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Anderson Strathern

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Bruce Farquhar

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Anderson Strathern

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Partner dealing with general corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, corporate finance and commercial contracts.


Trained Alastair Gibb & Co; qualified 1997; assistant Mitchells Roberton, Glasgow 1997-2000; assistant Anderson Strathern 2000-03; associate 2004-05; partner 2005; Chair Anderson Strathern 2017; Notary Public. Tutor of Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University.




Law Society of Scotland.


Brechin High School; Aberdeen University (1994 LLB (Hons); Dip LP).


Football, golf, literature.



Within: Transport

Anderson Strathern‚Äôs practice covers the spectrum of transport sector work, including operational and infrastructure contractual and regulatory issues across rail, road, air and shipping. Practice head¬†Neil Amner¬†joined the team from a position at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in April 2017 and is an expert in railway law, although he also has considerable experience in aviation matters. Karyn Watt¬†heads the infrastructure team and handles major transport projects for both local authorities and the private sector. Alongside senior associate Gillian Jamieson¬†(a commercial disputes lawyer}, Warr is noted as ‚Äėvery able‚Äô and possessing ‚Äėgood knowledge in the transport field‚Äô. Bruce Farquhar¬†is advising Bright Green Hydrogen as the lead partner in the Levenmouth Community Energy project, which supports a large fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles and the associated infrastructure. Other highlights included assisting Mossend International Railfreight Park with the development of a logistics hub, which involved securing planning consents despite objections from the local planning authority.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Anderson Strathern¬†is ‚Äėan excellent firm to work with, in terms of the quality of its work and its team‚Äôs understanding of client issues‚Äė. 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: 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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Within: Projects

Anderson Strathern acts for public and private sector clients in every facet of their most significant projects, including procurement and commercial contracts, development finance and forward funding, corporate transactional and property-related issues, planning and disputes. The group is particularly active in the Scottish education sector, where it acts for clients such as Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Highlands and Islands. Elsewhere, Pat Loftus and Martin Whiteford are advising The Halo Kilmarnock Limited on a community-led regeneration project at the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock. Director Neil Amner, who joined from Curle Stewart in April 2017, has a strong profile in the transport sector. Outside of Scotland-centred projects, in 2017, Whiteford and James Blair acted for Victoria Square Woking Limited in relation to the £300m Victoria Square mixed-use scheme in Woking; the work included advising the client on construction issues and taking the core parts of the project to a financial close. Karyn Watt leads the multidisciplinary team, which includes renewable energy head Bruce Farquhar, accredited public procurement law specialist Douglas McLachlan, and planning and environmental law expert Alastair McKie.

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Scotland: Real estate


Within: Environment

Anderson Strathern has a wide-ranging environment practice, which plays a key role in transactions, projects, permitting, and civil and criminal litigation. Its team, which is led by Alastair McKie, is also up to speed on environmental regulatory issues. Reflective of its first-rate reputation in this area, the firm has been appointed to the Scottish Ministers' panel for public inquiries, and it has also secured Chemring Energetics UK Limited and Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited as new clients. In the renewable energy sector, McKie and senior associate Kirsty Slee (who is a solicitor advocate) are representing Ross Estates Company at a public local inquiry in its opposition to a proposed waste to energy combined heat and power plant at Invergordon. Bruce Farquhar, Sheonagh Richards, McKie and senior solicitor Kirsty Jamieson assisted solar energy parks developer Elgin Energy with various matters recently, including the environmental aspects of the Milltown Airfield 10MW minimum solar development and of the Speyslaw 10MW minimum solar development. They also handled an environment impact assessment for the client in relation to a 99MW solar development at Wemyss Estate in Angus. Elsewhere, director Neil Amner is a leading expert on environmental issues in the transport sector. In the rural sector, Anne Chapman advises the owners of large estates on matters such as land slips and contamination.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Anderson Strathern’s team is led by Douglas McLachlan, who acted alongside James Blair for Rangers Football Club on a range of IP matters, including the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of its copyright and trade mark portfolios, in addition to IP litigation, sponsorship and software matters. McLachlan is also assisting the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland with media and IP matters, including in relation to a contract with STV for documentary filming and live broadcasts in relation to the birth of polar bear cubs at the Highland Wildlife Park, which will be broadcast on Channel 4. Simon Brown advised MyWay Digital Health on its spin-out from the University of Dundee, with respect to a licence agreement with the university and on contractual matters relating to the platform’s roll-out across the UK. Katrina Lumsdaine is co-ordinating counsel for the defence of Deepak Nitrate, in a complex trade mark dispute with Archroma IP, which is currently in a High Court litigation in London, with further litigation in the Munich High Court. Bruce Farquhar is another name to note.

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