Firm Profile > Stronachs LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland

Stronachs LLP
28 ALBYN PLACE
ABERDEEN
AB10 1YL
Scotland

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.

Testimonials

‘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.

Testimonials

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.

Testimonials

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

Azinor

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.

Testimonials

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.

Testimonials

“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.

Testimonials

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 david.marshall@stronachs.com 01224 845945
Partner, Head of Commercial Property Duncan Campbell duncan.campbell@stronachs.com 01224 845893
Managing Partner, Head of Corporate Neil Forbes neil.forbes@stronachs.com 01224 845847
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Robert McDiarmid robert.mcdiarmid@stronachs.com 01224 845951
Partner, Head of Employment David Chalmers david.chalmers@stronachs.com 01224 845817
Partner, Head of Energy (oil & gas) Ewan Neilson ewan.neilson@stronachs.com 01224 845863
Partner, Head of Private Client (Tax, Trusts & Executries) Jaclyn Russell jaclyn.russell@stronachs.com 01224 845858
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kirsten Anderson  photo Kirsten Anderson
 Callum Armstrong  photo Callum Armstrong
 Duncan Campbell  photo Duncan Campbell
 David Chalmers  photo David Chalmers
 Malcolm Donald  photo Malcolm Donald
 James Downie  photo James Downie
 Anya Duncan  photo Anya Duncan
 Ian Easton  photo Ian Easton
 Neil Forbes  photo Neil Forbes
 Ross Gardner  photo Ross Gardner
 Jamie Hunter  photo Jamie Hunter
 Deborah Law  photo Deborah Law
 Magnus Mackay  photo Magnus Mackay
 David Marshall  photo David Marshall
 Robert McDiarmid  photo Robert McDiarmid
 James Muir  photo James Muir
 Joy Mullin  photo Joy Mullin
 Ewan Neilson  photo Ewan Neilson
 Annika Neukirch  photo Annika Neukirch
 Karen Oliver  photo Karen Oliver
 David Rennie  photo David Rennie
 Eloise Robb  photo Eloise Robb
 Jaclyn Russell  photo Jaclyn Russell
 Michelle Sharp  photo Michelle Sharp
 Elizabeth Shaw  photo Elizabeth Shaw
 Emma Stephen  photo Emma Stephen
 Liz Stewart  photo Liz Stewart
 Aulo Vallarino  photo Aulo Vallarino
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
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Spanish
Italian
German
AIPN
Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators
Employment Lawyers Association (UK)
Energy Institute
Law Society of England and Wales
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Diversity

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.

Community

  • 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

Charity

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.

Environment

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