One month after the end of the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 Legal Advisers Harper Macleod won a title of its own as co-founder and Senior Partner Rod McKenzie secured the prestigious Solicitor of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland.
The award, presented at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, came 10 years after Rod won the same accolade at the very first Law Awards of Scotland.
Meanwhile Glasgow 2014 Ltd – to which Harper Macleod had six secondees – won the award for In-house Legal Team of the Year.
Rod said: "I'm honoured to receive this award for a second time. I practise law become I love it, but to have your efforts recognised by your peers is doubly rewarding. As solicitors, we can only do what we do because of the trust and confidence we share with our clients, colleagues and friends, and I'd like to thank them all for their continued support."
Harper Macleod Chairman and fellow co-founder Professor Lorne Crerar said: "I'm delighted to see Rod's talent and dedication recognised once again – he truly is an inspirational solicitor and an example to the profession. This has been a pivotal year for Harper Macleod as we saw the culmination of our role as Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. When Rod and I started the firm a quarter of a century ago, we never envisaged that it would lead us to this point."
"I'm also thrilled to see the in-house legal team at Glasgow 2014 rewarded for their incredible efforts in delivering such a great Commonwealth Games. In sport it's the athletes who usually claim the glory, but we know that can only happen due to an enormous amount of hard work behind the scenes; Shonagh MacVicar and her team thoroughly deserve their moment in the spotlight."
Harper Macleod was also shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year, Family Law Firm of the Year, Property Firm of the Year (Commercial & Residential), Litigation Firm of the Year and Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year (both Andy Fraser and Laura McCorquodale).
Firms within Harper Macleod's HM Connect network – the country's leading referral and support network made up of 240 independent firms from across Scotland – also featured at the awards.
MacPhee and Partners in Fort William scooped both of the awards they were shortlisted for, with Claire McAlpin named Trainee of the Year and Kelie Cooper Paralegal of the Year. Elsewhere, Inverness based Innes & Mackay was one of the finalists in the High Street Firm of the Year category.
Professor Crerar added: "We are delighted to see HM Connect firms feature at these awards, and huge congratulations to MacPhee and Partners on their double success."