Ian Macdonald


  • Qualified as a solicitor in both Scotland and England & Wales
  • Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialist in trusts law
  • Notary Public
  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Member of STEP Worldwide Council representing Scotland 2007-2013 and again from January 2017
  • Member of STEP's Professional Development Committee and Scottish Branch Committee
  • Member of Law Society of Scotland's Tax Committee

I help individual clients, families and family businesses protect, manage and transfer their property and assets through wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other structures.

I explore with clients what they want to achieve and then help them create the best legal and financial structures to achieve this in the most tax-efficient way. 

This often involves advising multiple generations of the same family, and there are a number of cases where I have helped a family keep, maintain and grow their wealth down the generations.

I am qualified to practise in England and Wales as well as in Scotland and am accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in trusts law. I have been a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) for 25 years. I represent Scotland on STEP's Worldwide Council and am a member of STEP’s Professional Development and Scotland Branch Committees. I was founder member of the STEP Business Families Special Interest Group and served as it's Deputy Chair from 2007 to 2017. 

Recent Activity

I have discussed with clients complex personal and family situations and have put in place wills, trust and other structures to ensure that their assets - including some unusual and valuable types of property - were protected and passed to their chosen beneficiaries.

I gave independent legal advice to the trustees of a large Employee Benefit Trust on a re-organisation of the trust and its assets which was proposed by the company.

I have presented a number of seminars on estate planning, trusts and tax for the Law Society of Scotland, STEP and within the firm

I provided the introduction to an important new book on Family Governance, produced in association with STEP.  More details can be found here.