Murray Beith Murray

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Partners

Hugh Younger Senior Partner

Hugh Younger

Hugh is the Senior Partner and has more than 25 years experience of private client work. He specialises in wealth management and succession planning, and has a particular interest in estate planning for landowners.

Hugh’s work involves advising individuals and families on a range of complex legal and financial issues, including wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax and general financial management.

Hugh and his team advise a number of landowners on estate planning and rural property matters, and have significant experience in the purchase and sale of large houses, estates, farms and salmon fisheries. They also advise on issues relating to land use, including; agriculture, wind farms, forestry, buildings of historic interest, sporting leases, nature conservation and environmental issues.

Hugh is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and he is on the Board of Northern Venture Trust, which is a Venture Capital Trust.

Areas of work

  • Wealth management
  • Estate planning
  • Succession planning
  • Rural property
  • Land use and development

hugh.younger@murraybeith.co.uk

Sandy Burnett Partner

Sandy Burnett

Sandy specialises in residential property purchases and sales, with extensive experience in negotiating and marketing property. He has a particular interest in advising expats and foreign nationals on property matters in Scotland. One of the first Scottish solicitors to pioneer the “expat investor” market 20 years ago, he regularly visited the Far East and Dubai organising Scottish Property Road Shows.

Frequently quoted in the property press, Sandy’s views on the Scottish Property Market in general, and in the Edinburgh area in particular, are highly valued.

Sandy is a member of the Lay Advisory Committee for Scotland & Northern Ireland for Kidney Research UK and a past member of the Court of Directors for The Edinburgh Academy.

Areas of work

  • Residential purchases
  • Residential sales
  • Estate agency
  • Expat property investors
  • All aspects of the Edinburgh property market

sandy.burnett@murraybeith.co.uk

Ruthven Gemmell Partner

Ruthven Gemmell

Ruthven specialises in a broad range of private client issues, including wealth management, tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals and their families, trust law and asset protection.

Ruthven is a former President of the Law Society of Scotland and is a Vice President of the Council of European Bars and Law Societies. He is a part-time Judge in the Finance and Tax Chamber of The First Tier Tribunal and a member of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of The Upper Tribunal.

Ruthven is a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales), is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute, has membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and also holds a Diploma in Financial Planning with the Personal Finance Society.

Areas of work

  • Wills
  • Trust law
  • Estate planning
  • Tax planning
  • Financial management
  • Retirement planning

ruthven.gemmell@murraybeith.co.uk

Carole Hope Partner

Carole Hope

Carole heads up the Executry Group within the firm, where she advises clients on dealing with and transferring assets in the event of a death. She has particular expertise in handling contentious executries and experience of, and an interest in, aspects of cross-border succession.

Carole’s work involves advising on wills and estate planning and she also has over 25 years’ experience of advising charities and charitable trusts, which is underpinned by years of personal involvement in charitable organisations.

Carole is a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales), a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a board member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society. She speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on private client issues, cross-border succession and charity law.

Listed in the Legal 500 2013 as a Recommended Laywer. She is also listed in Chambers 2010 as a leader in her field, Carole is described as being “well regarded for contentious probate issues”. She was also the runner up in the “Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Probate Practice” category in the Association of Women Solicitor Awards 2010.

Areas of work

  • Executries
  • Contentious executries
  • Wills
  • Trust law
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Estate planning
  • Cross-border succession
  • Charities

carole.hope@murraybeith.co.uk

Peter Shand Partner

Peter Shand

Peter is a Partner and advises private clients on Wills, estate and tax planning, asset protection and charity law.

Before joining Murray Beith Murray, Peter worked as a corporate lawyer and he now advises on succession/wealth planning in the context of trusts, companies, partnerships, and other corporate vehicles. Peter’s expertise also covers inheritance and capital gains tax advice.

Peter is a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales). He is experienced in dealing with cross border issues relating to succession planning and trusts and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He also provides general financial advice and has membership of the Personal Finance Society.

Active in the Arts, Peter is currently a non-executive Director of Magnetic North Theatre Productions. He has experience of advising those involved in the charity sector on governance issues, legal structures and the set up/reorganisation of charities.

Areas of work

  • Estate planning (including taxation issues)
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts/Companies/Partnerships
  • English law
  • Charities

peter.shand@murraybeith.co.uk

Andrew Stephen Partner

Andrew Stephen

Andrew heads up the Property Group within the firm and handles a wide range of property transactions in Edinburgh and beyond.

Andrew’s work mainly involves advising on residential sales and purchases, as well as re-mortgages, transfers and repossession work.

He is supported by the firm’s Estate Agency team who handle the marketing of properties for sale. With particular expertise in the Edinburgh property market, Andrew is the firm’s representative for the ESPC.

Andrew also has expertise in commercial work for property and landowning clients.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys golf, cricket and rugby.

Areas of work

  • Residential purchases
  • Residential sales
  • Estate agency
  • Re-mortgages
  • Repossessions
  • Commercial land use and leasing
  • Executry conveyancing
  • All aspects of the Edinburgh property market

andrew.stephen@murraybeith.co.uk

Andrew Paterson Partner

Andrew Paterson

Andrew has over 10 years of experience advising individuals, families, trusts and charities throughout the UK and overseas.

Andrew’s specialities include Will drafting, tax and estate planning, all aspects of the Adults with Incapacity legislation (particularly Powers of Attorney and Guardianship Orders), complex trust queries (particularly trust reorganisations and the taxation of trusts) and the administration of complex and valuable executry estates.

Andrew also advises in relation to all aspects of Charity Law including establishment, reorganisation, governance issues and the duties of charity trustees.

He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a former tutor in the Private Client Course of the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh.

Areas of work

  • Wills
  • Estate Planning (including Taxation issues)
  • Trust Law
  • Powers of Attorney/Guardianship Orders
  • Charity Law

andrew.paterson@murraybeith.co.uk

Associates

Bill Meldrum Senior Associate

Bill Meldrum

Bill is a Senior Associate heading up the Commercial Property team. He has over 10 years’ experience in all areas of commercial property.

A graduate of the University of Dundee, he has worked in several high profile firms.

Bill’s areas of expertise include property finance, investment, commercial leasing, development, and energy acting for corporate clients, SMEs, family businesses and private individuals.

In his spare time Bill enjoys sailing, travel and scuba diving.

Areas of work

  • Property finance
  • Commercial leasing
  • Investment
  • Development
  • Energy

bill.meldrum@murraybeith.co.uk

Richard Black Associate

Richard Black

Richard Black is an Associate in the firm’s Rural Property Group. He joined the firm as a trainee in 1981, began specialising in rural property matters in 1985 and was made Associate in 1992.

His specialisation in rural property matters has given him a wealth of experience in representing clients of all kinds including individuals, partnerships, trusts, companies, pension funds and others in the purchase, sale and management of rural properties of all kinds. He has an ability to offer sound practical advice and tries wherever possible to take a solution-based approach to clients’ problems.

He acts for primarily land and estate owners and works for them in acquisitions, disposals, securities, leases, granting of servitudes and the numerous other matters on which legal input is required. Where necessary, he will act in conjunction with colleagues in Rural Property, Residential Property and other teams within the firm, as well as outside advisers to achieve the results and solutions the client requires.

Areas of work

  • Purchase and sale of estates, farms and salmon fisheries
  • Rural land management and development
  • Agricultural and sporting leases

richard.black@murraybeith.co.uk

Susan Mendelssohn Associate

Susan Mendelssohn

Susan joined the firm in January 2015 and is an Associate within the Asset Protection Group.

A graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde, she has held senior posts at established Edinburgh legal practices.

Her areas of expertise are Private client work, advising on such matters as Wills, Estate planning and Administration, Powers of Attorney, Law for the Elderly client) and residential Property law, acting for individuals and institutional clients.

She has a client-centred and friendly approach.

Out of the office, Susan enjoys golf, music/the arts and gardening.

Areas of work

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Residential property : Purchases, Sales, Remortgages, Title/boundary complexities

susan.mendelssohn@murraybeith.co.uk

Philip Buchan Associate

Philip Buchan

Philip is an Associate in our Rural Property team. He qualified in 2005 and is interested in the use of land and property, agricultural law and land reform. He deals with farms, sporting estates, forests and minerals, with a particular focus on the purchase and sale of high value farms and estates.

Philip has acted on behalf of private clients, development companies, trustees, banks and others in the UK and abroad. He is currently working towards dual-qualification (England & Wales).

Areas of work

  • Agricultural and Rural Property transactions
  • Sporting Rights
  • Servitudes

philip.buchan@murraybeith.co.uk

Jennifer Cummings Associate

Jennifer Cummings

Jennifer is an experienced litigator who gained significant experience in many different areas of commercial dispute resolution with a large commercial law firm before joining Murray Beith Murray’s Litigation team.

Jennifer provides advice to clients on a wide range of issues, including professional negligence, contract, common law and property law disputes. Jennifer has experience of advising clients in a variety of forums including representing clients in the Sheriff Courts and as instructing solicitor in the Court of Session.

Her main areas of practice include contractual disputes, property litigation, debt recovery, personal injury and professional negligence. She also has a particular interest in advising clients on alternative methods of dispute resolution such as commercial mediation in order to resolve matters at the best strategic point for her clients.

Areas of work

  • Litigation

jennifer.cummings@murraybeith.co.uk

Drew Taylor Associate

Drew Taylor

Drew has over thirty years of litigation experience acting for individuals, partnerships, SMEs, joint ventures and multi-nationals. He has worked for and been a partner in several prestigious Scottish law firms, including being Head of Litigation in two.

Drew has a wide experience of litigating in the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session, covering areas such as debt recovery, contract disputes, building and engineering disputes , delictual claims, personal injury, professional negligence, defamation, judicial factors, partnerships, guardianship orders, succession, interdict proceedings and general civil litigation.

Drew has represented parties in arbitrations, adjudications and mediations.

Areas of work

  • Litigation

drew.taylor@murraybeith.co.uk

Sophie Napier Associate

Sophie Napier

Sophie works in the firm's asset protection team and specialises in tax and estate planning for individuals, families and trusts. Sophie advises in relation to trust creation, administration and termination, lifetime and post death capital tax planning, Will drafting, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.

Sophie qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and was promoted to senior solicitor in 2014. Sophie is full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and received the student of the year award for the Taxation of Trusts and Estates (Scotland) exam in respect of the November 2014 sitting.

Areas of work

  • Trust law
  • Tax planning
  • Asset protection
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney

sophie.napier@murraybeith.co.uk

Caroline Pringle Associate

Caroline Pringle

Caroline works in the firm’s asset protection group and specialises in advising individuals and their families on a broad range of private client matters, with an emphasis on estate planning and capital taxation issues. This also includes advising on Wills, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney and Guardianships, as well as the creation, administration and termination of trusts.

Caroline trained with Murray Beith Murray and went on to join the firm as a solicitor in 2011.

Caroline is full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and received the STEP Worldwide Excellence Award for the STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates (Scotland) in respect of the November 2015 sitting.

Caroline has been named as one of eprivateclient’s Top 35 Under 35 2016.

Areas of work

  • Trust law
  • Tax planning
  • Asset protection
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney

caroline.pringle@murraybeith.co.uk

Senior Solicitors

Alastair Marshall Senior Solicitor

Alastair Marshall

Alastair is Senior Solicitor within our Residential Property team who has over 15 years of experience of dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing transactions. He is also a Notary Public.

Areas of work

  • Residential purchases
  • Residential sales
  • Estate agency
  • Re-mortgages
  • Transfers of Title
  • Executry conveyancing
  • All aspects of the Edinburgh property market

alastair.marshall@murraybeith.co.uk

Fraser Scott Senior Solicitor

Fraser Scott

Fraser works in the firm’s asset protection group and specialises in advising individuals and their families on a broad range of private client matters.

Areas of work

  • Trust law
  • Tax planning
  • Asset protection
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney

fraser.scott@murraybeith.co.uk

Ruth Montgomery Senior Solicitor

Ruth Montgomery

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Ruth completed a traineeship specialising in residential conveyancing. Since joining the firm she has become a valued member of the Residential Property team. Her focus is on purchase and sale transactions but Ruth also looks after remortgages, transfers of title and other property matters.

ruth.montgomery@murraybeith.co.uk

Nicola Roberts Senior Solicitor

Nicola Roberts

Nicola is in our Rural Property team. She deals with farms, sporting estates, forests and minerals, with a particular focus on the purchase and sale of high value farms and estates.

Areas of work

  • Agricultural and Rural Property transactions

nicola.roberts@murraybeith.co.uk

Tax Specialists

Laura Brown Head of Tax

Laura Brown

With over 20 years’ experience in private client wealth management and tax matters, Laura heads Murray Beith Murray’s tax department.

Prior to joining Murray Beith Murray, Laura gained considerable experience with two other leading Edinburgh Law Firms. Laura is experienced in all areas of taxation which concern individuals, trust and executries, covering income tax, capital gains tax, international tax and the interaction of taxes. Laura specialises in reviewing the financial affairs of individuals and trusts with a view to identifying tax planning opportunities and tax efficient schemes.

Laura is keen to support the local community and as Chair of the Leith Academy Parent Council, is actively involved in supporting the pupils and events at the school. Laura is also on an approved panel to assist with the recruitment of teaching staff.

Areas of work

  • Income Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Taxation of Trusts and Estates
  • International Tax for individuals & Trustees
  • Tax Planning & Tax Compliance

laura.brown@murraybeith.co.uk

Neil Ross Tax Consultant

Neil Ross

Neil joined the firm in 2016 as a Tax Consultant, having been in sole practice in Edinburgh for eighteen years as a private client accountant and tax adviser. Neil assists with the supervision of the firm’s tax compliance function.

Neil is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in personal taxation. He has considerable experience of helping clients to understand complicated tax issues and presenting practical solutions.

Areas of work

  • Personal Taxation
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Compliance
  • Business Taxation
  • HMRC Compliance Checks

neil.ross@murraybeith.co.uk

Keith Graham Tax Assistant

Keith Graham

Keith joined the tax team at Murray Beith Murray in February 2016 having previously worked in an Edinburgh accountancy firm.

Keith specialises in personal and trust taxation and manages a portfolio of clients providing a tax compliance service as well as providing advice in relation to income tax and capital gains tax.

He previously studied accountancy at Dundee University and in 2015, Keith qualified as a member of The Association of Taxation Technicians. Keith is currently studying for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Diploma for Scotland.

Areas of work

  • Personal Taxation
  • Trust Taxation
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Compliance
  • HMRC Compliance Checks

keith.graham@murraybeith.co.uk

Kerry MacBeth Tax Manager

Kerry MacBeth

Kerry joined the tax team at Murray Beith Murray in February 2017 having previously worked in an Edinburgh Legal firm, an Edinburgh Accountants and HM Revenue and Customs.

Kerry is responsible for tax compliance work for individuals, trusts and executries.

In addition to compliance work, Kerry provides income and capital gains tax planning advice to individuals with a specialism in land and property transactions.

Kerry is qualified as a member of The Association of Taxation Technicians and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Areas of work

  • Personal Taxation
  • Trust Taxation
  • Tax Compliance
  • HMRC Compliance Checks

kerryanne.macbeth@murraybeith.co.uk

Management

Fiona Petrie Finance Director

Fiona Petrie

Fiona has over 18 years experience as a financial controller before joining Murray Beith Murray at the end of 2016.

fiona.petrie@murraybeith.co.uk

Latest News

New Appointment

We are continuing to develop our tax department by welcoming our newly appointed Tax Manager Kerry MacBeth.

Promotions Announcement

Murray Beith Murray is delighted to announce several promotions across various departments.

Changes will make young heirs a little wealthier

There is nothing as certain as death and taxes. In the same context, 2017 has prompted a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on inheritances and inequality across and within generations.

Latest Blog

Laura Brown: Are You a Scottish Taxpayer?

The simple answer will be “YES” if you reside in Scotland and therefore have a Scottish address. Do you know there is a difference between the tax rate bands for a Scottish taxpayer and taxpayers from the rest of the UK?

Philip Buchan: Land Reform and Agricultural Holdings Update – May 2017

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the Act”) was enacted just over a year ago on 22 April 2016. The Act is being brought into force in stages by secondary legislation. So far, five Commencement Orders have been made, implementing various parts of the Act and further Orders are expected this year and next.

Laura Brown: A Political Decision Which May Pay Dividends

What looked to be the longest Finance Bill in history has been whittled down to a shadow of its former self with the Government deciding to remove a staggering 72 of the planned 135 clauses which equates to over half of the Finance Bill being postponed until after the UK General Election in June.