Free clinics to businesses affected by city fires

Firefighters tackled the fire at The Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow law firm Harper Macleod has teamed up with Glasgow City Council this week to offer free legal and insurance clinics to businesses in the city affected by the recent fires which devastated The Glasgow School of Art and Sauchiehall Street and surrounding businesses.

Two drop in sessions will take place on Thursday, July 5 from 2.30pm – 5.30pm at the Mitchell Library on North Street for businesses, including many self-employed or micro businesses.

Of the two, one will focus on general business-related advice for those struggling in the aftermath of the fire, while the other will cover specifics in relation to insurance and what may or may not be covered by businesses own insurers.

Paula Skinner, a partner and business adviser at Harper Macleod, said: "As a business which itself grew in Glasgow, we are happy to lend our support to others who are facing up to a host of challenges in this unprecedented situation.

"Many of the small businesses affected by these dreadful events are facing severe difficulties as they try to limit the damage to their businesses, and indeed to survive.”

Areas around both fire sites are still affected by "exclusion zones", meaning some traders cannot gain access to their premises, never mind continue to trade from them.

Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council has already put in place a reduction of rates for traders affected by The Glasgow School of Art fire, alongside those affected by the fire on Sauchiehall Street in March earlier this year.

To find out more about the drop-in sessions or book a slot with an adviser, please contact or call 0141 226 8567.