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Anderson Strathern

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Douglas McLachlan

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Anderson Strathern

Work Department

Corporate Department


IP/IT & Media team. Competition & Procurement team.


Trained at IDLP(1998 – 2000): year qualified: 2000
Biggart Baillie LLP/DWF LLP – 2000 to 2015
Anderson Strathern LLP – 2015 to present.  Partner 2016.

Douglas is a partner in the Corporate department. His specialist areas of work include all aspects of IP/IT law, including the protection and exploitation of trade marks, copyright, branding, patents, know-how, database and design rights.  He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts such as software licences, agency, distribution and franchise agreements. Other expertise includes the provision of advice on advertising and marketing, passing off, and a range of data protection and freedom of information issues.

Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in EU Public Procurement Law, he also helps public bodies design and run successful procurement exercises.  He also supports private sector tenderers who bid for these contracts.  His expert advice is particularly valued on contentious procurement matters, where he helps both aggrieved bidders and defending contracting authorities. He also advises on UK and EU competition law and has advised a number of clients subject to cartel/abuse of a dominant position investigations by the Competition & Markets Authority.  Also advises on mergers and acquisitions that require clearance from UK and EU competition authorities.

Sharing the benefits of his extensive knowledge and experience, he also acts as an online tutor for the Edinburgh University LL.M in Innovation, Technology and the Law.


The High School of Glasgow

University of Strathclyde  - LLB (Hons) (1996), Dip LP (1997)

Leiden University LLM (Magna Cum Laude) in Public International Law (1998)

Kings College London - Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law (2000)


Family, skiing, fine wine, barbequing, reading and travelling.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Projects

Anderson Strathern acts for public and private sector clients in every facet of their most significant projects, including procurement and commercial contracts, development finance and forward funding, corporate transactional and property-related issues, planning and disputes. The group is particularly active in the Scottish education sector, where it acts for clients such as Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Highlands and Islands. Elsewhere, Pat Loftus and Martin Whiteford are advising The Halo Kilmarnock Limited on a community-led regeneration project at the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. Director Neil Amner, who joined from Curle Stewart in April 2017, has a strong profile in the transport sector. Outside of Scotland-centred projects, in 2017, Whiteford and James Blair acted for Victoria Square Woking Limited in relation to the £300m Victoria Square mixed-use scheme in Woking; the work included advising the client on construction issues and taking the core parts of the project to a financial close. Karyn Watt leads the multidisciplinary team, which includes renewable energy head Bruce Farquhar, accredited public procurement law specialist Douglas McLachlan, and planning and environmental law expert Alastair McKie.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Anderson Strathern’s team is led by Douglas McLachlan, who acted alongside James Blair for Rangers Football Club on a range of IP matters, including the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of its copyright and trade mark portfolios, in addition to IP litigation, sponsorship and software matters. McLachlan is also assisting the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland with media and IP matters, including in relation to a contract with STV for documentary filming and live broadcasts in relation to the birth of polar bear cubs at the Highland Wildlife Park, which will be broadcast on Channel 4. Simon Brown advised MyWay Digital Health on its spin-out from the University of Dundee, with respect to a licence agreement with the university and on contractual matters relating to the platform’s roll-out across the UK. Katrina Lumsdaine is co-ordinating counsel for the defence of Deepak Nitrate, in a complex trade mark dispute with Archroma IP, which is currently in a High Court litigation in London, with further litigation in the Munich High Court. Bruce Farquhar is another name to note.

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