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Anderson Strathern

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Fiona Killen

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Anderson Strathern

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Parliamentary and public law.


Partner and head of parliamentary and public law.


Law Society of Scotland; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.


University of Leeds (BA (Hons) Politics and Parliamentary Studies); University of Edinburgh (LLB; LLM; Dip LP).

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 ‚Äėa strong grasp‚Äô 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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Parliamentary and public affairs

Within: Leading individuals

Fiona Killen - Anderson Strathern

Within: Parliamentary and public affairs

Anderson Strathern's ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice has a range of expertise spanning drafting primary and secondary legislation, statutory interpretation, amendments to Government bills and the implications of legislation in the Scottish and UK parliaments and at the European level. Clients include a mixture of public and regulatory bodies, UK and Scottish Government agencies and departments. With ‚Äėa wealth of experience throughout public law‚Äô, practice head Fiona Killen¬†is noted for her ‚Äėunsurpassed attention to detail‚Äô. She continues to act for the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) in matters concerning statutory interpretation in defence of decisions and with respect to statutory appeals to the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court and judicial reviews. Killen and Alastair McKie¬†is advising the Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners on all aspects of drafting a Private Bill to amend the 1846 Act of Parliament which established statutory commissioners with responsibility for maintaining land in rural Perthshire. McKie advised Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority on the statutory interpretation of EU law in connection with the right to access environmental information. Other clients include The Crown Estate and Audit Scotland. Robert Carr¬†is another key contact.

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Scotland: Real estate

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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