Bruce Caldow > Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
G1 3PE

Work Department

Employment; Sport



Bruce specialises in employment law and heads the firm’s employment law practice.  As a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist, Bruce advises in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters, acting primarily for employers along with executive and senior-level employees, including in disputes before the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal. 

Bruce advises on all aspects of employment law across each of the public, private and third sectors, with Bruce regularly working with clients to create and apply policy, to make decisions about risk management, with technically astute advice focussed on practical delivery of achieving objectives.  Bruce’s practice extends beyond Scotland with Bruce regularly advising our clients who have UK-wide operations and beyond. 

Equalities advice is also a key feature of Bruce’s practice, advising clients on compliance, culture and resolution of contentious issues, not only within the workplace but more widely, also in relation to property, goods and services.  Business immigration is an increasing area of Bruce’s practice with clients recently including businesses and individuals alike seeking Bruce’s guidance and support through planning and implementing recruitment or leave to remain issues.  Bruce edits sections on Employment Precedents for Sweet & Maxwell and authors Lexis Nexis PSL section on the Public Sector Equality Duty – Scotland.  

Bruce also leads the firm’s sports law practice. In this role Bruce advises the firm’s many sports clients in relation to regulatory, disciplinary and governance matters. Clients include Scottish Rugby, for whom Bruce is the national team’s lawyer, sportscotland, Scottish Swimming and Scottish Gymnastics Association. Bruce is a chairman for the SFA judicial panel and regularly chairs judicial and appellate panels further to the judicial protocol.  Bruce writes regularly on sport and the law in a number of publications and is member of the editorial board of the leading publication “Sports Law Administration and Practice”. Bruce has previously undertaken lengthy secondments assisting In-House Legal Counsel to World Rugby.

Bruce also coordinates the India country desk, part of Harper Macleod’s international offering.



Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Employment > Employment

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.

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

(Leading individuals)

Bruce CaldowHarper Macleod LLP

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.