Media Release: Harper Macleod appointed as official legal adviser to Scottish Swimming


HARPER Macleod, one of Scotland’s leading law firms, has been appointed as the official legal adviser to Scottish Swimming.

Scottish Swimming is the governing body responsible for swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo in Scotland, representing more than 21,000 members and 160 clubs.

Recognised as a leading sports law practice, Harper Macleod will support Scottish Swimming in its mission to develop and grow the sport across the country.

Last year, Harper Macleod was the Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where Scotland’s achievements in the pool were among the highlights of the event – the team winning ten medals including gold for Hannah Miley, Ross Murdoch and Dan Wallace.

The firm, whose existing sports clients include the SPFL, Scottish Rugby, Glasgow 2014 and a wide range of Scottish sports governing bodies, will provide a wide range of legal services, including in key areas such as governance, child protection and contracts.

Martin Darroch, chief executive of Harper Macleod, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this role, which will give us the opportunity to support Scottish Swimming as it builds on its successes in recent years and the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“We are uniquely placed to partner with Scottish Swimming. We look forward to supporting them and making a significant contribution to the sport’s future development and success.”

Forbes Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Swimming, said: “Harper Macleod’s expertise in the sporting arena made them an obvious choice for us to work with.

“We’ve just released our new corporate plan highlighting our ambitions for the next six years so to have them on board from the outset provides a firm foundation on which we can deliver against our objectives.”


About Harper Macleod

Harper Macleod is a dynamic law firm, driven to deliver results. We behave in a refreshingly entrepreneurial way, driven to innovate and try harder because our success is dependent on exceeding our clients’ expectations.

Our people are flexible, proactive problem solvers who focus on understanding our clients, using law as a tool to provide tailored solutions and a different point of view – whether to businesses or individuals.

By working together in partnership, we help you adapt to a changing world and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Our legacy as legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is testament to our strengths.

Add to that the accolade of Law Firm of the Year 2014, and you can see why clients such as Clydesdale Bank, Fred. Olsen Renewables, William Hill, Admiral Insurance, the Forestry Commission Scotland, HSBC and the Scottish Government have all found our approach to their needs the right one.

Harper Macleod won Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative at the Scotland’s Best Employers Awards 2014.

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About Scottish Swimming

Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland.

Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway.

We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

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