Firm Profile > Anderson Strathern > Edinburgh, Scotland

Anderson Strathern
1 RUTLAND COURT
EDINBURGH
EH3 8EY
Scotland

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.

Practice head(s):

John Mitchell

Key clients

The Buccleuch Estates Limited

Crown Estate Scotland

Roxburghe Estates

The National Trust for Scotland

The Mount Stuart Trust/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 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.

Practice head(s):

Alun Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Killen; Catriona Watt; Jonathan Guy; Barry Nichol; Audrey Cameron; Andrew Brown

Key clients

The University of Edinburgh

University of St Andrews

University of the Highlands and Islands

Glasgow Caledonian University

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Robbie Wilson; Catriona Watt; Robert Carr

Testimonials

‘The team at Anderson Strathern are highly professional and display great care and compassion. They take the time to explain legal complexities in accessible language and are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Robbie Wilson is a very good lawyer, extremely well prepared, thorough and empathetic. He is great with clients.’

‘Robbie Wilson and Catriona Watt are excellent lawyers.’

‘The team provide excellent advice and have access to a range of capable experts. They keep us up to date on proceedings. Catriona Watt is very human in her interactions with us and we value that enormously.’

‘Catriona Watt is one of a handful of individuals in Scotland with a genuine specialist interest in medical negligence.’

‘Excellent lawyers with great interpersonal skills. They are up to date , enthusiastic and committed.’

‘Gary Burton is brilliant. He works very well under pressure. In the most complicated of cases he can coordinate all of the different aspects which need to be investigated and proved to a very high standard. He has the respect of his peers.’

Key clients

Harper, Robertson & Shannon

Martin & Company

Masson & Glennie

Quantum Claims

Pomphreys

Wallace Quinn

Lynn Herbert & Co

Smith & Grant

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Killen

Other key lawyers:

Alastair McKie; Robert Carr

Testimonials

The combination of excellent customer service and good legal advice makes the practice unique.’

Fiona Killen goes above and beyond. She explains things clearly, sets out options and risks and is completely costumer-focused.

Fiona Killen makes you feel like you are her only client.

Key clients

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Scottish Information Commissioner

Scottish Police Authority

University of the Highlands and Islands

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Glasgow Caledonian University

Edinburgh Napier University

Crown Estate Scotland

The Scottish Government

University of St Andrews

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.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Simpson

Testimonials

‘Anderson Strathern is a highly professional multi specialist legal firm but still retains the ability to engage clients on a one-to-one basis.’

‘Victoria Simpson’s knowledge of charity legislation is first class.’

Key clients

Archdiocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University

Sailors’ Society

Fettes College

YMCA Scotland

R S Macdonald Trust

Live Borders

The National Trust for Scotland

Abbotsford Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Fraser Geddes

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Lumsdaine; Robert Carr; Jonathan Guy; Fiona Stephen; Gillian Jamieson; Gary Burton

Testimonials

Straight-talking and confident team.

Key clients

Deepak Nitrite

Edge Energy

Burke Joinery

CDS Superstores (International)

SiBCAS

Colin Hastings

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.

Practice head(s):

Chris Richardson

Testimonials

‘The practice operates in an effective team capacity.’

‘Fiona McKinnon is strategic in her approach, understands projects strategies and works well with external accounts, property agent and developer team.’

‘Alasdair Gillies is patient, extremely diligent and understands the commercial business aspects arising from the management of residential transactions.’

Key clients

Intu Properties plc

Transport Scotland

The Halo Kilmarnock Limited

Almondvale Limited

Firm of Macfarlane Farming

CALA Management Limited

4TH Developments (Johnstone) Limited

Edinburgh Napier University

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.

Practice head(s):

John Peutherer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Anderson Strathern is, in my experience, among the best litigation firms in Scotland.’

‘A good team; well drilled, with meticulous preparation.’

‘Carole Tomlinson is calm, organised, pleasant, knows her own field very well and deploys the firm’s other capabilities to good effect.’

‘Liam Smith anticipates needs and delivers on time and has a good eye for detail.’

‘Gary Burton is an impressive solicitor, possessing good analytical skills and being very well organised, efficient and approachable.’

Key clients

Smith & Grant

Harper Robertson & Shannon

Masson & Glennie

Gray & Connachie

O’Donnell & Co

Office of the Public Guardian

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.

Practice head(s):

Alun Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brown; Barry Nichol; Andrew Brown; Murray McCall; Chris McDowall

Testimonials

Barry Nichol is a pragmatic advisor.

Andrew Brown is a sensible and solid advisor.

Provides comprehensive and practical advice.

Alun Thomas is a first rate practitioner whose mediator training assists in noting all angles of a disputes.

Professional and friendly at the same time.

Chris McDowall has a wealth of knowledge.

Spends time getting to know the client and their business in order to understand the issues the client faces and responds with tailored solutions.

Key clients

The Scottish Government

Royal College of Nursing

The Glenmorangie

Scottish Prison Service

Rangers Football Club

The University of St Andrews

Ineos Chemicals

Duke of Roxburghe

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Scottish Social Services Commission (SSSC)

Edinburgh College

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

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.

Practice head(s):

Alastair McKie; Neil Amner

Other key lawyers:

Martin Whiteford; Alan Simpson

Testimonials

Always on top of issues.’

Very good legal knowledge and the ability to use it to get results in practice.

Key clients

Buccleuch Estates

Dundas Estates

INEOS

The City of Edinburgh Council

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Livos Energy

Buchan Biogas

Ross Estates Company

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Crown Estate Scotland

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

Edinburgh Airport

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brown

Key clients

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glenmorangie/ LVMH

INEOS Infrastructure (Grangemouth)

University of the West of Scotland

Fairview International School (UK)

Logicalware

Hawick Knitwear

University of St Andrews

Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School

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.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Killen; Catriona Watt; Karyn Watt; Alastair McKie

Key clients

Fife Council

Midlothian Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Shetland Islands Council

Glasgow City Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Dundee City Council

Scottish Borders Council

SEStran

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Guy

Testimonials

‘A breadth of knowledge and focus, delivering the best outcomes for clients.’

‘Anderson Strathern is a leading player in personal injury defender work in Scotland. It covers a wide range of cases in this area. Its energetic and engaging team has a well-deserved reputation for knowledge, experience and competence.’

‘Sarah Phillips is an experienced and well-respected solicitor in the area of defender personal injury work. Hard-working and well-organised, she deals effectively with clients and opponents alike.’

Key clients

Co-operative Insurance

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Prison Service

The UK Government

Scottish Water

Risk Management Authority

Scotmid

Garwyn Liability Adjusters

Farmer Autocare

Ineos

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.

Practice head(s):

Carole Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Martin Campbell; Colin Henderson; David Campbell

Testimonials

“David Campbell is personable, extremely responsive and accessible. He is very experienced and always provides excellent practical advice.” 

“The firm takes ownership and responsibility for each and every client and, where necessary, bringing in colleagues from specialist areas of their business to provide a seamless service.” 

“Any potential problems or anxieties are dealt with speedily and competently bringing to each task a high level of professional knowledge, skill and experience at each stage.”

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Stephen

Other key lawyers:

Fraser Geddes; Alistair Dean; Gillian Jamieson

Testimonials

The team can cover any aspect of property litigation and works well together to ensure the client is well cared for.

Fiona Stephen is one of the leading lights in Scottish property litigation and a pleasure to deal with.

Stands out for its big picture thinking and pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Buccleuch Group

Midlothian Council

Edinburgh Napier University

Clyde Gateway

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

Intu Properties

Fife Council

Transport Scotland

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.

Practice head(s):

Neil Amner

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Cameron; Karyn Watt; Gillian Jamieson; Tom Docherty; Mary Frances O’Neill

Key clients

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)

Transport Scotland

Highland Council

Scottish Roadworks Commissioner

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

South East Scotland Transport Partnership

Edinburgh Airport

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Northern Lighthouse Board

Crown Estate Scotland

Hays Ships

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.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Stachura; Nicholas Howie

Testimonials

Anderson Strathern provides guidance and advice on a level clients can understand.

Gregory Strachura and Kate Bond provide great assistance for a good fee.’

Key clients

Clydesdale Bank plc

RBS Group

Adam & Co

Ineos

Buccleuch Group

Allied Irish Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Apex Hotels Group

Crown Estate Scotland

Hampden & Co

Rangers International Football Club plc/The Rangers Football Club Limited

The Roxburghe Estate

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brown

Other key lawyers:

Colin Young; Bruce Farquhar; Ewan Regan; Nicholas Howie

Testimonials

Anderson Strathern’s wealth of experience and knowledge is invaluable. Clients can always feel safe in the knowledge that the advice they are given is correct.

The corporate team at Anderson Strathern is defined by attention to detail, quick responses when required, value for money and terrific knowledge of a wide range of legal requirements.

Ewan Regan and Bruce Farquhar are hugely efficient and helpful at all times.

Colin Young is invaluable. He is always on hand to offer his advice and ready to look further into any issue no matter how tricky.’

Key clients

Ineos

Buccleuch Group

Locogen

Rangers International Football Club

Crown Estate Scotland

Livos Group

Yay! Property Maintenance

Gala Coral Group

John Martin Group

Yeungs Chinese Foods

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Stephen; Fraser Geddes

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Dean; Gillian Jamieson

Key clients

Midlothian Council

Northern Lighthouse Board

JKM Industrial Supply Merchants

Bridgend Garage

PSFM SIPP

Brandon Hire

Hayman Group

Stirling Park

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.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Farquhar

Other key lawyers:

Simon Brown; Neil Farrell; Martin Whiteford

Testimonials

The team is known for its top skills, good experience and partner-led work.

The Anderson Strathern team is efficient and commercial with a desire to get a deal done, all while ensuring that the client’s position is protected at all times.

Neil Farrell is one of the best property lawyers in Scotland.

Bruce Farquhar leads the practice with great knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity.

Bruce Farquhar and his team deliver exceptional service and thorough knowledge of both wind and solar projects. They take the client all the way; from agreeing the initial option agreement to the delivery of a bankable project.

Key clients

The Crown Estate Scotland

Emergya Wind Technologies

Locogen Developments Limited

Buccleuch Estates

Bluemerang Capital

Livos Energy

Elgin Energy

Buchan Biogas

Thöni Industriebetriebe Gmbh

iPower

Hydro ludens

vento ludens

Longspur Capital

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.

Practice head(s):

Janice Jones

Testimonials

‘I found Anderson Strathern’s professionalism and commitment to customer service set them apart from other firms. As well as providing excellent legal advice they engaged at an early stage to identify my preferred outcome and offered support and sound guidance throughout to achieve this.’

‘Janice Jones was first class. My situation was highly charged and at times I was ready to give in to unreasonable demands but Janice was unwavering. She was calm, measured, professional and at all times focused on my interests and that of my children. I would advise anyone dealing with a family law matter to retain the services of Anderson Strathern – they will not be disappointed.’

‘Janice Jones has very long-term experience, and is tenacious in pursuing her client’s cause. Her organisational skills and preparation stand out.’

Key clients

Fife Council

West Lothian Council

East Lothian Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Watt

Other key lawyers:

Robert Carr; Neil Farrell; Gary Burton

Testimonials

As a client, you feel like you are a priority to them.

The team is conscious of the political environment the client operates in and its advice always reflects that reality.’

Robert Carr is exceptional. His expertise in regulation and public law is without parallel and his forensically detailed approach is the gold standard.

Litigates complex and novel cases.

Thorough attention to detail.

Robert Carr gives consistently excellent advice and is a pleasure to work with.’

Gary Burton gives clear and straightforward advice.

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Guy

Key clients

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Scottish Prison Service

INEOS

Scottish Water

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

The Highland Council

Northern Lighthouse Board

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

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.

Practice head(s):

Douglas McLachlan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Katrina Lumsdaine always gives a fair and balanced view of the legal position and is rigorous in exposing the weakness in the oppositions case.

The team at Anderson Strathern has demonstrated that it can handle complex combined intellectual property and contractual disputes very effectively.

Key clients

The Rangers Football Club Limited

The Skills Development Scotland Co Limited

East Lothian Housing Association

Sudarshan Chemical industries Limited

Deepak Nitrite Limited

Edge Energy Limited

STV ELM Limited (related to Scottish Television “STV”)

Scottish Book Trust

MyWay Digital Health Limited

Willow Tea Rooms Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Guy

Key clients

Scottish Midland Co-operative Society

Midlothian Licensing Board and Licensing Committee

National Trust for Scotland

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh College

McDonald’s Restaurants

Dishoom

Fife Council

West Lothian Council

MMLM

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brown

Key clients

STV ELM Limited

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Birlinn Limited

Merlin Entertainments Group

Scottish Book Trust

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Floris Books

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Charitable Trust

The National Library of Scotland

Publishing Scotland

Heywow! Limited

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.

Practice head(s):

Steven Dunn

Key clients

Yorsipp/ Yorsipp Trustees

PSFM/ PSFM Trustees

Monument SSAS

Trustees of the STUC General Council Staff Pension Scheme

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Scottish and Northern Irish Plumbing Employers’ Federation

Edinburgh Napier University

University of the West of Scotland

Glasgow Caledonian University

Fife Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Carr; Catriona Watt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team secured an excellent settlement with the defender paying all costs so the final bill to my trade union was zero. Superb result.’

‘Anderson Strathern offer a varied range of expertise, which is extremely useful, especially when your case is of a complicated nature.’

‘The team exhibit a friendly yet professional attitude that makes dealing with them so much easier than other firms.’

Key clients

Royal College of Nursing

Harper, Robertson and Shannon

Quantum Claims

Masson & Glennie

Martin & Co

Wallace Quinn

Pomphreys

Lynn Herbert & Co

Smith & Grant

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.

Practice head(s):

Alastair McKie

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Cameron; Fiona Stephen; Neil Amner

Key clients

Victoria Square Woking

Buccleuch Estates

Livos Energy

The City of Edinburgh Council

INEOS

Ross Estates

Edinburgh Airport

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners

Chemring Energetics

Dundas Estates

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.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Watt

Other key lawyers:

Audrey Cameron; Pat Loftus; Martin Whiteford

Key clients

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Evans

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Maclean; Fiona Killen; Drew Morris; David Hunter; Victoria Simpson

Testimonials

Drew Morris is very pragmatic.’

Key clients

East Lothian Housing Association (ELHA)

Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association

Castlehill Housing Association

Melville Housing Association

Blackwood Homes and Care

Hillcrest Housing Association

Midlothian Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Watt

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Dean; Pat Loftus; Martin Whiteford; Gillian Anderson; Douglas McLachlan

Testimonials

The team works incredibly well under tight timescales and at the same time is able to evaluate and assess large volumes of information.

The wishes of the client are fully considered at all points.

Alistair Dean is a first-class operator in a fast moving and constantly changing environment.

They are very approachable and always make time to explain things and keep clients fully informed.’

You get a lot of partner time.

Alistair Dean is an excellent lawyer and always tries to get problems resolved.’

Key clients

The Scottish Government/ Transport Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland

University of the Highlands and Islands

Victoria Square Woking

Thöni Industriebetriebe

Apex Hotels

HALO Kilmarnock

Stewart Milne Group

Ground Engineering

Route Finance

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

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.

Practice head(s):

Katrina Lumsdaine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HMRC

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Begbies Traynor (Scotland) LLP

Johnston Carmichael LLP

RSM Tenon

New School Butterstone Limited

Payfont Limited

T Graham & Sons Limited

MLM Solutions

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 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 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 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
 Robin Beattie  photo Robin Beattie
Mr Robert Carr photo Mr Robert Carr
 Fiona Gibb  photo Fiona Gibb
 John Mitchell  photo John Mitchell
 Adele Nicol  photo Adele Nicol
 Sheonagh Richards  photo Sheonagh Richards
Number of UK partners : 52
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190