Member of the Week - Stronachs
Stronachs provides legal services to private and commercial clients in all sectors including the rural economy, banking, energy, property and construction from its Inverness and Aberdeen offices.
For more than 150 years the firm has provided generations of people, businesses and their owners, with the highest standard of advice in every area of legal practice.
Colin Sandilands, who heads up the Inverness office, practices within the Dispute Resolution team and is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in the Court of Session and Supreme Court. With more than 18 years’ experience specialising in dispute resolution, advising individuals and businesses, Colin has a wealth of experience both in litigation and non-litigious matters.
Partner, Ross Linn, works mostly within the areas of corporate and commercial property law and has advised well-known Highland companies and businesses across sectors including leisure and hospitality, renewable energy, engineering and healthcare.
We asked Colin about Stronachs’ offering in the Highlands and also how the firm’s Aberdeen office interacted with their Highlands clients.
“Over twenty years ago the decision was made to open an office in Inverness city centre and in 2008 the firm confirmed its commitment to the Highlands by signing a lease on offices at the then newly-built Fairways Business Park, where we are still based and continue to grow. 2018 has seen two new members of staff join the office, and for the first time we have a Tax Manager, Emma Boyle, based in Inverness. We are proud to be known as a full-service firm, and this new facet to the firm’s offering shows we recognise the varied and changing needs of our growing client base.”
Colin then explained how the firm’s two main offices dovetail to allow clients to access all the legal services they need, in the way that suits them.
“Our client-base ranges from multi-million pound turnover corporations to private individuals, from companies that may have numerous offices within the UK and abroad, to families that live locally. We are very proud of our work ethos and of the knowledge that we are able provide exactly the service each client requires, in the environment that they are most comfortable with.
“Our advisers are equally at home working digitally, with the majority of communication from the client being non-facing, as they are in one-on-one meetings.
“We are fortunate in that the Board are committed to continue to invest in the best and most suitable technology available, ensuring staff can easily, quickly and securely access project documentation, this benefits our clients immensely, and allows us to be working for them, when we are needed, irrespective of geography.
“The other side of that coin is that we routinely have one or more of our Aberdeen-based colleagues basing themselves at Fairways to service the needs of our Highlands-based clients who may require or prefer, for whatever reason, their lawyer(s) to be physically present.
“Whether it is a million pound deal that is being concluded, ascertaining the TUPE implications following a purchase of a restaurant or an individual wishing to discuss the appointment of a Power of Attorney, I know that our clients have confidence in Stronachs and they know they can access expertise and experience from the widest range of legal services.
Colin had spoken with his colleagues about the value of Chamber membership to Stronachs and was happy to share their response.
“We have always been involved with the Chamber and one of the highlights of the business calendar is of course the Highland Business Dinner. Having extended the team this year I was particularly interested to get the thoughts of our new members; they have commented on how impressed they have been by the opportunities available to meet and network with other Chamber members and also to promote the firm. Our Tax Manager, Emma Boyle, has had an article featured within the Industry News and we are looking forward to presenting at the Business Spotlight Event in September - it’s excellent to hear the enthusiasm for increasing engagement.
When we asked Colin for his top-tip to maximise membership, his response backed up his previous comment.
“Get your staff involved, let your whole team take ownership of Chamber membership, everyone will find a feature they want to engage with; the more input there is, the better the outcome.”