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Anderson Strathern

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Anderson Strathern LLP is one of Scotland’s leading full service law firms. It provides specialist legal advice to commercial clients, public bodies and private individuals throughout the UK and overseas.

The firm: Anderson Strathern has 57 partners, circa 300 staff, seven solicitor advocates and 23 accredited specialists operating across three offices.

Client service is of the upmost importance to the firm and as certified holders of ISO standards in information security, quality management, environment management and health and safety, Anderson Strathern is within a small group of UK law firms externally accredited for deploying best practice and delivering high-quality services.

Anderson Strathern is the only Scottish law firm to be accredited with Investors in People Gold status, the mark of a cutting-edge organisation operating at the highest level of people management practice. This demonstrates that its people are at the heart of its success.

During 2013/14 there have been a number of partner promotions including: Jonathan Guy (commercial litigation); Adele Nicol and Sheonagh Richards (land resources); Barry Nichol (employment); Chris Richardson (commercial real estate); Carole Tomlinson (private client) and Catriona Watt (healthcare and regulatory). A number of significant appointments have been made including: Sara Jalicy, head of residential property, who joined the firm from Balfour and Manson; Colin Young who joined the corporate team in Glasgow from Morisons LLP; Alister Aitkenhead formerly of Morisons LLP who joined the private client team in Glasgow; Jennifer Long who joined the family law division from Turcan Connell; and Robin Beattie, also from Turcan Connell, who has joined the land resources team.

The firm has retained a number of prestige panel appointments including the Crown Estate, City of Edinburgh Council, University of the West of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, the Parole Board for Scotland, the Coal Authority, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration.

The firm achieved a number of new client wins and panel appointments in 2013/14, including: APUC, Dundee City Council, Glasgow City Council, Coral Racing Ltd, High Life Highland, Energy Savings Trust, Audit Scotland, the Auditor General, the Accounts Commission, Clackmannanshire Council, Falkirk Council, Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, and Visit Scotland.

Breakdown of work    %
Dispute resolution     23
Commercial real estate     21
Private client     18
Corporate     12
Land resources     9
Employment     7
Asset management     6
Residential property     4

Number of UK partners 57

Number of other UK fee-earners 160

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