Harper Macleod Chairman climbs rankings in Scotland's Power 100

Harper Macleod Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar has been named in a list of Scotland’s 100 most powerful and influential people published by a leading newspaper.

The Herald’s 2015 edition of Scotland’s Power 100 sees Lorne climb 12 places from last year to come in at No.67, ahead of the likes of Katherine Garrett-Cox, Sir Brian Souter, Michelle Mone and Stewart Regan.

Professor Lorne Crerar

The co-founder of Harper Macleod, along with Senior Partner Rod McKenzie, Professor Crerar has helped the firm grow to become the third largest professional services partnership in Scotland. He is the only solicitor from a commercial law firm on the list, with other legal figures including Lord Carloway (5), Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland (12), Aamer Anwar (71) and John Scott QC (96).

The paper says of Professor Crerar: Possibly Scotland’s highest profile solicitor, he is also so much more. He co-founded and chairs the law firm Harper Macleod, which has continued to explore new areas of business in difficult economic times for lawyers. But he has also been visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow since the early 1980s and was at the centre of one of the most controversial legal reforms of the last ten years: the introduction of the single survey for property sales. The 61-year-old is also chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Least likely to say: “Can’t be done.”

Topping the list, unsurprisingly, for the second year in a row was First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, with businessmen Ross McEwan, Sir Tom Hunter and Jim McColl also making the top 10.

You can find out more about Professor Crerar here.