Gavin McEwan

Gavin McEwan is a Partner and Head of Charities at Turcan Connell working principally in the fields of charity law, succession, trusts and tax. As well as being the Head of Turcan Connell's Charities Legal Team, he is also a member of the firm's inter-disciplinary 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 and the Charity Law Association Standing Tax Committee.

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 General Editor of the Scottish Private Client Law Review and author of the Scottish chapter of Tolley's Charities Manual, the Scottish chapter of the Global Guide to Charity Law, and a co-author of W Green’s Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland. 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. He is a member of the board of directors of The Dean Cemetery Trust Limited.

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Charity regulation in Scotland
Practice notes

This Practice Note deals with the regulation of charities in Scotland. It indicates the powers and responsibilities of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as well as detailing notifiable events, accounting procedures and the regulation of fundraising.

Fundraising regulation in Scotland
Practice notes

This Practice Note is written by Gavin McEwan of Turcan Connell. It describes how fundraising by charities is regulated in Scotland. It also discusses the role of the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice as it applies to Scotland, cross-border fundraising complaints and the regimes dealing with street collections and house-to-house collections. It also covers solicitation statements which must be made by persons carrying out fundraising on behalf of a charity, as well as fundraising statements which set out the terms on which a professional fundraiser can solicit funds for a particular charity.

Restricted funds of charities in Scotland
Practice notes

This Practice Note written by Gavin McEwan of Turcan Connell describes the restricted funds regime for Scottish charities with reference to designated funds, restricted funds and endowments (also referred to as permanent, non-expendable or income-only endowments). It also discusses the reorganisation process by way of an application to the Office of the Scottish Regulator, as well as a cy-près application to the Court of Session.

Scottish charity law—overview
Practice notes

This Practice Note on Scottish charity law, written by Gavin McEwan of Turcan Connell, provides a brief indication of its history and development, as well as its principal legal sources, legislation and some key tax and cross-border issues.

Practice areas


  • Scottish Panel
  • Specialist Panel


  • University of Strathclyde

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