Harper Macleod LLP, one of Scotland's largest law firms has made two new additions to their team, with the appointment of Associates Calum MacLeod and Jill Fryer. Both will be based in the firm's Inverness office.
Calum, a native Gaelic speaker originally from Sleat, qualified as a lawyer in 2007 and spent the first five years of his legal career working in the central belt, before returning to the Highlands in 2010 and then moving onto Harper Macleod earlier this month.
He's joined the Energy & Natural Resources Sector Group, utilising his considerable experience in this sector to work with developers, landowners and community groups on a number of renewable energy projects.
Part of Calum's new role involves him initially working two days each week with Community Energy Scotland, a national charity, with headquarters in the Highlands, which is dedicated to supporting communities to develop and lead their own renewable energy projects.
Calum also has considerable expertise in rural property law, particularly in crofting, and will continue to advise both crofters and landowners on a variety of matters.
Speaking about his new position at Harper Macleod, Calum says:
"Harper Macleod has one of the most respected and trusted energy teams in the legal industry and I'm delighted to have joined it.
"Renewable energy has a huge part to play in the development of the economy of the Highlands and Islands and being able to work on projects of all sizes, especially those that have been initiated by communities themselves with Community Energy Scotland's assistance, is really exciting."
David Bone, Partner, Head of Energy & Natural Resources at Harper Macleod said:
"Calum has extensive experience and knowledge of the energy sector and when you pair that with his understanding of crofting, we realised he'd make an excellent addition to our team."
Jill will be part of the firm's award winning Public Sector team and has extensive experience in providing support to clients in a wide range of areas, including contracts, public procurement, state aid, competition law and freedom of information.
She will also have a more general commercial contracts role, advising private and public sector clients on the full spectrum of commercial contracts, including agency, distribution, franchise, standard terms and conditions as well as joint venture agreements.
Derek Hogg, Partner and Head of Public Sector, Harper Macleod LLP says Jill will play an important role in the firm's Inverness office:
"As an Invernessian, Jill has an excellent understanding of the local legal landscape and has the skills and experience to be a huge success with Harper Macleod."
"There are not many lawyers with the specialist skills and experience she has, particularly in procurement and competition law and her arrival will enhance our local offering to both existing and new clients across the Highlands and Islands.