regular work includes advising on information security and management, data protection and privacy matters alongside hosting, outsourcing and software agreements. Liam McMonagle heads the team, which acts for clients including Brightsolid Online Technology, Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges and software company ThinkAnalytics.


Intellectual property

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Brodies LLP is ‘quick to respond’ with ‘accurate analysis’. A respected player in the market, the team handles the full remit of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Non-contentious work is led by Grant Campbell, who advised City Refrigeration – a major provider of facilities management and building maintenance services – on the global structuring of licence arrangements for exploitation of proprietary IP, and assisted Powerleague with a wide range of commercial contracts, partnership agreements and brand licensing issues, most recently advising it on its new commercial brand partnership with Adidas. In another highlight, Martin Sloan advised the University of Edinburgh on IP aspects pertaining to the creation of a joint venture company with JB Equity with the purpose of accelerating and increasing the commercialisation of patentable technology developed by academics at the Roslin Institute. The ‘experiencedGill Grassiehas notable experience of handling contentious IP work’. Robert Buchan is also recommended.

Regarded as ‘one of the leading IP firms in Scotland’, Burness Paull LLP is particularly well known for its strong contentious practice, handling high-profile enforcement campaigns while the protection of confidential information and trade secrets constitutes a significant area of growth for the ‘fantastic’ practice. Well regarded litigator and head of contentious IP Colin Hulme continues to manage Sky’s enforcement programme across Scotland, which involves the enforcement of Sky’s on-screen logos copyrights through interdict proceedings in the Court of Session. On the non-continuous side, the practice is well versed in handling high-profile IP transactions and sport sponsorship matters. David Goodbrand jointly heads the non-contentious team with Callum Sinclair, who joined from DLA Piper Scotland LLP; Goodbrand advised Brown-Forman – one of America’s largest wine and spirit businesses – on the acquisition of the BenRiach Distillery, the owner of the BenRiach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh Scotch whisky brands and trade marks. In another highlight, Goodbrand advised Standard Life Investments on the renewal of its sponsorship and global partnering with the Ryder Cup in 2018. Senior associate Neeraj Thomas is ‘responsive and discreet’.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a ‘good reputation for IP litigation’, and is equally adept at handling non-contentious IP work. ‘Friendly and approachable’ litigator and practice co-head Jim Cormack, who ‘keeps the client informed at all stages’, represented William Grant & Sons in a trade mark opposition matter. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced’ legal director and co-head George Campbell assisted Thomas Tunnock with a number of non-contentious and contentions brand-related matters, while Chris Martin advised the University of Edinburgh on a new approach to commercialise its intellectual property through a newly formed company, Sunergos Innovations.

The ‘very good and responsive’ team at CMS provides ‘a client-friendly service’ and acts for clients in the higher education, life sciences, sports, natural resources and entertainment sectors. Team head Laurence Ward advised the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SEC) on sponsorship agreements with A.G. Barr, Bacardi-Martini, Clydesdale Bank and Sony Europe, as well as amendments to its ticketing agreement with Ticketmaster and a supply and pouring rights agreement with Heineken. The ‘personable and pragmaticCarina Healy is ‘an effective communicator’ who is noted for her ‘experience in technology transfer matters’; she scores highly with clients for ‘working incredibly hard to ensure tight deadlines are met’. Healy advised the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre on IP aspects arising from its new strategic research collaboration with AstraZeneca, and the University of Glasgow on its licensing arrangements with animal health company Merial. In another highlight, she assisted the University of Aberdeen with the drafting of an IP assignation agreement with Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult following the client’s creation of a spin-out company, which is developing a novel technology to produce laboratory grown islets (the organoids responsible for insulin production).

DLA Piper Scotland LLP attracts praise for its track record in licensing, sponsorship and promotion agreements, trade mark portfolio management and IP enforcement actions. Team head John McKinlay assisted Merlin Entertainments with licensing and sponsorship issues, and advised Arran Aromatics on its global rebranding from Arran Aromatics to ARRAN, which involved conducting trade mark clearance searches in 17 jurisdictions. Other recent work includes advising entertainment company Underbelly, which operates the largest venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on brand protection issues in the UK and on commercial agreements for its venues, and assisting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society with a range of commercial IP matters, including its sponsorship agreement with Virgin Money. Roslin Cells is another client. Callum Sinclair moved to Burness Paull LLP.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s ‘strong’ team has commercial and contentious IP work at its core, regularly representing clients in trade mark, design right and infringement proceedings. Team head Alison Bryce acted for Edinburgh Woollen Mill on its acquisition of an IP portfolio and associated licences, which were acquired out of administration, together with certain stock and concessions of the Austin Reed and Country Casuals brands. Other clients include STV and Edrington. ‘Very experienced and extremely hardworking’ director Susan Snedden is ‘always aware of what the client wants and needs’ and ‘has the ability to quickly get to the nub of the problem’.

MacRoberts LLP is well equipped to advise clients on trade mark, brand and copyright protection matters, and IP and software licensing. The firm also handles IP disputes. David Gourlay advised Brownings the Bakers on a dispute with Kilmarnock Football Club and the use of the Killie pie mark, which the sport club claims as its own, and continues to assist Kames Capital with registering its Kames and Kames Capital trade marks and the "We Invest More" strapline in the UK, the EU and a number of other jurisdictions. Euan Duncan combines ‘strong IP knowledge with an astute commercial awareness’ and is praised as ‘coming up with innovative solutions for the protection of IP and being able to handle IP disputes in a sensible and pragmatic way’. He advised the Scottish Salmon Company on the protection and commercialisation of its IP assets. In another highlight, he acted for Glencairn Crystal Studio on a number of cross-border IP infringement, commercialisation and licensing matters. David Flint heads the team, which includes the ‘hardworking and extremely knowledgeable’ Val Surgenor.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’ team ‘goes the extra mile for clients’ and is ‘pleasant to work with’. The team is experienced in handling licensing, copyright and commercial IP transactions while also acting in trade mark and patent infringement matters. The recommended Joanna Boag-Thomson advised Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on IP licence negotiations with Silent Herdsman. In other work, John MacKenzie represented Brand IP Licensing in an oral hearing before the General Court (EGC) with regards to Facebook’s opposition to the client’s EU trade mark application to register the word mark ‘Lovebook’ over particular classes of goods and services for online dating. Paul Carlyle is another name to note.

Anderson Strathern’s clients are typically drawn from the public and education sectors while an increasing number of charities and third sector clients also instruct the team. Highlights included assisting the University of Stirling with a broad range of commercial IP matters including patent and trade mark exploitation and sponsorship agreements. The firm also advised Edinburgh Napier University on data protection and data sharing arrangements within the UK and outside the EEA, and advised Rangers Football Club on the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of its IP rights, including copyright and trade mark matters. The team also successfully defended the club against a threat of trade mark infringement and enforced its IP portfolio, which involved taking down Facebook accounts that were selling infringing merchandise. Team head and newly promoted partner Douglas McLachlan advised the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on trade mark protection issues. Katrina Lumsdaine is particularly known for her strength in IP litigation, regularly handling high-value international patent cases. Simon Brown is another key member of the team.

DWF has a strong profile for trade mark, copyright infringement and IP licensing work and advises clients across a range of industries, including food and drinks, energy, education and the public sector. Practice head Colin Miller advised Fuel Juice Bars on the protection of its registered trade marks and assisted VisitScotland with copyright infringement matters arising from a collaboration with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Discover Northern Ireland. Beam Suntory instructed the team to advise on trade mark issues pertaining to the advertising and marketing of Scotch whisky in the UK and the EU, including regulatory and labelling requirements for display of Scotch whisky. On the disputes front, the team successfully defended BiP Solutions against Portakabin’s threat to commence trade mark infringement proceedings following the client’s reference to the word ‘portacabin’ which the pursuer regarded as deliberate infringement of its registered trade mark.

Harper Macleod LLPprovides practical advice with a clear commercial edge’. The firm focuses on trade mark work, including trade mark portfolio management, application filings and trade mark protection while also handling IP commercialisation issues. Key contact Jamie Watt continues to manage the worldwide registered trade mark portfolio for Celtic FC, and acted for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) on its application for registered trade mark protection for the marks ‘chartered tax professional’, ‘chartered insolvency professional’ and abbreviations thereof. The team also advised the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on a range of IP matters, including challenging domain name registrations in France and the registration of a range of trade marks pertaining to a new brand launch. Rugby player Sam Hidalgo-Clyne instructed the team to advise on the transfer of image rights and the exploitation of his image rights by the Scottish Rugby Union.

The ‘skilled and knowledgeable’ team at Thorntons Law LLP handles a wide range of contentious and commercial IP work. Team head Lesley Larg, who ‘provides good, proactive advice’ and ‘understands underlying issues quickly’, assisted St Andrews Links with the drafting and negotiation of its licence agreements with key partners and suppliers, and acted for DF Concerts in trade mark infringement matters. Other work included advising the James Hutton Institute on a number of patent and plant variety rights licences and assisting Jack’s Hoose Music with music copyright commissioning agreements. Associate Loretta Maxfield attracts praise for her ‘strong negotiation and excellent problem-solving skills’.

BTO Solicitors LLP is dedicated to contentious IP work, handling trade mark and copyright infringement cases alongside domain and website IP disputes, while also advising clients on domain names, IP licensing and trade mark matters, including registrations and applications. Paul Motion heads the team.

Bonaccordcombines broad jurisdictional and technical expertise with a thoroughly commercial approach’. It has a strong focus on life sciences and a growing practice advising food and drink sector clients, for which it handles branding, trade mark, patent and licensing work, often in an international setting. The ‘extremely helpfulPatricia Barclay is ‘impressively smart and has a calm and steady demeanour coupled with an amazingly broad knowledge base’. She also scores highly for her ‘invaluable experience of working with pharmaceutical companies, which is particularly useful in complex negotiations over IP ownership’.

Morton Fraser specialises in IP protection, exploitation and commercialisation, and data protection work, and regularly acts for high-growth technology businesses as well as public and retail sector clients. Austin Flynn negotiated the exclusive licence of IP rights from Edinburgh Napier University to Cyan Forensics, which facilitated the completion of Mercia Technologies’ equity investment into Cyan Forensics.


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Burness Paull LLP is a respected player in the market, assisting a large number of key industry players such as BBC Scotland and Sky with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Chairman Philip Rodney continues to advise BBC Scotland on a variety of media law matters such as reporting restrictions, freedom of information matters and litigation. Phonographic Performance (PPL) instructed the team to assist with its enforcement campaign in Scotland, which involved multiple interdict actions at the Court of Session. The practice also continues to manage Sky’s enforcement programme across Scotland, while Grant Stevenson advised television production company Solus Productions on the preparation and negotiation of a licence and distribution agreement for the documentary McQueen of Scots, and assisted with the composer contract and synchronisation licence for the accompanying soundtrack. Other highlights included assisting Standard Life Investment with its sponsorship renewal and global partnership with the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Bannatyne Kirkwood France & Co regularly handles matters at the intersection of media and IP law, with an emphasis on defamation and reputation management matters for claimants and defendants. The team’s client roster includes several national newspaper companies and broadcasters alongside politicians, sport professionals and stage and television personalities. The team recently acted for Alastair Cameron, director of Scotland in Union, in court proceedings for defamation raised against Natalie McGarry MP, and represented another individual in proceedings raised at Glasgow Sheriff Court for defamation against the Scottish Sun for publishing an article, which wrongly indicated that the client was the girlfriend of a gangster. The team also represented professional Premier league footballer Allan McGregor in two separate actions raised against the Scottish Sun at Glasgow Sheriff Court: the first concerned false allegations of road traffic offences while the second concerned false and defamatory allegations concerning a former relationship. In other work, Friel Kean Films instructed the practice to advise on production and broadcasting matters. Campbell Deane heads the practice.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘strong’ team provides ‘very good advice’ with a significant emphasis on film and television investment projects. It also handles contentious work such as defamation and privacy issues. Yvonne Dunn advised Creative Scotland on feature film investments and television investments, which involved verifying the chain of title for the project, drafting the investment documentation and negotiating the deal documentation to protect the client’s interests. Working in close conjunction with the firm’s technology practice, the practice also handles a range of IT and IP-related work.

Thorntons Law LLP provides clients from the television, digital publishing, online gaming and live music industries with a broad contentious and non-contentious offering. On the contentious side, the team acted for DF Concerts in third party brand infringement matters. In other work, Liam McMonagle assisted Postcode Lottery – operators of the People’s Postcode Lottery – with a range of media, sponsorship and marketing matters, including advice on supply and outsourcing agreements and gambling legislation changes and its implications. He also advised the producers of Jackie the Musical on matters pertaining to the national tour of the musical including agreements with writers and the choreographer, as well as brand and IP licensing work. A newspaper archive site instructed the team to advise on content acquisition matters, including acquisitions from Johnston Press and Independent London News, and on regulatory and online defamation issues. Lesley Larg is also recommended.

Anderson Strathern is well equipped to advise clients on copyright and infringement matters, and also handles reputation and defamation management issues. Simon Brown, who regularly advises on publishing issues, assisted independent publisher Birlinn with pre-publication matters including defamation, privacy, IP infringement and journalistic protection issues. He also advised the client on an option agreement with Calamity Films with regards to film and television rights for the book Man on the Run by Tom Doyle. In a separate matter, the team advised the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) on a contract with STV regarding the filming of a documentary with live broadcasting aspects about the birth of polar bear cubs at the client’s Highland Wildlife Park.

BTO Solicitors LLP acts for individuals and organisations in defamation and reputation matters pertaining to social and traditional media publications. Team head Paul Motion advised Trump International Golf Links Scotland on material published on Facebook and in several UK national newspapers, while also representing the client in court proceedings for damages under the Data Protection Act 1998. The team also advised politician Mohammad Sarwar on reputation issues following Scottish media reports over allegations made by a former business associate who claimed that certain parts of the client’s autobiography were fabricated and selective. Other key mandates included advising former SNP councillor Julie McAnulty on defamatory issues, and acting for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes in interdict actions against an individual who had started a campaign of criticism against the client on social media. Tony Jones is also recommended.

Brodies LLP handles a variety of IP and commercial matters including licensing, copyright and sponsorship issues. In 2016, the team advised 77 Management on sponsorship, venue and broadcasting agreements pertaining to the Andy Murray Live tennis event held in Glasgow in September 2016. Key contact Christine O’Neill continues to advise BBC Scotland’s newsroom editors, producers and journalists on regulatory matters, including defamation, privacy or contempt of court issues. It also advises the same client on general media law and copyright issues. Robert Buchan is part of a team acting for a number of social media and online businesses in copyright infringement and other IP disputes. Associate Andy Nolan ‘gives professional and concise advice in a timely manner’.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s broad practice handles a range of IP and IT-related work, defamation claims and reputation management. Ross Nicol assisted STV with a range of IT-related issues pertaining to its main website including the addition of software for online quizzes and polls. Arthur McKay – a major electrical contracting firm – instructed the team to advise on reputation management issues following a former employee who sought to use various channels to dissuade prospective employees against taking up employment with the client. Main contact Ewan Easton advised BBC Scotland on a defamation claim pertaining to the coverage of the financial collapse of Rangers Football Club, and assisted a Scotland-based film production company on a dispute with the Financial Times over promotional material commissioned by the newspaper.


Sport

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A heavyweight in the Scottish sports market, Harper Macleod LLP handles the full remit of sports law for an impressive client roster of international federations, national governing bodies, tournament organisers, clubs, sporting professionals and sports representatives. While the team is best known for its football and rugby work, it also advises on other sports including golf, swimming and tennis. Senior partner Rod McKenzie advised the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) on rewriting its rules and on player contract issues. Tom Thomas continues to assist the same client with broadcasting contracts and overseas rights distribution agreements. The highly regarded Bruce Caldow recently defended Glasgow Warriors player Ryan Wilson against assault allegations, and is often instructed to contest the issuing of red cards. In other work, the team advised Commonwealth Games Scotland on its team member agreement to be signed by all Team Scotland members, as well as on athlete eligibility, data protection compliance and governance matters. Other clients include Scottish Gymnastics and Glasgow Life.

Addleshaw Goddard merged with HBJ Gateley on 1 June 2017, giving the former firm a footprint in Scotland and a sports team with a strong profile acting for individuals and clubs in contentious football matters. Non-contentious work – including regulatory compliance, domestic and overseas transfers and contract terminations – has become a greater focal point for the practice, which is headed by litigator Simon Catto and includes Helena Brown.

The ‘strong’ team at BTO Solicitors LLP specialises in football, golf and boxing and ‘provides very good advice’ on corporate governance issues, while also handling contentious matters. Team head Andrew Sleigh, who is praised as being ‘very strong at providing commercial advice’, advised Royal Troon Golf Club on amendments to its constitution to admit women into membership, and assisted the Scottish Football Association with a number of issues pertaining to hosting UEFA Euro 2020 matches at Hampden Park. Gary Booth continues to assist the same client with corporate governance matters, including its annual revision process.

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘strong’ practice acts for clients on a range of judicial reviews, sponsorship agreements, employment and project development matters.Senior associate Neeraj Thomas, who ‘provides excellent commercial advice’, acted for the Scottish Football Association in opposing a judicial review raised by the entrepreneur Michael Ashley after he was found to be in breach of Scottish FA’s disciplinary rules, and assisted Scottish Cycling on a number of issues pertaining to its selection process and criteria for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The team also advised Basketball Scotland on disciplinary proceedings following allegations of misconduct against a coach, and assisted Hampden Park with procurement, construction contract and funding issues pertaining to the development of the football stadium to accommodate the UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament in line with UEFA tournament requirements. Standard Life Investments instructed the team to handle the renewal of its sponsorship and global partnership with the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Governing bodies, clubs and individuals regularly instruct Anderson Strathern’s team to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including employment, governance and contractual work. The team advised Rangers FC on matters arising from the exit of Joey Barton following concerns about his behaviour, and assisted the club with actions against four former directors. Other work for the client included assistance with player contracts, Scottish FA compliance and corporate governance issues. Key contact John Kerr advised Cricket Scotland on governance and employment issues, and assisted Tennis Scotland with the termination of the chief executive’s contract and issues pertaining to the appointment of a successor. In other work, he assisted Orkney RFC with restructuring the club from an unincorporated body into a company limited by guarantee, and with obtaining necessary consent from Scottish Rugby. Other clients include Gullane Golf Club, Badminton Scotland and the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

Morton Fraser’s ‘knowledgeable’ team ‘provides a good efficient service’ and is noted for its ‘practical approach’. It regularly acts for governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals on corporate structures, employment and governance matters. Iain Young heads the team.


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