Firm is re-appointed as a legal adviser after losing contract to DLA Piper in 2010
Harper Macleod has been re-appointed as a legal adviser to the Student Loans Company (SLC) after losing the contract to DLA Piper in 2010.
Following a tender process, both firms have now been selected to advise the SLC and will make up its external legal panel.
Glasgow-based SLC is the government-owned organisation set up in 1989 to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges across the UK.
It has 1.3 million student “customers” and 2.8 million “customers” no longer in higher education.
Under the new contract, Harper Macleod and DLA Piper have both been appointed to a new external legal panel to cover issues including technology, corporate issues, debt recovery and commercial property.
The panel will provide a full range of legal services to support the SLC’s in-house legal team in its work across the UK and EU for the next two years, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.
James McMorrow, the Harper Macleod partner who led the bid, said: “We are delighted to be appointed as legal advisers to the Student Loans Company.
“Our team looks forward to working with SLC’s in-house legal team to support them in meeting their strategic and operational objectives.
“This is a tremendous win for us and is testament to the quality of our people, the breadth of our legal capacity, and the advice, support and counsel we are able to provide.
“We look forward to working with the SLC in the coming years and are sure our relationship will go from strength to strength.”
Shareen Gault, the SLC's legal and compliance manager, said: “We are delighted to appoint our new legal panel and look forward to working with them.
“We believe our new legal panel strengthens the internal legal team's experience and expertise in the delivery of pragmatic, commercially focused legal advice that will ensure a safe, efficient and customer focussed student finance cycle.”