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Alan Eccles

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Brodies LLP

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Personal and family.


Alan’s work covers three main areas: charities; private client and parliamentary matters. Much of Alan’s practice involves advising on charity law. Alan assists charities, individuals and coporates in charity law, social enterprise (including charities engaged in trading and projects such as renewables), CSR, governance training and philanthropy. Alan has been heavily involved in early developments in charity law such as Scottish Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs), reorganisations, mergers and social enterprise. Alan’s private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. He is the author of the Scotland chapter in the textbook International Succession. As part of his private client advice, Alan often advises on incapacity law (powers of attorney, court appointed guardianship and other methods of managing the affairs of those less able to do so). This has involved acting in some of the leading Scottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. He has developed experience advising on parliamentary matters for charities and charitable activities including advising the Burrell Collection (lending and borrowing) (Scotland) Act 2014.


Research assistant at Scottish Law Commission 2002-03; Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (latterly as partner) 2003-14; Partner at Brodies 2014-present; part-time lecturer at University of Strathclyde 2004-present.


Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law and Mental Health and Disability Law Committees.


Glasgow Academy; University of Strathclyde LLB (Hons); Law 1st class honours; Glasgow Graduate School of Law Diploma in legal practice, law.

Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Alan Eccles - Brodies LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent and practical advice’ to a mixture of individual philanthropy clients, family foundations, in addition to large corporate and institutional charities. Drawing on its ‘strong understanding of the regulatory sector’, the group is well versed in the use of corporate vehicles to establish charitable organisations, including community benefit societies, community interest companies and Scottish charitable incorporate organisations (SCIOs). The group continues to advise the OSCR on a range of matters, including all aspects of the appointment of a judicial factor to Scotia Aid Sierra Leone (a charity accused of fraud and financial mismanagement). It also assisted JustRight Scotland with the establishment of a new human rights law and advocacy centre in Glasgow. The practice is co-led by Brenda Scott, whose focuses are corporate governance, constitution reform and charity trustee duties, and the ‘dynamic and highly specialistAlan Eccles, who is noted for possessing ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of charity law across all the UK jurisdictions’. ‘Safe pair of hands’ Helen Kidd and charitable trust expert Eric Galbraith are also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and executries

Within: Personal tax, trusts and executries

Brodies LLP’s ‘well-resourced and experienced’ team is ‘at the top of its game’, and adept at handling tax and estate planning matters for wealthy individuals and families and smaller value clients alike. It also has extensive expertise in the establishment of Family Investment Companies (FICs) and Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs); work that ‘extremely knowledgeableSusanne Batchelor is noted for, alongside her extensive cross-border asset practice. Mark Stewart leads the personal and family department while Alan Barr heads the personal tax planning group, which includes a number of chartered accountants. Other key practitioners include Norman Kennedy, who specialises in succession planning, asset protection, inheritance tax mitigation, trusts and incapacity planning; Alan Eccles, a ‘trusted adviser’ who is known for advising individuals, families, charities and family business on trust matters; and associate Leigh Gould.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Brodies LLP acts for clients across the media and entertainment sphere on the full spectrum of legal services, including defamation, pre-publication and –broadcast advice, reputation management, privacy issues, FOI requests, and data protection. Practice head and regulatory expert, Christine O’Neill provides holiday and out-of-hours advice to BBC Scotland journalists and current affairs staff. Martin Sloan assisted the Chinese mobile gaming company, Skymoons Interactive, in establishing a UK subsidiary in Edinburgh and continues to advise the client on IP issues, contractual matters, employment and immigration law. Sports expert and managing associate Andy Nolan assisted 77 Management with legal aspects of the Andy Murray Live tennis event, including sponsorship agreements, a venue agreement with SSE Hydro, a broadcasting agreement with Eurosport, a player agreement with Mansour Bahrami and various service agreements. Alan Eccles is noted for his ‘excellent knowledge’ of charity and media law. Tony Jones QC joined the team from BTO Solicitors LLP in June 2018.

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