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Anderson Strathern

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Widely recognised as a Scottish regional champion law firm, Anderson Strathern provides full-service legal and strategic business advice to international businesses, private companies, public bodies, not-for-profit organisations, individuals and families. The firm reported a third consecutive year of growth for financial year 2011/12, recording a 7.7% increase in turnover (to £22.8m) and a 1.5% increase in net profit.

In 2012 Anderson Strathern achieved the prestigious ISO27001 certification, the world’s highest accreditation for information security and protection. As existing holders of ISO14001 (Environmental), OHSAS18001 (Health and Safety) and the ISO9001 (Quality Management) standards, these certifications position Anderson Strathern within a discrete group of UK law firms recognised as deploying best practice and delivering high-quality services. The firm is also the only Scottish law firm to be accredited with Investors in People Gold status, the mark of a truly cutting-edge organisation operating at the highest levels of people management practice.

The firm: During 2012-2013 a number of significant appointments were made, including Alex Innes and Douglas Gourlay from Semple Fraser to the banking and finance team, and Sarah Bailey to the planning and environment team. Rural specialist Karen McHale joined the land resources team from Lindsays and Associates, and Denise Laverty and Aileen Entwhistle joined the firm’s private client practice. These appointments reinforce Anderson Strathern’s position as one of Scotland’s leading full-service law firms.

Following a competitive tender process, in May 2013 Anderson Strathern were reappointed as The Crown Estate’s sole legal advisors in Scotland, with Robert Carr, the firm’s chairman, continuing to act as the solicitor for their Scotland portfolio. Through competitive tendering the firm also retained appointments with the Scottish Information Commissioner, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group.

The firm achieved a number of new client wins during 2012, including but not limited to: Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, Kingdom Housing Association, BioReliance Ltd, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Mull & Iona Community Trust, Cardonald College, Clydebank College, Cumbernauld College, John Wheatley College and Motherwell College, General Teaching Council for Scotland, Joules, Rox, Support in Mind Scotland, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Prison Service, Tutti Fruitti, Gamesa Wind UK, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Stapletons, Volkswind and University of St Andrews.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: principal areas include real estate finance, acquisition and structural finance, equity and mezzanine finance, joint venture, dispute resolution/banking litigation, cross-border transactions and agricultural/rural/land resources.

Charities: regulatory, governance, funding, contractual, insurance, employment, taxation and property matters affecting charities.

Commercial real estate: all aspects of real estate work including cross-border transaction work, supported by specialists in landlord and tenant, banking, construction, planning and environmental law.

Construction and engineering: advises domestic and international developers, main contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and individuals for both contentious and non-contentious work.

Corporate: practice includes IPOs, M&As, corporate restructuring, infrastructure projects, joint ventures, private equity and corporate governance.

Discrimination: Scotland’s leading specialist discrimination law service.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation, liability insurance, property, banking, professional regulation, health and safety, public sector litigation and health service law.

Employment: one of the largest expert teams in Scotland, led by two accredited specialists.

IP/IT: media and entertainment, publishing, outsourcing, data protection and brand management.

Land resources/agriculture: issues affecting property, business, leisure/recreation, heritage and conservation; in particular innovative land use, development options and renewable energy.

Parliamentary and public law: an award-winning team advises on Scottish parliamentary/public law.

Planning and environment: a leading team advises on the planning and environment process.

Private client: one of Scotland’s foremost practices, providing investment, tax and family/matrimonial advice to high-net-worth individuals.

Renewable energy: hydrogen storage, biomass, and offshore licences.

Residential property: a team highly experienced in the process of buying and selling high-quality properties and estates.

Sports law: licensing, funding, sponsorship, discipline and regulation.

Breakdown of work %
Dispute resolution 23
Commercial real estate 22
Private client 19
Corporate 13
Land resources 9
Employment 9
Residential property 5

Number of UK partners 53

Number of other UK fee-earners 178

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