Mark Stewart > Brodies LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
AB10 6SD

Work Department

Private client.


Mark heads up the firm’s Personal and Family Practice area. His principal areas of practice include succession planning, asset protection, trusts, executries and personal tax planning. Mark acts for a broad range of individual clients and trustees, including some of the wealthiest families in the country. They rely on him for his practical and technical advice and appreciate his ability to clearly communicate complex legal and tax matters. 

With 25 years of experience, Mark is very much a private client specialist. He believes that it is necessary to advise clients with an overall understanding of their unique objectives, assets, business interests and family relationships. Mark is based in the firm’s Aberdeen office, although he is often spotted in all corners of the country, meeting clients or speaking at conferences.


Trained Murray Beith Murray, qualified 1996. Trainee, Murray Beith Murray (1994-2006); trainee, solicitor, associate, partner, head of private client; Anderson Shaw & Gilbert (2006-2008) director Stronachs LLP (2008-2012); partner Brodies LLP (2012).


Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in trust law; Law Society of England and Wales; convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s Trusts Law Accreditation Panel. Member (and former Chairman of) STEP Scotland.


Gairloch High School; University of Edinburgh (1993 1st class honours); College of Law; LLB; diploma in legal practice (1994); qualified lawyers transfer test (2000).


Mountaineering, mountain and road biking.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

(Leading individuals)

Mark StewartBrodies LLP

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

(Leading individuals)

Mark StewartBrodies LLP

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.