Leading full service law firm Anderson Strathern has announced that the partners and staff of Bell & Scott, Scotland's first specialist property practice, will join the firm at the end of June. The move will give Anderson Strathern a complement of 56 partners, including 16 in commercial real estate and a combined turnover of £23 million.
Following integration, the Edinburgh office will be based at Rutland Court and the Glasgow office at Lomond House in George Square. The firm will have an enviable list of property clients many of which are household names including Austin Reed, the Buccleuch Group, Capital Shopping Centres, Clyde Gateway, The Crown Estate, Dundas Estates, F&C Reit, the HMV Group, Iceland, INEOS, Jamie’s Italian, Moyallen, Quercus, Royal & Sun Alliance, Scotmid, T Mobile, the Walker Group and Windsor Life.
Chairman Robert Carr said:
"Our primary objective is to bring the clients of the combined practice a broader range of specialisms and opportunities. This exciting development is part of our commitment to expand and further strengthen our full service offering, allowing the clients of both firms to benefit from greater insights and business solutions. It is also in line with our strategy for profitable growth and positions Anderson Strathern as a consolidator of top quality services at this point in the economic cycle and at a time of unprecedented change in the legal market.
"Our people will also benefit as they share skills and experiences and develop deeper relationships with our clients. I have long admired the expertise, the values and the knowledge management capabilities which the people at Bell & Scott demonstrate. They have recognised leaders in the field of commercial property including retail, investment and strategic land. I am also delighted that Sarah McLean will become our Commercial Director with firm wide responsibility for identifying new opportunities, facilitating change and driving growth in line with our long-term vision."
Bell & Scott Managing Partner, commented:
"Over the years, our size and focus have been our strengths, enabling us to concentrate resources and develop expertise in the property sector. As a specialist firm it is essential that we meet and exceed our clients' needs and so we are delighted to join a firm which shares our ethos on in-depth expertise and development and investment in specialist services. In a combined firm, our clients will benefit by not only receiving specialist property advice but also by drawing on the full range of expert services in environmental law, licensing, planning, private client, renewables and tax, to name but a few, that Anderson Strathern provide.
"We will continue to produce our annual property conferences and our highly valued e-update "Sector Knowledge" which is circulated every day to over 4,500 property professionals. Anderson Strathern is committed to investing in its people and crucially delivering an excellent service to its clients focused on relationships, insight and execution. Its lawyers are recognised as trusted advisers going beyond black letter law. Our move places Anderson Strathern very firmly at the centre of the Scottish property market which remains a core element of our economy."