Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Firm Profile

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

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP is ‘intellectually strong with a collaborative approach’ according to clients and has a robust claimant practice against financial services sector and construction professionals, including engineers and architects. The group is jointly led by Sandy Hastie and David Kerr, both rated by peers, and remains active in negligence claims across the construction sector – John McHugh in Edinburgh is the key contact here. Also in the team is E-Ming Fong in Glasgow who focuses on solicitors’ negligence claims, while Andrew MacKenzie was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hastie; David Kerr

Other key lawyers:

John Hughes; E-Ming Fong; Andrew Mackenzie

Testimonials

‘David Kerr and Sandy Hastie are first class – technically sound and very pragmatic.’

‘E-Ming Fong is very methodical. A highly capable individual, her case analysis is forever impressive.’

‘John McHugh is well regarded and brings vast experience to his cases.’

‘The strongest professional practice in the country. There’s a strength in depth with which others struggle to compete. Clients can be confident that they’re getting true experts in the field.’

‘The team is largely a pursuer practice but they are instructed in high-profile and complicated cases against professionals, often at the higher value end of the spectrum of these cases. David Kerr is a standout figure in this area of the law.’

‘They have brought and fought difficult cases and always get fantastic results for their clients.’

‘They are particularly strong in cases against solicitors and accountants.’

This firm is very focussed and rigorous on building and checking the facts and the legal arguments for its client. It is intellectually strong and the collaborative approach within the team can bring unexpected insights to a case.’

Key clients

Robert Kidd

Centenary 6 Limited

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Montbank (Loanhead) Limited

Optical Express Group

Shetland Trust

David Kennedy

Saga Group Plc

Shetland Islands Council

River Clyde Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for the pursuer Robert Kidd in this action for $210m in damages for unlawful means conspiracy, against Lime Rock Group, Ledingham Chalmers LLP and others.
  • Acting for the pursuer in a £40m solicitors negligence claim for loss of opportunity. The underlying claim relates to a claim open to the pursuer against a liquidator and is of considerable factual and legal complexity.
  • Instructed by River Clyde Homes (“RCH”) in an £8.5m claim for damages against British Gas Trading Limited for negligence and breach of a contract for the design and installation of external wall installation (“EWI”) on three high-rise social housing developments in Greenock.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP‘s in-depth social housing expertise translates into regular instructions from registered social landlords (RSLs), public sector bodies and private developers and builds on the practice’s multidisciplinary approach. Consequently, the team is well placed to guide its clients through governance, regulatory, constitutional and property funding issues – an area of particular expertise for Derek Hogg and Collette Miller – alongside corporate, commercial and public procurement matters, which are key elements of James McMorrow‘s workload. McMorrow is based in Glasgow and jointly heads the group with Hogg in Edinburgh, while clients also benefit from the firm’s wide geographical reach with additional offices in Inverness, Elgin, Thurso and Shetland.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

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

‘The team is very personable, down to earth and approachable.’

‘They are efficient, cost effective and have a very practical approach to loan and conveyancing processing, which is invaluable to us.’

‘Being based in Shetland it is useful that Harper Macleod have a local office which ensures they have a good local understanding of the community we work in whilst also being able to provide in-person support in court without additional costs associated with travel.’

‘What sets Derek Hogg apart is his knowledge of the social housing sector, and also that he is very well respected in the sector. I know advice provided from him immediately puts my board members at ease when reviewing legal documents.’

‘Derek Hogg’s and Euan Pirie’s involvement in innovative projects has been a major contributory success factor.’

‘Derek Hogg and Collette Miller are the two outstanding partners covering our work and they are both very accessible and focus on getting transactions concluded. Both are market-leading experts in their field.’

‘James McMorrow is an exceptional lawyer on regulatory compliance standards, corporate and governance issues – providing clear and practical assistance in dealing with highly sensitive matters.’

Key clients

Wheatley Housing Group

Scottish Government (More Homes Division)

Link Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Cairn Housing Association

Fife Council

GB Social Housing plc

River Clyde Homes

West of Scotland Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Cunninghame Housing Association

Clyde Valley Housing Association

Queens Cross Housing Association

NG Homes

Maryhill Housing Association

Eildon Housing Association

Berwickshire Housing Association

Riverside Scotland

Hebridean Housing Partnership

Hjaltland Housing Association

Grampian Housing Association

Dunbritton Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Riverside Scotland on the acquisition and development of a project in Dundonald, which is the largest RSL modular construction project to date in Scotland.
  • Advised the Link Group on a £80m sustainability-linked loan facility from Scottish Widows.
  • Advised the City of Edinburgh Council on the disposal of 90 former National Housing Trust properties in Edinburgh to LAR Housing Trust.

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

Fielding one of the largest sports practices in the Scottish market, Harper Macleod LLP continues to enjoy a stellar reputation among all manner of governing bodies, clubs, and athletes for its far-reaching contentious and non-contentious capabilities. Department chair Bruce Caldow is a prolific advisor to some of the leading organisations in the sector, advising on both commercial matters and disputes, including tribunals governed by the SPFL. Senior partner Lorne Crerar is highly regarded for his expertise in disciplinary proceedings, most notably on issues arising in rugby. Tom Thomas concentrates on broadcasting, sponsorship, and IP rights issues for major cycling championships and football leagues, while Carolyn Morgan has most recently been engaged on extensive conduct reviews in gymnastics. David Kerr advises on football disputes before the SFA panel, while Kelly Fraser is a key port of call for the firm’s swimming clientele. Andrew Maxwell is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Caldow

Testimonials

‘Highly respected and sought after. Approachable and dependable, high level of knowledge and expertise.’

‘Personable, pragmatic, efficient, reliable with great experience and understanding of the sector.’

‘Specialists in all legal areas – one stop shop which makes it a lot easier from a client perspective. They very much become an extension of your business. They keep us updated with developments that affect our business, through the use of an innovative exclusive portal, webinars and clinic sessions for our partners.’

‘Very professional, make every effort to understand our business. Very quick to respond and speak in layman’s terms which helps immensely. They are there when we need them, they go above and beyond. Excellent communications. It is not just about billable hours and it is much more than that, very much about building a strong relationship with clients.’

‘Bruce Caldow is very personable and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

sportscotland

Scottish Rugby

Glasgow City Council (host 2023 Cycling World Championships)

Commonwealth Games Scotland

Celtic plc

Scottish Gymnastics

Scottish Swimming

Scottish Volleyball

Scottish Athletics

Enduro Series

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice for sportscotland.
  • Continuing to act as solicitor to the national Scottish rugby team, representing players (including Zander Fagerson and Finn Russell) in matters relating to the Six Nations.
  • Advising World Cycling Championships 2023 and Glasgow City Council on the funding arrangements for the event including the loan agreement between the Council and the organising vehicle.

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

Harper Macleod LLP leverages a broad geographical footprint outside of Scotland’s Central Belt, fielding offices in Inverness, Elgin, Thurso and Shetland. The team undertakes a wealth of corporate matters, including M&A, private equity and venture capital deals, MBOs, demergers and joint ventures, and is well-placed to advise on transactions involving listed companies and multijurisdictional elements. Christopher Kerr holds distinct expertise in family office representation and the Scottish employee ownership market, overseeing a team with specific expertise in the IT, telecommunications, food and drink, healthcare, energy and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Chan; Craig McKerracher

Testimonials

‘The team have been incredible, very knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘They are always there to help, nothing is an issue and have a lot of patience. Happy to breakdown information to help you understand better.’

Key clients

Speedcast International Limited

Ardersier Port (Scotland) Limited

M&Co Trading Limited

G & A Barnie Group Limited

Portman Healthcare Limited

Wester Ross Fisheries Limited

Carbon Financial Holdings Limited

Swansons Fruit Company Limited

Highland Network Limited

Castle House Dental Practice Ltd

Gael Force Group Limited

Low & Bonar plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as Scots law counsel to the Speedcast Group (the world’s largest global satellite providers with a key Scottish subsidiary) in relation to its financing, filing for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in US (in response to maritime/ oil and gas industry pressures and COVID-19 pandemic impact on cruise line customers) and its subsequent restructuring, involving an equity investment by Centrebridge Partners L.P.
  • Advised Ardersier Port (Scotland) Limited on the purchase of Ardersier Port Limited which owned the former McDermotts fabrication yard in Ardersier.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Inverness-based telecoms firm, Highland Network Limited trading as HighNet, on its acquisition by West Sussex-based Focus Group – one of the UK’s fastest-growing business communications and technology solutions providers.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP has considerable clout in petrol and filling station licensing but also supports businesses from the food, leisure and hospitality sectors as well as public sector bodies with a wide range of alcohol and civic licensing. Alongside its legal expertise, clients also benefit from the firm’s strong geographic presence with six offices across Scotland. The practice is led from Glasgow by liquor licensing specialist Andrew Hunter, whose work includes Licensing Board and Sheriff Court appeal matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod are, to me, the go-to licensing lawyers in Scotland. I have used them for 6 years now for applications throughout most of Scotland.’

I have never had anything but perfect success at licensing boards.’

The advice from Harper Macleod is calm, consistent, understanding of pressures and risks, and has always allowed us to keep on track.’

‘Andrew Hunter is the only partner I use, I would trust him with any licensing matter we could come across.’

I have dealt with Andrew in six separate councils – and he is well known, respected and liked in each one which is massively helpful on applications.’

Andrew Hunter has a calm persona and is able to deal with anything. He has also been creative in deals under pressure, understanding our pressures and how he can provide advice to satisfy us as a client, and provide us with a clear strategy and timescales of how to move forward.’

Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Motor Fuel Limited

Culture & Sport Glasgow t/a Glasgow Life

Hotel Chocolat Retail Limited

Greene King Brewing & Retailing Limited

Bracken Hide Limited

Intervision Gaming (UK) Limited

Triyit Limited

TX EH1 Limited (Thai Express)

Glendola Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Culture and Sport Glasgow t/a Glasgow Life on the licensing requirements for the reopening of the Burrell Collection Museum in Glasgow after its £68m refurbishment and extension, including a premises licence application and ancillary operational advice.
  • Assisting Lidl Great Britain Limited in respect of the grant of all licences for multiple new store openings in Scotland, including new stores in Airdrie and Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, where the members of the Licensing Board had expressed concern about the prevalence of the licences in those two areas.
  • Assisting Motor Fuel Limited in the grant of 26 new premises licences for their petrol station forecourt shops all across Scotland, including four which were granted against multiple local objections from local residents and interest groups, located in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Lothian.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Spanning a presence over six locations in Scotland, Harper Macleod LLP has an enviable client roster made up of public sector clients and registered social landlords (RSLs). Now under the leadership of Andrew Hunter in Glasgow, the practice is regularly instructed by housing and property sector clients on actions for rent arrears, unpaid invoices and recovery of possessions. Tenancy issues also feature in the caseload. Accredited specialist Natalie Dissake’s practice advises public sector clients, with expertise in enforcement procedures; insolvency matters are handled by Eilidh Crawford.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘As well as providing excellent debt recovery advice, we can approach for any sort of legal advice regarding our cases.’

‘They are unique in that they know our business and how we operate.’

‘I feel that if they did not know how a company operates they will make it their business to find out.’

‘Eilidh Crawford is very efficient, she always answers my calls and if it is an emergency she will go out of her way to get it sorted as soon as possible.’

‘We had problems getting payment from a French company we worked with and Eilidh Crawford was exceptional in that she sourced legal companies for us in France and advised us accordingly.’

‘Harper Macleod’s debt recovery practice and in particular solicitor Eilidh Crawford provide prompt, focussed and timely advice in relation to the matters they deal with on our behalf.’

‘The team are approachable and always available to discuss ongoing matters and where required the advice they offer is risk based and takes into consideration our general credit risk/recovery approach to the instructions.’

‘Their knowledge and ability to provide advice is a great strength and they are very patient when explaining certain actions.’

Key clients

Link Group Limited

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Forsyth of Denny Limited

John W Grant & Sons

Stirling Park LLP

Cairn Housing Association Limited

West of Scotland Housing Association

Irvine Housing Association

HSS Hire Services Limited

Richmond Plumbing & Heating Merchants Limited

Abbey Healthcare

Partick Works Limited

Complete Storage& Interiors Limited

Caledonia Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Poundland Limited in an action for payment in respect of a claim by a Scottish Liquidator claiming payment for services said to have been provided by a company (now in liquidation) to Poundland Limited.
  • Advising Abbey Healthcare on potential liability issues in relation to pursuing a third party in respect of unpaid nursing home charges.
  • Advising and appearing on behalf of the Accountant in Bankruptcy when a trustee appealed an AIB decision to disallow the charging of an outlay in a Protected Trust Deed.

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP’s clinical negligence practice sits within the firm’s wider personal injury group and is headed by Elizabeth Mitchell from Glasgow. It is highlighted as a ‘great team dedicated to achieving the best for their clients’, and covers wrongful death and stillborn deaths, foetal abnormalities including spina bifida, and catastrophic injuries to children. Heather Calderwood has ‘excellent judgement and a strong ethical sense’ and specialises in surgical errors and wrongful death claims, frequently appearing in the Court of Session. Also of note is senior associate Amy Dickson who has an active caseload covering dental, nursing and midwifery claims.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has genuine concern for and engagement with client.’

‘Amy Dickson is hard working, intelligent, and has common sense approach to cases and always goes he extra mile.’

‘The team is not simply knowledgeable, able, and caring, they are also genuinely working in their client’s interests, rather than to cost-build or to promote themselves.’

‘Heather Calderwood has to be one of the hardest working agents I have come across. She has excellent judgement and a strong ethical sense, which works to her clients’ advantage.’

‘A great team dedicated to achieving the best for their clients; proactive and professional with fantastic attention to detail.’

‘Heather Calderwood goes above and beyond in terms of client care and her extensive knowledge and experience means she is someone who you want to have in your corner!’

‘Heather Calderwood is committed and determined to get the best result possible. Great to work with – equally at ease with clients, experts and opponents.’

‘Amy Dickson is an efficient and effective litigator – with a ready grasp of complex factual matrices. Proactive and sound in her judgment.’

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 2

Described as a ‘force to be reckoned with’, the personal injury group at Harper Macleod LLP is instructed by large insurers, public bodies and private individuals across complex issues including employer and public liability, clinical negligence, and industrial diseases. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell has experience in defender actions and oversees the group which features solicitor advocate Suzanne McGarrigle, who is the key name for litigating cases before the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, specialising in liability and medical causation. Senior associate Amy Dickson is also a key name and acts on behalf of insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, meticulous in their preparation with real commercial awareness.’

‘A force to be reckoned with!’

‘Suzanne McGarrigle justly deservesher reputation for being an iron fist in a velvet glove. Pleasant and professional to deal with,but also tenacious and one step ahead of the opposition.’

‘The commercial realities of a case are always considered making these solicitors efficient as well as effective.’

‘Committed, strong team which delivers for public and private clients.’

‘Amy Dickson is determined and quality litigator.’

‘Small dedicated team so we have been able to build a rapport, enabling us to discuss matters both via formal instructions and on ad hoc basis. Very approachable and billing seems fair. Don’t do anything spectacular but steady and reliable.’

‘Deal exclusively with partner, Suzanne McGarrigle, and associate, Amy Dickson. Very available and always willing to elucidate when we southerners gasp in incomprehension about Scottish procedure. They provide ad hoc advice and formal training as part of their service.’

Key clients

Covea Insurance

Direct Line Group and Direct Line Insurance Services Limited including Direct Line Insurance, Privilege Insurance, Churchill Insurance, NIG Insurance, UK Insurance and Green Flag

Forestry and Land Scotland (previously known as Forestry Commission Scotland)

Acromas Insurance Company Limited

Admiral Insurance / EUI Limited, including Elephant Insurance and Diamond Insurance

Moray Council

Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 2

‘Displaying excellent judgment’, Harper Macleod LLP’s personal injury practice handles complex and high-value claims covering fatal accidents at work, catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents abroad. Spearheaded by Elizabeth Mitchell, the group is made up of key partner Heather Calderwood in Glasgow who focuses on wrongful death and fatal claims, and senior associate Amy Dickson, who frequently appears before the Sheriff Courts on public liability matters. Marina Harper was promoted to the partnership and is the key contact for serious injury work.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell

Testimonials

‘Strong relationships with their clients who value the advice given to them.’

‘Marina Harper: good technical knowledge; works hard to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Committed team who have the client at the core of what they do.’

‘Amy Dickson – strong, clear, determined and impressive litigator.’

‘The team displays excellent judgement, skill, and knowledge, and also a strong ethical commitment. They appear genuinely to care for their clients, rather than to cost-build or to build their brand.’

‘Heather Calderwood is a standout solicitor. She displays true leadership and excellent, ethical judgement.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP has ‘huge breadth of knowledge and experience’ in the rural sector and handles land registration issues, crofting, and landed estate matters. Acting as part of its energy and natural resources group, the team handles forestry transactions and renewable energy projects for leading clients including Forestry and Land Scotland and NatureScot. Practice head Graeme Nisbet advises on diversification projects and agricultural tenancies. Calum MacLeod in Inverness is the contact for community ownership work. Glasgow based associate Tom Gray is ‘genuinely excellent‘ according to clients and is the key contact for forestry and estate purchases.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Nisbet

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There is a huge breadth of knowledge and experience in this organisation. If something unexpected crops up there is always a colleague to turn to who has the experience needed to deal with it. Egos do not get in the way of getting things done. This gives me as a client confidence in the whole team. I usually work with Tom Gray, with whom I have a very good relationship.’

Harper Macleod’s greatest strength is their ability to quickly source a relevant legal specialist from their in-house team. In addition, the swiftness of their response to emails and telephone calls is outstanding and it is clear they care about your projects and value you as a client.’

‘Tom Gray’s performance has been genuinely excellent and we can only imagine how hard he works behind the scenes to achieve this level of service to not only us but to his other clients as well. During the various legal proceedings in connection with the above sale of land, Tom consistently met deadlines, turned information and documents around fast and responded to third-party solicitors very quickly.’

‘Tom Gray was utstanding and very professional, the job was completed with care and precision and I was very pleased with the service.’

‘A really good team that dealt with our needs in a friendly manner and made the legal process understandable.’

Tom Gray’s works is extremely thorough and his decisions and advice is well thought through. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and you get the feeling that he is ambitious through the level of professionalism he delivers.

‘Calum Macleod is very easy to deal with and gives good advice in sometimes complex scenarios.

Key clients

Forestry and Land Scotland

HSBC Bank UK plc

Craignathro Farms Limited

The Langholm Initiative

Scottish Forestry

Douglas West Community SCIO

D.Marshall Enterprises Limited

Speyside Distillers Company Limited

EnergieKontor UK Limited

Statkraft UK Limited

Inchinnan Development Trust Limited

NatureScot

Ornamental Trees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Inchinnan Development Trust in the acquisition of woodland which represents a key community asset and will be utilised as a key green space for all members of the community into the future.
  • Acted on behalf of the Langholm Initiative in the largest ever community buyout in the South of Scotland of over 2,000 hectares of the Tarras Valley from Buccleuch Estate, with the creation of a nature reserve at the heart of its plans.
  • Acted for Forestry and Land Scotland in significant acquisitions of large areas of planting ground across Scotland with the aim of planting mixed broadleaf plantations contributing to the continued success of the Scottish Ministers annual forestry planting targets which supports ambitious Net Zero targets.

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

Harper Macleod LLP is regularly instructed by a diverse client roster comprising registered social landlords, faith-based charities, and trusts. Jointly managed by James McMorrow in Glasgow and Derek Hogg in Edinburgh, the team has demonstrable strength advising across the spectrum of matters leveraging its firm wide capabilities across employment law, as well on regulatory issues, governance matters and OSCR compliance. The wider team is made up of Jennifer Jack who acts in judicial reviews and senior associate Kelly Fraser who focuses on reorganisations and charity conversion issues.

Practice head(s):

James McMorrow; Derek Hogg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a team which is able to draw on its expertise across corporate, private client and litigation departments, all of whom are at the very top of their game. It is that ability to provide excellent service across multi-disciplines that makes Harper Macleod stand out from the other firms in Scotland.’

‘Jennifer Jack is brilliant at her job.’

‘They are knowledgeable and experienced and are able to distill often very complicated matters into information and advice that is readily understood by their clients.’

‘Great sector knowledge and covering a wide range of areas. A real one stop shop and great partners and staff. Very good at dealing with more contentious issues and difficult ones.’

‘James McMorrow. A real star and respected advisor. Our go to person on issues associated with governance, procurement, GDPR and FoISA.’

Key clients

Kilravock Charity Trust

Bowls Scotland

ROHHAD Association

Grampian Housing Association Limited

Blackwood Homes and Care

retailTRUST

Inspiring Scotland

National Autistic Society

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Caledonia Housing Association Limited

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

Greenpeace International, Greenpeace UK, Greenpeace Netherlands

Wheatley Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Glasgow City Council (GCC) on its procurement of an innovative £187m Homelessness Alliance Partnership agreement, including advice on all charity law issues.
  • Advised Wheatley Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest housing groups, on a wide range of charity law issues concerning mergers, acquisitions and restructure exercises.
  • Advised, RetailTRUST, the largest charity in the retail sector within the UK, providing a variety of services including wellbeing and hospice care, on a wide range of charity law compliance matters.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Fielding several ‘exceptional individuals covering family law’, Harper Macleod LLP is known for acting in complex financial provisions and assisted fertility work, spearheaded by specialist Amanda Masson. Featuring six accredited specialists in the team, areas of focus remain in child law, particularly on child relocation, abduction and adoption issues. Jenny Smith’s practice covers civil partnership, divorce and cohabitation claims, while Alexis Harper is the name for complex business valuations and financial provisions. Experienced litigator Karen Gibbons has experience acting in the Court of Session.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Masson

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, highly knowledgable and all interlinked. Have required family, will and property advice and grateful it all comes from the same trusted source’

‘Alexis Harper is a sharp, skilled and massively knowledgable individual who delivers her huge suite of skills and experience in a warm yet firm manner.’

‘Alexis Harper has been a source of huge safely and security in the most difficult personal circumstances. Alexis and her team have made me feel like their number one priority, we have experienced frustrations working with another professional from a different firm, where there have been delays in the process from this.’

‘Clear and effective communications. Great team work and coordination between my solicitor and assistants.’

‘Despite the initial COVID restrictions, communications was maintained and work was continued with minimal delays due to the Courts limitations.’

‘Karen Gibbons is a highly professional solicitor. She is incredibly thorough and organised.’ 

‘Amanda Masson is a top-rate lawyer. She is pragmatic and smart and cares about the outcome for her clients.’

‘Amanda Masson is an excellent lawyer. I can see from the files she has sent me that she goes above and beyond for her clients, that she gives them clear advice and that they feel fully supported by her. I respect her view – which is always spot on and clever.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a private individual in relation to a complex international adoption, featuring Cambodian children. Cambodia is on the restricted list of countries from which adoption in unlawful unless a statutory exception can be established.
  • Advising a father who seeks to enforce a contact order made by the English Courts in respect of his two daughters. Allegations of sexual abuse have been made. These have been found to be false and vexatious. Despite our having the order registered for enforcement in Scotland the mother sought to have the order varied in the sheriff Court. That application was dismissed. She has now returned to the English Court seeking variation there. The case involves consideration of complex aspects of court procedure and jurisdiction.
  • Representing the defender husband in a high-value Court of Session action of divorce and financial provision.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

At Harper Macleod LLP, the local government’s practice continues to be instructed on several high-profile projects across public procurement, housing and contentious and non-contentious planning law for a number of leading local authority clients. The group is led by Jennifer Jack, who handles the contentious offering, while co-head in Glasgow James McMorrow leads the transactional aspects, covering commercial contracts and regulatory issues. In Inverness, Jill Fryer advises on subsidy control issues. State aid advice also features in the case highlights.

Practice head(s):

James McMorrow; Jennifer Jack

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Really knowledgeable about public sector contracts. Have developed innovative clauses to reflect the current construction market to benefit both parties e.g. contracts of purchase for off site works and contract amendments to deal with the volatility in the construction market.’

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

North Ayrshire Council

Inverclyde Council

Highland Council

Shetland Islands Council

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

North Lanarkshire Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Dumfries & Galloway Council

Fife Council

West Lothian Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Fife Council on the procurement of the Leven Rail Bridge project, a complex, high-value and high-profile project, which will improve the Leven Rail Link and associated programmes and bring some £100m of investment to the Levenmouth area of Fife.
  • Advising Dumfries & Galloway Council in relation to a range of complex, sensitive and high profile matters arising from the suspension of the care provider’s registration at Singleton Park Care Home.
  • Advising Inverclyde Council in relation to its investment, alongside Peel Ports Clydeport, to extend current facilities at Inchgreen Dry Dock, Greenock under the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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

Harper Macleod LLP‘s wide-ranging IP practice works with a strong mix of domestic and foreign clients on trademarks, patents, and infringement-related proceedings, including matters before the Court of Session and the UK Intellectual Property Office. In recent months, the team has been especially active on music and publishing disputes, as well as broadcasting rights issues for major international sports groups. Jamie Watt chairs the IP department, in addition to the firm’s life sciences and entertainment practices. Glasgow-based Tom Thomas concentrates on technology sector contract procurement, cyber security, and sports IP, most notably in relation to broadcasting rights. Also in Glasgow, commercial litigator E-Ming Fong is a seasoned advocate before the Court of Session, whose recent engagements include high-value trademark infringement proceedings on behalf of a major international retailer. All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Watt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jamie Watt goes above and beyond to provide regular updates and keeps you fully abreast of the matter in hand, unprompted and without me having to ask for the current status. He is extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with, with an excellent grasp of complicated trade mark matters and the relevant procedures.’

‘Extensive knowledge and understands our market.’

Key clients

The Musicians Union

Aqua Pharma Group

UEFA

The Forestry Commission

Lidl

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Celtic Football Club

Drew Marine Group

Natrol

M&Co

Work highlights

  • Assisted the UK Musicians Union in relation to the progression of an act to change copyright laws in the UK, in relation to the equitable remuneration of musicians.
  • Assisted UEFA with brand protection matters for Euro 2020/2021.
  • Assisted Reactec with successful patent infringement and invalidity counterclaim proceedings in the Scottish Courts.

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

Led by the Edinburgh-based seasoned music industry specialist Jamie Watt, Harper Macleod LLP is regularly engaged by numerous blue-chip media organisations, governing bodies, and public figures for assistance in the full gamut of media sector matters. Tom Thomas‘ commercial capabilities see him advising on film and television production and location agreements, and sports broadcasting rights arrangements. E-Ming Fong and David Kerr anchor the team’s contentious offering, respectively focusing on sports betting and broadcasting disputes, while James McMorrow works with public sector clients on film production funding and location matters. All named lawyers are based in Glasgow unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Watt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very able lawyers with a sound grasp of the law who are also aware of the commercial realities of the industry.’

‘David Kerr is an extremely good lawyer who has a sound grasp of the law and is incredibly diligent and hard working. Is always available to his clients and provides clear advice on both legal issues and the commercial realities.’

Key clients

The Musicians Union

Publishing Scotland

Creative Scotland

Fitba Media

NatureScot

Celtic FC

Jack and Victor

NMBRS

The Linklater Voice Centre

UEFA

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Musicians Union on the proposal, drafting and passage of a private members bill at the UK parliament addressing changes to the law relating to equitable remuneration for use of musical works.
  • Advised Creative Scotland on a complex, high value and high profile project for the creation of an international film and television production studio in Edinburgh.
  • Advised UEFA in relation to brand protection matters for Euro 2020/2021.

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

Harper Macleod LLP excels in deals pertaining to listed, privately owned and high-growth businesses, as well as those with a cross-border element. Practice head Donnie Munro runs a broad workload spread across M&A, demergers, sales, MBOs and share buy-backs, among other matters, overseeing a team with a particular tenacity for technology, healthcare, food and drink, energy and natural capital deals. Elsewhere, Paula Skinner fronts a dedicated entrepreneurial team, leveraging her in-house venture capital experience to support on a number of scale-ups.

Practice head(s):

Donnie Munro

Other key lawyers:

Paula Skinner; Christopher Kerr; James MacGregor; Jo Nisbet

Testimonials

‘The practice is very efficient, knowledgeable, professional yet approachable, and overall they provide the kind of service that means we come back to them again and again.’

‘They are very down to earth and do not over complicate any of the legal advice. As well as being nice people, they are reliable and have brilliant legal minds.’

‘The team was very easy to work with and spent all the time I needed to make sure I understood the details of what was being argued about. My team was much more responsive than the other side’s team and I felt I had by far the better representation.’

‘The standout partner in charge of my sale was on the ball and seems 3 steps ahead of the buyers lawyer. I felt in very safe hand and felt my interests were being guarded. I valued the high level of competence and care.’

‘The team is very responsive, helpful and with great knowledge and experience.’

‘I primarily work with Jo Nisbet and Paula Skinner and value their wise counsel, attention to detail and support in all aspects of our work.’

‘Having known and worked the legal team for some time, it has helped us in developing what you may say as our internal legal team.’

‘They understand our values, motives and aspirations.’

Key clients

Statkraft UK limited

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Tchibo Coffee Service

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

Fred. Olsen Renewables Limited

Morrison Community Care

Caribou

Webhelp Group

Kent Foods

Optical Express

Work highlights

  • Advised Statkraft (reported as Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy) on the £121m sale of the operational (11 turbine, 36 mega watt) Andershaw wind farm.
  • Advised FTSE listed Halfords on the £62m acquisition of the Axle Group which operates throughout the UK. The deal will see Halfords take over Axle Group’s three brands: National Tyres Autocare, Viking Wholesale Tyres and Tyre Shopper.
  • Advised BVI Caribou Property Limited in relation to their investment in Macomics Limited, an immuno-oncology company with world-leading expertise in macrophage biology in a total financing round of £7.44m.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP endeavours to support on the full suite of competition law matters, directing a large bulk of its attention towards public procurement and subsidy control affairs. James McMorrow heads the practice and holds the distinction of litigating all the way up to the Competition Appeals Tribunal. The team is predominantly focused on public sector representation and is also home to Jill Fryer, who previously worked at the European Commission, in addition to litigation risk, statutory obligation and compliance expert, Jennifer Jack.

Practice head(s):

James McMorrow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team take time to understand our business – our culture and our objectives – to give tailored advice. The team can provide cover and response to our requirements irrespective of individual people’s availability, providing us with a reliable and robust legal support. Knowledge and understanding of their subject area is excellent.’

‘The staff team at Harper Macleod are expert in their fields. It is not only the well researched and scoped answers to our original questions which makes their service stand out, it is their capacity to identify the wider issues which we need to resolve before we have even thought about them or come up against them as an obstacle. Jill Fryer provides excellent, responsive and tailored service.’

‘Extremely responsive, very practical advice.’

‘Jill Fryer – extremely responsive, really quick turnaround, always able to deal with urgent queries in a very practical way.’

Key clients

Glasgow City Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Inverclyde Council

The Capital City Partnership

East Renfrewshire Council

NatureScot

Scottish Fire and Rescue

Forestry and Land Scotland

Energy Saving Trust

Historic Environment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising Inverclyde Council in relation to its investment to extend current facilities at Inchgreen Dry Dock, Greenock under the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
  • Advising Forestry and Land Scotland in relation to proposed public-private joint venture arrangements for the planting and harvesting of timber.
  • Advising Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in relation to their procurement of a hard facilities management contract in respect of the entire SFRS estate.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

Singled out for its strength in depth, Harper Macleod LLP has seen an uptick in complex insolvency litigation with key areas of activity remaining in corporate and shareholder litigation. Overseen from Edinburgh by Sandy Hastie, the team excels at disputes across the construction and infrastructure sector for an enviable client base made up of public sector and corporate clients. Commercial litigation matters are handled by the Glasgow-based David Kerr who leads the team over there and is supported by Andrew MacKenzie. Fiona Pask regularly appears before the Court of Session and has a wide practice covering contract disputes and professional negligence matters. M&A-related litigation also features in the caseload.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hastie

Other key lawyers:

David Kerr; Andrew Mackenzie; Fiona Pask

Testimonials

An excellent and increasingly prominent team.’

‘The focus is always commercial. The approach is always pragmatic. To deal with them is always a pleasure. If I were engaged in a commercial litigation, I would instruct Harper Macleod to act on my behalf.’

David Kerr and Sandy Hastie lead the teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. They are without question two of the best solicitors in Scotland. Forensic in their analysis. Measured in their advice. To work with them is always a pleasure.’

Harper Macleod are involved in many of the very high-value and high-profile commercial disputes in Scotland.’

‘They are particularly strong in areas such as shareholder disputes and the protection of minority interests.’

David Kerr and Fiona Pask are the stars at partner level. They have a fantastic client base which remains loyal because of how good their advice is.’

Great work, both in Scotland and England. Clearly dedicated to both their work and clients. Accessible and good value.’

Key clients

Lidl

Kuehne + Nagel

Optical Express Group

Greenpeace UK

HCC International Insurance

M&Co

Scottish Government

Direct Line Insurance

Redress Scotland

Glasgow City Council

Work highlights

  • Represented the Optical Express Group in a series of connected appeals to the UK Supreme Court relating to the assessment of VAT.
  • Represented Lidl in its defence of trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings raised by Wm. Grant & Sons concerning the Hendrick’s Gin brand.
  • Advised Robert Kidd on a $210m action against the purchasers of his shareholding in an oil & gas company and their solicitors based on an unlawful means conspiracy, including a successful appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP’s practice is fronted by Tony Cameron, a veteran of countless acquisition, real estate, project and asset finance transactions who also acts on general corporate banking, receivables and restructuring mandates; he is particularly active within the hotels, healthcare, energy, housing and marine economy industries and is supported by John Pringle, a lawyer who regularly caters to alternative lenders, and Jacqui Fraser, well-versed in real estate back security documentation and multijurisdictional deals.

Practice head(s):

Tony Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod have provided excellent service across a number of deals demonstrating strong experience and service at a competitive price.’

‘Tony Cameron and the team have provided excellent service across a number of deals demonstrating strong experience and service at a competitive price.’

‘I think they are a genuinely good full service offering in real estate and finance, providing the opportunity to deal with an independent Scots law firm that understands the market and can proficiently assist on each practice area which might become involved in the transaction.’

‘Tony Cameron is an excellent, no-nonsense lawyer who will go into bat to get the best result with minimum fuss.’

 

Key clients

Bank of Scotland plc/Lloyds Banking Group

Clydesdale Bank plc/Virgin Money

Santander UK plc

Cynergy Bank

M&Co Trading Limited

Morrison Community Care Group

Thincats

Rikvin Capital

Allied Irish Bank

Abundance Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised M&Co, one of the UK’s largest privately owned retailers, in relation to its refinancing by Hilco of its inventory asset backed lending loan facilities.
  • Advised Clydesdale Bank plc in relation to loan facilities with a value in excess of £33m to a number of companies in the Marine Economy sector, including vessel finance and ports and harbours.
  • Acted for Thincats in relation to 3 acquisition funding transactions in the healthcare, financial services and manufacturing sectors.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Leveraging six offices across Scotland, Harper Macleod LLP acts across bank-led restructurings and refinances, administrations, CVAs and liquidations, demonstrating particular proficiency within the sports and retail sectors. Gordon Hollerin is often active in multinational insolvency cases, notably serving as Publications Officer of the International Bar Association Insolvency Section; he co-leads the department alongside James Lloyd, a go-to within the field of personal insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Hollerin; James Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

John Pringle; Fiona Strang

Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable and experienced. Our go-to firm for Scottish insolvency matters. They are proactive and organised.’

‘Gordon Hollerin – great response times, knowledge and experience.’

‘Excellent commercial skills, proactive and flexible when meeting client requirements.’

‘Gordon Hollerin – very good operator, technically skilled whilst commercially focused.’

‘Gordon Hollerin has a broad and deep level of insolvency experience and is very much considered to be a safe pair of hands when dealing with all corporate insolvency matters.’

‘I can trust them to be responsive and hardworking, and provide expert advice on technically challenging, significant assignments.’

‘Harper Macleod offer a great service, often delivering with more efficiency than some of their larger competitors in Scotland. Always available, charming and deliver on time/on budget.’

‘Gordon Hollerin is a seasoned operator. Knowledgeable, commercial, and excellent on detail.’

Key clients

Accountant in Bankruptcy

M&Co Trading Limited

Speedcast International Limited

Interpath Advisory

SKS Business Advisory

FRP Advisory

Azets

ICAEW

HCC International Insurance Company plc

BDO LLP

Work highlights

  • In 2020 the team advised on the acquisition of Mackays Stores Ltd’s business out of administration, with the acquisition saving 216 of the company’s shops and more than 2000 jobs plus the rescue of the employee pension scheme. In 2021 the team continued to represent the purchaser in relation to the transfer of the retail units and was further instructed in relation to M&Co’s refinancing by Hilco of its inventory asset backed lending loan facility with Aurelius.
  • Acted from April 2020 until March 2021 as Scots law counsel to the Speedcast group, the world leading satellite technology group with a key Scottish subsidiary presence with more satellite capacity than any other service provider, in relation to its filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the US, its subsequent restructure (which has included two rounds of debtor-in-possession funding of $90m and $220m respectively) and eventual exit from Chapter 11 proceedings under the ownership of Centerbridge Partners L.P. and its affiliates.
  • Continued to act as sole legal services suppliers to the Accountant in Bankruptcy, the Scottish Government office responsible for the administration of personal insolvency in Scotland.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 3

Noted for its ‘forensic level of detail’, Harper Macleod LLP‘s team is led by Pamela Niven in Glasgow, and undertakes an assortment of activity across complex estate planning work, taxation matters and trusts for high-net-worth individuals. Trust creation and administration matters are dealt with by Jacqueline Leslie, while Julie Doncaster in Inverness is the main point of contacts in the Highlands; various rural businesses and farmers are key clients. Also of note is new partner Kathleen Martin, who specialises in complex executries.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Niven

Testimonials

‘The solicitors are very approachable, efficient conscientious and helpful.’

‘The ethos around the firm is very client orientated and friendly in nature.’

‘A real key drive and focus on client outcomes and the relationships that are build with the firm in the process.’

‘The individuals that I have worked with have had a level of knowledge and a enthusiasm for helping clients which is second to none.’

‘Whilst maintaining their professional approach, they still have the ability to build a close and personal relationship with the client which is matched with the ability to provide excellent outcomes for clients, this level of personalisation and client focus is again not something that is evident with all legal firms which is refreshing.’

‘Jacqueline Leslie: prompt courteous and highly professional with a relevant level of technicality.’

‘The main thing that always stands out is the way they deal with clients – personable, open and genuinely caring, always professional, with the ability to put clients at ease and bring out the best in them.’

‘The team collaborate together exceptionally well, and everyone is on the ball.’

Key clients

Diane Finnie

Work highlights

  • Represented Diane Finnie in what is believed to be the first defended and reported litigation under section 3 of the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016 to rectify the terms of a Will by a different firm of Solicitors. The Court concluded that the Will as drafted failed to accurately express the testator’s instructions and ordered that the Will be rectified to restore our client as a residual beneficiary.

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

Harper Macleod LLP is home to distinct expertise in respect of nature-based solutions to climate change, namely renewable energy, forestry planning, peatland restoration and farming practice changes. Practice head David Bone also regularly acts for developers, landowners and planning authorities on renewable developments and is supported by Omar Ali, a specialist in the sale, acquisition and due diligence of major energy projects.

Practice head(s):

David Bone

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Todd; Omar Ali

Testimonials

‘The team is trusted by some of the biggest environmental charities in the world to provide advice. They have appeared recently in applications on behalf of Greenpeace, for example.’

‘Harpers have proved to be extremely knowledgeable about renewable energy development and use their commercial understanding to consistently provide informed legal advice.’

‘During the past year we have been advised on property, planning, litigation and employment matters and throughout the Harpers team we have consistently received legal advice that is easily digested and in a form that can be acted on.’

The team at Harpers are easy to get along with and always respond quickly to any requests for support.’

‘The people I work with there are knowledgeable about their area of practice, keen to do a good job and go about it with reliable efficiency. I hope my working relationship with them continues long-term.’

Key clients

Statkraft UK Limited

Fred.Olsen Renewables Limited

Equitix

Ardersier Port (Scotland) Limited

Energiekontor UK Ltd

Metka-EGN Limited

Greenpeace UK

Elm Solar Holdings Limited

Foresight Group

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc

NatureScot

Kinlochbervie Community Company

European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

Abundance

Natural Power

RWE Renewables

Marine Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Statkraft UK on the sale of Andershaw Wind Farm to Greencoat UK Wind.
  • Advised Equitix (acting along with Allen & Overy) in the acquisition from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners of a 17.5% stake in the Beatrice Offshore wind farm
  • Advised Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc (LON:ORIT) alongside Osborne Clarke in its acquisition of the 50-MW Cumberhead wind farm from RDC Partners LLP

Projects, energy and natural resources > Projects Tier 3

The team at Harper Macleod LLP is adept in Scottish hub, operational, PPP, PFI, student accommodation and housing projects, among others. Practice head Euan Pirie has also recently overseen a handful of PFI hospital schemes meanwhile senior associate Catriona Kemp is carving out a prominent reputation for her work on the financing and corporate law aspects of projects.

Practice head(s):

Euan Pirie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An exceptional level of in-depth projects knowledge, combined with a diverse team and way of thinking.’

‘Euan Pirie and Catriona Kemp are both exceptional and worthy of note.’

‘Harper Macleod have a depth of knowledge and experience that they used to the benefit of my project.’

‘Euan Pirie used his vast experience in the construction sector to successfully draft the numerous agreements, contracts and governance documents required. His sector knowledge is the key to the anticipated success of the project.’

‘They are my go to lawyers for support on Scottish projects. They provide, timely cost effective advice with pragmatism running through it. They are very easy to deal with when we co-counsel with them on transactions and are committed to advising a seamless service to clients – there’s no ego, just a commitment to providing the best service possible. I have no hesitation in recommending them to clients.’

‘Euan Pirie really knows the Scottish PPP market inside out and uses that knowledge to provide pragmatic solutions. He’s a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Catriona Kemp is really strong on secondary market transactions. She is adept at protecting her client’s interests, whilst building strong working relationships with those working opposite her – it’s a really effective combination.’

‘Catriona Kemp – great knowledge, excellent project management, extremely diligent and responsive’.

Key clients

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board

City of Edinburgh Council

Fife Council

Forth Health Limited

Glasgow City Council

Hub North Scotland Limited

Kingdom Initiatives Limited

Lanarkshire Health Board

National Library of Scotland

North Ayrshire Council

NYOP Education (Aberdeen) Limited

Stirling Council

University of St Andrews

Work highlights

  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on 3 inter-connected projects intended to drive substantial regeneration in Ardrossan. They comprise a major ground de-contamination/remediation and sea wall civils projects, one of Scotland’s largest PassivHaus projects (Ardrossan Community Campus) and a significant extension to an existing marina.
  • Advising NHS Lanarkshire on multiple complex and high value proposed variations under the PFI Contracts relating to the PFI Contracts for University Hospital Hairmyres and University Hospital Wishaw. The matters under discussion are a real test of our practice leader’s 23 year continuous involvement in advising on revenue financed projects.
  • Advising hub North Scotland Limited on financial close of the Countesswells Primary School DBDA project. Work involved agreeing the 53rd and 54th design and build contracts entered into by the client.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland Tier 3

Lawyers at Harper Macleod LLP are engaged for their residential and commercial development, portfolio management and finance knowhow, in addition to their knowledge of healthcare, leisure and hospitality assets. Ross Thomson leads the Inverness practice.

Practice head(s):

Ross Thomson

Other key lawyers:

John Meehan

Testimonials

‘From my many years of experience relative to working with legal advisors I can honestly say that HM outshine the pack. One would expect all advisors to perform well however from my experience they generally fail to perform to all the desired/expected standards. In consequence HM’s uniqueness is that they actually do what they say they are going to do – do it exceptionally well- and all in an exceptionally timeous manner.’

‘The conveyance, construction and company law teams in Inverness all shine and really are at the top of their game in terms of knowledge experience and guidance imparted.’

‘John Meehan is an outstanding legal advisor.’

‘John Meehan’s knowledge of both Contract law and commercial undertakings – across a wide variety of scenarios is quite simply second to none. His response and follow up action times excel all others whom I have had the fortune and indeed, on occasions, the misfortune to work alongside.’   

‘John Meehan has the insight and ability to ask the right questions and understand the bigger picture of what a Client is seeking to achieve.’

‘Commercially astute, pragmatic and deal orientated. Also a pleasure to work with.’

‘John Meehann – one of the best in Scotland in the property sector. He is able to draw on his depth of experience and commercial savvy to solve problems whilst also being a genuinely nice guy. He is also listens intently to what us, his clients, and his junior colleagues have to say in order to find a path through any practical challenges that often emerge as a deal progresses. He is the most well-rounded lawyer I have come across.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

RM Brora Ltd

RGH Dornoch Ltd

The Firm of D&L Forbes

Scotia Homes Group

Raymond Hutchison and Ingrid Austin & Nort Wind Enterprises Limited

MacDonald & Muir Limited (property company of Glenmorangie Whisky)

Orion Engineering Services

Morrison Community Care (CCG) Holdco Limited

Andrew Horne

Bracken Hide Ltd

L Williamson Limited

QA Fish Limited

Portman Healthcare (Properties) Limited

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club

Cairngorms Taverns Ltd

Active Parks Group (Innflate)

Medivet Group

Fulton Realty Ltd

Scottish Natural Heritage (NatureScot)

Moray Council

MacKenzie Harris Ltd

Ardersier Port Ltd

Orbital Express Launch Ltd (Orbex)

GDF Commercial Limited

Callander Consulting Limited

Caley Cruisers Limited

Caley Timber & Construction Services Limited

Shetland Recreational Trust

Shetland Amenity Trust

Wester Ross Fisheries Group

Whiterow Properties Limited

Saltire Business Parks Limited

Inceptum2 Solutions Limited

Myrekirk Developments Limited

G & A Barnie Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Upland Group

James Keiller Property Group

Hazledene Group

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Gael Force Group

Rathven Investments Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Handlesbanken

Clydesdale Bank Plc

HSBC Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

Ashers Bakeries Limited

Ocean Kinetics Limited

Compass Building & Construction Services Limited

James Evans & Sons Limited

Whinhurst Properties Limited

Ardent Property Group

Loch Ness Homes Limited

Clyde Munro Dental Group

GF Job Limited

Craigton Foods Limited

Morrison Community Care Group

St Giles Shopping Centre Holdings Limited

AXM Investments Limited

Aquaship UK Limited

Tulloch Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Upland Properties Limited and Rathven Investments Ltd in relation to the sale of a portfolio of commercial properties in the region including the two central shopping centres in Aviemore, other retail premises, and office, leisure and professional services properties as one of the biggest deals of the year in the Highlands Region.
  • Advised Ardersier Port (Scotland) Limited on the acquisition of Ardersier Port in Inverness, the UK’s largest ground field port and in relation to the agreement entered into with BW Ideol relative to the land & harbour in connection with manufacturing of concrete floaters and assessment of a serial production line for floating win substructures.
  • Advised RGH Dornoch Limited and RM Brora Limited, in relation to the sale of the two renowned hotels The Royal Golf Hotel in Brora and Royal Dornoch Hotels, on the North Coast 500 route.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

At Harper Macleod LLP, the Glasgow-based Peter Ferguson is the main contact for transactional and other non-contentious matters, while the Edinburgh-based Jennifer Jack is best known for her litigation expertise. This skill set is mostly called upon by clients - including public sector bodies, environmental campaigning groups and renewable energy developers - requiring assistance with matters at the intersection with planning and public  law. Judicial reviews, public inquiries and advice on licensing regimes are typical examples of the latter.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They provided exceptional and comprehensive reporting and clear recommendations for action.’

‘Deadlines were exceptionally tight but they provided not only what we asked for but added value in addressing matters which we should have requested in our brief.’

‘Peter Ferguson has exceptional communication skills with both technical and non-technical recipients of his advice.’

Key clients

NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage)

Marine Scotland

Scottish Forestry (formerly Forestry Commission Scotland)

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

The Highland Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Orkney Islands Council

Fife Council

Glasgow City Council

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Greenpeace UK

Fred Olsen Renewables

EnergieKontor

Capital Dynamics

Octopus Energy

JLEN/Foresight

Maple Power Limited

Metka EGN Ltd

Statkraft UK

Maple Power Limited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hillhouse Quarry Group

St Andrews University

Work highlights

  • Representing Greenpeace in a legal challenge to the UK Government’s grant of consent which allows BP and Ithaca Energy to produce oil and gas from the Vorlich field in the North Sea.
  • Represented NatureScot at public local inquiries concerning proposed wind farm developments, which NatureScot objected to on the basis of significant adverse impacts on nationally important sensitive habitats.
  • Advised Orkney Islands Council (OIC) in connection with planning and environmental issues arising from a proposal by British Telecom to install a number of subsea telecommunication cables which would make landfall in the Orkney Islands.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP's property litigation team is led by the Glasgow-based Andrew Upton and sits within the firm's wider litigation practice led from Edinburgh by Sandy Hastie. Its recent workload stands testament to the group's wide-ranging capabilities spanning commercial tenancy disputes - such as those pertaining to dilapidations and leases - alongside litigation pertaining to land and agricultural property. Title, servitude rights and mineral rights disputes are typical instructions in the latter segment. The team acts for private sector clients, public authorities and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘A very strong team, led by the ultra impressive Andrew Upton. They exude competence and are very highly regarded across the market.’

‘I have been very impressed with the way Andrew and his team have assembled the material and have identified and prioritised the issues.’

‘Andrew Upton is a very talented lawyer with vast experience in property litigation (a subject on which he regularly gives lectures). His attention to detail marks him out.’

‘In the sometimes dense world of dilapidations disputes, for example, there is no point which will escape Andrew Upton’s eye. The perfect combination of smart and street smart.’

‘Andrew communicates in a clear and well-informed way.’

‘Andrew Upton knows when to twist and when to fold. His instincts are impeccable. And he will fight harder for his clients than almost anyone I have encountered. Hugely impressive.’

‘E-Ming Fong is very experienced in this area. She brings a very methodical approach to her cases. Her legal analysis is always impressive.’

Key clients

NatureScot

William Hill Organisation Limited

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

Northwick Estates

AFI Uplift Ltd

The Highland Council

London & Scottish Property Investments Management Limited

Denny Enterprises Int’l Ltd

Shell Pensions Trust Ltd

The Glenmorangie Company Limited

Forestry and Land Scotland

Scotvet Animal Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tay Properties Limited on its pursuit and settlement on advantageous terms, of payment of repair costs and loss of rent under a commercial lease.
  • Advising and representing one of the Glenmorangie group of companies in its defence of proceedings at the Lands Tribunal for Scotland to discharge a title condition restricting residential development.
  • Advising Forestry and Land Scotland in its pursuit of a declarator that stone worked by its tenant is not a mineral within the meaning of a title reservation.

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

Harper Macleod LLP‘s technology practice handles a broad cross-section of work, ranging from public sector and third sector-procured IT contracts and outsourcing agreements, to broadcasting rights and licensing negotiations. Glasgow-based department head Tom Thomas is a regular port of call for a number of civic authorities, software developers, and sports governing bodies, who turn to him for assistance regarding high-value commercial contract matters. IP specialist Scott Kerr handles outsourcing and regulatory issues for a diverse array of clients from the worlds of consumer goods, life sciences, and energy, while Jamie Watt is noted for his capabilities in tech-sector patent disputes. Inverness-based Jill Fryer focuses on public procurement and IT-sector competition work. Glasgow-based E-Ming Fong is recommended for tech disputes, including contentious database rights and passing off proceedings.  All named lawyers are based in Edinburgh unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tom Thomas

Key clients

The Langholm Initiative

Historic Environment Scotland

Registers of Scotland

Webhelp

Community Energy Scotland

Oh Polly Ltd

Enduro Sports Organisation Limited

Blackwood Homes and Care

Glasgow City Council

Celtic FC

Work highlights

  • Advising CCP on a number of projects associated with this mission, including the procurement of an Integrated Management System partner; a provider of a community benefits website portal; and a multi-lot framework agreement for training services providers.
  • Advised Yoello Limited on a number of commercial contracts as well as a substantial investment to enable it to expand and develop further.

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

Harper Macleod LLP's Scotland-based team advises clients on numerous corporate franchising transactions for global brands, with sector focuses in food and drink, home improvements, and property. Craig McKerracher has expertise acting for both franchisors and franchisees, while Peter McLuckie  specialises in franchising and commercial contracts particularly within the tourism sector. Jill Fryer advises clients on strategic commercial issues and the associated provisions of franchise agreements, with additional expertise in competition law. David Kaye leads the team, now practicing as a consultant with extensive experience in retail franchising.

Practice head(s):

David Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Craig McKerracher; Peter McLuckie; Jill Fryer; Fiona Strang

Key clients

Chicken Cottage

Barrhead Travel Service

Energie Fitness ( Claymore )

Right at Home

German Doner Kebab

Raison Home

Rainbow Room International

Practical Car & Van Rental

Car Wash Company

Business Women in Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising Chicken Cottage Global Limited on a Retainer arrangement in the UK and overseas. Including dealing with Franchisee termination and releases; updating the Franchise Agreement and issuing it to both new and renewal Franchisees; dealing with issues with a Master Developer and Master Franchisee in the Middle East.
  • Acting for Yogabellies, the Singaporean based franchise system which has recently pivoted its franchise into a licence model.
  • Acting for Hero Brands, the owner of franchise brands such as “German Doner Kebab”, Salaid t/a “Chopaluna”, which completed a £1.5m investment into Hawaiian poke franchise business, Island Poke Limited.

Employment Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP stands out for its extensive public sector client base, including many local authorities, which is complemented by team head Bruce Caldow’s specialism in sports sector work. Recently, the team has been most active in the contentious space, handling investigations, disputes with trade unions and employment tribunal defence against claims of discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal, among others. Typical non-contentious instructions include TUPE transfers, business reorganisations and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Harper Macleod have been very helpful and provided expert and professional advice.

‘The unique selling point about the practice is the quality of collaboration and interaction with us as a customer always being warm and friendly whilst providing advice.

‘Great advisors, feel like a colleague down the corridor, link to other areas which may be relevant when required, e.g. governance. A great firm and first-class service.’

‘The team at the practice are very professional and provide a human touch in their interaction.’

‘Scott Milligan is a very knowledgeable partner who will provide very impactful advice that is reasonable in understanding the business stance and highlights risk in any employment law issue.

‘Bruce Caldow has extensive experience in this area of law, and is well regarded within the profession. He is an effective and resourceful negotiator who sees through legal difficulties to find the best solutions for his clients.’

‘Lorna Davis is a dedicated professional who gives 110% to her clients. She is tenacious and fearless in litigation and never takes the easy options unless they are the best ones. She is intelligent, hard working and a good team player and enjoys excellent relations with her extensive client base.

Key clients

Creative Scotland

Redress Scotland

Revenue Scotland

Care Inspectorate

Fife Council

Scottish Government

Celtic plc and football club

Brite Dental Group

Scottish Engineering

Webhelp

Work highlights

  • Advising the Scottish government in various matters.
  • Multiple new instructions with new client Fife Council including various litigation matters, training and support work.
  • Acting for long-standing client Webhelp in complex litigation throughout the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP demonstrates a track record in the full array of commercial property matters; examples include residential and commercial development, distressed property, real estate finance, lease re-gears and portfolio transactions. John Meehan fronts the practice which is knowledgeable of an equally broad spectrum of asset classes, namely residential, retail, healthcare, telecoms, utilities, hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):

John Meehan

Other key lawyers:

David Bell; Limor Wolfe; Caroline Summers; Chris Noble

Testimonials

‘Harper Macleod are client focused, responsive and provide comprehensive collaborative client advice between their commercial departments. I can rely on them to guide me through transactions and report timeously. Their fees are good value and transparent. Very happy with the service provided.’

‘Caroline Summers works on a number of our projects and has a detailed knowledge of all areas of property law. She is responsive (usually within the hour!), helpful and efficient and is an informed problem solver with a focus on getting the deal done. She provides valued advice throughout transactions and has a practical commercial outlook.’

‘Very client focused and responsive. Very clear advice when dealing with complex situations.’

‘Caroline Summers has always provided excellent service and advice when dealing with some tricky situations. Makes you feel that you are her main priority.’

‘Not aware of any innovations but they have been dealing with a complex transaction and always willing to provide solutions.’

‘Dealing with John Meehan who is very experienced within the property sector and he has been a safe, guiding pair of hands through the legal process.’

‘Limor Wolfe and the team are our go-to support for real estate finance matters that require Scots input. We find them reliable, cost-effective and easy to work with.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

City Property Glasgow (Investments) LLP

ICG Longbow

Scotia Homes

Aberdeen Standard Investments

CBRE Global Investors

James Keiller Property Holdings

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Halfords Plc

Caffé Nero

Card Factory

Clyde Munro Dental

Queensway Group (Point A Hotels)

Persimmon Homes Plc

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Cityfibre Limited

Independent Vet Care Limited

M&Co

OakNorth Bank Plc

Springfield Real Estate Management Ltd

Ardersier Port Ltd

Morrison Community Care (CCG) HoldCo Limited

Orbital Express Launch Ltd (t/a Orbex

Medivet Group Ltd

Teneo Financial Advisory Limited (formerly Deliotte)

Hazledene Group

Upland Group

Chigwell Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Halfords Autocentres on the Scottish property elements of their £62m corporate acquisition of the National Tyres business and the strategic assessment of the leased portfolio with a view to its future management, now being implemented.
  • Advised Upland Properties Limited and Rathven Investments Ltd in relation to the sale of a portfolio of commercial properties in the region including the two central shopping centres in Aviemore, other retail premises, and office, leisure and professional services properties as one of the biggest deals of the year in the Highlands Region.
  • Advised City Facilities Management Group in the purchase and development appraisal of Craighead Properties Limited for its two development sites for a 356 residential unit build to rent scheme at Crown Street Glasgow and a further 300+ unit residential build to rent development at Craighead Retreat, Bothwell.

Real estate > Construction Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP combines its construction, projects and dispute resolution expertise to assist public sector clients, contractors and housing associations with the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts - many of which pertain to the provision of social and affordable housing -, procurement law matters and associated disputes. Michael Conroy and infrastructure and projects head Euan Pirie are the main contacts for non-contentious work and Laura McCorquodale for construction and engineering disputes, including professional negligence claims.

Testimonials

‘Works with you to get the best solution – highly knowledgeable of the construction sector.’

‘In-depth legal knowledge, instant response to queries raised, balanced judgement on resolving issues, willing to accept a challenge.’

‘Laura McCorquodale has built a very strong contentious construction department. An area of the market historically difficult to crack, the team is involved in more and more of the big cases.’

‘Laura McCorquodale has experience of high-value engineering litigation/adjudication. Her technical ability is matched only by her pragmatism. A very talented lawyer.’

‘Euan Pirie listens and works with us to get the best possible solution.’

Key clients

Cairn HA

Dumfries & Galloway Council

NHS Lanarkshire

Glasgow City Council

Hub North Scotland

North Ayrshire Council

RJT Excavations Limited

Fife Council

West of Scotland Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on one of the largest PassivHaus projects to be procured in Scotland.
  • Acting for a multi-national construction and engineering firm, Edina UK Limited, in its defence of a multi-million pound claim for defects at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
  • Continues to act for RJT Excavations Limited in a series of related payment disputes in adjudication, Court of Session enforcement and negotiated settlement.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP is best known for its extensive public sector client roster but is also routinely called upon by energy clients and other developers requiring assistance with various developments – most notably renewable energy projects – and associated transactional and environmental law matters. Non-contentious issues at these intersection are typically led by the Glasgow-based Peter Ferguson, while the Edinburgh-based Jennifer Jack is the key contact for judicial reviews, planning appeals and inquiries into decisions of public authorities, regulators, courts and other tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Experienced solicitors with wide-ranging knowledge and a good feel for the bigger picture.’

‘The importance given to addressing exactly the client’s brief, the quality and relevant experience of skilled staff and the motivation of all staff was clear to me as client such that I have rarely experienced such a high quality of service.’

‘Jennifer Jack: I have rarely come across a more effective leader and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Not only does Jennifer Jack possess the sharpest legal mind, but she also understands where we needed to be pragmatic in order to achieve the best possible outcome.’

‘I have no doubt whatsoever that our success was predominantly because of Jennifer’s significant legal knowledge and her ability to interpret how best to deploy our arguments.’

Key clients

NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage)

Marine Scotland

Scottish Forestry (formerly Forestry Commission Scotland)

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

The Highland Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Orkney Islands Council

Fife Council

Glasgow City Council

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Greenpeace UK

Fred Olsen Renewables

EnergieKontor

Capital Dynamics

Octopus Energy

JLEN/Foresight

Maple Power Limited

Metka EGN Ltd

Statkraft UK

Maple Power Limited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Scotia Homes

Hillhouse Quarry Group

St Andrews University

MCR Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Octopus Renewable Infrastructure Trust on the acquisition of a 50MW wind farm in a £75m deal.
  • Represented NatureScot at public local inquiries concerning proposed wind farm developments, which NatureScot objected to on the basis of significant adverse impacts on nationally important sensitive habitats.
  • Advising Moray Council on a compulsory purchase order required to deliver a replacement bridge at Lossiemouth.

Employment > Immigration

Harper Macleod LLP recently built out its immigration capabilities with the hire of senior associate Ashley Fleming, who joined from Bindmans LLP in London.

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 in the public and private sectors, and families and individuals. Recognised as Scotland’s firm of the year eight times, it is one of the country’s largest professional partnerships.

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

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

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

Energy and natural resources: The team specialises in renewable energy projects , advising developers, landowners, community groups, planning authorities and funders on all aspects of the energy supply chain from planning permission and property advice for wind and minerals projects, to advice on securing funding, negotiating community benefits and taking advantage of incentives.

Real estate and 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.

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

Dispute resolution: 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 and 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 large 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 was Official Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Transport (including shipping and marine): Advises in areas including road, haulage and rail. Experience ranges from major road infrastructure projects to the mergers and acquisitions of businesses operating in the transport sector. 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 and Projects team is a leading practice in capital projects and also advises on high-value and public sector procurements.

Healthcare: The team provides a full service to clients in the sector, particularly treatment and care providers, the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators, and regulatory matters.

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

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

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

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Professor Lorne D Crerar CBE
Chief Executive Martin Darroch
Banking and finance Tony Cameron
Banking litigation Sandy Hastie
Construction Michael Conroy
Corporate Donald Munro
Debt and asset recovery Andrew Hunter
Dispute resolution Sandy Hastie
Employment Bruce Caldow
Energy and natural resources David Bone
Family/matrimonial Amanda Masson
Franchising 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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Omar Ali photo Omar AliPartner Omar has over 15 years’ experience in the energy sector acting…
David Bell photo David BellPartner David is a Law society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Commercial…
David Bone photo David BoneSenior Partner David has carried out the legal work for developers, landowners…
Heather Calderwood photo Heather CalderwoodPartner Heather has experience in a variety of civil litigation including road traffic, medical…
Bruce Caldow photo Bruce CaldowPartner Bruce specialises in employment law and heads the firm’s employment law practice. …
Tony Cameron photo Tony CameronPartner Tony has significant experience in acting for both lenders and borrowers…
Michael Conroy photo Michael ConroyPartner Michael is highly experienced in the drafting and negotiation of building…
Eilidh Crawford photo Eilidh CrawfordSenior Solicitor Eilidh is part of the Debt & Asset Recovery team,…
Lorne Crerar photoMs Lorne Crerar
Lorna Davis photo Lorna DavisPartner Lorna is a Partner and Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist, based…
Amy Dickson photo Amy DicksonSenior Associate Amy is an experienced Personal Injury solicitor and delivers advice and assistance…
Julie Doncaster photo Julie DoncasterPartner Julie Doncaster, Inverness & Highlands Lawyer, advises clients on wills, estate and…
Peter Ferguson photo Peter FergusonPartner Peter specialises in planning and environmental law and he advises a range of…
Ashley Fleming photo Ashley FlemingSenior Associate Ashley specialises in immigration, asylum and nationality law and has…
E-Ming Fong photo E-Ming FongPartner E-Ming is a partner in our Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in…
Jacqui Fraser photo Jacqui FraserPartner Jacqui has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with all aspects…
Kelly Fraser photo Kelly FraserSenior Associate Kelly provides advice and assistance to our public sector clients,…
Jill Fryer photo Jill FryerPartner Jill has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients in…
Tom Gray photo Tom GrayPartner Tom specialises in real estate and has particular experience in rural…
Alexis Harper photo Alexis HarperPartner   Alexis is a member of the Family Law Association and has experience…
Marina Harper photo Marina HarperPartner Marina is an experienced Personal Injury solicitor who specialises in fatal…
Derek Hogg photo Derek HoggPartner Derek acts on behalf of many registered social landlords (RSLs), local…
Gordon Hollerin photo Gordon HollerinPartner Gordon has over 30 years’ restructuring, corporate recovery and insolvency experience.…
Andrew Hunter photo Andrew HunterPartner Andrew is the lead partner of the Licensing team and is accredited by…
David Kaye photo David KayePartner David specialises in Business Law and franchising. He acts as Company…
Catriona Kemp photo Catriona KempSenior Associate Catriona is experienced in advising on infrastructure projects throughout Scotland…
David Kerr photo David KerrPartner David heads Harper Macleod’s Dispute Resolution team in Glasgow, leading on…
Chris Kerr photo Chris KerrPartner Chris was named as one of The Lawyer‘s Hot 100 lawyers in 2020 –…
Jacqueline Leslie photo Jacqueline LesliePartner Jacqueline is an experienced private client lawyer and a Law Society…
James Lloyd photo James LloydPartner James heads the firm’s Insolvency team and has advised on corporate and personal insolvency related…
James MacGregor photo James MacGregorPartner James is a partner in our corporate team, whose practice regularly…
Andrew MacKenzie photo Andrew MacKenziePartner Andrew deals with a wide variety of civil and commercial disputes…
Amy Mackenzie photo Amy MackenzieSenior Associate Amy specialises in advising family owned businesses and owner-managed businesses,…
Amanda Masson photo Amanda MassonPartner Amanda has specialised in Family Law for the majority of her…
Andrew Maxwell photo Andrew MaxwellSenior Solicitor Andrew can provide advice to employers and employees on all…
Laura McCorquodale photo Laura McCorquodalePartner Laura is a commercial litigator within our dispute resolution practice in…
Suzanne McGarrigle photo Suzanne McGarriglePartner Suzanne specialises in defender personal injury work, covering the full range from employer…
David McIndoe photo David McIndoePartner David is highly experienced in private client work, including house purchase…
Craig McKerracher photo Craig McKerracherPartner Craig is a Partner in our award winning Corporate team who…
James McMorrow photo James McMorrowPartner James advises the firm’s public, housing and third sector clients in relation to…
John Meehan photo John MeehanPartner Clients come to John for his strategic advice on how to…
Collette Miller photo Collette MillerPartner Collette provides advice and assistance to many Registered Social Landlords (RSLs),…
Scott Milligan photo Scott MilliganPartner Working from both our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, Scott advises clients…
Elizabeth Mitchell photo Elizabeth MitchellPartner Elizabeth is an experienced commercial litigator, who has run cases in…
Carolyn Morgan photo Carolyn MorganPartner She has considerable experience in advocacy, having conducted many Sheriff Court…
Donald Munro photo Donald MunroPartner Donald Munro predominantly deals with clients in the family owned/owner managed…
Graeme Nisbet photo Graeme NisbetPartner Graeme is Head of our Rural Team and Project Partner for…
Pamela Niven photo Pamela NivenPartner Pamela leads the firm’s Private Client team. She has a wealth…
John Pringle photo John PringlePringle John regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in a broad spectrum…
Paula Skinner photo Paula SkinnerPartner Paula is head of the entrepreneurial team at Harper Macleod that…
Jenny Smith photo Jenny SmithPartner Jenny has experience of all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation,…
Lynne Stevenson photo Lynne StevensonSenior Associate Lynne specialises in real estate and is highly experienced in…
Fiona Strang photo Fiona StrangAssociate Fiona is an associate who works across both our Corporate and Restructuring and Insolvency teams.…
Caroline Summers photo Caroline SummersPartner Caroline specialises in all aspects of commercial property work.  She has…
Tom Thomas photo Tom ThomasPartner Tom specialises in intellectual property and technology related matters (including outsourcing)…
Andrew Upton photo Andrew UptonPartner Andrew advises clients across both public and private sectors in relation…
Number of UK partners : 77
Number of other UK fee-earners : 174

CLIENT: Matthew Jones, Company Secretary

COMPANY/FIRM: Low & Bonar plc

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


CLIENT: Stephen Dickson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Dickson Chemist

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


CLIENT: Ronald Williamson, Former majority shareholder and director

COMPANY/FIRM: Gate Healthcare Limited

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


CLIENT: Neil Hall, Director of Financial and Corporate Services

COMPANY/FIRM: Link Group Limited

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


CLIENT: Nick Pollard, Director of Corporate Support Services

COMPANY/FIRM: Kingdom Housing Association Ltd

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


CLIENT: Julie Ross, Chief Operating Officer

COMPANY/FIRM: Portman Healthcare Limited

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


CLIENT: Helen Stevenson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: CALM Training Ltd

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


CLIENT: Donald Forsyth, Partner

COMPANY/FIRM: Saffery Champness LLP

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


CLIENT: Graham C Wilson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Standfast Precision Engineering Limited

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


CLIENT: Allan Cannon, CEO and co-founder

COMPANY/FIRM: R3-IoT

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


CLIENT: Gareth Roberts, Chief Financial Officer

COMPANY/FIRM: Yoello

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


CLIENT: Andy McGeoch, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: M&Co

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


CLIENT: Megan Chamberlain, Legal Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: Equitix

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


CLIENT: Evelyn McDonald, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: Scottish EDGE

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


CLIENT: Kirsty Dace, Head of Acquisitions

COMPANY/FIRM: Clyde Munro Dental

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


CLIENT: Graeme Manson, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Visioncall

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


CLIENT: Shona Mitchell, Founder

COMPANY/FIRM: Peoplematters

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


We embrace all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion and we fully meet our gender balance and equal pay requirements. In support of this, 66% of our workforce is female and 56% of our lawyers are female. We are also corporate members of Women in the Law UK, the networking organisation designed to encourage, inspire and support the next generation of lawyers and women in business, with our firm playing a significant role in assisting the group expand into Scotland.

We promote equality of opportunity and develop a diverse workforce which reflects the population of Scotland. For example, through our firm’s support for the creation and development of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association (SEMLA). One of our Partners, Omar Ali, is on the steering group of SEMLA, which tackles the under-representation of ethnic minority lawyers in aspects of the Scottish legal profession and hosted a special virtual session at the very first ‘Celebrating Inclusion Event and Law Fair’ in October 2020.

We are signatories to the Faculty of Advocates’ Fair Instruction Policy which ensures that Advocates are instructed based on their skills, experience and ability and without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

Our firm is fully committed to the development of Scotland’s young workforce and since 2017 we have employed more than 40 modern apprentices across our offices. Historically, over 75% of our modern apprentices remain with us on a permanent position and have been further developed, equating to around 10% of our workforce. We are proud signatories to the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee and are committed to providing the best opportunities we can for young people.

We recruit many people from socially disadvantaged diverse areas through our modern apprenticeship program offering opportunity for employment and the opportunity to develop skills and to have resultant career development in business functions.

We signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge in 2015, and we are committed to creating opportunities that help people improve their lives and reach their full potential. We regularly work with organisations such as Career Ready, MCR Pathways and the Robertson Trust in addition to partnering with a wide range of schools in both low income and affluent areas to identify and publicise opportunities to help young people.

Our commitment to equality and diversity was evidenced at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2021 where the firm won the Promoting Diversity – Large Employer of the Year Award.