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

Brodies LLP
G1 3BX

Work Department

Personal and family.


Norman is recognised as one of the 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. Norman is the trusted legal adviser to a wide range of clients, from the relatively well-off to some of Scotland’s wealthiest families. As well as being a lawyer, he is also a fully qualified chartered accountant, and 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 interest. Norman particularly enjoys working as part of a team of specialist family advisers, including accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers. Clients and their other professional advisers comment on his down-to-earth manner and his ability to give clear and concise advice that is free of legal jargon.


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 > Contentious trusts and probate

Mark Stewart leads the contentious trusts practice at Brodies LLP, drawing on his experience as the firm’s head of its personal and family team, while Alan Barr, head of the firm’s personal tax planning team, focuses on trust disputes with complex tax issues. Christine O’Neill has significant experience of acting to remove trustees, strike down contested wills, and establish adult incapacity. The practice is well-versed in handling complex disputes concerning the estates of high net worth individuals, and has considerable experience in cases where contested assets are found in multiple jurisdictions. Norman Kennedy and Angela McCulloch, both based in Glasgow, advise wealthy individuals and high-value companies respectively. Susanne Batchelor is adept at handling cases with an international aspect.

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

Brodies LLP has a large bench of specialist partners spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen; the team advises many of Scotland’s wealthiest families, and has notable expertise in the use of family investment companies and family limited partnerships for estate planning. Mark Stewart leads the practice from Aberdeen; he focuses on estate planning, succession planning, tax planning, trusts and executries and is dual-qualified in Scotland and in England and Wales, enabling him to effectively deal with cross-border matters. He works in tandem with personal tax planning head Alan Barr, who is based in Edinburgh. In the Glasgow office, Norman Kennedy is able to draw on his skills as a fully-qualified chartered accountant – he is praised for his ‘exceptionally high level of commercial acumen’.