The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has appointed the law firm Harper Macleod as its external legal advisers for at least the next two years.
Harper Macleod, which was appointed after a competitive tender process under the Scottish government legal services framework, will provide a wide range of services to the OSCR, including specialist advice on the operation of its regulatory functions and dispute resolution.
The initial contract will run for two years, with the option of a one-year extension.
The indicative value of the contract is £56,000, but the actual amount paid in a year would depend on what advice the OSCR sought, an OSCR spokesman said.
Brodies LLP has been hired as a second-tier contractor, in case Harper Macleod is conflicted in a given case, the spokesman said.
Martin Tyson, head of regulation at the OSCR, said the regulator was "pleased to work with one of Scotland’s leading law firms".
Lorne Crerar, chair of Harper Macleod, said: "We look forward to working with OSCR as it continues to develop a regulatory framework for charities that best serves the Scottish public."