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Harper Macleod recognised as one of Scotland's top flexible working employers to watch in 2021

Harper Macleod has been named as one of Scotland's five 'Ones to Watch' at the inaugural Flexibility Works Employer Awards.

The firm was the only legal services business to be recognised at the event, which celebrated Scotland's top flexible employers.

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Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, said: "For the firm to be seen within the top employers across all sectors in Scotland is a great achievement and reflects so well on our culture and approach to all colleagues. It's not only about work/life balance any more, it's about creating the environment where people can achieve the right work/life blend for them. Being employers of choice has always been one of our core values and flexibility is a big part of this, now more than ever. So we are delighted to have our efforts in relation to flexible working recognised in this way.

"We believe that flexibility, and the understanding and support that go with it, make a big difference to our colleagues' lives and we have embedded it within the business – even before the pandemic more than 20% of our colleagues were working flexibly and empowering people in this way helps our business."

Harper Macleod was in good company on the 'Ones to Watch' list alongside The Glenmorangie Company, Made Brave, Social Investment Scotland and Wisegroup. The Awards also announced Top 10 and Highly Commended categories, and Harper Macleod was one of only nine private businesses among the 20 organisations recognised, and one of only two professional services firms.

Lisa Gallagher, Co-Founder, Flexibility Works, said: “Congratulations to Harper Macleod for being a Flexibility Works’ ‘One to Watch’ in Scotland. Our ‘Ones to Watch’ were awarded to employers who are making great strides in their flexible working journey.  This accolade sends a positive message to your people and your clients that you are working hard at your flexible working approach, which is good for people, for business and ultimately society.”

The latest recognition comes just weeks after Harper Macleod was given the Promoting Diversity – Large Employer of the Year Award at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

Martin Darroch added: "We've put diversity, inclusion and flexibility at the heart of our business, as our people are what make Harper Macleod. It is rewarding to have our efforts noticed and just as rewarding to see the positive impact it has on our whole organisation."

You can find out more at the Flexibility Works Employer Awards here