Anderson Strathern chair launches new Scottish commercial claims firm

Bruce Farquhar and Alistair Dean of Alba Clams
Bruce Farquhar and Alistair Dean

A new company, Alba Claims, launches this week aimed at helping Scottish businesses pursue commercial claims.

The firm aims to advise and engage in relation to construction disputes, insolvency claims and other commercial disputes, and has been set up in response to market feedback and industry research indicating that tens of millions of pounds in claims fail to be recovered every year.

Co-founded by Anderson Strathern chair Bruce Farquhar and solicitor advocate Alistair Dean, the new firm aims to enable clients to pursue commercial cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis with Alba sharing the risk by way of a success fee.

Anderson Strathern will also offer related legal services.

Market feedback carried out by Alba Claims indicates that business owners often fail to pursue claims because of the actual or expected drain on resources experienced when funding a court claim and the uncertainties associated with embarking on a legal process.

Founding director, Alistair Dean, said: “It’s often the case that claims are not pursued either because businesses are not in a financial position to fund the claim or consider that their finances can get a better return elsewhere. We want Alba Claims to help level the playing field and reduce the uncertainties of dispute resolution while removing the requirement to pay legal fees on an ongoing basis.”

Alba Claims anticipates a high level of interest from the construction sector and insolvency practitioners in particular, in addition to other industry sectors, and has already generated around £1m of claims that are being pursued.

Bruce Farquhar, Alba Claims founding director, said: “The funding of litigation in Scotland is changing rapidly and we see Alba Claims being at the forefront of these changes by offering an innovative means for clients to pursue commercial claims. In supporting this new venture, Anderson Strathern has demonstrated its increasingly entrepreneurial approach to the delivery of legal services.”

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