About Harper Macleod

Leading Shetland estate agency and national law firm

We operate one of the leading estate agency services in Shetland and the Highlands and Islands, while as one of Scotland's leading, full service law firms, Harper Macleod advises businesses, organisations and individuals on all of their legal needs in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

We have specialist lawyers across all legal disciplines, covering every service you are likely to need in both your business and personal life. Allied to this, our in-depth industry knowledge allows us to apply our multi-disciplinary offering to the best effect in your sector.

With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, as well as Lerwick, our solicitors are on hand to advise you across the whole of Scotland.

Harper Macleod has been named Scotland's Law Firm of the Year eight times, and that's because we believe you get out what you put in. Because we’re driven by your needs, not ours, we’ll work harder to understand your requirements. Our people are flexible, proactive problem solvers, who use law as a tool to provide innovative and tailored solutions that deliver a better outcome for you, or for your business.

Our roots

From left: Paul Rutherford, Professor Lorne Crerar, Chris Dowle and Donald Munro
From left: Paul Rutherford, Professor Lorne Crerar, Chris Dowle and Donald Munro

In 2015, Harper Macleod joined forces with Dowle, Smith & Rutherford.

Led by Partners Paul Rutherford and Chris Dowle, the move saw the joint firm retain the people who have earned such a great reputation in Shetland, while giving clients access to a much greater range of expertise and strength of depth. The joint firm brings the full weight of Harper Macleod's commercial and personal legal offering to the existing services provided to future and current clients.

Why choose us?

From our award-winning, talented team to the remarkable work we are involved in, there are many reasons to make us your trusted advisers.

A full service - We're one of Scotland's largest full service law firms, but what does that mean? As well as helping you to buy and sell your property, we can help you whatever your enquiry - from making a Will to advising businesses and organisations of all sizes in every sector.

National footprint - No matter where you are, we're on hand. From our offices in Lerwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso, we service the whole country as well as advising clients with interests further afield.

Award winning - We've been named Law Firm of the Year in Scotland eight times, among many other achievements. The trophies themselves aren't important, but the dynamism and work ethic that won them is.

Don't just take our word for it - The UK's leading independent legal directories, Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500, recommend Harper Macleod in a total of 40 specialist areas while 57 of our people are considered to be either "Leaders in the Field" or "Recommended Lawyers".

Living Wage employer - We were the first full service law firm in Scotland to become a Living Wage employer, and followed that by signing up to the Scottish Government's Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary commitment to build stronger, fairer businesses in Scotland.

Find out more about Harper Macleod, and why you should make us your law firm of choice.

Check out our Services page to find out more about what we can do for you.

HM Community

Our partnership approach extends to the wider community. Through HM Community, our corporate social responsibility programme, we strive to apply three important principles in all our activities:

  • To behave ethically;
  • To contribute positively to our economic and natural environment; and
  • To improve the quality of life for our stakeholder groups.

Find out more about HM Community

Our team in Shetland

We are a legal firm of over 400 people and 5 offices. Our local office in Lerwick consists of 10 people including the team listed below.

Chris Dowle, Partner
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Paul Rutherford, Partner
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Richard Donaldson, Associate
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Robert Bell, Property Director
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Mailing List Signup Form

By filling out the form below you will be placed on our mailing list for an initial period of three months and will be notified when properties matching your requirements are placed on the market. Please note our website contains the complete details of all properties for sale through Dowle, Smith & Rutherford, with exactly the same information as can be found in the usual schedule by post.

When completing the form please use the comments section to provide as much extra information as possible so that we only send you details of properties that are sure to be relevant. We will advise you of properties that meet your requirements as closely as possible. If we advise you about a particular property this does not necessarily imply that the property will meet all your specific requirements in full. We always recommend that you view the property personally and check all details carefully.

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Please do not select all locations - different areas in Shetland have quite different characteristics. For example, it would be unlikely that a property in Lerwick will be of interest to someone considering a croft house in Yell or Unst.

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