MacRoberts is now Morton Fraser MacRoberts. As we embark on this exciting journey, rest assured that we will continue to provide the same exceptional service to our loyal clients. Find out more

Legal Expertise For the Public Sector & Charities

Independently described as the “top public sector firm in Scotland”, MacRoberts has developed a solid reputation for its work with the public sector, charities and third sector organisations. 

First-Class, Business-Focused Guidance and Support

In close collaboration with our clients, our team not only possesses a profound understanding of the inner workings of government and public sector entities but also excels in seizing opportunities and surmounting the challenges they face. Whether it involves fine-tuning proposals for significant public projects or assisting with governance, advisory, or employment issues, MacRoberts offers multi-disciplinary, pragmatic, and commercial counsel. Our advice is rooted in our extensive expertise and tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Our profound knowledge of the issues, hurdles, and disputes faced by public sector organisations and charities empowers us to deliver top-tier, business-focused guidance on a range of both non-contentious and contentious matters. You can have full confidence that we will collaborate closely with you to achieve the most favourable outcome.

Consistently Delivering Excellence

MacRoberts has cultivated longstanding partnerships with the Scottish Government, local authorities and private enterprises, contributing to a wide range of projects and issues throughout Scotland.

Our legal professionals are unwavering in their commitment to delivering on promises and exceeding client expectations. Leveraging our in-depth understanding of governmental and public sector operations, we assist our clients in capitalising on opportunities and surmounting potential obstacles.

Facilitating Delivery of Your Social Impact

As legal advisers to more than 10% of Scotland's largest charities, and recognised experts in charity law, our public sector lawyers possess a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by the third sector.

Whether we are collaborating with you to establish innovative service models or crafting frameworks to foster sustainable growth, our dedicated team is poised to assist you in fulfilling your social impact objectives.

Our Key Services for the
Public Sector & Charities

If you’re looking for expert legal advice from people you can trust, don’t just take our word for it – we’ll let our legal advice do the talking.

  • Charities & Social Enterprise

    Our team is skilled in advising on governance matters and regularly works with our clients on relationships amongst board members, management and stakeholders. 

    Charities & Social Enterprise
  • Local Government

    Our Public Sector team is one of the largest in Scotland and we have an impressive track record of robustly promoting and defending our clients' interests in the public arena, particularly local government.

    Local Government
  • Parliamentary

    Our Parliamentary team complements our strong offerings from across the firm, calling on expertise from a number of areas including transport, planning, environment, employment, regulatory, government and public sector. 

  • Procurement

    MacRoberts’ procurement team is a market leader in Scotland and recognised throughout the UK for advising contracting authorities and bidders on all aspects of public services. 

  • State Aid

    EU state aid rules control the way in which public funds can be used to support commercial activities. The rules are complex, and failure to apply them correctly could result in a company that has received aid being ordered to repay it. 

    State Aid
  • Transport

    Our team has extensive expertise and experience in transport-related matters with significant client exposure across the full range of modes of transport and full length of the supply chain.

  • Space Sector

    The space sector is considered a key priority for the Scottish Government and, as a full-service law firm, MacRoberts is well placed to advise clients on all legal aspects of their space and transport-related projects.

    Space Sector

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • Iso 14001 2015 Environmental Management

    MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.

  • MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark for 2023. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.

MFMac: Morton Fraser MacRoberts
MacRoberts and Morton Fraser have now merged.

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