Law firm Anderson Strathern appoints six directors for leadership training drive

Law firm Anderson Strathern has appointed six new directors who will take part in a leadership training programme.

Victoria Simpson (Private Client), Gary Burton, Sarah Philips and Robbie Wilson (Dispute Resolution), Neil Fraser and Jon McGee (Commercial Real Estate) have all been promoted.


Their bespoke senior leadership training programme includes business development skills, coaching, business financials and each will have a partner mentor from outwith their own practice area.

The new directors will work closely with Anderson Strathern’s managing partner Murray McCall and the firm’s chair Bruce Farquhar. They join existing directors Neil Amner (Infrastructure, Transport & Brexit), Nick Howie (Corporate) and Pamela Keys (Employment).

McCall said: “We want to offer our clients the best possible service.  The appointment of the new directors sees us developing our senior talent by offering a promotion structure and leadership training that works for a modern law firm. Our directors will have a strong and secure foundation for their and for our future development at a time of exciting business growth for the firm.  It’s a win, win situation.”

The Edinburgh and Glasgow-based firm is aiming to build on a record financial performance in 2018. In December, itn reported increased turnover of £22.8 million for the year to August 31 – up from £21.5 million – and profits up by 10 per cent. Last month, the firm relaunched its Brexit Group under Amner, an industry stalwart and past president of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, to advise the SME community across Scotland.

Farquhar said: “The director appointments are firmly part of our growth strategy, integral to which is a focus on having key people in place at both legal and business functions.

“Our record results for 2018 show that our growth strategy is working well. Our strategic focus on appointing key people both in the legal and business functions to help us with that growth will continue.

“All the indicators are that we will also have a strong 2019 with our confident proposition as a leading independent Scottish law firm with expert lawyers operating across the private client, commercial and public sectors. These appointments sit alongside our recent appointment of Adrian Smith as our commercial director perfectly.”


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