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Anderson Strathern

Living Wage
1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 270 7700
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Fax 0131 270 7788
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ED3 EDINBURGH-1
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www.andersonstrathern.co.uk

Anderson Strathern is a leading Scottish full-service law firm working across the commercial, private client and public sectors. It has its principal offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The firm has 52 partners, 190 fee-earners and a total staff of 239. It offers a wide range of specialist services with 18 Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, a Solicitor Advocacy Unit with seven solicitor advocates and cross-border working with 11 dual-qualified solicitors.

Clients: The firm has a significant roster of clients across its key areas, including the Scottish government, the Crown Estate, Clyde Gateway, City Legacy, INEOS, Apex Hotels, Intu Braehead, Buccleuch Estates, Bluemerang Capital, Walker Holdings (Scotland) Ltd, The University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, The Royal College of Nursing, Scotmid and the Scottish Prison Service.

In its latest financial year to end August 2016, Anderson Strathern reported a turnover of £21m.

The firm: In the first half of 2016 the firm increased both its commercial and private client offerings with the acquisition of niche commercial litigation practice ADLP and the arrival of its principal partner Alistair Dean and its merger with long-established Glasgow-based private client firm Jeffrey Aitken.

Over the last year, the firm's lateral hire strategy has seen the appointments of Private Client Partner David Campbell from Balfour + Manson and Transport and Infrastructure specialist Neil Amner President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and former Partner at MacRoberts. Internally, two new partners were appointed and 17 solicitors were promoted.

The firm has had a significant number of new client wins and panel appointments at competitive tender in 2015/16, including all six lots of the recent Central Government Legal Services Framework, Scottish Prison Service, Transport Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Lloyds Banking Group, West Lothian Council, The Care Inspectorate, Glasgow Clyde College, Police Scotland, Fife College, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University, City of Glasgow College, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration and the Parole Board for Scotland.

Employer of choice: The firm was recognised as the legal employer of choice in Scotland when it won the Employer of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2016.

Anderson Strathern celebrated its 20 year anniversary as an Investor In People in September 2018. The firm was the first to achieve the double success of Investors in Young People Gold and Investors in People Gold accreditations, achieving Investors in People (IIP) Gold Accreditation in 2011, the highest level of recognition for the championing of best practice in the development and management of all of its 239 employees. It was awarded the IIP Young People Accreditation in 2015.

Alongside this, the firm became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become an accredited living wage employer and to sign the Scottish Government's Business Pledge.

  • Number of UK partners: 52
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 190
  • Breakdown of work %
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  • Commercial real estate : 19
  • Dispute resolution : 23
  • Private client : 22
  • Corporate : 11
  • Rural land and business : 8
  • Asset management: 8
  • Employment : 6
  • Residential property : 3

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