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Anderson Strathern

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Anderson Strathern

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Partner and head of corporate department. Deals with corporate law including start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and funding, banking, project finance, general contract work, intellectual property (non-contentious) and EU law.


Articled Dundas & Wilson CS; qualified 1985; partner Steedman Ramage WS 1990; partner Anderson Strathern 1997; author Scottish section ‘International Agency and Distribution Law’ (Matthew Bender).




Full member Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment; Fellow RSA; English Law Society – European Group; Writer to the Signet; Board Member, Publishing Scotland.


Royal HS, Edinburgh; Edinburgh University (1982 LLB (Hons); 1983 Dip Law).


Golf, football, family, travel, literature.

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: 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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