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Anderson Strathern

Living Wage
1 RUTLAND COURT, EDINBURGH, EH3 8EY, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole advisers to Transport Scotland on the Scottish trunk roads (highways) network and associated roads projects, including the A9 Dualling project; this includes advice on land acquisitions, servitudes, leases and lease management agreements and wayleaves, options agreements, among others.
  • Acting for Transport Scotland in the acquisition of servitude rights from Network Rail for a new bridge structure above the existing Glasgow to Ayr railway line as part of the A737 Dalry Bypass project.
  • Assisting INEOS with the development of port and storage facilities for a £450m investment programme for shale gas ethane imports.
  • Assisted the developer with securing planning permission for the £260m Mossend International Railfreight Park following lengthy court proceedings due to sustained opposition from the local planning authority.
  • Advising LNER on Scottish operational premises matters, including the renunciation (surrender) of the lease of Craigentinny Depot in Edinburgh, to allow for the operation of the depot to pass to Hitachi.
Rising stars

Tom Docherty - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Altia Solutions on a funding agreement with US Excelerate Technology Inc, IP licence arrangements and finalising a major corporate group restructure.
  • Acted for Livos Group on general corporate matters, restructuring finance arrangements and the proposed sale of the client’s subsidiary company.
  • Acted for John Martin Group Limited on three strategic disposals of its dealerships throughout 2018.
  • Advised the directors of audio-visual company, Mediascape Limited, on their move to employee ownership, which was by way of a majority of the shareholding transferring to an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Rangers International Football Club on a range of matters including general corporate work including new share issue and AGM advice; commercial contracts; IP and brand protection; and joint venture arrangements and partnerships.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Instructed by McDonald’s, through Shoosmiths, to lodge a variation application to its late hours catering license for its Princes Street restaurant, Edinburgh, to allow an extra hour trading during the festival period.
  • Represented The City of Edinburgh Council in a highly contentious matter with an appellant following the decision to suspend his taxi licence.
  • Acts for Scotmid in all licensing matters for all its Scottish stores; in 2018, the team dealt with over 100 minor applications including variation applications for both change of manager and layout.
  • Instructed by Straub Food to deal with the variation of a late hours catering licence for one of its town centre restaurants to increase the trading hours to 24 hours.
  • Instructed by McDonald’s Restaurants to apply for a late hours catering licence to allow 24/7 trading at a new restaurant in the Port Glasgow.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Edge Energy in a Court of Session action pertaining to an alleged infringement of IP rights.
  • Acting for construction company Burke Joinery in a claim against its supplier, Halspan, concerning defective goods, and in a contemporaneous action by the supplier against the client for unpaid invoices.
  • Acting for a client in a tax appeal before the Inner House of the Court of Session concerning the question whether VAT is payable on portable cabins.
  • Acted for window and door manufacturing company Skaala Group Oy in pursuing a claim for damages against its former managing director, and through him a major insurer.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Providing a full debt recovery service, predominantly in relation to the recovery of defaulted hire purchase and personal loan agreements.
  • Providing Brandon Hire with the full range of debt recovery matters including issuing letters, court proceedings and enforcement.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised The Crown Estate Scotland on the finance documentation relating to its £10m investment in the MeyGen Tidal Energy Project in the Pentland Firth.
  • Acted for Teague Homes (UK) on a £40m loan for part of its flagship waterfront development in Edinburgh.
Rising stars

Gregory Stachura - Anderson Strathern

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

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:Gillian Jamieson

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for The New School Butterstone on its restructuring and subsequently appointing and acting for its joint administrator.
  • Assisted the administrator of Payfont with its administration.
  • Assisted Freeman Fisher LLP on the implications of the insolvency of Carillion including lodging a petition for an order to wind up a Scottish construction company.
  • Advising T Graham & Son on its restructuring options and subsequently acting for the company's liquidator.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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 rated' Alun 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

Work highlights

  • Advice to a national health service body on working time issues and shift allowances.
  • Advising Rangers Football Club on various employment law matters including the departure of the previous football management team and negotiating and arranging contracts for the new management team.
  • Providing assistance to Midlothian Council on internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings following allegations of fraud and inappropriate procurement activity.
  • The team acted for a director, shareholder and employee of an IT services company in a dispute concerning his employment and rights on exit from the business.
  • Advising Fife Council on TUPE transfers of services in and out of the private sector.
Leading individuals

Alun Thomas - Anderson Strathern

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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)

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the Clutha helicopter accident of 29 November 2013.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Edinburgh Napier University on its sponsorship duties, both as an employer under Tier 2 and as an educational establishment under Tier 4, and particularly on the issues arising from Brexit.
  • Advising Glasgow Caledonian University on its sponsorship duties, both as an employer under Tier 2 and as an educational establishment under Tier 4, and particularly on the issues arising from Brexit.
  • Advising Glenmorangie/Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy on its sponsorship duties as an employer under Tier 2 and on compliance with UK immigration law, and particularly on the issues arising from Brexit.
  • Advising INEOS Infrastructure (Grangemouth) on its sponsorship duties as an employer under Tier 2 and on compliance with UK immigration law, and particularly on the issues arising from Brexit.
  • Advising the University of the West of Scotland on its sponsorship duties, both as an employer under Tier 2 and as an educational establishment under Tier 4, and particularly on the issues arising from Brexit.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorsipp on its governing documentation for self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs) and on the general scheme administration.
  • Continues to advise PSFM on its documentation for self-invested personal pensions and small self-administered schemes as well as on general scheme administration and on the legislative requirements in relation to proposed scheme investments and loans.
  • Continues to advise the trustees on their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and its ongoing administration, including the provision of a contingent asset agreement.
  • Advising several members of the RCN on pension entitlements under the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (NHSSS) including the interpretation of the governing regulations, the calculation of their pension entitlements and whether or not they had retained Mental Health Officer or Special Class Status.
  • Advising the federation on concerns arising from its member firms’ participation in a multi-employer DB scheme and on potential section 75 liabilities arising from this.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

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

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

Robbie Wilson - Anderson Strathern

Robert Carr - Anderson Strathern

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a fatal claim for the Scottish Prison Service following a fatal accident inquiry into a prisoner death.
  • Representing the Scottish Prison Service in defending a claim for damages by a prisoner due to a prisoner on prisoner assault with a potential value of more than £2m.
  • Representing the Parole Board for Scotland in a  high value damages claim brought by a prisoner for injuries he sustained in prison and achieving a successful outcome at first instance in Aberdeen Sheriff Court and at second instance in the Sheriff Appeal Court.
  • Representing Scottish Water in an action for damages raised by the family of man who died from prolonged exposure to asbestos.

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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:Gary Burton; Natalie McCartney

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

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in an action against her employer after she was injured tripping over a bin bag of rubbish that had been left in a hospital corridor.
  • Representing numerous clients against health boards in actions for damages following the insertion of trans-vaginal tape or other pelvic mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Representing the executor of a client in a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority following an assault at work.
  • Represented a client in an action for psychological injury.
Rising stars

Gary Burton - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised on strategic review of a portfolio of 1991 Act tenancies to Limited Partnerships for leading Scottish landowner Buccleuch.
  • Advised on Buccleuch's sale of a mixed portfolio of farms and rural property assets following a strategic review.
  • Advised Elgin Energy Limited on negotiation of option for lease for developer of first solar project in excess of 50MW to be consented in Scotland.
  • Advised Roxburghe Estate on the sale of a significant country hotel and golf course located in the Scottish Borders.
  • Advised Castle Milk and Corrie Estates on Access Arrangements for a multi-site windfarm development.
Leading individuals

John Mitchell - Anderson Strathern

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority on setting up an important SCIO to work with other local bodies in order to enhance and improve the local area, amenities and tourist attractions.
  • Setting up and acting for a significant family charitable trust that will hold a substantial portfolio.
  • Worked with The Royal College of Nursing Charitable Foundation’s English solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite to achieve a Charity Commission Scheme that allowed for the merger of some restricted funds and also to widen the charitable purposes of the foundation in order to make use of these funds.
  • Advised one of the largest grant giving trusts in the UK on the reorganisation of its trust deed and other ongoing advice.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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:Katrina Lumsdaine

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for the trustees of a high value family trust, seeking variation of the trust, in an action in the Court of Session.
  • Acting for the grandchildren of the deceased in respect of a claim for reduction of a will.
  • Successfully raised a petition in Edinburgh Sheriff Court on behalf of a client and two other individuals to have them appointed as trustees, following the death of all named trustees over several years.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Leading individuals

Janice Jones - Anderson Strathern

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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."

Leading individuals

Caroline Tomlinson - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the Crown Estate Scotland on granting project rights to Pale Blue Dot Energy and Acorn CCS for large scale carbon capture in the North Sea.
  • Acted for Bluemerang Capital on the sale and financing processes for a wind turbine portfolio to Malaysian energy giant Tenaga Nasional as part of a joint sale with Temporis of assets totalling £170m.
  • Advising Roxburghe Estate - Sunlaws Development Company as landowner on the extension of the Fallago Rig wind farm.
  • Instructed by Greenhags Energy Company to assist with a major biogas to grid project, which has recently obtained planning permission.
Leading individuals

Bruce Farquhar - Anderson Strathern

Next Generation Partners

Martin Whiteford - Anderson Strathern

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport Scotland on the Scottish trunk roads network and associated roads projects, including the A9 dualling project.
  • Advising the University of Highlands and Islands on the proposed development of a life sciences research centre.
  • Assisting Midlothian Council with the construction of two primary schools, nurseries and sports facilities.
  • Acting for Victoria Square Woking, a joint venture between Woking Borough Council and Moyallen Woking, on the redevelopment of Woking town centre.

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the local authority on the provision of further education and a potential merger between Shetland College and NAFC Marine Centre.
  • Advising the Malaysian-based education client on the purchase of the Beaconhurst Grange School in Stirling which  closed and entered administration in July 2018. This includes advice on the transaction including charity law, commercial, education and governance issues.
  • Advised the client on proposals for further constitutional and structural change.
  • Provides advice on regulatory issues, its potential sale and eventual closure.
  • Assisted the client with the purchase of a £4.2m property in November 2018 from Shepherd Offshore as part of the college’s plan to build a new super campus combining a brand new college campus and secondary school in a joint venture with Fife Council.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is well placed to assist clients with medical negligence and governance matters, corporate and commercial issues as well as litigation. The 'excellent' Catriona 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.'

Leading individuals

Catriona Watt - Anderson Strathern

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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)

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on construction contracts, tenders and tender responses pertaining to the demolition of two existing primary schools, and the design and construction of two primary schools, nurseries and additional sports facilities.
  • Acted for the council to defend the public’s right to roam on a path following a summary application in the Sheriff Court under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 challenging the council’s notice to remove a locked gate and fence preventing public access on a path through their land.
  • Assisting Shetland Islands Council with the legal due diligence and the production of a full business case in respect of the potential merger between Shetland College and NAFC Marine Centre.
  • Advising the client on construction contracts pertaining to the purchase of a completed housing development from a private sector developer.

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 1

Anderson Strathern

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 regarded' Fiona 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

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on matters of statutory interpretation relating to its current functions under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002, the  scope of powers of the SPSO and any proposals being considered to expand its role as a complaints-handling body in Scotland.
  • Acted for the SIC in respect of an appeal by William Beggs against a decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner.
  • Advising four higher education institutions on matters relating to the interpretation of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016.
  • Advising the Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners on their promotion of a private bill to update their governing statute in the form of a Victorian Act of the Westminster Parliament dated 1846, based on an older Act of the Scottish Parliament stemming back more than 300 years.
  • Advising a number of Scottish public bodies on Brexit-related matters such the implications for them as an employer, including recruitment issues, EU citizens rights and arrangements for residency applications.
Leading individuals

Fiona Killen - Anderson Strathern

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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

Other key lawyers:Deborah Lovell; Anne McGregor; Ruth Maclean

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Intu Properties on the management and development of Intu Braehead Shopping Centre, Intu Retail Park and Soar at Intu Braehead.
  • Acting for Transport Scotland on its acquisition of agricultural, commercial and residential land to facilitate the first phase of the £3bn A9 dualling upgrade.
  • Assisted The Halo Kilmarnock with the redevelopment of the former Diageo Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock.
  • Assisting Almondvale with its £30.5m acquisition of Almondvale South Retail Park from Land Securities.
  • Advising CALA Management on its acquisition of Waterfront Plaza, Leith from Forth Ports for £10.3m.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the new client Thöni on the engineering and procurement contract for the development of a new biogas power centre located at the site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre.
  • Advising on various matters pertaining to the redevelopment of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock to create a major new district for the town.
  • Advising the client on various matters pertaining to the residential development on a site adjacent to the Leith Harbour Quay Wall.
  • Advising the client on two primary school projects, consisting of the demolition of the existing school and the design and build of new schools with sporting facilities; this included assistance with tender matters, construction contracts, professional team appointments, performance bonds and parent company guarantees.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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 good' Alastair 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

Work highlights

  • Assisting INEOS with a £450m investment programme in the Grangemouth site, which includes a new storage facility and gas terminal providing for shale gas ethane import from the USA.
  • Advising the client, producer of energetic products for the civilian and defence market, on various matters, including product testing, pertaining to its Ardeer site.
  • Represented Crown Estate Scotland in granting project rights to Pale Blue Dot Energy and Acorn CCS for large-scale carbon capture infrastructure in the North Sea.
  • Support in securing statutory powers through a Private Bill in the Scottish Parliament to repair and improve a 13 mile drainage ditch in Perthshire.
  • Acting for Ross Estates Company, which owns Balnagown Estate, in opposing a proposed waste-to-energy CHP plant in Invergordon.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Providing advice on a multi-million pound re-development in Woking town centre to transform it into a modern retail, residential and commercial centre.
  • Provided strategic advice on the presentation of the grounds of appeal following the refusal by North Lanarkshire Council of a planning application for the Mossend International Railfreight Park; permission has now been granted.
  • Acting on behalf of Ross Estates Company in opposition to a proposed Waste to Energy Combined Heat and Power Plant in Invergordon being promoted by Combined Power and Heat (Highlands).
  • Providing planning law advice on a range of large scale developments.
  • Advising Livos Energy on its major wind farm development at Howpark in the Scottish Borders which was granted planning permission on appeal.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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 unflappable' Fiona 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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Midlothian Council in upholding its right to require removal of a barrier blocking the public’s right to access land.
  • Represented CDS in its successful appeal to the Lands Valuation Appeal Court pertaining to the rateable value for its The Range, Queen’s Links Leisure Park, Aberdeen.
  • Successfully represented MHA in an eviction case where the tenant’s continued occupation presented a fire risk to others.
  • Acting for one of three parties sued for a sum of circa £20m in relation to defects in a number of buildings in the same estate.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the housing association on the eviction of a vulnerable tenant, who posed a risk to other housing association tenants and properties.
  • Advised the client on the terms of several pioneering discounted rental schemes, which had been introduced by ELHA following the changes made to universal credit.
  • Assisting Places for People with plot sales at its multi-phase housing development at Twechar, East Dunbartonshire, which is a regeneration project that the client has been working on with Dunbartonshire Council since 2006.
  • Advising Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association on the purchase of a development site for over 150 properties at Rowett South, Aberdeen as part of a large-scale housing development on land being acquired from the Rowett Institute.
  • Advised ELHA on the public procurement procedure for a Managed IT Services and ICT Infrastructure Refresh Agreement for all of ELHA’s IT requirements.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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:Simon Brown; Katrina Lumsdaine

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Rangers Football Club on various issues including trade mark opposition proceedings, bringing actions against people infringing the client's trade marks, advising on sponsorship issues, and taking down Facebook accounts, websites and other online or social media presences that were selling infringing merchandise.
  • Advising Sudarshan Chemical Industries on a range of IP matters including acting in trade mark litigation in China, and managing its international trade mark portfolio.
  • Representing Deepak Nitrite in an international patent litigation against a Swiss-German chemical company in the High Court in London.
  • Advising Scottish Television on its procurement of a contract for remote lottery terminals for the Scottish Children’s Lottery.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Anderson Strathern

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

Work highlights

  • Pre-publication legal reading for Birlinn Limited, one of Scotland’s largest publishers.
  • Advising Scottish Television ELM Limited in relation to the Scottish Children’s Lottery, including broadcasting, procurement, regulatory and branding matters.
  • Providing reputation management, broadcasting and sponsorship advice to Rangers Football Club.
  • Successfully represented a leading transport company against copyright infringement claims by PRS for Music.
  • Successfully concluded a long-running copyright and trade mark dispute on behalf of major publishing company.
Leading individuals

Simon Brown - Anderson Strathern

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Anderson Strathern

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.

Other key lawyers:Paul Brown; Nick Howie; Scott Fyfe

Key Clients

Rangers FC

Scottish Sports Association

Cricket Scotland

Tennis Scotland

Badminton Scotland

Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation

Gullane Golf Club

Live Borders

Bill McLaren Foundation

Grangemouth Stags RFC

Work highlights

  • Advised Rangers FC on a number of high-profile regulatory, commercial and sporting matters.
  • Represented young professional boxer Willie Hutchison in connection with management and promotion agreements
  • Assisting the Scottish Sports Association (the association for governing bodies of sport in Scotland) in relation to legal issues and John Kerr representing then as nominated director of Sports Resolutions (UK).
  • Represented Edinburgh Napier University on an agreement to be academic partner of Melrose Rugby Limited for participation in the new Scottish Rugby Super Six competition for semi-professional players
  • Representing Gullane Golf Club to revise and modernise its constitution, contracts, property and also Scottish Open agreements.

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