Firm Profile > Murray Beith Murray > Edinburgh, Scotland

Murray Beith Murray

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Murray Beith Murray advises members of family trusts with vested business interests on complex disputes, as well as beneficiaries in a range of matters that includes entitlement to estates, succession planning, legal rights claims and challenges to wills based on alleged undue influence. The team also has a dedicated rural property group, which is now headed up by Andrew Linehan, who joined from Lindsays - where he also led the rural property team - in September 2019. Linehan works alongside senior partner Hugh Younger, who advised on land transactions totalling more than £15m in 2018. Both Carole Hope and Sandy Burnett have recently retired but continue to work with the firm as consultant solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Paterson

Other key lawyers:


‘Andrew Linehan always manages to provide first rate advice on the agricultural tenancy front, in a way that’s concise and easy to understand. He’s always reachable and you can depend on him to turn things round very quickly.’

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Murray Beith Murray handles a range of matters for trustees, including the winding-up of trusts, establishing charitable trusts and advising on restructuring options and the tax implications of asset transfers. The team, which is led by Peter Shand, also represents beneficiaries in the UK who hold assets offshore and acts for executors in multi-jurisdictional and domestic estate administrations. Dual qualified Ruthven Gemmell has expert knowledge of tax and estate planning, and sits as a part-time judge in the Finance and Tax Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. The 'knowledgeable' and 'efficientAndrew Paterson heads the executry group, while associate Caroline Pringle acts for several large trusts and advises clients on wills, powers of attorney and guardianships.

Practice head(s):

Peter Shand


“Excellent attention to detail.  Excellent clarity on costs likely to be incurred, with clear updates for any potential variation. Rapid response to queries, again, with excellent clarity.”

“Andrew Paterson is knowledgeable, helpful and prompt in his responses.” 

“Murray Beith Murray are quite different to other firms we have dealt with in the past who either take a long time to get back to you or alternatively you have to chase to even get a response. We felt that our business was wanted.”

“Carol McGovern is extremely helpful and diligent.”

Andrew Paterson is professional, helpful, very efficient and knowledgeable.”

Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Black  photo Richard Black
 Ruthven Gemmell  photo Ruthven Gemmell
 Nur Hemsi  photo Nur Hemsi
 Carole Hope  photo Carole Hope
 Andrew Linehan  photo Andrew Linehan
 Anna MacLeod  photo Anna MacLeod
 Alastair Marshall  photo Alastair Marshall
 Bill Meldrum  photo Bill Meldrum
 Sophie Napier  photo Sophie Napier
 Andrew Paterson  photo Andrew Paterson
 Caroline Pringle  photo Caroline Pringle
 Sally Pugh  photo Sally Pugh
 Fraser Scott  photo Fraser Scott
 Peter Shand  photo Peter Shand
 Andrew Stephen  photo Andrew Stephen
 Drew Taylor  photo Drew Taylor
 Hugh Younger  photo Hugh Younger