Shepherd and Wedderburn builds up Scottish private client practice

Shepherd and Wedderburn has acquired Dentons’ Scottish private client team, creating one of Scotland’s largest private client practices

The arrival of the 20-strong team, led by partners Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham, will increase the size of Shepherd and Wedderburn’s private client practice to 46.

The firm, which was founded in 1768, has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. It specialises in asset protection, personal tax planning, trusts, executries and succession planning support available to clients.

The Dentons team joins on 1 April and will continue to be based primarily in Glasgow.

Eleanor Kerr, who currently leads the Dentons team, has over 30 years’ experience in private practice and specialises in a wide range of private client matters with particular emphasis on trusts and succession law, tax and estate planning.

Alexis Graham advises high net worth individuals on all aspects of personal estate planning, including wills, powers of attorney, trust formation and administration, succession planning and charity formation. She has 15 years’ experience in private practice, with particular expertise in charity law, regularly advising charity trustees on the administration of charitable organisations.

Andrew Blain, managing partner of Shepherd and Wedderburn, said: ‘We have been looking at opportunities to invest in and grow our private client practice for some time and are delighted to be acquiring Dentons’ private client practice in Scotland.

‘Attracting a team of this calibre adds further strength and depth to our existing and highly regarded private client practice. Eleanor and Alexis are recognised as leaders in their field and together have over 45 years’ experience.

‘Their clients, who value their expertise, technical skills and their practical, accessible approach, will also benefit from the support of our other specialists with relevant expertise in areas such as rural property, family businesses, and contentious wills and trusts.’

Eleanor Kerr, who will lead Shepherd and Wedderburn’s private client team in Glasgow, said: ‘Like Shepherd and Wedderburn, the Dentons team has a long history, going back to Maclay Murray & Spens and, before that, McGrigor Donald.

‘The combination of what are two well established, heavyweight private client practices is a game-changer in the provision of private client services in Scotland, presenting new and exciting opportunities for our clients and for us.’

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