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Turcan Connell is widely acknowledged as ‘a market leader with real strength-in-depth’. Alexander Garden heads the practice, which regularly acts for clients regarding eight-figure estates with a range of assets. Tom Duguid has ‘excellent client-handling skills’ and managing partner Ian Clark is ‘measured, professional and hugely experienced’. Douglas Connell is now a consultant.

Anderson Strathern is noted for its ‘high degree of organisation’ when overseeing large-scale estates. Areas of work include advice on heritage property, personal injury trusts and family offices. Anne Henderson ‘connects well with clients and understands their situations very quickly’. Also recommended are John Biggar and the ‘approachable and thoughtfulColin Henderson, who jointly lead the practice.

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent’ advice on issues involving complex family structures and international and agricultural assets. The practice also acts for well-known private banks and asset managers. Key figures include Alan Eccles, Mark Stewart and Norman Kennedy.

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises high-net-worth clients on cross-border succession planning, often with business and blended family aspects. Key individuals include Malcolm Rust, who is ‘responsive and excellent at interrogating a situation and the documentation’, and Chris McGill.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP is particularly singled out for tax matters, in addition to handling powers of attorney, cross-border estates and agricultural property issues. John McArthur, a chairman of STEP Scotland, is noted for his ‘up-to-date knowledge of tax law’. Practice leader Elspeth Paget is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

HBJ Gateley’s ‘invariably professional and helpful’ practice advises on estate planning matters, often involving eight-figure sums. Recommended individuals include ‘responsive and engaged’ practice head Sarah McKinlay and the ‘courteous and efficient’ Douglas Hunter.

Lindsays’ private client expertise encompasses succession planning, executries and powers of attorney. Dorothy Kellas is ‘a calming influence’ with ‘a wealth of experience’ and is recommended alongside practice head David Reith and Grant Johnson, who joined from Thorntons Law LLP.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises on trust regularisation, estates with intellectual property issues, personal injury trusts and family business succession planning. Andrew Biggart heads the practice, which includes Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham.

MacRoberts LLP’s ‘attentive and proactive’ team is noted for its ‘excellent service for personal injury trust work’, as well as advising on succession planning and negotiating with HMRC regarding property reliefs. Practice head Carole McAlpine-Scott is ‘exceptionally good with clients’.

Morton Frasergoes above and beyond for clients’ across a wide range of issues concerning transnational estates, inheritance tax and succession planning. Carryl Beveridge and Sue Hunter are ‘committed to making their clients feel valued’.

Balfour+Manson LLP’s team of ‘consummate professionals’ advises on inheritance tax management, capacity issues and personal injury trusts. The ‘approachable and caringShona Brown recommended alongside practice head Robin Hill.

Harper Macleod LLP advises on planning cross-border wealth, large business assets and agricultural property. Pamela Niven now leads the practice, which includes Richard Murray, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths.

Murray Beith Murray handles personal trust management, IHT and CGT planning issues, often related to rural property. Peter Shand heads the practice, which includes Hugh Younger, who is ‘an excellent communicator’.

Pagan Osborne Limited handles cross-border estate planning and capacity issues for clients including those from the Asia Pacific region. Tessa Till advises on matters including powers of attorney. Audrey Dishington leads the practice.

Stronachs LLP has advised on planning and succession matters for eight-figure estates with agricultural and business property relief elements. Practice head Gregor Mitchell is ‘very good with complex trusts’.

Thorntons Law LLP advises clients, including high-net-worth individuals and executors, on various inheritance tax matters. Malcolm Farquhar heads the practice, which includes elderly client specialist Murray Etherington.

BTO Solicitors LLPresponds quickly with practical advice’. Recommended individuals include the ‘experienced, compassionate and efficientNeil Headrick, and Roddy Harrison, who advises on a range of inheritance tax matters.

Blackadders LLP’s work includes estate planning, inheritance tax and capacity matters. Johnston Clark heads the practice, which includes Scott Williamson and incapacity specialist Laura McDowall.

Shoosmiths’ ‘highly professional’ team advises clients on a range of estate planning matters. Charlotte Dunn heads the practice, which includes associate Sara Smith, who ‘deals with clients openly and honestly’. Richard Murray and Steven McDonald left the firm to join Harper Macleod LLP and MOV8 Real Estate Estate Agents and Solicitors, respectively.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s ‘very strong’ private client and family office group is a source of ‘good, practical and cost-effective’ advice on a range of wealth planning matters. Ian Macdonald ‘has the expertise to provide relevant and practical advice’.

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