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Anderson Strathern

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John Kerr

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Partner dealing with general corporate and commercial (non-property) matters including M&A, corporate finance and commercial contract issues in addition to procurement (both private and public sector) and sports law matters (acting generally for governing body). Head of Charity and Social Enterprise Sector Group and head of Sports Law Unit.


Articled Strathern & Blair WS; qualified 1980; partner 1984. Publications: Fire Service section of the ‘Stair-Encyclopaedia’ with RDM Fife.


Director of Sports Dispute Resolution Panel t/a Sport Resolutions (UK); director Association of European Lawyers; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Writer to the Signet and notary public.


John Watsons School; Edinburgh University (1978 LLB (Hons)).



Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

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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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. ‘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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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

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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