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Ruthven Gemmell

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Murray Beith Murray


Ruthven is a Partner specialising in wills, succession planning; taxes, especially capital taxes; trusts, contentious trust matters, contentious executries’; powers of attorney – financial guardianships.  Specialisms: asset management, tax planning, estate planning and financial planning.  Qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England and Wales.


where trained:

1979-82 Brodies WS, apprentice at law; 1983-85 Arthur Young CA (now EY), trainee accountant

year qualified: 1981

year made partner in present firm: 2002

1985 to date, Murray Beith Murray WS, solicitor in England and Wales; 2008 to date, Murray Asset Management Limited, Chief Executive (formerly the asset management department of Murray Beith Murray WS). 


1993 to 2010, Law Society of Scotland – Council member then Vice President (2005-06) and President (2006-07); 1997-2010, Financial Services and Markets and Pension Regulator Tribunals: 1999-2007 Financial Services Authority’s Smaller Businesses Practitioners Panel (Chairman 2004-06); 2004-06, Financial Services Practioners Panel; 2007-11 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – Council member;

2009 to date, Finance and Tax Chamber of The First-tier Tribunal – part-time Judge; 2009 to date, Tax and Chancery Chamber of The Upper Tribunal – part-time member; 2011 to date, a Vice President of the Council of European Bars and Law Societies (CCBE); 2015 to date, Upper Tribunal, Tax Tribunals for Scotland, Legal Member.

Current directorships:

2008-date, Murray Asset Management Limited; 2005 to date, Associate of Private Client Investment Managers & Stockbrokers (APCIMS) now Wealth Management Association (WMA) and other companies.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Chartered Insurance Institute; Chartered Securities and Investment Institute.


Main secondary school attended: Loreto School, Mussleburgh.

Universities and colleges attended: University of Edinburgh (1979) Law; University of Aberdeen (1983) Accountancy; Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (2010); Fellow of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, Chartered Wealth Manager (2010); Chartered Insurance Diploma in Financial Planning (2010)

Scotland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and executries

Within: Personal tax, trusts and executries

Murray Beith Murray’s ‘steady, prompt and sensible’ team advises clients on trusts and estates, succession planning, personal and trust taxation and property matters. The group also has expertise in executries and charitable trusts. The team is led by Peter Shand, whose clients predominantly include business owners, business families, in addition to private individuals. ‘Knowledgeable and prepared to argue his case’, Ruthven Gemmell is dual Scottish and English law qualified. Carole Hope specialises in wills and estate planning, and in looking after the affairs of elderly and vulnerable individuals. Associate Caroline Pringle is experienced in succession and tax planning matters, in addition to the creation, administration and termination of trusts. Recent highlights include a number of matters concerning internationally domiciled individuals with significant assets based in multiple jurisdictions.

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