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Anderson Strathern

1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
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Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s team handles a steady flow of planning and construction-related matters as part of major infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, the team is experienced in handling objections to major infrastructure projects, including compensation claims. Team head Alastair McKie acted for the executors of the estate of Charles Hynman Allenby of Balblair in an objection to the compulsory acquisition of the client’s land following the construction of a new length of the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness Trunk Road and the Nairn by-pass. He also advised South Ayrshire Council on roads and infrastructure agreements. Director Neil Amner joined from MacRoberts LLP.

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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 (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s team acts for public and private sector clients, as well as third sector organisations, in matters such as M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and AIM listings. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the energy sector. Practice head Simon Brown, Martin Whiteford and senior associate Ashley MacIntyre have advised INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth Limited and Petroineos Europe Limited on various procurement issues and supply contracts following a joint venture in 2011 between INEOS and PetroChina International; in a current highlight, they are currently advising these clients on an agreement with Jacobs UK Limited concerning the provision of design and technical services at the Grangemouth Refinery. Elsewhere, John Kerr and senior associate Ashley MacIntyre acted for Scottish Midland Co-operative Society in its sale of R.Hindhaugh (Chemists) Limited and Seaton Delaval pharmacy to Gorgemead Limited. Senior associate Ewan Regan has more than 15 years’ experience handling transactions for start-ups, angel investors and listed companies, among other clients. Bruce Farquhar and James Blair are other recommended individuals in the group, which was strengthened by the recent addition of Nicholas Howie from Holmes Mackillop.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of licensing issues, including licensing hearings, for hotels, bars and restaurants alongside retail and public sector clients. Recent work includes assistance with a number of provisional premises licence applications and a late-hours catering licence. The team also advised on several liquor licence issues and dealt with the licensing aspects of an acquisition. Litigator Jonathan Guy heads the team.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern represents private sector organisations in commercial litigation, arbitration and other types of dispute resolution, including mediation. It also has a particularly strong public sector following; the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), HMRC and the Scottish Prison Service are all key clients on the public-sector side. The firm also acts for the Scottish government, as well as regulatory bodies such as the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Court Service. Fraser Geddes leads the team, which includes senior associate Dominic Scullion, who became one of the youngest solicitor advocates in Scotland in 2016, and Katrina Lumsdaine, who led the representation of Andritz Gouda as a third party in Court of Session litigation arising from a £2m manufacturing dispute. Geddes and senior associate Gillian Jamieson are acting for SSE as the pursuer in a claim centred on damage to a high-voltage electricity cable during the refurbishment of a care home. The firm’s acquisition of litigation practice ADLP Solicitors in 2016 brought with it founder Alistair Dean, who is noted for his expertise in construction disputes. Jonathan Guy, Fiona Stephen and firm chairman Robert Carr are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Dominic Scullion - Anderson Strathern

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern assists a wide variety of clients with recovering secured and unsecured debts, including registered social landlords, banks (and other financial institutions), SMEs and public bodies. Key clients include UK Visas and Immigration, Midlothian Council, CR Smith Windows and PSFM Sipp Limited. The team provides an extensive service, which covers pre-litigation letters before action, court proceedings and enforcement action. In 2016, a team including Fraser Geddes, Dominic Scullion, senior associate Gillian Jamieson and Karen Ogilvie assisted Lusona Consultancy (Professional Practice) with negotiating a settlement with a charted accountant over unpaid finders’ fees and additional expenses. Other key clients include Britannia, which practice head (and solicitor advocate) Fiona Stephen, senior associate Claire Martin and others advise on pursuing Scottish secured debts, including managing property repossession actions following defaults on mortgage repayments.

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Scotland: Finance

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern draws upon its strengths in areas such as commercial litigation, banking and finance, and commercial property to cover a wide range of restructuring and insolvency issues for clients. The firm is particularly active in contentious insolvency work, wherein practice head Katrina Lumsdaine, Karyn Watt, John Kerr and associate Seonaid Sandham have been representing Baker Tilly in various matters connected with the administration of Pihl UK Limited, including a dispute with Isle of Wight Council involving unjust enrichment and insolvency issues, which is related to the construction of a school on the island. The group has a strong following of government agency clients, for which it provides insolvency and restructuring advice, including HMRC and The Accountant in Bankruptcy. The firm was also recently reappointed to Lloyds Banking Group’s litigation and recoveries panels. Senior associate Claire Martin has a wealth of experience in insolvency cases involving UK, EU and other cross-border issues. Alistair Dean has expertise in construction disputes that also have insolvency issues. Gillian Anderson, Fiona Stephen and associate Lesley Fitzgerald are other key practitioners.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh, Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern’s practice has a particularly strong profile advising public and education sector clients, although commercial clients, trade unions and senior executives also instruct the team on contentious and non-contentious matters, including disciplinary proceedings. Barry Nichol defended the University of Stirling against a protective award complaint brought by the University and College Union pertaining to fixed term contract employees, whose contracts were not renewed. Andrew Brown assisted the Scottish Ambulance Service with on-call working and travel time issues for paramedics and technicians in remote and rural areas in Scotland, including handling several employment tribunal proceedings. Brown, Chris McDowall and Paul Brown advised five further education colleges on industrial action matters. Alun Thomas heads the team. Special counsel Rhona Wark moved to BTO Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is best known for handling health and safety enforcement appeals, defending clients in health and safety prosecutions, as well as handling fatal accident inquiries and compliance advisory work. The team’s client roster includes a number of public bodies, including the Scottish Prison Service and the Highland Council. The practice regularly acts for the former in compliance matters, health and safety investigations, fatal accident inquiries and Crown Censure proceedings. Other clients include the HSE, Scottish Water, the Scottish Midland Co-operative Society and the Northern Lighthouse Board. Jonathan Guy heads the team.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern has a strong profile advising pension providers, trustees and members on self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs). In an illustration of its track record in this space, the practice advised Glasgow-based financial planner Yorsipp on SIPPs and SSAS matters, as well as advising the client on the legislative requirements for proposed scheme investments and loans. Team head Steven Dunn advised PSFM and Monument SSAS on general scheme administration matters, and advised eight local community justice authorities on the pension implications arising from the proposed establishment of a new non-departmental public body. The Royal College of Nursing is another client.

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Scotland: Insurance

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Working in conjunction with the firm’s healthcare team, Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of medical accident claims against clinical and dental practices. Catriona Watt represented a client in an obstetric medical negligence case while team head Robert Carr acted for a client in a damages claim following a misdiagnosis. Carr also represented a client in a fatal case stemming from a delay in diagnosing cancer. Senior associate Robbie Wilson, who joined the team from Drummond Miller LLP, is ‘always well prepared, great with clients and ready to go the extra mile’.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern acts for insurers, liability adjusters, public sector clients and other employers. Team head Jonathan Guy acted for the Scottish Prison Service in a claim arising from serious prisoner-on-prisoner assault, and advised the same client on a personal injury claim brought by a prisoner. The team also represented the client in a number of fatal accident inquiries pertaining to deaths in custody as a result of suicide, unintentional overdoses and natural causes. Senior associate Sarah Phillips is another key member of the team.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern specialises in catastrophic injury cases where clients have been left brain injured, immobilised or in need of long-term care. Catriona Watt acted in an international maritime personal injury case, and assisted a healthcare sector employee with a personal injury claim following an accident at work. She also acted for an individual who suffered an injury while on holiday abroad. Firm chair Robert Carr is alsop recommended, as is ‘well-prepared’ senior associate Robbie Wilson, who joined the team from Drummond Miller LLP and is noted for his ‘great client skills’.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has an extensive track record assisting estate owners and private individuals with transactions and disputes in the rural sector, as well as handling land registration and general private client work. The firm also handles renewable energy matters, with Sheonagh Richards. The team led by John Mitchell assisted a number of landowners, including Buccleuch Group, the Crown Estate, Callendar Estate and Penicuik Estate, with voluntary registration of land procedures. Other key members of the team include Anne Chapman, Fiona Gibb and Adèle Nicol.

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 charity sector clients with a wide range of advice, frequently pertaining to corporate, governance, data protection and tax matters. In a notable mandate, the team advised Live Borders – formerly Boders Sport and Leisure Trust – on all aspects of its proposed takeover of cultural services, including museums, libraries, art galleries, archives and community centres, from the Scottish Borders Council. Senior associate and team head Victoria Simpson assisted a client with OSCR investigation issues. Other clients include the National Trust for Scotland, the University of Stirling, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern represents beneficiaries and executors in Court of Session and Sheriff Court proceedings pertaining to a wide range of contentious executry matters. Recent work includes representing clients in will challenges, proving the tenor of a will and in actions for reduction of the disposition. John Peutherer heads the team, which includes director Alasdair Gillies, who joined the firm’s Glasgow office following the firm’s merger with Jeffrey Aitken. Gordon Frew has retired, and former practice head John Biggar is now a consultant.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern frequently handles divorce and separation issues alongside pre-and-post-nuptial agreements. Team head Janice Jones assisted a client with a pre-nuptial agreement involving overseas assets, and another client with a pre-nuptial agreement involving inherited wealth and trust matters. In a separate matter, she acted for the pursuer in a contentious financial provision divorce action pertaining to conflicting pension values. Other recent work includes advising a client on parental rights and child residence matters in order to prevent the child to be relocated to live with the client’s ex-partner, and assisted a different client with economic disadvantage issues following a separation and early retirement in order to support the client’s ex-partner with their business interests.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern focuses on trust advisory work and assists clients with heritage property and tax planning matters, which includes the tax implications of owning assets in a trust, asset structuring work and general succession planning. Client include trustees, beneficiaries, executors, high-net-worth individuals and family offices, such as the Buccleuch family and the Roxburghe family. Practice head Colin Henderson specialises in asset protection, succession and estate planning alongside wealth management matters, heads the team, which includes consultant John Biggar and Martin Campbell. Alec Stewart moved to Thorntons Law LLP, while David Campbell joined from Balfour+Manson LLP.

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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 (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has a particularly strong reputation in offshore wind; it is the sole Scottish legal adviser to The Crown Estate, for whom it handles all renewable energy projects off the coast of Scotland. In a recent highlight, offshore energy specialist Gavin Thain, Simon Brown, Deborah Lovell and associate Hannah Currie recently acted for the client in the restructuring of zone development agreements for Zone One in the Moray Firth with EDPR. The team also excels in onshore renewable energy projects, where it acts for developers in UK-wide projects involving onshore wind energy and solar farm developments; practice head Bruce Farquhar, Neil Farrell and Martin Whiteford advised German solar farm developer and EPC contractor F&S Solar Concept on various matters in 2016, including the purchase, construction and sale of a solar farm development at Manor Farm, England. Elsewhere, the group has experience of gas-to-grid projects, and is also acting for Bright Green Hydrogen (as the lead partner in a consortium) on the delivery of the Levenmouth community project. Sheonagh Richards has more than 20 years of experience in the rural sector, with particular emphasis on acting for landowners. Alastair McKie is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Whiteford - Anderson Strathern

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern handles projects involving transport, housing and urban regeneration, as well as rural development projects. As the sole Scottish legal adviser to the Crown Estate, the firm also undertakes a significant number of offshore renewable energy projects. Education is another core area of strength; the firm’s client base includes establishments such as Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Highlands and Islands. Other clients include public sector bodies, such as Fife Council and Transport Scotland, and national housebuilders. The firm also acts for the Scottish government. Martin Whiteford assisted INEOS with all construction documentation related to its new headquarters at Grangemouth, and has been acting for Apex Hotels on the funding and construction of a new hotel development in Bath. EU procurement expert Karyn Watt leads the team, which includes construction specialist Pat Loftus, renewable energy head Bruce Farquhar, Audrey Cameron, and Douglas McLachlan.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern has a strong client base consisting of higher, further and secondary education institutions, which the team frequently advises on regulatory, governance and construction matters, and IP and IT licensing issues. In an example of its ability to handle complex employment litigation, Barry Nichol defended the University of Stirling in a protective award complaint brought by an academic trade union pertaining to fixed-term contract employees whose contracts were not renewed. The team, led by Alun Thomas, also advised five further education colleges on contentious and non-contentious industrial action matters. Other clients include the University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University, Fife College and the University of the West of Scotland.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern acts for a wide range of public and private sector clients in predominantly corporate and contentious matters, including clinical negligence cases. It also advises on professional regulation, public procurement and employment issues. The team advised the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on a wide range of issues, including employment, personal injury at work and professional negligence matters, and continues to act for members of the RCN in professional regulatory proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Senior associate Gary Burton acted for the Scottish Social Services Council as legal presenter in proceedings against a social worker who failed to act on a report of abuse in the case of Liam Fee, a two year old, who was later murdered by his mother and her partner. The recommended Catriona Watt and chairman Robert Carr jointly head the team.

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow, Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern focuses on handling regeneration and redevelopment projects while also assisting a wide range of local authorities and arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) with matters pertaining to sports, leisure and education facilities. Team head Audrey Cameron acted for Clyde Gateway on all legal work to secure SRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) funding for the regeneration of Clyde Gateway East. The University of the West of Scotland instructed the team to advise on a number of matters, including state aid, property and public procurement, pertaining to its plan to create a new state-of-the-art campus at Hamilton International Technology Park (HITP). Other clients include Dumfries and Galloway Council, Live Borders (formerly Borders Sport and Leisure Trust) and Midlothian Council.

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

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is a respected player in the market, handling the full remit of parliamentary and public affairs work. Its client roster includes key public and regulatory bodies, UK and Scottish government agencies and departments, the Scottish parliament, and local authorities and education institutions. Highly regarded team head Fiona Killen advised the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) on the statutory interpretation of a range of statutes while also acting for the client in statutory appeals to the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court as well as in judicial review proceedings. In 2016, the team successfully defended a decision of the SIC that was challenged by a prisoner and pertained to a request for CCTV information made to the police. Other recent work includes assisting the SIC with data protection and regulatory compliance matters. The firm also handles the drafting of primary and secondary legislation, statutory interpretation and government bills amendments. Chairman Robert Carr and senior associate Ailidh Callander are also recommended.

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 2

Anderson Strathern (Glasgow)

Anderson Strathern has a dedicated real estate practice with particular expertise in the retail, leisure, healthcare, renewable energy and education sectors, and which can call on specialists in areas such as planning, environment, construction and property litigation. Anne McGregor and senior associate Fiona McKinnon are advising Intu Properties Plc on the development of Intu Braehead Shopping Centre and Retail Park. In another matter, Ruth Maclean, Gillian Anderson and senior associate Neil Fraser are acting for S1 Developments on the redevelopment of Westerlea House in Edinburgh. Practice head Andrew Morris has more than 30 years of commercial property experience. Another name to note is Deborah Lovell, who has expertise in property development, estate management, land tax issues and property matters specific to the renewable energy sector. The Crown Estate, Moyallen Properties and Transport Scotland are among other notable clients.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s practice went from strength to strength in 2016: Alistair Dean joined the firm as a partner following the acquisition of his niche commercial and construction litigation firm ADLP. Further, the practice secured a significant number of new client wins, including Stewart Milne Group, New Age Developers, Andrew Cowie Construction and Dynamic Earth Enterprises. Practice head Karyn Watt, Pat Loftus and Martin Whiteford are acting for the University of Highlands and Islands in the multi-site construction of new student accommodation. Martin Whiteford is acting for Apex Hotels on the construction of a new hotel development in Bath. On the contentious side, the firm is representing Fife Council as the pursuer in litigation against a contractor arising from structural defects identified at a swimming pool in the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline following its refurbishment. Audrey Cameron is also recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s team has expertise in a wide variety of environmental issues, such as statutory and common law nuisance, pollution, contaminated land, flooding, water and drainage. It advises on environmental matters at every stage of a project, including those associated with consenting. In addition, the group handles judicial reviews, environmental appeals, regulatory investigations and environmental prosecutions. Alastair McKie is leading a team, which includes Martin Whiteford, Simon Brown and Jonathan Guy, advising INEOS on the environmental issues associated with the consenting of its new £20m headquarters at Grangemouth. In another highlight, McKie and Kirsty Slee are representing Ross Estates Company at a public local inquiry into a proposed Waste to Energy Combined Heat and Power Plant in Invergordon, which the client opposes. Other clients include Buchan Biogas, The Crown Estate, Scottish Water and Elgin Energy. Bruce Farquhar, Gavin Thain, Fiona Stephen and Anne Chapman are other notable practitioners.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Alastair McKie leads the team at Anderson Strathern; his recent work has spanned projects involving transport and infrastructure, public sector, regeneration and strategic housing developments, as well as energy, infrastructure and waste. McKie is leading on the planning aspects of a multimillion-pound development in Woking town centre for Bandstand Square Developments. In another highlight, McKie, senior associate Kirsty Slee and others are acting for Ross Estates Company (which is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed) at a public local inquiry, which relates to the client’s opposition to a proposed waste-to-energy CHP plant in Invergordon. Audrey Cameron was formerly head of legal at Strathclyde Partnership of Transport, where she handled consenting and compulsory purchase matters for infrastructure projects, and also has previous experience working in-house at local authorities. Fiona Stephen is another key contact.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s property litigation practice acts for clients in the commercial, agricultural and housing sectors. Fiona Stephen heads the practice, which includes Fraser Geddes, who has a wealth of experience in Sheriff and Court of Session proceedings, as well as other types of dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration. Alistair Dean and senior associates Kirsty Slee and Shirley Evans are other key individuals in the team, which acts for clients such as The Crown Estate, Intu Properties and Scottish Midland Co-operative Society. Slee, Stephen and are solicitor advocates. Joan Devine joined Addleshaw Goddard.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern acts for housing associations, developers, local authorities and property factors. David Hunter, Douglas McLachlan and senior associate Victoria Simpson are acting for East Lothian Housing Association in the development of a novel cash back scheme as a means of encouraging tenants to manage rental payments online, and register for other services. In another matter Hunter, Gavin Thain and Deborah Lovell are advising East Lothian Housing Association, Grampian Housing Association and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association on a renewable energy initiative designed to generate free electricity for tenants and reduce fuel poverty levels. Senior associate Shirley Evans, who is a housing management expert, is handling an eviction action for Manor Estates Housing Association. Recently promoted partner Martin Whiteford, Bruce Farquhar, Fiona Killen, accredited charity law specialist Victoria Simpson and public procurement expert Fiona Killen are also recommended. Alistair Dean rejoined the firm following its acquisition of ADLP Limited.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern’s clients are typically drawn from the public and education sectors while an increasing number of charities and third sector clients also instruct the team. Highlights included assisting the University of Stirling with a broad range of commercial IP matters including patent and trade mark exploitation and sponsorship agreements. The firm also advised Edinburgh Napier University on data protection and data sharing arrangements within the UK and outside the EEA, and advised Rangers Football Club on the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of its IP rights, including copyright and trade mark matters. The team also successfully defended the club against a threat of trade mark infringement and enforced its IP portfolio, which involved taking down Facebook accounts that were selling infringing merchandise. Team head and newly promoted partner Douglas McLachlan advised the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on trade mark protection issues. Katrina Lumsdaine is particularly known for her strength in IP litigation, regularly handling high-value international patent cases. Simon Brown is another key member of the team.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Anderson Strathern is well equipped to advise clients on copyright and infringement matters, and also handles reputation and defamation management issues. Simon Brown, who regularly advises on publishing issues, assisted independent publisher Birlinn with pre-publication matters including defamation, privacy, IP infringement and journalistic protection issues. He also advised the client on an option agreement with Calamity Films with regards to film and television rights for the book Man on the Run by Tom Doyle. In a separate matter, the team advised the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) on a contract with STV regarding the filming of a documentary with live broadcasting aspects about the birth of polar bear cubs at the client’s Highland Wildlife Park.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern (Edinburgh)

Governing bodies, clubs and individuals regularly instruct Anderson Strathern’s team to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including employment, governance and contractual work. The team advised Rangers FC on matters arising from the exit of Joey Barton following concerns about his behaviour, and assisted the club with actions against four former directors. Other work for the client included assistance with player contracts, Scottish FA compliance and corporate governance issues. Key contact John Kerr advised Cricket Scotland on governance and employment issues, and assisted Tennis Scotland with the termination of the chief executive’s contract and issues pertaining to the appointment of a successor. In other work, he assisted Orkney RFC with restructuring the club from an unincorporated body into a company limited by guarantee, and with obtaining necessary consent from Scottish Rugby. Other clients include Gullane Golf Club, Badminton Scotland and the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

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