Capital growth drive for Harper Macleod

Harper Macleod, the Glasgow-headquartered law firm, has continued to stamp its mark on the Edinburgh market after almost doubling its partner count in the city over the past six months.

Dawn Robertson. Picture: contributed
Dawn Robertson. Picture: contributed

The firm said it had achieved a “significant milestone” in the capital with the appointment of two new partners taking its tally to 20.

Harper Macleod, which was founded by Lorne Crerar and Rod McKenzie in the late 1980s as Harpers, now has 72 partners across the country and fee income in excess of £20 million.

Richard Murray, a private client specialist and former head of the wealth protection team at Shoosmiths, is set to bolster the firm’s provision of personal legal services to its clients in the east of Scotland.

At the same time, Dawn Robertson, who has experience at a number of Scottish firms, joins Harper Macleod’s employment law team in Edinburgh.

The latest hires come as the firm announced it had been appointed to provide commercial and employment law advice on the City of Edinburgh Council legal framework. The team advising the council will be led by partners James McMorrow and Lesley Murphy.

Since Harper Macleod tripled its office space in Edinburgh last year by moving to Citypoint, Haymarket, it has added 18 people including nine partners.

Crerar said: “We signalled our intent to grow extensively in Edinburgh last year and have been true to our word by almost doubling our number of partners in the city.”