Gavin is a Partner working principally in the fields of charity law, succession, trusts, tax and asset protection. He is the Deputy Head of Turcan Connell's Charities Legal Team, a member of the firm's Charity Unit and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. He is a member of the Charity Law Reform Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.
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.
Gavin is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and trained at W & J Burness WS and Turcan Connell. He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and became a Partner at Turcan Connell in April 2010. He has a broad interest in opera and the arts. Gavin is an elder of St. Giles' Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh, and is involved in the management of the Cathedral’s activities as well as its broader charitable works.
He is a member of the editorial board of the Scottish Private Client Law Review and co-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.
Gavin is a trustee of a number of charities, including Live Music Now Scotland, of which he is the chairman, and the Edinburgh International Festival Society, where he is chair of the audit committee.