Martin Darroch

Chief Executive

Martin Darroch

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Martin Darroch leads the management functions at the firm and has full responsibility for setting and delivering the strategic direction of the business.

Martin is Client Relationship Manager for a number of our key client appointments. He is skilled in the delivery of effective project management structures, selection of teams, KPI development and overall contract management to satisfy both internal and external scrutiny.

Martin trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998 with BDO Stoy Hayward.  Upon qualifying, he joined RMD Chartered Accountants (Deloitte 1999) as part of the corporate finance team. Martin joined Harper Macleod LLP in 2002 as Finance Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of Harper Macleod in 2006.

Since his appointment as Chief Executive, he has delivered one of the fastest growing professional services firms in Scotland in terms of both turnover and profit and created an award-winning business at both national and international levels including:

  • Law Firm of the Year in Scotland – eight times
  • Department for Work & Pensions “Best Value” Supplier 2012
  • Best Managed Professional Services Firm in Europe – MPF Award Winner 2009, Runner-up 2008 and Shortlisted 2010

On a personal level, Martin was shortlisted as Regional Director of the Year at the IoD Director of the Year Scotland Awards 2015.  He won Young Finance Director of the Year at the Finance Director of the Year Awards 2007 and was awarded the title of Managing Partner of the Year at The Law Awards of Scotland in 2009 (being the first non-lawyer to win the award) and again in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015.   He was also shortlisted for Scotland’s Young Business Leader of the Year award in 2012. 

In addition, Martin has held numerous appointments with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland throughout his career, including the ICAS Council, Oversight Board and Examining Board and is currently a member of the Regulation Board.

Qualifications: BA CA
Qualified: 1998
Joined the firm: 2002