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Anderson Strathern

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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Web:
www.andersonstrathern.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advises on a range of planning, procurement and compulsory purchase matters. Alastair McKie heads the practice, which includes Audrey Cameron.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Key figures at Anderson Strathern include Simon Brown, who has more than 30 years of experience in corporate work and M&A; and John Kerr, who was lead adviser to the shareholders of MacLean Electrical Group in its sale to DistributionNOW. In 2015, Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP and Douglas McLachlan was hired from DWF.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s Jonathan Guy and associate Lesley Johnston appear for local authorities and licensees in premises licence hearings. Clients include West Lothian Council and Scotmid.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s diverse client base includes banks, football clubs and government departments. A group led by Katrina Lumsdaine recently acted for Rangers International Football Club (and its subsidiary) in a number of high-profile actions, including a claim brought by former chairman Charles Green. Fraser Geddes leads the team, which in 2015 handled three cases in the Supreme Court.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern focuses on acting for banks and other financial institutions, and also advises public sector bodies and SMEs. Elizabeth Smartt assists Northern Lighthouse Board with recovering light dues under the Merchant Shipping Act from vessel owners and shipping agents. Senior associate Claire Martin is experienced in high-value and defended banking litigation cases. Joan Devine joined HBJ Gateley.

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Scotland: Finance

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern acts for banks, insolvency practitioners and government agencies. Its work for the latter is particularly noted; HMRC and The Accountant in Bankruptcy are key clients. Katrina Lumsdaine’s team is acting for Baker Tilly in the administration of Pihl UK Ltd.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern’s ‘excellent’ practice includes Alun Thomas, who is singled out for his contentious advice to education institutions; Barry Nichol, who represented the University of Stirling in a Supreme Court case regarding redundancy consultations and the conclusion of fixed-term contracts; and Paul Brown, who joined from DWF and ‘knows clients’ businesses inside out’.

Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern acts for the Health and Safety Executive in prohibition notice appeals, and the Scottish Prison Service in Crown Censure cases. Other clients include Scotmid and INEOS. Jonathan Guy heads the practice.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern’s senior associate Steven Dunn has a strong practice advising on public sector pension issues and SIPP issues. Highlights included advising the Royal College of Nursing’s members on issues with the interpretation of the scheme regulations.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is noted for its ‘excellent service’ in matters involving birth injuries, misdiagnoses and career-ending incidents. Catriona Watt leads the practice with Robert Carr.

Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advises insurers and public sector bodies on workplace and road traffic issues. Catriona Watt is ‘particularly good’ and is recommended alongside practice head Jonathan Guy. Clients include Scotmid and the Scottish Prison Service.

Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s ‘very experienced solicitors’ handle matters including accidents at work, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority matters and international cases. Robert Carr and Catriona Watt are key contacts.

Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is singled out for its ‘very high degree of knowledge’. Work includes estate purchases, energy transactions and residential developments. Team head John Mitchell is advising Buccleuch Group on several voluntary registrations. Other clients include The Crown Estate.

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)

Anderson Strathern provides ‘clear and positive’ advice on governance matters, public service spinouts and trust restructuring. John Kerr is ‘very supportive; he delivers on his promises’. Clients include The Royal Zoological Society for Scotland.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s work includes cases involving allegations of fraud, undiscovered family members and care home fee disputes. John Biggar leads the practice.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathernbrings a level of professionalism and diligence that is hard to replicate elsewhere’. Work includes cohabitation agreements, and divorces with multinational assets. Janice Jones heads the practice following her arrival from Harper Macleod LLP.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is noted for its ‘high degree of organisation’ when overseeing large-scale estates. Areas of work include advice on heritage property, personal injury trusts and family offices. Anne Henderson ‘connects well with clients and understands their situations very quickly’. Also recommended are John Biggar and the ‘approachable and thoughtfulColin Henderson, who jointly lead the practice.

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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 is the sole Scottish legal adviser to the Crown Estate, which it advises on offshore renewable energy projects. Elsewhere, Bruce Farquhar, Martin Whiteford, Audrey Cameron and others are acting for Bright Green Hydrogen as the lead partner in the consortium behind the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. In the onshore wind space, clients include developers and wind turbine manufacturers.

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has a strong reputation in the Scottish education sector; Karyn Watt and Pat Loftus are advising Fife College on a multi-party project involving a new build. The firm acts for a sizeable roster of public sector clients, as well as private sector entities such as homebuilders and consultancy firms. In 2015, Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP and Martin Whiteford made partner.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Clients of Anderson Strathern rate it as ‘one of only a handful of firms to have a meaningful degree of knowledge and experience of education law’. The firm advises universities and schools on issues including legislative, outsourcing, employment and civil liability matters. Practice head Alun Thomas represented the University of Stirling in a Supreme Court case against the UCU regarding fixed-term employees.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

In addition to handling medical product liability and professional discipline issues for clients including the General Dental Council and the Royal College of Nursing, Anderson Strathern’s health practice also advises on research contracts, and public law matters for the GMC. Catriona Watt heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advises local authorities and arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) on construction, state aid and redevelopment projects. Practice head Audrey Cameron advised Clyde Gateway on the construction of a new £24m headquarters for Police Scotland.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is ‘one of the best firms in Scotland for public law’. Practice head Fiona Killen is advising Universities Scotland on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill. Robert Carr, who is rated for his ‘confidence-inspiring manner’, advises the Crown Estate.

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)

In addition to acting for public sector clients, Drew Morris’ group at Anderson Strathern advises private sector organisations in areas such as retail, energy and healthcare. Anne McGregor and senior associate Fiona McKinnon are advising Intu Properties on the management and development aspects of its Intu Braehead portfolio. Joan Devine joined HBJ Gateley.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

In 2015, Anderson Strathern’s Alastair McKie dealt with contentious matters before the Court of Session, Supreme Court and Directorate of Planning and Appeals. McKie is currently handling a Supreme Court appeal for Ross Estates Company concerning its opposition to a proposed waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant. Sarah Baillie acted for Healthcare Environmental Group in two PPC environmental permit appeals before the Scottish Ministers.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s practice advises on the planning aspects of projects in the retail, energy, infrastructure and housing sectors, among others. Clients include INEOS, Dandara Group and South Ayrshire Council. Alastair McKie is assisting Buccleuch Estates and Hermitage Action Group with opposing a planning application for a wind farm development in the Scottish Borders.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern leverages its strengths in areas such as commercial property, renewable energy and agriculture and estates to deal with a wide range of property disputes. Its team acts for a number of public and private sector clients, such as Midlothian Council, Kwik-Fit Group and Transport Scotland. Fiona Stephen’s group includes Kirsty Slee, who is ‘bright and focused’, and Shirley Evans. Joan Devine joined HBJ Gateley.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s David Hunter, Gavin Thain and Deborah Lovell are advising three housing associations on a renewable energy initiative to generate free electricity for tenants and reduce fuel poverty levels. Shirley Evans, an expert in contentious housing management issues, ‘will fight your corner tenaciously’. Mark Cowie joined from McClure Naismith LLP and Douglas McLachlan was hired from DWF.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern advises on contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. Katrina Lumsdaine and new recruit Douglas McLachlan (who joined from DWF) are representing Taylor Bowls in a cross-border dispute. Practice head Simon Brown’s clients include STV.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern attracts praise for its ‘excellent, insightful and considered advice, even under time pressure’. Simon Brown has particular expertise in literary pre-publication advice.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has ‘invaluably broad and deep expertise in sports law’. John Kerr’s ‘sensible and pragmatic advice makes processes smoother’; his work includes governance restructures and partnership agreements. Clients include Badminton Scotland.

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