Firm Profile > Stronachs LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland

Stronachs LLP
AB10 1YL

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Stronachs LLP acts for a diverse range of clients in the private and public sectors across Scotland including national and international entities, private individuals and partnerships, oil and gas companies, public sector bodies, developers and investors. Practice head Duncan Campbell assists many public sector organisations and also handles the commercial property requirements of multiple oil and gas clients. Ross Linn is the main name to note in Inverness.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Emma Stephen; Liz Stewart; Ross Linn


‘The Stronachs commercial team consistently delivers an exceptional level of service. Transactions are carried out in an efficient and diligent manner.’

‘Clients rate the team particularly highly for complex land acquisition transactions in which it consistently excels.’

‘Emma Stephen is a strong communicator with an expansive knowledge of property and land transactions. Emma is always quick to respond to requests in a timely manner. She consistently delivers solid advice and positive outcomes.’

Key clients

Global Energy Group

Strathdee Properties Limited

Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited

Spex Services Limited

Xodus Group Limited

Weatherford U.K. Limited

DOF Subsea UK Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

The corporate team at Stronachs LLP is involved in M&A, private equity and other corporate transactions for clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates including listed companies. The departments tends not to act for institutional clients, which grants it a certain independence when dealing with banks and financial institutions. While Ross Gardner's corporate partners have a strong expertise in the oil and gas sector, the team also has an impressive track record in the fields of transport, logistics and food and drink.

Practice head(s):

Ross Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Neil Forbes; Ross Linn; Malcolm Donald; David Rennie; Jamie Hunter


Stronachs has a practical commercial approach to transactions; partner involvement is high and the team interacts well with the other side to deliver solutions to issues rather than focus on problems.

Most of the staff are local and therefore have a wide and sound knowledge of the local economy, the personalities and the characters.’

David Rennie is very experienced and has the ability to put client at ease when tricky situations arise.

Associate Callum Armstrong is fully invested in client discussions including needs and wishes without fuss. The accuracy of his documentation is first-class.

Malcolm Donald and Ross Gardner stand out from other lawyers. They are both technically solid but strive to understand the commercial aspects of the underlying transaction and both provide practical solutions to problems as they arise.

Neil Forbes is approachable, amiable and not at all stuffy. His clearly has excellent wide and general knowledge and experience.

Senior associate Eloise Robb is very personable and approachable. She has an excellent knowledge base.

Key clients

Global Energy Group

Aurora Petroleum Limited

Dana Petroleum Limited

Azinor Catalyst Limited

Xodus Group Limited

Peterson (UK) Limited

Omega Well Intervention Ltd

Sport Aberdeen

Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd

Korrie Mechanical & Plumbing Ltd

Oil and gas Tier 2

Stronachs LLP regularly acts on upstream M&A in the UK and overseas, oil field developments, decommissioning projects, and matters arising from new energy sector technologies. Ewan Neilson leads the department and regularly acts for oil, energy and technology companies; James Downie is also a key name for decommissioning work and James Muir focuses on transactional work and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Ewan Neilson

Other key lawyers:


The energy team at Stronachs has an enlightened approach to the challenges facing the oil and gas sector. This is particularly valuable in the current economic downturn in the sector when funding availability is severely constrained.

The group’s approach includes an attitude encompassing ‘blue sky’ thinking and actively supporting emerging businesses, which are developing novel patentable technology on the back of limited internal financial resources.

Ewan Neilson is passionate about making a difference in the oil and gas sector. He goes out of his way to support businesses developing technology that lower the costs of operators.’

Key clients

Dana Petroleum UK Limited

Marathon Oil U.K. LLC

Petrofac Limited


Premier Oil

Black Sea Oil & Gas

Enpro Subsea Limited

Carbon Capture Machine Limited

Rampart Energy

Commercial litigation Tier 3

'With considerable expertise in Scotland's northern markets', Stronachs LLP is particularly active in the region's key sectors such as energy and construction, while the 'sensible and commercial' team also increased its share of cross-border litigation. 'Great tactician and pragmatic litigatorRobert McDiarmid heads the team, which lost Robert McDonald in March 2018 following his appointment as sheriff.

Practice head(s):

Robert McDiarmid

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sandilands


Responsive and practical in their approach.

Take time to get to know their clients and their issues.

Personable, approachable, professional, responsive.

Cost-conscious, efficient and organised in their instructions, preparation and administration.’

Colin Sandilands has an easy style which overlays a clear grasp of the issues, prospects and commercial realities of the situation.

Robert McDiarmid offers fantastic support and extremely thorough preparation to achieve a first class result.

Easy to communicate with, clear itemised billing, good operators who inspire confidence in their clients.

Key clients

Andover Development Company

Marshall Errock Construction

Altens Development Company

Sparks Mechanical Services

Nu-Style Products

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 4

Stronachs LLP’s practice receives instructions from high net worth clients to produce interpretations of wills, assist with the creation of trusts, and devise complex strategies to minimise inheritance tax. The team also has niche expertise in crofting law, and regularly acts in the formation and administration of charitable bodies. Private client practice head Jaclyn Russell is a 'safe pair of hands', while 'patient and efficient' senior associate Magnus Mackay specialises in all areas of succession planning.

Practice head(s):

Jaclyn Russell

Other key lawyers:


“Stronachs has a good breadth of knowledge across all types of private client work, from agriculture to high net worth individuals.”

“Everyone I dealt with at Stronachs knew their stuff and dealt with queries quickly and efficiently.” 

“Jaclyn Russell is a very safe pair of hands with an excellent manner in dealing with clients.” 

Employment Tier 5

With a focus on the North of Scotland, Stronachs LLP's 'pragmatic and solution-oriented' team covers the full spectrum of employment law work spanning HR support, corporate transactions, GDPR and compliance issues. In litigation, the team regularly acts in TUPE disputes and contentious remuneration matters.

Practice head(s):

David Chalmers

Other key lawyers:

Anya Duncan


Achieves the desired outcome whilst minimising the legal risks.

Provides a first-class service.

‘David Chalmers can anticipate problems arising from any given course of action and enable us to take steps to mitigate risks.’

Key clients

Global Energy Group

Oil States Industries UK

Xodus Group

Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants

Walkers Shortbread

Stork Technical Services

NHV Group

4D Pharma Research

Eland Oil & Gas

Target Well Control

OSM Maritime Group

ASV Pioneer

QMHotel UK

Stronachs LLP is one of the largest, independently managed law firms in the north and north east of Scotland, with offices in Aberdeen and Inverness.

The firm: The firm is a full-service law firm with over half of its activity comprising corporate and commercial work and the remainder comprising private client and dispute resolution work. The firm prides itself in finding practical solutions to legal issues, with achievement of the client’s commercial or personal objective paramount and legal process simply the means of achieving that. The firm is renowned for acting for business owners in their personal and business affairs.  The value and complexity of the transactions handled by the firm demonstrate the quality of the advice the firm and expertise of its lawyers.

Types of work undertaken: The firm advises clients across a variety of sectors including energy (upstream, the supply chain and renewables), food and drink, fishing, farming, property development, technology and shipping.

Its corporate team acts in mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, restructuring and a broad range of other corporate transactions. It is well known for acting for owner-managed businesses but also represents private equity funds and other institutions. The firm’s energy team advises a number of upstream energy companies across a broad range of work types including acquisitions, disposals, field developments and decommissioning.

The firm’s commercial property team has expertise covering everything from acquisitions, commercial leasing (for landlords, tenants and funders), sales development and construction work, to providing corporate support in company acquisitions and disposals.

The dispute resolution team advises on a broad range of matters from international arbitration, contractual disputes and intellectual property disputes to straightforward debt collection. The team include a solicitor advocate entitled to plead cases at the Court of Session. The firm provides a full range of private client services primarily for high-net-worth individuals, trusts, individuals with businesses, land and/or farming interests.

The firm has a broad client base ranging from FTSE 100-listed companies to owner-managed private companies and also high-net-worth private individuals. Examples of companies for whom Stronachs LLP acts includes Global Energy Group, RockRose Energy, Walkers Shortbread Ltd, Black Sea Oil and Gas SRL, Azinor Catalyst Limited, Petrofac and Dana Petroleum plc, to name a few.

Stronachs LLP has considerable experience of international work, particularly through its oil and gas clients. The firm has advised on transactions in Australia, Trinidad, Singapore, the Middle East, Poland, Norway, the US and Romania, to name a few.

Other offices: Inverness

Department Name Email Telephone
Team Leader, Agricultural David Marshall 01224 845945
Partner, Head of Commercial Property Duncan Campbell 01224 845893
Managing Partner, Head of Corporate Neil Forbes 01224 845847
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Robert McDiarmid 01224 845951
Partner, Head of Employment David Chalmers 01224 845817
Partner, Head of Energy (oil & gas) Ewan Neilson 01224 845863
Partner, Head of Private Client (Tax, Trusts & Executries) Jaclyn Russell 01224 845858
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kirsten Anderson  photo Kirsten Anderson Kirsten is an associate who advises on all aspects of Private Client…
 Callum Armstrong  photo Callum Armstrong Callum has more than 5 years’ experience in corporate law, advising both…
 Duncan Campbell  photo Duncan Campbell Partner and head of commercial property with over 20 years’ experience. Experienced…
 David Chalmers  photo David Chalmers Partner in the Employment Team with more than 25 years’ experience of…
 Malcolm Donald  photo Malcolm Donald Malcolm is a partner and has extensive experience in corporate and energy…
 James Downie  photo James Downie Partner specialising in acquisition and disposals of exploration and producing assets, farm-outs,…
 Anya Duncan  photo Anya Duncan Partner in the Employment Team with more than 15 years’ experience of…
 Ian Easton  photo Ian Easton Senior Associate in the Energy Team with more than 9 years’ experience…
 Neil Forbes  photo Neil Forbes Managing Partner and a partner in the Firm’s corporate team.  Neil handles…
 Ross Gardner  photo Ross Gardner Partner in the Corporate Department since joining Stronachs in November 2015, Ross…
 Jamie Hunter  photo Jamie Hunter Jamie has more than six years’ experience in corporate law, advising domestic and…
 Deborah Law  photo Deborah Law Senior Associate
 Magnus Mackay  photo Magnus Mackay Magnus is a Senior Associate in Stronachs’ Private Client team, having joined…
 David Marshall  photo David Marshall David is an Associate with considerable experience working within the rural and…
 Robert McDiarmid  photo Robert McDiarmid Robert is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team. Robert advises…
 James Muir  photo James Muir Partner in the Energy team with more than 11 years’ experience.  Focus…
 Joy Mullin  photo Joy Mullin Joy is a Senior Associate with considerable experience in general property work,…
 Ewan Neilson  photo Ewan Neilson Specialist in energy work and corporate/corporate finance and included within those specialist…
 Annika Neukirch  photo Annika Neukirch Senior Solicitor in the Employment Team with experience of providing advice on…
 Karen Oliver  photo Karen Oliver Karen is an Associate in the Private Client department and advises clients…
 David Rennie  photo David Rennie Consultant, with over 40 years’ corporate experience.  Specialising in acquisitions/disposals, equity investment…
 Eloise Robb  photo Eloise Robb Senior Associate in the Commercial Property team. Eloise has over 15 years’…
 Jaclyn Russell  photo Jaclyn Russell Jaclyn is a Partner in the Private Client team. She advises a…
 Michelle Sharp  photo Michelle Sharp Michelle is an Associate and has more than 9 years’ experience in…
 Elizabeth Shaw  photo Elizabeth Shaw Elizabeth is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team. She enjoys…
 Emma Stephen  photo Emma Stephen Partner, experienced in dealing with a wide variety of commercial property work, including…
 Liz Stewart  photo Liz Stewart Partner in commercial property team.  Liz has over 18 years’ experience in…
 Aulo Vallarino  photo Aulo Vallarino Aulo is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team. He has more…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators
Employment Lawyers Association (UK)
Energy Institute
Law Society of England and Wales
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


Stronachs LLP promote an inclusive culture where diversity is valued. We are committed to ensuring that no one is treated less favorably on the grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, race, religion, religious belief or disability.


  • Our Third Sector committee work with and support local organisations through AVCO
  • We are on the panel of Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • We offer a programme of work experience accessible by schools in the community
  • Many of our partners and staff volunteer to sit on the Board of a variety of charities
  • We have close links with local universities, providing tutoring, support and sponsorship of annual law review
  • We support and sponsor many local initiatives/clubs/events


Stronachs engages with staff to decide upon a chosen cause and makes a firm commitment to fundraise and provide support. An internal committee meet with the charity representatives and coordinate numerous fundraising events with proactive support from the firm. Stronachs are very proud of what has been achieved over the decades and the charity partnerships that have been forged.


The firm is committed to implementing the following environmental objectives:-

  • Reduce the carbon footprint of the firm
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill Seek ways to incorporate environmental opportunities within our daily work
  • Aspire to best environmental practice
  • Reduce energy use within the firm’s offices
  • Source goods and services from local suppliers