Legal deal

Anderson Strathern acquires Glasgow-based Hardy Macphail

Eilidh Knox, Michael Ritchie, Murray McCall, Julie Macphail and John Hardy

Scottish legal firm Anderson Strathern has acquired Glasgow practice Hardy Macphail and will absorb the firm into its office in the city. 

Hardy Macphail, founded in 1998, has a headcount of 10, including three partners, and has a mix of SME and private clients across the central belt and Fife. It specialises in litigation, private client, commercial property and residential conveyancing.   

Murray McCall, Anderson Strathern’s managing partner, said Hardy Macphail meets the firm’s objective of bolting on profitable practices which help it expand its SME base. 

Julie Macphail, who becomes a director at Anderson Strathern, said: “We see this as an opportunity to offer an enhanced range of services to our clients.”

It is the latest acquisition by Anderson Strathern which in 2016 agreed mergers with Glasgow-based Jeffrey Aitken and Edinburgh-based ADLP. 

Last December, it reported increased turnover of £22.8 million and profits up by 10%.  Anderson Strathern’s client base includes the Scottish Government, INEOS, Buccleuch Estates, Clyde Gateway and Apex Hotels.  

In June, it was selected as the first Scottish legal firm by the Meritas global network which has a membership of about 180 law firms from more than 90 countries.  

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