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Harper Macleod a winner at inaugural Scotland’s Best Employer Awards - then celebrates 10 years in Inverness

Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, was a winner at the very first Scotland's' Best Employer Awards last week.

The firm, Legal Advisers to the summer's Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, won the award for Best Health & Wellbeing initiative, with the judges saying that the firm has 'a real sense of a comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing'.

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The event, organised by Business Insider magazine, saw more than 250 people gather at Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, with broadcast journalist Rona Dougall hosting the evening. Harper Macleod's HR Director Rona Cargill picked up the award on behalf of the firm at the event,

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman and co-founder of Harper Macleod, said: "This award is very welcome recognition of the firm as a great place to work, and is a testament to our commitment to being an employer of choice within the Scottish legal market."

The judges highlighted the firm's Get Fit for the Games programme, which it ran in conjunction with its Glasgow 2014 role to encourage people to keep active and get involved in sport.

Inverness 10-year anniversary

On the same night, Harper Macleod celebrated a decade since opening its office in Inverness with a special celebration at the city's Kingsmills Hotel.

Since opening the office at Cradlehall Business Park with only two lawyers, the Inverness operation has gone from strength to strength, and was followed by another office in Thurso in 2012.

The firm recently extended its office space in Inverness as the team continues to grow, with new Partner Tom Monteith, who joined the firm as part of the move which saw Bird Semple come on board, spending considerable time in Inverness to extend the firm's private client offering across the north of Scotland.

Partner Chris Kerr, who led the venture back in 2004 and is still one of the driving forces behind it, said: "From the start we were welcomed in Inverness by the local business community. That support was crucial and we're very grateful to all of our friends and clients. We're very proud of what we have achieved over the decade, but in truth it's just the start."

The firm also works with more than 40 firms across the Highlands and Islands as part of its HM Connect support and referral network.