Satellite & Space Projects

Satellite and Space Lawyers in Scotland 

Scotland has a dynamic and growing space sector, which focuses on a high-tech, high skill and R&D. We're delighted to be supporting clients within the sector whether they be an entrepreneur, start-up, operator, manufacturer, space agency or satellite user and helping our clients achieve their business aims.

Our work includes advising on regulatory, licensing and market access issues, export controls, satellite broadcasting technology, mergers and acquisitions and disputes.

How we can help

Our specialist team is extremely active in a large number of areas, offering services including: 


Our recent experience

  • Advising on commercial contracts for a business that uses earth observation satellites
  • Assisting clients who provide services to the European Space Agency
  • Assisted a software business that is aiming to address communication issues in space and have helped them implement a share option scheme
  • Preparing employment contracts and an EMI scheme for a company that uses satellite imagery and the latest in machine learning methodology for a variety of data uses  
  • Advising on access to UK and European research funding
  • Assisting in relation to a cross border dispute concerning precision manufactured parts for satellite systems
  • Developing client policies for access to and commercialisation of satellite gathered data, and advising in relation to the development and operation of enabling systems

"As a business that is well placed to scale-up during this difficult time due to the nature of our technology, the support we've had through the Growth Fund has been invaluable to us. Paula and the team at Harper Macleod have been able to assist us with commercial and employment contract issues, and also work related to the investment we need to take the business to the next level."

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Scotland's place in Space

Scotland has a dynamic and growing space sector, which focuses on a number of high-tech, high skill and research and development intensive areas. Scotland is home to a growing number of internationally-recognised space companies developing both affordable satellite hardware, and the applications that harness the data satellites provide.

The space industry in Scotland has over 180 organisations, with 7,600 employees at the cutting edge of their specialisms - backed by strong relationships with researchers in Scottish universities and research pools.

Scotland's space sector is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK suggesting it could be a launch-pad for economic growth post-COVID, while providing data solutions to help tackle climate change.

Scotland's space industry plans to grow its value to £4 billion by 2030 and the UK is competing to launch 2000 small satellites by 2030.  Scotland’s geography makes it the best place in the UK to reach in-demand satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets. By securing the development of the UK Spaceport in Scotland, the sector now has the opportunity to deliver transformational growth for the Scottish economy.


The development of a vertical spaceport at Sutherland in Scotland is very exciting for Scotland's place in the Space industry and coupled with the plans for Lockheed Martin to transfer its satellite launch operations to Shetland Space Centre, is a cause for real celebration.

The Sutherland spaceport will be developed by HIE with support from the UK Government and in collaboration with the private sector.  The Sutherland spaceport could support up to 400 new jobs as a result of inward investment and supply chain opportunities.

Shetland Space Centre anticipates that by 2024, the spaceport site could support a total of 605 jobs in Scotland including 140 locally and 210 across the wider Shetland region.  A further 150 jobs will also be created through manufacturing and support services.