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Murray Beith Murray

Work Department

Private Client - Asset Protection, Rural Property Law, Estate Planning

Areas of work:

  • Tax and Estate planning with particular focus on landowners
  • Succession Planning
  • Taxes
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Rural Property Law – Agricultural Tenancies, Farming Partnerships


Senior Partner at Murray Beith Murray

Specialisms:  tax and estate planning with particular focus on land owners.

Partner: succession planning; taxes, especially capital taxes, wills, trusts, powers of attorney;

Rural Property Law; all agricultural work including sale and purchase of land and estates; agricultural tenancies; farming partnerships


1981 to date solicitor in Scotland (Writer to the Signet). 1979-81 Strathern & Blair – Solicitors, Edinburgh – law apprentice; 1982 – 83 Murray Beith Murray, Solicitors & Asset Managers – Solicitor; 1983-84 Withers, Solicitors, London – Solicitor; 1984 to date Murray Beith Murray, Solicitors

Year made partner in present firm: 1985


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Society of H M Writers to the Signet (WS)


Universities and colleges attended: Winchester College, Winchester; University of Aberdeen 1979 LLB

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Agriculture and estates

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.

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

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.

Scotland > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

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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.