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Social Housing team retains top legal position for ninth year

Respected legal directory, The Legal 500, today published its annual directory which details the top players in the legal industry. The Scotland section of the 2011 directory reveals that leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP's Social Housing team has achieved Tier 1 status for the ninth consecutive year.

The Harper Macleod team acts for RSLs that collectively manage 43% of the RSL housing stock in Scotland and recently helped Glasgow Housing Association complete its Second Stage Transfer programme, with nearly 19,000 homes transferred to local community ownership. Head of the firm's Public Sector team, Derek Hogg, is described by the directory as being "highly regarded" and Partner in the team, James McMorrow, is also described as "very capable". Derek, and Partner, Len Freedman, are also ranked as The Legal 500 Legal Experts in the area of Social Housing.

Derek Hogg commented: "In the last year, our Public Sector team has gone from strength to strength in terms of the breadth, quality and scale of the work we have undertaken for clients involved in housing, in all parts of Scotland. We are very pleased that this is confirmed by our ranking in the latest Legal 500, which provides independent acknowledgement of the firm's continuing position at the top of the Scottish housing legal sector."

Within the Public Sector rankings, Harper Macleod is also recognised in the areas of Local Government, Parliamentary and Public Affairs and Health.

Established in 1988, Harper Macleod has 45 Partners, 150 fee-earners and a total complement of over 261 staff based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.  The firm is noted for its expertise in key industry sectors, including Banks & Financial Institutions; Energy & Natural Resources; Food, Leisure & Hospitality; Insurance; Property & Construction; Public Sector (including Housing); Retail; Sport; and Family-owned Businesses. Clients include Clydesdale Bank, SSE Renewable Developments, William Hill, Heineken UK, RBS Insurance, National Car Parks, The Forestry Commission Scotland, The Department for Work & Pensions, The Scottish Government, Arcadia Group, National Car Parks, The Scottish Premier League and Optical Express.