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Brodies LLP

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Alan Barr

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Brodies LLP

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Private client.


Partner specialising in all areas of trusts, tax, succession and related matters, but especially in relation to private clients, property,  LBTT and VAT.


Trained Guild & Guild WS; qualified 1984; Brodies LLP 1997; partner 2002; Honourary fellow, school of law, The University of Edinburgh (current); co-author ‘Drafting Wills in Scotland’ (2nd edition, Bloomsbury, 2009) and ‘Tax for Litigation Lawyers’ (W Green, 2000); contributor of frequent articles on tax matters for the ‘Journal of Law Society of Scotland’ and other professional periodicals.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Notary Public.


Glasgow Academy; University of Edinburgh (1979 MA; 1981 LLB; 1982 Dip Legal Practice).


Sport (observational role), film, food.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

The team at Brodies LLP provides 'very measured, constructive advice - nothing flash, just pragmatic and reliable'. Isobel D’Inverno and Alan Barr lead the team, which provides tax support on M&A and real estate transactions, advises on tax issues in the oil and gas sector and handles investment funds-related tax matters, among many other areas. D'Inverno is particularly sought after to advise on issues associated with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Heather Thompson, who is a recent hire from Turcan Connell, is experienced in advising family and owner-managed businesses on a broad cross-section of personal, corporate and real estate tax issues. Heather Gibson is 'a very intelligent and industrious person, with an eye for detail'. Nigel Watson is a share scheme and employee remuneration tax expert. Associate Bob Langridge is also recommended. A highlight for the team in 2017 involved advising Axis Capital Holdings Limited on the tax aspects of its £477m offer to acquire Novae Plc. Another matter involved assisting a joint venture between Moda Living and Apache Capital with tax issues related its acquisition from Grosvenor of a build to rent site at Springfield, Edinburgh.

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Scotland: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Alan Barr - Brodies LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Brodies LLP’s ‘outstanding team’ is ‘a market leader’ that demonstrates ‘cutting-edge technical knowledge’. The team handles a broad spectrum of work, including applications to the Court of Session, proving the tenor of lost wills, assisting adults with incapacity applications, negligence opinions and disputes over will validity and the winding up of estates. The team recently represented the wife of a deceased high-net-worth individual, who left an informal will, in a dispute over the estate. ‘ExceptionalAlan Barr leads the practice and brings a ‘sympathetic approach’ to family trustees, noted for an ability to ‘stand firm on particularly difficult issues’. Barr is a thought leader in wills, tax planning and trusts, and has extensive experience in related contentious matters. The ‘professionalMark Stewart and associate Angela McCulloch are recommended for their client relationship building skills. Susanne Batchelor is another key practitioner.

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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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