New client wins help power Anderson Strathern to strong first half financial results

New client wins help power Anderson Strathern to strong first half financial results

We’re continuing to grow following increased work from our significant client base and a series of new client appointments during the first half of our financial year. Revenue is up by 8 per cent in the first six months, strengthening our position as a leading independent Scottish law firm.

Welcoming new clients

Following a competitive tender process, we are principal provider of legal services for Crown Estate Scotland, which is responsible for managing a range of rural, coastal and marine assets, as well as commercial and rural property across Scotland. Our other client wins include APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges), the University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland and Beijing Gold Solar.

The appointment by APUC means that we’re the only Scottish firm ranked in all lots of the APUC and Scottish Government Legal Services Frameworks, while the Beijing Gold Solar appointment underpins our growing credentials in the renewables sector. We’re also advising Elgin Energy around plans for Scotland’s largest solar park in Moray.

Welcoming new people

Our recent new hires have included dual-qualified property specialist Iain Grieve from HBJ as a partner in our commercial real estate team, private client lawyer Sarah McKinlay from HBJ as a consultant, and re-newable energy industry, stalwart Alan Simpson also joined us as a consultant. This adds to a number of acquisitions in recent years including Glasgow-based Jeffrey Aitken and Edinburgh-based boutique firm ADLP in 2016. And we’re actively considering further growth by acquisition in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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.”

Murray McCall, Anderson Strathern’s Managing Partner, was quoted in the Scottish media:

“We have secured a series of high quality commercial instructions during the first half, including the reap-pointment 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.”

Our recent awards have included Litigation Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in March and we’ve been recently re-accredited as an Investor in Young People Gold standard.