Harper Macleod has recruited Fiona Neilson, one of the Highlands' best known corporate and commercial lawyers, as a Partner in its Inverness office.
Fiona, for many years a Partner at Ledingham Chalmers, has joined the team advising businesses and organisations of all sizes on all of their corporate and commercial requirements.
Chris Kerr, Lead Partner of Harper Macleod's Highlands and Islands operation, said: "We are delighted that Fiona has chosen to join us, reinforcing our position as the preeminent corporate law firm in the Highlands and Islands. I know from personal experience that she is an excellent lawyer who has a very strong reputation among the business community in the Highlands and beyond. She will be a great asset to both the firm and our clients.
"Fiona's decision to join us is testament to the fact that we offer a stand out, dedicated corporate and commercial law service here in Inverness and she will augment our proposition of quality and value. We have had a dedicated corporate law presence in Inverness for fifteen years this year , during which time, we have also been growing the local team in all other areas of the law, adding different legal specialists as our clients have demanded it."
Fiona Neilson said: “I am looking forward to working with Harper Macleod’s expanding team in Inverness, delivering legal services to assist Highlands & Islands businesses to achieve their ambitions. In previous dealings with Chris and his team I have been impressed by their pragmatic approach. The firm’s focus on innovation and its commitment to growth in the area, whilst extending its international connections, offers exciting opportunities."
Harper Macleod, the biggest Scottish law firm with an office in Inverness, now has a corporate and commercial team of over 25 lawyers based throughout its four principal offices, a team recognised as as being among Scotland's leading dealmaking legal advisers.
As well as providing legal services from Alder House in Cradlehall Business Park, the firm is an established part of the community, most recently supporting the launch of the Inverness Law Project access to justice initiative.
It is also the headline sponsor of the new Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, which will take place on April 25th – on the evening of the firm's own 10th Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference in Inverness.
Chris Kerr added: "We are committed to growing our presence even further, driven by demand in the local market, and this is another example of the unrivalled investment we've made to be the major player in legal services across the Highlands and Islands.
"We are actively recruiting for more lawyers, to add to the team, as well as having created dedicated career paths for trainee solicitors, providing a route into the profession for law students who want to stay in the Highlands to develop their careers. The Highlands and Islands economy is creating a lot of opportunities and we believe that we can grow further alongside the area's business community."