Firm Profile > Anderson Strathern > Edinburgh, Scotland

Anderson Strathern
1 RUTLAND COURT
EDINBURGH
EH3 8EY
Scotland

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The ‘efficient, approachable, and very knowledgeable’ rural land and business team at Anderson Strathern sits at the top end of the market in Scotland, with the National Trust for Scotland and Crown Estate Scotland among its key clients. The firm has considerable experience of managing high-value transactions, notably having advised the Buccleuch Estate on the sale of the Evertown portfolio for well over its £19.5m guide price. Practice head John Mitchell and Adele Nicol advise on agricultural tenancies on behalf of both tenants and landlords, and offer significant transactional experience, while other key team members include Anne Chapman, Fiona Gibb, Sheonagh Richards and Robin Beattie .

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Testimonials

‘Offering a complete package of legal and financial advice under one roof. Experts in their field available throughout.’

‘A wealth of knowledge which they are happy to share. The really good trait is that straight answers are generally given to tricky questions, with other solicitors this is not always the case. The team is well informed and up to date with relevant legal matters.’

‘The depth of experience which the team at Anderson Strathern has gathered in working with rural estate clients allows them to seamlessly handle large, complex and high value transactions as well as supporting day to day operational matters and queries. The advice provided by the team is enhanced by experience in the forestry, energy and commercial sectors as well as in the agricultural sphere.’

‘Anderson Strathern is the “go to” firm, as far as I am concerned, for rural property issues. When I am asked for a recommendation it is always Anderson Strathern. The team is efficient; approachable and very knowledgeable in this complex area of law.’

‘John Mitchell provides measured legal advice in a manner which is reassuring to clients and respected when working with other solicitors. His exceptional experience of dealing with agricultural tenancy and rural property matters (and excellent memory!) makes navigating complicated arrangements much easier for clients.’

‘Kate Bond is very capable in dealing with the pressures of transactional work. Kate communicates extremely well with clients and always remains calm in a crisis.’

‘John Mitchell has an outstanding portfolio of clients. I have worked with him for about 30 years and particularly through all the legislative changes made by the Scottish Parliament to rural law which has raised complex issues. I have found him very knowledgeable and easy to get on with.’

‘Robin Beattie is pragmatic, sensible, and knowledgeable. He is always available to assist.’

Key clients

The Buccleuch Estates Limited

Crown Estate Scotland

Roxburghe Estates

The National Trust for Scotland

Dumfries Estate

Penicuik Estate Partnership

Castle Milk and Corrie Estates

Errol Estate

Aberchalder Estate

Carnbroe Estate

Elgin Energy Limited

Education Tier 1

Anderson Strathern's multidisciplinary team has a focus on higher further and secondary education, providing regular advice to many of Scotland's leading universities, alongside public sector bodies, on matters ranging from governance, employment, corporate, IT and IP alongside development and construction projects as well as associated litigation and employment tribunal proceedings. Alun Thomas heads the education and employment groups and is particularly experienced in the university sector.

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I would say that Anderson Strathern as a firm is professional, knowledgeable, adaptable and friendly. They are well placed to provide advice on a number of different areas of our organisation, allowing us to have a joined-up approach. From the direct experience that I have had with the firm, I consider that they provide a high level of expertise in the area of professional regulation. They provide excellent advice and adapt quickly to our changing priorities and approaches in relation to casework.

The primary partner that I have dealt with is Catriona Watt. Catriona is a dedicated professional who is highly knowledgeable in the field of professional regulation.

Key clients

The University of Edinburgh

University of St Andrews

University of Strathclyde

University of the Highlands and Islands

Glasgow Caledonian University

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

Edinburgh Napier University

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Ayrshire College

City of Glasgow College

Edinburgh College

Fife College

Glasgow Clyde College

New College Lanarkshire

North Highland College UHI

Shetland College UHI

South Lanarkshire College

West College Scotland

Fettes College

Inverness College UHI

St Leonards School

Gordonstoun

Loretto

Merchiston Castle School

Cargilfield Prep School

Belhaven Hill School

Fairfield International School

Universities Scotland

APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges)

Skills Development Scotland

College Development Network

The City of Edinburgh Council

Midlothian Council

Fife Council

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

At Anderson Strathern, the medical negligence team is led by 'excellent' director Robbie WilsonCatriona Watt, who heads up the professional regulation team, is a key name in the region for complex birth injury claims as well as those relating to adult incapacity. Solicitor advocate Robert Carr is an accredited specialist in both medical negligence and personal injury and is highly experienced in pursuing Court of Session claims. The team regularly receives referrals from local solicitors and the Royal College of Nursing on cases primarily pertaining to birth injuries, as well as the misdiagnosis’ and delayed diagnosis of patients.

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‘They inspire confidence, and have excellent client skills.’

‘Gary Burton is pleasant and straightforward to deal with yet tenacious for his client. The team has a long history of high quality clinical negligence pursuer work. ‘

‘Robbie Wilson is excellent in every aspect of the job – knowledge of substantive law, understanding of medical matters, dealing with clients, tactical acumen and judgement.’

‘Anderson Strathern is an excellent specialist firm in the area of medical negligence and personal injury.Their attention to detail and professionalism sets them aside from their competitors in this market.’

‘Catriona Watt and Robbie Wilson are highly skilled practitioners. They have excellent client skills which is so important in this area, but what most impresses me is their fantastic knowledge of their speciality.’

‘The people we have dealt with from the firm are very engaged in securing the best possible case. They work with us as a team in taking on board our input towards strengthening every aspect of the case. They are transparent in every way and honest about particulars that could help or hinder the interests of the case.’

‘The individuals of the practice take a positive and personable approach. They engage with us fully in matters concerning out case thoroughly and patiently.’

‘Robbie Wilson is an expert in clinical negligence. He is extremely tenacious, very good at explaining complex issues to clients and great to work with. He is an excellent lead for clinical negligence.’

‘Catriona Watt excels in her fields of expertise, she is very committed with a great intellectual grasp. Exceptionally friendly, kind, approachable and honest. I can find no fault whatsoever with any aspect of the service I received. ‘

‘The legal team worked very well together; all ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ and were able to fill me with confidence that I had their support throughout.’

Key clients

Harper, Robertson & Shannon

Martin & Company

Masson & Glennie

Quantum Claims

Pomphreys

Wallace Quinn

Lynn Herbert & Co

Smith & Grant

Royal College of Nursing

Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 1

Anderson Strathern is acclaimed for its proficiency in legislative drafting and statutory interpretation of legislation in both the Scottish and UK parliaments, and for its extensive expertise in parliamentary procedures and standards. This skill set leads to regular instructions from government departments, regulatory authorities and commissioners.

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The practice provides an excellent service, not only in relation to the actual legal advice and services provided, but also in relation to administration and additional services. In particular they invoice us timeously, keep us informed of potential changes to charges during a case, deliver training to our staff and offer access to additional services such as briefing sessions and workshops and an advice line. Mostly though, they are just great to work with.

Key clients

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO)

Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC)

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC)

University of St Andrews

Glasgow Caledonian University

Universities Scotland

Royal College of Nursing Scotland

Crown Estate for Scotland

Audit Scotland

The Scottish Government

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The team at Anderson Strathern acts for the full range of non-profit organisations and charities, including community benefit companies, Royal Charter bodies, educational charities and endowments, provident societies, and professional, trade, and housing associations. The firm advises on mergers, governance and regulatory compliance, and has extensive experience in the restructuring and reorganisation of charitable bodies.  The firm has also advised wealthy individuals and philanthropists on the formation of family foundations and the tax implications of charitable giving. Victoria Simpson leads the team, working closely with Audrey Cameron on governance, restructuring, and mergers. Douglas McLachlan, who leads the firm’s IP team, handles data protection compliance, while Barry Nichol handles employment issues.

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‘The team has expertise in Scottish charity issues and the workings of OSCR; understanding of the political system in Scotland; and understanding of the press and media environment in Edinburgh and Glasgow.’

‘Victoria Simpson has shown absolutely exceptional dedication to our case. Her advice has always been wise and proven correct. We trust her completely. She is a wonderfully empathetic person, naturally kind, very astute and tough when that is needed.’

Key clients

Waverley Steam Navigation Company Ltd

YMCA Scotland

Live Borders

The Great Scottish Tapestry Charitable Trust

RS Macdonald Charitable Trust

Dynamic Earth

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University

Fettes College

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

The real estate team at Anderson Strathern is noted for its strength in commercial and residential matters, including those involving the build-to-rent sector, investment, development, retail and housebuilding. The team generates mandates from blue-chip clients, local businesses and public sector bodies. Anne McGregor, who leads the practice, has over 25 years of experience handling commercial property deals. Euan Mellor joined from Brodies LLP.

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‘In depth but pragmatic advice.’

‘Anne McGregor consistently provided great advice showing depth of understanding and knowledge but always with an eye on the deal and maintaining a level of pragmatism that is often needed to get the deal done.’

‘Breadth and depth of specialist people is impressive. Proactive not reactive.’

 

Key clients

Buccleuch

Bruce Walker and others

CCG (Scotland) Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Walker Holdings (Scotland) Limited

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Limited

Intu Properties plc

J Smart & Co (Contractors) plc

Fife Council

Quercus Healthcare Property Partnership

Blake Property Company LLP part of Blake Engineering Group, leading steel and metal fabrication experts in the UK

BMO UK Property Fund ICVC

Buccluech Property

Crown Estate Scotland

Goldentree Financial Services plc

The Hutcheson Family

Places for People

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

James Walker (Leith) Ltd

Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company

Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth Ltd

CALA Management Limited

Moyallen Properties Limited

S1 Developments Limited

Teague Homes (UK) Limited

Halo Kilmarnock Limited

Urban Union Limited

Apex Hotels Limited

City of Glasgow College

The Scottish Government

Scottish Water

Vento Ludens Limited

Alexander Dennis Limited

CMS Hasche Sigle Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuer

Edinburgh Airport (Edinburgh Airport Limited)

Northwind 5S Limited

Silvermills Limited (Locogen)

Aedifica

NextEnergy

Shetland Islands Council

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Anderson Strathern’s contentious trusts practice is well-balanced between seeking to defend and to amend wills and trusts. Notably, the firm is practised in constraining executors on behalf of other beneficiaries. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Katrina Lumsdaine has a strong track record in rectifying and amending wills, and notably achieved a rare judgment of personal liability against an executor who had failed to discharge their obligations. Catriona Watt is experienced in matters of incapacity, and has successfully challenged wills believed to have been made on the basis of undue influence. Associate Liam Smith is noted by clients for his ‘good eye for detail’.

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‘Anderson Strathern has built up an enviable practice due to its client base and with the involvement of litigation solicitors. It stands out as one of the few firms which provides a contentious probate practice in Scotland.’

‘Katrina Lumsdaine is very experienced, sees litigation strategy clearly and objectively.’

‘Liam Smith has a good eye for detail, is efficient, responds quickly and communicates well.’

Key clients

Harper, Robertson and Shannon

Office of the Public Guardian

Employment Tier 2

Acting for employers and employees, Anderson Strathern's clients stem from a wide range of sectors - with particular expertise in the education and public sectors -and include individuals. This notable sector expertise is reflected in team head Alun Thomas, who also heads up the firm's education sector group. Much of its recent work is contentious in nature and involved unfair dismissal alongside various discrimination and pay-related claims as well as whistleblowing proceedings and industrial relations disputes. In the non-contentious space, the team is well equipped to provide clients with strategic employment law and HR advice.

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I work with the employment law team and they always respond quickly to queries. Their advice is pragmatic, solidly based in case law and employment law and they give me options to consider.

Excellent customer service which is consistent, reliable and practical to our organisation.

They are able to move quickly to deal with new instances of unauthorised occupation. They also demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legislation and court guidance.

Good team work.

Andrew Brown is well regarded and offers an excellent service. He looks at options, risks and potential outcomes and his advice is always helpful.

I have worked with Andrew Brown and he has gone beyond the call of ask. He follows up on enquiries almost immediately and I found him engaging and insightful.’

Key clients

The Scottish Government

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

The University of Edinburgh

Scottish Prison Service

Edinburgh Napier University

Fife Council

University of Strathclyde

Hawick Knitwear

The Glenmorangie Company

University of St Andrews

Rangers Football Club

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

Environment Tier 2

The team at Anderson Strathern has a strong profile advising landowners, but its client portfolio also includes operators, funders, commercial developers and public bodies. It covers a a wide range of contentious and non-contentious environmental law with particular expertise in energy, waste, transport and marine-related work. Practice co-head Alastair McKie is a key contact for contentious environmental matters, while co-head Neil Amner has particular expertise in operational consents, waste, water and contaminated land issues.

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The team is strong across the board. Despite not being as well known as other notable Scots firms (at least, not south of the border), they have a full-service practice which has been more than capable of meeting my needs – often providing much better value for money in the process.

Neil Amner is knowledgeable in environmental and transport matters. He is responsive and engaged, with the ability to think outside the box and identify other relevant interests.

Key clients

Buccleuch Estates

Dundas Estates

INEOS

The City of Edinburgh Council

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Livos Energy

Buchan Biogas

Scottish Water

Ross Estates Company

Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission

Shetland College / NAFC Marine

The Crown Estate Scotland

Vento Ludens

Hydro Ludens

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Edinburgh Airport Limited

Chemring Energetics UK Ltd

Bangley Quarry Biogas Limited (Green Forty Development Limited)

Thöni Industriebetriebe Gmbh

Immigration Tier 2

Anderson Strathern is best known for its public and education sector work, providing advice on employment-related immigration law matters alongside advice on the impact of Brexit on staff from the EU and EEA. Its client portfolio also extends to private companies, who retain the team led by employment specialist Paul Brown to advise on immigration requirements for the employment of overseas employees, and sponsor visas, as well as to private individuals, who seek advice on personal immigration matters, including the application for British citizenship.

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Key clients

University of Strathclyde

Petroineos Manufacturing (Scotland) Limited/ Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth Limited

DEM Solutions Limited

Edinburgh Napier University

University of St Andrews

City of Glasgow College

Glasgow Caledonian University

BRC Imagination Arts

Audit Scotland

Local government Tier 2

Local authorities regularly instruct Anderson Strathern to assist with M&A on one hand and with matters arising from education sector and housing developments alongside energy projects on the other. The second pillar involves instructions on commercial, procurement, governance, property and construction matters arising from these projects. Its contentious capabilities are played out in judicial review proceedings and eviction orders, among others. Team head Audrey Cameron specialises in the delivery of large infrastructure, transport and regeneration schemes.

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Approachable, considerate, great depth of knowledge and good to work with.

Clear, straightforward, proactive and supportive and knowledgeable approach.

Key clients

Shetland Islands Council

Fife Council

Midlothian Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Live Borders

Jobs & Business Glasgow

Clyde Gateway

Woking Borough Council

Glasgow City Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Media and entertainment Tier 2

At Anderson Strathern, practice head Simon Brown is a renowned expert when it comes to copyright issues, film and TV options, publishing contracts and defamation matters. His team recently launched a theatre and performing arts initiative, fronted by Barry Nichol, with the aim of supporting performing arts charities on employment and HR issues, among other matters. The group holds a distinguished track record of representing media start-ups and also directs focus towards media work in the education sector.

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Key clients

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Charitable Trust

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Birlinn Limited

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Merlin Entertainments Group

Penguin Random House

Whittles Publishing Limited

The National Library of Scotland

Publishing Scotland

Federation of Scottish Theatre

The Mowforth Family

Traverse Theatre

Scottish Book Trust

Peter Lamont

Floris Books Limited

Puppet Animation Scotland

Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Anderson Strathern’s primary specialism is advising the Scottish Prison Service in defender personal injury claims and fatal accident inquiries. The team is particularly experienced acting in inquiries into deaths by suicides, unintentional overdoses and natural causes. Jonathan Guy leads the insurance and health and safety unit, which also acts for insurers claims relating to catastrophic injury, fraud and policy coverage. Solicitor advocate Laura McCabe joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard in mid-2019.

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Anderson Strathern has a proven track record across the whole range of of medical negligence and personal injury (defender) practice. The team is headed by a number of hugely experienced individuals, but the quality of practitioners in the middle and junior ranks is also high.’

Key clients

Co-operative Insurance

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Prison Service

Scottish Water

Risk Management Authority

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

Farmer Autocare

Ineos

Scottish Children’s Reporter Adminstration

Co-operative Insurance

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Carole Tomlinson, who is dual-qualified to practise in Scotland and England & Wales, leads Anderson Strathern's excellent private client team. Its wide-ranging expertise includes succession and estate planning, and tax planning, as well as the formation, administration and variation/termination of trusts. The group works with members of the corporate practice to advise many of Scotland's wealthiest families on tax and generation planning, the setting-up of family investment companies and residential property companies. A specialist team led by Martin Campbell advises on asset protection in relation to personal injury awards. In a significant development, the firm expanded its private client practice in Glasgow when it acquired local three-partner firm Hardy Macphail in 2019. Succession planning specialist Alasdair Johnstone was recently promoted to partner.

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Carole Tomlinson is very sound, discreet, never over-complicates things, has lots of common sense and is sympathetic and approachable

They are friendly and at the same time professional and knowledgeable. They pitch their advice at just the correct level and understand that as a smaller firm I don’t have the depth of knowledge and resources in more specialised matters which they have. Unlike some other firms, I have dealt with they are happy to take the level back to basics if that is what is needed. I have no hesitation in approaching them on any matter.

Alasdair Johnstone is my “go-to” lawyer. His advice is well-considered and always provided in a very straightforward and practical way (even when the query didn’t sound straightforward). He is always helpful and friendly and takes time to make sure that I am happy with the information and advice provided. Phoning Alasdair is like phoning a (knowledgeable and professional) friend for advice

I am impressed by how Anderson Strathern manage to combine the professionalism of a large firm with the empathy you would expect from a sole practitioner

Colin Henderson is very practical and responsive. Our mutual clients respect his opinions and with good reason. He is very balanced in the advice he gives and always considers the practical implications of the issues at hand.’

‘Laura Murray is very efficient and knowledgeable. The UK tax advice she provides is invaluable and timely

Key clients

Buccleuch family

Roxburghe family

Property litigation Tier 2

Anderson Strathern covers commercial and residential property disputes, including lease disputes, title and access disputes, residential tenancy disputes, dilapidation claims and compulsory compensation applications, while also having notable rural sector experience, leading to regular Lands Tribunal instructions. Solicitor advocate Fiona Stephen heads the practice and acts for commercial, public sector and private clients.

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They are able to move quickly to deal with new instances of unauthorised occupation. They also demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legislation and court guidance.

Good team work.

The team, headed by Fiona Stephen, is very strong. As Anderson Strathern is a full-service firm, the team is complemented by great strength in connected areas, such as construction, planning and agriculture. This wide range makes them stand out.

Fiona Stephen is exceptional; she is very knowledgeable in her field, and also reliable and prompt in her responses.

Key clients

Transport Scotland

Ashtead Plant Hire Co Limited

Intu Properties plc

Buccleuch Group

Edinburgh Napier University

Northern Lighthouse Board

Transport Tier 2

Anderson Strathern has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious rail and road projects work, with team head and railway law expert Neil Amner (director) being a key contact for the former and senior associate and road operator licencing specialist Tom Docherty for the latter. Other work covers operational and infrastructure contractual and regulatory matters across the segments airports and aviation alongside ports and shipping. Its client portfolio includes an array of public and private sector clients.

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‘Outgoing and engaging in the thought leadership for the sector, acting as an enabler to economic growth.’

‘Neil Amner is highly professional, very constructive, identifying what could be done, rather than blockers, and can be trusted to do what he says.’

‘Anderson Strathern is one of the key players in the transport infrastructure market, notably with regard to dispute resolution and procurement issues. They have key experience in dealing with road and motorway provision and disputes.’

‘Karyn Watt is a dynamic and knowledgeable figure, while also remaining highly approachable. She always seeks to solve problems for her clients in an efficient and practical manner.’

Key clients

Transport Scotland (Scottish Government)

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

South East Scotland Transport Partnership

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Highland Council

Scottish Road Works Commissioner

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Bright Green Hydrogen

INEOS

Grove Retail Limited

Allied Vehicles Ltd

John Martin Group

London North Eastern Railway Limited

Stadler-Ansaldo JV

Peter D. Stirling Ltd

Freight Transport Association (FTA)

Edinburgh Airport

West College Scotland

Northern Lighthouse Board

Crown Estate Scotland

Scottish Maritime Cluster Limited

Hays Ships Limited

Shetland College/ NAFC Marine

Waverley Steam Navigation Company Limited

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Banking and finance Tier 3

Anderson Strathern acts for lenders and borrowers UK-wide and is particularly experienced in real estate finance transactions, including those connected with development, healthcare, retail and leisure. The team, which is led by Gillian Anderson, also has expertise in renewables and energy finance, corporate and structured finance, project and infrastructure finance, and charity and third sector finance. Euan Tripp and Euan Mellor both joined from Brodies LLP. In another development, Nicholas Howie made partner. Gregory Stachura is also recommended.

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‘The knowledge within the team is exceptional. Extremely helpful at all times and always available at the end of the phone for advice and direction. We even have our clients asking for us to engage AS to act on our behalf in transactions as the efficiency and quality is second to none.’

‘The team is able and willing to discuss the commercial and legal implications and is very responsive. It provides high quality legal advice that adds value.’

‘The team listens to what is wanted and both provides complex strategic advice and gets the transaction done.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank plc

RBS Group (including The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Adam & Co, National Westminster plc, RBS Invoice Finance & Lombard)

INTU

Ineos

Buccleuch Group

Allied Irish Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Apex Hotels Group

Crown Estate Scotland

Hampden & Co

Adam &Co plc

Bank of Ireland

Rangers international Football Club plc/The Rangers Football Club Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Anderson Strathern acts for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from private individuals, family businesses and traditional partnerships to listed companies, and government agencies, while also attracting referral work from other boutiques and multinational law firms across the UK. Team head Fraser Geddes' handles a broad spectrum of commercial disputes - recently, this included breach of contract matters, fee arrangements and associated payment claims and disputes arising from the interpretation of commercial contracts - alongside property disputes and professional negligence claims.

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Anderson Strathern is among the best firms of commercial litigation solicitors in the country. They have long and deep experience of working with counsel on large commercial disputes before the Court of Session, especially its commercial court, and on appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. Their team, from new qualifieds to experienced partners, are all knowledgeable, motivated and cohesive. They are quick and efficient in following up on all enquiries, preparations and tactics advised by counsel.

In a major construction project-related dispute resolution context, the firm has a powerful team of dedicated lawyers at a variety of experience levels looking after the procedure, substance and management of the dispute. The breadth of skills and experience is helping us reach successful outcomes.

Anderson Strathern, or more accurately Gillian Jamieson, has been extremely capable with attention to detail and fully and quickly understanding issues on various matters raised.

Fraser Geddes is a very capable commercial litigation solicitor. He has long and deep experience in all areas of commercial dispute resolution, especially commercial property, construction and professional negligence.

Key clients

Edge Energy Limited

Ashtead Plant Hire Limited

Fife Council

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is well regarded for its record of work for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as businesses in the healthcare, hotels and tourism, food and drink, and energy sectors. The team covers the full gamut of corporate work and is headed by Simon Brown, who acts for private, public and third sector clients. Euan Tripp joined as partner from Brodies LLP and Nicholas Howie was promoted to partner.

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‘Bruce Farquhar and Ewan Regan have a down to earth, pragmatic approach and demonstrate a genuine interest in the businesses they work with’.

‘They establish strong, supportive relationships and a working environment of mutual trust’. 

‘They support companies through the business transfer process and work hard to ensure all interests are addressed and aligned’.

‘Bruce Farquhar is supremely knowledgeable and instils confidence in clients’. 

‘Ewan Regan is a pleasure to work with, he makes the information accessible to non-legal people and is excellent at explaining complex legal jargon’.

‘Their wealth of experience and knowledge is invaluable and we always feel safe in the knowledge that the advice we are being given is correct’.

‘The individuals we have worked with have been extremely helpful, always available and extremely knowledgeable’.

‘Nicholas Howie is a superb corporate partner’. 

‘Level of personal service and attention is excellent’.

‘The team handles any queries and correspondences quickly and to detail’.

Key clients

Livos Group Ltd

Dentex Healthcare Group Ltd

Fairview International School (UK) Limited / Fairview Berhad

SuperControl Limited

Northwood 5s Limited

Safedem Limited

Devlin Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Reservoir Imaging Ltd

Exmos Ltd

Grossart Associates Ltd

Debt recovery Tier 3

Co-led by solicitor advocate Fiona Stephen and commercial litigator Fraser Geddes, the team at Anderson Strathern frequently acts at the intersection of debt recovery and commercial litigation; an offering that attracts a broad client base including individuals, SMEs, public sector bodies and registered social landlords.

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‘Anderson Strathern treat every engagement with the utmost respect and approach every matter in a professional way.’

‘The speed of advice is something that Anderson Strathern have mastered. Their responsiveness is very good which leaves the client knowing exactly where they stand.’

 

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Midlothian Council

Northern Lighthouse Board

J.K.M. Industrial Supply Merchants Limited

Bridgend Garage Limited

PSFM SIPP Limited

Brandon Hire Limited

Stirling Park

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Anderson Strathern has a strong track record acting for landowners on onshore renewables projects. It also handles offshore projects, most notably for Crown Estate Scotland. The firm also counts developers and investors as clients, particularly in the turbine, solar, gas to grid, hydro and biomass sectors. The team is jointly led by Martin Whiteford, Neil Farrell and Bruce Farquhar. Farquhar handles corporate transactions connected with renewable projects.

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‘A strong team of property and commercial solicitors that support us across a wide variety of renewables projects in England and Scotland’.

‘Bruce Farquhar, Neil Farrell, Martin Whiteford – all are very hard working and strong members of the team that have helped us deliver internally and to end clients’.      

‘Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and very well-connected team. I recommend Anderson Strathern and the energy team to all my peers’.

‘Martin has an excellent understanding of the renewable energy and construction market in the UK’.

‘As a small developer, Martin is a key adviser to our business, he is readily available to help us across all aspects of our business and has an excellent network of contacts’.

‘Martin Whiteford has the ability to appreciate and distil large volumes of information and data very quickly and clearly. He’s also a thoroughly decent guy’. 

‘Bruce Farquhar has a wealth of experience across several sectors and has an excellent appreciation of the challenges small business face’.

‘Bruce Farquhar is very approachable and professional but has a very down to earth manner which makes him very easy to work with’.

Key clients

The Crown Estate Scotland

Bluefield Solar

NextEnergy

Encavis

Eurowind

Livos Energy

Elgin Energy

Thöni Industriebetriebe Gmbh

Longspur Capital

Buccleuch Estates

DHG Hydro

iPower

Buchan Biogas

Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

EWT

EU and competition Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is best known for handling competition litigation cases, and also providing state aid and general competition advice. Clients include public and private organisations. Katrina Lumsdaine leads the team.

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‘Anderson Strathern have a top tier team in EU and competition law. The team is extremely commercial and highly organised and skilled, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Katrina Lumsdaine is a very sharp legal mind, coupled with extraordinary organisational skills.’

 

Key clients

Scottish Government Framework – All Lots

Skills Development Scotland

Edinburgh City Council

Family Tier 3

Within the sphere of divorces and separations, Anderson Strathern provides advice on financial provision, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, contact and residence disagreements (both within the UK and internationally), and the rights of formerly cohabiting partners. Outside of separations, the firm has experience of seeking permanence orders on behalf of councils, where a child’s welfare has been an area of concern. Based in Glasgow, the highly regarded Janice Jones leads the practice. She is an experienced litigator, with a strong track record of achieving favourable outcomes in acrimonious separations. Associate Danielle Edgar is the key contact for family law in the firm’s Edinburgh office.

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‘Thorough knowledge of family law and litigation; very proactive; willing to give advice where the client will not like it but needs to be told it.’

‘Janice Jones gives very clear advice and is very realistic.’

‘Janice Jones provides clear and direct advice to clients. She also gives her clients the confidence that she will fight their corner.’

‘Janice Jones understands how to support parents who are going through the stressful process of court action, while also being clear about what they should expect and what they should do to seek a resolution.’

Health Tier 3

Anderson Strathern provides a broad range of services to health and social care sector players and is particularly known for its public law expertise. Clients include regulators, medical professional associations, pharmacy chains and private healthcare providers. Catriona Watt heads the team and is noted for her regulatory expertise.

Intellectual property Tier 3

With notable strength in the public sector, Anderson Strathern also advises clients in the education, sports and media industries, and is well regarded for its expertise in GDPR and data protection issues and IP licensing contracts. Douglas McLachlan heads up the practice and handles contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Euan Tripp joined from Brodies LLP.

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The Rangers Football Club Limited

SuperControl Limited

Deepak Nitrite Limited

Edge Energy Limited

The Skills Development Scotland Co Limited1

Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited

Lomond Fine Foods Limited

MyWay Digital Health Limited

Edinburgh Napier University

Superfeet Worldwide Inc

Licensing Tier 3

Anderson Strathern routinely represents organisations and businesses - including well known names from the retail, restaurant and education sectors - at licensing boards and in a wide range of licensing appeals in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, which is not least due to team head Jonathan Guy's litigation expertise. Much of its work pertains to late hours catering and premises licences, including licence variations and the transfer of premises licences.

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Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Limited

Midlothian Licensing Board and Licensing Committee

National Trust for Scotland

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh College

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Dishoom

Fife Council

West Lothian Council

MMLM Limited

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 3

Anderson Strathern advises on claims involving catastrophic injuries, industrial diseases and accidents experienced at home and abroad, and regularly receives referrals from local solicitors and the Royal College of Nursing. The firm's former chair Robert Carr leads the practice and is an accredited specialist in both medical negligence and personal injury - he is highly experienced in pursuing Court of Session claims. Another key name is senior associate Gary Burton who has advised nurses and prisoners on personal injury cases.

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‘They inspire confidence, and have excellent client skills. ‘

‘Gary Burton is pleasant and straightforward to deal with, yet tenacious for his client. ‘

‘Anderson Strathern is an excellent specialist firm in the area of medical negligence and personal injury. Their attention to detail and professionalism sets them aside from their competitors in this market.’

‘The people we have dealt with from the firm are very engaged in securing the best possible case. They work with us as a team in taking on board our input towards strengthening every aspect of the case. They are transparent in every way and honest about particulars that could help or hinder the interests of the case.’

‘The individuals of the practice take a positive and personable approach. They engage with us fully in matters concerning out case thoroughly and patiently.’

‘The legal team worked very well together; all ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ and were able to fill me with confidence that I had their support throughout.’

Key clients

Harper, Robertson & Shannon

Martin & Company

Masson & Glennie

Quantum Claims

Pomphreys

Wallace Quinn

Lynn Herbert & Co

Smith & Grant

Royal College of Nursing

Planning Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is well placed to provide private and public sector clients alongside private clients with advice on residential, energy and infrastructure projects, covering both contentious and non-contentious issues. Typically these include compulsory purchase orders, planning applications and planning agreements, public inquiries and planning appeals as well as associated environmental matters. Team head Alastair McKie advises on all types of development proposals.

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Well-organised, highly-responsive and efficient team. Well equipped to deal with urgent court litigation at short notice.

Highly experienced.

They have a great knowledge of the law and are excellent tacticians.

Alastair McKie is a highly-qualified planning lawyer with many years of experience. He has wide ranging credentials and gives clear, practical and knowledgeable advice.

Key clients

Victoria Square Woking Limited

Buccleuch Estates

Livos Energy

The City of Edinburgh Council

Fife Council

Ross Estates Company

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority

Edinburgh Airport Limited

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Chemring Energetics UK Limited

Dundas Estates

Earl of Mansfield

Trustees of Miss I D Meiklam

Walker Group

Chamberlain Bell Developments

National Trust for Scotland

Pitmain Estate

Apex Hotels

Projects Tier 3

Anderson Strathern, which mainly focuses on advising public sector clients, advises on a mix of regeneration projects, public procurement, education sector projects and disputes. The team also has a strength in the construction space, where it advises the Scottish government, Transport Scotland and many local authorities. Practice head Karyn Watt leads on major projects for local authorities and private sector clients.

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Woking Borough Council

Midlothian Council

Scottish Government / Transport Scotland

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

South East Scotland Transport Partnership

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Highland Council

INEOS

Edinburgh Napier University

Fife Council

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Sport Tier 3

Anderson Strathern is relied upon for advise on contracts, sporting partnerships and funding arrangements,and enjoys a particularly strong reputation for governance matters. The firm's client roster includes football and golf clubs, public sector bodies and prominent sportspeople.

Construction Tier 4

Anderson Strathern is best known for its public and education sector work, advising clients on various construction and associated procurement matters, but the team is also well versed in advising contractors and developers on retail, commercial and housing developments alongside energy and infrastructure projects. Handling adjudications and collateral warranties, among others, are key areas of expertise in the contentious space where solicitor advocate Alistair Dean is among the main contacts. Karyn Watt  is the main contact for infrastructure projects.

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Their ability to deliver when the pressure is on – we are demanding clients that require accurate and fast responses.

I feel the team is very committed to act on our behalf.

Alistair Dean has a commercial approach, is straightforward to deal with, cost-conscious and good at strategy.

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The Scottish Government/ Transport Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

University of the Highlands and Islands

Victoria Square Woking Limited

Inovyn

Stewart Milne Group

CCG (Scotland) Limited

Midlothian Council

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

S1 Developments Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Anderson Strathern advises on the full range of insolvency and restructuring work, and is well known for its contentious corporate insolvency experience. The firm is instructed by insolvency practitioners, financial institutions and government agencies on domestic and cross-border cases. Team head Katrina Lumsdaine is recommended for her strength in insolvency litigation.

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‘A strong restructuring team with a huge amount of experience.’

‘Katrina Lumsdaine in particular is a solicitor who has a wealth of experience and knowledge that she applies in a very practical and commercial way. I have always found Katrina to be very responsive and engaged, she demonstrates a very practical and robust approach to what can be difficult situations, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Well resourced, knowledgeable team led by the very experienced Katrina Lumsdaine.’

‘Katina Lumsdaine  is always available, has a comprehensive knowledge of insolvency legislation and a pragmatic commercial approach. Gets to the nub of the problem.’

 

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HMRC

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Hastings & Co

Begbies Traynor (Scotland) LLP

Johnston Carmichael LLP

RSM Tenon

Wylie Bissett

MLM Solutions

Thomson Cooper Accountants

KPMG

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 53 partners, 145+ fee-earners and a total staff of 245+. It offers a wide range of specialist services with 16 Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, a Solicitor Advocacy Unit with seven solicitor advocates and cross-border working with seven dual-qualified solicitors.

Clients: Anderson Strathern is the only firm in Scotland currently appointed to all six lots of the Scottish Government / Procurement Legal Services Framework and to all six lots of the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) Framework and its oldest client, Buccleuch Estates, has been with the firm since its inception, over 270 years ago. It is appointed to all six lots of the City of Edinburgh Council Legal Services Framework and is the sole supplier of legal services to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

The firm has a significant roster of clients across its key areas, including Crown Estate Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing, the Scottish Prison Service, INEOS, Scotmid, Glasgow City Council, Transport Scotland, Scottish Water, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, University of Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier University, University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University, the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, Clyde Gateway, Apex Hotels, Intu Braehead, Walker Holdings (Scotland) Ltd, The University of the West of Scotland, the General Medical Council, the Queen’s and Lords’ Treasurer Remembrancer, the Scottish Social Services Council, West College Scotland, Glasgow Clyde College, Fife College, National Libraries of Scotland, South Lanarkshire College, Shetland Islands Council, East Lothian Council, Ayrshire College and SEStran.

In its latest financial year to end August 2019, Anderson Strathern reported a turnover of £24.4m.

The firm: In the first half of 2020 the firm increased its commercial real estate, private client and residential property offerings with the arrivals of Partners Euan Mellor in the commercial real estate team and Siobhan McGuigan, who is heading up the firm’s recently expanded private client offering in Glasgow, as well as award winning residential property specialist, Director Jemma Richardson, who is the deputy head of the firm’s Residential team. Further, at the end of 2019 the firm agreed a bolt-on deal with specialist Glasgow law practice Hardy Macphail that saw it merge operations within Anderson Strathern’s Glasgow office.

Employer of choice: 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 employees.

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. 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 the first to sign the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge.

Awards and accolades: In 2019, Anderson Strathern won both Firm of the Year – Scottish Independents and Employment Team of the Year at The Herald Law Awards of Scotland after impressing the judges with both its attention to financial management and its commitment to staff well being. It has also been shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year and Support Team of the Year (for its HR Plus service) at the upcoming Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

In July 2020, two of Anderson Strathern’s up and coming private client solicitors achieved Worldwide Excellence Awards from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Bruce Farquhar bruce.farquhar@andersonstrathern.co.uk 0131 625 8166
Managing partner Murray McCall murray.mccall@andersonstrathern.co.uk 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 Martin Whiteford
Health and safety Robert Carr
IP/IT Douglas McLachlan
Public Law Audrey Cameron
Planning and environment Alastair McKie
Private client Carole Tomlinson
Rural land and business Anne Chapman
Residential property Sara Jalicy
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