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Anderson Strathern

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Anderson Strathern

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Dispute resolution.


Partner specialising in healthcare, regulatory and public law; acts for the Royal College of Nursing, the Mental Welfare Commission, the Parole Board for Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, the Risk Management Authority, General Medical Council, appointed as The Crown Estate Solicitor (Scotland).


Articled Strathern & Blair WS; qualified 1982; partner 1986; solicitor advocate: accredited as specialist in medical negligence and personal injury litigation; head of the healthcare, regulatory and public law team; Chair Anderson Strathern 2005-2017.


WS; SSC; ARDL; FRSA; Fellow of Strathclyde University Business School.


Knox Academy; Edinburgh University (1980 LLB (Hons)).


Family, running, church.

Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

Within: Medical negligence: pursuer

Anderson Strathern is ‘an impressive firm with talented solicitors’. The team represents clients pursuing claims in relation to accidents across the spectrum of clinical and dental context and has particular experience in pelvic mesh cases. The practice is co-led by experienced solicitor advocate Robert Carr and Catriona Watt who specialises in permanent injury resulting from medical negligence and fatal claims arising from accidents and clinical failures. ‘Sophisticated’ senior associate Robbie Wilson is noted for his ‘good interpersonal skills’ and his depth of knowledge across all areas of medicine.

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Personal injury: pursuer

Within: Personal injury: pursuer

Anderson Strathern possesses ‘very competent and capable solicitors’ who are ‘able to provide and support clients who generate a significant amount of complex litigation’ – with a particular focus on catastrophic injury cases, in addition to accidents at work, fatal claims, road traffic accidents and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority claims. The healthcare, public and regulatory law team is co-led by Robert Carr and Catriona Watt, both of who have extensive experience in the personal injury field. Senior associate Gary Burton and associate Natalie McCartney are both noted as ‘resolutely committed to securing the best results for their clients’. Highlights included a complex international maritime case that involved international private law jurisdiction points and maritime regulations, and resulted in a successful claim in a Scottish court. The group also have recent experience in stress at work cases.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Health

Anderson Strathern handles a variety of corporate, commercial and contentious health matters, in addition to a strong clinical negligence practice. ‘Responsible and knowledgeable’ Healthcare, Public and Regulatory practice head Catriona Watt specialises in high-value clinical negligence, professional discipline, regulation and public law. Alongside Robert Carr and the ‘first-class’ Gary Burton, Watt is representing the General Medical Council in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session brought by a doctor who was struck off for sexually assaulting a patient. John Kerr is advising Dentex Healthcare Group on partnership working agreements for its Scottish dental practice acquisitions. Commercial real estate lawyer Neil Farrell is advising a major healthcare fund on property management initiatives in Scotland.

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Parliamentary and public affairs

Within: Parliamentary and public affairs

Anderson Strathern's ‘excellent’ 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 ‘a wealth of experience throughout public law’, practice head Fiona Killen is noted for her ‘unsurpassed attention to detail’. 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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