Firm Profile > Murray Beith Murray > Edinburgh, Scotland

Murray Beith Murray

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Murray Beith Murray primarily handles disputes where the heritable property is in the form of partnerships and companies with complex tax arrangements. The firm has acted in sensitive cases, where it has been instructed to establish blood relations on the behalf of claimants, and has secured settlements between disputing siblings. The team has also worked on mandates concerning proving the tenor of disputed wills. Andrew Paterson leads the team, and focuses on asset protection. Senior partner Hugh Younger, a specialist in rural property, is a key member of practice, while Peter Shand , head of the firm’s private client group, handles tax matters.

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‘I have been very impressed by Andrew Paterson. I sought his help to resolve issues surrounding my late father’s estate. From our first meeting, Andrew has been friendly, open and understanding, yet always professional and respectful. He listened carefully to the history and background of the case and was able to understand and empathise with my grievances. He laid out the possible remedies very clearly and explained the advantages and risks of each approach. He further helped me by stating how he would personally act if in my position. Having agreed strategy, he took a very logical and systematic approach to handling the issues. He has always been impressively responsive, acknowledging and answering emails rapidly and acting rapidly when issues arose. All his letters and emails have been examples of concision and clarity. His knowledge of and memory for the details of the case were equally impressive. After two years of stagnation, Andrew was able to move the executry to what is now essentially completion. Andrew has demonstrated to me that there are solicitors who know how to and want to do their job well and can and do treat their clients with respect and humanity.’

Personal tax, trusts and executries Tier 2

Private client boutique Murray Beith Murray has a strong track record acting for high-net-worth individuals domiciled in Scotland, across the UK and further afield internationally. It also generates work from families, family trusts, charities and private companies. The firm is particularly prominent in asset protection and executries work, fielding specialist groups focusing on both areas. Other areas of expertise include wills, trusts, succession and estate planning, dispute resolution and personal and trust taxation. Peter Shand leads the team, which includes Ruthven Gemmell, senior partner Hugh Younger and Andrew Paterson.

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The firm has a longstanding private client practice with an excellent reputation in the Scottish legal market. Its partner group comprises a good balance between old hands Hugh Younger and Ruthven Gemmell – with their stellar contacts and client lists – and younger partners such as Peter Shand. Unlike some of its competitors, the firm is not stuffy and I would describe it as professional, experienced, discreet, friendly and straightforward.’

‘Peter Shand has empathy and a natural ability to engage with clients in often very difficult and complex life situations. Often, this has made a tangible difference to the process and outcome, particularly client satisfaction. In my experience, Peter compares very favourably to some of his competitors who are technically sound but are unable to connect positively with the client on a personal level.

Very personal service, a senior partner was always my point of contact. Also proactive in making contact. The partner dealing with my affairs spent time with us fully explained our options and we felt he knew us well. Andrew Paterson was the partner dealing with our work. His knowledge was first class and explained so we understood.

Instant access to partners, and very quick, meaningful advice which is both given and actioned in a timely manner.

There is an overriding sense that they have done it all many times before. It is a great comfort.

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The team at Murray Beith Murray is led by Andrew Linehan, who joined from Lindsays in late 2019; clients say his arrival has helped to 'reinvigorate the level of service provided' by the practice. He has a particular focus on the tax implications of rural instructions, and works closely with the wider firm's private client team on such matters. The practice also includes senior partner Hugh Younger, who is well-regarded for his understanding of the issues affecting rural and farming clients.

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‘The team gives clear, well reasoned advice. The firm has a wealth of experience when dealing with private client affairs such as wills, estates and inheritance planning. They have a very good knowledge of estates and agricultural land ownership and the issues surrounding these areas.’

‘The team is accessible, knowledgeable and have a track record of giving solid, practical advice.’

‘Very experienced team with loyal and longstanding client base – majority of work handled by senior staff not juniors who work part-time – therefore provide a better more responsive service for their client base.’

‘Andrew Linehan has joined MBM and has reinvigorated the level of service provided.’

‘Andrew Linehan has given considered and clear advice on complicated legal matters, enabling us to advise our clients accordingly.’

‘Hugh Younger who has many years’ first-hand knowledge of all rural issues including inheritance tax planning,estate management, fishery management and land ownership. He comes from a farming background and understands all rural issues thereby enabling him to give good quality advice and understand the sector and the issues that it will face in the future. He has a loyal and experienced team of associates who provide excellent advice and service.’

‘Hugh Younger is well connected with a broad and longstanding client base who value his counsel.’

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
Senior Partner Hugh Younger 0131 225 1200
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 Partner – Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection & Estate Planning
 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 Senior Partner at Murray Beith Murray Specialisms:  tax and estate planning with…

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