Six new directors added to legal firm’s leadership team

Anderson Strathern has added six newly-created director roles to complement its partner base as the Scottish legal firm aims to build on a record financial performance in 2018. 

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 to Director.  The firm’s investment in the new directors will see them take part in a bespoke senior leadership training programme which 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 and they join the firm’s existing Directors, Neil Amner (Infrastructure, Transport & Brexit), Nick Howie (Corporate) and Pamela Keys (Employment).   

Managing Partner Murray 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.”

Chair, Bruce 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 indictors 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.” 

In December, Anderson Strathern reported increased turnover of £22.8 million for the year to 31st August 2018 [2017: £21.5M] and profits up by 10 per cent.  Last month, the firm relaunched its Brexit Group under Neil Amner, an industry stalwart and past President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, to advise the SME community across Scotland. A

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