Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, has been named Energy Firm of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2016. The 15-strong Energy & Natural Resources team led by Partner David Bone, one of Scotland's top renewables lawyers, was given the title at a glittering event in Glasgow's Crowne Plaza hotel.
David Bone, Anne Macdonald and Omar Ali collect the award
It was the third time that the team has won such a title, following on from successes in 2011 and 2013.
David Bone said: "I'm very proud of everyone in the team, who this year once again have proved that they are not only lawyers who advise on renewables, but a team of passionate, dedicated enthusiasts embedded in the renewable market. Of course, awards such as this are a direct result of the ongoing support of the people we work for and with and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them."
Harper Macleod's Energy & Natural Resources team also recently received independent recognition by being ranked by both of the UK's leading legal directories – Chambers UK and The Legal 500 - within the leading energy firms, and is also ranked by Chambers as a leading firm in the Minerals sector.
Members of the team have been involved in completed projects contributing to over 3GW of installed capacity in Scotland. In an industry facing up to significant challenges, the team has put particular emphasis on areas of growth including the rise of community energy projects and the importance of the secondary market in wind farms.
Harper Macleod has a long history of involvement in community energy projects of all kinds and earlier this year worked with Local Energy Scotland in developing the Scottish Government's Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore renewable Energy Developments.
The team has also advised on some of the biggest projects and transactions in the country this year, such as the acquisition of the consented 50MW wind farm at Afton by InfraRed Infrastructure Fund.
Harper Macleod was also a finalist in the Firm of the Year, Litigation Firm of the Year and Managing Team of the Year categories