Harper Macleod heralds a bright future for Caithness

12th March 2013

Harper Macleod, one of Scotland’s leading law firms, marked its move into Caithness with a special celebration at The Captain’s Galley in Scrabster last week.

The firm, Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially opened its new Thurso office, which is based at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) in Sinclair Street.

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, welcomed a packed gathering of the local business community on Thursday evening with a positive message about the future of the area.

Speaking within a stone’s throw of the Scrabster Harbour, which has undergone a £20 million redevelopment in recent years, he said: “You just have to look outside to see some of the massive investment there’s been in this area. Over the last six years we’ve seen a fantastic project designed to make sure that we here in the northern Highlands are able to get the real benefit of offshore wind, wave and tide.

“It’s no coincidence that Harper Macleod has moved here. It feels absolutely right that we commit to a bright future and all the development that we envisage happening here. I think it’s a great move for us.”

Professor Crerar also highlighted major investment in life sciences and the development of superfast broadband as some of the key developments which will reap rewards for the entire Highlands & Islands.

He added: “You go to John O’Groats and see all the work that’s been done there and what a fantastic destination facility it is.
“Tourism is really good, our business and financial sectors are doing really well and connectivity with broadband is going to help that. It’s really important to people involved in the delivery of business services, my own firm included.”

Jim Cowie, owner of The Captain’s Galley which hosted the event, welcomed the firm’s decision to open in Thurso.

“I’ve worked with Harper Macleod for a long time and I’m delighted they’re local now. It’s good to see them taken the bold step of coming to the county and it was great to hear such positive words about the future.”

Harper Macleod, winner of five Law Firm of the Year titles in the past six years, already has offices in Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Inverness office has grown rapidly since it became the first major central belt firm to move north, and is currently looking to expand its operation by taking on at least another three solicitors.

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