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Tornagrain | New Town Development

We act for Tornagrain Limited, part of the Moray Estates group, in connection with the development of the Tornagrain new town.

Viking Energy | Wind Farm Development

We act for Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP in respect of the major wind farm development on mainland Shetland.

Family Matters – Legal Considerations for Parents and Carers

Becoming a parent can also be all consuming, but there are a number of legal matters you should

Sarah-Jane Macdonald

Legal Director, Private Client

Whilst Sarah-Jane advises on all aspects of Private Client law, she has a particular interest in trust law and contentious trusts and estates, with experience in alternative dispute resolution for executors and trustees.

Sarah-Jane has had various successes with mediation and is keen to promote its use and advise clients or other practitioners considering this route.  She also recently won the Core @ 20 Mediation Challenge in 2021.

She advises on various intricate trust matters, including tax efficient methods of passing assets to the next generation in what can be largescale restructures of estates and the variation of trust deeds via the court where appropriate.

Sarah-Jane is also a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and sits on the “STEP” Scotland Committee.  She previously attained both the STEP Diploma, and an Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes with Distinction and won a STEP Worldwide Excellence Award for her Trusts exam.

Sarah-Jane authored “A Practical Guide to Legal Rights in Scotland” which was published in January 2022.



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Sarah-Jane Macdonald impresses with her personable nature, thorough understanding of the issues at hand and proactive approach.

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Recent News & Insights by Sarah-Jane

17 February 2022 | Time to read: 6 mins

Legal Rights: The Scottish problem and interaction with Trusts

By Sarah-Jane Macdonald

With domicile being incredibly fluid in this modern world, cross-border estates are becoming commonplace.

01 February 2022 | Time to read: 3 mins

New book, “A Practical Guide to Legal Rights in Scotland” authored by Associate, Sarah-Jane Macdonald, has been published

By Sarah-Jane Macdonald

A “practical guide”, which covers the key principles of legal rights, common issues, hidden traps and tax implications to look...

01 December 2021 | Time to read: 3 mins

Trust Registration Update

By Sarah-Jane Macdonald

The Trust Registration Service (“TRS”) was created by HM Revenue Customs in 2017 to create a register of trusts in...

Tags: Trusts

10 November 2021 | Time to read: 5 mins

Mediation Awareness Week

By Sarah-Jane Macdonald

Mediation Awareness Week is encouraging people to share their experiences in mediation in a variety of circumstances.

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