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New Legal 500 rankings place Harper Macleod in top echelon of Scottish law firms

The latest rankings released by independent legal directory The Legal 500 reflect Harper Macleod's prominent position in the Scottish legal market.

With rankings in 35 specialist areas of law, the firm has the fourth largest number of ranked practice areas, ahead of all the 'international' firms who have a presence in the country.

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Over 35% of all of Harper Macleod's lawyers are recommended in The Legal 500s 2020 commentary, with eight 'Leading lawyers', two 'Next Generation lawyers' and four 'Rising Stars', alongside 44 other 'Recommended lawyers'.

In total the firm has 99 recommendations for 58 lawyers across the 35 practice areas it is ranked in.

Harper Macleod is ranked in the top Social Housing, Sport and Professional Negligence, and has moved up the rankings in seven areas: Agriculture & Estates; Charities & not for profit; Corporate & Commercial: Edinburgh & Glasgow; Energy (excluding oil and gas); Intellectual Property; Personal Injury: Pursuer; and Professional Negligence. The firm is also ranked UK-wide for Franchising.

Partner Gordon Hollerin has retained his place in the 'Leading Individuals: Hall of Fame', one of only three Insolvency and Corporate Recovery specialists in Scotland with that status.

The firm's other top ranked 'Leading lawyers' are: Bruce Caldow for Sport; David Bone for Energy (excluding oil and gas); Derek Hogg for Social Housing; Sandy Hastie for Commercial Litigation; and new entrants Elizabeth Mitchell for Personal Injury – pursuer; Jacqueline Leslie for Personal tax, trusts and executries; and Jamie Watt for Intellectual property.

Harper Macleod Chief Executive Martin Darroch said: "These rankings reflect the talent that Harper Macleod has in the business, and also the success of our strategy to retain and attract the best lawyers in the profession.

"The legal directory rankings are independently produced and rely on direct feedback from our clients and others in the profession, so it speaks volumes for our standards across all of the legal disciplines we operate in that we have achieved such recognition. We have also done so as one of the only major firms not to have offices in our nearby jurisdictions."

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