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Harper Macleod Employment Law team grows to meet demands of pandemic and beyond

The Employment Law team at Harper Macleod, one of the leading group of advisers to employers and employees in Scotland, is delighted to announce a series of appointments and promotions as it continues to grow across the country.

The team, led by Partner Bruce Caldow, has seen increased demand for its services as it helps employers and individuals navigate the uncertainties brought on by the pandemic, which continues to create unique issues for workplaces across Scotland and the UK.

Beyond that, the team has generated continued growth to meet demand in respect of familiar strands of expertise including in specialist advisory work, contentious work including representation; increasing reach across the public sector; equalities; and employment aspects of acquisitions, mergers and restructures.


Partner Scott Milligan has recently become an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law, making it a clean sweep, with all of the Partners in the team accredited by The Law Society of Scotland, alongside Bruce Caldow and Lorna Davis.

The team has also welcomed highly regarded Edinburgh-based Senior Associate Kate Sutherland, while its presence in the Highlands, Islands and Moray has been bolstered by the addition of Solicitor Marc Penman.

Existing members of the team Deborah Alexander and Andrew Maxwell have been promoted to Senior Solicitor status at Harper Macleod.

Bruce Caldow, who is also one of Scotland’s leading sports lawyers and has been called on to assist many organisations to adjust and mitigate the effects of lockdown, said: “Employment law, like business, is always fluid and subject to change. This has been an unprecedented time for everyone and the Covid-19 pandemic has created issues which no-one has had to deal with before. From day one every member of our team has been fantastic at helping employers and employees through these times, and as the demand for our services has continued to increase, we are delighted to add to our existing team and recognise the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly for almost 18 months now.”

The firm’s specialists have also been in demand from the media to comment on changes to the employment law landscape during the pandemic and have, in addition, successfully represented clients in unusual pandemic-related employment tribunal cases, such as a widely reported claim involving an employee’s refusal to wear a mask on client premises

The Employment law team now has 10 specialist employment law solicitors and is uniquely placed in its covering of the whole of Scotland from bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin and Lerwick.

Bruce Caldow added: “We pride ourselves on always being available and on providing practical advice and solutions for those we work with and with these positive changes to our team we will continue to be trusted, reliable partners for anyone who requires our assistance.”

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