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Harper Macleod continues Edinburgh expansion with arrival of leading commercial lawyer Ken Ross

Harper Macleod, Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has made a significant addition to its Edinburgh office with the lateral hire of Partner Ken Ross from Balfour+Manson.

Ken Ross

Ken has been a leader of the commercial law practice at Balfour+Manson for the past three years, having previously worked for Burness for more than 25 years, including three as Managing Partner.

The appointment is the latest in a series of major lateral hires to Harper Macleod's Edinburgh operation in 2013 as the firm pursues a strategic plan of organic growth in the capital.

Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, said: "We are delighted to welcome Ken to the firm and bring in yet another top-class senior practitioner to our Edinburgh office. We see the expansion in the capital as crucial to sustaining our impressive year-on-year growth against the continuing backdrop of mergers and stagnation in the Scottish legal marketplace.

"This move is a further demonstration of our continued commitment to developing our presence in key sectors, particularly those in which we anticipate recovery such as real estate, construction and projects. Beyond that Ken will bring his extensive experience to bear across the firm, working closely to build on the excellence we already have in areas including energy and renewables, where he has been involved in pioneering work in relation to waste management PPP projects."

Earlier this year the firm bolstered its Melville Street office by bringing in the Infrastructure & Projects team from McClure Naismith, including Partners Euan Pirie and Euan Mitchell, while Steven Brown joined the Energy & Natural Resources team as a Partner in March.

Ken Ross said: "I'm delighted to be joining such a progressive, forward-thinking firm and look forward to playing my part in the team under the very dynamic leadership of Martin and Lorne Crerar, who I've admired for some time. I'm first and foremost a businessman and secondly a lawyer and I believe that's a mindset I share with Harper Macleod.

"I'm also passionate about growing a business and one of the things that excites me about this move is the chance to further develop the firm's presence in the capital.

"This firm stands out in the Scottish market in the way that it embraces innovation in search of better ways to service its clients. I believe my clients and I will benefit from this fresh approach, and the support I will receive from the excellent teams which exist throughout the firm."

Harper Macleod has marked its 25th anniversary in 2013 by posting record financial results both in terms of profits and turnover, the latter breaking the £20 million mark for the first time.

The firm opened its Edinburgh operation in 2001 and the operation has grown steadily, with a full service offering including Dispute Resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure & Projects, Banking & Finance, Public Sector, Corporate, Retail, IP & T and Healthcare & Life Sciences.

Ken brings with him an impressive client base of domestic and international institutions operating in a diverse range of sectors including higher education, retail, infrastructure projects, renewables, property development and funding, healthcare and life sciences, public sector, logistics, engineering and manufacturing.

Martin Darroch added: "Ken is a well known and extremely well respected figure in the industry, and we welcome the opportunity to align his expertise and impressive practise with our own. His track record speaks for itself and I'm sure he'll also be a valuable mentor for the many talented younger lawyers coming through our ranks."