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Harper Macleod appointed to panel to provide legal services to the Higher and Further Education sectors

Harper Macleod, Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is one of five successful law firms to be appointed to the specialist Charity Law Lot of the Framework Agreement for the provision of Legal Services to the Higher and Further Education Sectors in Scotland.

Managed by Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges Ltd (APUC), the procurement centre of expertise for Scottish HE and FE institutions, the Framework Agreement was created to consolidate leverage of the sectors’ legal services spend and thus achieve increased service standards, sector specific expertise and better commercial terms. 

The Framework Agreement will provide the Higher and Further Education sectors with easy access to sector specific legal services at best value for money, ranging from one-off pieces of advice to longer term partnership arrangements.

The specialist Scottish Charity Lot to which Harper Macleod is appointed covers the provision of legal services in the following technical areas: charity law, fundraising & sponsorship, constitutional and parliamentary issues and charity corporate governance. 

The Framework Agreement takes effect from today (3 June) and will operate for an initial period of three years, with the option to extend for another year.

Lead Partner James McMorrow said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the Charity Law Lot, which is a reflection of Harper Macleod’s experience and knowledge in Charity law and governance issues. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with Higher and Further Education institutions on their future legal requirements in these areas.” 

Harper Macleod’s Framework Agreement Manager Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, said: “As a firm we are very much committed to the Higher and Further Education sector and this appointment is a welcome addition to our involvement with educational establishments throughout the country.”