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Harper Macleod LLP

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Chairman: Professor Lorne D Crerar CBE
Chief Executive: Martin Darroch
Number of partners: 69
Number of other fee-earners: 155

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

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.

Harper Macleod acts 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 provides a full range of private client services, including family law.
Key areas of work include:

Banking & Finance:

Advising banks and borrowers, the team acts for many of the country’s main funders, including mezzanine funders and alternative finance providers. It also advises non-funder clients on banking and finance issues.

Energy & Natural Resources:
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 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.

Among Scotland’s most active dealmakers, the firm advises clients from entrepreneurs to multi-nationals and acts for many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.

Dispute Resolution:
One of the largest teams of dispute resolution solicitors in Scotland, including one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in Edinburgh. 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 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.

Public Sector:
The firm advises Scottish and UK public authorities as well as clients in the private sector who interact with the public sector. Harper Macleod also has one of Scotland’s leading housing practices, acting for many registered social landlords.

The team is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law practice, representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals. Harper Macleod was Official Legal Advisers to both the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Transport (including Shipping & Marine):
Advises in areas including road, haulage and rail. Experience ranges from major road infrastructure projects to mergers and acquisitions. Also has extensive experience in shipping and marine transport.

Major Projects:
Advises stakeholders from government and public sector bodies to multinational companies and lenders on major projects and project finance. The infrastructure and projects team is a leading practice in capital projects and also advises on high-value and public sector procurements.

Provides a full service to clients in the sector, particularly the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators, and regulatory matters.

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.

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: rural business; marine economy; agriculture, fishing and forestry; individuals and families.

Family Law:
The family team advises on all aspects of family law, and leads the way 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.