Employment law for the public sector

Finding the right solutions

Our employment law team has extensive experience of advising a broad range of public sector clients on employment law and HR matters, including local authorities, ALEOs, higher and further education institutions, NDPBs and central government departments.

Our team specialises exclusively in employment law and has a keen awareness of the particular context in which public employers operate. We have developed expertise in the area of industrial relations, including collective bargaining, contractual issues arising from collective agreements, industrial action issues, as well as equal pay and holiday pay. We additionally have familiarity with the types of contractual arrangements that are prevalent in different public sector employers.

Our specialist employment lawyers cover all of Scotland, our offices being permanently based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Highlands.

Our team acts for a broad range of clients, including Government agencies and other public sector organisations.

Why choose Harper Macleod?

  • Strong track record of success
  • Independent accreditations and recognitions
  • Friendly pragmatic approach with a ‘colleague down the corridor’ feel
  • Competitive rates and fixed fee arrangements
  • Wide ranging experience in the Scottish public sector (and beyond)

Training services

We also offer a bespoke training programmes for clients. 

Our bespoke training programs allow HR, executives, managers and employees alike to upskill or refresh their understanding of a variety of areas of employment law and HR practice including:-


  • Recruitment pitfalls and getting it right;  
  • Investigations
  • Assessing evidence, weighing it up and making impenetrable decisions
  • A fair workplace and the rules on pay, hours and holidays
  • Compliance with and promotion of equal opportunities and discrimination law
  • Whistleblowing
  • Managing and reducing absence and short or long term illnesses
  • Disability discrimination problems  
  • Appeals – reviews, re-hearings, fairness and mitigating risk 

Contact us

Call us for free on 0330 159 5555 or complete our online form below for legal advice or to arrange a call back.

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