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Anderson Strathern

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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s practice covers the spectrum of transport sector work, including operational and infrastructure contractual and regulatory issues across rail, road, air and shipping. Practice head Neil Amner joined the team from a position at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in April 2017 and is an expert in railway law, although he also has considerable experience in aviation matters. Karyn Watt heads the infrastructure team and handles major transport projects for both local authorities and the private sector. Alongside senior associate Gillian Jamieson (a commercial disputes lawyer}, Warr is noted as ‘very able’ and possessing ‘good knowledge in the transport field’. Bruce Farquhar is advising Bright Green Hydrogen as the lead partner in the Levenmouth Community Energy project, which supports a large fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles and the associated infrastructure. Other highlights included assisting Mossend International Railfreight Park with the development of a logistics hub, which involved securing planning consents despite objections from the local planning authority.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is ‘an excellent firm to work with, in terms of the quality of its work and its team’s understanding of client issues‘. Among other matters, its recent work has included transactions involving transitions into employee ownership; in 2017,  Bruce Farquhar and senior associate Ewan Regan handled a number of related deals for clients such as Paramount Care and Mediascape. Elsewhere, Farquhar, practice head Simon Brown and Nicholas Howie were part of a cross-practice team which advised longstanding client Blumerang Capital on its acquisition of G2 Energy Renewable Developments. John Martin Group, INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth, Rangers International Football Club and Buchan Biogas are among other clients. John Kerr has more than 30 years of corporate law experience, with particular expertise in third sector and international work. Another seasoned practitioner is Colin Young, who has a particularly strong track record advising multinational companies on commercial contracts issues.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is noted for providing ‘strong support’ and always giving ‘assured advice, quickly’ to its licensing clients. The practice is led by experienced litigator, Jonathan Guy, who possesses ‘excellent knowledge and experience’ and whose focus is complex licensing court and appeal hearings. The group is retained by McDonald’s and advises the company on various licensing matters throughout Scotland, including various alterations related to its late hours licences. It is also instructed by a number of local authorities with respect to the application of taxi licences and appeals. Other clients include the National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Dishoom. Senior Associate, Dominic Scullion, is also recommended.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern, which fields eight solicitor advocates in its team, has a strong market presence thanks to its coverage of high-value, complex and significant disputes across a broad spread of disciplines. Team head Fraser Geddes is experienced in domestic and cross-border litigation, arbitration and mediation; his areas of strength span property disputes, contentious construction and general commercial litigation. Katrina Lumsdaine leads both the contentious intellectual property team and contentious insolvency teams, and is also a Legal Member of the Scottish Tax Tribunal. Fiona Stephen heads up the real estate litigation practice. Alastair Dean and Jonathan Guy are other key partners in the group, whose other areas of strength include insurance, health and safety, and professional negligence. In addition to acting for private sector clients, such as SSE Plc and INEOS Manufacturing Scotland, the firm undertakes matters for public sector organisations; names on the client roster include HMRC, the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Government. At senior associate level, Gillian Jamieson and Dominic Scullion are among the names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Dominic Scullion - Anderson Strathern

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Although Anderson Strathern is particularly active in advising banks and other financial institutions on debt recovery matters, its practice is broader, and it also generates work from other clients. Fiona Stephen, who heads up the property litigation team, has a wealth of experience handling property-related debt recovery matters for commercial, private and public sector entities. In addition to assisting banking sector clients with actions to evict tenants (from premises that are subject to their securities), senior solicitor Elizabeth Smartt is experienced in acting for registered social landlords in actions to recover possession of heritable properties. Stephen and Smartt are representing Northern Lighthouse Board in litigation against vessel owners and shipping agents over the recovery of light dues. Fraser Geddes and Karen Ogilvie are advising Wylie & Bisset LLP on the recovery of outstanding invoices following the liquidation of Forbes Transport Services. Alistair Dean, senior associate Gillian Jamieson, associate Seonaid Sandham and senior solicitor Lindsay Robertson are also recommended. Claire Martin left the firm in 2017.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's team, which is led by Gillian Anderson, works with practitioners active in other disciplines to advise borrowers and lenders on matters such as real estate finance, renewable energy finance, project and infrastructure finance, and charity sector finance. In addition to being knowledgeable about traditional finance transactions, the group has expertise in peer to peer lending and crowdfunding. The firm's longstanding track record in banking and finance has seen it act for a number of clients since its inception in 1992, including The Crown Estate, Buccleuch Group, Clydesdale Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Anderson and senior associate Gregory Stachura were recently part of a cross-practice team, which advised Teague Homes (UK) Limited as the borrower on obtaining a development loan from a Scottish bank for the development and construction of residential and commercial units on a brownfield city centre site in Edinburgh. Another name to note is commercial property head Drew Morris who, like Anderson, has previous experience of working at a major bank.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's team is 'quick to respond' and demonstrates 'comprehensive knowledge and understanding of legislation', as well as 'a pragmatic approach' to a wide range of matters. Practice head Katrina Lumsdaine, associate Scott Flannigan and others are assisting Johnston Carmichael with handling the high-profile administration of Scottish cybersecurity firm Payfront Limited. Lumsdaine is also leading the firm's advice to RSM on the administration of Pihl UK Limited. Contentious insolvency matters are a core area of strength for the group; Lumsdaine and Flannigan recently defended an insolvency practitioner against an action brought in the Glasgow Sheriff Court over the client's alleged breach of duty in connection with his performance as Trustee in Sequestration. Associate Seonaid Sandham also undertakes contentious insolvency work.  Elsewhere, Lumsdaine's team assists clients with distressed conveyancing sales. and acquisitions and disposals of distressed businesses. Gillian Anderson assists funders with dealing with distressed assets and borrowers.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

The team at Anderson Strathern brings a ‘very positive attitude’ to both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, counting a large number of public sector and higher education bodies as clients. Paul Brown represented the University of Stirling in the defence of a Protective Award complaint brought by an academic trade union in relation to a longstanding dispute around fixed-term contract employees. Chris McDowall advised Teradata UK on the impact of its global workforce optimisation exercise which resulted in a major HR reorganisation. Barry Nichol represents the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service in a number of tribunal cases relating to current and former employees. The practice is led by Alun Thomas who has particular expertise in employment mediation. Mandy Armstrong is also recommended for tribunal advocacy and routinely represents public sector employers.

Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern  has ‘a well-deserved reputation’ for advising a wide mixture of insured corporates and public sector clients on health and safety matters. The practice head, Jonathan Guy is a recognised thought leader in the industry and is an external legal adviser to the HSE in Scotland. Senior associate Dominic Scullion’s ‘experience in complex high court litigation’ is offset by ‘good knowledge of the law and well-developed analytical skills’. The ‘conscientious’ senior associate, Sarah Phillips, handles health and safety matters for the Scottish Prison Service, and successfully defended numerous damages actions involving prisoner-on-prisoner assault, workplace accidents and excessive use of control and restraint techniques, in addition to death in custody cases. Other clients include INEOS, Scottish Water, Scotmid and the Highland Council.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern draws on its employment and pension expertise in the education sector to complement its varied immigration practice, which advises large public sector organisations, private companies and individuals on visa applications and corporate migration. The team also advises a number of Scottish businesses on the recruitment of migrant workers. The practice is led by Paul Brown, who alongside senior associate Steven Dunn is noted for possessing ‘excellent knowledge of the complexities and intricacies of immigration law’.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s clients include pension providers, trustees and members, which it has particular experience advising on self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs), including documentation, scheme borrowings and investments. It also has a niche in advising individuals on raising complaints before the Pensions Ombudsman and the Financial Ombudsman Service. Steven Dunn leads the practice, and handles pension matters for both public and private sector schemes. Recent highlights include advising Yorsipp in relation to its governing documentation for SIPPs and SSASs and on the general administration of its schemes. The team also advised the trustees of the Daiwa Sports employee benefits plan on its DB scheme and on-going administration, including amendments to the scheme’s documentation.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is ‘an impressive firm with talented solicitors’. The team represents clients pursuing claims in relation to accidents across the spectrum of clinical and dental context and has particular experience in pelvic mesh cases. The practice is co-led by experienced solicitor advocate Robert Carr and Catriona Watt who specialises in permanent injury resulting from medical negligence and fatal claims arising from accidents and clinical failures. ‘Sophisticated’ senior associate Robbie Wilson is noted for his ‘good interpersonal skills’ and his depth of knowledge across all areas of medicine.

Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has a team of ‘very competent and capable solicitors’ and is able to ‘provide the advice and support to busy clients’ the team handles personal injury defence for a range of insured businesses, but predominantly represents insurance companies through panel appointments. It also acts for public sector bodies, including as sole provider to the Scottish Prison Service. The ‘determined litigator’ senior associate Dominic Scullion is well regarded by clients and peers alike, and stands out for providing ‘quality service’ to clients. Jonathan Guy leads the practice, has experience acting for insurers in large loss and complex claims, including catastrophic injury, fraud, disease, multiple fatality and indemnity and policy coverage claims. Senior associate Sarah Phillips is also highly rated.

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern possesses ‘very competent and capable solicitors’ who are ‘able to provide and support clients who generate a significant amount of complex litigation’ – with a particular focus on catastrophic injury cases, in addition to accidents at work, fatal claims, road traffic accidents and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority claims. The healthcare, public and regulatory law team is co-led by Robert Carr and Catriona Watt, both of who have extensive experience in the personal injury field. Senior associate Gary Burton and associate Natalie McCartney are both noted as ‘resolutely committed to securing the best results for their clients’. Highlights included a complex international maritime case that involved international private law jurisdiction points and maritime regulations, and resulted in a successful claim in a Scottish court. The group also have recent experience in stress at work cases.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

‘A market leader, with a great depth of resources’, Anderson Strathern has the capacity to provide a full service to owners of estates, farms, forestry and other rural interests. It is particularly noted for its work for larger estates, which includes a long-term client relationships with the Crown Estates and the National Trust of Scotland. The practice is led by John Mitchell is ‘outstanding in his field’ and ‘always provides the highest quality of advice’ in relation to landed estates. Fiona Stephen is ‘a leading litigation solicitor’ who has extensive experience appearing before the Scottish Land Court and at the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in relation to disputed agricultural matters. Adèle Nicol is ‘well known for rural conveyancing and tenancy issues’, including complex land titles and voluntary land registration. Fiona Gibb is noted for possessing vast expertise in the acquisition, sale and management of estates and rural conveyancing, in addition to handling charitable property portfolios.

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

Anderson Strathern’s team is noted for its ‘speedy and responsive service and good awareness of its client’s needs’ in addition to possessing ‘good knowledge of OSCR requirements’. The firm advises charitable organisations across a range of sectors, including renewable entities, royal charter bodies, educational endowments, universities and SCIOs. ‘Personable’ senior associate Victoria Simpson heads the practice, which includes the ‘extremely helpful’ John Kerr. The group is advising a major UK charitable trust on updates to its policies and procedures, including a data protection audit and its investment requirements for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS) self-certification. Other highlights included assisting a Scottish housing association with a key tenant scheme, as well as corporate charity issues.

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

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has developed a ‘significant’ contentious private client practice that advises entrepreneurs, businesses, families and individuals on the range of work, including reductions of confirmation, challenges to wills and challenges to executors. It also handles a variety of contentious executry matters. John Peutherer, who leads the practice, specialises in legal rights, testamentary intent, will interpretation and has particular experience in cross-border matters. Katrina Lumsdaine represented the successful party in a complex contentious executry dispute in which executors tried to recover money contributed to the home in which a cohabiting and subsequently separated couple had resided; leading to a dismissal of the action. ‘Hardworking and reliable’ senior associate Gary Burton is also recommended.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has a strength in handling financial provision, divorce and child-related matters. It also has experience in nuptial agreements, permanence orders, cohabitation claims and residence disputes. ‘Highly organised and approachable’ practice head Janice Jones has ‘an ability to explain complicated legal concepts’; she acts for a number of high-profile individuals in often complex divorce cases. Senior associate Ann-Marie Chalmers, who joined the practice after the firm’s merger with Jeffrey Aitken in April 2017, focuses on divorce work and nuptial agreements. Associate David Coutts is noted as ‘rapidly building a good reputation’, particularly in the area of child law. He is ‘an excellent negotiator, with good legal knowledge and communication skills’.

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

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s team handles the spectrum of private client tax work for a number of Scotland’s wealthiest individuals and families. The group advises clients on tax, trusts and heritage property, including major conditional exemption claims for submission to HMRC. The group also has particular expertise in asset protection for personal injury awards and adults with incapacity. Dual Scots and English law qualified Carole Tomlinson leads the team and specialises in capital tax planning and heritage relief advice. Colin Henderson acts as lead partner in various matters concerning high net-worth Scottish families, whom he assists with asset protection and wealth management. Martin Campbell and consultant John Biggar are recommended for trust work. David Campbell joined the team from Balfour+Manson LLP in May 2017, and has a niche in the establishment and administration of personal injury trusts.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern, which 'looks at client value in the broadest sense', provides 'excellent support' on renewable energy projects across the UK. In the onshore wind space, in 2017, the firm won work from a string of new clients, including BlackRock, Greece-based infrastructure company Metka, AIM-listed company AMP and Chinese investor Shandong Huay Wind Power Equipment Co Limited. The firm is also heavily involved in projects involving offshore wind, solar, gas to grid, biomass, hydro, wave and tidal energy. In addition, it has been active in energy storage projects and district heating projects. Offshore energy specialist Gavin Thain is the lead adviser to The Crown Estate on all of its offshore wind and ocean energy projects, and recently assisted the client with restructuring the Zone Development Agreements with French energy giant EDPR for Zone One in the Moray Firth to ensure that the project was CfD compliant. Neil Farrell, Pat Loftus, Martin Whiteford and others acted for Bluemerang Capital in the sale of its entire wind turbine portfolio to Malaysian energy provider Tenaga. Alan Simpson joined as a consultant from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP. Experienced corporate partner Bruce Farquhar heads up the practice, with planning and environment group head Alastair McKie and rural property expert Sheonagh Richards being the other active individuals in this space.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Whiteford - Anderson Strathern

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

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: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's clients include universities, colleges and schools, for which it handles safeguarding, governance and regulatory work, in addition to peripheral matters such as employment, procurement and construction. The group acts as the external solicitors for the General Teaching Council for Scotland, which it advises on the spectrum of regulatory and disciplinary issues. Practice head Alun Thomas has niche expertise in education-related contentious work, particularly in the area of student contract disputes; he is assisting Perth College with a review following a critical tribunal decision relating to an aggrieved former employee. Fiona Killen stands out for having ‘a strong grasp’ of regulatory and legislative detail, as well as in the management of relations between the higher education sector and government, when changes to internal legislation are being considered. Highlights for Catriona Watt included representing two independent schools in relation to allegations of historic abuse being investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Solicitor advocate Jonathan Guy often represents clients at Additional Support Needs Tribunals (ASNTs) in cases under the Equality Act.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern handles a variety of corporate, commercial and contentious health matters, in addition to a strong clinical negligence practice. ‘Responsible and knowledgeable’ Healthcare, Public and Regulatory practice head Catriona Watt specialises in high-value clinical negligence, professional discipline, regulation and public law. Alongside Robert Carr and the ‘first-class’ Gary Burton, Watt is representing the General Medical Council in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session brought by a doctor who was struck off for sexually assaulting a patient. John Kerr is advising Dentex Healthcare Group on partnership working agreements for its Scottish dental practice acquisitions. Commercial real estate lawyer Neil Farrell is advising a major healthcare fund on property management initiatives in Scotland.

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s ‘strong’ team focuses on projects, regeneration and infrastructure work, but it also advises local authorities on novel structures, such as transferring assets to ALEOs and the consolidation of existing ALEOs. The firm’s construction practice handles a range of both contentious and non-contentious issues for numerous Scottish councils. Practice head Audrey Cameron is currently assisting Fife Council with the delivery of its Affordable Housing programme, which is being procured under the Scrape Framework. Real estate litigator Fiona Stephen is representing Midlothian Council against an appeal lodged by various land owners to recall a notice served by the council requiring them to remove a fence. Gillian Anderson is instructed by Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding its proposed £1m loan to the Crichton Trust.

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

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's ‘excellent’ practice has a range of expertise spanning drafting primary and secondary legislation, statutory interpretation, amendments to Government bills and the implications of legislation in the Scottish and UK parliaments and at the European level. Clients include a mixture of public and regulatory bodies, UK and Scottish Government agencies and departments. With ‘a wealth of experience throughout public law’, practice head Fiona Killen is noted for her ‘unsurpassed attention to detail’. She continues to act for the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) in matters concerning statutory interpretation in defence of decisions and with respect to statutory appeals to the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court and judicial reviews. Killen and Alastair McKie is advising the Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners on all aspects of drafting a Private Bill to amend the 1846 Act of Parliament which established statutory commissioners with responsibility for maintaining land in rural Perthshire. McKie advised Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority on the statutory interpretation of EU law in connection with the right to access environmental information. Other clients include The Crown Estate and Audit Scotland. Robert Carr is another key contact.

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

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern provides a full service to clients, with its work covering property investment, commercial and residential development, commercial leasing, property finance, and portfolio management. Although its team undertakes work across a wide range of sectors, it has a particularly strong profile in healthcare, education, energy, retail and leisure. Anne McGregor, Fiona Stephen and Stephen Moffat advise Intu Properties Plc on the management and development of Intu Braehead Shopping Centre, Retail Park and Soar at Intu. In a notable community-led regeneration project, McGregor is acting as the firm's lead adviser to The Halo Kilmarnock Limited on the redevelopment of the former Diageo Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. Neil Farrell, who is dual-qualified to practise in Scotland and England/Wales, heads up the firm's English property group. Chris Richardson leads the team, which has benefited from the arrival of Iain Grieve from Addleshaw Goddard in 2017. Deborah Lovell and Ken Gerber are among other notable figures.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's practice is led by Karyn Watt, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a construction law specialist, and has 'a tremendous ability to get through masses of ability in a short time'. Watt's team has an excellent record working with contractors, developers and funders on a wide range of construction projects, including town centre mixed-use schemes, housing projects and developments involving areas such as education, energy and manufacturing. In 2017, Martin Whiteford assisted Victoria Square Woking Limited with the construction aspects of the Victoria Square mixed-use scheme in Woking. The firm is developing a specialist practice in relation to hotel developments, and has recently handled projects for clients such as Apex Hotels, among others. In addition to acting for private sector clients, the firm has a particularly significant public sector client following, for whom it assists with procurement and construction issues; Transport Scotland, Fife Council and City of Edinburgh Council instruct the firm in this space. Elsewhere, the firm's work for educational institutions is another pillar of the practice. Audrey Cameron and Pat Loftus also have non-contentious construction expertise. Alistair Dean specialises in construction disputes.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has a wide-ranging environment practice, which plays a key role in transactions, projects, permitting, and civil and criminal litigation. Its team, which is led by Alastair McKie, is also up to speed on environmental regulatory issues. Reflective of its first-rate reputation in this area, the firm has been appointed to the Scottish Ministers' panel for public inquiries, and it has also secured Chemring Energetics UK Limited and Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited as new clients. In the renewable energy sector, McKie and senior associate Kirsty Slee (who is a solicitor advocate) are representing Ross Estates Company at a public local inquiry in its opposition to a proposed waste to energy combined heat and power plant at Invergordon. Bruce Farquhar, Sheonagh Richards, McKie and senior solicitor Kirsty Jamieson assisted solar energy parks developer Elgin Energy with various matters recently, including the environmental aspects of the Milltown Airfield 10MW minimum solar development and of the Speyslaw 10MW minimum solar development. They also handled an environment impact assessment for the client in relation to a 99MW solar development at Wemyss Estate in Angus. Elsewhere, director Neil Amner is a leading expert on environmental issues in the transport sector. In the rural sector, Anne Chapman advises the owners of large estates on matters such as land slips and contamination.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's practice head Alastair McKie, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a planning law specialist, and is 'exceptionally good with clients'. The firm is a first port of call for planning advice from a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including developers, local authorities, central and local governments and utility providers. McKie is handling the planning aspects of a multimillion pound development in Woking town centre for Bandstand Square Developments. In another highlight, McKie recently assisted Peter D. Stirling Limited and the Trustees of the I.D. Meiklam Trust with a planning application in relation to the circa £260m Mossend International Railfreight Park development. In the renewable energy sector, the team is acting for Ross Estates Company (which is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed) at a public local inquiry, which relates to its opposition to a proposed waste to energy CHP plant in Invergordon. Audrey Cameron, Fiona Stephen and senior associate Kirsty Slee are other members of the group.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern's property litigation experience is brought to bear in commercial lease disputes, title and access disputes, commercial property management cases, and crofting and agricultural matters. Practice head Fiona Stephen is one of nine solicitors recommended by the Law Society of Scotland to conduct property-related professional negligence cases.  Senior associate Shirley Evans has a track record in property litigation dating back more than 25 years. Kirsty Slee, Fraser Geddes and Alistair Dean are other members of the team, which acts for clients such as registered social landlords, commercial landlords, tenants, local authorities and developers. Stephen and Evans are representing Midlothian Council in litigation brought by landowners to recall a notice served by the council, which requires them to remove a fence prohibiting public access to Penicuik Estate. Geddes and senior associate Gillian Jamieson recently advised MP Burke Transport Limited on a professional negligence claim against an engineering consultancy over its alleged failure to identify corrosion on the metal roof sheeting of a warehouse in Paisley during a structural survey. In another highlight, Stephen represented a trustee in sequestration in an action for possession of farmland belonging to a debtor.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is a one-stop shop for contentious and non-contentious social housing advice. Team head David Hunter advises social housing providers on matters such as leasing, site acquisitions and development. Deputy head Shirley Evans specialises in litigation and housing management issues (where she acts for local authorities and housing associations); in 2017, she handled an eviction action for Manor Estates Housing Association. The group also assists clients with other matters impacting the sector, including residential development projects, public procurement, real estate finance and governance. In the renewable energy sector, Martin Whiteford is advising Ore Valley Housing Association on a CHP project. In addition, Hunter, Gavin Thain and Deborah Lovell assisted Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, East Lothian Housing Association and Grampian Housing Association with an innovative renewable energy initiative (in partnership with Edison Energy) to generate free electricity for tenants and reduce fuel poverty levels. Fiona Killen is knowledgeable about data protection and freedom of information issues affecting social housing clients.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern advises creative industry clients on commercial and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis in the publishing sector. Practice head Simon Brown provides pre-publication advice to Birlinn, which spans defamation, privacy, IP infringement, contempt of court and protection of journalistic sources. Alongside David Hunter , Brown is advising Merlin Entertainments Group on IP, leasing and licensing in connection with its Scottish visitor attractions. Highlights for James Blair included advising Rangers Football Club on numerous defamation and reputation management issues, sponsorship and online marketing. He is also assisting Rangers Media with contracts for the live transmission of Rangers matches overseas and for delayed transmission and highlights packages in the UK.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern’s clients includes Scottish sporting bodies, clubs and individual players, which it advises on the range of sports law issues. The practice is led by governance and compliance specialist John Kerr, who assisted with the contractual aspects of Badminton Scotland’s bid to host the World Championships in 2017, and is now reviewing the client’s hosting agreement with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in order to run its Scottish Open Championships as a Grade 6 BWF World Tour Tournament from 2018-2021. He also advised Cricket Scotland on a major restructure of governance, which required the approval by member clubs and the senior management of Tennis Scotland on the exit of its CEO. James Blair and Paul Brown are instructed by Rangers Football Club on a range of employment matters, including a high profile player exit resulting from concerns about his behaviour.

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