James McMillan and Gillian Harkness-McKinlay of Anderson Strathern (by Stewart Attwood)
  • Gillian Harkness-McKinlay joins from Burness Paull and becomes director, Public Sector and Charities
  • Chris Devlin joins from Shepherd and Wedderburn and assumes role of director, Planning and Environment
  • James McMillan appointed director and heads up Corporate Crime, Regulatory and Investigations team, joining from Dubai-based Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East 
  • Bruce Farquhar, Chair, Anderson Strathern said: “The public and third sectors, planning and the environment, corporate crime and commercial disputes are integral areas of expertise at Anderson Strathern and because we are also growing in each of these disciplines it’s an opportune time to make these strategic hires and we’re excited to have Gillian, Chris and James on board”

ANDERSON Strathern has made a trio of senior appointments, with Gillian Harkness-McKinlay, Chris Devlin and James McMillan taking on director roles at the Scottish legal firm.   Gillian Harkness-McKinlay joins from Burness Paull and becomes director, Public Sector and Charities, Chris Devlin joins from Shepherd and Wedderburn and assumes the role of director, Planning and Environment, and James McMillan becomes a director, heading up the newly established Corporate Crime, Regulatory and Investigations team, joining from Dubai-based Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East. 

Gillian Harkness-McKinlay, who was previously a director at Burness Paull, brings extensive experience of project managing large-scale public sector outsourcing projects and third sector mergers, and advising on corporate governance and project finance in public sector projects.  Harkness-McKinlay is also a member of the Charity Law Subcommittee of the Law Society of Scotland. 

Chris Devlin spent over a decade at Shepherd and Wedderburn, specialising in planning and environment law, and has worked closely with clients in the renewable energy and housebuilding sectors.  Devlin also brings strong experience in roads law, and applications for judicial review and statutory appeals to the Court of Session in planning matters.  In recent years, he advised City of Edinburgh Council on various elements of the new St James Centre. 

James McMillan worked at Dentons before joining Dubai-based Al Tamimi & Company, the largest legal firm in the Middle East, in 2018.  McMillan takes up the role of director, heading up the newly established Corporate Crime, Regulatory and Investigations team at Anderson Strathern.  He has extensive experience in advocacy, international white collar fraud cases, bribery, proceeds of crime, health and safety, and environmental-related prosecutions. 

Bruce Farquhar, Chair, Anderson Strathern said: “We are committed to finding the best legal talent in Scotland and these three senior level appointments demonstrate just that. The public and third sectors, planning and the environment, corporate crime and commercial disputes are key areas of growth for Anderson Strathern so it’s an opportune time to make these strategic hires. We’re excited to have Gillian, Chris and James on board.” 

In April, Anderson Strathern announced a merger with Shetland-based legal firm Neil Risk Solicitor and Estate Agent.