Norman Kennedy > Brodies LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
G1 3BX

Work Department

Personal and family.


Norman is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading private client lawyers. He specialises in advising high net worth individuals and their families in relation to succession planning, asset protection, inheritance tax mitigation, wills, trusts, executries (probate) and incapacity planning.

As well as being a lawyer, Norman is well known for his financial acumen and commercial approach. He has a particular interest and expertise in winding up complex estates involving family businesses and excels in providing advice to entrepreneurs regarding the important interaction across personal, wider family and business interests. Norman particularly enjoys working as part of a team of specialist family advisers, including accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers.


Trained at EY as a CA 1991-94; trained at McGrigors 1997-99; Turcan Connell 1999-2001; Senior solicitor Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 2001-03; Associate 2003-04; Partner 2004-14; Brodies 2014-present.


Inverness Royal Academy, University of Glasgow 1987-91; BAcc 1991; LLB 1993; dip legal practice 1994; University of Edinburgh 1994-97.



Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

Fielding a team of dedicated lawyers across its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices, Brodies LLP places a premium on high-value estate planning, succession planning, tax planning, trusts and executries. Retained by a roster of wealthy families and high-net-worth individuals, the team is led by Mark Stewart, whose practice is characterised by notable cross-border capabilities, owing to his dual qualification in Scotland and England and Wales. Tax planning specialist Alan Barr is sought after for his knowledge of domestic taxes diverging from the rest of the UK, notably income tax and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax. Norman Kennedy, for his part, specialises in winding up complex estates involving family businesses, while Susanne Batchelor shines in the area of family limited partnerships.

Scotland > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Leveraging expertise from the firm’s highly respected commercial litigation department and its and wider private client teams, the contentious trust offering at Brodies LLP encompasses a diverse range of disputes. It flourishes in disputes emanating from the validity of wills, executry disputes concerning business assets and disputes relating to the winding up of estates. The department is led by Mark Stewart and Christine O’Neill, the latter of whom has particular expertise in actions to remove trustees, claims of breach of trust, and actions to strike down contested wills. The ‘intelligent and commercialAngela McCulloch, tax disputes specialist Alan Barr, cross-border trusts expert Susanne Batchelor and Norman Kennedy are other key names to note.