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Anderson Strathern

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Deborah Lovell

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Anderson Strathern

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Commercial real estate.


Partner dealing with the property aspects of commercial acquisitions, portfolio acquisitions and sales, development work, secured lending and landlord and tenant; particular expertise in the property aspects of renewable energy projects including wind, wave, tidal and solar; particular interest in tax issues and profit sharing/overage agreements.


Trained Campbell Smith WS; qualified 1997; Shepherd & Wedderburn 1998-2002; partner Anderson Strathern 2004. Recognised as a ‘Leader in their Field’ by law directory ‘Chambers UK’ 2011 and 2012 for real estate; WS Society Signet accredited in commercial property. Is a regular contributor to the legal and other professions on SDLT, Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, commercial leasing and overage and profit sharing agreements for development sales and purchases.


Conversational German.


Law Society of Scotland Property Law Committee; Law Society of Scotland Tax Committee sub-group on SDLT and LBTT; WS Society Signet Accreditation Committee for the Commercial Property module.


Balwearie High School; University of Aberdeen (1994 LLB (Hons); 1995 Dip LP); University of Melbourne (2015 LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law).


Skiing, reading, Les Mills accredited instructor in Body Combat, teaches part-time.

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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Social housing

Within: Social housing

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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