Harper Macleod


Harper Macleod is a leading independent Scottish law firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Lerwick and Thurso, offering a full range of commercial and personal legal services across Scotland, the UK and further afield. At Harper Macleod we have one of the largest teams of dispute resolution solicitors in Scotland. More than half of our solicitors are involved regularly in contentious work – giving us a breadth of litigation expertise which sets us apart. We are renowned for the range and quality of our dispute resolution expertise, which is as wide as the firm’s full service offering, and our team includes some of the country’s most talented disputes practitioners. Working out of our main offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, we represent clients in every sector including insurance, banking, real estate & construction, energy & natural resources, retail, sport and the public sector. We also have one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court and have been involved in a number of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts in recent years. Our team are experienced in fraud investigation and the recovery of assets as well as the protection and enforcement of IP rights.


John specialises in commercial disputes. His main focus is in the area of contractual disputes. He acts in a wide range of contentious matters including fraud; professional negligence; PFI/PPP disputes; and construction claims. His commercial practice includes assisting clients who have been the victims of fraud, including pursuing interim orders and protective measures as well as the recovery of assets and sums misappropriated. John also regularly advises clients on disputes involving taxation and pensions. He has acted in disputes involving company directors and their duties. He has a wealth of experience of commercial property disputes acting in particular for institutional landlords. John has considerable experience of sports law disputes and has acted in a number of football related matters. His experience has included conducting cases and appearing in courts and tribunals of all levels, as well as arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. John is a member of the Property Litigation Association and has passed the entrance examination of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Chairperson of the statutory Private Rented Housing Panel/Homeowner Housing Panel. He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Complaints sub-Committee. John is a solicitor advocate, which permits him to represent clients in the civil courts at all levels. John’s experience and proven abilities are invaluable to clients who wish to achieve the best possible result in their dispute.