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Anderson Strathern

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Neil Farrell

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Anderson Strathern

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Commercial real estate.


Partner and head of English property in Anderson Strathern. Practice in relation to both England and Scottish commercial property and property finance transactions. Specialisms in healthcare, sale and leaseback finance, investment and development. Completed over £900m of deals in healthcare.


Trained Dundas & Wilson; qualified Scotland 1990; solicitor Dundas & Wilson 1990-95; Dickson Minto 1995-99; qualified England and Wales 1998; associate Maclay Murray & Spens 1999-2004; partner and head of English property Anderson Strathern 2004.


Law Society; Law Society of Scotland.


Glenalmond College, Perthshire; Edinburgh University (1987 LLB (Hons) 2(1); 1988 Dip LP); College of Law (1997 qualified lawyers’ transfer test).


Hillwalking and climbing, skiing, chess.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

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.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Health

Anderson Strathern handles a variety of corporate, commercial and contentious health matters, in addition to a strong clinical negligence practice. ‚ÄėResponsible and knowledgeable‚Äô 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 ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô 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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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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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