Firm Profile > Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland

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

Professional negligence Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP has considerable experience of pursuing professional negligence claims in the financial services, accountancy, construction, and banking sectors, led by David Kerr in Glasgow and Sandy Hastie in Edinburgh. The practice advises major companies and leverages its wider disputes offering to handle complex contentious matters, both in the public and private domains. Key names include John McHugh who advises construction sector clients, while senior associate Andrew McKenzie (along with practice head Kerr) primarily advises banking and finance clients. Fiona Pask is also a core member of the team. Robert Rennie is now a consultant at the firm but remains active in this space.

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Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod is an excellent firm. They have a real depth and breadth of legal talent across their litigation team. Their lawyers are able to turn their skills as litigators to produce a legal strategy to get their client where they need to be as efficiently as possible.’

‘Sandy Hastie, Fiona Pask, E-Ming Fong and Laura McCorquodale are all exceptional lawyers. They are able very quickly to analyse the legal issues at hand and produce a solution-focused plan for their client. They are truly one of the most impressive firms in Scotland.’

Key clients

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC)

AIB Group (UK) plc

Shetland Islands Council (SIC)

Optical Express Group

Montbank (Loanhead) Limited

Glasgow City Council

Shetland Trust

Saga Group Plc

5 P.M.

Robert Kidd

Social housing Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP's extensive registered social landlord (RSL) portfolio is testimony to the team's substantial expertise in this sector, which is also regularly called upon by other players in the sector such as government bodies and local authorities alongside private developers. Following a multidisciplinary approach, the team is well placed to provide its clients with full-service advice, including assistance with private placement deals, mergers and group restructures, M&A, procurement and regulatory matters. While co-head James McMorrow focuses on corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement issues, co-head Derek Hogg puts particular emphasis on governance, regulatory and constitutional work. Collette Miller, who made partner in April 2019, is another key contact for social housing legislation and regulatory issues.

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Personable, practical and down-to-earth legal advice. Naturally very considered and bespoke to our particular needs and issues.

The firm 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 and environment, over a range of areas from regulation and governance to funding and finance.

James McMorrow and his associates provided detailed advice and suggested wording for our response on a timeous basis.

Derek Hogg has considerable expertise and knowledge of the housing sector and is a recognised industry expert in the regulation of housing associations. Not only did he demonstrate a high level of skill in terms of the advice he gave but also he was very pragmatic in his assessment of the impact of various loan clauses. In this he exhibited a thorough understanding of our organisation and the sector.

Key clients

Scottish Government (Shared Equity Framework)

Link Group Limited

Port of Leith Housing Association Limited

Dunbritton Housing Association Limited

Scottish Borders Housing Association Limited

Kingdom Housing Association Limited

West of Scotland Housing Association Limited

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Cunninghame Housing Association Limited

Hjaltland Housing Association Limited

Grampian Housing Association Limited

GB Social Housing PLC

Sanctuary Housing Association (including Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association and Sanctuary Homes (Scotland))

River Clyde Homes

Cairn Housing Association Limited

Caledonia Housing Association Limited

Govan Housing Association Limited

Queens Cross Housing Association Limited

Eildon Housing Association Limited

Sport Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP has a distinguished track record of representing governing bodies, leading clubs and renowned athletes at domestic and international dispute resolution forums. The team, led by Bruce Caldow, is also well-versed in discipline, investigation and cross-border regulatory matters with the capacity for further support on the full range of commercial, contractual, licensing, anti-doping and compliance issues. Also integral to the practice is Tom Thomas; he is considered a go-to name for sponsorship and broadcasting agreements in addition to commercial and IP property rights. Sector expertise is notably broad and includes ice hockey, bowling and karate in addition to football, rugby, tennis and golf.

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sportscotland

British Athletics

Scottish Rugby Union plc

UEFA

Tennis Scotland

Scottish Curling

Celtic plc

Scottish Gymnastics

Edinburgh Rugby & Glasgow Warriors

Scottish Swimming

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP recently completed the acquisition of Wink & Mackenzie, expanding its presence into Elgin, the firm's sixth office. The rural team has a notable relationship with Forestry and Land Scotland, which it has advised since 2008. Team head Graeme Nisbet leads on that relationship, as well as with a number of other key clients, such as Scottish Natural Heritage. He works alongside Calum Macleod, who has significant expertise in crofting law, particularly in relation to renewable energy developments

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Testimonials

‘I found the practice very helpful and prompt and customer orientated.’

‘The team treat you as an individual and have a team of different resources on hand to deal with any other needs.’

‘All members of the team are very approachable and personable, which allows friendly relationships to be developed, which in turn makes conversations easier when looking to resolve issues.’

‘A lot of agriculture experts are small firms. The unique selling point of this team is they are able to combine specialist knowledge with big-firm resources. This makes them appropriate for truly large and significant litigation in this area.’

‘The team deliver a high quality, attentive service and provide excellent value for money.’

‘Graeme Nisbet is quick to respond as well as considered in his advice.’

‘Graeme Nisbet is very approachable and practical.’

Key clients

Forestry and Land Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage

The Office of Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Historic Environment Scotland

Craignathro Farms Limited

Kincardine Castle Estate

The Firm of Home Farms

Woodland Creation UK Limited

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Registers of Scotland

Moray Council

Highland Council

Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Scottish Government

Debt recovery Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP's debt and asset recovery team led by Dawn McKenzie acts for a significant number of Scotland's registered social landlords in court actions for arrears of rent, rechargeable repairs and factoring arrears, while its client portfolio also includes commercial organisations, financial institutions and public bodies.

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They are very accessible and always provide very thorough advice on diverse matters. We use them for litigation and for other legal advice in business matters. Their strength is knowledge and communicating advice.

They are all very approachable and easy to deal with. I find them all very knowledgeable and happy to go out their way to help.

Fast and efficient service. Clear and practical legal advice.

Well organised and proactive in relation to ongoing cases.

Key clients

Link Group Limited

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Matthew Clark Wholesale Limited

John W Grant & Sons Limited

Stirling Park LLP

Cairn Housing Association Limited

West of Scotland Housing Association

Irvine Housing Association

Williamsburgh Housing Association

Richmond Plumbing & Heating Merchants Limited

Cadder Housing Association Limited

Partick Works Limited

Complete Storage & Interiors Limited

Caledonia Housing Association

Intellectual property Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP handles international trade mark and patent disputes, transactional matters, and regulatory issues, and is active in the sport, life sciences, energy and renewables, music and publishing, AI, blockchain and fintech sectors. Jamie Watt heads up the team and is a registered expert in IP with the European Commission; he handles a broad range of IP and commercial matters.

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‘Harper Macleod has a team of efficient lawyers’.

‘The best part of this firm is that it appreciates the needs of the client be it legal, practical or budget’.

‘Jamie Watt’s insights on practical legal solutions to issues in hand makes him different and unique from others’.

‘The team offers a cost efficient service’.            

‘Jamie Watt is always available for advice’.        

‘The firm has a very strong IP practice and a stellar client list’.

‘Jamie Watt is very proactive and makes things happen’.

Key clients

The Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)

The Musicians Union

The Commonwealth Games Federation

Celtic Football Club

British Athletics

KPMG

Epidarex Capital

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Saregama

Forestry Commission England

Licensing Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP is well placed to provide assistance with alcohol and premises licenses alongside licensing appeals, and acts for food, leisure and hospitality sector players as well as a significant number of retail petrol stations, which is an area of particular expertise for the team led by liquor licensing specialist Andrew Hunter. Other areas of expertise include gambling and civic government licensing.

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Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Greene King Brewing & Retailing Limited (t/a Belhaven Pubs)

Motor Fuel Limited

Shell UK

The Climbing Academy / Undercover Rock Limited

Comic Enterprises Limited

Glendola Leisure Limited

Certas Energy UK Limited

BP Oil UK Limited

Lynnet Leisure Group

Heineken UK Limited

Local government Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP is regularly called upon to provide assistance with funding projects alongside public procurement, state aid and investment matters arising from various large projects. This is complemented with corporate and transactional capabilities. The practice also has a strong contentious arm, representing local authorities in various court actions, which regularly involve claims of professional negligence and breaches of contract. Co-head Jennifer Jack is well versed in defending judicial reviews and statutory appeals, while co-head James McMorrow is a key contact for corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement matters. Another key contact for public procurement as well as competition law is Jill Fryer, who made partner in April 2019. Collette Miller, who focuses on governance, regulatory and constitutional issues, was elevated to the partnership at the same time.

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The team was terrific to deal with, very knowledgeable and very responsive to our needs. They listened to what we needed and responded accordingly, whereas some other firms are simply not on the same wavelength and are very risk-averse.

The knowledge and advice their team has is immeasurable.

Specialist contractual knowledge of Hub contracts and understanding of business.

The individuals we dealt with were all very down-to-earth, approachable, responsive and listed to what we needed. It was great team work.

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Highland Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Moray Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Aberdeen City Council

Shetland Islands Council

Orkney Islands Council

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

The medical negligence team at Harper Macleod LLP sits within the firm's personal injury and reparation department, and is led by Heather Calderwood , who works with well-regarded senior associate Amy Dickson. The practice focuses on claims for wrongful death and foetal abnormalities, among others, and the firm has recently seen an increase in claims involving children. Elizabeth Mitchell is the overall head of the firm's personal injury and reparation department.

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‘Those with whom I have worked in this team are enthusiastic and driven to find solutions for their clients. They are lawyers with an ability to see the wood from the trees and to quickly identify the real issue or issues in a case. They take a proactive approach to the claims in which their clients instruct them. Whilst being pragmatic they are also determined and will take an appropriately firm stance on their client’s behalf whether in settlement negotiations or in defending claims to the full.’

Parliamentary and public affairs Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP acts for public authorities and third sector clients in a wide range of parliamentary and public affairs matters: Derek Hogg regularly provides governance, regulatory and constitutional advice, while James McMorrow is a key contact for third sector work, and Jennifer Jack is noted for her expertise in handling judicial reviews and appeals against decisions of public authorities and regulators.

Key clients

The Scottish Government

The Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA) /Euro 2020

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Creative Scotland

Westminster Parliamentarians (Tom Brake and Chris Leslie)

Care Inspectorate

Forestry and Land Scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council

Glasgow City Council

Aberdeen City Council

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

Moray Council

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Spread across offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, the ‘dedicated and extremely capable team’ at Harper Macleod LLP advises insurers, public bodies and private individuals on a variety of claims including road traffic accidents, public and occupiers’ liability, many of which involve serious and complex issues such as mesothelioma and wrongful death. Elizabeth Mitchell  leads the team and manages the relationship with some of the firm’s largest insurer clients. Suzanne McGarrigle is ‘always willing to go the extra distance’ in assisting with industrial disease claims relating to exposure to asbestos, silica and coal dust.

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Those with whom I have worked in this team are enthusiastic and driven to find solutions for their clients. They are lawyers with an ability to see the wood from the trees and to quickly identify the real issue or issues in a case. They take a proactive approach to the claims. Whilst being pragmatic, they are also determined, and will take an appropriately firm stance on their client’s behalf; whether in settlement negotiations or in defending claims to the full.

Suzanne McGarrigle is focused and determined; always willing to go the extra distance to achieve best result for clients.’

Key clients

Direct Line Group and Direct Line Insurance Services Limited

Forestry and Land Scotland

Covea Insurance

Acromas Insurance Company Limited

Admiral Insurance / EUI Limited

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

The team at Harper Macleod LLP provides a 'first-class service for clients'. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell regularly appears before the Court of Session and is adept in handling claims relating to workplace and motor accidents, often involving seven-figure sums. Heather Calderwood - whose 'professionalism is second to none' - supports Mitchell with the team’s overall management and focuses on wrongful death and fatal claims. Senior associate Marina Harper, who is skilled in claims pertaining to work and road accidents, is also recommended.

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‘Heather Calderwood is a very experienced and able partner who is also a solicitor-advocate. She works hard for her clients and is well organised.’

‘First-class service for clients as the partner retains proper involvement and leads the team strongly. No stone left unturned.’

‘Heather Calderwood is one of the best litigation solicitors I have worked with. She is completely on the ball, reactive and one step ahead. She thoroughly prepares cases and her professionalism is second to none.’

‘Marina Harper always displays a very sound understanding of the issues arising in each case and how best to deal with those. Excellent rapport with clients who clearly trust her judgement and her commitment to achieving the best outcome for them.’

Banking and finance Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is renowned for its expertise in marine, renewables and real estate finance. The team acts for international banking clients on transactional matters, as well as training, and sectoral and geographical intelligence. The firm has a broad geographical spread with a presence in Inverness, Shetland and Elgin, as well as the Central Belt. Practice head Tony Cameron advises both lender and borrower clients on corporate banking and finance matters.

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Dedicated project manager who responded very quickly and very efficiently to our needs’.

‘Great team players and fitted in very well with the wider in-house team’.  

‘Very knowledgeable team in their area of expertise’.

‘They are down to earth, approachable, and responded quickly to our demands’.

‘Very commercially focused, solution-driven and understanding of bigger picture’.

‘Work well across practice disciplines to ensure a joined up solution’.   

‘Relationship-focused, work hard to really understand the business and tailor service to meet needs’.

‘Good depth within the team and turnaround times always exceed expectations’.

Key clients

Bank of Scotland plc/Lloyds Banking Group

Clydesdale Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

Santander UK plc

Aberdeen Standard Investments

City Property Glasgow (Investments) LLP

Abundance Investments Limited

National Westminster Bank plc

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Morrison Community Care Group

Tenzing Private Equity

Atom Bank plc

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP advises on a range of commercial matters for both small and large charities, as well as trusts and other not-for-profit organisations. The firm has a track record of work on high-value property transfers, disputes, governance and regulatory compliance. The firm has advised on partnership agreements between different charities, and between international strands of the same organisation; the firm notably harmonised data protection policy among Veganuary’s international partners. The team is jointly led by Derek Hogg and James McMorrow; Jennifer Jack, based in Edinburgh, handles regulatory matters and disputes, while associate Kelly Fraser is another key member of the team.

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‘We have formed a vital alliance with Harper Macleod, which provides us with pro bono representation. Harper Macleod has provided legal expertise and longstanding dedication, treats our alliance as a client relationship, and is very much an exemplar of proficiency and professionalism. We are indebted to their knowledge, responsiveness and commitment. ‘

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

The Highland Council

Scottish Surfing Federation

Simeon Care for the Elderly

Veganuary

ROHHAD Association

National Autistic Society

Scottish Sports Futures

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

retailTRUST

Historic Environment Scotland

Fashion Retail Academy

North Lanarkshire Council

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's broad client roster, including private individuals, start-ups and various organisations across the public and third sectors alongside major corporates, financial institutions and insurers, is testimony to the team's wide-ranging expertise. Its skill-set covers insolvency, corporate, banking, construction, energy and sports-related disputes but the practice has also been handling a growing number of competition claims and IP litigations. Corporate and shareholder dispute experts Sandy Hastie and David Kerr jointly head the team, which includes contractual and property disputes specialist Andrew Upton, who made partner in April 2019.

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Great service and good value for money, while maintaining all the professionalism levels you would expect.

David Kerr is technically strong and has a pragmatic, commercial approach. David is likable, measured, diligent and enjoyable to work with – his background in accountancy assists massively. A trusted advisor, who remains calm in situations of time pressure. He is approachable and listens to requests, putting client requirements first and responding well to clarification and/ or challenge queries.

David Kerr stands out as an extremely adept commercial litigator. He combines a sharp intellect with real world down-to-earth practical nous to great effect. He is always a pleasure to work with and serves his clients very well.

Key clients

The Scottish Government

Marks & Spencer

Halfords

Greenpeace

British Athletics

Lyndon SGB

Police Scotland

Dragados UK Ltd

Optical Express Group

RBS Insurance

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP’s real estate team draws on the expertise of its planning, construction, banking and insolvency, energy, corporate and rural practices. Team head John Meehan is experienced in lease management, distressed property and property finance matters. David Bell specialises in commercial leasing, and in addition to Chris Noble, is a key practitioner for the firm’s retail, hospitality and leisure offering. Limor Wolfe handles insolvency, property finance and development. The team was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Caroline Summers, who was hired from Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors, and Ian Davidson, who joined the Elgin office from Wink & Mackenzie. Ross Thomson has recently shifted his focus to commercial property work.

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‘Great and efficient service, always available for consultation.’

‘Chris Noble is understanding and pragmatic to needs and requirements.’

 

Key clients

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

James Keiller Group

MCR Property Group

Telecom Services Centres Limited

Tulloch Homes Group

Last Mile Infrastructure

Hazledene Group

James Keiller Group

Upland Property Group

Ardent Group

City Vale Developments

CBRE Global Investors

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Upland Property Group

Camlin Group

James Keiller Group

Xafinity

Yorsipp

@Sipp

AJ Bell

Hagan Homes Limited

Loch Ness Homes Limited

New City Vision Group

William Hill

JD Sports

Halfords

Charles Tyewhitt

Caffé Nero

BP

NCP

Smyths Toys

Card Factory

Optical Express

Dulux Decorator Centres

Eden Springs

Gerry Weber

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Ashers Bakeries Limited

Pizza Punks

Compass Building & Construction

National Savings & Investments

Glasgow City Council

Strathclyde Passenger Executive

National Records of Scotland

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Scottish Natural Heritage

Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Outside of the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, Harper Macleod LLP’s real estate team operates in Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Lerwick. Inverness-based Ross Thomson handles transactional work and litigation, recently shifting his focus to commercial property work, while Ian Davidson joined as a partner in Elgin from Wink & Mackenzie. John Meehan in Glasgow is the practice head.

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‘I have always found it easy to arrange meetings to discuss matters either in person or telephone. If the partner I have contacted does not have the expertise required they always have the ability to recommend another partner within HM To carry out the work required.’

Key clients

G & A Barnie

Tulloch Homes Group

Upland Developments

James Keiller Investments

Hazledene Group

James Keiller Group

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Gael Force Engineering Group

Rathven Investments Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Handlesbanken

Clydesdale Bank Plc

HSBC Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

Ashers Bakeries Limited

Ocean Kinetics

Compass Building & Construction Services Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Whinhurst Properties Limited

Ardent Property Group

Loch Ness Homes Limited

Clyde Munro Dental Group

Dicksons of Forres Limited

GF Job Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Bolts Shetland Limited

Morrison Community Corp Group Limited

St Giles Shopping Centre Holdings Limited

Cameron Paterson Homes Limited

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP handles the full range of corporate M&A work, with a particular focus on the healthcare, automotive, food and drink and IT sectors. The team regularly handles cross-border mandates, acting for overseas investors and Scottish companies pursuing overseas investment or exit opportunities. The practice has noted experience in advising family owned businesses and OMBs, early-stage and high-growth businesses. Head of team Donald Munro is recommended alongside Paula Skinner, who specialises in advising entrepreneurial businesses. Fiona Neilson joined as partner from Ledingham Chalmers LLP.

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Testimonials

‘Jo Nisbet performed all aspects of her role with expertise, professionalism and humanity offering plenty support throughout the whole process’.

‘The team has a clear focus on clients’ interest’.

‘James MacGregor is a very experienced professional with a deep desire to fully understand the commercial drivers of his clients’ business’.

‘The team are very commercially focused and provide commercially valuable advice alongside technical legal advice’.

‘All are prepared to go the extra mile when required’.

‘Paula Skinner is an excellent source of advice and practical solutions’.

‘I trust Paula Skinner’s judgement and know that she genuinely cares about me and my business’. 

‘Prepared to do pro-bono work to help start-up businesses’. 

‘They genuinely care about your issues and bend over backwards to support you and your business’.

‘Partner led advice at all times, very knowledgeable and good value’. 

Key clients

Webhelp

Halfords

Paddle.com

Portman Healthcare

Clyde Group

Epidarex Capital

Kent Foods

Gael Force Group Limited

Tchibo Coffee Service

Firm of Scott-Moncrieff

Kingdom Technologies

Optical Express

Scottish EDGE

Rainbow Services (UK)

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is noted for its experience of advising OMBs and family-owned businesses of all sizes, as well as the acquirers of such businesses. It is also adept at handling cross-border transactions, particularly outbound investment for Scottish companies and overseas exits. The firm generates mandates in the marine, rural, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, and food and drink industries. Practice head Christopher Kerr is well regarded for his expertise in employee ownership matters. Jill Fryer was promoted to partner.

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‘I was very pleased with the way that Harper McLeod team guided me through the sale of my business. Excellent communication with me and clear explanation of options at each step. I would highly recommend.’

‘Highly skilled communicators and clear and concise explanation of options.’

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Gael Force Group Limited

Shetland Islands Council

G & A Barnie Group Limited

Johnson Marine Limited

Ocean Farm Services Limited

Portman Healthcare Limited

Laurence Odie (Knitwear) Limited

Caithness Flagstone Limited

Andy & Tracey Sirel and Others

Even Property Ltd

B. Mundell Limited

McGowan Environmental Limited

Compass Building and Construction Limited

Colin Armstrong Architects

Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP continues to be strong in the UK secondary and investment markets, and is well regarded for its expertise in construction, planning and property, grid connection agreements and renewable energy projects. David Bone leads the team, which acts for funders and borrowers on the financing and refinancing of renewables projects. Omar Ali is also recommended.

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‘Harper Macleod have shown a willingness and ability to understand how our company operates. This awareness has allowed them to provide high quality legal support in different areas of our business.’

‘Pamela Todd and her team have a wide experience of negotiating renewable energy transactions and are able to provide concise legal and property advice whilst always having an appreciation for the commercial realities for such agreements.’

‘The HM team have a great mix of technical ability, commercialism, responsiveness and pragmatism when it comes to fee arrangements. They also mix this with excellent and deep energy sector knowledge which is of great value to us and our clients.’

 

Key clients

Fred. Olsen Renewables Limited

Forestry & Land Scotland

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hermia Community Energy CIC

InfraRed Capital Partners

Natural Power

Abundance Investments Limited

Alpha Real Capital

EnergieKontor UK Limited

Local Energy Scotland

Environment Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's strength lies in dealing with planning-related environmental law matters, which are frequently contentious in nature and often pertain to controversial developments across Scotland. This part of the practice is led by Jennifer Jack, whereas team co-head Peter Ferguson focuses on non-contentious work and is well versed in representing public sector clients in public planning inquiries. The team also works in close conjunction with its energy, real estate, banking and corporate groups, resulting in a steady stream of instructions at these intersections.

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Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council No

The City of Edinburgh Council

Marine Scotland

Glasgow City Council

Scottish Forestry

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Energiekontor

Hillhouse Quarry Group

University of St Andrews

Lairg Wind Farm Limited

Greenpeace

EU and competition Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP’s competition team focuses on handling public procurement and state aid matters for public and private sector clients. Other areas of expertise include merger control, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance. James McMorrow leads the team. Jill Fryer was promoted to partner.

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‘Great advice, very responsive, very much a “can do” attitude and solution driven. Tuned into our needs and responded accordingly.’

‘Very down to earth and pragmatic, approachable and extremely helpful.’

 

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

Inverclyde Council

sportscotland

East Renfrewshire Council

Scape Group

Energy Savings Trust

Forestry and Land Scotland

Family Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's 'forward-thinking team' has specialist knowledge in financial provision arrangements where settlement has been complicated by insolvency, assets held in shares and trusts, and foreign assets. The firm also has experience in cross-border child relocation and abduction cases, and has achieved favourable outcomes for their clients in residency and contact orders involving suspected abuse. In addition to advising on custody and financial separation agreements in divorces, practice head Amanda Masson has significant experience in fertility law, encompassing the law governing the use of frozen embryos, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction. Jenny Smith focuses on financial matters, with experience in drafting cohabitation agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and complex asset separation. Alexis Harper provides expertise on business valuations as it pertains to financial provision, while Karen Gibbons handles child welfare and mediation. Associates Nadine Martin and Rachael MacDonald are names to note.

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Testimonials

‘Personalised and professional. Speedy service – we were kept up to date all along and the firm was always available to assist.’

‘Harper Macleod are, in my view, a growing force in the family law sector in Scotland.’

‘Harper Macleod have a strong team of family lawyers. They cover all of the disciplines within the area. They are among the top handful of family law firms in the country. ‘

‘Harper Macleod have a number of offices throughout Scotland and this allows them to provide specialist family law advice in some more rural areas as well as from their main office in Glasgow. A really forward-thinking team, keen to engage at the cutting edge of family law and to make a distinctive and positive contribution.’

‘Karen Gibbons always kept in touch. Approachable. Professional. Knowledgeable. Sincere.’

‘Jenny Smith brings a careful and considered approach, which has been effective in bringing about a good outcome in the cases in which I have acted on her instructions.’

‘Karen Gibbons is a dynamic lawyer who has a real attention to detail and an extensive knowledge of the law in terms of theory and practice.’

‘Amanda Masson is a highly experienced lawyer who cares about the outcome for her clients.’

‘Amanda Masson is a vastly experienced family lawyer. I have found her to be pragmatic, sensible and results-orientated.’

‘Alexis Harper is a highly conscientious and able family lawyer. She is a technically excellent lawyer. She is able to operate well under pressure.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP handles a broad range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including bank-led restructures and refinancings, administrations and liquidations. The firm is seeing an uptick in instructions from new entrants to the lending market, such as challenger banks and crowdfunded lenders. The team (which has notable expertise in the sports sector) includes Gordon Hollerin, who has over 30 years of experience handling restructurings, as well as corporate recovery and insolvency matters. James Lloyd, who jointly heads up the team with Hollerin, is an expert in personal insolvency.

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‘A very practical and commercial firm with a wealth of experience at a senior level.’

‘Gordon Hollerin is a very highly respected restructuring lawyer with a huge amount of experience on cases that range in size and complexity. He brings a lot of practical and commercial experience to the table and takes a robust but practical approach to what can at times be difficult situations to deal with.’

 

Key clients

KPMG LLP

RSM UK

BDO

FRP Advisory

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Campbell Dallas

Johnston Carmichael

Lloyds Banking Group Business Support Unit

Clydesdale Bank Strategic Business Services

Allied Irish Bank Financial Solutions Group

HCC International Insurance Company PLC

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP is noted for its advice on IT and telecoms contracts, mainstream IT contracts, outsourcing agreements, website and app developments, and licensing and distribution agreements. It is also experienced in the public and third sectors, and acts for SMEs, start-ups and software developers. Tom Thomas heads up the team, which includes Jill Fryer, who was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Testimonials

‘Tom Thomas is brilliant, he has got to know our business and helped us in a new area of development that had considerable risk’.

Key clients

Retail Trust

Historic Environment Scotland

Registers of Scotland

Webhelp

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Oh Polly Ltd

Enduro Sports Organisation Limited

Blackwood Homes and Care

Scotnet.co.uk Limited

Tennis Scotland

UK Athletics Limited

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

Following the acquisition of Elgin firm Wink & Mackenzie in September 2019, Harper Macleod LLP has further expanded its private client practice. The team has notable expertise in domestic and foreign taxation; estate planning, particularly for high-net-worth individuals; and trusts, including personal injury and charitable trusts. Practice head Pamela Niven is highly experienced in estate planning, while the 'professional and friendly' Jacqueline Leslie specialises in trusts, and Julie Doncaster has expertise in advising farmers and rural business owners on succession and inheritance tax planning.

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Testimonials

‘Pamela Niven is practical, compassionate, and always able to find a way forward with the most complex and sensitive private client issues.’

‘From my first meeting with Jacqueline Leslie, I felt comfortable and confident with her. She is totally professional and displays a quiet, caring, helpful approach. She is very thorough and acts promptly in all matters.’

‘Swift response to queries. Professional understanding of the complex issues that cross between financial services and legal aspects. Great interpersonal skills and client empathy.’

‘Jacqueline Leslie provides a thoroughly professional and friendly client service.’

Projects Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong presence advising Scottish hub initiative clients and it continues to act for key client hub North Scotland. The team also has deep experience of student accommodation projects, major engineering projects and PPP disputes. Practice head Euan Pirie is noted for his PPP experience in areas such as education, health and roads. Senior associate Catriona Kemp is also recommended. Ken Ross left for Brodies LLP.

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Hub North Scotland Limited

North Ayrshire Council

Stirling Council

NHS Lanarkshire

Glasgow City Council

City Property (Glasgow) Investments LLP

Equitix

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

Inverclyde Council

Roadbridge UK

FCC Construcción S.A

NYOP Education (Aberdeen) Limited

River Clyde Homes

Property litigation Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's work covers the commercial and private rented sectors alongside agricultural property, including crofts. While the team led by commercial litigator Carolyn Morgan is best known for its public sector work, it also acts for a wide range of commercial clients as well as private individuals. Recently, its workload included dilapidation claims, right-to-buy matters, servitude right to access and public right of way issues alongside lease-related disputes, among others. Andrew Upton, who acts for public and private sector clients, made partner in April 2019.

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The Scottish Government

Forestry and Land Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage

British Athletics

William Hill Organization Limited

AIB Group (UK) PLC (Allied Irish Bank UK)

Halfords Limited

Sportscotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Glasgow City Council

Construction Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP is best known for its strong public sector client base but also receives regular instructions from registered social landlords and private sector developers to provide assistance with various contentious and non-contentious construction law matters, including procurement issues. Michael Conroy heads the practice from Glasgow and is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts.

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Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Dragados SA/ Dragados UK Limited

North Ayrshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council

HIAL

Hub North Scotland No

FCC Construcción S.A No

Shetland Islands Council

Everwarm Limited

Employment Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP's employer client base consists of public, private and third sector players, who regularly instruct the team led by sports sector expert Bruce Caldow with employment tribunal work alongside various HR matters, business transfers and TUPE, restructurings and compulsory redundancies as well as investigations.

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Assessment Inc Ltd

The Highland Council

Children’s Hospice Association Scotland

sportscotland

Scottish Swimming

Cornerstone Community Care

River Clyde Homes (RCH)

Forestry Commission

East Lothian Council (ELC)

Webhelp

Compello Staffing Group

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 & finance; energy & natural resources; food & drink; healthcare; insurance; real estate & 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.

Commercial Property
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.

Corporate
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.

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 registered social landlords.

Sport
The team is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law practice with experience of representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals. Harper Macleod has 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 procurement.

Healthcare
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.

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 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
Personal injury Elizabeth Mitchell
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 acts for both public and private sector organisations in relation…
 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…
 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…
 Lorna Davis  photo Lorna Davis Partner  Lorna is a Partner and Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist, based…
 Amy Dickson photo Amy Dickson Senior Associate Amy is an experienced Personal Injury solicitor and delivers advice and assistance…
 Peter Ferguson photo Peter Ferguson Partner Advocacy: Representing clients at inquiry and hearing sessions held in relation…
 Kelly Fraser  photo Kelly Fraser Partner  Kelly provides advice and assistance to our public sector clients, particularly…
 Tom Gray  photo Tom Gray Associate  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 in…
 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…
 Scott Kerr photo Scott Kerr Partner Scott has a wide range of experience in advising on corporate…
 David Kerr  photo David Kerr Partner David heads our Dispute Resolution team in Glasgow, leading on a…
 Chris Kerr  photo Chris Kerr Partner Chris was named as one of The Lawyer‘s Hot 100 lawyers in 2020 –…
 James Lloyd photo James Lloyd Partner James heads the firm’s Insolvency team and has advised on corporate…
 James MacGregor  photo James MacGregor Partner James is a partner in our corporate team, whose practice regularly…
 Andrew MacKenzie  photo Andrew MacKenzie Senior Associate  Andrew deals with a wide variety of civil and commercial…
 Amanda Masson  photo Amanda Masson Partner Amanda is highly experienced in all family law matters. She has…
 Dawn McKenzie photo Dawn McKenzie Partner Dawn has responsibility for the overall supervision of the debt recovery…
 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…
 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…
 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…
 John Pringle photo John Pringle Pringle John regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in a broad spectrum…
Professor Robert Rennie  photo Professor Robert Rennie Consultant  Professor Rennie has extensive experience in relation to all forms of…
 Paula Skinner photo Paula Skinner Partner Paula is head of the entrepreneurial team at Harper Macleod that…
 Lynne Stevenson  photo Lynne Stevenson Senior Associate  Lynne specialises in real estate and is highly experienced in…
 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…
 Jamie Watt photo Jamie Watt Partner Jamie leads the firm’s intellectual property & technology (IP&T) department, and…
 Limor Wolfe photo Limor Wolfe Limor provides advice and support to clients on real estate matters including:…
Number of UK partners : 69
Number of other UK fee-earners : 155

CLIENT: Hugh McNally, former owner and managing director of Windhoist Group.
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Over a 9-month period, Paul Macdonald and Craig Ramsay were instrumental in helping me to sell my global wind turbine installation business to STAR Capital Their commercial and down-to-earth advice helped me to understand what was required in terms of the process. They were always available to me and went above and beyond to direct the deal towards completion, which included negotiating with a top 10 global law firm and project managing the various professional advisors across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Morocco, South Africa and Australia. Ultimately, they helped me achieve a very good exit and I was delighted with the service I received.”


CLIENT: Matthew Jones, Company Secretary for Low & Bonar
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
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: 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: Pauline Barclay, Managing Director at City Property
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “We are delighted with the support we have received from the team at Harper Macleod who have worked in partnership with us, demonstrating real commitment to the successful conclusion of this key project.”


CLIENT: Greg Stevens, Investment Director at Abundance
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Abundance was pleased with Harper Macleod’s work and intends to instruct them again in the future. The partners were responsive and combine the requisite attention to detail with a pragmatic approach whilst also taking the time to clearly explain points of law to their client.”


CLIENT: Paul Mitchell, Chairman of Genus Medical Partnership Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked with Paula Skinner and the team at Harper Macleod since opening my first IVF clinic almost 15 years ago, there was no question of who to turn to for assistance with our partnership with ERFS. As well as having built up extensive knowledge of the reproductive medicine market from a legal perspective, it always feels as if you have the full firm on hand no matter what is required in any transaction. Despite this deal taking place during lockdown the personal touch was still there, as it always has been.”


CLIENT: Gordon Cameron, Director of Property and New Business, Port of Leith Housing Association
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “The purchase of the Association’s maintenance contractor provided us with the opportunity to protect essential services for our tenants into the future. Having little experience of purchasing a commercial organisation, Harper Macleod provided us with an excellent service, encompassing a wide range of expertise including governance, regulatory compliance, risk management and robust due diligence. The team at HM were professional, patient and went the extra mile to ensure success of what proved to be a very complex deal.”


CLIENT: Alistair Brown, Co-founder of Bellfield Brewery
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Harper Macleod from nearly the start of our journey and over the years we have kept the team busy with a host of activities surrounding our growth. We have built a great relationship with Jo and the HM team over the years and always find them to provide wise counsel and deliver work on time. The HM team are diligent, competent and pragmatic.


CLIENT: Evelyn McDonald, CEO of Scottish EDGE
COMPANY/FIRM: Harper Macleod
TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Harper Macleod have been our trusted legal advisors since the outset of Scottish EDGE and the firm surpassed itself in terms of getting this deal done against a tight timescale. Jo Nisbet, Paula Skinner and the team have played an important role in the support we provide to all our winners and it’s great to have the firm on board as a Gold Partner for yet another year.”