Firm Profile > Murray Beith Murray > Edinburgh, Scotland

Murray Beith Murray

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Murray Beith Murray has a track record in sophisticated, high-value trust disputes, particularly family trusts and probate-related matters. Andrew Paterson, who heads up the group, frequently assists high-net-worth families with the legal issues arising following the death of a relative, in addition to mandates concerning proving the tenor of disputed wills. Hugh Younger, a specialist in rural property and asset protection, is another key member of practice, which also includes tax expert Peter Shand.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Paterson

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Younger; Peter Shand

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Praised for placing ‘clients’ interest at the centre of everything that it does’, private client boutique outfit Murray Beith Murray acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, trusts and charities domiciled in Scotland, as well as across the UK and internationally. Particularly active in asset protection and executries work, the team is led by Peter Shand. Other notable names working in tandem with Shand are the vastly experienced Ruthven Gemmell, Hugh Younger and Andrew Paterson; all are well-versed in tax and estate planning work, succession planning and asset protection issues, taxes, wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

Practice head(s):

Peter Shand

Other key lawyers:

Ruthven Gemmell; Hugh Younger; Andrew Paterson; Sophie Napier; Caroline Pringle


‘The team is very approachable, and the communication over the pandemic with home working has been very robust and effective. Clearly strong technical understanding in all areas of legal advice.’

‘For all partners I have worked with, they were engaging and socially skilled. The technical skill was clear in all cases.’

‘Andrew Paterson’s advice re: our Wills/Estates has been well informed, and very acceptable to us.’

‘Extremely professional and efficient service across the team.’

‘As a family we deal exclusively with The Private Wealth Law team at MBM and consider them to be pretty much faultless, all e-mails, phone calls and requests are responded to immediately. All reviews and routine work is carried out and delivered on time and they are incredibly proactive at providing an improved service.’

‘Ruthven Gemmell has been an exceptional support to me. I have depended on his advice and guidance in a number of different capacities – writing my Will, Lasting Power of Attorney, Tax matters, Investments, etc.’

‘I work closely with Peter Shand, partner, who is a wonderful combination of sharp intellect, reassurance, sound legal advice wrapped up with a wonderful sense of humour. He is a source of innovative thinking across a range of matters.’

‘Murray Beith Murray clearly have the client’s interest at the centre of everything that they do. This is evidenced from their view that a collaborative approach with the clients other professional advisers will provide a better outcome for the client rather than one professional trying to do all of the work themselves.’

‘Peter Shand is the partner with whom I have worked with most. Peter always strives to achieve the very best outcome for his clients. Peter has excellent communications skills and is very skilled in changing his approach depending on his audience.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The practice at Murray Beith Murray works in close conjunction with the firm’s wider private client department, specialising in the tax planning and succession aspects of rural instructions. It is presided over by Andrew Linehan, an 'authority on rural and agricultural matters'. Rural property acquisitions and disposals, rural land planning mandates, land diversification strategies, renewables projects, environmental issues, agricultural tenancy issues, security work, and rural property disputes form the bedrock of Linehan's offering. Hugh Younger’s personal practice, meanwhile, centres on the purchase and sale of farms and estates, as well as farming partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Linehan

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Younger


‘Murray Beith Murray have an excellent knowledge of rural matters and have provided clear advice to a client on agricultural tenancies.’

‘Andrew Linehan has always acted in a professional matter and brought an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussions. He is an authority on rural and agricultural matters.’

‘Andrew Linehan’s knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the various Agricultural Holdings Acts is second to none and he is very adept at tuning into the practical issues associated with farm tenancies and other contracting arrangements.’

‘A small but highly effective team with considerable experience in dealing with the myriad of complex challenges associated with owning and managing Scottish farms and estates.’

‘Andrew Linehan has a real understanding of Scottish agricultural tenancies and has proven to be a considerable help in recent times, using his proactive approach and excellent subject matter to complete on one particular job against a tight deadline. ’

‘All members of the team are very approachable and display a sound knowledge of their areas of expertise.’

‘I have dealt with the team at MBM on a number of complex agricultural and residential sales and always received clear, concise advice and quick responses where necessary. Their knowledge of agricultural tenancy legislation is excellent and coupled with practical understanding is a great combination.’

‘Andrew Linehan is not afraid to give clear, concise advice. He has an excellent understanding of the law and enjoyable to work with.’

Key clients

Mansfield Estates (8th Earl of Mansfield and family trusts)

Established in 1849, and headquartered in Edinburgh, Murray Beith Murray is a leading boutique private client practice which specialises in acting in complex legal matters for high-net-worth individuals domiciled in Scotland, across the UK and internationally.

The firm’s expertise includes advising rural landowners and family businesses, with no less than four clients who appear in the current Times Rich List, Scotland’s Top 50.

As ‘trusted advisors for generations’, the firm delivers a partner-led holistic approach to clients, combining multi-disciplinary expertise in:

    • Succession and estate planning
    • Trusts, trust administration and financial management
    • Wills and Powers of Attorney
    • Family business advice
    • Tax – personal, trust and executry
    • Executries (including contentious executries)
    • Dispute resolution and litigation
    • Rural property and countryside matters
    • Residential property
    • Commercial property
Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Hugh Younger 0131 225 1200
Senior Partner Ruthven Gemmell 0131 225 1200
Succession & Estate Planning Peter Shand 0131 225 1200
Executries Andrew Paterson 0131 225 1200
Rural Property & Countryside Matters Andrew Linehan 0131 225 1200
Residential Property Andrew Stephen 0131 225 1200
Commercial Property Bill Meldrum 0131 225 1200
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Drew Taylor 0131 225 1200
Tax Laura Brown 0131 225 1200
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Black  photo Richard Black Associate – Rural property and estates  Richard acts primarily for land and…
 Simon Boendermaker  photo Simon Boendermaker Solicitor
 Ruthven Gemmell  photo Ruthven Gemmell Senior Partner at Murray Beith Murray 
 Carole Hope  photo Carole Hope Consultant Solicitor – Asset Protection & Executry Carole is a Consultant Solicitor,…
 Andrew Linehan  photo Andrew Linehan Partner – Rural property & estates  Andrew Linehan is Head of the…
 Anna MacLeod  photo Anna MacLeod Senior Solicitor – Rural property and estates  Anna qualified in 2015 and…
 Alastair Marshall  photo Alastair Marshall Senior Solicitor – Residential Property  Alastair has over 15 years of experience…
 Bill Meldrum  photo Bill Meldrum Partner – Commercial Property Murray Beith Murray takes a holistic approach in…
 Sophie Napier  photo Sophie Napier Associate – Asset Proection & Estate Planning  Sophie specialises in tax and…
 Andrew Paterson  photo Andrew Paterson Partner – Asset Protection, Estate Planning & Executry  Andrew is Head of…
 Caroline Pringle  photo Caroline Pringle Associate – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Caroline specialises in advising individuals…
 Nicola Roberts  photo Nicola Roberts Senior Solicitor – Rural property and estates
 Fraser Scott  photo Fraser Scott Associate – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Fraser specialises in advising individuals…
 Sally Scott Lintott photo Sally Scott Lintott Senior Solicitor – Commercial Property  Sally joined Murray Beith Murray’s Commercial Property…
 Peter Shand  photo Peter Shand Partner – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Peter is responsible for meeting…
 Andrew Stephen  photo Andrew Stephen Partner – Residential Property  Andrew is head of the Residential Property group. …
 Adam Swayne  photo Adam Swayne Solicitor – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Adam regularly advises individuals and…
 Drew Taylor  photo Drew Taylor Associate – Dispute Resolution  Drew is a trained mediator, and he has…
 Hugh Younger  photo Hugh Younger Partner at Murray Beith Murray Specialisms:  tax and estate planning with particular…