Firm Profile > Anderson Strathern > Glasgow , Scotland

Anderson Strathern
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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Anderson Strathern advises land owners and private individuals on a wide range of transactions, including sales, transfers, leases and access arrangements, often for projects relating to the development of wind farms. The practice also acts for lenders, including a number of major banks, seeking to acquire large land portfolios, and was reappointed to Crown Estate Scotland's panel during 2018. Practice head John Mitchell, an accredited specialist in agricultural law, handles all types of rural property transactions and provides regular advice to landlords and tenants on agricultural tenancies.

Education Tier 1

Anderson Strathern's multi-disciplinary team, led by Alun Thomas , remains a popular choice for many of Scotland's leading universities and colleges that require assistance with regulatory and governance matters, development projects as well as employment, safeguarding and immigration issues, including litigation. Working in the Additional Support Needs Tribunal is another key area of expertise.

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

The growing medical negligence team at Anderson Strathern has expertise in managing complex, high value birth injury claims and cancer claims arising from misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. Practice head Robbie Wilson raised the first TVT mesh claim in Scotland and now manages approximately thirty similar claims. Former firm chair and solicitor advocate Robert Carr has an enviable standing; he is a Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in both medical negligence and personal injury and is also past president of the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Court of Scotland. Catriona Watt, who heads up the firm's healthcare, public and regulatory team, leads on much of the practice's most important work.

Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 1

Anderson Strathern's impressive client base includes a large number of local authorities and higher educational establishments which benefit from the team's wide-ranging skill set. Regular work includes statutory interpretations of legislation, primary and secondary legislation draftings, government bill amendments and Brexit-related matters. The 'highly regardedFiona Killen is the main contact.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Anderson Strathern's practice acts for a broad range of clients including SCIOs, grant-giving bodies, housing associations, arm's length organisations, international charities and regulatory bodies. The team possesses a wealth of experience setting up trusts and charities and modernising the structures of charitable vehicles, and has recently handled a number of high-profile safeguarding matters for clients facing public scrutiny. Practice head Victoria Simpson leads on constitutional and governance mandates, such as charitable mergers and acquisitions, reorganisation of trust deeds and compliance with OSCR guidelines.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

The 'strong' team at Anderson Strathern has particular expertise in the construction and transport sectors but also acts for clients across various other industries in a broad spectrum of commercial and contractual litigation. Fraser Geddes heads the team, which includes commercial litigator Gillian Jamieson, who was elevated to the partnership in September 2018.

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Anderson Strathern fields a cross-departmental group encompassing commercial real estate, real estate tax, planning work, environment issues, procurements, construction matters and property disputes. The group's sector coverage spans the education, healthcare, energy, education and public sectors; it also handles residential developments. Chris Richardson leads the team with a particular specialism in English law and the retail space; Deborah Lovell focuses on property developments, renewable energy projects and commercial leasings; Anne McGregor handles real estate transactions and Ruth Maclean acts for housebuilders.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Anderson Strathern 's 'well-organised and efficient' team frequently acts in contentious executry matters for beneficiaries pursuing or defending claims, and has additional expertise of seeking rectification of documents, such as wills and dispositions, on the basis that they were created under undue influence. Another area of specialism is the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, an area in which a range of claims are handled for individuals and the Office of the Public Guardian. Solicitor-advocate Katrina Lumsdaine has a great track record in court and recently managed to secure the first rectification of a will since the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016.

Employment Tier 2

Anderson Strathern 'makes the client feel valued' and has particular education, food and drink and public sector expertise but also assists other clients with the full spectrum of employment law work. The 'very knowledgeable' team led by the 'highly ratedAlun Thomas provides regular advice on TUPE transfers, working time, equal pay and general HR issues, and, in the contentious space, is noted for its experience handling unfair dismissal claims, alongside other employment tribunal work, and for its mediation offering.

Environment Tier 2

Anderson Strathern's client base includes funders and commercial developers alongside public bodies and landowning clients, who regularly instruct the team with various contentious and non-contentious matters. This includes regulatory and permitting issues, energy project-related work, sector-specific transactions and water matters, such as flooding and drainage. The 'very goodAlastair McKie and Neil Amner jointly head the 'knowledgeable, experienced and well organised' team, which includes consultant and renewable energy expert Alan Simpson, who joined the firm from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP in April 2018.

Immigration Tier 2

Paul Brown's team at Anderson Strathern is best known for advising public and education sector clients alongside private sector companies on Brexit-related matters and other business immigration law issues arising from the employment of foreign staff. In other work, the practice also assists individuals with a wide range of immigration and citizenship issues.

Local government Tier 2

Anderson Strathern handles all aspects of local government work including construction, public procurement and litigation which translates into a steady flow of instructions from local authorities and related authorities across Scotland. Acting in public sector regeneration projects is a key area of expertise for Audrey Cameron's team as well as assisting with shared service models and the rationalisation of Arm’s Length Organisations, among other novel structures and arrangements, across multiple authority areas.

Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Anderson Strathern covers the full range of personal injury actions, with specialist expertise in prison matters, serving as sole provider to the Scottish Prison Service for defender personal injury claims and fatal accident inquiries. Jonathan Guy heads up the insurance and health and safety unit, while also serving as lead partner for a number of the team's key clients. 'Experienced and well-respected' director Sarah Phillips  has particular expertise in prison claims.

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Anderson Strathern acts for trustees, executors and beneficiaries, predominantly in matters where the firm is instructed to provide advice on the structure of trusts, revise trusts and set up new trusts to manage the inheritance of assets. The team also handles succession planning for family businesses and utilises family investment companies to transfer assets in a tax-efficient manner. Dual qualified Carole Tomlinson is the lead partner for a number of large landed estates and has a particular interest in advising family businesses. Director of tax services Martin Campbell  provides advice on capital gains and inheritance tax to land owners and high-net-worth clients.

Property litigation Tier 2

Anderson Strathern demonstrates experience in a wide range of property litigation in the commercial, housing and agricultural sectors and acts for a number of local authorities and commercial organisations. Recent work includes lease, title and access disputes as well as tenancy, eviction and dilapidation matters. The 'strong' team is led by the 'very knowledgeable, measured and unflappableFiona Stephen and includes litigator Gillian Jamieson, who was promoted to partner in September 2018 and has notable experience in debt recovery.

Sport Tier 2

Anderson Strathern’s team, which acts for a roster of clients including sportspeople, golf and football clubs and public sector bodies, specialises in advising on contracts, funding arrangements and sporting partnerships. The team also has notable strength in governance matters, with key clients including the Scottish Sports Association and Rangers Football Club.

Transport Tier 2

Anderson Strathern handles the full remit of transport sector work including operational and infrastructure contractual and regulatory matters across rail, road, air and shipping. Team head Neil Amner is recognised for his railway law expertise but he also has substantial expertise in port and harbour-related matters. Senior associate Tom Docherty is dedicated to dealing with road operator licensing matters, acting for road haulage and public service vehicle operators. Public sector expert Mary Frances O’Neill joined the firm as senior associate in February 2019; she was previously at the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Anderson Strathern acts for primarily lenders across an array of banking and finance matters, with a substantial track record in real estate finance, renewables and energy finance, corporate and structured finance, agri-finance, private banking and charity and third-sector finance. The team also has a notable borrower client base and has cross-border capabilities, particularly in the financial services space. Gillian Anderson heads up the group, which also includes senior associate Gregory Stachura.

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Anderson Strathern handles the full spectrum of corporate transactional and advisory work for listed companies and international clients. The SME sector is another area of strength and Simon Brown's department has worked with numerous businesses across several generations.

Debt recovery Tier 3

Anderson Strathern's client roster includes SMEs, public sector bodies and RSLs as well as banks and other financial institutions who regularly instruct the team with a wide range of commercial recovery matters. Property litigator Fiona Stephen and commercial litigator Fraser Geddes are the main contacts. Litigator Gillian Jamieson was elevated to the partnership in September 2018.

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Anderson Strathern has a strong track record acting for landowners on onshore renewable energy projects, and has also recently been notably active assisting its landowner clients with renewable projects as part of land diversification strategies. The practice, led by Bruce Farquhar, also handles offshore matters, notably for the Crown Estate, and counts several operators and developers of gas-to-grid projects as clients. Martin Whiteford is also a key name to note.

Family Tier 3

Anderson Strathern's practice acts for high-net-worth individuals, private clients and local authorities and has particular strength in cross-border divorce proceedings where assets are held in multiple countries. The team also shows a depth of knowledge with cohabitation cases and niche experience advising clients on surrogacy options and the transfer of embryos from one jurisdiction to another. Practice head Janice Jones, an accredited specialist in family law, has a strong reputation in the courts and handles the full spectrum of family and child law matters for clients.

Health Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is well placed to assist clients with medical negligence and governance matters, corporate and commercial issues as well as litigation. The 'excellentCatriona Watt heads the 'professional' practice.

Health and safety Tier 3

Anderson Strathern has notable experience representing public bodies and private companies in enforcement notice appeals, fatal accident inquiries and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations and also handles compliance work. Jonathan Guy is the main contact.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is notably strong in the Scottish public, education, sports and media sectors, where its IP specialists handle contentious and advisory mandates; the group has also recently expanded its client roster in the charity sector. Douglas McLachlan heads up the department, which also benefits from the expertise of corporate partner Simon Brown and litigator Katrina Lumsdaine.

Licensing Tier 3

Anderson Strathern routinely assists local authorities, retail companies, restaurants and education sector bodies with various licensing matters throughout Scotland, including various alternations concerning late hours licences; local authorities also receive support with licensing appeals in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. Commercial litigator Jonathan Guy is the main contact.

Media and entertainment Tier 3

Anderson Strathern has a wealth of experience advising publishing companies, trusts and media organisations on matters such as licensing, leasing, intellectual property, copyright and defamation, and acts on both sides of copyright infringement claims in court. The team is particularly focused on the arts and culture sector and often represents trusts seeking to contribute to creative projects in Scotland, such as a permanent exhibition by Scottish Borders Council. Practice head Simon Brown advises Birlinn, one of Scotland’s largest independent publishers, on a range of legal issues including intellectual property, contempt of court, privacy and the protection of journalistic sources.

Pensions Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is particularly experienced in self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs) and assists pension providers, trustees and scheme members with scheme documentation, scheme borrowings and investments. In other work, the team led by 'responsive, knowledgeable and structured' senior associate Steven Dunn also advises clients on issues arising from their participation in public sector pension schemes.

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 3

Anderson Strathern receives a high volume of instructions from the Royal College of Nursing on behalf of their staff for claims relating to accidents at work or outside of work, as well as other claims in areas such as noise induced hearing loss, assault and psychological injury. The team is led by the experienced Robert Carr and Catriona Watt; the 'excellent' Gary Burton was promoted to director in 2018, while Natalie McCartney, a solicitor advocate and prolific litigator in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session, is now a senior associate.

Planning Tier 3

Led by Alastair McKie, the team at Anderson Strathern has notable expertise in advising public and private sector clients, including developers, utility providers and private clients, on contentious and non-contentious planning law matters pertaining to residential, commercial and leisure development projects. Handling energy, waste and transport sector work constitutes another key area of expertise.

Projects Tier 3

The projects team at Anderson Strathern is best known for its work in public sector regeneration, public procurement, construction and the education sector. The group notably acts for the Scottish government, mainly on road infrastructure projects, and regularly collaborates with the firm's transport sub-team. Practice head Karyn Watt specialises in construction law and the Glasgow-based Audrey Cameron leads the public sector group.

Social housing Tier 3

Acting for local authorities and registered housing associations, Anderson Strathern handles a wide range of matters. Senior associate Shirley Evans, who heads the team following David Hunter's appointment as consultant in August 2018, focuses on housing management and litigation. Other key areas of expertise include commercial, corporate, finance, construction, regulatory and employment-related work.

Construction Tier 4

Anderson Strathern's 'very approachable' team has experience in construction and tender matters pertaining to infrastructure, urban regeneration and housing projects, including associated disputes, while also handling construction financing work. Its client portfolio includes various public sector bodies and education institutions alongside contractors and developers. Karyn Watt is the main contact.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

The insolvency and restructuring team at Anderson Strathern handles the full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring work, and has particular expertise in the contentious aspects of corporate insolvency matters. Practice head Katrina Lumsdaine has a high-profile client base including government agencies and insolvency practitioners, which she advises on national and cross-border matters. Gillian Jamieson was recently promoted to the partnership.

Anderson Strathern is a leading Scottish full-service law firm working across the commercial, private client and public sectors. It has its principal offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The firm has 52 partners, 190 fee-earners and a total staff of 239. It offers a wide range of specialist services with 18 Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, a Solicitor Advocacy Unit with seven solicitor advocates and cross-border working with 11 dual-qualified solicitors.

Clients: The firm has a significant roster of clients across its key areas, including the Scottish government, the Crown Estate, Clyde Gateway, City Legacy, INEOS, Apex Hotels, Intu Braehead, Buccleuch Estates, Bluemerang Capital, Walker Holdings (Scotland) Ltd, The University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, The Royal College of Nursing, Scotmid and the Scottish Prison Service.

In its latest financial year to end August 2016, Anderson Strathern reported a turnover of £21m.

The firm: In the first half of 2016 the firm increased both its commercial and private client offerings with the acquisition of niche commercial litigation practice ADLP and the arrival of its principal partner Alistair Dean and its merger with long-established Glasgow-based private client firm Jeffrey Aitken.

Over the last year, the firm’s lateral hire strategy has seen the appointments of Private Client Partner David Campbell from Balfour + Manson and Transport and Infrastructure specialist Neil Amner President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and former Partner at MacRoberts. Internally, two new partners were appointed and 17 solicitors were promoted.

The firm has had a significant number of new client wins and panel appointments at competitive tender in 2015/16, including all six lots of the recent Central Government Legal Services Framework, Scottish Prison Service, Transport Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Lloyds Banking Group, West Lothian Council, The Care Inspectorate, Glasgow Clyde College, Police Scotland, Fife College, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University, City of Glasgow College, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and the Parole Board for Scotland.

Employer of choice: The firm was recognised as the legal employer of choice in Scotland when it won the Employer of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2016.

Anderson Strathern celebrated its 20 year anniversary as an Investor In People in September 2018. The firm was the first to achieve the double success of Investors in Young People Gold and Investors in People Gold accreditations, achieving Investors in People (IIP) Gold Accreditation in 2011, the highest level of recognition for the championing of best practice in the development and management of all of its 239 employees. It was awarded the IIP Young People Accreditation in 2015.

Alongside this, the firm became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become an accredited living wage employer and to sign the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Bruce Farquhar 0131 625 8166
Managing partner Murray McCall 0141 242 6061
Banking and finance Gillian Anderson
Charities Victoria Simpson
Commercial real estate Anne McGregor
Construction and engineering Karyn Watt
Corporate and commercial Colin Young
Dispute resolution Fraser Geddes
Employment Alun Thomas
Energy Neil Farrell
Health and safety Jonathan Guy
IP/IT Douglas McLachlan
Parliamentary and public law Fiona Killen
Planning and environment Alastair McKie
Private client Colin Henderson
Rural land and business John Mitchell
Residential property Sara Jalicy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Brown  photo Paul Brown
 Audrey Cameron  photo Audrey Cameron
 Steven Dunn  photo Steven Dunn
 Fraser Geddes  photo Fraser Geddes
 Ken Gerber  photo Ken Gerber
 Janice Jones  photo Janice Jones
 Paul Lombardi  photo Paul Lombardi
 Murray McCall  photo Murray McCall
 Chris McDowall  photo Chris McDowall
 Anne McGregor  photo Anne McGregor
Mr Douglas McLachlan  photo Mr Douglas McLachlan
 Chris Wilkin  photo Chris Wilkin
 Colin Young  photo Colin Young
Number of UK partners : 52
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190