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Anderson Strathern

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Chair: Bruce Farquhar
Managing Partner: Murray McCall
Number of UK partners: 52
Number of UK fee-earners: 191

Banking & Finance:
Gillian Anderson
Charities: Victoria Simpson
Commercial Real Estate: Chris Richardson
Construction & Engineering: Karyn Watt
Corporate: Colin Young
Dispute Resolution: Fraser Geddes
Employment: Alun Thomas
Energy: Neil Farrell
Health & Safety: Jonathan Guy
IP/IT: Douglas McLachlan
Parliamentary & Public Law: Fiona Killen
Planning & Environment: Alastair McKie
Private Client: Carole Tomlinson
Residential Property: Sara Jalicy
Rural Land & Business: John Mitchell

Anderson Strathern is an independent leading Scottish full-service law firm working across the commercial, private client and public sectors. It has its principal offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and an office in East Lothian. The firm has 52 partners, almost 200 fee-earners and over 250 total staff. It offers a wide range of specialist services with 19 Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, an Advocacy & Legal Opinions Unit with Solicitor Advocates and cross-border working with 8 dual-qualified solicitors. The firm has regularly been recognised for its legal expertise. In 2018 the firm won Litigation Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards. In 2017 and in 2016 its solicitor Sara Jalicy won the Rising Star of the Year award. The firm has also previously won Public Sector and Employment Teams of the Year. Anderson Strathern reported a turnover at £22.3m as of 31 August 2018.

Anderson Strathern’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and being the legal employer of choice has also been recognised over many years. The firm is celebrating 20 years as an Investor In People (IIP) and was the first law firm to achieve the double success of IIP and Investors in Young People Gold accreditations. In 2017 the firm was reaccredited IIP Gold for a further three years. The firm’s focus on the development and management of all of its employees was recognised with winning Employer of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in 2016. Alongside this, the firm was one of the first law firms in Scotland to become an accredited living wage employer and to sign the Scottish Government’s Business Pledge. Anderson Strathern’s involvement in CSR was recognised when the firm won Responsible Business of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce awards.

Commercial Real Estate: 22%
Dispute Resolution: 23%
Rural Land & Business:
Private Client: 20%
Residential Property: 4%

The firm has a significant roster of clients across its key areas, including the Scottish Government, the Crown Estate Scotland, Clyde Gateway, City Legacy, INEOS, Apex Hotels, Intu Braehead, Buccleuch Estates, Bluemerang Capital, Walker Holdings (Scotland) Ltd, The University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, The Royal College of Nursing, Scotmid and the Scottish Prison Service.

Anderson Strathern is a member of the Association of European Lawyers with associated offices throughout all major European jurisdictions. The firm specialises in acting for inward investors including those based in China, India, and the US. In June 2019, Anderson Strathern was selected as the first Scottish legal firm to join the Meritas global network, which consists of over 180 firms from over 90 countries globally.

Over the last year, has continued its growth through lateral hires and has seen the appointments of Euan Tripp, a highly regarded corporate Partner and Adrian Smith, joining as the firm’s Commercial Director.

Internally, 3 new partners were appointed and 13 solicitors were promoted.