Harper Macleod hires former Burness managing partner

Harper Macleod has made a swoop for former Burness managing partner Ken Ross as the firm continues to strengthen its Edinburgh office.

Ross, who joins as a commercial partner from Balfour and Manson where he headed the commercial team, was managing partner at Burness from 1997 to 2000.

The hire of Ross is part of Harper Macleod’s focus to expand its presence in the Scottish capital. The past year has seen the firm bring in three partners to its Edinburgh office with Euan Pirie, Euan Mitchell and Steven Brown all joining from McClure Naismith (1 October 2012).

Harper Macleod chief executive Martin Darroch said in a statement: “We see the expansion in the capital as crucial to sustaining our impressive year-on-year growth against the continuing backdrop of mergers and stagnation in the Scottish legal marketplace.”

“This move is a further demonstration of our continued commitment to developing our presence in key sectors, particularly those in which we anticipate recovery such as real estate, construction and projects.”

Harper Macleod continues to grow organically in a tough Scottish market. Earlier this year, the firm posted record turnover, with a 9.5 per cent increase to £21m (25 April 2013).

For more on the Scottish market, please see our recent special report, Stronger Together.