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Addleshaw Goddard

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David Anderson

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate and commercial.


David is a corporate and commercial lawyer based in HBJ Gateley’s Aberdeen office. He advises on transactional corporate matters, joint ventures, business process and IT outsourcing arrangements, software licensing and technology/intellectual property. He is a notary public registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for legalisation. David has worked in-house with Topaz Energy and Marine in Dubai, where he worked on the multi-jurisdiction reorganisation of its international oilfield services and engineering businesses. David’s recent experience includes: advising Senergy in transactions acquiring the intellectual property rights in high-value software; advising FNZ (UK) Limited in relation to the negotiation of its services, IP licensing agreements with a variety of major life companies, fund managers and banks; and advising Panoramic Growth Equity on its investment into advertising technology specialist Captify Media Limited.


Trained HBJ Gateley; qualified 2006; solicitor HBJ Gateley 2006-10, senior solicitor 2010-11, associate 2011-13, (legal advisor Topaz Energy and Marine 2011-12), senior associate 2013-14, partner 2014 to date. Director: HBJG Secretarial Ltd, HBJG Ltd.


Law Society of Scotland; Notary Public; RYA.


Monifieth High School, Angus; University of Aberdeen (2003 LLB Hons; 2004 Diploma in Legal Practice); Université François Rabelais de Tours, France (2003 Diploma in International Finance and Trade Laws).

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Addleshaw Goddard entered the Scottish market in 2017, following a merger with HBJ Gateley. Its ‘high quality team‘ acts for a broad base of clients, including high-growth companies, private equity houses, management teams and investee companies. In addition, the firm acts for circa 40% of the FTSE 100 companies, many of which have operations in Scotland. In a recent highlight, a team led by Anna Brown acted for The City Pub Group Plc in its £96m IPO and AIM admission. Practice head David Kirchin, who ‘brings a calming influence in the heat of negotiations‘, and managing associate Laura Falls were part of a cross-practice team which assisted private equity sponsor Cairngorm Capital II and its acquisition vehicle Cairngorm Acquisitions III Midco Limited with the acquisition of Scottish timber merchant Thornbridge Sawmills Limited. Andrew Ley has deal experience in the food and drink sector, while David Horne specialises in corporate transactions involving industries such as real estate, hospitality and technology. Another name to note is David Anderson, who is particularly active in the Scottish digital and fintech sectors.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

David Anderson - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: IT and telecoms

Addleshaw Goddard is a strong new entrant in the Scottish IT and telecoms market, following the firm’s merger with HBJ Gately. The group, led by David Anderson, is most noted for advising suppliers of IT systems and services into the financial services industry; and utility companies, consultancy businesses, sporting organisations and charities, in connection with the procurement of IT services. The group advised FNZ on its master services agreement with respect to the provision of an investment transaction and administration outsourcing services to Old Mutual Wealth, which involved negotiation of all aspects of the contract that related to the client’s service delivery and on-going services to be provided. Highlights for Helena Brown included advising Celtic Football Club on a range of online consumer contracts for ticket and hospitality sales, and for the procurement of Wi-Fi services. She also conducted a detailed review of legal agreements for Edinburgh Airport concerning the client’s IT systems and service delivery. The group is currently assisting Clydesdale Bank with a major renegotiation of supply contracts, driven by the need for GDPR compliance. Ross McKenzie joined the team from Burness Paull LLP in February 2018, and leads on privacy matters.

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