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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Malcolm Rust

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Private Client, Charities


Partner and head of the Private Client and Charities teams, Malcolm specialises in personal tax, trust and succession planning for entrepreneurs, families and high net worth individuals. Malcolm also advises on wills, financial planning, trust creation, and partnerships with a particular interest in family business succession and structures. As well as his private client caseload, Malcolm has been advising on the law and regulation of charities in Scotland for over 24 years and has been heavily involved advising charity clients on the current regulatory and economic challenges facing those operating in the charity sector in Scotland. Malcolm has contributed to the newest charities publication in Scotland, “A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland” published in August 2016 by Sweet & Maxwell. Malcolm is recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in the field of charities law. This highly regarded status, held by only a small number of individuals in Scotland, recognises the expertise and quality of work undertaken by the team, and was awarded after a comprehensive review of Malcolm’s relevant experience.


Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn 1992; qualified as Scottish solicitor 1994; assistant 1994-97; associate 1997-2000; partner 2000 to date


Basic French


Law Society of Scotland; Merchant Company; Director and Compliance Officer of Shepherd and Wedderburn Financial Ltd.


Robert Gordons College, Aberdeen; St Andrews University (1989 MA Hons History); Edinburgh University (1991 LLB); Aberdeen University (1992 Diploma in Legal Practice)


Golf, swimming, gym, music, wine

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 ‘excellent’ Neil Maclean often advises charities on employment law.

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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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