Inverness expansion

Harper Macleod bolts on Highlands firm

harper-macleodHarper Macleod has taken on two partners from Inverness firm Allen & Shaw along with three other employees.

Partners David Allen and Donald Shaw join Harper Macleod as consultants, with three colleagues also making the move.

Allen & Shaw, established in 1993, specialises in residential conveyancing and private client matters.

Professor Lorne Crerar, chairman of Harper Macleod, said: “Since we opened an Inverness office in 2004 we have consistently grown and we have made significant investments over the past 12 months.

“This move supports our growth ambitions for both this office and the wider Highlands and Islands.”

Mr Shaw is also a former director of Inverness BID Ltd and has previously carried out similar roles for Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Highland Solicitors Property Centre and HIE Inverness and East Highlands. Mr Allen is a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Mr Shaw said: “We are delighted to combine our company with Harper Macleod to be able to offer a wider range of services and expertise to our loyal clientele. Through our knowledge of the firm and its reputation we believe that Harper Macleod is best able to provide this in the years ahead.”

The move is the latest in a number of expansions for Harper Macleod, which last year moved into Shetland by acquiring leading Lerwick firm Dowle, Smith and Rutherford. The firm also opened an office in Thurso three years ago.

Professor Crerar added: “The Highlands and Islands plays in a big part in Harper Macleod’s identity. The move to Lerwick has been an overwhelming success.”

Photo: David Allen, Professor Lorne Crerar, and Donald Shaw

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