Alan is a Director based in our Edinburgh office and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law, having advised clients exclusively in that area since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002, having trained with niche employment firm, Mackay Simon.
He provides pragmatic and commercial advice, mainly to employer clients, across a range of sectors, on all aspects of employment law, including complex disciplinary, grievance and discrimination law issues as well as collective redundancy situations, TUPE (with particular experience of private finance projects in the health and education sectors and also in multi-party litigation), contractual advice, restructuring, working time, minimum wage, collective/trade union issues and industrial action.
He has appeared in employment tribunals across the UK as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and also dealt with a number of complex high-value mediations. He regularly speaks and writes on employment law issues as well as delivering training for HR professionals and managers.
Alan also has a keen interest and particular expertise in human rights, data protection, freedom of information, privacy, and social media issues, having undertaken a masters degree (LLM) in Human Rights Law. He has published a chapter of commentary on employment law cases involving human rights issues within the Scottish Human Rights Service and also a practical chapter on employment law within the ICAS syllabus textbook Business Law in Scotland.
He tutors and lectures postgraduate law students in employment law on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University, having previously tutored in employment law for many years at Heriot-Watt University. He is also on the Board of the Free Legal Advice Centre run by Edinburgh University and as a volunteer there supervises postgraduate law students providing free legal advice to members of the public.
Alan is a member of the firm’s Food and Drink team and regularly advises clients in that sector.