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Rhona Harper

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Projects and Public Procurement


Rhona is a partner and expert in public sector procurement with extensive experience in projects, covering both infrastructure procurement and outsourcing across the UK. Rhona has advised sponsors, funders, public bodies and members of the supply chain. Projects range from specialist equipment procurement in the defence sector to accommodation in the education and health sectors. Rhona is head of Shepherd and Wedderburn’s government and public sector group and has an impressive client base which includes the NHS, Western Isles Council, the Ministry of Defence, Sir Robert McAlpine, Viridor Group, Bilfinger Berger Group, City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Scottish Futures Trust and the Wheatley Housing Group. The team led by Rhona is Band 1 ranked and Chambers and Partners 2015 client feedback notes that ‘they provide great quality of service because they concentrate on doing a good job.’


Trained Glenrothes Development Corp 1992-94; assistant Shepherd and Wedderburn 1994-97; senior solicitor Addleshaw Booth & Co 1997-99; associate Shepherd and Wedderburn 1999-2000; partner 2000.


Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales.


Strathaven Academy; Dundee University (1990 LLB Hons; DipLP 1991).


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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

Rhona Harper - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Within: Projects

Shepherd and Wedderburn's group advises on all aspects of the initial procurement of projects, to design and construction, and then operation and maintenance. PPP, PFI, NPD and hub projects are among the cornerstones of the practice. In a particularly large-scale project in the social housing sector, Rhona Harper, Euan McLeod, and associates Lauren Thompson and associate Stephen Maughan, are acting for Wheatley Housing Group in the procurement and construction aspects of the £250m Transformational Regeneration Area project at Sighthill in Glasgow. Harper is also the lead adviser to States of Jersey on the procurement of its circa £250m Future Hospital Project. In 2017, team head Stephen Colliston (who has acted for funders in a number of projects recently) worked with director Nigel Sievwright and others to advise Nord/LB on DBFM schools projects at Carntyne & Blairdardie and West Calder, and also a DBFM health centres project at Gorbals and Woodside. Another notable area of activity for the firm, among others, is in renewable energy sector projects; Harper, Patricia Hawthorn and Colliston are part of the team which is advising the Acciona Industrial-led consortium on its bid for a 25-year contract to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste plant in Aberdeen. Senior associate Euan Murray and associate Sarah Channin are recommended.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs education practice includes ‚Äėvery pragmatic‚Äô employment practice head Neil Maclean, who has vast experience advising Scottish universities, colleges and independent schools on employment matters and business support. He is providing ongoing HR and employment support for Skills Development Scotland, in relation to its organisational restructure, and the TUPE and employment implications of the client‚Äôs assumption of responsibility for various employability services for the Scottish government.¬† Project specialist Rhona Harper¬†is currently advising South Ayrshire Council on its ¬£23m Queen Margaret Academy procurement project, which is structured under a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain contract over a 25-year period. Ed Mustard¬†advised the trustees of the University of Edinburgh on its ¬£420m staff benefits scheme on all aspects of pension law, in addition to other projects relating to GDPR compliance.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises local councils across Scotland on a variety of matters, including major capital infrastructure projects, hub programmes, ALEOs and the Scottish Government’s low carbon initiative. Rhona Harper leads the firm’s Government and Public Sector group and has vast experience in advising public sector bodies on a variety of projects involving infrastructure procurement and outsourcing, particularly specialist accommodation projects in the education and health sectors and equipment procurement in the defence sector. Projects practice head Stephen Colliston is noted for his expertise in public finance initiative (PFI), public private partnership (PPP) and non-profit distribution (NPD) structures. Highlights included advising North Lanarkshire Council on the complex sale of its shares in a facilities management joint venture between the council and ALH 86. The group is currently advising West Dunbartonshire Council on the procurement of a major water source heat pump system, and assisted the client with securing Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) funding from the Scottish Government. Ewan McLeod and Euan McLeod are also key practitioners.

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Scotland: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Shepherd and Wedderburn acts for local authority and housing association clients in a wide range of matters by drawing upon its strengths across a number of disciplines, including projects, construction, litigation and pensions. Its first-rate reputation in real estate sees it regularly advise RSLs on related social housing matters; Elaine Hunter recently assisted Southside Housing Association with a number of matters, including the acquisition of a development site at Paisley Road West in the south of Glasgow. On the contentious front, practice head Stephen Humphreys (who has more than 25 years of experience of the social housing sector) is representing Kingdom Housing Association in ongoing actions to recover heritable property. Neil Maclean advises social housing clients on employment law issues, while Rhona Harper is an expert on procurement.

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