Jennifer Jack > Harper Macleod LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Harper Macleod LLP
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Jennifer leads our public law litigation and public inquiries practice across Scotland. Jennifer is an experienced lawyer who leads a team of lawyers focussing on public, administrative and constitutional law; public inquiries; civil liberties & human rights; and disputes involving the public sector and government (national and local). Jennifer works closely with her clients, taking a pragmatic approach to finding the best solutions for them.

With long-standing recognised specialist expertise in public law and disputes involving public bodies (including government), Jennifer has significant experience of advising and representing clients on public, regulatory and constitutional law issues, including in Judicial Review and Appeals against decisions of a wide range of public authorities. Jennifer draws upon this practical litigation experience when advising clients on statutory/regulatory obligations and wider reputation management.

Jennifer has an outstanding record of success in winning cases for government bodies, regulators, companies, campaign groups and individuals, in court and representing their interests at public inquiries. She is one of a handful of Scottish solicitors with experience of litigating in the Scottish Courts, UK Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.

Jennifer advises clients on legislation and statutory interpretation, the powers and duties of public bodies, the art of getting decisions right first time and representing clients in situations when decision-making is questioned. The setting might be a Board/committee meeting, investigation, tribunal, court or public inquiry. Decisions could relate to competition /state aid/ procurement, planning/ environmental/ climate change issues, data protection & information law, education matters, looked-after children/ vulnerable adults/ homeless accommodation, or other areas where decisions are made that affect individuals, businesses and communities. Jennifer’s expertise is found in a thorough understanding of the relevant legislative/ regulatory/ procedural frameworks and how to identify and address areas susceptible to challenge.

Jennifer’s thorough understanding of the often legally complex and politically sensitive issues affecting those operating within and engaging with the public sector allows her to give insightful advice, tailored to clients’ specific situations and needs.


LLB (Hons); Dip LP, NP & WS

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

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.

Scotland > Real estate > Environment

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.

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

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.

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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.

Scotland > Public sector > Local government

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.