When it comes to property in Scotland, we have it covered. We have one of the largest teams of property solicitors in the country, advising clients across all industries and sectors in Scotland, across the UK and beyond on their property requirements.
Leading advisers on land, property and building
More than half of our lawyers advise on property-related matters on a day-to-day basis, using our business-focused approach, knowledge and relationships throughout the marketplace to efficiently deal with all aspects of the property, developing innovative structures and solutions to complex matters where required.
As well as having a core team dedicated to high-value commercial property matters, we have specialists in the land and property matters associated with areas including: energy & natural resources; housing; manufacturing; rural economy; infrastructure projects; and transport.
We are the largest firm in Scotland with a specialist housing practice, advising some of the UK’s largest social housing providers. Meanwhile, our rural team specialises in land advice, including being a long-term supplier of property legal services to Scotland’s biggest landowner, Forestry and Land Scotland.
We also have one of the largest residential property teams in Scotland which, as well as advising people who are buying or selling a home, has also advised the Scottish Government on thousands of transactions as part of its various shared equity schemes for homebuyers.
We can deal with all aspects of property matters, from acquisition, planning, development and construction through to resolving the disputes which can inevitably occur.
Our team has close working relationships with the leading operators in Scotland’s property industry, including Scottish Government, investors, developers and their funders, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, purchasers and tenants.
Notable practice advising on the full range of property transactions. Frequently sought to advise on development schemes and investment purchases, often in the healthcare and retail sectors.
As one of Scotland’s leading property practices, our advice is also regularly sought out by clients and law firms based in jurisdictions outside of Scotland, who require our knowledge of the Scottish legal system and the property sector in general.
We also work with property professionals including engineers, surveyors, architects and accountants to achieve their aims and objectives.
Our key property services
We have specialist Commercial Property lawyers to pro-actively deal with your property needs in selling, purchasing, leasing, development, investment, portfolio management or funding.
We use our knowledge and good working relationships throughout the property industry to efficiently deal with your needs and to develop innovative structures and solutions to complex contractual matters or to deal with large numbers of properties.
The process of buying or selling a home is one of the most significant transactions in most people’s lives. It can also be one of the most stressful. At Harper Macleod, we work hard to alleviate this through good client care and regular contact with our professional staff.
As Scotland’s largest law firm with a specialist housing practice, our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers provides the regulatory, governance, commercial and property advice to meet all of your needs.
We have become trusted advisers to some of the UK’s largest housing providers by delivering innovative, practical and commercial solutions.
We work with a diverse range of organisations and businesses across the public and private sector, including: Scottish Government; local authorities; registered social landlords; joint venture bodies; private sector developers; and urban and community regeneration vehicles.
With a specialist team completely dedicated to and focused on renewable energy, we offer a depth of experience and knowledge which sets us apart and ensures you have the support you require.
The team advises on projects of all sizes, from advising on smaller projects for individuals, Feed-in Tariff developers, estates and community groups to acting on behalf of utilities and major independents on large-scale onshore and offshore projects.
Banking & finance
We are trusted advisers to both banks and borrowers, providing specialist legal advice on banking and finance issues across all sectors.
We act for most of the main funders active in the UK market, including the biggest international banks, mezzanine funders and crowdfunding lenders.
We have particular experience of providing commercial legal advice to many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.
What makes us different is our attitude and commitment to working with you to ensure you achieve your aims, not just providing legal answers to legal questions.
Planning & environmental
Planning and environmental issues are becoming increasingly complex and ever more subject to dispute and challenges. They can be the deciding factor in the success or otherwise of any development proposal and can consume extensive resources and time if not handled professionally.
“Good comprehensive experience and coverage throughout the team, well led and coordinated by John Meehan.”
“John Meehan has a very calm and considered approach built off a wide number of commercial transactions.”
“John Meehan’s background early in his career in commercial banking is a real asset in more complex transactions. He provided an excellent service within the timescales.”
“With offices in Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Lerwick, Harper Macleod is geographically well placed to handle domestic matters outside of the Central Belt. With ancillary expertise in agricultural and rural affairs, utility infrastructure and telecoms, the real estate team handles a wide range of matters.”