Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms and Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has been appointed to multiple lots on the Highland Council Legal Services Framework Agreement.
The Framework Agreement covers the Highland Council, Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for the period from 15 December 2013 to 30 November 2016, with the option to extend by a further period of up to 12 months. The contract has a potential total value of £4.27 million over its lifetime.
Following the initial tender process the firm ranked first overall in every one of the 16 Lots it tendered for, making it the top-ranked firm for each individual panel.
The Lots Harper Macleod has been appointed to cover the full gamut of service provision, including: employment law; corporate law; commercial contracts; finance law & financial services; property law; procurement, competition law and state aid; Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA) and data protection; litigation; licensing law; construction law; environmental law; planning law; transportation law; housing; information technology (IT), telecoms, media and e-commerce; major or complex projects.
Professor Lorne D Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, said: "The Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands play a very important role in our firm's strategy, with 2014 marking the tenth anniversary of the opening of our Inverness office to service our clients in the Highlands and Islands, so we are absolutely delighted to be appointed to the Framework to provide services to the four local authorities in all these areas of work.
"The result of the tender process is testament to the quality we have within the firm and our drive to provide best value to our clients. We are committed to playing our part in growing the economy of the Highlands and Islands and look forward working with the Councils over the next few years."
In total, the Framework Agreement covers 18 Lots over the four different geographical areas and 14 law firms have been appointed to the various panels.