Chairman: Professor Lorne D Crerar
Chief Executive: Martin Darroch
Number of partners: 67
Number of other fee earners: 137
Banking & Finance: Tony Cameron
Banking Litigation: Sandy Hastie
Construction: Michael Conroy
Corporate/M&A: Donald Munro
Debt & Asset Recovery: Andrew Hunter
Dispute Resolution: Sandy Hastie
Employment: Bruce Caldow
Energy & Natural Resources: David Bone
Family/Matrimonial: Amanda Masson
Franchising: David Kaye
Infrastructure & Projects: Euan Pirie
Insolvency: James Lloyd
Intellectual Property: Jamie Watt
Information Technology: Tom Thomas
Licensing: Andrew Hunter
Medical Negligence: Elizabeth Mitchell
Personal Injury: Elizabeth Mitchell
Planning & Environmental: Peter Ferguson
Professional Negligence: Sandy Hastie
Public Sector & Housing: Derek Hogg
Real Estate: John Meehan
Real Estate Litigation: Carolyn Morgan
Residential Property: David McIndoe
Restructuring & Corporate Recovery: Gordon Hollerin
Rural (inc. Agriculture & Estates): Graeme Nisbet
Sport: Bruce Caldow
Wills, Trusts & Executries: Pamela Niven
Transport (inc. shipping & Marine): Chris Kerr
THE FIRM Harper Macleod LLP is a leading full service Scottish independent law firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin, Lerwick and Thurso. The firm provides services to businesses, organisations — public and private sector — and individuals. Recognised as Scotland’s firm of the year eight times, it is one of the country’s largest professional partnerships.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Harper Macleod delivers a full service offering principally for clients in the following industry sectors: banking and finance; energy and natural resources; food and drink; healthcare; insurance; real estate and construction; retail; rural economy; public and third sector; sport; technology; and transport. It also provides a full range of private client services, including family law. The firm delivers multi-disciplinary, full service teams from across all practice areas for each sector.
Key areas of work include:
Banking & Finance: Advising both banks and borrowers, the team acts for many of the country’s main funders, including banks, mezzanine funders and alternative finance providers. It also advises non-funder clients on all banking and finance issues.
Energy & Natural Resources: An award-winning practice, the team specialises in renewable energy projects and minerals, advising developers, landowners, community groups, planning authorities and funders on all aspects of the energy supply chain.
Real Estate & Construction: One of Scotland’s largest property practices, the team advises clients across the private, public and third sectors and works with leading operators in the industry, including Scottish Government, investors, developers and their funders, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, purchasers and tenants.
Corporate: Recognised as being among the most active dealmakers in Scotland, the team advises clients from entrepreneurs to multi-nationals and has particular experience advising many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.
Dispute Resolution: The firm has one of the largest teams of dispute resolution solicitors in Scotland, including one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in Edinburgh. The firm has been involved in some of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts as well as notable Supreme Court cases.
Employment Law: The team acts for a broad range of clients across all sectors - from Government agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers.
Personal Injury & Reparation: The firm’s significant insurance practice both pursues and defends all aspects of claims for leading insurers and individual clients. The team also provides advice on complex insurance, litigation and risk matters for corporate clients.
Public Sector: The firm advises Scottish and UK public authorities as well as clients in the private sector who interact with the public sector. Clients include: central government departments; government agencies; NDPBs; local authorities; regulatory bodies; charities and community organisations; further and higher education institutions; and regeneration agencies. Harper Macleod also has one of Scotland’s leading housing practices, acting for many large registered social landlords.
Sport: The team is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law practice with experience of representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals. Harper Macleod are Official Legal Advisers to British Athletics, having previously been Official Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Transport (including Shipping & Marine): Advises businesses and organisations in areas including road, haulage and rail. Experience ranges from major road infrastructure projects to mergers and acquisitions. The firm also has extensive experience in shipping and marine transport.
Major Projects: The firm advises a wide range of stakeholders - from government and public sector bodies to multinational companies and lenders - on major projects and project finance. The specialist infrastructure and projects team is a leading practice in capital projects and also advises on high-value and public sector procurements.
Healthcare: Harper Macleod’s team provides a full service to clients in the sector, including on regulatory matters, and acts in the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators. The team also advises clients in the life sciences sector.
Food & Drink: The team’s clients range from start-ups and microbreweries to some of Scotland’s biggest producers and brands. Harper Macleod’s specialist licensing team is one of the country’s leading practices, acting for major operators across Scotland.
Retail: Advises clients from high street brands to online operators on everything from brand management to property advice. Harper Macleod has a particular specialism in franchising.
Rural Economy: Advises rural businesses and organisations of all types and sizes, including some of the country’s leading rural sector bodies. Advice covers all areas of Scotland’s modern rural economy including: rural business; marine economy; agriculture, fishing and forestry; individuals and families.
Family Law: The family team advises individuals on all aspects of family law across Scotland, including a focus on modern family units and family creation. The team includes seven Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, two of whom hold all three family law specialisms.