Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Firm Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
THE CA'D'ORO
45 GORDON STREET
GLASGOW
G1 3PE
Scotland

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Embedded in the firm’s overall dispute resolution offering, the professional negligence practice at Harper Macleod LLP has a strong track record pursuing claims against financial services, accountancy and legal professionals. The team is also regularly instructed to act against insurers. The ‘outstanding team’ is jointly led by Sandy Hastie and David Kerr, and includes John McHugh and Laura McCorquodale; McHugh and McCorquodale are frequently instructed to assist with high-value, complex matters across the construction sector. Also in the core team are litigators Andrew MacKenzie and E-Ming Fong as well as associate Adam de Ste Croix.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hastie; David Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod is a market leader in professional negligence matters. They have vast experience in such disputes. Their strength lies in their versatility – they act for individuals, companies, insurance companies and large multinationals on both sides of the disputes. The sheer breadth of their practice gives them an advantage over other firms that specialise in, for example, pursuer or defender work.’

‘Andrew MacKenzie has good technical knowledge and is very active in this field. He appears in many of his own cases, and also instructs counsel. Laura McCorquodale is a standout. She is great to work with – very friendly, approachable and great at communication. She is also highly intelligent and experienced in this field of law.’

‘An outstanding team.’

‘Sandy Hastie must be amongst the best lawyers in the country. David Kerr is a highly capable individual. I’d instruct him in a heartbeat; he just gets it. John McHugh is very clever and has considerable experience of professional negligence claims. E-Ming Fong is a tenacious litigator with finely tuned commercial instincts.’

‘Harper Macleod is a firm that works with the client and for the client. Gets to grips with a situation very quickly, great strategic thinking and impeccable attention to detail.’

‘Adam De Ste Croix is particularly rigorous in identifying the facts and researching the legal position that pertains. He is keen to identify the truth and to identify the waypoints and circumstances that have led to a negligent outcome. In some cases, it has taken detailed searches, patient information gathering and sheer persistence to gain disclosure of key facts which were not otherwise being made readily available. He is not scared to cross boundaries or ruffle feathers in pursuit of the truth and an honest outcome.’

Key clients

Centenary 6 Limited

Sanctuary Housing Association Limited

Harbour Homes Limited

Optical Express Group

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual on a $150m action against the purchasers of his shareholding in an oil and gas company, and their solicitors based on an unlawful means conspiracy, including a successful appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session.
  • Representing Centenary 6 Ltd in a £40m loss of an opportunity claim against a firm of solicitors. This concerned legal advice given by the firm which resulted in the irretrievable loss of a prior right of action.
  • Acting for Sanctuary Housing Association Limited on a dispute arising out of a large contract for energy improvement works to housing stock to be carried out by E.On. Advising the client on its options for pursuing remedies against the various parties involved in the allegedly negligent performance of the works.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP‘s extensive roster of registered social landlords (RSLs), public and private sector bodies is reflective of the team’s broad expertise in the social housing sector. Edinburgh-based co-head Derek Hogg often takes the lead on governance, regulatory, constitutional, finance and property funding matters, an area in which Collette Miller further excels. Fellow co-head James McMorrow (based in Glasgow) is the main contact for corporate, commercial and public procurement issues. Typical work for the firm’s infrastructure and projects head, Euan Pirie, includes housing developments with a construction angle.

Practice head(s):

Derek Hogg; James McMorrow

Other key lawyers:

Euan Pirie; David McIndoe; Collette Miller

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent reputation for delivering a high level of service and for the in-depth knowledge and experience they have of the Scottish housing sector, over a range of areas including regulation, governance, finance and procurement.’

‘They are undoubtedly the market leader in Scotland for advising housing associations.’

‘Derek Hogg is a recognised industry expert in the regulation of housing associations. He demonstrates a high level of skill in terms of the advice he gives but also is very pragmatic in his assessments.’

Key clients

Wheatley Housing Group

Link Group

Kingdom Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Cairn Housing Association

GB Social Housing PLC

Scottish Government

West of Scotland Housing Association

Spire View Housing Association

Fife Council

Cunninghame Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Cunninghame Housing Association on the acquisition of a site in Kilmarnock and the negotiation of a contract for the erection of 101 modular homes.
  • Advised Cairn, Caledonia, West of Scotland HAs, Wheatley Group, and Blackwood Homes and Care on registered social landlord constitutional partnerships undertaken in Scotland during the period, involving the transfer of 3,000 homes.
  • Advised Caledonia HA on a £75m sustainable private placement undertaken by a Scottish registered social landlord, with embedded ESG and sustainability targets.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP is renowned for its contentious and non-contentious capabilities across the entire spectrum of sports law matters, translating into regular instructions from leading international federations and governing bodies, in addition to high-profile sports clubs, individuals and representatives. Department head Bruce Caldow is noted for his expertise in regulatory, governance and disciplinary issues; the latter is an area in which senior partner Lorne Crerar further excels. Tom Thomas concentrates on broadcasting, sponsorship and IP rights matters, where the Edinburgh-based Jamie Watt is also an essential contact, for major cycling championships and football leagues, while Carolyn Morgan oversees receipts of complaint in the sport of gymnastics. Other recommended individuals include David Kerr, an expert in football disputes before the SFA Panel, and senior solicitor Andrew Maxwell, an active figure in the sport of cricket. All named individuals are named in Glasgow unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Caldow

Testimonials

‘This firm gives me absolute confidence. The experience and approach of their staff is second to none.’

‘Bruce Caldow is the expert. He advises us regularly and has been key to us developing a sector-leading conduct in sport process.’

‘Tom Thomas supports the governance side of our organisation and has helped us further review and develop our articles of association as well as put together template commercial agreements.’

Key clients

sportscotland expert resource

Scottish Rugby

UKSport

Cricket Scotland

Airdrie FC

Scottish Rugby

Triathlon Scotland

Commonwealth Games Scotland

Camanachd Association

Cricket Scotland

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice for sportscotland.
  • Provided Scottish Rugby with governance advice leading to a revised corporate structure to better reflect ownership and decision-making within rugby in Scotland.
  • Advising UK Sports Councils Equality Groups on transgender inclusion guidance for domestic sport, including training sessions for governing bodies across the UK and beyond.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 2

Heavily integrated in the Scottish corporate market, Harper Macleod LLP is most prominently known for advising on complex M&A and equity investment transactions for a broad range of clients, spanning large national and international corporates and investors, high-growth businesses, entrepreneurs and scale-ups. Bringing almost two decades of corporate experience, team head Christopher Kerr is well known for delivering on significant transactions across a wide array of sectors from marine economy and transport to healthcare and construction. Craig McKerracher heads up the firm’s healthcare group and is adept at handling private company corporate and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘For us, what makes Harper Macleod unique is that fact they offer a personal service, understanding our needs and requirements, but with the depth and support of a large firm.’

Key clients

Ardersier Port (Scotland) Limited

G & A Barnie Group Limited

Portman Healthcare Limited

Wester Ross Fisheries Limited

Gael Force Group Limited

MacDonald Group

Giglets Limited

Forsyths Limited

Caley Timber & Building Supplies Limited

Dron & Dickson Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the MacDonald Group, one of Scotland’s largest independent insurance brokers, on its sale to the private equity-backed Partners & Group.
  • Advise Portman Healthcare and the Clyde Munro Dental Group on their respective Scotland-wide acquisition programmes, including on 17 successful acquisitions throughout 2022.
  • Advised Dron & Dickson Group Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Cable Solutions (Worldwide) Limited.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

With a particularly strong reputation in the food, leisure and hospitality sectors, the team at Harper Macleod LLP covers the entire gamut of licensing areas including applications, hearings and appeals, as well as the buying, selling and leasing of licensed premises. Practice head Andrew Hunter is adept across a broad range of licensing matters spanning liquor, betting, and civic government, regularly appearing before licensing boards on behalf of clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hunter

Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Motor Fuel Limited

BP Oil UK Limited

Greene King Brewing & Retailing Limited

William Hill Organization Limited

The Climbing Academy Group Limited

Shell UK Oil Products Limited

Le Monsieur Limited

Culture & Sport Glasgow t/a Glasgow Life

Hotel Chocolat Retail Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Motor Fuel Limited with two successful appeals against the decisions of North Lanarkshire Licensing Board to refuse two new premises licences on the basis of over-provision.
  • Assisted Greene King on a licensing application at a single site.
  • Supported the Climbing Academy relating to a climbing and skateboarding premises in Chippenham.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP handles the full spectrum of debt recovery mandates, assisting a varied client roster of public sector bodies, registered social landlords, plcs, SMEs and individuals. The group is particularly active in the public and housing sectors and has also expanded its work in private sector spaces including the utilities, banking, health and media industries, among others. Andrew Hunter and Natalie Dissake jointly lead the practice, which gained Bill Stark as a consultant in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hunter; Natalie Dissake

Other key lawyers:

Bill Stark; Lyndsay McMahon; Keri Preece; Eilidh Crawford

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod is a very reliable firm.’

‘Andrew Hunter (Partner), Natalie Dissake (Partner), Keri Preece (Associate) – all with good knowledge of all relevant legislation and advise with a commercial head in mind.’

‘Eilidh Crawford is succinct and efficient and has always taken time to explain something further if required. Would definitely recommend.’

‘Helpful and knowledgeable staff.’

Key clients

Link Group Limited

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Forsyth of Denny Limited

John W Grant & Son Limited

Stirling Park LLP

Cairn Housing Association Limited

HSS ProService Limited

Pure (CGV) Ltd t/a Pure Utilities

Complete Storage& Interiors Limited

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

Operating within the firm's wider personal injury and reparation department, the clinical negligence team at Harper Macleod LLP handles fatal claims, wrongful death cases and surgical injuries. Described as a 'powerhouse,' Heather Calderwood co-heads the team with consultant Elizabeth Mitchell and regularly appears before the Court of Session. The 'very talented' Amy Dickson was promoted to partner in April 2023 and is routinely called upon to advise on surgical errors, sepsis cases, and nursing and midwifery errors.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell; Heather Calderwood

Other key lawyers:

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Testimonials

‘Strong work ethic, very focused on the client, well organised.’

‘Amy Dickson is an excellent solicitor. Very good with clients – human, accessible, diligent – but also good on the law and working with experts in this field.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable partners in this field. They also have several excellent associates, who are able to run their own complex cases. The more junior solicitors are well supported, including the trainees. A class act.’

‘Heather Calderwood is the living embodiment of “an iron fist in a velvet glove”. She is a powerhouse in terms of the volume of quality work that she delivers and she is always professional and focussed on results. Amy Dickson was recently promoted to partner and is practical and commercial with a skill for getting things done. Her clients trust her as she tells it like it is. She is a very talented lawyer, who is very reliable and consistently achieves results.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP‘s personal injury and reparation department is praised by clients for its ‘great breadth of experience and knowledge’ and operates across a broad spectrum of matters, including public and employers' liability as well as road traffic accident and product liability claims. Consultant Elizabeth Mitchell and Heather Calderwood, who is routinely called upon to advise on wrongful death and fatal claims, co-lead the team from Glasgow, which includes Suzanne McGarrigle; she specialises in industrial disease claims, including asbestos exposure and hearing loss.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell; Heather Calderwood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great breadth of experience and knowledge, with a mix of different personalities that complement and support one another. The quality and diversity of work is excellent.’

‘Suzanne McGarrigle is highly professional and experienced, alive to commercial realities and litigation risks but also focussed on getting the best results for her clients.’

‘Amy Dickson is practical and commercial with a skill for getting things done. Her clients trust her as she tells it like it is. She is a very talented lawyer, who is very reliable and consistently achieves results.’

‘Diligent preparation, client-focused, knowledgeable advice and representation.’

Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

With a strong presence in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, Harper Macleod LLP's personal injury team has a strong track record acting on road traffic accident-related mandates, employers’ and public liability matters and on catastrophic injury cases. Heather Calderwood leads the team alongside consultant Elizabeth Mitchell, and has particular expertise in handling complex and high-value wrongful death and fatal claims. Accredited personal injury specialist Amy Dickson was promoted to partner in 2023 and handles road traffic accident matters and liability claims. At associate level, the team is supported by Laura Ann Sheridan and Christina Wason.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell; Heather Calderwood

Other key lawyers:

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Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod is particularly attuned to understanding their clients’ needs.’

‘Heather Calderwood is an exceptional lawyer with a unique combination of empathy, objectivity and communication skills.’

‘A very good team.’

‘Amy Dickson is an excellent lawyer. Justifiably confident in her abilities. Down-to-earth approach with her clients.’

‘Laura Ann Sheridan is outstanding.’

‘I found that the team was able to exercise great adaptability in dealing with foreign jurisdiction personal injury cases.’

‘I found the solicitors I have dealt with, in particular Laura Ann Sheridan, show great initiative and diligence in the preparation of their cases.’

‘Amy Dickson is practical and commercial with a skill for getting things done. Her clients trust her as she tells it like it is. She is a very talented lawyer, who is very reliable and consistently achieves results. Christina Wason: Astute and up to date with the law, Christina works tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for her clients in a supportive but no-nonsense way. She deals effectively with the other side, especially when they are being difficult.’

Work highlights

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Forestry, community land and crofting law are key areas of expertise for Harper Macleod LLP‘s rural team, which counts private and public sector bodies among its clients. Graeme Nisbet heads the team from Glasgow and advises on high-profile and sensitive transactions alongside land management matters in the rural sector. In Inverness. Calum MacLeod, an accredited crofting law expert, takes point on rural property work with an emphasis on crofting. Tom Gray made partner in April 2022 and regularly handles transactions in the forestry sector.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Nisbet

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Gray has acted for us in buying additional land and an loch area from adjoining owners with great skill and attention. He is always first to offer advice and to take us to task if ambitions are not reasonably achievable. We delighted in his appointment as partner, which was richly deserved. His attention to detail and a relentless terrier attitude to our instructions mark him apart in our very high-value transactions.’

‘We have an excellent relationship with Tom Gray. He seems to be ahead of the curve with the latest on land and forestry policy as well as the legal side. We have been particularly impressed with their grasp of the renewable energy sector. HM is a one-stop shop for everything that our farming business needs.’

‘Tom Gray has been excellent to deal with over the past few years. He has always made himself available – even after normal working hours, and I feel that he is also invested in the success of our business. There is also a good element of trust to the extent that I have made Tom one of the five trustees of my will alongside family members and close friends.’

‘Responsive on a wide range of rural issues. Advice from across the team according to individual specialisms.’

‘Tom Gray and Graeme Nisbet have provided excellent support. Responses are timely, and they provide the reassurance necessary to proceed with rural public sector casework.’

‘This practice is reliable and consistent, staff is readily available to offer advice and support to my business, no matter how large or small the issue.’

‘Individuals are quick to return advice, offering candid views, simply explaining their interpretation of situations.’

‘Calum MacLeod has a good understanding of the sector.’

Key clients

Forestry and Land Scotland

Spey Properties Limited

Craignathro Farms Limited

The Langholm Initiative

Scottish Forestry

NatureScot

The Firm of Firthhead Partners

The Glenmorangie Company (Macdonald & Muir Limited)

King’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer

EnergieKontor UK Limited

Clydesdale Bank UK PLC

Xafinity Pension Trustees Limited

City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Langholm Initiative on the successful buyout of over 5,300 acres of moorland for nature restoration and preservation from Buccleuch Estate.
  • Acted on behalf of Forestry and Land Scotland on the £17.6m acquisition of Glenprosen Estate extending to 16,500 acres.
  • Acted on behalf of NatureScot on the sale of the 800 acre Glencripesdale nature reserve to RSPB Scotland. The wildlife conservation charity hopes to restore the oak woodland as part of wider plans to preserve rainforest for the benefit of rare species and the climate.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Drawing on its firm-wide capabilities, Harper Macleod LLP offers faith-based organisations, registered social landlords and trusts ‘one-stop-shop‘ charity sector services spanning regulatory issues, employment law, governance matters and OSCR compliance. The team is jointly led by James McMorrow and Derek Hogg. McMorrow, based in Glasgow, advises clients on charity compliance, regulatory matters and reputational risk issues, while Hogg splits his time between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and focuses on governance and constitutional matters. On the contentious side, Jennifer Jack acts for clients on judicial reviews and appeals.

Practice head(s):

James McMorrow; Derek Hogg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with deep and varied knowledge.’

‘The team as a whole is very strong.’

‘They offer a one-stop shop across a range of areas and issues, which are relevant to our activities. They are sound advisors and able to look at the application of the law in a practical and even tactical manner.’

‘James McMorrow possesses extensive knowledge of issues relating to our activity and is able to communicate this to laypeople in a manner that enhances their understanding.’

Key clients

Kilravock Charity Trust

Bowls Scotland

ROHHAD Association

Grampian Housing Association Limited

Blackwood Homes and Care

retailTRUST

Inspiring Scotland

National Autistic Society

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Caledonia Housing Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wheatley Housing Group Limited on all charity law issues associated with the restructure of a £657m syndicated loan facilities agreement; a £114m note purchase agreement with Prudential Assurance Company Limited and M&G; a £50m note purchase agreement with Barclays Bank plc; and a £50m note purchase agreement with BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited. Sector-specific work included advice on the grant of cross-guarantees by the various charitable members of the group funding arrangements.
  • Representing Greenpeace UK, Greenpeace International and Greenpeace Netherlands in various actions in the context of the climate emergency, including actions for interdict brought in the Court of Session by Shell, BP and Transocean Drilling relating to protests on oil rigs. One case involving Greenpeace UK also gave rise to an action for breach of interdict and contempt of court, which raised complex competing human rights issues argued before the court.
  • Assisted Culture and Sport Glasgow with a review of its board composition, skills and related governance arrangements, having regard to its status as a registered charity, including advice on charity trustee duties and related charity law matters.

Private client > Family Tier 2

With a deep and experienced bench that includes six accredited family law specialists, Harper Macleod LLP's family practice is well placed to advise on a wide range of matters, including financial provisions on divorce, asset protection, fertility law, child relocation and abduction. The team is led by Amanda Masson, whose caseload has seen an uptick in international child law work. Jenny Smith primarily handles divorce, cohabitation and civil partnership matters, while Alexis Harper and Karen Gibbons are key contacts for contentious work. The team is supported by senior associates Jane Blackwood and Linda Walker.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Masson

Testimonials

‘The team is connected. Whoever you speak with knows your situation and seems to understand your specific needs. My experience throughout a difficult period in my life has been one of empathy, compassion, understanding and support.’

‘Alexis Harper has been “my” lawyer since day one. She’s listened, she’s guided and she’s been unendingly supportive and honest. She’s clearly not out to make money but to get me the best outcome, and my confidence in her grows with every conversation. The difference between Alexis and other lawyers I’ve worked with has been her approach to difficult conversations. There’s no judgement. She assesses and advises. Steers without ever taking control away from me. She has empowered and supported me from the outset and I can’t recommend her highly enough.’

‘Jenny Smith is simply outstanding with a no-nonsense approach providing sound and easily understandable advice.’

‘Jenny Smith works in a collaborative way to avoid adversarial correspondence. Alexis Harper is highly diligent and effective as is Jane Blackwood. Amanda Masson is robust in pursuing her client’s interests.’

‘I have worked with Amanda Masson on a number of matters. Her client care skills are excellent. I have witnessed Amanda’s attention to detail, her knowledge of the black letter law and her commerciality.’

‘This is a strong and innovative family law team. They have been proactive in exploring developments in family law, for example through their “Modern Families” initiative.’

‘I work mostly with Amanda Masson, who impressed this year by tenacious work in overcoming obstacles in an international case. Despite matters looking almost insuperable, she persisted and secured a good result for her client. Karen Gibbons and Alexis Harper are excellent partners and Linda Walker is worth watching.’

‘Amanda Masson is the head of the family law team. She has great experience across multiple practice areas, including financial provision on divorce, adoption, permanence orders and relocation. She is very well organised, diligent and insightful. Jenny Smith is considered, thoughtful and hard-working. She is a clear thinker with a keen appreciation of what her clients want to achieve. She is very detailed in her work. Alexis Harper has very strong technical knowledge of the law and of court procedure. She is extremely robust in her client’s interest. She is well organised and focussed and has an empathetic manner.’

Work highlights

  • International adoption of five Cambodian children. Issues to be resolved include consent of children and a birth parent as well as securing Scottish government approval to adopt from a restricted country.
  • International surrogacy involving considerations of transport of embryos.
  • Handled a financial provision case involving assets valued at £25m, including complex issues around valuation.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP’s local government practice has a solid track record advising local authorities on judicial reviews, public procurement and competition law matters as well as contentious and non-contentious planning law issues. Practice co-head Jennifer Jack leads the contentious side and frequently represents local councils, while co-head James McMorrow takes point on non-contentious commercial, contractual and regulatory issues. Euan Pirie specialises in construction and projects law.

Practice head(s):

James McMorrow; Jennifer Jack

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Fife Council

Inverclyde Council

North Ayrshire Council

The Highland Council

Dumfries & Galloway Council

East Lothian Council

City Property Glasgow (Operations SL3) LLP

hub North Scotland Limited

Angus Council

West Dunbartonshire Council

Argyll & Bute Council

Shetland Islands Council

Work highlights

  • Appointed by City Property Glasgow LLP/Glasgow City Council as lead advisers to act on a £200m+ transaction involving the transfer of six Glasgow buildings from Glasgow City Council to one of its related arm’s length external organisations.
  • Advising Inverclyde Council on the Inverkip City Region Deal Project in partnership with Scottish Power/Iberdrola. The project involves the upgrade of a key road transport network capacity on the A78 at four locations in and around Inverkip; the provision of development of a major area of change site identified within the local development plan; and investment in vacant and derelict land assets and land incapable of utilisation for economic purpose without infrastructure investment and support.
  • Acted for Dumfries and Galloway Council in its successful defence of an employment tribunal claim of discrimination and harassment on the ground of a protected belief.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP caters to major domestic and international clients across a wide array of key economic sectors, spanning music, sport, and government authorities, with a particularly strong reputation for trade marks, patents and legislative implementation. Jamie Watt leads the offering and brings considerable strength in the life sciences, music and entertainment industries. Commercial litigator E-Ming Fong regularly handles high-profile IP disputes before the Court of Session, while Tom Thomas specialises in high-value technology contract work, servicing major software developers and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) service providers in the private sector, as well as having a strong niche in relation to broadcasting in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Watt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Always attentive to customers’ needs.’

‘Jamie Watt is instrumental in navigating complex issues for his client’s business.’

‘Collaborative team and easy to work with.’

‘Jamie Watt and Tom Thomas are very approachable, which makes it easy to work with them.’

‘Jamie Watt is an excellent commercial lawyer offering sound, sensible and pragmatic advice that goes to the heart of the issue at hand.’

‘Jamie Watt’s communication style is efficient and to the point, which makes it clear and easy to understand.’

‘Jamie Watt is an excellent professional, smart, responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Great, efficient and clear service supporting a consolidated global intellectual property portfolio.’

Key clients

Forest Research

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Celtic Football Club

Aqua Pharma Group

The Musicians Union

Publishing Scotland

The Society of Authors

Scottish Mountaineering Trust

Timorous Beasties

Barrhead Travel

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Musicians Union in relation to the proposed reform of UK copyright law.
  • Act for Aqua Pharma Group in relation to its worldwide IP and commercial requirements.
  • Acting for Celtic Football Club in relation to its  brand protection requirements.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP assists a wide range of blue-chip media organisations, governing bodies and high-profile individuals with both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is led by the Edinburgh-based IP and cybersecurity specialist Jamie Watt, who is renowned for his expertise in the music sector and cross-border capabilities. Tom Thomas‘ commercial knowhow spans film and television production and location agreements, in addition to sports broadcasting rights arrangements, while James McMorrow‘s experience includes film production funding and location matters. In the contentious space, David Kerr‘s recent work involves advising public broadcasters on breach of contract and defamation issues. All named individuals are based in Glasgow unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Watt

Testimonials

‘We have always been very impressed with their commercial approach to dealing with quite complex areas of law. We often need them to filter their Scottish law advice into our wider UK advice and they do this seamlessly and in a way which is pitch perfect for our clients.’

‘Jamie Watt is responsive, vastly experienced and delivers spot on advice through a commercial lens.’

‘Jamie Watt is an excellent commercial lawyer offering sound, sensible and pragmatic advice that goes to the heart of the issue at hand. His communication style is efficient and to the point, which makes it clear and easy to understand.’

Key clients

The Musicians Union

Publishing Scotland

Creative Scotland

The Society of Authors

Scottish Mountaineering Trust

Celtic FC

Jack and Victor

NMBRS

Kate Nash Literary Agency

Sandstone Press

Work highlights

  • Advised The Musicians Union on the proposed reform of UK copyright law.
  • Acted for well-known Scottish comedians Jack and Victor from the Still Game series on a challenge to their whisky brand by Jack Daniels.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is recongised as a major player in Scotland’s corporate market, advising a wide array of top clients from national and internationally recongised corporate groups and investors to high-growth businesses, owner-managers, entrepreneurs and scale-ups. The team, led from Glasgow by Donnie Munro, is best known for its skill handling complex M&A, equity investments, and high-growth business deals, with a particular focus on the technology sector. Heading the entrepreneurial team is Paula Skinner, a trusted advisor to businesses, high-growth scale-ups and investors across a broad range of sectors, with an emphasis on the technology and renewable energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Donnie Munro

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely capable and approachable team that are a pleasure to work with. No matter what is thrown at them and at what notice (from IP, property, share options, fundraising, contractual…) they never let you down.’

‘Capable, flexible, and responsive.’

‘The way in which they complete transactions at pace, this is what makes Harper MacLeod unique.’

‘The team are exceptional.’

‘The Harper Macleod partnership provides a full-service offering, with specialist partners in all areas needed.’

‘The lead partner is always available and takes the trouble to explain in detail the intricacies of the contract negotiation.’

‘We are usually working on multiple transactions together, which are all at different stages, but we always deliver and work as a team to do this.’

‘The team are exceptional.’

Key clients

Webhelp Group

Clyde Dental Practice Limited (part of the Clyde Munro Dental Group)

Optical Express

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Kent Foods Limited

Morrison Community Care Holdco Limited

Fred Olsen Renewables Limited

Caribou Property Ltd

MacDonald Group

Statkraft UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the MacDonald Group, one of Scotland’s largest independent insurance brokers, on its sale to the private equity backed Partners & Group. The MacDonald Group brand has been retained, and now has access to a UK-wide broker offering a wider range of services, enabling the business to significantly enhance their client proposition.
  • Advising the Clyde Munro Dental Group on their Scotland-wide acquisition programme. This entailed 12 successful acquisitions throughout 2022.
  • Advised Kingdom Technologies, one of the fastest growing technology startups in Scotland, on an investment from Scottish Enterprise and European VC’s including Metaplanet, Ironwolf, Superangel and Specialist VC.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Led by Donnie Munro, Harper Macleod LLP advises both public and private sector clients on the full range of competition matters, primarily public procurement and subsidy control, but also a steady stream of merger control, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance mandates. James McMorrow heads the team and regularly advises on subsidy and procurement rules, as well as having experience representing clients in the Competition Appeals Tribunal. Other names to note include Jennifer Jack, who has a stellar reputation for dealing with challenges to decisions of public authorities.

Practice head(s):

Donnie Munro

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Inverclyde Council

Cairngorms National Park Authority

NatureScot

Scottish Fire and Rescue

Forestry and Land Scotland

Energy Saving Trust

Historic Environment Scotland

Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Glasgow City Council in relation to a further part of its project to raise funding in order to fund a significant equal pay settlement agreed by the Council and its employees. The project has a total value of £209m and is complex, high profile and business critical to the Council and one of its arm’s length vehicles.
  • Advised Glasgow City Council, Fire Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council in relation to numerous applications for funding from the UK Levelling Up Fund, including in relation to subsidy control assessments.
  • Advising Inverclyde Council in relation to its investment, alongside Peel Ports Clyde port to extend current facilities at Inchgreen Dry Dock, Greenock under the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP ‘puts forward an incredibly strong and accessible offering, capable of going toe to toe on a client’s behalf in any adversarial situation’. Key areas of expertise include contractual disputes and shareholder litigation, in addition to issues arising from post-M&A transactions. Praised as ‘one of Scotland’s leading commercial litigators’, Sandy Hastie heads the practice from the firm’s office in Edinburgh, while ‘standout partnerDavid Kerr spearheads the team in Glasgow. Other key contacts in the group include John McHugh and Laura McCorquodale, who both operate from the Edinburgh office, as well as the Glasgow-based E-Ming Fong.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hastie

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod has a strong commercial litigation team. It is a Scottish-based litigation firm that is perfectly capable of matching some of the large multinational firms operating in Scotland. It has a truly commercial and client-oriented manner.’

‘The team is full of standout individuals. Sandy Hastie is one of Scotland’s leading commercial litigators. There is nobody better in the market in terms of technical knowledge, detailed understanding of a client’s case and pragmatic, commercial advice. He is definitely a star. Laura McCorquodale is absolutely brilliant. She is great at dealing with clients, understanding their issues and concerns, and provides clear and intelligible advice. She is great to work with. David Kerr is another standout partner. He is vastly experienced in all areas of commercial litigation. His real strength is in giving clear, commercial advice to his clients.’

‘One of the strongest commercial litigation teams in the country.’

‘E-Ming Fong has been highly efficient and communicative in our litigation case.’

‘In the field of complex commercial litigation, often dominated by international law firms, Harper Macleod puts forward an incredibly strong and accessible offering, capable of going toe to toe on a client’s behalf in any adversarial situation.’

‘Sandy Hastie is very bright and pragmatic. His ability to understand and process complex commercial information and present solutions to his client is second to none. He is robust in protecting his client’s position and does not appear to be intimidated by an inequality of bargaining power.’

‘John McHugh is very personable and able to provide advice in an organised manner, such that any litigation risks are clearly understood.’

‘Easy to collaborate with on cross-border cases, solutions-driven and responsive.’

Key clients

Halfords Group

Lidl

Energiekontor UK Ltd

M & Co

Kuehne & Nagel International AG

Optical Express Group

Timpson Group

Musicians Union

National Car Parks Ltd

Scottish Government

Work highlights

  • Advised Robert Kidd on a $150m action against the purchasers of his shareholding in an oil and gas company and their solicitors based on an unlawful means conspiracy, including a successful appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session.
  • Represented Centenary 6 Ltd in a £40m loss of opportunity claim against TLT solicitors, concerning legal advice given by TLT, which resulted in the irretrievable loss of a prior right of action.
  • Represented Moulsdale Properties in an appeal to the UK Supreme Court concerning a complex question of UK VAT law.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Providing a ‘top-class service across the various disciplines in the team’, the banking and finance practice at Harper Macleod LLP regularly represents some of Scotland’s most significant high street and blue-chip lenders, investors, funds, borrowers and alternative lenders. Team head Tony Cameron brings over two decades of experience handling real estate, project and acquisition finance, as well as asset-backed lending and restructurings. Jacqui Fraser has a solid reputation for her real estate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Tony Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, always helpful and efficient.’

‘They always deliver in a timely manner and are extremely commercial in their thinking and focus on getting a transaction completed whilst protecting their clients’ interest.’

‘Individuals are personable, engaging and highly knowledgeable.’

‘Their availability, focus on the transaction to get it completed together with their forthcoming legal advice is key.’

‘Top-class service across the various disciplines in the team, always available and with commercial sense when conducting negotiations on either side of the table.’

‘Tony Cameron’s relationship skills are second to none.’

‘Tony Cameron is an excellent ambassador for the firm, and his clients would have no hesitation recommending Harper Macleod to any of their contacts across the Scottish business community.’

‘Access to the specialist areas of legal work I require to a high standard with local offices, reasonable pricing and good service levels.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group/Bank of Scotland

Virgin Money/Clydesdale Bank

Santander

City Property Glasgow (Operations SL3) LLP

Cynergy Bank

CBRE Group

Abundance Investment Limited

Halfords Group

SME Capital

Cumberland Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised City Property Glasgow (Operations SL3) LLP and Glasgow City Council on the complex long term £200m funding of the sale and leaseback of six iconic Glasgow buildings.
  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank/Virgin Money on the making available of revolving credit facilities and an uncommitted accordion facility to Foresight Forestry Company plc an LSE listed company investing in forestry, with sustainability and green credentials.
  • Acting for Santander UK plc in the provision of a £20m working capital funding package to the Target Healthcare group, a Scotland based pharmaceutical manufacturer and supplier.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The practice at Harper Macleod LLP services clients across a broad range of key industries including retail, hospitality and tourism, with a strong track record in all aspects of restructuring and insolvency from administrations and liquidations to restructurings and refinances. Team head Gordon Hollerin has over three decades of experience representing major banks, directors, and financial institutions throughout the UK. James Lloyd also leads the practice and is renowned in the market for his specialist knowledge of personal insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Hollerin; James Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Unique insights to the public sector and a good geographical coverage.’

‘Gordon Hollerin is a long-established and highly regarded restructuring expert who quickly gains the trust and confidence of directors of distressed businesses, which is vital in situations where people are under pressure.

‘Gordon Hollerin’s manner is reassuring and supportive, and he is able to deliver technical matters simplistically to ensure the clients understand the position.’

‘Very good access to senior members of the team who have a very strong in-depth knowledge and great deal of experience of restructuring and insolvency scenarios.’

‘Gordon Hollerin has a huge amount of experience of dealing with contentious and complex scenarios, but is equally very approachable and responsive.’

‘Gordon Hollerin is well known within the insolvency profession and has a wealth of experience in insolvency matters to draw upon for giving practical advice and solutions.’

‘The team is responsive, hardworking, provides clear advice, and is pleasant to work with.’

‘Gordon Hollerin is good at keeping in touch, provides an excellent service, and introduces others in the firm with the requisite expertise for the various assignments.’

Key clients

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Speedcast Group

Interpath Advisory

Osborne Clarke LLP

FRP Advisory

David Urquhart (Travel) Limited

Johnston Carmichael LLP

Leonard Curtis Recovery

RSM Restructuring Advisory

SKSi Limited

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised in relation to the global restructuring of the Speedcast Group, the world leading satellite technology business.
  • Advised FRP as administrators of Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacock Stores, two of the leading retail insolvencies in the Scottish market.
  • Sole legal services provider to the Accountant in Bankruptcy, the Scottish government office responsible for the administration of all bankruptcies in Scotland.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP handles the full range of private client issues with particular emphasis on cross-border taxation matters, complex executries and high-value trusts. Pamela Niven heads the team from Glasgow. Also in the core team is Jacqueline Leslie, an accredited trust specialist, and Julie Doncaster, who has considerable experience advising farmers and rural business owners. The firm also has a strong presence in Shetland; its Lerwick office is led by Leigh Beirne, who was promoted to partner in 2022. Kathleen Martin is noted for her estate planning expertise.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Niven

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod is a commercial practice with a very personal dimension.’

‘I have found all of the solicitors that I have been in touch with to be helpful, approachable and friendly. Their feedback and advice is invariably practical, commercial and a solution-based legal response, providing a culture of excellence.’

‘A successful blend of friendliness combined with professionalism. They are always willing to listen in order to help build relationships.’

‘A high level of personal service and efficiency.’

‘What really stands out about the Harper Macleod team is the depth in their knowledge and expertise. They have experienced practitioners in most areas, including the ones where regulation is fast evolving, such as ESG.’

‘The partners and associates at Harper Macleod are extremely easy to deal with. I found them to be experts in their fields and to be very accessible. Their collaborative approach is refreshing.’

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is best known in the Scottish market for its involvement in the development of renewable electricity, as well as a ‘first-class understanding of onshore wind property and planning matters’. David Bone heads the practice and brings extensive experience across domestic and international wind, solar and consultancy projects, while Omar Ali regularly advises clients in relation to grid connection arrangements for energy projects. Pamela Todd has significant experience advising clients on wind and hydro energy development projects.

Practice head(s):

David Bone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘First-class understanding of onshore wind property and planning matters.’

‘The Harper Macleod team are very knowledgeable about the Scottish energy market and go above and beyond for their clients.’

‘Omar Ali is great to work with; he is personable and responsive, and knows the Scottish energy market and shares his insights with clients.’

‘Pamela Todd is an outstanding legal profession who is able to provide expert advice while understanding the commercial nature of transactions, which allows solutions to be found.’

 

Key clients

Fred. Olsen Renewables

EnergieKontor

Forestry and Land Scotland

Centrica

Foresight Group LLP

Capital Dynamics

Statkraft UK

Vestas

Lynher Energy

Blackrock Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the project rights for a co-located pumped storage hydro plant and wind farm on a disused opencast coal mine at Glenmuckloch near Kirkconnel, Dumfries & Galloway.
  • Advised Fred. Olsen Renewables on the re-organisation of company shares and assets to split onshore wind assets and offshore wind assets into two separate companies, including transferring the assets in over 70 Scottish wind farm agreements.
  • Advised BlackRock alongside Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP on the acquisition of a target company which held the project rights to a double synchronous compensator connecting to the onshore substation for the Beatrice offshore wind farm on land leased from Beatrice OFTO from Tinz Programme 1 Holdco Limited.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 3

With ‘great depth of knowledge in the PPP market’, Harper Macleod LLP has a strong reputation for projects related to the Scottish hub initiative, Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP) funded projects, and PFI secondary market deals. Practice head Euan Pirie has extensive experience of handling complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, while senior associate Catriona Kemp is well regarded for financing and corporate projects capabilities, with a particular strength in the student accommodation sub-sector.

Practice head(s):

Euan Pirie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced in the PFI environment and always able to distill complex contractual issues into terms that can be easily understood. Strong knowledge of current issues and developments.’

‘Euan Pirie is highly capable and hard working and will go the extra mile as a matter of routine. He is able to explain very complex issues and find innovative solutions to resolve matters much quicker than had been anticipated.’

‘Harper Macleod has a great depth of knowledge in the PPP market which makes them the go-to practice.’

‘Euan Pirie’s knowledge of the PPP market is invaluable, and he uses his vast experience on each of the projects he undertakes.’

‘They are very close to the local market, with experience of working on all sides of transactions. This enables the team to provide tailored advice with full understanding of other parties’ drivers and points of view.’

‘Clients get genuine partner time and engagement, which is important in moving projects / matters forward in desired timescales.’

‘Our main contact and key person is Euan Pirie, who is generally very busy, but manages to find time to ensure a high-quality service is provided.’

‘Euan Pirie is constantly looking to innovate.’

Key clients

Angus Council

Ayrshire & Arran Health Board

Fife Council

Forestry and Land Scotland

Forth Health Limited

Glasgow City Council

Hub North Scotland Limited

Lanarkshire Health Board

National Library of Scotland

North Ayrshire Council

NYOP Education (Aberdeen) Limited

Orbital Express Launch Limited

Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited/Providence Gate Saulmore Bay Limited

University of St Andrews

Work highlights

  • Advising Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited on a proposed £100m+ project located near Oban on the west course of Scotland that is on course to be one of Scotland’s most prominent “high end” golf, hotel, leisure and residential developments.
  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on the LEIP-funded Ardrossan Community Campus, one of Scotland’s largest and highest value PassivHaus projects.
  • Advising Fife Council on the procurement of one of Scotland’s largest council house building projects in recent years.

Public sector > Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 3

Jointly headed by Jennifer Jack and James McMorrow, Harper Macleod LLP acts for public and private sector clients, government bodies and civil servants on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious parliamentary and public law issues, including legislative drafting, statutory interpretation and judicial reviews. Jack, based in Edinburgh, takes point on contentious matters and regularly represents clients in court challenges and disputes. McMorrow advises on commercial and public law issues from the Glasgow office. They are supported by senior associate Calum Gee, who is described as 'one to watch for the future.'

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Jack; James McMorrow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is unusual in that it regularly acts for petitioners AND respondents whereas the tradition in Scotland has usually been to focus on one or the other.’

‘Jennifer Jack and Calum Gee are a winning team. Their expertise and determination make them highly sought after by petitioners and by public bodies. They really stand out in their knowledge and experience.’

‘Calum Gee – one to watch for the future. He would make an excellent partner. Calm and friendly with an enviable ability to distill complex information into easy to read summaries for busy clients. He could not have been more understanding and supportive. Five stars!’

Key clients

The Scottish Government/Scottish Ministers

Boundaries Scotland

The Musicians Union

Bord Na Gaidhlig

Avaaz Foundation

Greenpeace UK

Glasgow City Council

Dion Alexander/ Highlands & Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth (HIHAAW) group

Redress Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Musicians Union on the drafting of new UK legislation and explanatory notes for the bill.
  • Appointed by the Scottish Government to support the Scottish Ministers’ participation as a core participant in the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry.
  • Advising Boundaries Scotland ahead of the commencement of its review of Scottish electoral boundaries, constituencies and regions.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Ross Thomson leads the Inverness-based practice at Harper Macleod LLP and is praised for his purchase and sale, leasing, finance and corporate support; he and the team have particular accomplishment in deals encompassing the healthcare, leisure and hospitality sectors, many of which involve a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Ross Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kerr; Euan Bowie

Testimonials

‘My main contacts are Andrew Kerr, Euan Bowie and Ross Thomson. Their guidance and advice is excellent and they always keep me updated even during difficult transactions where we are having limited feedback from the other side. I always learn something when I’m working with them.’

‘Andrew Kerr, Euan Bowie and Ross Thomson are all incredibly supportive. They help to take the stress out of the difficult aspects of property sales and also offer up ambiguity-free advice.’

‘They respond quickly and deal efficiently with our requests.’

‘Able to respond quickly with reasoned advice.’

Key clients

Scotia Homes Group

MacDonald & Muir Limited

Orion Engineering Services Retirement Benefit Scheme

Morrison Community Care (CCG) Holdco Limited

L Williamson Limited

QA Fish Limited

Portman Healthcare (Properties) Limited

Forsyths Limited

Nairn Golf Club

Cairngorms Taverns Ltd

Medivet Group

Scottish Natural Heritage

Moray Council

MacKenzie Harris Ltd

Ardersier Port Ltd

Orbital Express Launch Ltd

GDF Commercial Limited

Caley Timber & Construction Services Limited

Shetland Recreational Trust

Shetland Amenity Trust

Wester Ross Fisheries Group

Whiterow Properties Limited

Saltire Business Parks Limited

Inceptum2 Solutions Limited

Myrekirk Developments Limited

G & A Barnie Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Upland Group

James Keiller Property Group

Hazledene Group

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Gael Force Group

Rathven Investments Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Handlesbanken

Clydesdale Bank Plc

HSBC Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

Ocean Kinetics Limited

Compass Building & Construction Services Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Whinhurst Properties Limited

Ardent Property Group

Loch Ness Homes Limited

Clyde Munro Dental Group

GF Job Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Morrison Community Care Group

St Giles Shopping Centre Holdings Limited

Tulloch Developments Limited

Highland Home Carers Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Angus Council

Louisville Properties Limited

Charlestown Holdings SSAS

KW1 (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised James Keiller Group on the acquisition of a new retail park comprising in excess of 70,000 square feet.
  • Advised Clydesdale Bank plc on the refinancing of the Glen Mhor Hotel Group and the funding of their new Brewstillery development.
  • Advised GDF Commercial on an Inverness-based property investment deal with tenants including Halfords.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP has particular expertise in the drafting and management of construction and engineering contracts, such as those concerned with the provision of affordable housing, in addition to procurement law matters and contract disputes. In Edinburgh, infrastructure and projects head Euan Pirie is a key contact for non-contentious work, while Laura McCorquodale is a go-to for construction and engineering disputes, including professional negligence claims. Michael Conroy (Glasgow) handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work. Clients include contractors, public sector bodies and housing associations.

Practice head(s):

Michael Conroy; Euan Pirie; Laura McCorquodale

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have established an excellent reputation in a short amount of time. Their IT systems and platforms are excellent at handling the volume of papers involved in such large construction disputes.’

‘Laura McCorquodale is a standout in this area. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in construction disputes. She has been proactive in developing the team into the force it is.’

‘Laura McCorquodale’s strength lies in her communication skills – she gives incredibly user-friendly and clear advice.’

‘Sandy Hastie is a star and one of the best litigation partners in Scotland. He is knowledgeable about all areas of law and has the eye for detail that is essential in construction disputes.’

‘An increasingly prominent player in the contentious construction sector.’

‘Sandy Hastie, John McHugh, and Laura McCorquodale are all very impressive.’

‘Laura McCorquodale has considerable experience of adjudication and has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s presence in the market.’

Key clients

Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited/Providence Gate Saulmore Bay Limited

Orbital Express Launch Limited

hub North Scotland Limited

Oaknorth Bank plc

Marketgait Developments Limited

Fife Council

PRA Group (UK) Limited

Forest & Land Scotland

North Ayrshire Council

Kuehne+Nagel

Halfords

Historic Environment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Providence Gate Group Holdings Limited/Providence Gate Saulmore Bay Limited on a proposed golf, leisure and residential development which is set to rival the Trump Golf Development at Menie, Aberdeenshire.
  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on the development of a new community campus on the disused former Shell site at the North Shore in Ardrossan.
  • Advising Orbital Express Launch Limited on the contract negotiation and management of the design and construction of a vertical launch site named Space Hub Sutherland.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is a regular adviser to public sector bodies, environmental campaign groups and renewable energy developers, with transaction-related environmental due diligence and regulatory matters a typical instruction from the latter. Glasgow-based Peter Ferguson anchors the team’s non-contentious offering, heading up the practice alongside the Edinburgh-based Jennifer Jack, an expert in environmental disputes, such as judicial reviews and public inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ferguson; Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Jack is a very prominent public law specialist who has an excellent grasp of the issues at hand. She quite correctly has received many professional accolades in the past.’

‘Friendly and helpful.’

‘Peter Ferguson is always eager to help.’

Key clients

NatureScot

Marine Scotland

Environmental Standards Scotland

Scottish Forestry

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

The Highland Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Orkney Islands Council

Fife Council

Glasgow City Council

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Greenpeace UK

Fred Olsen Renewables

EnergieKontor

Capital Dynamics

Octopus Energy

Green Power International

Invenergy

JLEN/Foresight

Maple Power Limited

Metka EGN Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Greenpeace in a legal challenge to the UK Government’s grant of consent which allows BP and Ithaca Energy to produce oil and gas from the Vorlich field in the North Sea.
  • Assisting NatureScot with an opposing appeal to the Scottish Land Court against NatureScot’s refusal of an application for consent to undertake operations within a site of special scientific interest.
  • Advising Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of a 210mw pumped storage hydro and 33.6mw wind scheme at Glenmuckloch.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Acting for a mixture of private sector clients, public authorities and private individuals, Harper Macleod LLP is often called upon to handle commercial tenant disputes, including dilapidations and leases, as well as issues pertaining to title boundaries and conditions in rural and agricultural property-related matters. The team is led by the Glasgow-based Andrew Upton and sits within the firm’s wider litigation practice led by Sandy Hastie from Edinburgh. John McHugh is a popular choice for owners of shopping centre.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Upton; Sandy Hastie

Other key lawyers:

John McHugh; Carolyn Morgan; Jennifer Grosvenor

Testimonials

‘A very strong team with dedicated specialists in property litigation.’

‘Andrew Upton is an excellent lawyer with impeccable instincts – knows when to twist and when to stick.’

‘Jennifer Grosvenor is very impressive – pragmatic but not scared to push for her clients.’

‘They are a well-resourced firm with impressive litigation experience.’

‘John McHugh is an astute and commercially minded litigator who combines a practical mindset with a strong legal understanding.’

Key clients

Scottish Government

Forestry and Land Scotland

Energiekontor UK Ltd

National Car Parks Ltd

William Hill Organisation Limited

Halfords Limited

Cairngorms National Park Authority

J.G. Martin Plant Hire Limited

The Glenmorangie Company Limited

The Highland Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Energiekontor UK Ltd in a £10m dispute with a contractor regarding access to land to carry out operations under a contract entered into by an agent acting without proper authority.
  • Defended Denny Enterprises International Ltd and its director in Court of Session proceedings for payment of damages valued at £450k.
  • Acting for Chigwell Estates Limited in its dispute with its tenant regarding whether the lease between them has been properly terminated by the tenant.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's technology practice is noted for its expertise in public sector IT procurement and contracts work, and acts for a diverse range of public and third sector clients on the full range of related matters. Tom Thomas, who specialises in high-value cybersecurity and technology contract work for public and private entities, leads the team from Glasgow. In Edinburgh, accredited IP specialist Scott Kerr advises clients in the consumer goods and life sciences sectors on outsourcing and regulatory issues, while Jamie Watt, dual-accredited in IP and cybersecurity, is the key contact for disputes concerning patents in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of technology and IP.’

‘They have taken time to get to know our business and seem genuinely interested in what we do. They have supported us at events and help raise our profile.’

Key clients

The Langholm Initiative

Historic Environment Scotland

Registers of Scotland

Webhelp

Genius Software Solutions Ltd

Oh Polly Ltd

Enduro Sports Organisation Limited

Blackwood Homes and Care

Glasgow City Council

Creative Scotland

Kingdom Technologies Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Kingdom Technologies on its initial seed investment, including various associated matters.
  • Advising Langholm on IP, technology and general commercial contract issues relating to the Civtech Challenge to develop a technology solution that helps land managers make better informed decisions on the best use of their land for carbon capture and storage.
  • Advising Shift Group Limited on a contract with IKEA, under which Shift uses its technology platform to allow customers of IKEA to book a ‘collect near you’ slot where the customer can have the IKEA purchase delivered to a locker operated on a time basis.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 3

Scottish-based firm Harper Macleod LLP is adept at advising franchisors from the food and beverage, education, care at home, and property sectors. The team expertly handles a range of franchising disputes and transactions for global brands and has an increasingly international client base, with companies from the US, UAE, Europe, and Malaysia seeking the team out for assistance with expanding or establishing in the UK market. Marc Penman sits within the franchising team, having previously been part of the wider corporate, commercial, and regulatory group, while Craig McKerracher supports both franchisors and franchisees. Former practice head David Kaye left for Spencer West in July 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Chicken Cottage

Car Wash Company

Monterey Jacks Franchising UK

Practical Car & Van Rental

Barrhead Travel Service

Rainbow Room International

Senior Care at Home

Quiz Clothing

JF Restaurants

Speech Bubble Languages

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chicken Cottage Global on a retainer arrangement in the UK and overseas.
  • Advised JE Restaurants on the acquisition of five separate McDonald’s Franchises on the retirment of the original Franchisee.
  • Advised Senior Care at Home on the buyback of the franchise from the franchisee.

Employment Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP stands out for its notable public sector expertise, leading to regular instructions from local authorities, which is complemented by practice head Bruce Caldow‘s expertise in the sports, oil and gas, and social housing arenas. Redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE and business transfers account for a large proportion of the group’s non-contentious work, whereas typical contentious instructions include investigations, trade union and industrial relations issues alongside employment tribunal proceedings, such as those pertaining to discrimination and unfair dismissal claims – an area in which Lorna Davis has extensive experience.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Caldow

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Davis; Scott Milligan

Testimonials

‘They have provided us with excellent support and advice, sometimes at very short notice. They are fully knowledgeable and helpful with any advice needed, or reviews of documentation.’

‘Scott Milligan is excellent and very approachable, and always meets timescales.’

‘Practical, no-nonsense application of the law.’

Key clients

Telecom Service Centres Ltd

East Lothian Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Aquarius

Airdrie Football Club

Triathlon Scotland

Portman Healthcare Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Webhelp with disputes, restructurings, people management and transactions interfacing with blue-chip clients.
  • Assisting Airdrie FC with multiple complex allegations brought in employment tribunals under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Acting for East Lothian Council on a discrimination dispute involving EAT proceedings.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Often instructed to assist with development, investment, finance and leasing matters, Harper Macleod LLP is active across a number of real estate assets, including residential, retail, healthcare, hospitality, leisure and telecoms sites. John Meehan heads the practice, which also includes David Bell and Chris Noble, both of whom are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in commercial leasing law.

Practice head(s):

John Meehan

Other key lawyers:

David Bell; Chris Noble; Caroline Summers; Jenna McLean

Testimonials

‘Where necessary the team offers alternative solutions to complex issues which has added additional value to client assets.’

‘John Meehan has always provided excellent advice and is generally very reactive and willing to offer up solutions where necessary.’

‘In depth knowledge and experience.’

‘Caroline Summers’ extensive knowledge in the sector helped us avoid all the contractual pitfalls and ensured a successful project completion.’

‘Knowledge and market experience is second to none.’

‘John Meehan provides a service that is consistent and efficient.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

City Property Glasgow (Investments) LLP

ABF plc

Scotia Homes

ABRDN

CBRE Investment Management

James Keiller Property Holdings

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Halfords Plc

Caffé Nero

Glenmorangie/LVMH Group

Queensway Group

Card Factory

Persimmon Homes plc

Clyde Munro Dental

Derwent Manor Ventures

Cityfibre Limited

Independent Vet Care Limited

OakNorth Bank Plc

Coach

Work highlights

  • Advising Queensway Group on the Scottish elements of the £420m sale of their majority shareholding in Raag Hotels Limited involving hotel sites in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Advising James Keiller Group on the acquisition and development of a new retail park near Aberdeen comprising in excess of 70,000 square feet.
  • Advising clients of CBRE Investment Management on the sale of properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley with a total deal value in excess of £12m.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Although best known for its extensive public sector client roster, Harper Macleod LLP‘s planning and environment team is a go-to for housebuilders and energy sector players across various planning matters. Peter Ferguson (Glasgow) anchors the group’s non-contentious offering, which has included a number of renewable energy projects, while Jennifer Jack (Edinburgh) is an essential contact for contentious matters, such as judicial reviews, planning appeals and inquiries into the decisions of public authorities, regulators, courts and other tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ferguson; Jennifer Jack

Other key lawyers:

Calum Gee

Testimonials

‘Strong background in advising public sector clients, offering cost-effective advice and representation.’

‘Jennifer Jack and Peter Ferguson are very experienced with sound judgement and a personable manner.’

‘Jennifer Jack is a very prominent public law specialist who has recently appeared in many high-profile planning inquiries. She quite correctly has received many professional accolades in the past.’

‘Peter Ferguson is always keen to help out.’

‘Very experienced and capable team.’

‘Peter Fergusson offers excellent pragmatic advice.’

‘Jennifer Jack is a very good public lawyer.’

‘Calum Gee is a rising star.’

Key clients

NatureScot

Marine Scotland

Forestry and Land Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

The Highland Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Orkney Islands Council

Fife Council

Glasgow City Council

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Greenpeace UK

Fred Olsen Renewables

EnergieKontor

Capital Dynamics

Octopus Energy

JLEN/Foresight

Maple Power Limited

Metka EGN Ltd

Statkraft UK

Green Power

Advance Grid Solutions

St Andrews University

MCR Property Group

Scotia Homes

Capper Developments

Persimmon Homes

Halfords Group

Hillhouse Quarry Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners on the planning and environmental aspects of the acquisition of a consented 210MW pumped storage hydro and 33.6MW renewable energy scheme at Glenmuckloch.|
  • Represented NatureScot at a public local inquiry regarding the proposed Clauchrie Wind Farm.
  • Advised Centrica on the acquisition of a 30MW energy storage system in Dyce, Aberdeenshire.

Public sector > Education

Employment > Immigration

Glasgow-based senior associate Ashley Fleming is the main point of contact within Harper Macleod LLP's immigration practice, under the leadership of employment head Bruce Caldow.

Harper Macleod LLP is a leading independent full-service Scottish law firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin, Lerwick and Thurso. The firm provides services to businesses, organisations in the public & private sectors, and families and individuals. Recognised as Scotland’s firm of the year eight times, it is one of the country’s largest professional partnerships.

Harper Macleod acts principally for clients in the following industry sectors: banking & financial services; energy & natural resources; food & drink; healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate & construction; retail; rural economy; public and third sector; sport; technology; and transport. It provides a full range of private client services, including family law.

The firm has grown the proportion of transactions completed in Scotland where they were the principal advisor. They completed 153 transactions out of a total of 793 to be reported in the last 12 months. That’s 19% of all reported transactions, compared to 13% in the previous period.

Key areas of work include:

Banking & Finance

Advising banks and borrowers, the team acts for most of the country’s main funders, including mezzanine funders and alternative finance providers. It also advises non-funder clients on banking and finance issues.

Renewable Energy

The team specialises in renewable energy projects advising developers, landowners, community groups, planning authorities and funders on all aspects of the energy supply chain from planning permission and property advice for wind and minerals projects, to advice on securing funding, negotiating community benefits and taking advantage of incentives. The team has advised on projects generating half of Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity.

Real Estate & Construction

One of Scotland’s largest property practices, the team advises clients across the private, public and third sectors working with leading operators in the industry, including Scottish Government, investors, developers and their funders, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, purchasers and tenants.

Corporate and M&A

Among Scotland’s most active dealmakers, the firm advises clients from entrepreneurs to multi-nationals and acts for many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.

The firm completed 153 transactions out of a total of 793 to be reported in the last 12 months. That’s 19% of all reported transactions, compared to 13% in the previous period.

Dispute Resolution

One of Scotland’s largest dispute resolution practices, including one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in Edinburgh. It has been involved in some of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts and notable Supreme Court cases.

Employment Law

The team acts for clients across all sectors – from government, its agencies, public and third sector organisations, to multinational corporations and family-owned businesses.

Personal Injury & Reparation

The firm’s significant insurance practice both pursues and defends all aspects of claims for leading insurers and individual clients. The team advises on complex insurance, litigation and risk matters for corporate clients.

Public Sector

The firm advises Scottish and UK public authorities as well as clients in the private sector who interact with the public sector. Clients include: central government departments; government agencies; NDPBs; local authorities; regulatory bodies; charities and community organisations; further and higher education institutions; and regeneration agencies. Harper Macleod also has one of Scotland’s leading housing practices, acting for many large registered social landlords.

Sport

The team is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law practice, representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals. Harper Macleod was Official Legal Advisers to both the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Transport (including Shipping & Marine)

Advises in areas including road, haulage and rail. Experience ranges from major road infrastructure projects to the mergers and acquisitions of businesses operating in the transport sector. It also has extensive experience in shipping and marine transport.

Major Projects

The firm advises a wide range of stakeholders on major projects and project finance – from government and public sector bodies to multinational companies and lenders. The specialist Infrastructure & Projects team leads on capital projects and advises on high-value and public sector procurements.

Healthcare

Provides a full service to the sector, particularly treatment and care providers, the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators, and regulatory matters.

Food & Drink

The team’s clients range from start-ups and microbreweries to some of Scotland’s biggest producers and brands. Harper Macleod’s specialist licensing team is one of the country’s leading practices.

Retail

Advises clients from high street brands to online operators on everything from brand management to property advice. Harper Macleod has a particular specialism in franchising.

Rural Economy

Advises rural businesses and organisations of all types and sizes, including some of the country’s leading rural sector bodies. Advice covers: crofting; renewable energy; rural business; marine economy; agriculture, fishing & forestry; natural capital projects, individuals and families.

Family Law

Our family team advises individuals on all aspects of family law across Scotland, including a focus on modern family units and family creation. The team includes eight Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, one of whom holds all three family law specialisms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Professor Lorne D Crerar CBE
Chief Executive Martin Darroch
Banking and finance Tony Cameron
Banking litigation Sandy Hastie
Construction Michael Conroy
Corporate Donald Munro
Debt and asset recovery Andrew Hunter
Dispute resolution Sandy Hastie
Employment Bruce Caldow
Energy and natural resources David Bone
Family/matrimonial Amanda Masson
Franchising Scott Kerr
Infrastructure and projects Euan Pirie
Insolvency James Lloyd
Intellectual property Jamie Watt
Information technology Tom Thomas
Licensing Andrew Hunter
Medical negligence Heather E Calderwood
Personal injury Heather E Calderwood
Planning and environmental Peter Ferguson
Professional negligence Sandy Hastie
Public sector and housing Derek Hogg
Commercial property John Meehan
Commercial property litigation Carolyn Morgan
Residential property David McIndoe
Restructuring and corporate recovery Gordon Hollerin
Rural (inc. agriculture & estates) Graeme Nisbet
Sport Bruce Caldow
Wills, trusts and executries Pamela Niven
Transport (inc. shipping & marine) Chris Kerr
Photo Name Position Profile
Omar Ali photo Omar Ali Partner Omar has over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector acting…
David Bell photo David Bell Partner David is a Law society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Commercial…
David Bone photo David Bone Senior Partner David has carried out the legal work for developers, landowners…
Heather Calderwood photo Heather Calderwood Partner Heather has experience in a variety of civil litigation including road traffic, medical…
Bruce Caldow photo Bruce Caldow Partner Bruce specialises in employment law and heads the firm’s employment law practice. …
Tony Cameron photo Tony Cameron Partner Tony has significant experience in acting for both lenders and borrowers…
Michael Conroy photo Michael Conroy Partner Michael is highly experienced in the drafting and negotiation of building…
Eilidh Crawford photo Eilidh Crawford Senior Solicitor Eilidh is part of the Debt & Asset Recovery team,…
Lorne Crerar photo Ms Lorne Crerar
Amy Dickson photo Amy Dickson Senior Associate Amy is an experienced Personal Injury solicitor and delivers advice and assistance…
Julie Doncaster photo Julie Doncaster Partner Julie Doncaster, Inverness & Highlands Lawyer, advises clients on wills, estate and…
Peter Ferguson photo Peter Ferguson Partner Peter specialises in planning and environmental law and he advises a range of…
Ashley Fleming photo Ashley Fleming Senior Associate Ashley specialises in immigration, asylum and nationality law and has…
E-Ming Fong photo E-Ming Fong Partner E-Ming is a partner in our Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in…
Jacqui Fraser photo Jacqui Fraser Partner Jacqui has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with all aspects…
Kelly Fraser photo Kelly Fraser Senior Associate Kelly provides advice and assistance to our public sector clients,…
Jill Fryer photo Jill Fryer Partner Jill has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients in…
Tom Gray photo Tom Gray Partner Tom specialises in real estate and has particular experience in rural…
Alexis Harper photo Alexis Harper Partner   Alexis is a member of the Family Law Association and has experience…
Marina Harper photo Marina Harper Partner Marina is an experienced Personal Injury solicitor who specialises in fatal…
Derek Hogg photo Derek Hogg Partner Derek acts on behalf of many registered social landlords (RSLs), local…
Gordon Hollerin photo Gordon Hollerin Partner Gordon has over 30 years’ restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency experience.…
Andrew Hunter photo Andrew Hunter Partner Andrew is the lead partner of the Licensing team and is accredited by…
David Kaye photo David Kaye Partner David specialises in Business Law and franchising. He acts as Company…
Catriona Kemp photo Catriona Kemp Senior Associate Catriona is experienced in advising on infrastructure projects throughout Scotland…
David Kerr photo David Kerr Partner David heads Harper Macleod’s Dispute Resolution team in Glasgow, leading on…
Chris Kerr photo Chris Kerr Partner Chris was named as one of The Lawyer‘s Hot 100 lawyers in 2020 –…
Jacqueline Leslie photo Jacqueline Leslie Partner Jacqueline is an experienced private client lawyer and a Law Society…
James Lloyd photo James Lloyd Partner James heads the firm’s Insolvency team and has advised on corporate and personal insolvency related…
James MacGregor photo James MacGregor Partner James is a partner in our corporate team, whose practice regularly…
Andrew MacKenzie photo Andrew MacKenzie Partner Andrew deals with a wide variety of civil and commercial disputes…
Amy Mackenzie photo Amy Mackenzie Senior Associate Amy specialises in advising family owned businesses and owner-managed businesses,…
Amanda Masson photo Amanda Masson Partner Amanda has specialised in Family Law for the majority of her…
Andrew Maxwell photo Andrew Maxwell Senior Solicitor Andrew can provide advice to employers and employees on all…
Laura McCorquodale photo Laura McCorquodale Partner Laura is a commercial litigator within our dispute resolution practice in…
Suzanne McGarrigle photo Suzanne McGarrigle Partner Suzanne specialises in defender personal injury work, covering the full range from employer…
David McIndoe photo David McIndoe Partner David is highly experienced in private client work, including house purchase…
Craig McKerracher photo Craig McKerracher Partner Craig is a Partner in our award winning Corporate team who…
James McMorrow photo James McMorrow Partner James advises the firm’s public, housing and third sector clients in relation to…
John Meehan photo John Meehan Partner Clients come to John for his strategic advice on how to…
Collette Miller photo Collette Miller Partner Collette provides advice and assistance to many Registered Social Landlords (RSLs),…
Scott Milligan photo Scott Milligan Partner Working from both our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, Scott advises clients…
Elizabeth Mitchell photo Elizabeth Mitchell Partner Elizabeth is an experienced commercial litigator, who has run cases in…
Donald Munro photo Donald Munro Partner Donald Munro predominantly deals with clients in the family owned/owner managed…
Graeme Nisbet photo Graeme Nisbet Partner Graeme is Head of our Rural Team and Project Partner for…
Pamela Niven photo Pamela Niven Partner Pamela leads the firm’s Private Client team. She has a wealth…
John Pringle photo John Pringle Pringle John regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in a broad spectrum…
Paula Skinner photo Paula Skinner Partner Paula is head of the entrepreneurial team at Harper Macleod that…
Jenny Smith photo Jenny Smith Partner Jenny has experience of all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation,…
Lynne Stevenson photo Lynne Stevenson Senior Associate Lynne specialises in real estate and is highly experienced in…
Fiona Strang photo Fiona Strang Associate Fiona is an associate who works across both our Corporate and Restructuring and Insolvency teams.…
Caroline Summers photo Caroline Summers Partner Caroline specialises in all aspects of commercial property work.  She has…
Tom Thomas photo Tom Thomas Partner Tom specialises in intellectual property and technology related matters (including outsourcing)…
Andrew Upton photo Andrew Upton Partner Andrew advises clients across both public and private sectors in relation…
Number of UK partners : 77
Number of other UK fee-earners : 180

CLIENT: Allan Cannon, CEO and co-founder of R3-IoT.
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your hard work in getting this fantastic deal over the line for us. We’ve been so impressed with the way you have managed the process. This is a game-changer for us and will only lead to more growth and excitement and chapters for the R3 IoT story. You were there at the start when we were just two guys with a plan and it’s your expert guidance that’s played a part in helping us get us to this point.”


CLIENT: Gareth Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, Yoello
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Jo Nisbet and the Harper Macleod team were always available to support and provide sound advice. They operate as a partner and confidant to our business and have been great to work with. We have received quality advice within the agreed timescales and estimated costs.  I would highly recommend them.”


CLIENT: Andy McGeoch, CEO of M&Co
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “The resource and skill which Chris, Gordon and Tony were able to throw at this made all the difference. They have a terrific team of lawyers who, working as partners with us through many difficult days and nights, helped to deliver the outcome which saved so many of our stores and jobs throughout the UK.”


CLIENT: Stewart Gove, Executive Director, Incentive Holdings Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Jo Nisbet and her team have supported us superbly well through some difficult and exciting times. They have helped guide us in a professional and trustworthy manner, always keeping our budget and requirements in sharp focus.”


CLIENT: Megan Chamberlain, Legal Counsel, Equitix
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “The Harper Macleod team worked without hesitation to meet our tight timeframes and provided valuable Scots law input in relation to our legal due diligence of a complex asset. The process was run very efficiently and the advice was sensible and commercial. We are very extremely grateful to David Bone’s Energy Team and Stephen Chan’s Corporate Team”.


CLIENT: Anne Reid, Director, Bara Windscreens Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Paul Macdonald and Scott Milligan assisted from an early stage. They offered clear advice to Alba Windscreens on the transaction, helping negotiate the deal and guide the company through to completion. We were very happy with the professionalism and excellent service provided by them and we would recommend them to anyone.”


CLIENT: Lee Malin, Director, Advice For Life Financial Planning
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL:  “Paul and his team guided us through the legal requirements for our management buy-out to process. They completed and prepared all necessary documentation and were extremely patient with us throughout the process. AFL wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Paul and his colleagues at Harper Macleod.”


CLIENT: Steve Wallman, Bonnie & Wild CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “From the very outset, the team at Harper Macleod clearly understood the vision we had for our Food Hall and our investment needs.  We are grateful for their advice and support throughout the process.”


CLIENT: Evelyn McDonald, CEO, Scottish EDGE
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “We were delighted to work with Harper Macleod on a deal which will help us to support additional winners in the next four rounds of Scottish EDGE and improve our chances of having a positive impact on the Scottish economy. As always, the team were a great source of advice in pulling together the paperwork.”


CLIENT: Kirsty Dace, Head of Acquisitions, Clyde Munro Dental
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL:  “The team at Harper MacLeod are incredibly supportive and a pleasure to work with.  I work regularly with Natalie Wallace and her knowledge and sound advice help us to bring transactions to a close in a safe and timely manner.  The team are incredibly flexible and responsive to our needs, which is exactly what we need from our legal advisors.  The whole team work so well together which is really reassuring as we know that everyone is aware of what is required.”


CLIENT: Graeme Manson, Director, Visioncall
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Having Harper Macleod on our team for more than a decade has proven to be a very good decision for Visioncall. Paula and Jo have been intricately involved with our business for so long and fully understood what we were trying to achieve. Whether it was our business model and corporate structure, or simply the tremendous amount of hard work we had put in to get to this point, they knew how to realise the outcome we wanted.  It was also great to be able to draw upon so many skilled individuals at the firm with different expertise in getting the transaction completed. I can honestly say we couldn’t have done it without them.”


CLIENT: Shona Mitchell, Founder, Peoplematters
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “The service provided was excellent. Everyone at Harper Macleod was professional, approachable and supportive as they guided me through the practicalities and emotions of selling my business.  Thank you so much for your patience and perseverance. I’m in awe of you in terms of attention to detail and ability to stay unflustered in the face of so many time pressures.  My sincere thanks, it’s been a real pleasure to work with you, you made it as painless as possible.”


CLIENT: Matthew Jones, Company Secretary

COMPANY/FIRM: Low & Bonar plc

TESTIMONIAL: “I am grateful to Harper Macleod for the work they undertook in guiding Low & Bonar through the complexities of Scottish law during this lengthy transaction, made more complex by the difficulties resulting from Covid-19 and people working from home. Harper Macleod ensured that the necessary approvals were obtained during these difficult times and without the deal timetable slipping.”


CLIENT: Stephen Dickson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Dickson Chemist

TESTIMONIAL: “We have recently used Harper Macleod to complete two acquisitions of 4 pharmacies. These are very complicated transactions with large amounts of due diligence required, and of very high value. The experience, particularly the communication and attitude of their staff has been excellent throughout both transactions. Neither transaction went exactly to plan but Harper MacLeod were always the first to be on the case and finding a solution to a complex problem. I would not hesitate to recommend them to other businesses owners in a similar situation.”


CLIENT: Ronald Williamson, Former majority shareholder and director

COMPANY/FIRM: Gate Healthcare Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “I hadn’t appreciated just how detailed and protracted a deal of this nature could be. However, the team at Harper Macleod gave me great confidence that my best interests were always to the fore when advising me throughout the negotiations. This was the most important financial event of my life, and I know I chose the best legal team for the job.”


CLIENT: Neil Hall, Director of Financial and Corporate Services

COMPANY/FIRM: Link Group Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Harper Macleod has demonstrated detailed knowledge and experience and a high level of expertise in the housing sector and Link has benefited from that.”


CLIENT: Nick Pollard, Director of Corporate Support Services

COMPANY/FIRM: Kingdom Housing Association Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: “In our view there is no doubt that our being assisted in this transaction by the team at Harper Macleod, which is renowned for its expertise in the Scottish market place, at a very early stage and then once engaged throughout the process to completion has made what was an intense experience one which has been delivered in extremely quick order. Based on our experience we are certain that Harper Macleod will continue to support future transactions in the sector and we have no hesitation in recommending them to our colleagues in the sector.”


CLIENT: Julie Ross, Chief Operating Officer

COMPANY/FIRM: Portman Healthcare Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “We found Harper Macleod to be extremely hard-working and professional. The team were excellent and worked seamlessly with our team, understanding and anticipating our needs and keeping us close to the detail of what was happening while still giving appropriate guidance and advice.”


CLIENT: Helen Stevenson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: CALM Training Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: “It was never going to be easy with such a key person exiting from our organisation, especially when there was a time critical element at play. From the first online meeting Jo and her colleagues took time to listen to our needs as well as our aspirations, asking straightforward questions that scoped out the requirements of the deal. The next stages of the process were fully and clearly explained in a way that made us feel safe. From there on in there was regular and honest communication until the deal closed – ahead of schedule! Can’t thank them enough for their diligence and energy.”


CLIENT: Donald Forsyth, Partner

COMPANY/FIRM: Saffery Champness LLP

TESTIMONIAL: “I’ve worked with Chris Kerr and the team at Harper Macleod on several transactions. They are an efficient, experienced and commercially savvy team with a very clear focus on achieving a good outcome for their clients. They are great people to work with.”


CLIENT: Graham C Wilson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Standfast Precision Engineering Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for dealing with all matters in an efficient and timely manner even though we were met with various challenges along the way.”


CLIENT: Allan Cannon, CEO and co-founder

COMPANY/FIRM: R3-IoT

TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your hard work in getting this fantastic deal over the line for us. We’ve been so impressed with the way you have managed the process. This is a game-changer for us and will only lead to more growth and excitement and chapters for the R3 IoT story. You were there at the start when we were just two guys with a plan and it’s your expert guidance that’s played a part in helping us get us to this point.”


CLIENT: Gareth Roberts, Chief Financial Officer

COMPANY/FIRM: Yoello

TESTIMONIAL: “Jo Nisbet and the Harper Macleod team were always available to support and provide sound advice. They operate as a partner and confidant to our business and have been great to work with. We have received quality advice within the agreed timescales and estimated costs. I would highly recommend them.”


CLIENT: Andy McGeoch, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: M&Co

TESTIMONIAL: “The resource and skill which Chris Kerr and his team were able to throw at this made all the difference. They have a terrific team of lawyers who, working as partners with us through many difficult days and nights, helped to deliver the outcome which saved so many of our stores and jobs throughout the UK.”


CLIENT: Megan Chamberlain, Legal Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: Equitix

TESTIMONIAL: “The Harper Macleod team worked without hesitation to meet our tight timeframes and provided valuable Scots law input in relation to our legal due diligence of a complex asset. The process was run very efficiently and the advice was sensible and commercial. We are very extremely grateful to David Bone’s Energy Team and Stephen Chan’s Corporate Team”.


CLIENT: Evelyn McDonald, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Scottish EDGE

TESTIMONIAL: “We were delighted to work with Harper Macleod on a deal which will help us to support additional winners in the next four rounds of Scottish EDGE and improve our chances of having a positive impact on the Scottish economy. As always, the team were a great source of advice in pulling together the paperwork.”


CLIENT: Kirsty Dace, Head of Acquisitions

COMPANY/FIRM: Clyde Munro Dental

TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Harper MacLeod are incredibly supportive and a pleasure to work with. I work regularly with Natalie Wallace and her knowledge and sound advice help us to bring transactions to a close in a safe and timely manner. The team are incredibly flexible and responsive to our needs, which is exactly what we need from our legal advisors. The whole team work so well together which is really reassuring as we know that everyone is aware of what is required.”


CLIENT: Graeme Manson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Visioncall

TESTIMONIAL: “Having Harper Macleod on our team for more than a decade has proven to be a very good decision for Visioncall. Paula and Jo have been intricately involved with our business for so long and fully understood what we were trying to achieve. Whether it was our business model and corporate structure, or simply the tremendous amount of hard work we had put in to get to this point, they knew how to realise the outcome we wanted. It was also great to be able to draw upon so many skilled individuals at the firm with different expertise in getting the transaction completed. I can honestly say we couldn’t have done it without them.”


CLIENT: Shona Mitchell, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Peoplematters

TESTIMONIAL: “The service provided was excellent. Everyone at Harper Macleod was professional, approachable and supportive as they guided me through the practicalities and emotions of selling my business. Thank you so much for your patience and perseverance. I’m in awe of you in terms of attention to detail and ability to stay unflustered in the face of so many time pressures. My sincere thanks, it’s been a real pleasure to work with you, you made it as painless as possible.”