Firm Profile > Stronachs LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland
Stronachs LLP Offices
28 ALBYN PLACE
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Stronachs LLP acts for domestic and international public and private sector clients, including private individuals and partnerships, oil and gas companies, public sector bodies, developers and investors. Practice head Duncan Campbell handles acquisitions and disposals, leases, investment and development matters. Ross Linn is the key practitioner in Inverness.
Stronachs LLP is well regarded for its experience advising SMEs, large corporates and listed companies on a broad range of corporate matters, including multijurisdictional M&A, private equity and other corporate transactions. The team generates mandates in the oil and gas, renewables, transport, technology, and food and drink sectors. Ross Gardner heads the team and advises individuals and a diverse range of businesses on all aspects of corporate and commercial law.
Global Energy Group
Envoy & Partners Ltd
Dana Petroleum Limited
Azinor Catalyst Limited
Xodus Group Limited
Peterson (UK) Limited
Omega Well Intervention Ltd
Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd
Korrie Mechanical & Plumbing Ltd
Oil and gas Tier 2
Stronachs LLP is noted for its domestic and international upstream acquisitions and disposals work. Other areas of focus include decommissioning projects and midstream matters. Practice head Ewan Neilson counts oil companies, energy companies and technology companies as key clients. James Downie handles decommissioning issues for operator and non-operator clients.
‘James Downie is thorough and pragmatic, with an eye for detail’.
‘A long history of dealing with oil and gas clients’.
‘A sound understanding of UKCS activities and practice’.
‘Their lawyers are pragmatic in their approach and do not “over-lawyer” things for the sake of it’.
‘James Downie consistently delivers sound, pragmatic advice in a clear and concise manner’.
‘James Downie has a deep understanding of the upstream oil and gas sector and has an ability to understand what is important for his client’.
‘Very strong in both the oil and gas and corporate offering’.
‘Key strengths are the commercial experience and support available beyond pure legal advice’.
Azinor Catalyst Limited
Black Sea Oil & Gas S.A.
Dana Petroleum E&P Limited
Eland Oil & Gas plc
Enpro Subsea Limited
EnQuest Britain Limited
Premier Oil E&P UK Limited
Commercial litigation Tier 4
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Stronachs LLP receives a steady stream of instructions, which increasingly contain cross-border elements, from energy and construction sector clients. Team head Robert McDiarmid is well versed to assist with litigation in the Scottish Court of Session and Sheriff Courts, English High Court and County Court and various ADR procedures, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a very friendly and down-to-earth team. They are commercially aware and give prompt attention with excellent legal advice which takes into account tactics and the possible requirement to negotiate settlements. Stronachs also offers very competitive rates compared to some of the larger national and international firms, but in my view the legal advice is equally as good, therefore Stronachs offers better value for money.‘
‘Stronachs is unique among North East Scotland firms in their scope, approach and reputation. There are no other firms operating exclusively in the North East that deliver what they deliver or perform at their level. The firm handles a wide variety of commercial litigation and we’ve come across them in a number of different, complex areas. I cannot speak more highly of their team.‘
‘In depth experience of contractual warranty claims, dispute resolution and court litigation, primarily via Robert McDiarmid.‘
‘The team is headed by the extremely knowledgeable, friendly and tenacious Robert McDiarmid, who has stepped in to Bobby McDonald’s shoes seamlessly.‘
‘Robert McDiarmid takes a very pragmatic approach, has a most personable manner, shows respect for all parties, has strong analytical skills and very good communication skills.‘
‘Robert McDiarmid has been very approachable, gives detailed legal advice that has helped us tactically to negotiate the best way forward. The advice sets out the pros and cons to any action that we may take, which has been essential to how we have strategically dealt with matters to try and obtain the best outcome. Robert’s advice has been first-class, and in that regard Robert has really become part of our team.‘
Weatherford International PLC
Eland Oil & Gas PLC
Sellers of Scopus Engineering Limited
Mr Cameron Anderson, Mrs Emily Anderson and Subsea Tooling Services UK Limited
Andover Development Company Limited
Marshall Errock Construction Limited
Altens Development Company Limited
Spark’s Mechanical Services Limited
Park Farms Partnership
Euro NDT Limited
Stronachs LLP prides itself on providing quality work at lower rates than its larger competitors. The team, which is led by Jaclyn Russell, advises on matters including estate planning, succession planning and complex executries, advising high-net-worth clients with business and farming interests, both in the UK and further afield. The firm, which is based in Aberdeen, has recently turned its attention to building up its client base in Inverness and the surrounding area. Senior associate Magnus Mackay specialises in succession planning.
‘The team have far exceeded my expectations in terms of their support in a legal rights issue relating to my father’s will. They were able to help me understand this complex area of law in a way that allowed me to make decisions effectively about how to progress. The team had a wide knowledge and clearly worked effectively together to support each other, both within the team and across the wider business. There is a real empathy and connection with the client (particularly, as in this case, when it was a very sensitive matter.’
‘Kirsten Anderson has been my key contact and has been exceptional in her service and support. She has an empathy for her clients that is often rare in lawyers, is extremely knowledgeable in her area of expertise and ultimately allowed me to reach a settlement in excess of my expectations.’
Employment Tier 5
Stronachs LLP has a strong presence in the North of Scotland, leading to regular instructions from oil and gas sector players, but the team also acts for national and international companies from other industries and senior executives. David Chalmers now heads the team, which regularly provides HR support, assistance with employment law issues arising from corporate transactions (including TUPE), compliance and employment tribunal proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stronachs is professional, knowledgeable and always on hand to help.‘
‘Anya Duncan really understands our business and has gone out of her way to get to know the people and how we work. She is always on hand to help even out of business hours for anything urgent. She is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of employment law, she has assisted me with TUPE, disciplinary, and grievance. She wrote our contracts of employment and assists on day-to-day contractual issues. Anya is also lovely to work with on a personal level and I appreciate having someone to talk around the problems with.‘
Oil States Industries (UK) Limited
Belvar Life (UK) Limited
NHV Helicopters Limited
Global Energy Group
Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants
Xodus Group Limited
Walkers Shortbread Limited
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation
Swire Oilfield Services Limited
Eland Oil & Gas PLC
Stronachs LLP > Firm Profile
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, Walker’s Shortbread Ltd, Black Sea Oil and Gas SRL, Azinor Catalyst Limited, Petrofac, Xodus Group Ltd, Envoy & Partners Ltd 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
|Managing Partner||Neil Forbesfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 845847|
|Team Leader, Agricultural||David Marshallemail@example.com||01224 845945|
|Partner, Head of Commercial Property||Duncan Campbellfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 845893|
|Partner, Head of Corporate||Ross Gardneremail@example.com||01224 845879|
|Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution||Robert McDiarmidfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 845951|
|Partner, Head of Employment||David Chalmersemail@example.com||01224 845817|
|Partner, Head of Energy (oil & gas)||Ewan Neilsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||01224 845863|
|Partner, Head of Private Client (Tax, Trusts & Executries)||Jaclyn Russellemail@example.com||01224 845858|
|Kirsten Anderson||Kirsten is an associate who advises on all aspects of Private Client…||View Profile|
|Callum Armstrong||Callum has more than 5 years’ experience in corporate law, advising both…||View Profile|
|Duncan Campbell||Partner and head of commercial property with over 20 years’ experience. Experienced…||View Profile|
|David Chalmers||Partner in the Employment Team with more than 25 years’ experience of…||View Profile|
|Malcolm Donald||Malcolm is a partner and has extensive experience in corporate and energy…||View Profile|
|James Downie||Partner specialising in acquisition and disposals of exploration and producing assets, farm-outs,…||View Profile|
|Anya Duncan||Partner in the Employment Team with more than 15 years’ experience of…||View Profile|
|Ian Easton||Senior Associate in the Energy Team with more than 9 years’ experience…||View Profile|
|Neil Forbes||Managing Partner and a partner in the Firm’s corporate team. Neil handles…||View Profile|
|Ross Gardner||Partner in the Corporate Department since joining Stronachs in November 2015, Ross…||View Profile|
|Jamie Hunter||Jamie has more than six years’ experience in corporate law, advising domestic and…||View Profile|
|Deborah Law||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Magnus Mackay||Magnus is a Senior Associate in Stronachs’ Private Client team, having joined…||View Profile|
|David Marshall||David is an Associate with considerable experience working within the rural and…||View Profile|
|Robert McDiarmid||Robert is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team. Robert advises…||View Profile|
|James Muir||Partner in the Energy team with more than 11 years’ experience. Focus…||View Profile|
|Joy Mullin||Joy is a Senior Associate with considerable experience in general property work,…||View Profile|
|Ewan Neilson||Specialist in energy work and corporate/corporate finance and included within those specialist…||View Profile|
|Annika Neukirch||Senior Solicitor in the Employment Team with experience of providing advice on…||View Profile|
|Karen Oliver||Karen is an Associate in the Private Client department and advises clients…||View Profile|
|David Rennie||Consultant, with over 40 years’ corporate experience. Specialising in acquisitions/disposals, equity investment…||View Profile|
|Eloise Robb||Senior Associate in the Commercial Property team. Eloise has over 15 years’…||View Profile|
|Jaclyn Russell||Jaclyn is a Partner in the Private Client team. She advises a…||View Profile|
|Michelle Sharp||Michelle is an Associate and has more than 9 years’ experience in…||View Profile|
|Emma Stephen||Partner, experienced in dealing with a wide variety of commercial property work, including…||View Profile|
|Liz Stewart||Partner in commercial property team. Liz has over 18 years’ experience in…||View Profile|
|Aulo Vallarino||Aulo is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team. He has more…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 16 Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
LanguagesFrench Spanish Italian German
MembershipsAIPN 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