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Entire Bird Semple staff to join Harper Macleod

11 August 2014

The entire staff of private client law firm Bird Semple is to join Harper Macleod from 1 September, the two practices have announced.

The move means that around 35 partners, lawyers and staff will combine with Harper Macleod’s private client team at its Glasgow offices to create the largest private client department in the west of Scotland, and the third largest in Scotland.

Harper Macleod's most recent published turnover was £21 and Bird Semple's £2.1m. The combined firm will have 56 partners. Harper Macleod is already the fifth largest practice based in Scotland.

Bird Semple currently provides asset and wealth management advice to private clients in the business and professional communities.

Harper Macleod is better known for its work in the public and commercial law sectors, and acted as legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Professor Lorne Crerar, chairman of Harper Macleod, said: “This is one of the most significant developments in our firm’s history, and yet another statement of our ambition to make Harper Macleod the leading law firm in the country. Bird Semple has an incredibly strong brand and reputation in this field, and we are absolutely delighted to welcome its partners and staff to the firm.

“Last year we announced our intention to significantly expand the firm and we have delivered on that promise. We have been consistent in our strategy to grow organically, extending our service offering by attracting the very best lawyers in areas where we see potential for growth. Bird Semple operate in different sectors and provide advice in different areas to those of our existing private client offering.”

Frank Fletcher, managing partner of Bird Semple, said: “This is a positive and exciting development for our clients, partners and staff. The last few years have ushered in a period of significant change in the legal profession. Looking to the future, we believe that the interests of our clients are best served by combining our own specialist expertise with that of colleagues in another strong and successful firm in Scotland."

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