David Kerr > Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
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David heads Harper Macleod’s Dispute Resolution team in Glasgow, leading on a wide range of commercial and public law disputes with a particular focus on tax, banking and financial services, construction, professional negligence and shareholder/corporate disputes. David’s core practice areas makes him an invaluable member of the civil fraud team, both acting for clients to pursue claims arising out of dishonest behaviour or defending allegations of financial impropriety. He is regularly instructed at short notice to successfully obtain interim court orders to protect his clients’ assets and interests pending the resolution of the dispute.

David regularly represents clients in the Court of Session, First-tier and Upper Tax Tribunals and in Sheriff Courts across Scotland.

David has additional degrees in Accountancy and IT which set him apart in leading many of the firm’s most technically detailed and high value fraud, construction and commercial litigations.


BA (Hons); MSc (Dist); LLB (Dist) Dip LP

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

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.

Scotland > Insurance > Professional negligence

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.

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

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.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

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.