Gillian Harkness-McKinlay

Gillian is a corporate, commercial and charities lawyer specialising in working with public and third sector clients.  Gillian was drawn to working with these sectors due to their focus (in the case of the public sector) on objectives linked to improving life for Scotland’s citizens and (in the case of the third sector) for improving the world around us more generally.

Gillian has worked on some of Scotland’s flagship public sector projects including having established more ALEOs (arm’s-length external organisations) than any other solicitor in Scotland. She also advised on the Hub public sector infrastructure projects throughout Scotland and is a specialist adviser on public sector corporate structures and alternative forms of delivery of public services.

Gillian is a member of the Charity Law Subcommittee of the Law Society of Scotland and advises on the incorporation of charities in addition to matters of charity law and corporate governance for Scotland’s third sector organisations. She was involved in the incorporation of Scotland’s first ever SCIO (Scottish charitable incorporated organisation).

She is recognised in both the Chambers and Legal 500 directories.

Gillian loves to perform and has appeared as a dancer at Glastonbury and at the Edinburgh Fringe. She also did a stint as a radio host, in a former life.

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