The Legal 500

Anderson Strathern

1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 270 7700
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is ‘excellent in all areas, offering quick and practical advice’. Alastair Mckie heads the planning and environment practice, and led on three national rail projects in Scotland.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern Edinburgh

The ‘responsiveAnderson Strathern provides ‘high-quality advice’ and ‘value for money’, and can ‘think outside the box’. The practice advised Drambuie shareholder Callum Mackinnon on the company’s sale of the brand to William Grant & Sons. John Kerr, Bruce Farquhar and senior associate Martin Whiteford are recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Audrey Cameron at Anderson Strathern is a key name for procurement matters. The team has notable expertise in handling state aid issues.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Able to understand ‘key client objectives’, Anderson Strathern acts for high-profile clients, such as the National Trust for Scotland, on a range of licensing matters.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has a strong public sector client following, and is the sole provider of litigation services to the Scottish Government. Highlights include successfully representing INEOS in a £2m contact dispute. Solicitor advocate Chris Dickson has experience representing clients in courts throughout Scotland. Fraser Geddes has a strong arbitration and ADR practice.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s Joan Devine is ‘a hands-on partner, who has a good grasp of the detail of her cases’. The practice acts for a major financial institution.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has ‘excellent technical knowledge, coupled with a commercial approach’. Clients include Accountant in Bankruptcy, Lloyds Banking Group and Baker Tilly. Katrina Lumsdaine leads the seven-partner team; she is a ‘real expert in insolvency law’, and ‘thoroughly understands the insolvency practitioner’s position’.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern has a strong presence in the public, private and education sectors, and is highly active in the employment tribunal. Headed by Alun Thomas, the team defended HMRC against claims including disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. Murray McCall led advice to INEOS on the high-profile industrial relations dispute with UNITE at Grangemouth.

Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is sole adviser to the HSE, and involved in all enforcement notice appeals; it acted on nine fatal accident inquiries, and 15 enforcement notice appeals. Other clients include INEOS and the Scottish Prison Service. Robert Fife left the team to become a full-time Sheriff.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Leading individuals: insurance (general)

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

One of the ‘leading firms in the field’, Anderson Strathern obtained settlements totalling over £12m for clients, and was the first Scottish firm to raise a Court of Session action regarding pelvic mesh issues, an issue that has now resulted in over 200 claims.

Leading individuals: insurance (general)

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern is sole adviser to Central government in Scotland for all defendant personal injury legal services, and also acts for the UK Government. The team also deals with a range of matters for the Co-operative Insurance, including claims resulting from fatalities and serious injury. Robert Carr is an accredited specialist in personal injury litigation. Douglas Keir left to head the practice at Weightmans LLP.

Leading individuals: insurance (general)

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern was the first Scottish firm to bring an action in the Court of Session regarding pelvic mesh cases, where it represented several individuals. Led by Robert Carr, the practice is instructed by the Royal College of Nursing.

Leading individuals: insurance (general)

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

At Anderson Strathern, practice head John Mitchell acted for Tilhill Forestry on the sale of its UK forest portfolio, comprising over 7,000 hectares, to the Church Commissioners for England. Mitchell also led on The Crown Estate’s transfer of all naturally occurring oysters and mussels in Scotland to the Scottish Ministers.

Leading individuals

John Mitchell - Anderson Strathern

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Senior associate and accredited charity law specialist Victoria Simpson at Anderson Strathern provides charity sector clients with ‘a good package’. Key clients include National Trust for Scotland and The Abbotsford Trust.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

With over 30 years’ experience, John Biggar heads Anderson Strathern’s private client team, which acts for a range of individuals and trusts. Roddy Macleod is ‘passionate’ about the area, and the practice is ‘efficient, organised and helpful’.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s clients include local public authorities, such as Midlothian Council. Susan Macleod was instructed in complex, high-value family law and child-related cases in the Sherriff Court and Court of Session.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

John Biggar heads the ‘very thorough’ team at Anderson Strathern, which acts for some of the wealthiest families in Scotland, and has particular expertise in heritage assets. Catriona Miller is a ‘good communicator’ and has ‘good knowledge of English and Scottish law’.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advised Keithick Biogas and its joint venture partners on its £50m anaerobic digestion gas-to-grid project, the first full-scale project of its type in Scotland. The team continues to work extensively with The Crown Estate on renewables matters. Practice head Bruce Farquharconsistently goes beyond client expectations’.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh )

Anderson Strathern continued to advise City Legacy on regeneration projects arising from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Audrey Cameron, who has significant transport infrastructure expertise, heads up the team. Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is best known for multimillion-pound construction projects, commercialisation and spinout contracts for universities, and mergers of further education colleges. Practice head Alun Thomas is an accredited specialist in employment law, and advised the University of Edinburgh on a number of complex employment and student cases. University clients include Edinburgh Napier, Dundee, Scotland, St Andrews and Stirling, and a wide range of colleges.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern was instructed in the first Scottish TVT pelvic mesh cases, concerning product liability that has potentially caused permanent damage to tens of thousands of women. Catriona Watt led on the matter. Clients include the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, the Royal College of Nursing, and a number of medical councils. Practice head Robert Carr and Chris McDowall are recommended.

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

The ‘top quartileAnderson Strathern is ‘friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’, and ‘advises on complex issues simply and concisely’. Highlights included representing the City of Edinburgh Council in a rare right to buy application challenge, and acting as part advisers to Pathfinder South in establishing a legal framework to deliver a single, secure public service communications network. Audrey Cameron heads the department.

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Knowledgeable in public law and the public sector’, Anderson Strathernoften delivers over and above’. Headed by Fiona Killen, who has ‘invaluable public sector experience’, the practice provides support in drafting new legislation, and advises a range of high-profile clients seeking to engage with Parliament regarding legislation. Lorraine Currie left to become in-house counsel.

Leading individuals

Fiona Killen - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Commercial property: retail occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern continued to serve as sole legal counsel to Woking Borough Council regarding the ongoing management and development of Wolsey Place Shopping Centre. Other active clients include Intu Properties and Aviva. The ‘personable and responsiveJames Blair and ‘well-versed specialistDawn Henderson are recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern continued to advise INEOS on all Scottish environmental matters, assisting with hazardous substances consents, contaminated land, and emissions reporting. Other clients include Ross Estates, Healthcare Environmental Services and The Crown Estate. Alastair McKie heads the team.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

The ‘excellentAnderson Strathern represented Ross Estates in its opposition to a proposed waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant. Recommended lawyer Alastair McKie led on the matter, and has represented the client in appeals up to the Supreme Court. Other clients include City of Edinburgh Council and INEOS.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advises a range of private and public sector clients on complex litigation matters, with clients including Buccleuch Estates, Edinburgh University, The Crown Estate and Intu Properties. Joan Devine is ‘held in high regard’. Practice head and solicitor advocate Fiona Stephen provides an ‘excellent service’.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern provides ‘an excellent service and effective advice’, and secured Wheatley Group as a client for employment and litigation matters. Shirley Evans is ‘efficient, pragmatic and focused on finding the best solutions for clients’.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern regularly advises the University of St Andrews and Edinburgh Napier University on IP matters, including policy, research and commercialisation. Other clients include Buccleuch Estates. Simon Brown leads the practice.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern provides pre-publication advice to Birlinn, including on defamation. Practice head Simon Brown is a specialist in publishing laws. Other clients include Edinburgh Napier University and Publishing Scotland.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s clients include Cricket Scotland, Tennis Scotland and the Scottish Sports Association. Practice head John Kerr, who sat on the management committee panel for Glasgow 2014, secured a reduction in sanctions for a client charged with a doping offence, enabling him to be relisted to compete.

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