Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, has increased its footprint in the Highlands by being joined by Inverness firm Allen & Shaw.
Already the largest law firm with a base in the region, the move – which takes effect from 3 October - will see Partners David Allen and Donald Shaw join Harper Macleod as consultants, with three more employees also moving to Harper Macleod's Inverness office at Alder House in Cradlehall Business Park.
David Allen, Professor Lorne Crerar and Donald Shaw at Harper Macleod's Inverness office
Allen & Shaw, established in 1993, specialises in residential conveyancing and private client matters. The new recruits will work closely with the existing teams at Harper Macleod, adding to the firm's considerable existing presence in these areas and providing a comprehensive range of legal services for client's personal and business needs.
Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, said: "We are extremely pleased to welcome our new colleagues and clients from Allen & Shaw to the firm. We know David and Donald very well, having worked closely with their firm over a number of years, and it is fantastic to bring them into the fold.
"Since we opened an Inverness office in 2004 we have consistently grown and we have made significant investments over the past 12 months. This move supports our growth ambitions for both this office and the wider Highlands and Islands. We believe that bringing Allen & Shaw on board will provide benefits for both parties, and in turn will enhance the services we can provide to existing clients of both firms and future clients of Harper Macleod.
Both Donald Shaw and David Allen are well known and respected members of the Inverness business community. Donald Shaw is also a former Director of Inverness BID Ltd and has previously carried out similar roles for Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Highland Solicitors Property Centre and HIE Inverness and East Highlands. David Allen is a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.
Donald Shaw said: "We are delighted to combine our company with Harper Macleod to be able to offer a wider range of services and expertise to our loyal clientele. Through our knowledge of the firm and its reputation we believe that Harper Macleod is best able to provide this in the years ahead."
The move is the latest in a number of expansions for Harper Macleod, which last year moved into Shetland by acquiring leading Lerwick firm Dowle, Smith and Rutherford. The firm also opened an office in Thurso three years ago.
Over the past 12 months Harper Macleod has added five new lawyers in Inverness, as well as establishing the office's first dedicated trainee position. Harper Macleod has recently doubled its office space and completed a full refurbishment in Inverness, which is now home to 27 people with the capacity to grow even further.
Professor Crerar added: "The Highlands and Islands plays in a big part in Harper Macleod's identity. The move to Lerwick has been an overwhelming success and we continue to attract both the best legal talent and fantastic clients to the firm. We've always been renowned for our corporate and commercial advice, as well as advising clients in the public sector, however our personal legal services offering is an increasingly significant part of what we do, and we are better placed than ever to provide a full, one-stop service for our clients business and personal legal needs."