James McMorrow > Harper Macleod LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
G1 3PE



James advises the firm’s public, housing and third sector clients in relation to corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement issues.

He regularly advises clients on complex, high value and high profile projects in the public sector and has a strong track record in helping to develop innovative funding and service delivery models across a range of sectors, including the affordable housing, charity, community renewable energy and sports sectors.


LLB (Hons) Dip LP

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Harper Macleod LLP has considerable experience in providing state aid advice to local councils across Scotland; it also acts for private sector clients on a broad range of competition matters. Specific areas of expertise include public procurement, merger control, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance. James McMorrow heads the practice and is recommended for post-Brexit advice around the UK’s new subsidy control regime.

Scotland > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Harper Macleod LLP’s team is retained by a mix of UK-wide charities, social landlords, faith-based charities and trusts. It displays particular strengths in charity law issues, disciplinary matters, governance queries, charitable incorporations, as well as data protection and employment law matters. James McMorrow and Derek Hogg jointly lead the group, which also includes Jennifer Jack, who deals with a broad spectrum of judicial appeals and disputes. At associate level, Kelly Fraser focuses on data protection and information law issues, as well as incorporations and compliance matters.

Scotland > Public sector > Local government

Harper Macleod LLP‘s local government offering is split into a contentious arm, led by Jennifer Jack, and a transactional segment led by James McMorrow. In the former, local authorities and arm’s-length external organisations routinely retain the group to assist with commercial actions, public procurement disputes and judicial reviews, while typical work in the non-contentious sphere includes corporate, commercial and funding matters alongside procurement and state aid advice on various projects.

Scotland > Real estate > Social housing

(Leading individuals)

James McMorrowHarper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is highly regarded in the social housing market with an extensive client roster of registered social landlords (RSLs) alongside various other players in the sector, such as local authorities, government bodies and private sector developers. Alongside its in-depth sector expertise, clients also benefit from the practice’s multidisciplinary approach, enabling it to provide full-service advice on M&A and group restructuring, private placement deals, construction and regulatory matters, among other issues. While co-head Derek Hogg‘s emphasis lies on governance, regulatory and constitutional matters – a focus he shares with Collette Miller – co-head James McMorrow specialises in corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement.