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Law firm announces promotions and looks to hire more in the months ahead



Scottish legal firm Anderson Strathern has revealed a series of client wins while announcing a raft of promotions and plans to recruit in the months ahead.

The firm has just completed its latest financial year and has said it will report “steady revenue performance” at its results announcement in November in spite of the challenging pandemic business environment.

Its recent tender wins include the University of Strathclyde, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Anderson Strathern has completed a series of mergers in recent years, including a bolt-on deal with Glasgow-headquartered Hardy Macphail in October 2019 and did not rule out further merger activity over the next year.

Managing partner Murray McCall said: “I really believe our people are not only our most important strength but that their commitment to each other and our clients has enabled us to navigate our way through such a challenging time in recent months.

“With our promotions this year, we are strengthening the firm’s offering to help business recovery and individuals. As work and life adapts to the Covid pandemic we’re finding that it’s driving demand for a range of legal services.”

“We also continue to look at ways to add growth by way of acquisition, in addition to organic growth, and we’re not ruling out further activity here in the months ahead.

One good thing to have come out of the pandemic is the focus on new ways of working and what we’ve realised is that this new work dynamic is presenting us with opportunities to add geographic footprint and routes into other regional markets around Scotland.”

The firm has promoted 18 fee earners in total in its latest round of promotions, including at senior solicitor, associate and senior associate levels and is also planning to actively recruit more senior and junior level talent over the next 12 months to match increasing activity across a number of practice areas.

McCall added: “What’s also notable about our promotions and planned recruitment phase is that we are looking for people at all stages and levels of experience to support us though our next phase of growth.

“So that might be one of the half a dozen trainees we’re keeping on at the firm, or the fact that we place great value in the experience of more senior partners, directors and consultants who bring gravitas and invaluable experience to our overall client offering.”

He said that all the firm’s practice groups had been impacted by Covid.

“While private client, restructuring and employment law activity stepped up significantly during lockdown, other areas like corporate deal activity, routine commercial real estate and residential property were definitely hit hard in the early days but are now rebounding strongly.”

Anderson Strathern promotions: Laura Flounders (Commercial Real Estate), Kimberley MacNeil (Corporate), Liam Smith (Commercial Litigation) and Ilaria Moretti (Employment) are promoted to Senior Solicitor; Fionn Blair (Public Law), Ross Cameron (Commercial Litigation), Scott Fyfe (Corporate), Gregory Gardiner (Commercial Real Estate), Derek Morrow (Commercial Real Estate), Laura Murray (Private Client), Nichola McAtier (Commercial Litigation), and Catherine Macdonald (Rural) are promoted to Associate; and Kate Bond (Rural), Danielle Edgar (Family), Sarah Lonie (Private Client), Gillian Murray (Commercial Litigation), Laura McCabe (Commercial Litigation) and Robin Turnbull (Employment) are promoted to Senior Associate.



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