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 in the public & private sectors, and families 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 acts principally for clients in the following industry sectors: banking & financial services; energy & natural resources; food & drink; healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate & construction; retail; rural economy; public and third sector; sport; technology; and transport. It provides a full range of private client services, including family law.
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 advising developers, landowners, community groups, planning authorities and funders on all aspects of the energy supply chain from planning permission and property advice for wind and minerals projects, to advice on securing funding, negotiating community benefits and taking advantage of incentives.
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.
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.
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.
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. The team also provides advice on complex insurance, litigation and risk matters for corporate clients.
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.
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 the mergers and acquisitions of businesses operating in the transport sector. Also has extensive experience in shipping and marine transport.
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 & 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 treatment and care providers, the sale and acquisition of healthcare businesses involving major trade consolidators, and regulatory matters.
Food & Drink:
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.
Advises rural businesses and organisations of all types and sizes, including some of the country’s leading rural sector bodies. Advice covers: crofting; renewable energy; rural business; marine economy; agriculture, fishing & forestry; individuals and families.
The firm’s 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 eight Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists, one of whom holds all three family law specialisms.