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Harper Macleod LLP

CITYPOINT, 65 HAYMARKET TERRACE, EDINBURGH, EH12 5HD, SCOTLAND
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Scotland

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Not least due to its local presence in the Highlands and Islands region, Harper Macleod LLP is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of shipping and maritime sector matters which includes ports and harbours-related work. Recently, the team led by banking and finance expert Tony Cameron has been increasingly active in vessel finance work, acting for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):Tony Cameron

Other key lawyers:Chris Kerr; John Pringle

Key Clients

Shetland IslandsCouncil

Clydesdale Bank

Bank of Scotland

Wick Harbour Authority

The Highland Council

Johnson Marine

PSG Marine & Logistics

The Clyde Group

Abundance Investments

Boyd Brothers

Drummond Distribution

Gael Force Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Inverclyde Council on procurement and state aid matters, among others, pertaining to the Ocean Terminal in Greeenock as part of the Glasgow Region City Deal Project.
  • Advised North Ayrshire Council on procurement and state aid issues arising from the proposed re-development of Ardrossan Harbour.
  • Advised Shetland Islands Council on the sale of a vessel, which was being sold by the council as part of its tug fleet renewal project.
  • Advised the council on a three year bareboat charter agreement for the provision of Multratug 30, a Dutch tug boat, including the option to purchase the vessel.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is best known for advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses, as well as early-stage and high-growth companies. The group handles the full range of corporate and M&A activity and also has notable expertise handling cross-border transactions, where it acts for foreign investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment or exit opportunities. Donald Munro heads the practice and Paula Skinner is also noted.

Practice head(s):Donald Munro

Other key lawyers:Paula Skinner; Christopher Kerr; James MacGregor; Stephen Chan; Craig McKerracher; Jo Nisbet

Testimonials

'The team at Harper Macleod is very commercially focused and provides commercially valuable as well as technically competent legal advice.'

'The experience with Harper Macleod is nothing but positive. The team stands out for its speed of response, enthusiasm, friendliness, problem-solving approach and its openness to making connections with its extensive network. It is keen to make a difference and prepared to do pro-bono work to help start-up businesses.'

'James MacGregor and Donald Munro co-ordinate advice from the property, employment and commercial advisory teams, which is not as common as one would hope.'

'Paula Skinner genuinely cares about clients and their business. She creates valuable and long-lasting relationships.'

Key Clients

Optical Express

Tchibo Coffee Service

Webhelp

Sea TransportCorporation

Paddle.com

Gael Force Group Limited

Moët Hennessy

Clyde Group

Kent Foods

Epidarex Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Go Beyond Services Limited ("gobeyond") - a UK subsidiary of the KKR-backed Webhelp group - on the acquisition of OEE Consulting Limited and its subsequent merger with the client.
  • Advised the owner-manager shareholders on the sale of Castle Computer Services Ltd to the Kick ICT Group.
  • Assisted Paddle.com with its £6m further investment from existing investors, including Notion, BGF and Kindred Capital.
  • Advised Gael Force Group Limited on the acquisition of 75% of the entire issued share capital of Fusion Marine Limited.
  • Advised Entrepreneurial Spark Limited on all aspects of the sale of the business and assets to NatWest.
Next Generation Partners

Paula Skinner - Harper Macleod LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

The corporate team at Harper Macleod LLP is best known for advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses of all sizes, as well as acquirers of such businesses. The firm also offers extensive experience in cross-border corporate transactions, acting for both overseas investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment or exit opportunities. The group recently boosted its ranks through the arrival of Fiona Neilson from Ledingham Chalmers LLP, the promotion to partner of Jill Fryer and the appointment of associate Amy Mackenzie .

Practice head(s):Christopher Kerr

Other key lawyers:Fiona Neilson; Craig McKerracher

Testimonials

'Harper MacLeod has really good people in place to look after the complete process of the transaction to completion. Very professional and at the same time personal.'

'Craig McKerracher is absolutely excellent - professional and a decent guy.'

'The owners of the firm should be very proud of their staff.'

Key Clients

The Firm of Moravian Motors

Gael Force Group Limited

PSG Marine & Logistics Limited

Shetland Islands Council

Boyd Brothers (Haulage) Limited

G & A Barnie Group Limited

The shareholders of Angus Jamieson Consulting Limited

Dron & Dickson Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Johnson Marine Limited in its merger with Norwegian company GripShip to form AquaShip.
  • Advised Independent Vetcare Limited on the Scottish law aspects of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Vets Now Limited.
  • Shetland Islands Council instructed the firm to handle the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Shetland Leasing and Property Developments Limited.
  • Advised Gael Force Group Limited on the acquisition of 75% of the entire issued share capital of Fusion Marine Limited.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP advises public and private sector clients on the full range of competition law issues, including public procurement and state aid. The team also regularly handles merger control, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance claims. James McMorrow leads the group from Glasgow, working with practitioners spread across Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as partner Jill Fryer in Inverness.

Practice head(s):James McMorrow

Other key lawyers:Jill Fryer; Jennifer Jack; Jamie Watt

Testimonials

'Harper Macleod is always prepared to engage its team of specialist advisers and work to tight deadlines.'

'Jill Fryer never fails to provide valuable support to meet external deadlines, often in the face of rigid requirements she is able to come up with solutions and approaches that are acceptable to all parties involved.'

'James McMorrow is always adaptable and supportive from start to finish even when the goal posts move.'

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

Highland Council

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

North Ayrshire Council

Inveryclyde Council

Moray Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Scape Group

Energy Savings Trust

Forestry Commission Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Glasgow City Council on compliance issues associated with the hosting of the European Sports Championships 2018 in Glasgow.
  • Advised Highland Council on procurement issues relating to two wi-fi projects which were progressed as a result of the Inverness City Region Deal.
  • Advising North Ayrshire Council on procurement and state aid issues arising from the proposed re-development of Ardrossan Harbour.

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Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has been particularly active assisting fuel distributors with various licensing matters but also receives regular instructions from food, leisure and hospitality sector players who require assistance with contentious and non-contentious alcohol, gambling, public entertainment and civic government licensing matters. Team head Andrew Hunter is noted for his expertise in insolvency-related licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hunter

Other key lawyers:0

Key Clients

Lidl UK

Greene King Brewing and Retailing

Certas Energy UK

BP Oil UK

Malthurst Retail Group

KMCN

William Hill Organization

Shell UK

Comic Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Assisted BP Oil UK with the provisional premises licences for two petrol stations within the Perth and Kinross Licensing Board area.
  • Assisted Lidl UK with the application for a provisional premises licence for the new Lidl supermarket at Castle Street, Dumbarton.
  • Assistance with the application for a premises licence for Shell's premises in Newtonloan, Midlothian.
  • Represented Greene King Brewing and Retailing in a licensing hearing following its non-compliance with the Weights and Measures legislation.
  • Assisted Malthurst Petroleum with the application for a late hours catering licence for the Greshop filling station in Forres.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's 'very approachable, professional and commercially minded' team is noted for its strong sports sector practice, receiving a steady flow of instructions from sports professional bodies, leading clubs and sports personalities. Other key areas of expertise include banking and finance, energy, real estate and construction-related commercial disputes but the team led by Sandy Hastie also acts in corporate and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Sandy Hastie

Other key lawyers:David Kerr; Jennifer Jack; John McHugh; Carolyn Morgan; E-Ming Fong; Fiona Pask

Testimonials

'The team pulls out the stops to understand the client's point of view and responds in a manner that inspires extreme confidence.'

'Fiona Pask is particularly dedicated, while offering a high degree of professionalism, expert advice and experience.'

'David Kerr is well organised dealing with all procedural matters within the deadlines. He also has excellent commercial acumen.'

'The team is very competent, relaxed under pressure and a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Tom Brake and Chris Leslie MP

Nigel Eccles and others (Founders of FanDuel)

Dragados UK

WebHelp Group

RBS Insurance

Optical Express Group

Rentokil

AIB Group

5 P.M.

Lakehouse

Work highlights

  • Representing the founders of FanDuel in their pursuit of a substantial claim against the directors of FanDuel concerning their undervaluation of the company in the context of its merger with Paddy Power Betfair (PPB).
  • Representing the liquidators of a Scottish distribution company, Grampian MacLennan's Distribution Services (GMDSL), in their defence of an ongoing appeal to the UK Supreme Court concerning the sale of assets at a discounted price.
  • Represent the majority shareholders of 5 P.M., which operates the nationwide restaurant discount website 5PM.co.uk, in a long-running dispute with minority shareholder and director, David Maguire.
  • Successfully represented Prospect Healthcare in its defence of an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session pertaining to third party costs.
Leading individuals

Sandy Hastie - Harper Macleod LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

With particular strength in the public and housing sectors, Harper Macleod LLP frequently assists clients with the recovery of pension payments alongside rent and other arrears form tenants and factored owners but the team's client roster also includes various commercial entities and financial institutions; the latter receive regular assistance with unsecured debt recovery matters. Dawn McKenzie heads up the 'personable and approachable' team.

Practice head(s):Dawn McKenzie

Testimonials

'Experts in what they do.'

Key Clients

National Car Park

Link Group

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association

Scottish Borders Housing Association

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Matthew Clark Wholesale

John W Grant & Sons

Stirling Park

Cairn Housing Association

West of Scotland Housing Association

Irvine Housing Association

Complete Storage and Interiors

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP is particularly active in the Scottish SME lending market, but advises across the full market for lenders and borrowers including entrepreneurial companies, start-ups, SMEs and large corporates. The team has a substantial network across five Scottish offices including Inverness and Shetland bases. Recently, the firm has continued to expand its expertise in the corporate banking and transactional space in Edinburgh and the East of Scotland. Tony Cameron heads up the group, which also fields Jacqui Fraser, who leads the property finance team; and John Pringle, who counts several fintech lenders as clients. Limor Wolfe made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):Tony Cameron

Other key lawyers:Jacqui Fraser; John Pringle; Limor Wolfe

Testimonials

'Harper Macleod's team has excellent knowledge of securities law.'

'Jacqui Fraser is always on hand to give her opinion and advice, even if not through formal instruction.'

'The team is very hands on with transactions, and fields very strong communicators who are great at offering advice on various elements transactions. It is extremely knowledgeable and very efficient.'

'Tony Cameron, John Pringle and Paula Skinner all deserve a mention as clearly impressive individuals.'

'The group is very efficient, friendly, easy to contact and practical in its approach. Jacqui Fraser is very efficient and practical and nice to deal with.'

Key Clients

Bank of Scotlandplc/Lloyds Banking Group

Allied Irish Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Santander

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Atom Bank

Thincats

Handelsbanken

Abundance Investments Limited

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Investments' infrastructure debt team on its private debt facility of £43m to finance six operational hydro-electric schemes, all of which are situated on rivers in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Advised Balmer Care Homes Group on the sale of Rosepark Care Home and Croftbank House, together with the associated properties.
  • Appointed by Goldcrest Communities to advise on an investment from Scottish private equity house, Maven Capital.
  • Advised Clydesdale Bank on the provision of term loan facilities to support the MBO of Glasgow-based independent financial planning company, Intelligent Capital.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

The restructuring and insolvency team at Harper Macleod LLP covers all areas of work ranging from complex bank-led restructurings and refinances to administrations. The group, which is jointly led by Gordon Hollerin and James Lloyd, has particular expertise in the sport sector; it recently advised on issues arising from voluntary liquidations and dissolutions. The practice has also recently expanded its alternative lender client roster.

Practice head(s):Gordon Hollerin; James Lloyd

Other key lawyers:John Pringle

Testimonials

'The Harper Macleod team is well known in the market for its breadth and depth of experience in restructuring and excellent commercial skills.'

'Gordon Hollerin is an excellent lawyer. He is pragmatic, commercial and very responsive to client needs. He quickly provides sensible and clear advice, which can be applied in practical terms. He understands the market and the key drivers for working with insolvency practitioners.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group Business Support Unit

Clydesdale Bank Strategic Business Services

Allied Irish Bank Financial Solutions Group

KPMG

BDO

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Scott Moncrieff

Lendy Limited

Quantuma

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Our Power Energy Supply Limited

The Phoenix Car Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Our Power Energy Supply on Ofgem's Supplier of Last Resort process, and on the subsequent appointment KPMG as administrators. It is also advising the administrators on the administration process.
  • Acting for RSM Restructuring Advisor as liquidators of Aulds on the group's restructuring the group.
  • Instructed by RSM Restructuring Advisory on its appointment as liquidator of Balmoral Knitwear and the liquidation-related employment issues.
  • Advised Quantuma LLP as liquidators of Yorkshire Investment Property Denison Ventures regarding the presentation of a petition on behalf of a chargeholder who had substantial outstanding debt.
Leading individuals

Gordon Hollerin - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP routinely assists clients with commercial and transactions and restructuring-related employment law matters while the group led by the 'personable' Bruce Caldow also has a strong profile for contentious work, routinely defending clients against claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal, among others, at the Employment Tribunal; it also conducts investigations following whistleblowing complaints. With a strong presence in the sport sector, the team receives frequent instructions from various sports organisations but also acts for an extensive roster of public and third sector clients alongside corporates. Dawn Robertson moved to Rooney Nimmo in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Bruce Caldow

Testimonials

'The team is tenacious in pursuing its client's interests.'

'Bruce Caldow impresses with his consideration and willingness to find innovative solutions.'

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

Celtic FC

Compello Staffing

Neogen Europe Group

Cornerstone Community Care

Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership

Forestry Commission

Webhelp

Historic Environment Scotland

Teekay Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a long running unfair dismissal claim brought against Glasgow Life by a former employee.
  • Providing regular advice to Webhelp UK on international outsourcing deals.
  • Regular advice to Cornerstone Community Care on a wide variety of employment issues including a complex and novel restructuring and modernisation programme.
  • Advised Go Beyond Services on various employment law matter arising from its acquisition of OEE Consulting (OEE) and OEE's subsequent merger with gobeyond.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: pursuer
Medical negligence: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has a well-established reputation for advising on medical negligence claims involving children, including those relating to fetal abnormalities, delayed diagnosis and catastrophic injuries, and has additional expertise in pursuing wrongful death claims. The firm's referral network, HM Connect, has led to a substantial increase in instructions from other firms that see Harper Macleod as better placed to take claims forward. Personal injury and reparation head Elizabeth Mitchell and 'miracle-working' professional negligence head Heather Calderwood lead the team, while recently promoted senior associate Amy Dickson merits recognition for her complex caseload including claims relating to still born babies and failed hip replacements.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Mitchell; Heather Calderwood

Other key lawyers:Amy Dickson

Testimonials

'The team are well-informed, well-resourced and determined.'

'Heather Calderwood is determined, hard-working and miracle-working.'

Rising stars

Amy Dickson - Harper Macleod LLP

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP acts for large insurers, public bodies and private individuals in claims pertaining to wrongful deaths, road traffic accidents and mesothelioma, as well as cases concerning public and occupiers’ liability. Thanks in part to a new referral scheme rolled out in 2018 the practice doubled its number of instructions, and saw a rise in work from clients requiring advice on technical aspects of claims prior to court action. Suzanne McGarrigle has particular experience in employers’ and public liability claims and industrial disease, drawing upon her team’s strong background in health and safety work.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Suzanne McGarrigle

Testimonials

'A thorough, well prepared and well equipped team.'

'Heather Calderwood is firm, determined, pleasant and pragmatic.'

'Amy Dickson is resourceful, respectful and not scared of running a case.'

Key Clients

Direct Line Group

Forest Enterprise Scotland

Covea Insurance

Acromas Insurance Company Limited

EUI imited

Admiral

Elephant Insurance

Diamond Insurance

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Personal injury: pursuer
Personal injury: pursuer - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP handles a high volume of fatal claims and an increasing amount of claims relating to offshore accidents, with the firm seeing a 40% surge in instructions in 2018. Elizabeth Mitchell is regularly sought out by insurers to manage policyholders’ expectations when pursuing claims through their legal expense policy, while 'dedicated' senior associate Marina Harper takes charge of most fatal claims and heads up a team handling employers liability, public liability and serious road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Heather Calderwood; Marina Harper

Testimonials

'The team is well informed, resourceful, imaginative, determined and experienced.'

'Heather Calderwood is determined, practical, hard working and firm.'

'Senior associate Amy Dickson is resourceful, pleasant and realistic. '

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of a deceased man who was killed in an accident at sea, whilst working as an offshore fisherman.
  • Representing a client who was a passenger in a road traffic accident which resulted in multiple injuries including a spinal cord injury which made him paraplegic.
  • Acting for the parents of a young girl significantly injured in a sledging accident that occurred at a pre-school club, which required her to undergo surgery and receive psychiatric treatment.
  • Acting for client who suffered permanent injuries as a result of inadequate equipment in the workplace.
Leading individuals

Elizabeth Mitchell - Harper Macleod LLP

Rising stars

Marina Harper - Harper Macleod LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP’s pursuer-oriented practice has a remarkably broad client base including private individuals, public bodies, developers, lenders and private companies. The practice has expertise in major construction claims in the public and private sector, internal company disputes involving complex points of law such as liability in a multi-party action, enforcement proceedings against shareholders and lease agreements, and a wide variety of professional negligence matters involving surveyors, accountants, solicitors and IFAs, including fraud and loss of opportunity claims. E-Ming Fong recently succeeded in two separate claims for companies involving contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):Sandy Hastie; David Kerr

Other key lawyers:E-Ming Fong; Fiona Pask

Testimonials

'The team has a great mix of technical ability and people skills. They have great lawyers across the board from partner down to newly qualified solicitors. They are very very experienced across a whole range of professionals but are particularly good when it comes to solicitor negligence.'

'Fiona Pask leads with distinction at all times.'

'Sandy Hastie and Fiona Pask are very impressive partners at the firm. They are excellent at managing client expectations but, similarly, they give details and well-thought through instructions.'

'Laura McCorquodale is a very talented senior associate at the firm. She is an experienced and detail-oriented litigator who is an enviable mix of personable and technically-minded. Andrew Mackenzie is similarly an excellent senior associate who gives very good advice to clients and is particularly good when it comes to devising tactics for the running of the case. Both Laura and Andrew are both rising stars.'

Key Clients

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

AIB Group (UK) plc

Shetland Islands Council

Sandringham Court Ltd

Montbank (Loanhead) Limited

Broxburn Motorzone Ltd

Saga Group Plc

Arc Legal Assistance Limited

Work highlights

  • Secured £1.15m settlement for AIB Group (UK) plc from a firm of quantity surveyors who had been appointed to act as the bank's 'project monitors' in connection with the redevelopment of a former hotel complex in Aberdeen.
  • Acting for Shetlands Islands Council in a £4.5m construction claim in the Court of Session for damages for professional negligence against the principal contractor and subcontracted engineers who developed SIC's headquarters in Lerwick.
  • Instructed by the Scottish Legal Complains Commission to respond to eight appeals brought before the Inner House of the Court of Session, in respect of allegations of professional negligence and inadequate professional services.
  • Represented the Habeebs at the Financial Ombudsman Service and have now raised proceedings in the Court of Session in relation to an action against their former IFA for damages for fraud, breach of contract and negligence.

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Scotland: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP’s team advises land owners, high net worth individuals and public sector bodies on land transactions, including the sale and purchase of crofting estates and crofts, while the firm also has particular expertise in the forestry sector, serving as sole legal advisor to the Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). Rural head Graeme Nisbet handles acquisitions, disposals and leases for the FLS as well as farm and estate purchases for a range of other clients. Calum Macleod  is an expert in crofting law and Land Reform and Community Ownership: he advises clients on renewable energy developments on croftland, and acts for a large number of community owned estates.

Practice head(s):Graeme Nisbet

Other key lawyers:Calum Macleod

Testimonials

'Graeme Nisbet provides a valuable role on client liaison and work priority management, as well as advising on cases.'

The firm's partners and associates all provide an excellent service on individual cases and the customer satisfaction feedback across our organisation has been very positive.'

'Calum Macleod has excellent sector knowledge and attention to detail in all matters.'

 

Key Clients

The Firm of RM Clark

Veitch & Sons solicitors

Matthew Thomson

Catherine Kirk

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Woodland Creation UK

Craignathro Eggs Limited

Marion Ballantyne

Sheila Snowie

Historic Environment Scotland

James Bigham

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Melness Crofters Estate

Ceannacroc Estate

Scaniport Estate

Keose Glebe Estate Trust Limited

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS)

Work highlights

  • Advised on the £3.86m purchase of 6 and 7 Lochend, Barrock, a farm in Caithness which comprised two large owner-occupied crofts.
  • Advised on the £950,000 sale of Balnamoon Farm, a large mixed arable and livestock farm in Banff.
  • Advised on the £550,000 sale of The Burns Farm, Creetown for a farmer's wife looking to divest herself from the family farm but retain a clawback for any future renewables development.
  • Advising and representing the Firm of Ythanbank Land Management on a continuing dispute on the validity of an agricultural tenancy in Ellon.
  • Acted for Garbh Allt Community, an eligible community under the Land Reform Act, in the purchase of West Helmsdale Estate, a crofting estate in Sutherland which comprises three crofting townships with three crofting common grazings.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's 'knowledgeable and responsive' team represents the interests of registered social landlords, often in major transactions for development purposes, and assists charities and trusts with constitutional matters, SCIO applications, compliance with OSCR regulations and governance reviews. Derek Hogg has substantial experience of advising charitable registered social landlords, while James McMorrow provides data protection advice to charities in light of GDPR.

Practice head(s):Derek Hogg; James McMorrow

Testimonials

'For the past 13 years Harper Macleod has provided pro bono representation and support to families with autistic children facing education tribunals. Recognising that a good education is crucial if autistic children are to grow and flourish, Harper Macleod have shared their expertise to ensure that autistic children in the UK are getting the best start in life.'

'Harper Macleod works hard to make sure that they can support the full range of client needs with regular visits from specialists to allow face-to-face contact and relationship building as well as delivering the work.'

Key Clients

retail TRUST

Kingdom Housing Association Limited

Cairn Housing Association Limited

National Autistic Society

Scottish Sports Futures

Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

MCR Pathways

Shetland Arts Trust

Wheatley Housing Group Limited

Historic Environment Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kingdom Housing Association in a £85m private placement lending and security transaction, securing the development programme of over 1,100 homes.
  • Advising Cairn Housing Assocation on a £50m private placement lending and security transaction and advising on its constitutional partnership and preparations for GDPR.
  • Partnership with the National Autistic Society to provide free help, support and representation to families with autistic children to ensure they get the educational support they need and are entitled to.
  • Advising retailTRUST in relation to charity governance and data protection, in particular preparations for GDPR.
  • Providing corporate and commercial advice regarding contractual arrangements to MCR Pathways.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP handles a wide range of financial provision matters, involving elements such as economic disadvantage claims, the division of shared company assets, awards of ailment, and parties living in multiple jurisdictions. The team also deals with cohabitation matters and disputes concerning residency, child support and adoption. 'Standout family lawyer' Jenny Smith, who is dual qualified in Scotland and England, advises clients on prenuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes, while senior associate Nadine Martin, who joined the firm in 2018, led the response by the Glasgow Bar Association to the Scottish Government's Consultation Paper on reform of the Children (Scotland) Act.

Practice head(s):Amanda Masson

Other key lawyers:Jenny Smith; Nadine Martin

Testimonials

'Increasing strength in depth and an excellent range of partners who are leaders in their field.'

'Harper Macleod distinguish themselves by their commitment to social and policy issues in family law as well as their commitment to their clients.' 

'Jenny Smith is a standout family lawyer. She searches out the best outcomes for her clients but always in a dignified way.' 

'Amanda Masson is an excellent practitioner. She runs complex cases with ability and sympathy.'

Work highlights

  • Represented wife in high net worth separation.
  • Acting for husband in a separation following a short marriage in relation to financial provision.
  • Acting for the husband who was a defender in divorce proceedings raised at Sheriff court where main asset was a partnership owned by both parties.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries
Personal tax, trusts and executries - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's team acts for trustees, executors and high net worth individuals in the administration of estates, the establishment and winding-up of trusts, including charitable trusts, and asset protection mandates, such as minimizing capital gains tax and obtaining business property relief to mitigate inheritance tax. The 'extremely approachable and empathetic' Pamela Niven heads up the practice, while, the 'utterly professional' Jacqueline Leslie has significant experience drafting wills, assuming power of attorney for vulnerable clients and advising on the legal and tax aspects of trust creation. Julie Doncaster handles all areas of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act and has a niche in establishing personal injury trusts and will trusts for disabled beneficiaries.

Practice head(s):Pamela Niven

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Leslie; Julie Doncaster

Testimonials

'The firm's key strength is that each member of their team delivers a very personal service to clients and professional connections alike. They achieve this by building personal relationships and really gaining a thorough understanding of the needs and concerns of their clients and professional connections.'

'The team's ability to deal with clients face-to-face in a friendly yet professional fashion successfully strikes a tricky balance. Their willingness to get involved in complex issues and their level of technical accuracy always impresses me.'

'The team possess first class knowledge and practical experience combined with an approachable style that is second to none.' 

'Pamela Niven has a wealth of knowledge but is also able to see the bigger picture and identify practical solutions to problems. She is extremely approachable and empathetic in dealing with sensitive areas of the law.'

'Leigh Beirne and Julie Doncaster are both exceptional lawyers - they work together closely and share an impressive level of knowledge in executry, powers of attorney, wills, estates and trusts.'

Leading individuals

Jacqueline Leslie - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)
Energy (excluding oil and gas) - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

The energy practice at Harper Macleod LLP has recently grown its expertise in the UK secondary and investment markets, alongside its knowledge of the smart city and lighting project sector. Led by  David Bone, the group has enhanced its strong position in the community energy space and is a key name for corporate transactional work. Omar Ali counts developers landowners and funders as clients. Steven Brown recently retired.

Practice head(s):David Bone

Other key lawyers:Pamela Todd; Omar Ali;

Testimonials

'The service delivered by Harper Macleod is very partner based, and there is a commercial ethos and a desire to shield the client from the stresses and strains of the M&A arena.'

'Omar Ali is very calm and a problem solver. He provides an excellent service on property issues.'

'David Bone is a consummate senior partner.'

Key Clients

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred Olsen Renewables Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Abundance Investment Limited

Scottish Renewables Forum Limited

Natural Power Consultants

Glasgow City Council

BasePower

Horgabost Wind

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fred Olsen Renewables on a sale to Aviva Investors of 49% of the shares in companies, which own two wind farms in the south of Scotland – Brockloch Rig and Crystal Rig 3.
  • Handled the sale of the completed Afton wind farm to Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of the Chinese stateowned company SDIC, for InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Investments' infrastructure debt team on a £43m loan to finance six operational hydroelectric schemes, all of which are situated on rivers in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Advised Abundance Investments on the launch of Orbital Marine Power's campaign to raise £7m to fund the construction of a 2MW tidal stream turbine off Orkney.
  • Assisting with the Fair Isle Generation and Storage Project  for the developer and the electricity supplier.
Leading individuals

David Bone - Harper Macleod LLP

Next Generation Partners

Omar Ali - Harper Macleod LLP

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Projects
Projects - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP has a strong presence in the hub initiative space, demonstrated by the firm's client roster, which includes hub North Scotland. The team, led from Edinburgh by Euan Pirie, also has substantial experience in student accommodation projects, and fields a specialist contentious PPP group. Senior associate Catriona Kemp handles project financing agreements and the corporate aspects of projects.

Practice head(s):Euan Pirie

Other key lawyers:Catriona Kemp

Testimonials

'Through many years of experience of working in the sector, Harper Macleod's project attorneys have developed a detailed understanding of the commercial drivers which are important to their clients. They use this knowledge to establish terms of contract that clients know in advance will meet their internal approvals process.'

'Euan Pirie has a broad knowledge of the market-specific terms that clients should be able to negotiate with. He is assisted by associate Catriona Kemp, who is particularly skilled in the corporate governance side of complicated deal structures.'

Key Clients

Hub North Scotland Limited

Dragados SA/Dragados UK Limited

University of St Andrews

City of Edinburgh Council

North Ayrshire Council

Lanarkshire Health Board

Kingdom Initiatives

Derwent Housing Association Limited/Derwent FM (Derwent Living)

FCC Construccion S.A.

Roadbridge UK Limited

Inverclyde Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Hub North Scotland (Inverurie Campus) on the £60m Inverurie Community Campus hub design, build, finance and maintenance project.
  • Advising an FCC Construction and Roadbridge UK  construction joint venture on its bid for the A465 Heads of the Valleys Mutual Investment Model roads project, the first MIM (PPP) project to be procured in Wales.
  • Acted for City of Edinburgh Council on its energy efficient street lighting programme.
Rising stars

Catriona Kemp - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

James McMorrow and the 'highly experienced' Jennifer Jack jointly head the 'solid' team at Harper Macleod LLP, which receives regular instructions from local authorities and other Scottish governmental agencies to assist with housing law, public procurement and state aid matters alongside contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental law issues. Other regular work includes judicial reviews and statutory appeals. The team is also rated for its strength in sporting events-related work.

Practice head(s):James McMorrow; Jennifer Jack

Other key lawyers:Sandy Hastie; Tom Thomas

Testimonials

'Good firm with a wide range of expertise across the board which makes it well suited to provide advice to local authorities.'

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Highland Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Moray Council

East Renfrewshire Council

North Ayrshire Council

Shetland Islands Council

Orkney Islands Council

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

Cairngorm National Park Authority

Work highlights

  • Appointed, through GCC, as sole legal advisors to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. This instruction included various procurement, regulatory and commercial matters such as host city contracts, negotiations between the council and various sports federations and the procurement of ICT services, among other issues.
  • Advising Shetland Islands Council on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Shetland Leasing & Property Developments (SLAP) from the Shetland Charitable Trust.
  • Successfully defended an action for judicial review raised by Wm Grant & Sons in connection with the proposed Dorenell wind farm.
  • Defending the council in an action for judicial review related to the procurement of a multi-million pound regeneration project in the Outer Hebrides.
  • Advising Inverclyde Council on procurement and state aid matters pertaining to the City Deal-funded project for the redevelopment of port facilities at OceanTerminal, Greenock, in conjunction with Peel Ports Clydeport.

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Parliamentary and public affairs
Parliamentary and public affairs - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP receives a steady flow of instructions from local authorities and other public sector bodies but it also acts for corporates and individuals. Its recent workload included a number of judicial reviews and statutory appeal cases, public procurement matters and regulatory and legislative issues arising from major sporting events. Derek Hogg, James McMorrow and 'complete star' Jennifer Jack jointly head the 'great' team.

Practice head(s):Derek Hogg; James McMorrow; Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

'Supremely well prepared.'

'Nothing is too much trouble for the team.'

'Totally reliable.'

'Jennifer Jack is utterly dependable, even in the most pressing circumstances. More than that, she is a very bright lawyer and an astute tactician.'

Key Clients

Tom Brake MP and Chris Leslie MP

The Scottish Government

Scottish Natural Heritage

Revenue Scotland

Registers of Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council

Glasgow City Council

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Representing MPs Tom Brake (LibDem Brexit spokesperson) and Chris Leslie (Labour) in the high-profile case seeking declarator specifying whether the UK's Article 50 notification of its intention to leave the EU may be unilaterally revoked.
  • Advising the client on the Scottish Government's proposals to make housing associations in Scotland subject to freedom of information laws from April 2019, subject to a parliamentary vote.
  • Acted for the client in Right to Roam legislation matters and associated proceedings relating to the public access over the Drumlean Estate in Argyll, where the landowner had erected fencing, gates and signage to prevent and deter members of the public from exercising their statutory access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
  • Representing the client in the public inquiry arising from a planning appeal on the proposed re-development of the former Royal High School of Edinburgh (RHS).
  • Appointed, through GCC, as sole legal advisors to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, advising on a range of issues relating to the hosting of the championships, including procurement, regulatory and commercial matters, negotiations between the council and various sports federations, and the procurement of ICT services, among others.

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Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Commercial property: leisure and hospitality - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

The commercial property group at Harper Macleod LLP regularly works alongside the firm's planning, construction, banking and corporate departments to handle strategic and high-profile development work, and purchase, sale and lease matters. The team's expertise focuses on the development of land for developers, banks and owners; issues in the housing space, utilities and infrastructure mandates, and work in the healthcare, education, leisure, hospitality and public sectors. John Meehan leads the group, which also includes David Bell and Chris Noble, who are the key contacts for work in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Limor Wolfe was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):John Meehan

Other key lawyers:David Bell; Chris Noble; Limor Wolfe

Testimonials

'The lawyers at Harper Macleod are experts in Scottish property law, and are known for their quick turnaround times and very pragmatic methodology.'

'Limor Wolfe stands out for her quick responses and great pragmatism.'

'David Bell is approachable and responsive to the many queries that clients may raise. David coordinates the multi-disciplinary Harper Macleod team superbly and ensures that everything is synchronised.'

Key Clients

New City Vision Group

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller Group

Meallmore Limited

Philip C Smith (Commercials) Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

Energetics Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Ardent Group

Parkland Developments Limited

City Vale Developments Limited

Halfords

Charles Tyrwhitt

Destiny Scotland Group

Camlin Group

Xafinity

Yorsipp

Tattu Limited

Café Nero

J D Sports

Card Factory

Bon Marche

MRH (GB) Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited

Allied Irish Bank Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Queensway Group

Café Nero

Work highlights

  • Advised James Keiller Investments on the sale of a portfolio of commercial, industrial and residential properties in Scotland and England.
  • Acting for MCR Property Group on the letting and £2.4m sale of Kingsway Park, Dundee, an industrial shed park.
  • Acted for CBRE Global Investors and one of its property investment funds on purchase of the leased investment of David Lloyd Health Club, Hamilton from British Land.
  • Assisted Britannia Hotels with the £10.3m acquisition of the former Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel, near Aviemore.
  • Advising New City Vision Group on the due diligence and contract negotiation for its acquisition of multiple residential developments.

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland
Commercial property: Elsewhere in Scotland - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Outside of the Central Belt, Harper Macleod LLP operates from its key bases in Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick. The team advises on rural, crofting and agricultural law through Calum MacLeod, who is based in Inverness and is a member of the energy and natural resources group. Other key practitioners include Ross Thomson, who handles property finance work; and department head John Meehan, who sits in the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):John Meehan

Other key lawyers:Calum MacLeod; Ross Thomson

Testimonials

'Harper MacLeod's real estate team demonstrates a very positive and inclusive culture as well as a desire to do the best for its clients. When compared to many other firms, it demonstrates a high level of capabilities and resources to assist any proposal.'

'Harper Macleod is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and is known for its excellent customer service.'

'Harper MacLeod's partners are very proactive, take commercial decisions and work to tight timelines to ensure any legal tasks are delivered on time.'

Key Clients

G & A Barnie

Tulloch Homes Group

Hazledene Group

James Keiller

Meallmore Limited

Boyd Brothers Limited

Fairways Inverness Limited

Home Farms Partnership

TW Townsley Properties Ltd

DM PM Services Limited

Jacobite Cruises Limited

Parkland Developments Limited

Cromarty Firth Port Authority

James Evans & Sons Limited

Rural Projects & Developments Limited

Gael Force Engineering Group

Paterson Estates Limited

Rathven Investments Limited

Frankie & Lolas Limited

Independent Vetcare Limited

Britannia Hotels Limited

Handlesbanken

Clydesdale Bank Plc

HSBC Plc

Bank of Scotland Plc

St Andrews University

Wallets Marts Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Parklands Developments on its purchase of a development site in Inverness from Tulloch Homes for the development of a new care home.
  • Acting for Jacobite Cruises on its new 50 year lease from Dochfour Estate of Dochgarroch Hall and neighbouring land as part of the proposed development of a new visitor centre and tourist hub.
  • Advising the Cromarty Firth Port Authority on the negotiation of the terms of a proposed lease with Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) regarding the use of quayside, laydown and office facilities at the Port of Cromarty Firth.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Known for its experience in representing public sector clients, the 'proactive, knowledgeable and straightforward' team at Harper Macleod LLP is also well versed in providing private-sector developers with advice on various contentious and non-contentious matters pertaining to construction and engineering projects. Team head Michael Conroy is frequently instructed to draft and negotiate building and engineering contracts.

Practice head(s):Michael Conroy

Other key lawyers:Euan Pirie

Testimonials

'Takes the time to understand the client's project.'

'Euan Pirie is personable and provides great support. He understands the key drivers for projects and how these can be managed appropriately.'

'Very detailed working knowledge of contracts and excellent ability to advise on suitable strategies to resolve technical issues.'

Key Clients

Sportscotland

Glasgow City Council

North Ayrshire Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Sanctuary Housing Association

hub North Scotland

Robertson Construction Group

Shetland Islands Council

Everwarm

FCC Construcción

Roadbridge UK

Work highlights

  • Advised CEC on the procurement of its Energy Efficient Street Lighting Programme. The project is procured under the NEC 3 engineering and construction contract option C; the team provided advice on Z clause amendments to address project specific issues.
  • Preparation of terms and conditions for various contracts for the provision of broadcast lighting and water infrastructure, among others, to venues for the Glasgow 2018 European Athletics Championships.
  • Advised the client on the negotiation of design and build development agreements with the Highland and Moray councils concerning the replacement Alness Academy and Lossiemouth Learning Centre respectively.
  • Advising the client on two separate hub south west projects: firstly, the development, refurbishment and extension of the former red cross building located on Tarryholme Drive, Irvine to provide health and social care facilities, and secondly, the development of a new indoor and outdoor sports facility at Quarry Road, Irvine.
  • Acted for MCR Property Group in the acquisition of the former office property Chesser House, Edinburgh, for development into 163 residential apartments with ground floor commercial space, and prepared the construction contract package.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of environmental and planning law. Based on this, the practice frequently advises clients - many of which are from the public sector - on contentious and non-contentious issues arising from development work and planning appeal proceedings. Peter Ferguson is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Peter Ferguson

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

'Jennifer Jack has good knowledge and experience of environmental matters.'

Key Clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the client in an appeal against its service of an enforcement notice under the Environmental Impact Assessment Forestry Regulations; this concerned the deforestation of an area of woodland near Monikie, Angus.
  • Represented HES at a public local inquiry concerning the Whitesands Flood Prevention Scheme promoted by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
  • Advising the client on its objection to a planning application for a proposed residential development adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo, which was considered likely to affect the zoo's two giant pandas adversely.
  • Acted for the clients in negotiating planning agreements with quarry operators to secure the restoration and aftercare of a number of quarry sites.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Harper Macleod LLP

The team at Harper Macleod LLP is co-led by Peter Ferguson, who handles advisory and transactional work, and 'highly experienced' main contact for planning litigation Jennifer Jack. Acting for a large third- and public-sector client roster, typical instructions include assistance with judicial reviews, public inquiries, appeal proceedings against refusal of planning permission, objections to planning applications and transactional support work.

Practice head(s):Peter Ferguson; Jennifer Jack

Testimonials

'Provides a good and consistent service.'

'Peter Ferguson has great skill and attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Scottish Natural Heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Moray Council

West Lothian Council

The Highland Council

Glasgow City Council

Forestry Commission Scotland

Fred. Olsen Renewables

Work highlights

  • Representing Historic Environment Scotland in a public inquiry arising from a planning appeal on the proposed re-development of the former Royal High School of Edinburgh (RHS).
  • Advising RZSS on the planning application for a proposed residential development adjacent to Edinburgh Zoo, which was considered likely to adversely affect the Zoo's giant pandas.
  • Representing SNH in a public inquiry regarding an application for a planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, near Dornoch, which has been called in by the Scottish Government.
  • Successfully defending an action for judicial review raised by Wm Grant & Sons pertaining to the proposed Dorenell wind farm.
  • Represented the council in an appeal brought by the operator of a holiday park who had been refused planning permission for the installation of hot tubs, decking and ancillary development at its holiday lodge park.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's 'friendly' property litigation team, jointly led by Carolyn Morgan and Sandy Hastie, sits within the firm's dispute resolution practice and puts particular emphasis on commercial and private rented sector work, which leads to regular instructions from private and public sector clients, including registered social landlords, and private individuals on disputes arising from commercial lease interests and development contracts. Other areas of expertise include title boundaries, agricultural property, property factoring and conveyancing. The team frequently represents clients at the Lands Tribunal and also offers alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Morgan; Sandy Hastie

Other key lawyers:John McHugh

Testimonials

'Does not subscribe to the constantly very aggressive approach which is so common of their competitors. They are very robust when needed but there is no over-the-top aggression which is very often counterproductive.'

Key Clients

Loch Lomond & theTrossachs National Park Authority

Telecom Service CentresProperty Limited T/a Webhelp

Optical Express Group

AIB Group

William Hill Organization

retailTRUST

Work highlights

  • Represented Moray Council in its defence of a £1.4m claim for compensation in the Lands Tribunal for Scotland brought by one of Moray's hotels for damage alleged to have been caused to the applicant's hotel business by the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Advised the client on a dispute arising from the Right to Roam legislation; this concerned the Drumlean Estate in Argyll, where the landowner had erected fencing, gates and signage which prevented or deterred members of the public from exercising their statutory access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
  • Representing various homeowners of a housing development in Peebles, in their pursuit against Taylor Wimpy and NHBC for claims arising from various construction defects to their new build homes.
  • Advised IHA on its successful defence of an application to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, and subsequent appeal to the First Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session, brought by its secure tenant asserting a Right to Buy.
  • Advised and represented the the client in a dispute with the estate of an agricultural tenant regarding entitlement to succeed to the lease.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Acting for more than half of Scotland's registered social landlords, Harper Macleod LLP is recognised as one of the key legal advisors in the sector. The team provides full-service advice and also attracts various other players including local authorities, urban regeneration companies, lenders, private sector developers and joint venture bodies. 'Very experienced, practical and considered' public sector and housing team head Derek Hogg is the main contact for governance, regulatory and constitutional advice and the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' James McMorrow is best known for assisting clients with corporate, commercial, regulatory and public procurement issues. Partner Collette Miller is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'can always be relied upon to meet even the tightest of deadlines'; she frequently assists with large-scale projects and transactions.

Practice head(s):James McMorrow; Derek Hogg

Other key lawyers:David McIndoe; Collette Miller

Testimonials

'Practical and efficient service.'

'The team has considerable and extensive experience of the social housing sector, covering all aspects from regulation and governance through to project assembly to advising on complex financing structures.'

'Derek Hogg is an excellent communicator and always provides clear, well grounded and sensible advice.'

'Brings solutions, not problems.'

'Provides the client with a simplified easily absorbed summary of issues, responsibilities and consequences.'

'Friendly team, easy to work with, and helpfully has the ability to look at the bigger picture.'

Key Clients

The Scottish Government – More Homes Division

Wheatley Housing Group

Link Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Cairn Housing Association

Abertay Housing Association

Kingdom Housing Association

Caledonia Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted various housing associations with private placement deals. This included the lending and security transactions for Kingdom and Cairn Housing Associations with UK, Canadian and US-based investors, and acting for Clyde Valley and Hillcrest Housing Associations, each borrowing £70m from international investors, among others.
  • Providing advice to the government's More Homes team on its affordable home ownership schemes, including Help to Buy (Scotland), Help to Buy (Scotland) Small Developers, Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable Home Ownership and the Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT).
  • Advised Wheatley on a range of governance and property matters.
  • Advised the client on preparations for the introduction of GDPR.
  • Acted for Cairn Housing Association in relation to Ayrshire-based RSL, ANCHO, becoming a subsidiary within Cairn's group structure, advising on all governance, constitutional, regulatory and diligence related matters.
Leading individuals

Derek Hogg - Harper Macleod LLP

Rising stars

Collette Miller - Harper Macleod LLP

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's practice provides full-service advice on IT and technology matters and also handles the IT aspects of wider transactional matters handled by other departments. The group is led from Glasgow by Tom Thomas and has significant experience in the public and third sectors, as well as the fintech, blockchain, life sciences, technology, telecoms and energy industries. Thomas regularly assists with technology contract work, Scott Kerr leads the food and drink group, and Jamie Watt has experience in competition-related issues.

Practice head(s):Tom Thomas

Other key lawyers:Scott Kerr; Jamie Watt

Testimonials

'The team shows great credentials and expertise in the sector and strong business acumen.'

'Tom Thomas gets to know his clients' business and understands the importance of the solutions they are seeking to protect.'

'The team members are easy to work with, available and proactive.'

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow Life

Highland Council

Go Beyond

Paddle.com Market Limited

Ideagen

Uteach Limited

East Renfrewshire Council

Enduro Sports Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advised Paddle.com on its £6m further investment from existing investors including Notion, BGF and Kindred Capital.
  • Prepared an SaaS agreement and IP assignation for Haelo Consulting.
  • Acted for G4K Fashion on several non-contentious commercial issues including IT contracts for its online business model.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Harper Macleod LLP

The Glasgow-based IP team at Harper Macleod LLP is recognised for its strength in sports-related IP work; it also handles matters in the life sciences sector and has notable cross-border expertise. The group assists with the full gamut of IP issues encompassing patents, trade marks, copyrights and design rights. Jamie Watt heads up the practice, which also includes sports expert Tom Thomas  and food and drink sector specialist Scott Kerr.

Practice head(s):Jamie Watt

Other key lawyers:Tom Thomas; Scott Kerr

Testimonials

'The team at Harper Macleod is extremely knowledgeable and provides accurate and timely advice.'

'Harper Macleod has a great client roster and is surprisingly strong.'

'Jamie Watt is a star.'

'Jamie Watt is an essential resource for clients, going above and beyond the level of service expected from a practice as busy as his.'

Key Clients

UEFA

Apple, Inc.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Celtic FC

Historic Environment Scotland

The Forestry Commission

Godrej Americas

The Commonwealth Games Federation

The University of St Andrews

Amnesty International

Work highlights

  • Advised Celtic F.C. on the management of its worldwide trade mark portfolio including carrying out international online anti-counterfeiting work and providing commercial and transactional IP support.
  • Acting for Reactec in Court of Session proceedings relating to an alleged infringement of their European vibration monitoring patent.
  • Advised NMBRS on all IP and commercial matters relating to the operation of its business including the acquisition of registered trade mark rights and revising its IP-related contracts.
  • Acting for Glasgow City Council on the IP issues relating to the city's co-hosting of the inaugural European Championships including matters relating to staging large-scale sports events, sponsorships, trade mark registrations and brand protection advice.
Leading individuals

Jamie Watt - Harper Macleod LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP acts for international federations, national governing bodies, major football clubs and public sector bodies in a range of mandates including disciplinary hearings, safeguarding matters, trade mark registrations, GDPR compliance and intellectual property infringement. The team also acts as sole legal adviser to national sport agency sportscotland. Bruce Caldow, who sits as chairman of the SFA Judicial Panel, advised on several high-profile cases of alleged misconduct in 2018. Carolyn Morgan heads the Scottish Gymnastics Conduct in Sport Panel, where she is tasked with overseeing complaints regarding conduct, safeguarding and regulation, appointing panel members and scrutinizing decisions.

Practice head(s):Bruce Caldow

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Morgan

Key Clients

sportscotland

Scottish Rugby Union

UEFA

Celtic FC

Aberdeen FC 2

Scottish Swimming

Scottish Gymnastics

Glasgow City Council

Enduro Sports Organisation Limited

Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland

Work highlights

  • As sole legal adviser to sportscotland's expert resource group, advising numerous Scottish governing bodies on the broadest possible range of legal issues.
  • Acted as exclusive external legal advisers to Glasgow City Council in relation to the European Championships 2018, advising on the wide range of legal issues associated with staging a large scale mulita-sport event including sponsorship and other commercial contracts, infrastructure and construction contracts, anti-doping arrangements, trade mark registrations and brand protection advice.
  • Managing the worldwide trade mark portfolio for Celtic Football Club, along with carrying out international online anti-counterfeiting work and providing external commercial and transactional IP legal support.
  • Providing governance support to Scottish Swimming on a range of matters including GDPR compliance.
  • Advising Aberdeen Football Club in relation to a compensation dispute over young player Lewis Ferguson.
Leading individuals

Bruce Caldow - Harper Macleod LLP

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