Harper Macleod LLP, one of Scotland's leading independent law firms, it delighted to announce that it has appointed eight new Partners as it emerges strongly from a financial year dominated by the pandemic.
The eight new Partners are:
- Natalie Dissake (Debt and Asset Recovery)
- Amy Walsh (Business Development)
- Kathleen Martin (Private Client)
- Marina Harper (Personal Injury)
- Andrew MacKenzie (Dispute Resolution)
- Laura McCorquodale (Dispute Resolution)
- Craig Ramsay (Corporate)
- Paul Macdonald (Corporate)
The appointments take the firm's total number of Partners to 74, with 43% of those female. Three of the new Partners joined Harper Macleod as trainees and all have been promoted through the firm to reach partnership.
Harper Macleod Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar CBE, who himself was recently elected a Fellow of the RSE, said: "It is always a matter of great satisfaction to see promotions from within the firm and wonderful to watch people who have been with us for much of their career progress through to this stage, with three of them beginning their careers as trainees with the firm. So I am delighted to welcome these colleagues as fellow Partners of Harper Macleod.
"For more than 30 years we have been a place of opportunity for young lawyers and it is a testament to the strength we have created that we can continue to do that even in times such as these. Our partnership complement is the strongest that it has ever been and all eight who are making the step up are not only talented solicitors but great colleagues who promote a positive culture within and outwith the firm. I know that they will contribute greatly to the success of our clients, and therefore the firm, in the years to come."
Harper Macleod has recently received recognition of its commitment to people, including winning the Diversity – Large Employer of the Year at the Scottish Apprentice Awards, and the only legal business recognised at the Flexibility Works Employer Awards. In the past year the firm has also been accredited as Gold Investors in Young People and reaccredited as Investors in People.
Martin Darroch, the firm's Chief Executive, added: "At the end of what has been a remarkable year for so many reasons, our belief that people are our most valuable asset is stronger than ever. Our investment in our own people has allowed us to make these promotions from a position of strength, as we help our clients and stakeholders navigate the impact of the pandemic.
"We have a clear strategy to grow in our key sectors over the coming year and each of our new Partners will play a key role in ensuring we continue to exceed our service delivery promises across the board."