There are strong historical links between Scotland and Ireland, underpinned by the close geographical proximity and a similar business culture. This connection is increasing in importance year on year, with trade levels between Scotland and Ireland exceeding £1.8 billion in 2017, up by 130% over the last five years. Against the background of Brexit, the trade links between our respective economies will only become more important and this has been recognised by the commitment of both the Irish Government and Scottish Ministers to work together to maximise trade and collaboration between the two countries.
Our work in relation to Ireland is diverse, and has included:
- Advising on commercial contracts for an Ireland headquartered, global tech consultancy company
- Acting on behalf of major Irish-based lenders
- Advising a major international sporting organisation based in Ireland.
- Advising a large Irish retailer on Scottish matters
- Acting for an Irish building materials company in the sale of Scottish land
- Acting for the surveyors of an Irish-based property investment partnership in respect of a dilapidations claim over commercial property.
Key contact - Tony Cameron
Tony is head of Harper Macleod's Banking & Finance team in Scotland and has regularly acted for Irish based lenders for many years as well as advising many Irish owned businesses on transactions involving Scotland. He has a strong network of contacts with the Irish business community including companies, funders and advisers.
The firm is a member of Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange and the British and Irish Chamber of Commerce, and Tony and several other partners are members of the British Irish Commercial Bar Association. Tony regularly attends events held by these organisations, as well as frequently visiting Ireland to keep in touch with our contacts there.
At Harper Macleod we very much value our links with Ireland and look forward to assisting our clients in any way we can.