Chairman: Professor Lorne D Crerar
Chief Executive: Martin Darroch
Number of partners: 64
Number of other fee earners: 169
Banking & Finance: Tony Cameron
Banking Litigation: Sandy Hastie
Construction: Michael Conroy
Corporate/M&A: Donald Munro
Debt Recovery: Dawn McKenzie
Dispute Resolution: Sandy Hastie
Employment: Bruce Caldow
Energy & Natural Resources: David Bone
Estate Agency: Gary Campbell
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
THE FIRM Harper Macleod LLP is a leading full service Scottish independent law firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Shetland 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. 2018 marks Harper Macleod’s 30th birthday, over which time it has been recognised as one of Scotland’s most progressive law firms. The firm is ‘Proud Legal Adviser’ to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
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; life sciences; real estate and construction; retail; 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 practices areas for each sector.
Key areas of work include:
Banking & Finance: Advising both banks and borrowers, Harper Macleod’s 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 firm 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, Harper Macleod advises clients across the private, public and third sectors. The team works with leading operators in the industry, including Scottish Government, investors, developers and their funders, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, purchasers and tenants.
Corporate: Independently recognised as being among the most active dealmakers in Scotland, Harper Macleod’s corporate team advises clients from entrepreneurs to multi-nationals. The team has particular experience of advising 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, Harper Macleod has one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in Edinburgh and has been involved in some of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts.
Employment Law: 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: Harper Macleod has a significant insurance practice which 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 in every sector.
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 of Scotland’s registered social landlords.
Sport: Harper Macleod is recognised as Scotland’s leading sports law firm, with experience of representing governing bodies, clubs, organisations and individuals across the full sporting spectrum. The firm is ‘Official Legal Advisers’ to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, having previously been ‘Legal Advisers’ to 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 sizeable team provides a full service to clients in the sector, including on regulatory matters, and regularly acts in the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses. The team has significant experience handling contentious 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, acting for major operators across Scotland.
Life Sciences: Operating across the sector, the team at Harper Macleod has particular experience of medical devices, pharma, biotech, regulatory, insurance related, digital health and distance-based treatment matters.
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 with a highly regarded practice in this field.