Careers at Harper Macleod

Would you like to be part of the future at one of Scotland's most progressive law firms? We are a business that has been named Law Firm of the Year eight times and has delivered long-term growth in turnover and profitability.

At Harper Macleod we recognise that our people are key to our success. We strive to be the employer of choice and create an inclusive, healthy, safe and stimulating work environment that is recognised as a place of opportunity for everyone.

We are only as good as our people - the first link to our clients and the face and personality of the firm. That's why we go to great lengths to ensure that we recruit the right people.

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Legal and support staff vacancies

Harper Macleod is looking for talented individuals to join our team at our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Lerwick. 

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Opportunities for graduates & students

The application process for our 2019 Summer Placement Programme will be open from the end of December 2018 and close at the end of January 2019. Summer Placements are offered to students following completion of their 3rd year at University or above. A Summer Placement gives you the opportunity to work within departments in the firm for 6 weeks, assisting with research, attending court, proof reading documents and much more.

To be eligible to apply for a Harper Macleod traineeship, candidates will ordinarily have to apply for and successfully complete a 6 week summer placement.

We offer paid summer placements every year. These placements are offered for 6 weeks, and offer a degree of flexibility regarding start dates, holidays during the placement, and finish dates.



Harper Macleod Work Experience

Our Schools Programme is open to school students aged between 16-18 who have an active interest in pursuing a career within Law.  The Harper Macleod work experience programme will allow students to gain an insight into the workings of a busy legal practice as well as having the opportunity to be involved in legal seminars and tasks from staff from around the business. 

opportunities for school & GRADUATEs

Employer of choice


External recognition

We are very proud of the recognition and awards we have received for our people practices, including winning Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative at the Scotland's Best Employer Awards in 2014 and being ranked in The MPF Top 100 Professional Firms to Work For in 2008. Harper Macleod was the first commercial law firm in Scotland to be awarded the Investors in People (IIP) award in May 1998 and we were most recently accredited in 2013.


Living Wage employer

We are accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the 'Minimum Income Standard' for the UK. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Harper Macleod, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £7.83.


Equality & diversity

We are an equal opportunities employer and our firm policy is to recruit the best person regardless of sex, race, age, sexual orientation or religion or belief. We recommend that all candidates with a disability should inform the firm during the recruitment process to ensure that any reasonable adjustments can be made where applicable.

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If you are the type of person that is ambitious and hardworking and you want an opportunity to develop your career and progress your personal development then Harper Macleod would be the firm for you. It is the type of place that if you want your future to be there then it will provide you with the opportunities and resources to make that happen.

Alexis Harper, Partner, Harper Macleod

Speculative enquiries

In addition to our advertised jobs we welcome direct applications for non-advertised posts. Speculative applications (attaching a CV) will be retained for a period of 6 months.

Please email your CV to Kirsty Hunter in our HR department.

Kirsty Hunter

Kirsty Hunter

HR Manager

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