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Anderson Strathern

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James Blair

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Anderson Strathern

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Acted on complex real estate projects across the UK including the creation of the Sapphire Retail fund, the Romford brewery development, Eden, High Wycombe, Sprucefield and Rushmere, NI, Union Square, Aberdeen and is currently acting on the Victoria Square development at Woking. James has particular expertise in the structuring of large real estate projects and in structuring partnering and funding solutions.


Trained at Allingham & Co, Edinburgh; qualified 1989; made partner in 2008; formerly group counsel of the Stannifer Group at Chelsfield plc.


Greenfaulds High; Cumbernauld and Wallace High; Stirling and Dundee Universities (LLB, DIPLP).


Football, cricket, reading, family.

Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


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: 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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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Anderson Strathern advises creative industry clients on commercial and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis in the publishing sector. Practice head Simon Brown provides pre-publication advice to Birlinn, which spans defamation, privacy, IP infringement, contempt of court and protection of journalistic sources. Alongside David Hunter , Brown is advising Merlin Entertainments Group on IP, leasing and licensing in connection with its Scottish visitor attractions. Highlights for James Blair included advising Rangers Football Club on numerous defamation and reputation management issues, sponsorship and online marketing. He is also assisting Rangers Media with contracts for the live transmission of Rangers matches overseas and for delayed transmission and highlights packages in the UK.

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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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