We offer services to rural businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors.
Specialist advisers to the modern rural economy
Rural activity contributes more than £30 billion to the Scottish economy with the traditional sectors a small but still important part of that total.
The economy of rural Scotland is large and diverse, so are we. Harper Macleod has a unique footprint in Scotland, with offices in Inverness, Lerwick, Elgin and Thurso as well as our Central Belt bases in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Our team advises Scottish based businesses on every aspect of their legal requirements and has particular expertise in providing commercial advice to many of Scotland’s family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.
Our full-service offering allows us to advise far beyond the scope of the ‘traditional’ rural solicitor in key areas including:
- Rural business
- Marine economy
- Agriculture, fishing & forestry
- Individuals and families
Scottish Highlands and Islands Rural Economy Conference & Awards (The SHIREs)
Harper Macleod hosts the SHIREs conference and awards each year, a focal point for the increasingly diverse modern rural economy particularly across the Highlands, Islands and Moray.
The most recent SHIREs took place in November 2021, and you can watch a recording of the events here.
The virtual event was a thought-provoking insight into the challenges and opportunities facing businesses, organisations and individuals in rural Scotland. With a theme of ‘Our Land, Our Lives, Our Legacy’, and coming just days after COP26 closed in Glasgow, the climate crisis and the much vaunted ‘just transition’ to a greener economy were recurring factors in several of the sessions.
We offer services to rural businesses of all sizes for every aspect of their legal requirements and have particular expertise in providing commercial advice to many of Scotland’s family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.
Our team has extensive knowledge of the law related to crofting, with lead Partner Calum MacLeod, a fluent Gaelic speaker, advising both crofters and landowners on all crofting law matters.
Agriculture, land & estates
Living and working in rural Scotland brings distinct challenges. When your livelihood is generated from the rural environment you need advisers who are not only specialists in the law relating to land and estates but who understand rural life.
Our agriculture and estates team is among the largest in the country and is fully immersed in rural affairs, with offices in Inverness, Elgin, Lerwick and Thurso, as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Our team has extensive experience in the marine and maritime industries, as well as specialising in advising ports and harbours and those operating in the aquaculture sector. The team advises on the full range of services across the sector with the benefit of specialist legal, industry and local knowledge.
Our award-winning renewable energy team is one of the largest in Scotland, providing advice on all types of renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, hydro, marine, solar and renewable heat.
Individuals & families
Our team’s vast experience in the agricultural and rural sectors also applies to the delivery of personal legal services to our rural clients. Rural business clients often require personal tax advice, wills, trusts and succession planning alongside commercial advice. Our team of specialists from across the firm work together to ensure that the advice reflects our client’s best interests.
We also advise many family-owned businesses across Scotland and our team is here to help on any family related issues that arise.
Supporting people in Scottish Agriculture
Harper Macleod is proud to be a Corporate Supporter of RSABI. RSABI provides practical, emotional and financial support to all people involved in the Scottish agricultural industry. The service is available to those previously and currently involved in farming, crofting and occupations related to agriculture in Scotland.