Harper Macleod, Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is looking to recruit the equivalent of a mid-sized Scottish firm as it looks to capitalise on its continuing growth in an increasingly turbulent legal market.
The firm, winner of five Firm of the Year titles in the past six years, has continued to show impressive growth in turnover and headcount despite the difficult financial climate.
A against a backdrop of competitors being taken over, merging or disappearing altogether, Harper Macleod is looking to recruit up to 15 new lawyers across all sectors, and from solicitor right up to Partner, taking it past the 300-mark in headcount.
In the past year alone the firm has recruited almost 20 fee earners, including six new partners, as well as promoting three of it's own people to partner.
Already a top-five Scottish firm, and the third-largest with a Scotland-only base, Chief Executive Martin Darroch says Harper Macleod is focused on growth rather than consolidation, and is looking for the very best people to drive it to the next level.
He said: "The principle of what we are doing is to further meet prospective client demand. We continue to see huge opportunity across most legal disciplines and most sectors. This is us ensuring we have the capacity to meet our future growth ambitions."
After recently creating a new Infrastructure & Projects team by recruiting Euan Pirie and Euan Mitchell from McClure Naismith, Harper Macleod is looking to bring in lawyers across the firm, including in Banking, Corporate, Real Estate, Insolvency, Litigation and Private Client.
The firm's Corporate team recently advised on the £77 million sale of call centre giant HEROtsc to French-based Webhelp, capping off a record year which has seen it conclude deals with a total value of more than half a billion pounds since the start of 2012
Led by Head Partner Donnie Munro, Harper Macleod's Corporate team acted for HERO Group and the existing management on the sale – one of the most high-profile Scottish disposals of recent.
Munro highlighted the deal to sell HEROtsc as a great example of the high-value, high-profile work being carried out by Harper Macleod, which saw the aggregate value of the deals completed by its Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness offices in 2012 pass £450 million.
He said: "The HEROtsc deal tops off what has been a great year, with more than 100 deals completed in more than 20 jurisdictions. With six partners and an additional team of 11, we have one of the largest corporate teams in Scotland with the knowledge, strength and depth to provide the commercial advice clients require to confront their challenges and exploit their opportunities."
As well as mergers and acquisitions, Harper Macleod's corporate team is a market leader in advising family-owned businesses, start-up and investment, employee ownership and incentivisation, commercial, partnerships, LLPs and joint ventures, restructuring and company secretarial.
Harper Macleod recently opened an office in Thurso to add to its existing bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.