Turcan ConnellCorporate Partner
At Turcan Connell, the close working relationships we maintain with our charity clients allow us to provide dispute resolution advice in the most appropriate and effective manner. Our dedicated team of solicitors advise clients in relation to their responsibilities and duties as trustees and on charity regulation issues. We regularly advise charity clients in relation to property related matters and can bring our considerable experience to bear in identifying the most efficient means of achieving solutions and resolving disputes. In addition the team has experience of advising charitable organisations in relation to the recovery of inappropriately applied grant monies.
Our experience of the various methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation arbitration and litigation allows us to provide charities with focused and practical advice. We offer a service advising clients in relation to their intellectual property rights and any remedies that may be available for a breach of those rights. We regularly conduct cases in the Court of Session in Edinburgh and the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and can guide you through the process whether you are pursuing an action or defending your rights.
Peter Littlefield – Partner
Specialisms: contentious probate, succession planning, trust law, will drafting, tax planning, asset protection, executry administration and charities, with clients based mainly in Scotland.
Peter graduated with an MA (Hons) degree in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh before completing his LLB degree and Diploma in Legal Practice. He joined Turcan Connell in 2002 and was assumed as a Partner in April 2011. Peter specialises in tax and estate planning for private clients, including entrepreneurs and landowners. His work includes advice in connection with complex issues arising out of estates and post-death tax planning. He also advises a number of major national charities on Scots succession law. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on succession and trust law.
Gavin McEwan, Partner and Head of Charities
Specialisms: charity law, succession, trusts, tax and asset protection, with clients based mainly in Scotland.
A graduate of University of Strathclyde, he trained at W & J Burness WS and Turcan Connell, qualifying in 1998 as a Solicitor. Assumed as a Partner at Turcan Connell in April 2010, he is also the Head of Charities, a member of the firm’s Charity Unit and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. Gavin’s work in the area of charity law includes the establishment and reorganisation of charities, from Royal Charter bodies and major public trusts to smaller active and grant-making charities. He also advises a number of national institutions, arts bodies and historic houses. He is a member of the Charity Law Reform Committee of the Law Society of Scotland and the Charity Law Association Standing Tax Committee. He is General Editor of the Scottish Private Client Law Review and author of the Scottish chapter of Tolley’s Charities Manual. He is also Scottish legal adviser to the Which? publications What to do When Someone Dies and The Which? Guide to Wills and Probate.