McClures hit with four-partner walkout to Harper Macleod and MacRoberts

Scottish firm Harper Macleod has boosted its public sector, housing and infrastructure team with the addition of two partners from McClure Naismith, as the latter also loses two partners to MacRoberts.

Euan Mitchell and Euan Pirie, both partners in McClures’ Edinburgh office, will join Harper Macleod in November. Mitchell is qualified to practise in both England and Scotland and specialises on PPP and PFI projects. He joined McClures as an associate from Dundas & Wilson in 2003. Pirie has a similar focus to Mitchell, with a background in non-contentious construction law. He joined McClures in 2005 from Biggart Baillie, where he was a partner.

In a statement, Harper Macleod chief executive Martin Darroch said: “In order to deliver continued growth in our business it’s crucial to attract talent that best serves our key sectors and clients. The arrival of Euan Pirie and Euan Mitchell supports this goal as they have invaluable skills and experience in the construction and infrastructure sectors that will enable us to extend the support and services we provide already.”

The departure of Mitchell and Pirie from McClures comes at the same time as that of IP partners David Gourlay and Euan Duncan, who are leaving to join MacRoberts’ Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, respectively. Gourlay will join MacRoberts on 1 December while Duncan will join at an unspecified date later this year.