Main areas of practice are tax, succession and charities. Work includes tax and succession planning, heritage property, charity law and practice and trust establishment, variation and practice (often with an international element). Lead Partner for a number of Turcan Connell's major family and charity clients. Past Convener of the Law Society of Scotland Tax Law Committee and of Law Society of Scotland Charity Law sub-Committee; Executive Committee, Charity Law Association.
Charity Law Association; International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Partner W & J Burness WS 1985-1997; Partner Turcan Connell 1997 and Chairman 2015; Consultant to Macphie of Glenbervie Ltd and past Board Member of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Member of The McFadden Commission. Former Chairman of the Court of Directors of The Edinburgh Academy and of Pension Trustees for The Scottish Episcopal Church.
Co-author of 'Revenue Law in Scotland', 1987. Contributor to Bloomsbury Professional's 'Scottish Older Client Law Service' and Jordans Charity Administration Service. Co-author of "Trust and Estates in Scotland", Bloomsbury. Contributor to "Law and Practice of International Charitable Giving", OUP, 2012; and to "A practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland", Thomson Reuters, 2016.
Golf, gardening and rugby.