Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, has hit a landmark figure of having 20 lawyers based in its Inverness office and has ambitions to grow further.
The firm, which since 2004 has been the largest Scottish law firm with an office in the city, now has one of the biggest legal teams on the ground in Inverness.
The milestone comes with the addition of four new faces at Alder House in Cradlehall Business Park – covering specialist areas as diverse as corporate law, crofting, dispute resolution and residential property.
The firm has been joined by new recruits Angela Gray and Elizabeth Wilson, while two other solicitors – Louise Torr and Angus Brown – have relocated from Harper Macleod's offices in the central belt.
Chris Kerr, lead Partner of Harper Macleod's Inverness office, said: "Since we established this office 13 years ago, it's been a story of steady growth and expansion, driven by demand and backed by significant investment and a commitment to becoming the major player in legal services across the Highlands and Islands. We offer an attractive proposition of quality and value, with real specialists on your doorstep backed by the strength of one of the country's leading law firms nationally.
"Last year we doubled our office space in anticipation of growing the team even further and it's great to see this come to fruition. We also now have a dedicated trainee based here. These new faces will add to the full range of specialist advice we can offer, from personal legal services to all types of commercial advice, and they will not be the last – although once again what was extra space is quickly filling up."
Newly qualified solicitor Angela Gray, originally from Caithness, will work directly with Partner Calum MacLeod who specialises in rural, energy and particularly crofting work and will also spend time in the firm's Thurso office.
Elizabeth Wilson will work with the firm's estate agency practice, by one of the area's leading property lawyers Partner Gary Campbell, and carry out residential conveyancing among other matters.
Meanwhile, solicitor Louise Torr will strengthen the firm's corporate team, led in the Highlands and Islands by Partner Chris Kerr, which already advises many of the region's leading businesses. Louise has extensive experience of providing a wide range of commercial legal advice and in particular has a strong background in working with high-growth businesses and assisting with investment. The Inverness-based corporate team will now be four-strong.
Angus Brown, who completed his traineeship in Harper Macleod's Glasgow office, will work with Partner Ross Thomson and specialise in advising on dispute resolution matters.
One year ago Harper Macleod took over fellow law firm Allen & Shaw in the city, while it also has a major presence in Lerwick, along with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.