Firm Profile > Stronachs LLP > Inverness, Scotland

Stronachs LLP
Camas House

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
 Ross Linn  photo Ross Linn Corporate Partner working from our Inverness office since 2012.  Ross handles a…
Mr Colin Sandilands  photo Mr Colin Sandilands Partner and solicitor-advocate specialising in commercial litigation, property litigation and personal injury…
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)