Why choose us?

What is a full service Law Firm?

The drive to do better for you

As one of Scotland's leading, full service law firms, we advise businesses, organisations and individuals on all of their legal needs in Scotland, the UK and beyond. We believe you get out what you put in. And because we’re driven by your needs, not ours, we’ll work harder to understand your requirements. Our people are flexible, proactive problem solvers, who use law as a tool to provide innovative and tailored solutions that deliver a better outcome for you, or for your business.

"Harper Macleod is different - willing to learn and take a risk. Don't lose your spark" HM CLIENT

A different kind of law firm

Find out why Harper Macleod LLP is a different kind of firm? Our video outlines the values, qualities and achievements which set us apart from the competition.

Quality and value combined

We believe that our combination of quality and value is unrivalled in Scotland. The perception that you must pay a premium for the prestige of your legal adviser is increasingly a thing of the past, as most clients today value an efficient, high quality and transparent way of delivering services - and charging for them. 

Harper Macleod is a firm which has always been run as a business first - one that just happens to be in the business of law. Our business model has helped us grow into one of Scotland's leading firms in a relatively short space of time. Clients are attracted to our fresh proposition, and have stayed with us due to the high levels of service we provide to each and every one of them. 

Get in touch to find out how you could benefit from working with us.

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One of Scotland's largest full service law firms

From our award-winning, talented team to the remarkable work we are involved in, there are many reasons to make us your trusted advisers.

A full-service law firm - We can help you whatever your enquiry - from making a Will to advising businesses and organisations of all sizes in every sector.

National footprint - No matter where you are, we're on hand. From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Lerwick, we service the whole country as well as advising clients with interests further afield.

You don't need a lawyer - Our people are our main assets, a team of innovative thinkers who are problem solvers first and lawyers second.

We don't want clients - We prefer to think of the individuals, businesses and organisations we work with as our partners and aim to become an extension of your team. 

There's no 'i' in Harper Macleod - We put your needs at the heart of everything we do because we know your success determines ours.

Award winning - We've been named Law Firm of the Year in Scotland eight times, among many other achievements. The trophies themselves aren't important, but the dynamism and work ethic that won them is.

Don't just take our word for it - The UK's leading independent legal directories, Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500, recommend Harper Macleod in a total of 44 specialist areas while 79 of our lawyers are considered to be either "Leaders in the Field" or "Recommended Lawyers" across 38 different areas.

Living Wage employer - We were the first full service law firm in Scotland to become a Living Wage employer, and followed that by signing up to the Scottish Government's Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary commitment to build stronger, fairer businesses in Scotland.

Full service national law firm

Everything you need ... under five roofs

As one of Scotland's largest full service law firms we can help you whatever your enquiry. From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Lerwick, we provide legal services for the private and public sector, as well as charities and social enterprises.

We also have a large team dedicated to providing personal legal services, from making a will and protecting your assets to buying a home and family law.

HM Connect

Why should you trust us with your affairs? Well, more than 330 other Scottish law firms come to us for support and assistance, as members of our HM Connect network. When other lawyers trust us to help them, you know you are in safe hands. 

Understanding your needs

We’re not here to talk about us

It’s all about you, not us, and we put your needs at the heart of everything we do. Our inquisitive nature means you can be sure we’ll get under the skin of your commercial or personal needs, and provide you with an effective solution. 

Find out more about our industry knowledge, which brings together teams with extensive legal expertise, market and sector knowledge.


Award winning

You'll be satisfied because we never are

Here at Harper Macleod, we never rest on our laurels. We’re a dynamic law firm that's entrepreneurial in spirit and driven to try harder than our competitors. This drive is rooted in our firm so whether it’s a service for you or a service for your business, you can be sure we’ll work harder to give you a better outcome. 

Our drive has been recognised by both our clients and peers many times over the years. Here are some of our proudest achievements, testament to our relentless focus on improvement.

Firm Of The Year 2016

Talented people

Our people are our main asset, and we are the firm of choice for advisers who have the drive and desire think differently, adapting and evolving along with your needs. You can see our full team in our people page.

Leaders in their field
Within Scotland, 33 of our partners are listed as Leading Individuals in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2019, while 54 of our partners are listed as Legal Experts by The Legal 500.

Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialists
12 of our partners are Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialists, a scheme which recognises their exceptional quality and skill, particularly in more complex cases.

Working in partnership

Discover a successful firm with no clients ...

We prefer to think of the individuals, businesses and organisations we work with as our partners. We’ll become an extension of your team, working in collaboration, sharing our knowledge and giving you a genuinely joined-up approach that delivers a better outcome for everyone. 

We add value to our relationship with you wherever we can. For example, through HM Academy, we run regular seminars and events which cover industry developments, changes in legislation and their potential implications for you. We also regularly provide solicitors on secondment to clients' in-house teams.

These value added services can be aligned to your individual requirements, including the delivery of bespoke in-house training where required. We also develop knowledge sharing strategies to enhance in-house expertise and deliver systems and processes to complement clients' internal reporting procedures. 



Thinking differently

You don't need a lawyer ...

We're problem solvers, not just lawyers. We understand things are constantly adapting and evolving and therefore you need a firm that's innovative, flexible and nimble. No matter if it’s a business matter or a personal requirement, no problem is too challenging when you are able to think differently about the role of law. 

From setting up Scotland's first sports law practice more than 20 years ago - when no such thing existed - we went on to become Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and subsequently the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Innovation and results are what we're all about.

Find out more about our sporting legacy.

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External recognition

The UK's leading independent legal directories, Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500, recommend Harper Macleod in a total of 47 specialist areas while 70 of our team are considered to be either "Leading Individuals" or "Recommended Lawyers".

See the full list of our team and individual rankings.


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Personal legal services

With one of Scotland's largest teams dealing with personal legal matters, we have specialist knowledge for every stage of your life - from buying a house to protecting your assets.

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