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Harper MacLeod grows and preserves jobs

Scottish law firm Harper Macleod has reported an upbeat set of results in a year chairman Lorne Crerar descrbies as "the most difficult in our history".

The firm achieved growth in turnover of 2.5%. Harper Macleod said it has avoided making any redundancies or reduction in working hours in the the face of the recession - one of the few law frims in the top 20 to have achieved this - keeping all 241 employees.

Chief Executive Martin Darroch said: "We're viewing the past year as an enormous success. Any legal firm achieving growth in the current climate is doing well and we are delighted to have come out the other side with our talent pool intact and a genuine increase in market share."

In the past year Harper Macleod has won business from new clients such as Glasgow City Council, Bradford & Bingley and the Forestry Commission, adding to an existing portfolio which includes Celtic football club, William Hill, Scottish Coal and Optical Express.