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Murray Beith Murray

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Noted for its ‘absolute excellence in trust and tax work’, the boutique practice at Murray Beith Murray has a long-established presence in the agricultural sector and works in tandem with its wider private client group to handle the full gamut of matters pertaining to rural property transactions, wealth management and succession planning. Under the leadership of accredited specialist Andrew Linehan, the team also advises on diversification, environmental issues and sporting estates. Anna MacLeod focuses on high-value estate sales, and another key name is Hugh Younger.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Linehan

Other key lawyers:


‘Absolute excellence in Trust and Tax work, able to give direct and sometimes difficult advice to private clients. Importantly they work collaboratively with the wider professional teams.’

‘Stand out staff as follows: Hugh Younger – possesses an unrivaled wealth of experience and total understanding of the drivers and motivations of private rural clients.’

‘Andrew Linehan gives clear well-thought-through advice and is easily accessible.’

Key clients

Mansfield Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for a family owning several highland estates on a substantial sale of land to a major UK financial institution, for establishment as a carbon offset woodland.
  • Undertaking a major title registration process for a significant Estate, including carrying out detailed mapping of the owned land and considering a range of third party and infrastructure rights.
  • Advised on the property aspects of a high-value Estate transfer as part of inter-generational tax planning.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Murray Beith Murray’s boutique practice focuses exclusively on private client services and acts for an array of family trusts, charities and private companies across Scotland. The team excels in high-value, often cross border trust litigation and contentious probate matters for high-net-worth families and individuals, and is overseen by Andrew Paterson in Edinburgh; Peter Shand‘s practice covers succession and tax planning.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Paterson

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent support from Andrew Paterson and team. Impressed by the speedy replies. Gives informed advice relevant to my situation. Estate was dealt with in a timely manner. Billing is always clear and fair. Very professional and help was given when needed.’

‘Andrew Paterson – outstanding professional. Extremely efficient , couldn’t ask for more. Totally trustworthy and understanding. Very happy with his services. No complaints. Questions are always answered promptly.’

‘From the first introductory meeting via video-conference, through to regular updates via email, and online billing, MBM has used technology to great effect.’

‘Andrew Paterson was a pleasure to deal with. He was willing and able to promptly answer any questions we had to a more than satisfactory level.’

‘Andrew Paterson’s grasp of our case was complete, and was adept—without requiring our input or direction—at keeping the estate’s solicitor in check, even going so far as to correct their mistakes.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Trustees regarding options to restructure a third-generation family Trust to reflect future needs and update a convoluted, historic Trust Deed.
  • Advising in relation to a potential claim by beneficiaries against Executors and their solicitors in relation to the administration of a deceased’s estate.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Providing ‘excellent timely advice’, the private client practice at Murray Beith Murray is praised by clients for its ‘one-stop shop’ offering and acts for a long-established clientbase, made up of high-net-worth families, trusts and charities. Overseen by Peter Shand, the group advises on asset protection, succession planning and tax issues. Ruthven Gemmell is rated by clients and specialises in cross-border matters around assets and estates, while Andrew Paterson is well placed to advise on powers of attorney. Hugh Younger also remains a core member of the team. The group enhanced its bench of experienced associates with the hire of Kathryn Johnston from Brodies LLP, who advises on private client matters with an international component, as well as contentious trusts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Shand

Other key lawyers:


‘The MBM team manage to provide very professional advice and have the ability to advise on a very wide range of personal tax/ trusts legal needs.’

‘The people in the team are all of the highest calibre. They also link in well with other professionals so that individual clients receive a very high-quality total advice package.’

‘A reassuringly personal service by partners and other staff who know and understand the complexities of intertwined family, personal and business structures and so can give an overall view as well as keeping ‘chinese walls’ to ensure confidentiality.’

‘Hugh Younger – a wise adviser with a wide range of knowledge and experience.’

‘Andrew Paterson – my chosen first contact, always replies to queries quickly, excellent administration and detailed information at his fingertips and advice of next steps.’

‘Andrew Paterson, having become our key contact has maintained the previous partner’s warm and friendly approach combined with strong domain knowledge and a good way of communicating complex things to non-experts.’

‘This firm has worked for our family very satisfactorily for generations. We have never felt the need to use any other firm as they have kept up to date and helpful.’

‘Ruthven Gemmell is the Partner that I deal with and have done so since being a client of MBM since c. 1980. He knows my family history and is always able to provide sage advice when dealing with problems with my brother and his Trust.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on the lifetime transfer of an Estate valued at £28m to the next generation as a succession planning exercise and the allocation of assets held within a family trust valued at £7m to compensate non-inheriting siblings.
  • Continuing to assist the Trustees in relation to the legal and tax implications of winding up a complex, diverse and high-value Trust.
  • Advising the owner of a Scottish Estate and other significant assets on making a lifetime transfer of the bulk of the estate and earmarking compensatory assets for another beneficiary.

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
Senior Partner Ruthven 225 1200
Partner Hugh 225 1200
Succession & Estate Planning Peter 225 1200
Executries Andrew 225 1200
Rural Property & Countryside Matters Andrew 225 1200
Residential Property Andrew 225 1200
Commercial Property Bill 225 1200
Tax Andrew 225 1200
Richard Black photo Richard BlackAssociate – Rural property and estates  Richard acts primarily for land and…
Simon Boendermaker photo Simon BoendermakerSolicitor
Ruthven Gemmell photo Ruthven GemmellSenior Partner at Murray Beith Murray 
Carole Hope photo Carole HopeConsultant Solicitor – Asset Protection & Executry Carole is a Consultant Solicitor,…
Kathryn Johnston photo Kathryn JohnstonPrivate Client – Asset Protection & Estate Planning Kathryn specialises in advising…
Dorothy  Lawrence photo Dorothy LawrenceAssociate – Rural Property & estates  Dorothy is an Associate in our Rural…
Andrew Linehan photo Andrew LinehanPartner – Rural property & estates  Andrew Linehan is Head of the…
Anna MacLeod photo Anna MacLeodSenior Solicitor – Rural property and estates  Anna qualified in 2015 and…
Alastair Marshall photo Alastair MarshallSenior Solicitor – Residential Property  Alastair has over 15 years of experience…
Bill Meldrum photo Bill MeldrumPartner – Commercial Property Murray Beith Murray takes a holistic approach in…
Sophie Napier photo Sophie NapierAssociate – Asset Proection & Estate Planning  Sophie specialises in tax and…
Andrew Paterson photo Andrew PatersonPartner – Asset Protection, Estate Planning & Executry  Andrew is Head of…
Nicola Roberts photo Nicola RobertsSenior Solicitor – Rural property and estates
Fraser Scott photo Fraser ScottAssociate – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Fraser specialises in advising individuals…
Sally Scott Lintott photo Sally Scott LintottSenior Solicitor – Commercial Property  Sally joined Murray Beith Murray’s Commercial Property…
Peter Shand photo Peter ShandPartner – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Peter is responsible for meeting…
Andrew Stephen photo Andrew StephenPartner – Residential Property  Andrew is head of the Residential Property group. …
Adam Swayne photo Adam SwayneSenior Solicitor – Asset Protection & Estate Planning  Adam regularly advises individuals…
Hugh Younger photo Hugh YoungerPartner at Murray Beith Murray Specialisms:  tax and estate planning with particular…