A new name

On 1 October 2015 we joined forces with one of Scotland’s leading law firms to become Harper Macleod incorporating Dowle, Smith & Rutherford.

As well as continuing to deliver the same quality of legal and estate agency services to everyone we work with, the move provides you with access to a much greater range of advice for every aspect of your life, both personal and business related.

You can find out more about the change and Harper Macleod here.


As Dowle, Smith & Rutherford, and now as part of Harper Macleod, we have been providing a comprehensive legal service in Shetland for over 30 years.

For professional, independent & local advice, contact our office on Church Road in the centre of town.

Legal Services

  • Property Sales & Purchases
  • Domestic Leasing
  • Wills, Trusts & Executries
  • Crofting & Agricultural
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Court Work

To find out more about our full range of personal and commercial legal services, visit the Harper Macleod website.

A full list of Harper Macleod partners can be seen here.

Estate Agents

As estate agents we offer extensive facilities to our clients in the sale of their property to ensure optimum sales possibilities.

Robert Bell, Property ManagerRobert Bell, our Property Manager, has over 18 years experience marketing property in Shetland and has personally handled well over one thousand property sales. He will be happy to provide general advice and details of our full property service.

Online, we have a complete list of our properties for sale, as well as short guides to buying property & selling property in Shetland.

If you are considering a move to the Shetland Islands, you may find our About Shetland page useful.

Our Offices

St Olaf’s Hall, Church Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0FD

Dowle, Smith & Rutherford Office

St Olaf's Hall is situated in the centre of Lerwick by the roundabout at the top of Church Road, just up from Commercial Street.

To get to St Olaf's Hall from Commercial Street, walk up Queens Lane which is situated opposite the post office on Commercial Street, between the Shetland Times Bookshop and the Royal Bank. St Olaf's Hall is the large building on the right hand side of the lane just past Church Road car park on the left. We are on the first floor.


View a complete list of properties for sale or lease by Harper Macleod, with full particulars of each property.

Latest Properties

Home Reports

Since December 2008, properties advertised for sale in Scotland whether through solicitors / estate agents or privately, must be marketed with a Home Report which comprises a Single Survey / Valuation, an Energy Report and a Property Questionnaire.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government Website or contact our Property Manager Robert Bell.

Although Home Information Reports (HIPS) have been scrapped in England, they are still required in Scotland which has a different form of Home Report.