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

Blackadders LLP

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 now 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

Blackadders LLP has recently expanded its offering with the 2019 acquisitions of Morisons’ private client team in Glasgow and Aberdeen’s Plenderleath Runcie. Managing partner Johnston Clark leads the private client team from Dundee; he is personally authorised by the FCA as chief executive of the firm’s wealth management sister LLP. The team works with a range of individuals, families, trustees, executors, businesses and local authorities – with key clients including The Salvation Army, Glasgow City Council and The V&A of Dundee – advising on matters relating to wills, powers of attorney, trusts, tax and executries. Laura McDowall has a particular specialism in incapacity and mental disability law.