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Harper Macleod LLP

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Harper Macleod LLP
A different kind of law firm
Limited liability partnership
Founded 📆
Founders 👔Lorne Crerar, Rod McKenzie
Headquarters 🏙️Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Lerwick
Area served 🗺️
ServicesLegal advice
Revenue🤑 £26.6m (2017)
Number of employees
70 partners
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Harper Macleod LLP are a law firm which provides both commercial and personal legal service across the whole of Scotland. They are the 3rd largest professional services partnership in Scotland in terms of Partner numbers with 70 and sixth largest in terms of turnover with £26.6m..[1]. They are the largest law firm in terms of people and turnover in Glasgow and Inverness and one of the 100 largest United Kingdom-based law firms.


Harper Macleod was founded in 1988[2] by two partners, Lorne Crerar & Rod McKenzie who spun out the business division of a traditional Glasgow Court firm, Ross Harper Murphy, into a separate commercial practice. Since then the firm has continued to grow to over 400 staff while Ross Harper Murphy was liquited in 2012[3]

In 2014, the firm took over niche private client practice, Bird Semple [4], to extend its offering in personal legal services. In 2015 they joined with Shetland based firm Dowle, Smith & Rutherford[5] to open a new office based in Lerwick. In 2016 they increased their presense in Inverness by joining forces with another local firm Allen & Shaw [6].

Co-founder Rod McKenzie[7] left the firm in December 2017 [8] to take up a position with SPFL as in-house lawyer.


Harper Macleod's main offices are in central belt of Scotland in Glasgow and Edinburgh but they also have a notable [9] presence in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland with offices in Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick.


  1. "Law firm Harper Macleod reports 'record' turnover". BBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. "Monday Interview: Lorne Crerar, Harper Macleod". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. "The Ross Harper & Murphy case". The Journal by The Law Society of Scotland. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  4. "Harper Macleod joins forces with Bird Semple to create £23m firm". The Lawyer. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. "Harper Macleod moves into Shetland by acquiring local firm". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  6. "Harper Macleod announces expansion in Inverness as Allen & Shaw comes on board". Scottish Legal News. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. "Harper Macleod's Rod McKenzie to join the SPFL in-house" Check |url= value (help). Business Insider. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. "Companies appoint external panels". Global Legal Post. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. "Scottish Law Review - Legal 500". Legal 500. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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