Our regular publications contain up-to-date insights from our legal specialists. We aim to keep clients informed of current legal news and developments, whether that is for individuals and families, or businesses and organisations.
Green Freeports – An empowered opportunity
Read our report on Green Freeports
During Harper Macleod’s third annual Marine Economy Week, we published a report into Scotland’s two new Green Freeports in the Forth, and Inverness and the Cromarty Firth.
These two new trading zones are being created to enhance investment, jobs and regeneration, and will be key assets in Scotland’s marine economy. Our report looks at the work that’s been done so far, and the impact these Green Freeports could have in the future.
This report has been produced following two roundtable events with stakeholder representatives who covered a wide spectrum of interests, including local authorities, development agencies, business groups, infrastructure providers, skills development and other professional advisors, as well as representatives from each of the Green Freeports themselves. Thank you to our attendees for their time and insights.
The discussions were constructive and wide-ranging, spanning issues such as public and private sector collaboration, international investment, skills, local infrastructure provision and the transformative potential both zones can deliver for their respective communities.
Harper Macleod Annual Report 2022/23
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The world of Harper Macleod is driven by relationships. The relationships we hold with clients, communities and colleagues are important to make a positive difference.
This publication outlines what we feel have been our highlights for the last 12 months which have been achieved as a result of those strong relationships.
Scotland’s natural capital – an investment for the future
Read our report on the future of Scotland’s natural capital
Scotland’s natural capital – our air, water, soil, flora and fauna – is estimated to be worth £230bn. These elements help us to produce the goods and services which are essential to our society and economy.
In recent years, the focus within the natural capital sphere has been on the reduction of carbon emissions, leading to carbon offsetting through the purchase of carbon credits generated by natural capital projects. In the UK, these projects are primarily peatland restoration and woodland creation.
We recently held two discussion-led events on the future of Scotland’s natural capital, focusing on peatland and woodland. We brought together land owners, developers, policy makers, funders, representative bodies and professional advisors.
Our report looks to cover as much of the discussion as possible, appreciating the fact there are both harmonious and conflicting views.
Watch our short video of a visit we made to a peatland restoration project on the Wyvis Estate, north of Inverness, discussing the future of Scotland’s natural capital.
The Brief Magazine
The Brief is Harper Macleod’s regular magazine for individuals and families. It covers a range of topics concerning your personal legal affairs throughout your life, whether that be creating a Will, buying foreign property, or managing a loved one’s estate.
Building Impact in Construction
In spring 2023 and in partnership with leading integrated project and programme management consultancy Faithful+Gould, Harper Macleod hosted two thought-provoking discussions with Scotland’s public sector construction profession.
The Blueprint was a forum to discuss the key issues impacting upon public sector construction projects in Scotland, with a particular focus on working towards net zero.
More than 150 professionals joined us over the two events. This insight-led report captures the discussion and priority themes, including innovative legal considerations, market conditions and an overview of how City of Edinburgh Council is responding to the net zero challenge.
Coming together with the sector we want to create an actionable path to overcome the barriers to sustainable growth and delivery. Collaboration, innovation and recalibration are all key, as well as having the confidence to challenge existing behaviours. We hope you find it interesting and useful.