Peter Shand > Murray Beith Murray > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Murray Beith Murray

Work Department

Private Client - Asset Protection & Estate Planning

Areas of work:

  • Estate and succession planning (including taxation issues)
  • Family Business Advice
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts/Companies/Partnerships
  • English law


Partner – Asset Protection & Estate Planning 

Peter is responsible for meeting the legal, financial and administrative needs of individuals and families, family trusts, charities and private companies.  Having worked previously with one of Scotland’s largest commercial law firms he combines private client expertise with a broader knowledge and perspective, offering specialist advice in relation to wills, succession, estate planning, asset protection and tax mitigation including inheritance tax and capital gains tax advice. 

As a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales), Peter is able to act for clients who have interests both North and South of the border.  He also advises a number of clients with international portfolios.

Peter is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  He holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes which equips practitioners with the expertise needed to anticipate, and consequently avoid, the common pitfalls that can lead to trust disputes. He acts for family business owners as well as private individuals and, building on his corporate background, he has strong credentials in advising business owners on wills and succession planning.


Where trained: McGrigor Donald      

Year qualified: 2001

Year made partner in present firm: 2011




Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Personal Finance Society ; WS Society


Main secondary school attended: Aberdeen Grammer School

Universities and colleges attended: University of Aberdeen: 1999 LLB (Hons) with French law; 2007 Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (Dual Qualified Solicitor); 2009 Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP)

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.