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Legal 500 rankings highlight strength in depth of legal team at Harper Macleod

Almost half of the lawyers at leading Scottish firm Harper Macleod have been recommended in the latest rankings released by independent legal directory The Legal 500.

The Legal 500's 2021 commentary makes a total of 117 recommendations for 71 lawyers at the firm, up more than 22% from last year. Those include 10 'Leading Individuals', three 'Next Generation lawyers' and three 'Rising Stars', alongside 55 other 'Recommended lawyers'.

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

Harper Macleod also retained its top tier ranking Social Housing, Sport and Professional Negligence.

For Social Housing, the team now has two Partners regarded as Leading Individuals after James McMorrow joined Derek Hogg, while Collette Miller has moved up from 'Rising Star' to be regarded as a 'Next Generation Partner'.

In Sports law, Partner Tom Thomas has joined Bruce Caldow as a Leading Individual.

The firm's other top ranked 'Leading Individuals are: David Bone for Energy (excluding oil and gas); Sandy Hastie for Commercial Litigation; and new entrants Elizabeth Mitchell for Personal Injury – pursuer; Jacqueline Leslie for Personal tax, trusts and executries; Jamie Watt for Intellectual property; and James Lloyd for Insolvency and Corporate Recovery.

Harper Macleod Chief Executive Martin Darroch said: "Recognition of the firm's talent base continues to grow year-on-year, and these rankings show that our people continue to be highly valued by all of our clients, as well as being well-regarded by their peers. Many of the lawyers recommended in the latest edition of Legal 500 have grown with the firm and are now among the leading solicitors in the country, while we continue to attract some of the best people in the Scottish profession."