Harper Macleod’s North of Scotland Team Strengthens UK Rankings Position

Harper Macleod, the largest law firm in the Highlands and Islands, has strengthened its position in the UK’s two most highly-respected legal rankings.  

The firm, which opened its Inverness office almost 20 years ago, has been recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers UK 2023 rankings as being specialists in 42 different specialist areas, with 173 individual rankings for its lawyers.

Among the highlights:

  • Chris Kerr, lead partner for the Highlands, Islands and Moray, has been recognised as a “Leading Individual” for his Corporate and Commercial law expertise outside of the central belt
  • A new ranking for Shipping in Chambers UK, testament to all of the work the firm is doing for clients in the marine economy
  • Inverness-based crofting and rural specialist Calum Macleod has been ranked as a “Recommended Lawyer” by Legal 500, and is ranked in Chambers for Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • The firm is recognised as “One to Watch” for Immigration advice by Legal 500
  • Chambers UK quotes Harper Macleod’s Energy and Natural Resources team as having “a vast breadth of knowledge and experience meaning all scenarios faced, whether standard or unique, are addressed and concluded with confidence.”
  • The firm is ranked fourth in Scotland in relation to the number of practice area recommendations in legal directory, Chambers UK

Legal 500 lists the following Inverness-based specialists as “Recommended Lawyers” in their chosen fields:

  • Ross Thomson for Commercial Property law outside of the central belt 
  • Julie Doncaster for Personal Tax, Trusts and Executries
  • Jill Fryer for EU & Competition, Franchising, IT & Telecoms, Local Government
  • Fiona Neilson for Corporate & Commercial law outside of the central belt

The firm’s family law specialists, who are present in each of the firm’s north of Scotland offices in Inverness, Elgin and Lerwick, have also maintained their market leading position, complementing the 15 Law Society of Scotland accreditations which they hold.

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