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Anderson Strathern

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Katrina Lumsdaine

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Anderson Strathern

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Commercial litigation.


Katrina is a solicitor advocate who is a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation department. She is head of the insolvency and restructuring unit which includes the financial litigation team. Katrina also sits as a legal member of the Tax Tribunal for Scotland. Her impressive team of dedicated financial litigators has unrivalled experience and expertise in Scotland. This is recognised by the team’s client base. Katrina and her team are regularly instructed by all the major banks in Scotland as well as being the only team in Scotland to be instructed by HMRC in relation to insolvency litigation. Further, her team is one of only two in Scotland instructed by the Accountant in Bankruptcy. Katrina and her team are highly regarded in the field of insolvency and restructuring as well as banking litigation in Scotland. Katrina herself conducts financial dispute resolution as well as wider commercial dispute resolution. She also has a particular interest in intellectual property disputes. She has litigated all aspects of intellectual property in the Court of Session in Scotland, as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal in London, the Intellectual Property Office and the European Courts in both Alicante and Luxembourg. She was awarded extended rights of audience in the Higher Courts in May 2007. Since then, she has enjoyed an excellent reputation for her solicitor advocacy work in the Court of Session, illustrated by her being invited by the Law Society to train future solicitor advocates. Katrina appears regularly in both the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and the Court of Session, having appeared both in the Outer House and Inner House.


Trained Ketchen & Stevens; qualified 1998. Trainee solicitor Ketchen & Stevens 1996-2000; assistant solicitor Henderson Boyd Jackson 2000-03; associate Henderson Boyd Jackson 2003-04; associate DLA Piper 2004-07; solicitor advocate DLA Piper 2007-08; partner Anderson Strathern 2008-date. Katrina is a solicitor advocate, a notary public and a Writer to the Signet.


Madras College (1984-90); University of Aberdeen (1990-94 LLD (Hons) 2(1)); University of Palermo (1992 ERASMUS Scholarship); University of Edinburgh (1994-95 Diploma in Legal Practice).

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Anderson Strathern, which fields eight solicitor advocates in its team, has a strong market presence thanks to its coverage of high-value, complex and significant disputes across a broad spread of disciplines. Team head Fraser Geddes is experienced in domestic and cross-border litigation, arbitration and mediation; his areas of strength span property disputes, contentious construction and general commercial litigation. Katrina Lumsdaine leads both the contentious intellectual property team and contentious insolvency teams, and is also a Legal Member of the Scottish Tax Tribunal. Fiona Stephen heads up the real estate litigation practice. Alastair Dean and Jonathan Guy are other key partners in the group, whose other areas of strength include insurance, health and safety, and professional negligence. In addition to acting for private sector clients, such as SSE Plc and INEOS Manufacturing Scotland, the firm undertakes matters for public sector organisations; names on the client roster include HMRC, the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Government. At senior associate level, Gillian Jamieson and Dominic Scullion are among the names to note.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Anderson Strathern's team is 'quick to respond' and demonstrates 'comprehensive knowledge and understanding of legislation', as well as 'a pragmatic approach' to a wide range of matters. Practice head Katrina Lumsdaine, associate Scott Flannigan and others are assisting Johnston Carmichael with handling the high-profile administration of Scottish cybersecurity firm Payfront Limited. Lumsdaine is also leading the firm's advice to RSM on the administration of Pihl UK Limited. Contentious insolvency matters are a core area of strength for the group; Lumsdaine and Flannigan recently defended an insolvency practitioner against an action brought in the Glasgow Sheriff Court over the client's alleged breach of duty in connection with his performance as Trustee in Sequestration. Associate Seonaid Sandham also undertakes contentious insolvency work.  Elsewhere, Lumsdaine's team assists clients with distressed conveyancing sales. and acquisitions and disposals of distressed businesses. Gillian Anderson assists funders with dealing with distressed assets and borrowers.

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Scotland: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Anderson Strathern has developed a ‚Äėsignificant‚Äô contentious private client practice that advises entrepreneurs, businesses, families and individuals on the range of work, including reductions of confirmation, challenges to wills and challenges to executors. It also handles a variety of contentious executry matters. John Peutherer, who leads the practice, specialises in legal rights, testamentary intent, will interpretation and has particular experience in cross-border matters. Katrina Lumsdaine represented the successful party in a complex contentious executry dispute in which executors tried to recover money contributed to the home in which a cohabiting and subsequently separated couple had resided; leading to a dismissal of the action. ‚ÄėHardworking and reliable‚Äô senior associate¬†Gary Burton¬†is also recommended.

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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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