Leading legal advisers to the entrepreneurial community

The start-up and high-growth arena in Scotland is thriving and our specialist team is recognised as leading legal advisers to the entrepreneurial community.

Along with advising many individuals and businesses, we work closely with the organisations and investors who have helped to drive this growth.

Our lawyers work closely with businesses at every stage of their life-cycle, from inception right through to a successful exit. We have extensive experience of helping young, innovative companies secure the necessary investment to fuel their growth into strong, successful businesses.

As legal ambassadors to leading business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark, we have provided mentoring and advice to hundreds of companies within its incubators across Scotland, and also advised Entrepreneurial Spark on its own UK and International roll-out. 

We also work closely with many other entrepreneurial support organisations including Scotland’s network of angel investors and venture capitalists. In addition we have strong relationships with the public sector and banking institutions which support early-stage and high-growth companies.

Lead Partner Paula Skinner was named in The Lawyer Hot 100 2015 as one of the leading corporate solicitors in the UK for her work with start-up and high-growth businesses.

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Why choose us?

Young and growing businesses face specific challenges which require specialist advice. We understand these obstacles and opportunities, working in partnership to help our clients build a successful business from sound legal foundations.

From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Thurso and Inverness, we deliver legal advice in a clear way, focused on business rather than the law. As a full service commercial law firm we can also provide a number of additional services which may be crucial to you and your business. Moreover, we can be with you for your entire journey - you will not outgrow us. We have teams within our firm regularly dealing with high value transactions so we can secure your needs at every stage of your business’ life cycle. We also like to open doors and facilitate introductions to other larger, blue chip clients which are often highly beneficial to early stage businesses.

The majority of our work in this area is provided on a fixed-fee basis as we know that certainty on legal costs is important.

We are happy to arrange an initial meeting at no cost, and can also assist with introductions to investors, banks, accountants, surveyors and brokers who have expertise in this area.

Our services include:

Working in partnership

We work closely with some of the leading organisations in the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem, from business accelerators to investors, and publicly funded organisations to networking communities. These include:

Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. Harper Macleod has been legal ambassadors of Entrepreneurial Spark since 2012 providing legal services and advice to budding entrepreneurs in areas such as corporate structure, intellectual property, franchising and investment. We have assisted a large number of Entrepreneurial Spark companies raise seed capital.

ScottishEDGE

Harper Macleod has been working closely as a partner of ScottishEDGE, the funding competition aimed at Scotland’s top early stage and high-growth businesses. Our involvement has seen us work with a number of the finalists and winners of ScottishEDGE helping them on their way to success.

Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global start-up community aimed at start-up and high growth companies and started in Glasgow in 2014. Harper Macleod has been partners with Startup Grind since October 2014 and attends the monthly networking events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow which host a vast range of businesses. The events allow businesses to liaise with professional advisors, successful entrepreneurs and other early stage businesses with Harper Macleod providing legal assistance to some of the businesses.

LINC

LINC Scotland is the national association for business angels in Scotland. Harper Macleod has been a corporate partner of LINC since 2014 working to provide innovative solutions and stimulate the market for new investors and those who want to get involved.

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