Turcan Connell’s first ever trainee Alexander Garden becomes chairman



Pictured: Gillian Crandles and Alexander Garden

Turcan Connell has announced the appointment of its current head of tax and succession, Alexander Garden, as its new chairman. He joined the firm as its first trainee only weeks after it opened its doors in 1997.

He will take over the role from the firm’s first chairman, Simon Mackintosh, on 1 July and will lead the firm alongside managing partner, Gillian Crandles.

One of the country’s foremost private client lawyers, Mr Garden specialises in tax and succession planning, advising on issues concerning succession, trusts, taxation and asset protection.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, currently chairs its Scottish Taxes Technical Committee and is accredited as a specialist in trust law by the Law Society of Scotland.

Mr Garden said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been appointed Chairman and I very much look forward to working alongside Gillian and our fellow partners and colleagues as we steer a course of continued growth over the years ahead.

“In taking over from Simon I have distinguished shoes to fill, but having been with the Firm since its inception almost 22 years ago, I am excited about the opportunities looking forward.

“We have a very clear Turcan Connell culture, with our clients and the delivery of excellent service to them at the centre of everything that we do. In chairing the Partnership my aim is to hold to our key values and guide the Firm in an empathetic and progressive manner.”

Mr Mackintosh, who will continue with the firm as a consultant, said: “Turcan Connell prides itself on consistently developing and retaining talented individuals. As a Firm, we have a clear focus on providing succession planning advice to clients and it is very pleasing to be practicing what we preach.

“Around half our current partners began their journey as trainees of the firm and I warmly welcome as my successor, the person who was our very first trainee over 20 years ago.”



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