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Anderson Strathern

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Work 0131 270 7700
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Catriona Watt

Work 0131 625 7215
Anderson Strathern

Work Department

Healthcare, public and regulatory team.


Catriona is a partner in the healthcare, public and regulatory team. Specialist areas of work are public sector with particular emphasis on health and social care public bodies, such as the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and the Parole Board for Scotland. Also acts for professional regulators such as the General Medical Council, General Dental Council and General Teaching Council for Scotland, among many others. She has a specialist medical negligence practice and has obtained millions of pounds of damages for families in obstetric negligence cases in 2014. The combination of the above work also places her firmly in the civil liberties and human rights field, and she is regularly involved in judicial review cases involving public bodies.


Trained Anderson Strathern; qualified 2002. Principally involved in specialist advice to public bodies and engaged in litigation in civil claims and appearances before a wide variety of tribunals and committees. Previous career as a journalist. Made partner at Anderson Strathern in 2013.


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL), elected committee member.


Edinburgh University, LLB (Hons, First Class).

Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer

Within: Medical negligence: pursuer

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.

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Personal injury: pursuer

Within: Personal injury: pursuer

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: Public sector


Within: Education

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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Within: Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

Within: Health

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.

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