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Anderson Strathern

1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Top-tier recommendations

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  • Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
  • Scotland: Overview >

Scotland

Within Transport, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s clients include Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Highland Council. Alastair McKie is recommended.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s team is ‘attentive' and noted for its ‘demonstrable experience and knowledge'. It recently advised The Gresham Publishing Company on its management buyout of two publishing divisions from DC Thomson Books. Colin Young joined the firm from Morisons LLP in 2013. Jonathan MacQueen, Alex Innes and associate Ashley MacIntyre are also recommended.

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Within EU and competition, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern recently advised City Legacy Limited on state aid issues in connection with the funding of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village. Audrey Cameron is highly recommended for her procurement law expertise and ‘straightforward', ‘results-oriented' advice.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Licensing, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

The lawyers at Anderson Strathern ‘do everything they are asked in an accurate and timely manner'. Clients include Scotmid Cooperative and the National Trust for Scotland.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern has an impressive client following and undertakes a broad range of litigation. Current instructions include representing of Mumbai Stock Exchange-listed company Sudarshan Chemical Industries in a patent dispute with German company Clariant Produkte. Other clients include Ineos Manufacturing Scotland, Symphony Equity Investments and The Scottish Government. Fraser Geddes and contentious IP specialist Katrina Lumsdaine are key names.

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Within Debt recovery, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern provides ‘a high standard of service' and ‘very good value for money'. Joan Devine heads the team. Senior associate Claire Martin ‘performs to a high standard' and is ‘capable'.

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Scotland: Finance

Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Anderson Strathern is noted for ‘excellent response times', ‘value for money' and ‘sound advice'. Clients include Santander, HSBC and Bank of Scotland. Alex Innes heads the team. Also recommended is Douglas Gourlay, who ‘gives clear, concise advice'.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern continues to work closely with government agencies HMRC, The Insolvency Service and AiB. Other clients include RBS and Lloyds Bank. The firm is notable for its specialist insolvency litigation team, headed by Katrina Lumsdaine.

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Scotland: Human resources

Within Employment, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern acted for INEOS on all aspects of its industrial relations dispute with UNITE at a petrochemical plant in Grangemouth. The firm also carried out the advisory and due diligence work that paved the way for the creation of six new Scottish further education colleges, and continues to act for the University of Stirling and the Scottish Ambulance Service. New clients include the UK Border Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions. Departmental manager Alun Thomas is ‘outstanding'.

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Within Health and safety, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern has ‘access to specialist advisers in all areas of health and safety legislation and litigation'. As sole legal adviser to the Health and Safety Executive, the firm is instructed on every enforcement notice appeal made in Scotland; currently, it is advising on six such matters, as well as a number of fatal accident inquiries. Other key clients include INEOS and the Scottish Prison Service. Robert Fife is head of the team, and is ‘able to deliver information in a manner that is easy for the lay person to understand'.

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Scotland: Insurance

Within Medical negligence: defender, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern counts the Royal College of Nursing, the Scottish Prison Service and the General Medical Council among its clients. Currently, the firm is involved in a number of complex fatal accident inquiries. Practice head Robert Carr and senior associate Judy Williamson are accredited specialists.

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Within Medical negligence: pursuer, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern is home to two of Scotland’s five accredited specialists in this area: practice head Robert Carr and senior associate Judy Williamson. The team is particularly strong in catastrophic injury, and in 2013 obtained over £10m for clients in such cases.

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Within Personal injury: defender, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern acts as sole adviser for personal injury matters to the Scottish and UK governments and the Scottish Prison Service. It successfully defended the latter against a claimant whose daughter was murdered by a prisoner on home leave. Robert Carr and Douglas Keir are accredited specialists in personal injury litigation.

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Within Personal injury: pursuer, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern won a substantial number of high-value, complex cases over the last year. Led by Robert Carr, the team has worked on ancillary claims, and successfully obtained Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit and awards of NHS Injury Benefits for clients injured through employment. It continues to act for the Royal College of Nursing, a client for over 40 years.

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Within Professional negligence, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern works for both claimants and defenders across a range of sectors. The firm represents Edinburgh Napier University, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Law Society of Scotland. Fiona Stephen has a ‘good tactical understanding of how to achieve good outcomes for her clients'.

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Scotland: Overview

Scotland: Private client

Within Agriculture and estates, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern provides ‘sound rural knowledge and legal advice'. Head of the department John Mitchell is regarded as a leader in the field; he has ‘sound judgement, is very capable and delivers the goods'.

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Within Charities and not-for-profit, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s client wins included Edinburgh College, Fife College and the University of the Highlands and Islands. Victoria Simpson is ‘extremely responsive and delivers clear advice and proactive support'.

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Within Contentious trusts and probate, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

At Anderson Strathern, ‘fees are delineated and explained in advance and every effort is made to be fair and reasonable, even generous'. John Biggar is head of the team; Roddy MacLeod is ‘very knowledgeable', ‘empathetic' and provides ‘sound and measured' advice.

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Within Family, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s divorce lawyers excel at being ‘able to cut through emotion to get to the heart of the matters that are important'. It is also one of the few Edinburgh firms that acts for local authorities in relation to adoption and permanence orders. Department head Susan MacLeod is ‘utterly brilliant' and reassures clients with her ‘calm and friendly approach'.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and executries, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern is an ‘excellent, technically proficient firm that provides a first-class service at a fair cost'. The firm is well regarded for its work in matters related to incapacity, and in the area of personal injury trusts. Practice head John Biggar is recommended alongside Catriona Miller, who ‘cares about her clients and takes great pride in the service that they receive'.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Energy (excluding oil and gas), Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern is ‘responsive' and ‘always available', and has ‘excellent business acumen' and ‘in-depth understanding of the sector'. The team works extensively with The Crown Estate, and recently advised it in connection with a commercial agreement with Statoil to develop the UK’s first floating offshore wind farm. Practice head Bruce Farquhar is ‘well connected' and ‘willing to go the extra mile to get the deal done'. Gavin Thain, Deborah Lovell and senior associate Martin Whiteford are also recommended.

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Within Projects, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern is noted for its ‘professionalism', which ‘allows any issues to be addressed quickly'. The firm has particular expertise in state aid and procurement matters, and recently advised the City Legacy consortium in connection with the delivery of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. Audrey Cameron is recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector

Within Education, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

Anderson Strathern represents Edinburgh Napier, the University of Edinburgh, the University of St Andrews and Fettes College, among others. In 2013 the team, led by Alun Thomas, advised on high-value construction projects and IP and IT licensing deals for a wide range of universities and colleges. Leigh Davidson left to become director of legal services at Edinburgh University in January 2014.

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Within Health, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

In 2013, Anderson Strathern represented The Quercus Healthcare Property Partnership and BDO in one of the largest care home deals of the year. It also handled a number of fatal accident inquiries for nurses. Practice head Robert Carr is a recognised expert in the field, and Chris McDowall gives ‘good practical advice, and always has a sense of humour'.

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Within Local government, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern continues to carry out important work for Midlothian Council; in 2013, this included successfully defending a local school’s refusal of a placing request. As well as representing a number of local authorities, the team is also well regarded for advising on adoption, judicial review and vulnerable adult matters. Audrey Cameron is practice head.

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Within Parliamentary and public affairs, Anderson Strathern is a first tier firm,

At Anderson Strathern, the ‘advice is always incredibly comprehensive and provided in a timely manner'. The firms sits on the Scottish Parliament’s non-Government bill drafting panel, and also acts for the Coal Authority, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Universities Scotland. Practice head Fiona Killen is recommended alongside Lorraine Currie; both are ‘excellent communicators'.

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Scotland: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern is noted for its ‘extremely good standard of service and response times' and ‘highly commercial and tailored advice'. The firm has a strong developer and investor client following, and is active in the healthcare sector. Robert Carr has ‘excellent judgement and extensive knowledge of the market'. Chris Richardson and practice head Paul Jennings are recommended.

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Within Construction, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

The ‘professional' team at Anderson Strathern ‘reacts quickly and efficiently' and ‘provides excellent value for money'. The firm has a buoyant contentious practice and is notable for its work in the higher education sector. Audrey Cameron is praised for her procurement law expertise. Keith Bishop heads the team.

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Within Environment, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern has ‘a sound understanding of environmental law'. The firm recently advised INEOS on its lodging of a hazardous substances consent application, seeking a variation of an existing consent allowing storage of hazardous substances at its main site in Grangemouth. Practice head Alastair McKie is ‘quick to assess and understand the issues', and ‘advises with clarity'.

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Within Planning, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern provides ‘an excellent service'. The team is handling a planning appeal on behalf of Mohamed Al Fayed-owned Ross Estates. Team head Alastair McKie is ‘knowledgeable, accurate and prompt' as well as being ‘attentive to detail and client needs'. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Baillie from Semple Fraser in 2013.

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Within Property litigation, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern has a ‘sound understanding of the rural sector'. Key clients include Intu Properties, Buccleuch Group and the Crown Estate. Fiona Stephen heads the team.

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Within Social housing, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern has ‘a growing reputation in the field of social housing' and provides ‘quality advice'. Shirley Evans is ‘widely acknowledged in the social housing sector as a leading authority', and is noted for her expertise in matters involving antisocial behaviour. David Hunter and Bruce Farquhar are also recommended.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s team has been consolidated by the arrival of two new partners: Alex Innes from Semple Fraser, and Colin Young from Morisons LLP. The firm represents the University of St Andrews, the University of Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University.

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Within IT and telecoms, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern advised a number of Scottish colleges on the IT aspects of mergers with other colleges. Its client base includes the Universities of Stirling and St Andrews, as well as Barrachd Limited and the Northern Lighthouse Board.

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Within Media and entertainment, Anderson Strathern is a third tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s team - led by publishing law expert Simon Brown - was bolstered by the arrival of dual-qualified partner Leigh Davidson and senior associate Shona Tennant. The firm carried out a pre-publication legal read for Birlinn, publisher of a potentially controversial book about the Lockerbie bombing. New clients include The Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust and Dovecot Studios.

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Within Sport, Anderson Strathern is a second tier firm,

Anderson Strathern’s head of practice John Kerr is ‘very knowledgeable, approachable and understands all aspects of sport, both commercial and regulatory'. Kerr was involved in the organisation of the pro bono legal panel for Glasgow 2014. Notable clients include the Scottish Rugby Union, Cricket Scotland and Tennis Scotland.

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