Craig is a Partner in our award winning Corporate, Commercial & Regulatory team advising on the full spectrum of private company Corporate/M&A activity servicing a broad mix of owner managed businesses. Craig divides his time between advising clients in the West of Scotland and the Highlands and Islands, with time spent regularly in our Inverness and Lerwick offices.
Craig jointly heads up the firm’s Healthcare Sector Group. He has a particular specialism in acting for veterinary practices, and leads the team acting regularly in relation to the sale of veterinary practices to Bristol-based IVC Evidensia, a private equity backed veterinary consolidator that is now regarded as Europe’s leading veterinary care provider based across 11 countries with more than 1,400 clinics and employing 19,000 staff.
Craig also oversees the work done by the firm for Cheltenham-based Portman Healthcare, a private equity backed dental consolidator which has been expanding its presence in Scotland over the last few years. Our team has helped them expand their footprint to 139 dental practices (including 16 orthodontic clinics) across the UK, with over 600,000 patients registered with their practices.
As part of the firm’s market leading Sports law practice, Craig has also developed a niche in advising Scottish sports governing bodies on constitutional matters, including attending their AGMs to provide procedural legal advice.
The Legal 500 ranks Craig as a “Recommended Lawyer” in Franchising and Corporate & Commercial with clients commenting “Craig McKerracher is absolutely excellent – professional and a decent guy”.
He is the co-ordinating tutor on the Company Law elective course which forms part of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at the University of Strathclyde.
"It would be an unforgiveable cliché to state the obvious, but I have never been shy to do that when necessary: we couldn't have done it without you. I've been pleasantly amazed that the huge number of words and pages, seemingly arranged in incomprehensible order suddenly came together in the calm and understated event which completely changed our lives, for the better. It's certainly been the biggest transaction of my life and Eileen's. Thanks to you and your wonderful team, from us all."
"The service from Harper Macleod LLP was excellent and very professional. At times, there were provisions in the documentation that I did not quite follow, but Craig was great at explaining these to me in straightforward English so I fully understood the implications. Craig also managed to get the deal done within the timescales that I had set for completion to take place. Overall I was delighted with the outcome."
"This was our first transaction using Harper Macleod LLP. We were very pleased with the way the deal went and Craig's extremely responsive and professional advice. Things were turned around quickly, to a high standard and with a commercial approach. Craig and the team at Harper Macleod LLP delivered the transaction for us under some considerable time pressure."
"This was our second transaction using Harper Macleod LLP, and it was another deal that has been successfully completed. The hard work and dedication of Craig and his team ensured that we go this transaction over the line despite the pressures placed on the deal timeline. We had great confidence that Harper Macleod LLP had the best interests of the shareholder group at the forefront of their advice when advising us throughout the negotiation of the transaction."
"Many thanks for the diligence and professionalism with which you have handled the claim and your sensitivity."