Johnston Clark > Blackadders LLP > Dundee, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Blackadders LLP
129 High Street
DD11 1DP

Work Department

Private client.


Johnston is a director and panel member of The Legal Defence Union, a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Practice and Client Protection Committees, a full member of STEP and a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.  As Chief Executive of Blackadders Wealth Management LLP, with over £200 million of client funds under management he is one of only a small number of Scottish solicitors to have personal authorisation from the FCA. His experience in commercial law supports his interest in business succession planning, particularly in farming families. In addition to his wills trust and estates practice, Johnston has day to day financial responsibility for a Housing Association and a significant independent charity for disabled children.


Trained Blackadders; qualified 1985; partner 1988 to date; managing partner until 2022, specialising in private client having spent time in general commercial. Current directorship: Dundee City Developments Ltd.


STEP; Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.


High School of Dundee; University of Aberdeen (1984 LLB Dip LP).


Tennis, golf, watching football.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

Based primarily out of Dundee, the private client practice at Blackadders LLP handles the full gamut of matters related to tax issues, trusts and executries for individuals, families, trustees, and businesses. The team works closely with Wealth Management LLP; a firm-owned subsidiary advising clients on investment, inheritance tax and insurance. Johnston Clark and Laura McDowall manage the team alongside Gillian Brown in Glasgow. John Dargie in Aberdeen routinely advises on incapacity matters. Tabitha Bell recently joined the team from Drummond Miller LLP.