Scottish firms Harper Macleod and Bird Semple merge

August 13, 2014 Scottish firm Harper Macleod has merged with private client boutique Bird Semple.

The combined firm will operate under Harper Macleod’s banner, with 59 partners - five of whom are from Bird Semple), 153 lawyers and a combined turnover of more than £23m, making it one of the 100 largest UK firms by revenue.

Bird Semple recorded a turnover of £2.1m last year, and has expertise in asset and wealth management for private clients.

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.

‘We've seen increasing demand from our clients for sophisticated legal services for individuals and their families, particularly relating to asset and wealth management. Bird Semple operate in different sectors and provide advice in different areas to those of our existing private client offering.’

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