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

Brodies LLP
AB10 6SD

Work Department

Private client.


Partner and Head of the Personal & Family Departmenet. Dealing with succession planning; estate planning; trust formations and management; executry administration; charity law and regulation; capital tax planning; asset protection; tax planning for trustees; incapacity planning.


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 > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Mark StewartBrodies LLP

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

(Leading individuals)

Mark StewartBrodies LLP

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’.