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Bell & Scott to merge with Anderson Strathern
Partners and staff of Bell & Scott, the specialist property legal practice, will join Anderson Strathern at the end of June, the firms have announced.
The merger will increase Anderson Strathern's partner strength to 57 partners, including 16 in commercial real estate, and result in a combined turnover of £23 million.
Both firms have Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. The integrated Edinburgh office will be Anderson Strathern's premises at Rutland Court, and the Glasgow office in Bell & Scott's base at Lomond House, George Square. The firm's property clients will include 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.
Sarah McLean of Bell & Scott will become the merged firm's commercial director with firm-wide responsibility for identifying new opportunities and driving growth.
Anderson Strathern 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."
Bell & Scott managing partner Paul Jennings 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." Mr Jennings referred to Anderson Strathern's expertise in for example environmental law, licensing, planning, private client, renewables and tax.
He added: "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."