About Harper Macleod

Leading Inverness-based estate agency and one of Scotland's top law firms

We operate one of the leading estate agency services in Inverness and the Highlands and Islands, while as one of Scotland's leading law firms, Harper Macleod advises businesses, organisations and individuals on all of their legal needs in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

We have specialist lawyers in all legal disciplines, covering every service you are likely to need in both your business and personal life. Allied to this, our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to add value to you whatever sector you operate in.

Our roots

In 1988, two young partners in a Glasgow court firm, Lorne Crerar and Rod McKenzie, took a couple of support staff and converted its business division into a separate commercial practice. The new start was Harpers, which subsequently took over a niche corporate firm called Macleods to become Harper Macleod.

With a home in Gairloch and strong links to the Highlands and Islands, it was no surprise when Lorne led the move for Harper Macleod to open an Inverness office in 2004. Since then, we have grown to be one of the largest law firms in the area, and the biggest Scottish law firm with a permanent presence in the Highlands and Islands. In 2012 we opened an office in Thurso and in 2015 moved into Shetland by joining forces with one of the isles' biggest firms to create Harper Macleod incorporating Dowle, Smith & Rutherford. In 2016 we doubled the size of our Inverness office, and added the firm of Allen & Shaw to our ranks in the city, giving us a team of 27 people in the Inverness office alone.

Our team on the ground provides a full range of legal services to our clients in Inverness and the rest of the Highlands and Islands.

Why choose us?

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 - We're one of Scotland's largest full service law firms, but what does that mean? As well as helping you to buy and sell your property, 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 Lerwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, we service the whole country as well as advising clients with interests further afield.

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 40 specialist areas while 57 of our people are considered to be either "Leaders in the Field" or "Recommended Lawyers".

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.

Find out more about Harper Macleod, and why you should make us your law firm of choice.

Check out our Services page to find out more about what we can do for you.

HM Community

Our partnership approach extends to the wider community. Through HM Community, our corporate social responsibility programme, we strive to apply three important principles in all our activities:

  • To behave ethically;
  • To contribute positively to our economic and natural environment; and
  • To improve the quality of life for our stakeholder groups.

Find out more about HM Community

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