Anderson Strathern chair Bruce Farquhar and director Neil Amner have been put in charge of the law firm’s newly formed business resilience unit.
The Edinburgh-headquartered firm says the venture will gather specialist lawyers from the firm to focus on helping companies recover from the economic impact of Covid-19.
Amner, who is also a member of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Business Advisory Group, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is challenging businesses in ways and to an extent we have never seen before. Being resilient, developing resilience and being able to adapt are all key for businesses at present. We’re here to help guide clients through the weeks and months ahead.”
The business resilience unit will be supported by an online business hub with a Covid-19 company checklist, webinars and a podcast series. The firm, which also has a Glasgow office, said clients had already been seeking advice on areas including employment law, private client services, commercial property, restructuring, insolvency, rural affairs, infrastructure and transport.
Farquhar added: “We know that Covid-19 has already developed into a global economic crisis, but we also know it’s a human crisis and so businesses need to respond on a human level with customers and their own people alike.
“During the pandemic we’ve been providing specialist advice directly and through our business hub, and there’s been real interest in that. Now we are helping our clients look ahead through the lens of the effects of Covid-19 and prepare for the impact of forthcoming areas such as climate change and Brexit.”
Anderson Strathern launched a dedicated Brexit Group in 2019 to investigate how leaving the EU was impacting business and produced its own Brexit White Paper.
Managing partner Murray McCall has interviewed Ayrshire-based entrepreneur Marie Macklin for the first of the firm’s podcast series.
He said: “As we did with Brexit, as a firm we quickly realised we needed to pivot into how we could support our clients and Scottish business leaders as the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold.
“As we know, this crisis touches each and every part of our economy and so we are pulling together to support clients around many aspects of the law – commercial contracts and property, restructuring, public sector challenges, and employment law to name a few.
“What really came out of the interview with Marie Macklin was a sense of optimism that if we can collaborate in Scotland towards a more ethical purpose in mind, we can come out of the crisis a position of strength.”