About us

Our story

A legal startup business

In 1988, Lorne Crerar and another young partner in a Glasgow court firm took a couple of support staff and converted its business division, which had recently started, into a separate commercial practice. The new start was Harpers, which subsequently took over a niche corporate firm called Macleods, to become Harper Macleod. In 2002, Martin Darroch joined the firm as Finance Director and was appointed Chief Executive in 2006 - Harper Macleod was the first firm in Scotland to appoint a non-lawyer chief executive - with the now Professor Crerar as Chairman. Over the years the firm went from strength to strength, expanding its footprint all over Scotland. In 2014, the firm took over niche private client practice, Bird Semple, to significantly extend its offering in personal legal services.

One of Scotland's leading law firms

Today, Harper Macleod is one of the largest professional partnerships in Scotland, serving clients and their interests in Scotland, the UK and beyond and generating in excess of £29 million in turnover - a figure that has consistently grown regardless of the economic backdrop.

Driving forward

The motivation has always been the desire to do things differently - a different way of serving clients had real potential for business success.

What makes Harper Macleod different from the competition is our drive. It stems from our roots as a dynamic and entrepreneurial firm. Over time, this drive has helped us develop a culture that takes calculated risks and pushes for innovative solutions. We don’t just see ourselves as lawyers, we see ourselves as problem solvers and business advisors.

Our drive to try harder, innovate, understand and partner with our clients sets Harper Macleod apart from other firms. This is how we do things. This is our formula for bringing success to our clients.

What makes Harper Macleod different from the competition is our drive. It stems from our roots as a dynamic and entrepreneurial firm.

Harper Macleod LLP is a leading Scottish commercial law firm that is fully aligned to the sectors within which its clients operate.

Harper Macleod behaves in a refreshingly entrepreneurial way, driven to innovate and try harder because its success is dependent on its clients’ success.

Video - A different kind of law firm

Why is Harper Macleod LLP a different kind of law firm? This film charts the rise of Team HM and the values, qualities and achievements which distinguish us from the competition.

What we do

As one of Scotland's leading full service law firms we have specialists across all legal disciplines, covering every service you are likely to need in both your business and personal life. Allied to this, our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to apply our multi-disciplinary offering to the best effect in your sector. 

Check out our Personal Legal ServicesBusiness Services, Public Sector and Industry Knowledge pages to find out more about what we can do for  you.

Where you'll find us

With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin, Thurso and Shetland, our solicitors are on hand to advise you across the whole of Scotland.

We also assist Scottish-based clients on cross-border and international matters, and work with people from outwith the Scottish jurisdiction on issues which require specialist knowledge of our legal system.

You can see full details of our offices and how to contact us here.

Award winning

Here at Harper Macleod, we never rest on our laurels. We’re a dynamic law firm that's entrepreneurial in spirit and driven to try harder than our competitors. This drive is rooted in our firm so whether it’s a service for you or a service for your business, you can be sure we’ll work harder to give you a better outcome. 

Our drive has been recognised by both our clients and peers many times over the years. Here are some of our proudest achievements, testament to our relentless focus on improvement.

Firm Of The Year 2016



HM Community

Corporate social responsibility

Our partnership approach extends to the wider community. Through HM Community, our corporate social responsibility programme, we strive to apply three important principles in all our activities: 

  • To behave ethically;
  • To contribute positively to our economic and natural environment; and
  • To improve the quality of life for our stakeholder groups. 

Find out more about HM Community.


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