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Chris McGill

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Private Client, Charities


Chris is a partner in the private client practice of the firm. Specialising in private client and charities work, he advises private individuals, families and trustees on issues such as succession planning, wills and trusts, and personal taxation. With an increasingly mobile and international client base, Chris also regularly advises on issues such as domicile, international taxation and estate planning. For charities, Chris provides constitutional, regulatory and governance advice to charity trustees throughout the UK. Chris is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Charity Law. Admitted in Scotland, England and Wales.


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 2001; partner private client and charities teams 2013 to date (closely involved in the expansion of the teams and the development of Shepherd and Wedderburn Financial).


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; WS Society; chair Dean Orphanage and Cauvin Trust (charity supporting disadvantaged young people in their transition to independent living); Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales.


St Joseph’s College, Dumfries; University of Edinburgh.


Keen supporter of Queen of the South Football Club.

Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides a full service to charity clients, most notably in the education sector, including a number of universities and independent schools, which it advises on employment and pensions matters, in addition to more traditional corporate charity work. Constitution and governance expert Malcolm Rust and Christopher McGill (who is ‘very knowledgeable’ in the area of estates and legacies) lead the practice. Rust’s highlights included advising the founders on the establishment of the Chaffinch Trust and the trustees of a major educational trust on the creation of a new charitable entity, which included a new and less restrictive constitution, to allow for the transfer of assets and an easier amendment process. The ‘excellentNeil Maclean often advises charities on employment law.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher McGill - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Shepherd and Wedderburn offers ‘an outstanding level of service’ to clients engaged in trust and probate disputes. ‘IncisiveChristopher McGill ‘clearly has a strong breadth of knowledge and an impressive level of professionalism’ and co-leads the practice alongside the head of commercial disputes, Guy Harvey. The group acts for private individuals and trustees, as well as institutional clients in a wide range of disputes and associated professional negligence actions and contentious private tax matters. Alastair Frood is advising siblings on the interpretation of a clause in their late father’s will, in relation to the wishes of another sibling, the eldest son who inherited the estate, to sell the property for development. Elaine Brailsford is acting on behalf of a partner in a farming business in a complex family dispute.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries

Within: Personal tax, trusts and executries

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘good on all accounts’ and its team is able to offer ‘a high level of personal service’. The team advises clients on high-end domestic matters such as complex wills, trusts and estate planning, and more complex matters, including multi-jurisdictional tax planning and compliance. Consultant Charles Scott joined the Aberdeen office in January 2017 alongside rural law expert Hamish Lean , greatly boosting the firm’s coverage in northeast Scotland. The ‘calm and authoritative’ Malcolm Rust leads the team, and is noted for his ‘in-depth’ understanding of private client work. Dual Scots and English law qualified Christopher McGill stands out for his work in executry matters, and regularly handles cross-border and international issues, pertaining to various Crown Dependencies, Dubai, France and Spain. ‘Sound, reliable and a pleasure to deal with’, senior associate Douglas Sinclair has particular expertise in complex UK and offshore tax matters, in addition to trust and partnership issues.

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