The law firm Harper Macleod has strengthened its partnership team by appointing five new partners. 

There are now 77 partners at the firm and two of the recently-promoted partners joined as trainees.

The partner promotions are:

Leigh Beirne, who leads the firm’s Private Client practice in Shetland and joined the firm as a trainee. Ms Beirne advises individuals and families, specialising in the administration of complex and high value estates, the preparation of Wills, inheritance tax planning, and financial and welfare Powers of Attorney.

Tom Gray in the Rural team, based in Glasgow. Mr Gray represents a range of clients in relation to farm, forestry and estate purchases across Scotland.

Jenni Gear in the Family Law team, based in Lerwick. Ms Gear predominantly advises clients on the full range of family matters including separation, divorce, and child residence and contact disputes. 

Ricardo Matteo in the Banking team, based in Glasgow. Mr Matteo also joined the firm as a trainee and is experienced acting for both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of high-value and complex corporate transactions.

Laura McLean in the Family team, based in the firm’s Elgin and Inverness offices. Ms McLean advises clients on a wide range of family issues, and is an experienced litigator.

Professor Lorne Crerar CBE, Harper Macleod chairman, said: “It is a proud moment to announce new partner promotions, who illustrate our values of innovation, collaboration and responsibility to our clients, colleagues and communities.

“We have always placed huge value and importance on development and growth opportunities. Every partner appointment is a tremendous achievement, and it should be congratulated even more so given the challenges everyone has faced in recent years.”

Martin Darroch, Harper Macleod chief executive, said: “Harper Macleod is a place of opportunity for all. We recognise the environment in which our clients are operating, and have invested in those areas to ensure we can further support them in the years ahead.”