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Harper Macleod LLP

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THE CA'D'ORO, 45 GORDON STREET, GLASGOW, G1 3PE, SCOTLAND
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www.harpermacleod.co.uk

Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP’s team is particularly geared towards shipping and maritime law, and also advises clients on matters concerning ports and harbours. The practice is led by Tony Cameron, who has considerable experience in acting for funders, purchasers and sellers of vessels, including ferries, fishing vessels, pleasure craft, yachts, workboats and other commercial vessels. He also acts for lenders and borrowers on a range of funding-related matters across the wider transport sector. Pamela Todd advised the Wick Harbour Board on the redevelopment of a disused portion of the harbour; negotiating the commercial contract and resulting lease and negotiating a new lease of the seabed from Crown Estate Scotland. Sandy Hastie successfully defended a high value claim for Highland Council, which was brought to the Court of Session by a tenant of Kyle Harbour who was seeking £21m damages for loss of business arising from the alleged conduct of council employees.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äės varied practice sees it undertake a mix of purely Scottish and cross-border transactions. It has a particularly strong client following of family-owned and owner-managed businesses, ranging from SMEs to multinational companies. In addition, as the exclusive legal services provider in Scotland to Scottish EDGE and Entrepreneurial Spark (among other clients), the firm generates a significant amount of work from early-stage and high-growth companies; members of the team assist clients with all aspects of obtaining investments, managing growth strategies and exit events. Work for overseas investors is another cornerstone of the practice. Food and drink group head¬†Scott Kerr, who has ‚Äėvery wide-ranging expertise‚Äė, is ‚Äėcalm under pressure‚Äė. In 2017,¬†Donald Munro, James MacGregor, solicitor Paul Macdonald¬†and others acted for owner-managed Scottish accountancy practice Campbell Dallas in its acquisition by England-based The Baldwins Group. James MacGregor¬†was the lead adviser to KKR-backed Webhelp (a Scotland-headquartered global business process outsourcer) on the creation of a joint venture vehicle, Go Beyond Services Limited. Stephen Chan¬†led a multidisciplinary team which assisted Dundee Energy Recycling with its acquisition by MVV Environment. Paula Skinner¬†and others acted for the majority shareholders of Brightwork in the sale of the company to Staffline Plc. North of Scotland team head¬†Chris Kerr¬†divides time between the Inverness and Glasgow offices, as does Craig McKerracher. Tom Thomas,¬†Jamie Watt¬†and¬†David Kaye are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Paula Skinner - Harper Macleod LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äės commitment to the North of Scotland market is reflected by the fact that it has a dedicated corporate and commercial offering, which is spread between its offices in Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso. The firm generates work from clients from a broad cross-section of industries, including food and drink, energy, tourism, manufacturing and technology.¬† Its presence in Lerwick alone has enabled it to gain a foothold into the local marine and aquaculture market. Work for family and owner-managed businesses is a particular area of strength;¬†Chris Kerr¬†undertakes the full range of general corporate and commercial matters for these clients, and is also particularly knowledgeable about the Scottish employee ownership market. In 2017, Kerr worked with Craig McKerracher¬†and others to¬†assist Maclain Limited and the Maclain family with the sale of Uist Asco to Acadian Seaplants. Another cornerstone of the practice is work for early-stage and high-growth companies; the firm serves as the exclusive legal provider in Scotland to Scottish EDGE and Entrepreneurial Spark. Jill Fryer¬†(whose expertise spans commercial contracts, competition law and public procurement) and¬†Lesley Wisely¬†are names to note at associate level.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP assists public and private sector clients with a broad scope of behavioural and transactional competition law matters; James McMorrow and associate Jill Fryer are assisting Glasgow City Council with competition issues associated with the European Sports Championships 2018 in Glasgow (including the procurement of contracts concerning the hosting and broadcasting of the Championships). McMorrow and Fryer are also working with Jennifer Jack to advise Renfrewshire Council on the state aid aspects of its City Deal project. The same three practitioners are also defending Comhairle nan Eilean Siar against a judicial review action over the procurement of a multimillion pound regeneration project, and also in a related state aid complaint. Elsewhere, the firm is particularly active in advising housing sector clients (including registered social landlords) on competition law (particularly public procurement and state aid) issues.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP¬†‚Äôs offering is led by Andrew Hunter, who works closely with the firm‚Äôs litigation partner, Ross Thomson to advise clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of licensing work. In a major highlight, Hunter assisted Lidl with obtaining eight new store licences in Scotland and advised the company on the licensing aspects of alcohol-related promotions and offers. The firm acts for fuel distributer, Malthurst Petroleum on various matters, including with respect to the sale of a petrol filling station in Pitlochry. It also assists Aberdeen Taxis with compliance with the City of Aberdeen Council‚Äôs new ‚Äėknowledge test‚Äô for new driver applicants and renewals. Stewart MacGregor joined the Lerwick office from Kippen Campbell LLP in January 2018 and has extensive experience in alcohol and civic government licensing issues.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP, whose team is noted for its strength in depth, acts for public and private sector clients throughout Scotland in their most complex disputes. Edinburgh-based Sandy Hastie leads the group, which is particularly active in areas such as construction and real estate, banking and finance, healthcare and energy. In the area of sports law, which is another area of strength, the firm generates mandates from clients such as sportscotland, PGA European Tour and Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Hastie defended Ryder Cup Europe against a claim brought by NVT Group arising from the provision of IT infrastructure for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. John McHugh and associate Lewis Kemp acted for quarry operator John Gunn & Sons as the defender in an HMRC state aid claim. Jennifer Jack has vast experience of handling UK Supreme Court litigation for public sector clients, and she also undertakes judicial reviews and appeals against the decisions of public sector entities, such as regulators, courts and public authorities. Glasgow-based partners E-Ming Fong and David Kerr are representing Marine & Offshore Scotland as the pursuer in a £500,000 damages action against a member of the client's senior management team over his alleged participation in a conspiracy to defraud the company, among other issues. Also based in Glasgow is Carolyn Morgan, who specialises in contentious executry cases and real estate litigation. Ross Thomson leads the north of Scotland dispute resolution practice out of the Inverness office. Rod McKenzie has left to become legal counsel at the Scottish Professional Football League.

Leading individuals

Sandy Hastie - Harper Macleod LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's excellent reputation in the social housing sector sees the firm handle debt and asset recovery work for a significant number of registered social landlords; clients include Link Group, Scottish Borders Housing Association and Cairn Housing Association. The firm also has a notable following of public sector clients, such as Highland and North Lanarkshire Council, and Accountant in Bankruptcy. Elsewhere, a growth area of the practice is work for commercial clients, including those from sectors such as construction and logistics. Dawn McKenzie heads up the team, whose experience includes simple procedure claims and matters involving summary cause, ordinary cause, sequestration petitions and liquidations. It also excels in high-value and complex defended actions. Associates Fiona McLeod and Natalie Dissake are recommended, along with solicitor Keri Preece.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has excellent relationships with clients, which are 'underpinned by great communication, collaboration and a sensible commercial approach'. Tony Cameron heads up the team, which acts for a mix of traditional bank lenders, alternative lenders and corporate borrowers. The group's transactional experience spans a number of areas, such as general corporate banking, acquisition finance, renewable energy and project finance, and housing finance. Cameron is frequently called-upon to handle complex multijurisdictional transactions. Jacqui Fraser heads up the real estate finance practice, which generates work from clients in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing. In addition to acting for traditional lenders and borrowers, John Pringle has made a name for himself advising peer-to-peer and fintech lenders, and worked with other members of the team to assist Assetz SME Capital with its £4.4m financing to four special purpose vehicles for the development of wind turbine sites in Glasgow and Lanarkshire. The team's other work included handling a number of matters for the Bank of Scotland's real estate team, such as the provision of a £4.8m development facility to Broughton Properties Limited and Rapido Restaurants Limited. It also assisted AIB with the provision of a £14.7m loan to Morrison Community Care for the acquisition and development of sites at Milngavie and Duntocher for setting up new nursing homes. Robert Rennie retired as a practising partner in October 2017, but retains a position as a consultant. Euan Mitchell departed the firm to become an in-house counsel at Castle Water.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has strong relationships with banks and insolvency practitioners; clients include BDO, KPMG, Campbell Dallas, Lloyds Banking Group Business Support Unit and Allied Irish Bank Financial Solutions Group. The firm also generates a significant amount of referral work from other firms based outside Scotland. In addition to advising clients on corporate insolvency issues,James Lloyd leads the personal insolvency side of the practice, where he has particular expertise in contentious matters. Practice head Gordon Hollerin acted for RSM in the administration of specialist sports turf contractor Souters Sports Limited, and was also the lead adviser to KPMG on the administration and sale of Sercon Support Services Limited. On the contentious side, Hollerin and others are representing Steven Shear as the pursuer in a high-profile case against Clipper Holdings, which concerns the effectiveness under Scottish law of block assignations of securities as part of a loan book portfolio sale. Lloyd and Hollerin together have more than 50 years of experience of the Scottish insolvency market. Andrew Hunter and solicitor Amber Le Main are among other key figures.

Leading individuals

Gordon Hollerin - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP advises a number of Scottish government bodies in addition to large private sector employers, and has particular expertise in business transfers and TUPE matters. Lesley Murphy focuses on public sector clients and has substantial experience handling the full range of employment work for local councils and housing associations. Dawn Robertson is a skilled employment litigator, and has defended a variety of public and private sector clients in tribunal, including charities, social landlords, professional services firms and SMEs, in addition to a number of employee representations. Practice head Bruce Caldow represented Cornerstone Community care in tribunal proceedings and the claimant’s subsequent appeal, successfully repelling any application of TUPE. Associate Scott Milligan is also recommended, and has experience in equal pay, unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and breach of contract litigation.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP  handles a wide variety of clinical negligence claims, including birth injuries relating to obstetric negligence, misdiagnosis and surgical error. Drawing on its pre-eminent sports practice, it also has niche expertise in negligence in the sporting context and professional sport injuries. Practice leader Elizabeth Mitchell specialises in dealing with fatal cases on behalf of family members, in addition to gynaecological cases. In one complex case, she is currently representing the partner of a man who committed suicide in hospital after being left with belts, despite being considered a suicide risk, and in another matter, is representing the family of a woman who sustained a heart attack after the hospital failed to review her ECG and sufficient action. Associate Victoria Buchanan is recommended for her expertise in orthopaedic injuries such as hip replacements, and lack of consent matters.

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äôs team is noted for its ability to ‚Äėget to the heart of the issue‚Äô and its ‚Äėfocus on what the litigation really hinges on‚Äô. Experienced litigator, Elizabeth Mitchell, leads the practice and specialises in handling high value, complex claims for major insurers.¬† The ‚Äėextremely committed, knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Suzanne McGarrigle¬†‚Äėprovides clear, pragmatic advice‚Äô and is ‚Äėa pleasure to work with‚Äô. Heather Calderwood¬†has vast experience in all aspects of personal injury and related claims for insurance clients and private individuals, including fatal claims, catastrophic injuries and employer liability. The group is on the panel for a number of major insurers, including Direct Line Group, Admiral Insurance and Acromas Insurance Company.

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP¬†offers ‚Äėan impressive quality of care and advice‚Äô in relation to a wide range of claims, including fatal marine accidents, traffic collisions and complex catastrophic injury matters. It also has a strong profile in industrial disease cases. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell¬†is representing family members, across multiple jurisdictions, of the deceased in a road traffic accident caused by dangerous driving. She is also representing a client in a claim relating to historic exposure to asbestos. {Elaine Russell} specialises in high-value road traffic accident, employers‚Äô liability and fatal accident claims and is currently representing the family of a man who was fatally injured in a marine accident. Heather Calderwood¬†and ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô associate Marina Harper¬†are also key contacts.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėconsistently good‚Äô team predominantly acts for individual and corporate claimants pursuing professional negligence claims against banking and financial services, accountancy, surveyor, legal, construction and healthcare professionals. Following the retirement of Rod McKenzie in November 2017, the practice is led by¬†Sandy Hastie¬†who, alongside David Kerr, is noted as ‚Äėvery able‚Äô and having ‚Äėimpeccable commercial judgement‚Äô. Kerr is representing the Shetland Islands Council in a ¬£4.5m construction claim in the Court of Session for professional negligence against the principal contractor and subcontracted engineers who developed the client‚Äôs headquarters in Lerwick, which had significant structural problems.¬†Fiona Pask¬†is representing AIB Group in a ¬£2m action against a firm of quantity surveyors who were appointed to act as the client‚Äôs project managers in connection with a hotel redevelopment and are alleged to have certified payments to a contractor for works which had not been carried out.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP advises a mixture of farming, forestry (the Forestry Commission Scotland is a long-standing client) and estate clients, which it provides ‚Äėa very good level of service‚Äô in connection with transactional matters, estate management, diversification and agricultural disputes. Community ownership is another focus, and the firm has acted in a number of rural community buy-outs. The team is led by Graeme Nisbet¬†who continues to represent the firm‚Äôs institutional rural clients on a variety of acquisitions, disposals and leases, in addition to the delivery of key projects. Calum MacLeod¬†has particular experience in land reform and community ownership and recently acted for the Garbh Allt Community Initiative in its purchase of West Helmsdale Estate, which included elements of crofting law. Associate Lynne Stevenson is praised for providing ‚Äėclear and pragmatic solutions‚Äô.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äôs team applies its ‚Äėexpert knowledge‚Äô to the range of regulatory, commercial and constitutional charity law matters. The group is well known for advising small, community-based organisations and a vast number of Scottish registered social landlords, in addition to larger municipal and arms-length external charitable organisations. The ‚Äėapproachable and clear‚Äô James McMorrow¬†leads the team, which includes the ‚Äėvery commercial‚Äô Jennifer Jack¬†and solicitor Kelly Sleight, whose expertise includes SCIOS, community interest companies, as well as data protection matters. The group is instructed by retailTRUST to advise on a variety of commercial contracts, employment, construction and corporate matters; it is currently assisting the client with an amendment of its charitable objects. In another highlight, it is providing in-house legal support to Wheatley Housing Group in relation to a range of regulatory and governance issues. Other clients include the Highland Rugby Football Club and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has significant experience in cases involving the relocation of children, financial provision, cohabitation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements. It also handles English law and cross-border mandates. The practice is led by the ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô Amanda Masson, who is a specialist in family and child law, as well as family mediation. Although experienced in non-contentious work, she also acts for clients in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. Masson acted alongside ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô associate¬†Claire Christie¬†in a complex relocation case. Jenny Smith, who joined from Family Law Matters Scotland LLP, is dual Scots and English qualified, and has a particular interest in financial provision cases.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP¬†handles matters pertaining to domestic and foreign taxation, estate planning, trusts (including personal injury trusts), complex executries and capacity issues. Practice head Pamela Niven¬†stands out as ‚Äėan expert in her field‚Äô and has a particular interest in estate and tax planning, often advising clients on issues such as potentially exempt and chargeable transfers, in addition to FICs. ‚ÄėTrust expert‚Äô Jacqueline Leslie¬†has vast experience in cross-border matters, and clients with complex domiciliation. ‚ÄėHighly organised‚Äô associates Allyson Gilchrist¬†and Susie Cowan¬†are recommended for their ‚Äėability to explain legal concepts‚Äô and ‚Äėapproachable manner‚Äô.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has made an important contribution to the Scottish renewable energy sector, with its team having advised clients on projects amounting to more than 3GW of Scotland's currently installed 9GW. In the onshore wind space, its team handles matters ranging in size from community and small-scale projects to large-scale developments. One of the firm's main areas of activity is in relation to the secondary wind farm market, which refers to the market for investments into (or sales of) developed renewable energy assets. In 2017, senior partner David Bone, Peter Ferguson, Lewis Hendry and others acted for European Wind Investments Group Limited (part of InfraRed fund) in the Scots law aspects of its acquisition of Neilston Community Wind Farm from Neilston Development Trust and Carbon Free Neilston. Omar Ali was the firm's lead adviser to Sovereign Partners on the sale of eight single wind turbine sites to Alpha Real Capital. The group also has expertise in many other energy schemes, including those concerning solar/PV, tidal, biomass/heat, hydro and wave. In the community energy sector, Calum MacLeod, Bone, associate Donna Cooper, Steven Brown and Tom Thomas are acting for Fair Isle Electricity Company Limited in a project which purports to provide a secure supply of electricity to the residents of Fair Isle in Shetland. Elsewhere, the firm undertakes a significant amount of work in the mining sector; it recently won Western Gold Exploration as a new client.  Renewable energy financing and refinancing work is another pillar of the practice; entities such as Assetz SME Capital and RMS Secured Lending are key clients.

Leading individuals

David Bone - Harper Macleod LLP

Next generation lawyers

Omar Ali - Harper Macleod LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has become well-known for its strengths in Scottish hub projects (DBFM and DBDA); practice head Euan Pirie and associate Catriona Kemp have been working together to build up the firm's offering in this space. Pirie has acted as a lead adviser in more than 25% of the hub projects in the Scottish market. In a current highlight, Pirie and Kemp are acting for Hub North Scotland in the negotiation of two separate DBFM project agreements with Aberdeenshire Council (over a new £60m community campus in Inverurie) and Highland Health Board (over new primary care health centres in Aviemore and the Isle of Skye). The team's experience also includes NPD projects, engineering projects and Scottish/UK student accommodation projects. Pirie, Kemp and others are advising City of Edinburgh Council on the procurement of their street lighting programmes.  Welsh MIM projects are an area of growth for the practice. On the contentious side, a specialist PPP group has been particularly active in providing pre-disputes advice in relation to problems arising from the condition of facilities at handover stage. Euan Mitchell departed the firm to become an in-house general counsel at Castle Water.

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Scotland: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äôs team displays ‚Äėsuperb professionalism‚Äô when handling corporate, employment and dispute resolution matters for Scottish care home operators, primary care providers and veterinary practices. The practice is led by Carolyn Morgan, who primarily advises health clients on contentious matters, including civil and commercial disputes. Paula Skinner¬†is advising Glasgow City Council alongside various care home operators in relation to the Glasgow City Council Business Growth Fund programme, on matters such as succession planning, employment law and data protection issues. Jennifer Jack¬†continues to represent The Care Inspectorate in judicial review proceedings, Court of Session appeals and in relation to procedural matters in the Sheriff Court. Also recommended are ‚Äėextremely commercial‚Äô Tony Cameron¬†and John Pringle, who displays ‚Äėexemplary conduct and quality of work‚Äô.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Under ‚Äėauthoritative‚Äô practice head Jennifer Jack, Harper Macleod LLP has the ‚Äėpre-eminent team in Scotland‚Äô which stands out for its public law work. The group high-value procurement projects for a mixture of government bodies and local authorities. It is also noted for its pedigree in licensing and planning, from a local authority perspective. The group was recently appointed as the sole legal advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, handling procurement, regulatory and procurement matters, including host city contracts, negotiations between the Council and various sports federations, and the procurement of ICT services and a host broadcaster. James McMorrow¬†and Euan Pirie¬†are advising City of Edinburgh Council on procurement arrangements for the delivery of the city‚Äôs Christmas and New Year events, as well as the procurement of its energy efficient street lighting programme. Experienced litigator Sandy Hastie¬†successfully defended a high-value claim brought against Highland Council at the Court of Session by a tenant of Kyle Harbour who was seeking substantial damages for the loss of his business arising from alleged conduct of council officials.

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP handles judicial reviews and statutory appeal cases for public sector clients as well as contentious and non-contentious planning law matters, including in relation to public inquiries and litigation. Public procurement, state aid and competition law expert James McMorrow and experienced public sector disputes lawyer Jennifer Jack co-lead the team, which includes Sandy Hastie, who often advises on judicial review. The group is advising Wheatley Group on Scottish government proposals to make Scottish housing associations subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in April 2019. In another highlight, it is advising Loch Lomond and The Tronachs National Park Authority on proposed camping bylaws which are intended to target perceived anti-social behaviour issues within the park. On the contentious front, David Kerr is instructed by Scottish Natural Heritage as respondents to a petition for judicial review of a decision to restrict the use of Scottish-wide general licences for killing wild birds for pest control purposes on land operated by the petitioner, Raeshaw Estates.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's credentials in commercial property are underpinned by its ability to consistently secure high-end mandates in sectors such as hospitality and leisure, retail, education and utilities. The team includes David Bell, who was the lead partner advising CBRE Global Investors Limited on the £7.76m sale of Oakbank Industrial Estate in Glasgow to Ribston UK Industrial Property (Nominee One) Limited and Ribston UK Industrial Property (Nominee Two) Limited. Bell, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a commercial leasing specialist, also assisted JD Sports with negotiating lease agreements for a number of retail units in Scotland. Chris Noble and associate Limor Wolfe advised Bridgepoint Capital on the Scottish real estate aspects of its acquisition of the largest Burger King franchisee in the UK. Noble has helped drive the firm's real estate offering in the hospitality and leisure sector, as has Philip Sim. Sim acted for The Edinburgh Collection and its parent company Europoint Holdings in the £23m acquisition of Tune Hotel in Haymarket. Practice head John Meehan  has worked with Wolfe, Kathryn Black, Mandy Quinn and Orla Gilligan to drive the growth of the firm's work for private developers in the residential development sector. The commercial development sector is another area of activity for the firm.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

One of Harper Macleod LLP's strong suits is in the construction aspects of large-scale Scottish infrastructure projects. Euan Pirie, who is 'an innovative thinker and inventive problem-solver', has expertise in NPD, PFI/PPP and hub projects. In 2017, he worked with associate Catriona Kemp to advise Robertson Construction Group Limited as construction contractor on the circa £30m Bertha Park hub DBFM project. Team head Michael Conroy, who has more than 20 years of contentious and non-contentious construction experience, is working with others to assist Glasgow City Council with drafting and negotiating contracts for the preparation of venues for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Other public sector clients to whom the firm provides advice on contentious and non-contentious matters (of which there are many) include Forestry Commission Scotland, sportscotland and City of Edinburgh Council. It also acts for private sector developers, sub-contractors and construction consultants. Solicitor advocate John McHugh and David Kerr handle construction disputes as part of their broader dispute resolution practices. Ross Thomson is a notable individual in Inverness.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is a well-known name among planning authorities (it acts for eight out of 34 in Scotland) and regulatory bodies, for whom it delivers advice on non-contentious environmental (including regulatory) issues. It also provides them with representation at public inquiries, many of which are high-profile and involve issues over sensitive landscapes, habitats and species. Jennifer Jack advised Perth & Kinross Council on a petitioner's appeal to a court judgment at a judicial review challenge, which had affirmed the client's decision to grant planning permission for the development of a wind farm at Tullymurdoch. The case involved issues about the protection of wildcat and osprey in the locality of the wind farm. Jack also acted for Scottish Natural Heritage at a public local inquiry, where the client objected to an application for consent for the erection of an 18 turbine wind farm at Upper Sonachan in Argyll & Bute. Other clients include Dumfries & Galloway Council, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Moray Council and Historic Environment Scotland. The firm also undertakes advisory and advocacy work for developers of renewable energy projects. Peter Ferguson heads up the team.

Next generation lawyers

Peter Ferguson - Harper Macleod LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has a sizeable client following of planning authorities (it acts for eight out of the 34 in Scotland). The firm also acts for a number of regulatory bodies; clients include Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland. In addition to undertaking planning-related transactional and advisory work, the firm also has significant involvement in planning appeals, inquiries and judicial reviews. Peter Ferguson and Jennifer Jack recently represented Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) at a public inquiry over the development of 1500 homes, associated community facilities and infrastructure. They also represented Historic Environment Scotland in a public inquiry over the refusal of planning permission for the erection of Cnoc an Eas wind farm, a 13 turbine wind energy development near Glenurquhart, Inverness-shire. The team also acts for developers of renewable energy projects. Rod McKenzie has left to become legal counsel at the Scottish Professional Football League.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's group offers clients a combination of 'excellent technical abilities' with 'a willingness to offer practical advice and alternative solutions, which may lead to a faster and less expensive outcome'. Carolyn Morgan leads the team, whose wide-ranging workload includes disputed rent reviews, access and encroachment matters, dilapidations, nuisance and breach of missives. Morgan and Andrew Upton are acting for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority at the Inner House of the Court of Session in proceedings arising from the client serving an enforcement notice on landowner Renyana Stahl Anstalt under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 requiring it to stop obstructing the public from making use of its access rights. Other clients of the firm include Cairngorm National Park Authority, Credential Group, Tulloch Group and River Clyde Homes. E-Ming Fong represented Kashmiri Properties (Ireland) Limited in a landmark case on the creation of implied servitudes. John McHugh, who is a solicitor advocate, has 20 years of contentious property experience. Associate Lewis Kemp is also recommended. Rod McKenzie has left to become legal counsel at the Scottish Professional Football League.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is seen as 'an industry leader' within the social housing sector, as evidenced by the fact that it acts for more than half of the registered social landlords in Scotland (who collectively own or control circa 50% of the housing stock there). Its other clients include local authorities, private sector developers and joint venture bodies. Practice head Derek Hogg, who has specialised in social housing for more than 20 years, is working with David McIndoe and associate Collette Miller to advise the More Homes team of the Scottish Government's Housing and Social Justice Directorate on its affordable home ownership schemes. In addition, Hogg and James McMorrow are assisting Wheatley Housing Group with a large-scale governance review. The team's multifaceted workload also includes mergers and constitutional partnerships, commercial property acquisitions and disposals, public procurement and state aid advice, and dispute resolution. Associate Stephanie Nichol is recommended.

Leading individuals

Derek Hogg - Harper Macleod LLP

Next generation lawyers

Collette Miller - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has particular expertise in public and third sector IT and telecoms projects and mainstream IT contracts. Tom Thomas leads the team and specialises in high-value technology contract work in the public sector as well as having niche expertise in sports sector work. Thomas advised Fintry Renewable Energy Distribution on the technology, corporate and commercial aspects of a smart energy project. Scott Kerr advised Construction Industry Solutions on negotiations for all bespoke software development, licensing and hosting contracts for its clients. He is currently supporting Ideagen’s contract team in negotiating and drafting bespoke contracts for development and licensing of its products.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėprofessional and efficient‚Äô team has a particularly strong profile in trade mark work, including prosecution, portfolio management, application filings and protection. ‚ÄėSharp, pragmatic and creative‚Äô practice head Jamie Watt¬†is advising Celtic Football Club on its international registered trade mark portfolio, in addition to providing anti-counterfeiting assistance which involves working closely with Northern Ireland‚Äôs Border Force. The team is assisting multiple companies with IP strategy and audit work, funded through the Scottish Enterprise and the UK Intellectual Property Office scheme. As part of the firm‚Äôs broader work with Glasgow City Council in relation to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Tom Thomas¬†is advising the client on all associated IP rights, including its brand protection and trade mark registration strategy. Scott Kerr¬†is also recommended for his expertise in food and drink sector-related IP.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP’s practice has wide-ranging sports law expertise, encompassing all associated corporate, commercial and employment issues faced by clients in the sport sector. The group is well known for its football and rugby work, but has substantial experience in advising international federations, national governing bodies, tournament organisers, sports clubs, sports people and representatives in all major sporting arenas. Practice head Bruce Caldow, who took over from Rod McKenzie following his move to the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) in January 2018, is lead partner for Sportscotland and the Institute of Sport, for which the group acts as the sole legal provider. Carolyn Morgan advised Commonwealth Games Scotland on an array of issues, including its Team Member Agreement, athlete eligibility, data protection, contractual matters, governance and guidelines for eligible sports to appeal non-selection decisions in relation to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. David Kerr is particularly noted for handling disputes between agents and players, and often appears before the SFA panel. Lorne Crerar and Tom Thomas are also recommended for their exceptional pedigree in sports law.

Leading individuals

Bruce Caldow - Harper Macleod LLP

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