Private Client - Scotland
Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh, Glasgow
What the team is known for Remains a leader in the Scottish private client field, offering a wide range of services at the highest level, with a specialist focus on family businesses and partnership matters. Well equipped to handle complex issues relating to offshore work, through its Guernsey office and through practitioners with expertise in US succession laws.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They have made it their business to understand the particular needs of their clients and tailor their advice accordingly."
Client service: "Top-notch advice and execution. I could not recommend them more unequivocally as the perfect legal partner."
Market standing: "A premier league side - head and shoulders above everyone else in the market!"
What's new? The firm opened a Glasgow office in 2012, with a number of partners now spending time in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Douglas Connell is widely regarded as the leading light of the Scottish private client world, with a wealth of experience in dealing with tax implications for high net worth clients. He also offers an understanding of matters relating to cultural and heritage property.
Succession and tax planning specialist Robin Fulton continues to impress and is revered as a highly experienced practitioner by the market.
Managing partner Ian Clark maintains an active practice focusing on providing tax and trust advice to resident and non-domiciled clients. "He really stands out," said one interviewee, adding: "I have a lot of admiration for him."
Simon Mackintosh remains a solid name for all aspects of onshore and offshore asset protection work.
Tom Duguid has been rewarded for building an enviable private client practice with promotion to the partnership. He is well versed in cross-border tax and succession laws.