Why did you choose Harper Macleod?
I chose to pursue a career at Harper Macleod whilst at the University of Glasgow. At the time, Lorne Crerar and Robert Rennie were Professors of Banking and Conveyancing respectively and both of them taught me, so that gave me an insight into the quality of the team at Harper Macleod. In progressing through the traineeship interview process, I had the opportunity to meet more of the firm’s people, all of whom were friendly and approachable and made me feel that Harper Macleod would be an enjoyable place to work.
How has the firm helped you to develop your career?
The firm is excellent in helping its people develop their careers. I am a classic example of that. I progressed from trainee to partner inside 10 years. That would not have been possible without the excellent training I received during my traineeship and the ongoing professional support I have received throughout my career with the firm. Furthermore, the firm has given me great levels of responsibility at all stages of my career and exposed me to first hand client relationships which assisted me in cultivating my own practice and created the opportunity for me to be assumed as a Partner in April 2015.
Harper Macleod is a friendly place to work. I have never felt at any time that I have been unable to approach a more senior colleague to ask a question regarding something I was unsure of. In my role as a Partner, I also encourage my more junior colleagues to approach me if I can assist them in taking matters forward. Craig McKerracher
What has been the highlight of your time at Harper Macleod?
It definitely has to be working on the high profile league reconstruction of Scottish football with the merger of The Scottish Premier League and The Scottish Football League to create The Scottish Professional Football League which completed in June 2013. I am a massive football fan so personally it was really satisfying to be involved in the process. Given the media coverage, it was interesting to be working on the transaction whilst simultaneously reading the press coverage of the process. The firm’s reputation in sports law ensured that we were best placed to deal with the transaction.
What would you say to anyone considering a career at Harper Macleod?
The firm encourages you to take on a variety of roles and will support its staff in being innovative in the delivery of legal services or business development.
Harper Macleod is a friendly place to work. I have never felt at any time that I have been unable to approach a more senior colleague to ask a question regarding something I was unsure of. In my role as a Partner, I also encourage my more junior colleagues to approach me if I can assist them in taking matters forward. We have such an open door policy that there are only 4 people with offices in the entire firm! Everyone knows each other on a first name basis.
The work is high quality and you will have to work hard. However, Harper Macleod is a place of opportunity and I truly believe there is no glass ceiling. Whatever your aspirations for your career, the firm will look to reward your contribution to its success by helping you achieve those aspirations.
The firm is a very sociable place. Anything from drinks on Friday nights after work to a firm-wide party can be going on at any time. You will come to value those you work with not just as colleagues, but also as good friends.
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