Andrew Paterson > Murray Beith Murray > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Murray Beith Murray

Work Department

Private Client - Asset Protection, Estate Planning & Executry

Areas of work: 

  • Will drafting
  • Tax
  • Estate planning
  • All aspects of the Adults with Incapacity legislation (particularly Powers of Attorney and Guardianship Orders)
  • Complex trust queries (particularly trust reorganisations and the taxation of trusts)
  • Administration of complex and valuable executry estates.


Partner – Asset Protection, Estate Planning & Executry 

Andrew is Head of the Executry Group.  He also advises in relation to all aspects of Charity Law including establishment, reorganisation, governance issues and the duties of charity trustees.

Andrew has a particular expertise in Executry Administration and heads our Executry Group. Andrew has assisted numerous families with the legal issues arising following the death of a relative and clients appreciate his sympathetic and pragmatic approach.


Where trained: Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP   

Year qualified: 2004

Year made partner in present firm: 2015

2013 – date: Murray Beith Murray, Edinburgh

2015 – date    Partner, Asset Protection Group and Executry Group

2013 – 2015    Senior Associate, Asset Protection Group

2002 – 2013: Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Edinburgh

2010 – date  Associate, Private Client Group

2004 – 2010  Solicitor, Private Client Group

2002 – 2004  Trainee Solicitor

2008 – 2013: The University of Edinburgh

Tutor, Private Client Course, Diploma in Legal Practice


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


Main secondary school attended: Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen (1996 Baillie Williamson Dux)

University attended: University of Edinburgh

(Degrees and qualifications with years attained):

2001 – 2002  Diploma in Legal Practice,

1997 – 2001  LLB (Hons), 1st Class, John Hastie Scholarship (2nd most distinguished graduate)

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.