Firm Profile > Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland

Harper Macleod LLP
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Professional negligence Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP’s pursuer-oriented practice has a remarkably broad client base including private individuals, public bodies, developers, lenders and private companies. The practice has expertise in major construction claims in the public and private sector, internal company disputes involving complex points of law such as liability in a multi-party action, enforcement proceedings against shareholders and lease agreements, and a wide variety of professional negligence matters involving surveyors, accountants, solicitors and IFAs, including fraud and loss of opportunity claims. E-Ming Fong recently succeeded in two separate claims for companies involving contractual disputes.


‘The team has a great mix of technical ability and people skills. They have great lawyers across the board from partner down to newly qualified solicitors. They are very very experienced across a whole range of professionals but are particularly good when it comes to solicitor negligence.’

‘Fiona Pask leads with distinction at all times.’

‘Sandy Hastie and Fiona Pask are very impressive partners at the firm. They are excellent at managing client expectations but, similarly, they give details and well-thought through instructions.’

‘Laura McCorquodale is a very talented senior associate at the firm. She is an experienced and detail-oriented litigator who is an enviable mix of personable and technically-minded. Andrew Mackenzie is similarly an excellent senior associate who gives very good advice to clients and is particularly good when it comes to devising tactics for the running of the case. Both Laura and Andrew are both rising stars.’

Key clients

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

AIB Group (UK) plc

Shetland Islands Council

Sandringham Court Ltd

Montbank (Loanhead) Limited

Broxburn Motorzone Ltd

Saga Group Plc

Arc Legal Assistance Limited

Social housing Tier 1

Acting for more than half of Scotland's registered social landlords, Harper Macleod LLP is recognised as one of the key legal advisors in the sector. The team provides full-service advice and also attracts various other players including local authorities, urban regeneration companies, lenders, private sector developers and joint venture bodies. 'Very experienced, practical and considered' public sector and housing team head Derek Hogg is the main contact for governance, regulatory and constitutional advice and the 'very experienced and knowledgeableJames McMorrow is best known for assisting clients with corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement issues. Partner Collette Miller is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'can always be relied upon to meet even the tightest of deadlines'; she frequently assists with large-scale projects and transactions.


Practical and efficient service.

The team has considerable and extensive experience of the social housing sector, covering all aspects from regulation and governance through to project assembly to advising on complex financing structures.

Derek Hogg is an excellent communicator and always provides clear, well grounded and sensible advice.

Brings solutions, not problems.’

Provides the client with a simplified easily absorbed summary of issues, responsibilities and consequences.

Friendly team, easy to work with, and helpfully has the ability to look at the bigger picture.

Key clients

The Scottish Government – More Homes Division

Wheatley Housing Group

Link Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cairn Housing Association

Abertay Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Sport Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP acts for international federations, national governing bodies, major football clubs and public sector bodies in a range of mandates including disciplinary hearings, safeguarding matters, trade mark registrations, GDPR compliance and intellectual property infringement. The team also acts as sole legal adviser to national sport agency sportscotland. Bruce Caldow, who sits as chairman of the SFA Judicial Panel, advised on several high-profile cases of alleged misconduct in 2018. Carolyn Morgan heads the Scottish Gymnastics Conduct in Sport Panel, where she is tasked with overseeing complaints regarding conduct, safeguarding and regulation, appointing panel members and scrutinizing decisions.

Key clients


Scottish Rugby Union


Celtic FC

Aberdeen FC 2

Scottish Swimming

Scottish Gymnastics

Glasgow City Council

Enduro Sports Organisation Limited

Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP’s team advises land owners, high net worth individuals and public sector bodies on land transactions, including the sale and purchase of crofting estates and crofts, while the firm also has particular expertise in the forestry sector, serving as sole legal advisor to the Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). Rural head Graeme Nisbet handles acquisitions, disposals and leases for the FLS as well as farm and estate purchases for a range of other clients. Calum Macleod  is an expert in crofting law and Land Reform and Community Ownership: he advises clients on renewable energy developments on croftland, and acts for a large number of community owned estates.


‘Graeme Nisbet provides a valuable role on client liaison and work priority management, as well as advising on cases.’

The firm’s partners and associates all provide an excellent service on individual cases and the customer satisfaction feedback across our organisation has been very positive.’

‘Calum Macleod has excellent sector knowledge and attention to detail in all matters.’


Key clients

The Firm of RM Clark

Veitch & Sons solicitors

Matthew Thomson

Catherine Kirk

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Woodland Creation UK

Craignathro Eggs Limited

Marion Ballantyne

Sheila Snowie

Historic Environment Scotland

James Bigham

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Melness Crofters Estate

Ceannacroc Estate

Scaniport Estate

Keose Glebe Estate Trust Limited

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS)

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP's 'very approachable, professional and commercially minded' team is noted for its strong sports sector practice, receiving a steady flow of instructions from sports professional bodies, leading clubs and sports personalities. Other key areas of expertise include banking and finance, energy, real estate and construction-related commercial disputes but the team led by Sandy Hastie also acts in corporate and shareholder disputes.


The team pulls out the stops to understand the client’s point of view and responds in a manner that inspires extreme confidence.

Fiona Pask is particularly dedicated, while offering a high degree of professionalism, expert advice and experience.

David Kerr is well organised dealing with all procedural matters within the deadlines. He also has excellent commercial acumen.

The team is very competent, relaxed under pressure and a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Tom Brake and Chris Leslie MP

Nigel Eccles and others (Founders of FanDuel)

Dragados UK

WebHelp Group

RBS Insurance

Optical Express Group


AIB Group

5 P.M.


Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

The commercial property group at Harper Macleod LLP regularly works alongside the firm's planning, construction, banking and corporate departments to handle strategic and high-profile development work, and purchase, sale and lease matters. The team's expertise focuses on the development of land for developers, banks and owners; issues in the housing space, utilities and infrastructure mandates, and work in the healthcare, education, leisure, hospitality and public sectors. John Meehan leads the group, which also includes David Bell and Chris Noble, who are the key contacts for work in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Limor Wolfe was recently promoted to the partnership.


‘The lawyers at Harper Macleod are experts in Scottish property law, and are known for their quick turnaround times and very pragmatic methodology.’

‘Limor Wolfe stands out for her quick responses and great pragmatism.’

‘David Bell is approachable and responsive to the many queries that clients may raise. David coordinates the multi-disciplinary Harper Macleod team superbly and ensures that everything is synchronised.’

Key clients

New City Vision Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller Group

Meallmore Limited

Philip C Smith (Commercials) Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Energetics Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Ardent Group

Parkland Developments Limited

City Vale Developments Limited


Charles Tyrwhitt

Destiny Scotland Group

Camlin Group



Tattu Limited

Café Nero

J D Sports

Card Factory

Bon Marche

MRH (GB) Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited

Allied Irish Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Queensway Group

Café Nero

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP is best known for advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses, as well as early-stage and high-growth companies. The group handles the full range of corporate and M&A activity and also has notable expertise handling cross-border transactions, where it acts for foreign investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment or exit opportunities. Donald Munro heads the practice and Paula Skinner is also noted.


The team at Harper Macleod is very commercially focused and provides commercially valuable as well as technically competent legal advice.

The experience with Harper Macleod is nothing but positive. The team stands out for its speed of response, enthusiasm, friendliness, problem-solving approach and its openness to making connections with its extensive network. It is keen to make a difference and prepared to do pro-bono work to help start-up businesses.

James MacGregor and Donald Munro co-ordinate advice from the property, employment and commercial advisory teams, which is not as common as one would hope.

Paula Skinner genuinely cares about clients and their business. She creates valuable and long-lasting relationships.

Key clients

Optical Express

Tchibo Coffee Service


Sea TransportCorporation

Gael Force Group Limited

Moët Hennessy

Clyde Group

Kent Foods

Epidarex Capital

Debt recovery Tier 2

With particular strength in the public and housing sectors, Harper Macleod LLP frequently assists clients with the recovery of pension payments alongside rent and other arrears form tenants and factored owners but the team's client roster also includes various commercial entities and financial institutions; the latter receive regular assistance with unsecured debt recovery matters. Dawn McKenzie heads up the 'personable and approachable' team.


Experts in what they do.’

Key clients

National Car Park

Link Group

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Matthew Clark Wholesale

John W Grant & Sons

Stirling Park

Cairn Housing Association

West of Scotland Housing Association

Irvine Housing Association

Complete Storage and Interiors

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 2

The energy practice at Harper Macleod LLP has recently grown its expertise in the UK secondary and investment markets, alongside its knowledge of the smart city and lighting project sector. Led by  David Bone, the group has enhanced its strong position in the community energy space and is a key name for corporate transactional work. Omar Ali counts developers landowners and funders as clients. Steven Brown recently retired.


The service delivered by Harper Macleod is very partner based, and there is a commercial ethos and a desire to shield the client from the stresses and strains of the M&A arena.

Omar Ali is very calm and a problem solver. He provides an excellent service on property issues.

David Bone is a consummate senior partner.

Key clients

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred Olsen Renewables Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Abundance Investment Limited

Scottish Renewables Forum Limited

Natural Power Consultants

Glasgow City Council


Horgabost Wind

Intellectual property Tier 2

The Glasgow-based IP team at Harper Macleod LLP is recognised for its strength in sports-related IP work; it also handles matters in the life sciences sector and has notable cross-border expertise. The group assists with the full gamut of IP issues encompassing patents, trade marks, copyrights and design rights. Jamie Watt heads up the practice, which also includes sports expert Tom Thomas  and food and drink sector specialist Scott Kerr.


The team at Harper Macleod is extremely knowledgeable and provides accurate and timely advice.

Harper Macleod has a great client roster and is surprisingly strong.

Jamie Watt is a star.

Jamie Watt is an essential resource for clients, going above and beyond the level of service expected from a practice as busy as his.

Key clients


Apple, Inc.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Celtic FC

Historic Environment Scotland

The Forestry Commission

Godrej Americas

The Commonwealth Games Federation

The University of St Andrews

Amnesty International

Local government Tier 2

James McMorrow and the 'highly experiencedJennifer Jack jointly head the 'solid' team at Harper Macleod LLP, which receives regular instructions from local authorities and other Scottish governmental agencies to assist with housing law, public procurement and state aid matters alongside contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental law issues. Other regular work includes judicial reviews and statutory appeals. The team is also rated for its strength in sporting events-related work.


Good firm with a wide range of expertise across the board which makes it well suited to provide advice to local authorities.

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Highland Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Moray Council

East Renfrewshire Council

North Ayrshire Council

Shetland Islands Council

Orkney Islands Council

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

Cairngorm National Park Authority

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP has a well-established reputation for advising on medical negligence claims involving children, including those relating to fetal abnormalities, delayed diagnosis and catastrophic injuries, and has additional expertise in pursuing wrongful death claims. The firm's referral network, HM Connect, has led to a substantial increase in instructions from other firms that see Harper Macleod as better placed to take claims forward. Personal injury and reparation head Elizabeth Mitchell and 'miracle-working' professional negligence head Heather Calderwood lead the team, while recently promoted senior associate Amy Dickson merits recognition for her complex caseload including claims relating to still born babies and failed hip replacements.


‘The team are well-informed, well-resourced and determined.’

‘Heather Calderwood is determined, hard-working and miracle-working.’

Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP receives a steady flow of instructions from local authorities and other public sector bodies but it also acts for corporates and individuals. Its recent workload included a number of judicial reviews and statutory appeal cases, public procurement matters and regulatory and legislative issues arising from major sporting events. Derek Hogg, James McMorrow and 'complete starJennifer Jack jointly head the 'great' team.


Supremely well prepared.

Nothing is too much trouble for the team.

Totally reliable.’

Jennifer Jack is utterly dependable, even in the most pressing circumstances. More than that, she is a very bright lawyer and an astute tactician.

Key clients

Tom Brake MP and Chris Leslie MP

The Scottish Government

Scottish Natural Heritage

Revenue Scotland

Registers of Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council

Glasgow City Council

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP acts for large insurers, public bodies and private individuals in claims pertaining to wrongful deaths, road traffic accidents and mesothelioma, as well as cases concerning public and occupiers’ liability. Thanks in part to a new referral scheme rolled out in 2018 the practice doubled its number of instructions, and saw a rise in work from clients requiring advice on technical aspects of claims prior to court action. Suzanne McGarrigle has particular experience in employers’ and public liability claims and industrial disease, drawing upon her team’s strong background in health and safety work.


‘A thorough, well prepared and well equipped team.’

‘Heather Calderwood is firm, determined, pleasant and pragmatic.’

‘Amy Dickson is resourceful, respectful and not scared of running a case.’

Key clients

Direct Line Group

Forest Enterprise Scotland

Covea Insurance

Acromas Insurance Company Limited

EUI imited


Elephant Insurance

Diamond Insurance

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP handles a high volume of fatal claims and an increasing amount of claims relating to offshore accidents, with the firm seeing a 40% surge in instructions in 2018. Elizabeth Mitchell is regularly sought out by insurers to manage policyholders’ expectations when pursuing claims through their legal expense policy, while 'dedicated' senior associate Marina Harper takes charge of most fatal claims and heads up a team handling employers liability, public liability and serious road traffic accidents.


‘The team is well informed, resourceful, imaginative, determined and experienced.’

‘Heather Calderwood is determined, practical, hard working and firm.’

‘Senior associate Amy Dickson is resourceful, pleasant and realistic. ‘

Banking and finance Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is particularly active in the Scottish SME lending market, but advises across the full market for lenders and borrowers including entrepreneurial companies, start-ups, SMEs and large corporates. The team has a substantial network across five Scottish offices including Inverness and Shetland bases. Recently, the firm has continued to expand its expertise in the corporate banking and transactional space in Edinburgh and the East of Scotland. Tony Cameron heads up the group, which also fields Jacqui Fraser, who leads the property finance team; and John Pringle, who counts several fintech lenders as clients. Limor Wolfe made partner in 2018.


Harper Macleod’s team has excellent knowledge of securities law.

Jacqui Fraser is always on hand to give her opinion and advice, even if not through formal instruction.

The team is very hands on with transactions, and fields very strong communicators who are great at offering advice on various elements transactions. It is extremely knowledgeable and very efficient.

Tony Cameron, John Pringle and Paula Skinner all deserve a mention as clearly impressive individuals.

The group is very efficient, friendly, easy to contact and practical in its approach. Jacqui Fraser is very efficient and practical and nice to deal with.

Key clients

Bank of Scotlandplc/Lloyds Banking Group

Allied Irish Bank

Clydesdale Bank


Aberdeen Standard Investments

Atom Bank



Abundance Investments Limited


Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's 'knowledgeable and responsive' team represents the interests of registered social landlords, often in major transactions for development purposes, and assists charities and trusts with constitutional matters, SCIO applications, compliance with OSCR regulations and governance reviews. Derek Hogg has substantial experience of advising charitable registered social landlords, while James McMorrow provides data protection advice to charities in light of GDPR.


‘For the past 13 years Harper Macleod has provided pro bono representation and support to families with autistic children facing education tribunals. Recognising that a good education is crucial if autistic children are to grow and flourish, Harper Macleod have shared their expertise to ensure that autistic children in the UK are getting the best start in life.’

‘Harper Macleod works hard to make sure that they can support the full range of client needs with regular visits from specialists to allow face-to-face contact and relationship building as well as delivering the work.’

Key clients

retail TRUST

Kingdom Housing Association Limited

Cairn Housing Association Limited

National Autistic Society

Scottish Sports Futures

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

MCR Pathways

Shetland Arts Trust

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Historic Environment Scotland

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Outside of the Central Belt, Harper Macleod LLP operates from its key bases in Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick. The team advises on rural, crofting and agricultural law through Calum MacLeod, who is based in Inverness and is a member of the energy and natural resources group. Other key practitioners include Ross Thomson, who handles property finance work; and department head John Meehan, who sits in the Glasgow office.


‘Harper MacLeod’s real estate team demonstrates a very positive and inclusive culture as well as a desire to do the best for its clients. When compared to many other firms, it demonstrates a high level of capabilities and resources to assist any proposal.’

‘Harper Macleod is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and is known for its excellent customer service.’

‘Harper MacLeod’s partners are very proactive, take commercial decisions and work to tight timelines to ensure any legal tasks are delivered on time.’

Key clients

G & A Barnie

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

TW Townsley Properties Ltd

DM PM Services Limited

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

Cromarty Firth Port Authority

James Evans & Sons Limited

Rural Projects & Developments Limited

Gael Force Engineering Group

Paterson Estates Limited

Rathven Investments Limited

Frankie & Lolas Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited


Clydesdale Bank Plc


Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Construction Tier 3

Known for its experience in representing public sector clients, the 'proactive, knowledgeable and straightforward' team at Harper Macleod LLP is also well versed in providing private-sector developers with advice on various contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to construction and engineering projects. Team head Michael Conroy is frequently instructed to draft and negotiate building and engineering contracts.


Takes the time to understand the client’s project.

Euan Pirie is personable and provides great support. He understands the key drivers for projects and how these can be managed appropriately.

Very detailed working knowledge of contracts and excellent ability to advise on suitable strategies to resolve technical issues.

Key clients


Glasgow City Council

North Ayrshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Sanctuary Housing Association

hub North Scotland

Robertson Construction Group

Shetland Islands Council


FCC Construcción

Roadbridge UK

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

The corporate team at Harper Macleod LLP is best known for advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses of all sizes, as well as acquirers of such businesses. The firm also offers extensive experience in cross-border corporate transactions, acting for both overseas investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment or exit opportunities. The group recently boosted its ranks through the arrival of Fiona Neilson from Ledingham Chalmers LLP, the promotion to partner of Jill Fryer and the appointment of associate Amy Mackenzie .


‘Harper MacLeod has really good people in place to look after the complete process of the transaction to completion. Very professional and at the same time personal.’

‘Craig McKerracher is absolutely excellent – professional and a decent guy.’

‘The owners of the firm should be very proud of their staff.’

Key clients

The Firm of Moravian Motors

Gael Force Group Limited

PSG Marine & Logistics Limited

Shetland Islands Council

Boyd Brothers (Haulage) Limited

G & A Barnie Group Limited

The shareholders of Angus Jamieson Consulting Limited

Dron & Dickson Group Limited

Environment Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of environmental and planning law. Based on this, the practice frequently advises clients - many of which are from the public sector - on contentious and non-contentious issues arising from development work and planning appeal proceedings. Peter Ferguson is the main contact.


Jennifer Jack has good knowledge and experience of environmental matters.’

Key clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

EU and competition Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP advises public and private sector clients on the full range of competition law issues, including public procurement and state aid. The team also regularly handles merger control, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance claims. James McMorrow leads the group from Glasgow, working with practitioners spread across Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as partner Jill Fryer in Inverness.


Harper Macleod is always prepared to engage its team of specialist advisers and work to tight deadlines.

Jill Fryer never fails to provide valuable support to meet external deadlines, often in the face of rigid requirements she is able to come up with solutions and approaches that are acceptable to all parties involved.

James McMorrow is always adaptable and supportive from start to finish even when the goal posts move.

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

Highland Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

North Ayrshire Council

Inveryclyde Council

Moray Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Scape Group

Energy Savings Trust

Forestry Commission Scotland

Family Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP handles a wide range of financial provision matters, involving elements such as economic disadvantage claims, the division of shared company assets, awards of ailment, and parties living in multiple jurisdictions. The team also deals with cohabitation matters and disputes concerning residency, child support and adoption. 'Standout family lawyer' Jenny Smith, who is dual qualified in Scotland and England, advises clients on prenuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes, while senior associate Nadine Martin, who joined the firm in 2018, led the response by the Glasgow Bar Association to the Scottish Government's Consultation Paper on reform of the Children (Scotland) Act.


‘Increasing strength in depth and an excellent range of partners who are leaders in their field.’

‘Harper Macleod distinguish themselves by their commitment to social and policy issues in family law as well as their commitment to their clients.’ 

‘Jenny Smith is a standout family lawyer. She searches out the best outcomes for her clients but always in a dignified way.’ 

‘Amanda Masson is an excellent practitioner. She runs complex cases with ability and sympathy.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The restructuring and insolvency team at Harper Macleod LLP covers all areas of work ranging from complex bank-led restructurings and refinances to administrations. The group, which is jointly led by Gordon Hollerin and James Lloyd, has particular expertise in the sport sector; it recently advised on issues arising from voluntary liquidations and dissolutions. The practice has also recently expanded its alternative lender client roster.


The Harper Macleod team is well known in the market for its breadth and depth of experience in restructuring and excellent commercial skills.

Gordon Hollerin is an excellent lawyer. He is pragmatic, commercial and very responsive to client needs. He quickly provides sensible and clear advice, which can be applied in practical terms. He understands the market and the key drivers for working with insolvency practitioners.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group Business Support Unit

Clydesdale Bank Strategic Business Services

Allied Irish Bank Financial Solutions Group



RSM Restructuring Advisory

Scott Moncrieff

Lendy Limited


Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Our Power Energy Supply Limited

The Phoenix Car Company Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's practice provides full-service advice on IT and technology matters and also handles the IT aspects of wider transactional matters handled by other departments. The group is led from Glasgow by Tom Thomas and has significant experience in the public and third sectors, as well as the fintech, blockchain, life sciences, technology, telecoms and energy industries. Thomas regularly assists with technology contract work, Scott Kerr leads the food and drink group, and Jamie Watt has experience in competition-related issues.


The team shows great credentials and expertise in the sector and strong business acumen.

Tom Thomas gets to know his clients’ business and understands the importance of the solutions they are seeking to protect.

The team members are easy to work with, available and proactive.

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow Life

Highland Council

Go Beyond Market Limited


Uteach Limited

East Renfrewshire Council

Enduro Sports Organisation

Licensing Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP has been particularly active assisting fuel distributors with various licensing matters but also receives regular instructions from food, leisure and hospitality sector players who require assistance with contentious and non-contentious alcohol, gambling, public entertainment and civic government licensing matters. Team head Andrew Hunter is noted for his expertise in insolvency-related licensing matters.

Key clients

Lidl UK

Greene King Brewing and Retailing

Certas Energy UK


Malthurst Retail Group


William Hill Organization

Shell UK

Comic Enterprises

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's team acts for trustees, executors and high net worth individuals in the administration of estates, the establishment and winding-up of trusts, including charitable trusts, and asset protection mandates, such as minimizing capital gains tax and obtaining business property relief to mitigate inheritance tax. The 'extremely approachable and empathetic' Pamela Niven heads up the practice, while, the 'utterly professional' Jacqueline Leslie has significant experience drafting wills, assuming power of attorney for vulnerable clients and advising on the legal and tax aspects of trust creation. Julie Doncaster handles all areas of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act and has a niche in establishing personal injury trusts and will trusts for disabled beneficiaries.


‘The firm’s key strength is that each member of their team delivers a very personal service to clients and professional connections alike. They achieve this by building personal relationships and really gaining a thorough understanding of the needs and concerns of their clients and professional connections.’

‘The team’s ability to deal with clients face-to-face in a friendly yet professional fashion successfully strikes a tricky balance. Their willingness to get involved in complex issues and their level of technical accuracy always impresses me.’

‘The team possess first class knowledge and practical experience combined with an approachable style that is second to none.’ 

‘Pamela Niven has a wealth of knowledge but is also able to see the bigger picture and identify practical solutions to problems. She is extremely approachable and empathetic in dealing with sensitive areas of the law.’

‘Leigh Beirne and Julie Doncaster are both exceptional lawyers – they work together closely and share an impressive level of knowledge in executry, powers of attorney, wills, estates and trusts.’

Projects Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong presence in the hub initiative space, demonstrated by the firm's client roster, which includes hub North Scotland. The team, led from Edinburgh by Euan Pirie, also has substantial experience in student accommodation projects, and fields a specialist contentious PPP group. Senior associate Catriona Kemp handles project financing agreements and the corporate aspects of projects.


Through many years of experience of working in the sector, Harper Macleod’s project attorneys have developed a detailed understanding of the commercial drivers which are important to their clients. They use this knowledge to establish terms of contract that clients know in advance will meet their internal approvals process.’

Euan Pirie has a broad knowledge of the market-specific terms that clients should be able to negotiate with. He is assisted by associate Catriona Kemp, who is particularly skilled in the corporate governance side of complicated deal structures.’

Key clients

Hub North Scotland Limited

Dragados SA/Dragados UK Limited

University of St Andrews

City of Edinburgh Council

North Ayrshire Council

Lanarkshire Health Board

Kingdom Initiatives

Derwent Housing Association Limited/Derwent FM (Derwent Living)

FCC Construccion S.A.

Roadbridge UK Limited

Inverclyde Council

Property litigation Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's 'friendly' property litigation team, jointly led by Carolyn Morgan and Sandy Hastie, sits within the firm's dispute resolution practice and puts particular emphasis on commercial and private rented sector work, which leads to regular instructions from private and public sector clients, including registered social landlords, and private individuals on disputes arising from commercial lease interests and development contracts. Other areas of expertise include title boundaries, agricultural property, property factoring and conveyancing. The team frequently represents clients at the Lands Tribunal and also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies.


Does not subscribe to the constantly very aggressive approach which is so common of their competitors. They are very robust when needed but there is no over-the-top aggression which is very often counterproductive.’

Key clients

Loch Lomond & theTrossachs National Park Authority

Telecom Service CentresProperty Limited T/a Webhelp

Optical Express Group

AIB Group

William Hill Organization


Transport Tier 3

Not least due to its local presence in the Highlands and Islands region, Harper Macleod LLP is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of shipping and maritime sector matters which includes ports and harbours-related work. Recently, the team led by banking and finance expert Tony Cameron has been increasingly active in vessel finance work, acting for lenders and borrowers.

Key clients

Shetland IslandsCouncil

Clydesdale Bank

Bank of Scotland

Wick Harbour Authority

The Highland Council

Johnson Marine

PSG Marine & Logistics

The Clyde Group

Abundance Investments

Boyd Brothers

Drummond Distribution

Gael Force Group

Employment Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP routinely assists clients with commercial and transactions and restructuring-related employment law matters while the group led by the 'personableBruce Caldow also has a strong profile for contentious work, routinely defending clients against claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal, among others, at the Employment Tribunal; it also conducts investigations following whistleblowing complaints. With a strong presence in the sport sector, the team receives frequent instructions from various sports organisations but also acts for an extensive roster of public and third sector clients alongside corporates. Dawn Robertson moved to Rooney Nimmo in May 2018.


The team is tenacious in pursuing its client’s interests.

Bruce Caldow impresses with his consideration and willingness to find innovative solutions.’

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

Celtic FC

Compello Staffing

Neogen Europe Group

Cornerstone Community Care

Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership

Forestry Commission


Historic Environment Scotland

Teekay Corporation

Planning Tier 4

The team at Harper Macleod LLP is co-led by Peter Ferguson, who handles advisory and transactional work, and 'highly experienced' main contact for planning litigation Jennifer Jack. Acting for a large third- and public-sector client roster, typical instructions include assistance with judicial reviews, public inquiries, appeal proceedings against refusal of planning permission, objections to planning applications and transactional support work.


Provides a good and consistent service.

Peter Ferguson has great skill and attention to detail.

Key clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

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

Principal areas of work

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

The firm delivers multi-disciplinary, full service teams from across all practice areas for each sector. Key areas of work include:

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

Energy & Natural Resources
An award-winning practice, the team specialises in renewable energy projects and minerals, advising developers, landowners, community groups, planning authorities and funders on all aspects of the energy supply chain.

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

Recognised as being among the most active dealmakers in Scotland, the team advises clients from entrepreneurs to multinationals and has particular experience advising many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.

Dispute Resolution
The firm has one of the largest teams of dispute resolution solicitors in Scotland, including one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in Edinburgh. The firm has been involved in some of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts as well as notable Supreme Court cases.

Employment Law
The team acts for a broad range of clients across all sectors – from government agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers.

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 also provides advice on complex insurance, litigation and risk matters for corporate clients.

Puplic 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 registered social landlords.

The team is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law practice with experience of representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals. Harper Macleod are Official Legal Advisors to British Athletics and have previously been Official Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Transport (including Shipping & Marine)
Advises businesses and organisations in areas including road, haulage and rail. Experience ranges from major road infrastructure projects to mergers and acquisitions. The firm also has extensive experience in shipping and marine transport.

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

Harper Macleod’s team provides a full service to clients in the sector, including on regulatory matters, and acts in the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators. The team also advises clients in the life sciences sector.

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, acting for major operators across Scotland.

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 all areas of Scotland’s modern rural economy including: rural business; marine economy; agriculture, fishing & forestry; 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 seven Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, two of whom hold 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/M&A Donald Munro
Debt & asset recovery Andrew Hunter
Dispute resolution Sandy Hastie
Employment Bruce Caldow
Energy and natural resources David Bone
Estate agency Gary Campbell
Family/matrimonial Amanda Masson
Franchising David Kaye
Infrastructure and projects Euan Pirie
Insolvency James Lloyd
Intellectual property Jamie Watt
Information technology Tom Thomas
Licensing Andrew Hunter
Medical negligence Elizabeth Mitchell
Opinion Professor Robert Rennie
Personal injury Elizabeth Mitchell
Planning and environmental Peter Ferguson
Professional negligence Sandy Hastie
Public sector and housing Derek Hogg
Real estate John Meehan
Real estate 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
 Gordon Hollerin  photo Gordon Hollerin
Number of UK partners : 68
Number of other UK fee-earners : 137

CLIENT: Nick Pollard, Director of Corporate Support Services, Kingdom Housing Association
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
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: David Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Webhelp TSC
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Harper Macleod have, over the years, forged a number of relationships inside our company and know as much about our business and our plans as we do. We don’t think of Harper Macleod as being separate to our business – they are an extended part of our management team.”

CLIENT: Chris Horne, Managing Partner, Campbell Dallas
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Harper Macleod assisted us in every aspect of the deal from property, employment and commercial advice. The team always appeared joined up and I always felt comfortable that we were in good hands. The mixture of legal and commercial advice made things better for us. My thanks to the team.”

CLIENT: Alan Brown, Director of Finance Corporate Services, Eildon Housing Association
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “This is a very significant deal for Eildon and we are delighted that it has progressed so smoothly. Having the experience of Harper Macleod on board was a great comfort to both our Board and Executive Team and we were very pleased with the advice that we received.”

CLIENT: Marie Brown, Operations Manager, Bellfield Brewery
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “We were extremely happy with the work done by the team at Harper Macleod as they guided us through the completion of this vital investment. Their professionalism and knowledge of crowdfunding meant that what could have been a trying process was carried out within a tight timescale. With their assistance, our business is now in a great position to push on to the next level.”

CLIENT: Jamie Graves, CEO, Inquisitive Systems Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Working with Harper Macleod was a pleasure due to the fact that they brought a great deal of prior deal experience to the table. This meant that they could take a considered outlook on some of the critical business decisions that would result from the investment, as well as providing pragmatic insights to achieve a great result. We enjoy working with an integrated firm that allow us to trap into different specialities that will enhance our business as we grow post-investment.