Norman is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading private client lawyers. He specialises in advising high net worth individuals and their families in relation to succession planning, asset protection, inheritance tax mitigation, wills, trusts, executries (probate) and incapacity planning. Norman is the trusted legal adviser to a wide range of clients, from the relatively well off, to some of Scotland’s wealthiest families. As well as being a lawyer, Norman is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, and is well known for his financial acumen and commercial approach. He has a particular interest and expertise in winding up complex estates involving family businesses, and excels in providing advice to entrepreneurs regarding the important interaction across personal, wider family and business interests.
Norman particularly enjoys working as part of a team of specialist family advisers, including accountants, investment managers and independent financial advisers. Clients and their other professional advisers comment on his down-to-earth manner and his ability to give clear and concise advice that is free of legal jargon.
The Legal 500 2015 call Norman 'extremely knowledgeable'.
Chambers & Partners 2017 note that Norman is a 'leader in the field'. A source outlines his strengths, enthusing that:
He is very thorough in the work he does with clients, and carries a lot of kudos and authority. He is exceptionally business-orientated. He deals with both individuals and families as a group and looks at how their interests and their business can be protected.
Chambers & Partners 2017