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Bernadette Rutherford

Senior Solicitor

| Edinburgh
 Bernadette Rutherford


Bernadette is a senior solicitor in our Corporate team specialising in advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses. She deals with the full range of corporate work including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, investments and share buybacks.  Bernadette also has experience in advising on partnership law matters.

Examples of matters Bernadette has recently worked on include:

  • Advising clients on the sales and purchases of businesses, including in the retail, technology, tourism and hospitality sectors.
  • Part of team advising a dental consolidator in multiple dental practice acquisitions.
  • Part of team that advised on the Scottish elements of the £107 million cash sale of Low & Bonar plc to German firm, Freudenberg SE, by way of a Scottish scheme of arrangement.
  • Part of team that advised on the purchase of a digital consultancy business and its subsequent merger.
  • Part of team that advised on a Scottish limited partnership refinance.
  • Advising a client in the healthcare and life sciences industry in its investment in a company seeking to exploit advances in optical science and technology in the area of bioscience applications.

Advising on the statutory demerger of a digital consultancy company.

Bernadette, who speaks French having studied Law with French Law at the Universities of Aberdeen and Strasbourg, also coordinates the France country desk, part of Harper Macleod’s international offering.


"Bernadette and the Harper Macleod team acted swiftly to understand our requirements, give advice, action legal documents and managed us well through the whole process with clarity and skill."

- HM Client


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