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Harper Macleod appointed to advise Scottish charities regulator OSCR

Harper Macleod has been appointed as external legal adviser to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), its latest competitive tender win under the Scottish Government Legal Services Framework.

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OSCR is the independent regulator for more than 23,500 Scottish charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers.

The appointment will see Harper Macleod provide a wide range of services to OSCR particularly in relation to specialist legal advice relating to the operation of its regulatory functions and dispute resolution.

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, said: “This is yet another great appointment for the firm under the new Government Framework and we look forward to working with OSCR as it continues to develop a regulatory framework for charities which best serves the Scottish public.

“Winning this tender is a reflection of the extensive experience of our team in advising clients in Scotland’s regulatory and public sector, allied to our ability to provide both quality and value in the services we provide. This is a great start to what promises to be another productive year at Harper Macleod.”

In July 2015 Harper Macleod was one of only two firms appointed to the panel for all six lots of the new Government Framework.

Harper Macleod’s team advising OSCR will be led by Partners Jennifer Jack and James McMorrow, who have extensive experience of acting on behalf of regulators and other bodies in the public and third sectors. The initial appointment, which follows a competition run under Lot 6 of the Government Framework, will run for two years, with the option of a one-year extension.

OSCR is a non-ministerial department and part of the Scottish administration under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.