Harper Macleod appoints five new partners

Back row from left: Susie Henderson, Craig McKerracher and Julie Doncaster. Front row: Fiona Pask and Jacqueline Leslie.

Harper Macleod has named five new partners among seven promotions within the firm.

The promotions – across the firm’s corporate, private client, energy & natural resources and dispute resolution teams – takes the number of partners at the firm to 62.

Professor Lorne D Crerar, chairman of Harper Macleod, said: “The firm is in good health and these promotions demonstrate our confidence for the immediate future and beyond and are supported by a wide ranging recruitment drive.

“With new partners in each of our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, these appointments reflect the opportunities we see for the firm across the country.”

Four of the promotions come within the firm’s private client team.

Julie Doncaster, who specialises in asset protection and tax planning matters, and Jacqueline Leslie, who specialises in wills, trusts and estates both step up from associate to partner.

Susie Henderson and Allyson Gilchrist make the move from assistant to associate.

Craig McKerracher, who joined the firm as a trainee, becomes the eighth partner in Harper Macleod’s corporate department, recognised as one of the leading dealmaking teams in Scotland.

He specialises in advising family-owned, owner-managed and employee-owned businesses.

Inverness-based crofting law, community projects and rural and commercial property specialist Calum MacLeod, Scotland’s first tweeting Gaelic lawyer, becomes a partner within the firm’s leading energy & natural resources department.

Fiona Pask, an Edinburgh-based member of the dispute resolution teamwho specialises in high-value, complex work in the firm’s highly respectedCourt of Session team, also will become a partner.

Professor Crerar added: “We have experienced 15 years of sustained growth by developing our own talent and providing opportunities for our people to learn and succeed. We continue to evidence great opportunities for growth across our business and these promotions will help us to evolve and enhance our offering to our growing client base.

“All seven of these lawyers have proven to be extremely astute, trusted advisors to our clients and we are delighted to be able to reward their hard work.”

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