Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, has announced two new Partners have joined the business to further strengthen its Edinburgh operation.
Jennifer Jack joins from DWF where she headed the firm's local and central government sector team in Scotland. She is a dispute resolution specialist with extensive experience advising clients in the public sector, as well as carrying out human rights work.
Meanwhile Sophie Coffey, who joins from Brodies, will enhance Harper Macleod's banking & finance and restructuring teams in the capital. She brings a wide range of experience in advising clients on Scottish, cross-border and renewables transactions.
The appointments come as the firm prepares to move from Melville Street into new offices at Citypoint, Haymarket later this month – tripling its footprint in the city.
Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, said: "We are delighted to attract two such highly regarded and talented Partners to the firm, which is a reflection of both our standing as one of the country's leading professional practices and our ongoing growth.
"Jennifer and Sophie bring strong skillsets which complement what we already have throughout the firm. Their areas of expertise are ones in which we see real potential for continued growth, particularly in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland. We have shown our commitment to increase our share of the market by expanding our operations across Scotland, and there will be more to come.
"New clients continue to be attracted to the quality of service and value we offer, and these appointments bring even more strength and depth to the firm."
Jennifer Jack is ranked in the top band in both Administrative & Public Law and Civil Liberties & Human Rights by Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession, which describes her as an "extremely calm, considered and experienced" lawyer who is "very bright" and "good at dealing with the client in a supportive way."
She will work closely with Harper Macleod's public sector and dispute resolution teams.
Jennifer said: "I'm delighted to be joining such a progressive firm and working with two such highly regarded teams in the public sector and dispute resolution. Harper Macleod already has an impressive portfolio of clients and will provide me with an unrivalled platform to deliver the highest levels of service, helping to grow the practice even further."
Sophie Coffey will work closely with Harper Macleod's Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency teams. She acts for both lenders and borrowers on a range of finance matters and regularly works on cross-border deals, as well as having extensive experience of renewables projects finance.
Sophie said: "It's great to be joining such a highly regarded, dynamic firm, particularly at a time when we are increasing our presence so significantly in Edinburgh. The team at Harper Macleod is ideally positioned to capitalise on the opportunities for borrowers and lenders arising from improved economic conditions and I'm excited at the prospect of expanding the firm's strong banking practice from the capital."