September 2013 saw the launch of The Legal 500 UK Awards 2013. This is an awards occasion unique within the legal industry, bringing together the best of the best from not just law firms and barristers' chambers, but also the very best in-house lawyers and general counsel operating within the UK market.

We are delighted to announce that we have maintained our excellent reputation for our private client work, receiving top-tier recommendations in the following categories.

Agricultures and estates

Within agriculture and estates, Turcan Connell is a first tier firm, Turcan Connell fields one of the market's largest agricultural practices, with dedicated teams covering contentious matters and renewable energy issues. The well-respected Jon Robertson heads the practice.

Charities and not-for-profit

Within charities and not-for-profit, Turcan Connell is a first tier firm, Turcan Connell is singled out as delivering 'work and advice of the highest possible standard'. Clients include the Shetland Charitable Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, and the RSPB. Simon Mackintosh heads the team.

Contentious trusts and probate

Within contentious trusts and probate, Turcan Connell is a first tier firm, Turcan Connell's client base includes charities, entrepreneurs and landowners, for which it handles contentious matters. David Ogilvy and accredited trust law specialist Peter Littlefield are the key contacts.


Within family, Turcan Connell is a first tier firm, Turcan Connell is a market leader for family law matters, and provides 'the highest quality of service'. The 'experienced' and 'pragmatic' Alasdair Loudon leads the divorce and family law team, and the 'professional' and 'approachable' Gillian Crandles is also recommended. 2012 saw the practice bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Noel Ferry and senior solicitor Roger Mackenzie from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

Personal tax, trusts and executries

Within personal tax, trusts and executries, Turcan Connell is a first tier firm, Turcan Connell remains the market leader in this area, and increased its number of dedicated partners to 11 with Tom Duguid's promotion in 2012. Team head Douglas Connell heads the practice, and the 'extremely able' Robin Fulton is also recommended.

We were also tiered for the following categories:


Within employment, Turcan Connell is a third tier firm, David Ogilvy heads Turcan Connell's employment team, and is recommended for his 'clear, impartial and wise advice'. Clients include Edinburgh Zoo, the National Trust and Alzheimer Scotland.


Within energy (excluding oil and gas), tier 4 Turcan Connell is best known for its market-leading private client practice, which regularly crosses over into the renewables field. Jon Robertson has 'a first-class understanding of the sector'.

Ian Clark
– Managing Partner said"We are delighted that we have held our Band 1 status for all our core practice areas. It is also very satisfying that we have achieved tier 1 ranking within the new Contentious trusts and probate category. These results confirm our leading position amongst private client firms.

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