Alan is Head of Personal Tax Planning, based in Edinburgh, and one of Scotland's best-known tax and private client practitioners. As well as estate planning and all that comes from that, he covers the full range of taxes. He has expertise in capital taxes and property tax issues including land and buildings transaction tax. He has contributed to authoritative publications in relation to wills, tax planning and trusts; and is a co-author of the leading book 'Drafting Wills in Scotland'.

Alan brings a broad depth of legal knowledge and experience to transactions and planning for a wide range of clients, from very wealthy individuals to those with more modest needs – including the interface between their personal and business interests. Hugely respected within the legal and wealth planning professions, Alan is the ’go-to‘ lawyer for other professionals in this field where difficult issues require to be tackled.

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Alan's knowledge of private client work is vast and he works collaboratively with clients to find the right solution for them.

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Key highlights

  • Lecturer in tax at Edinburgh University.
  • Serves on several Law Society and other advisory committees, on tax and private client matters.
  • Has delivered an annual seminar to more than 300 fellow professionals for over 30 years.
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  • Ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Private Wealth Law by Chambers UK High Net Worth Guide.
  • Ranked in the Hall of Fame in Legal 500 UK 2024.
  • Ranked individual in Tax by Chambers UK 2024.
  • Leading Individual (Band 1) in Legal 500 UK for Personal Tax, Trusts and Executries and Corporate Tax.
  • Recently identified by Citywire Wealth Manager as one of 'The top ten lawyers every wealth manager needs to know'.