Left to right are Bruce Farquhar and Murray McCall of Anderson Strathern
Left to right are Bruce Farquhar and Murray McCall of Anderson Strathern

Strong first half year for Anderson Strathern with client wins

Anderson Strathern has secured a series of client appointments during the first half of the year, helping to increase year-on-year revenue at the independent Scottish legal firm.  Revenue is up by 8% in the six months to 28th February 2018.

The Scottish legal firm reported turnover of £21.5 million for the year to 31st August 2017.

As part of a competitive tender process the firm has been appointed principal provider of legal services for Crown Estate Scotland, who are responsible for managing a range of rural, coastal, marine assets and other commercial assets across Scotland. Other client wins during the period include APUC, the University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland and Beijing Gold Solar.

The appointment by APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) means Anderson Strathern is the only Scottish firm ranked in all lots of the APUC and Scottish Government Legal Services Frameworks, while the Beijing Gold Solar appointment underpins the firm’s growing credentials in the renewables sector where the firm is also advising Elgin Energy around plans for Scotland’s largest solar park in Moray.

Lateral hires have included dual-qualified property specialist Iain Grieve from HBJ to the position of partner, Private Client lawyer Sarah McKinlay from HBJ as a consultant and renewable energy industry stalwart Alan Simpson also as a consultant.  The firm has also completed a number of bolt-on acquisitions in recent years – including Glasgow-based Jeffrey Aitken and Edinburgh-based ADLP in 2016 – and the firm is actively considering further growth by acquisition in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Murray McCall, Anderson Strathern’s Managing Partner, said: “We have secured a series of high quality commercial instructions during the first half, including the reappointment by Crown Estate Scotland who are one of the firm’s longstanding clients, and have added to the talent pool of the firm; all of which has contributed to a strong set of numbers.”

Anderson Strathern’s Chair, Bruce Farquhar, said: “2018 has seen the firm strengthen its pre-eminent position across the private client, commercial and public sectors. At the same time, we are not complacent and continue to seek out opportunities to add expertise by way of merger and acquisition if we feel we can add value to our overall client proposition.”

In March the firm picked up Litigation Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards and it has recently been re-accredited as an Investor in Young People Gold standard.

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