Alan Barr > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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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.


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Leading individuals)

Alan BarrBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP’s specialist corporate tax team provides tailored advice to clients throughout the Scottish market. The team acts for high-net-worth individuals and family businesses, and is particularly experienced in real estate transaction tax structuring and high-value corporate transactions, often with an international aspect. Isobel D’Inverno heads the practice and is well known in the market for her extensive knowledge of land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) and stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Alan Barr is recommended for business and personal tax matters, and senior associate Heather Gibson handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

(Leading individuals)

Alan BarrBrodies LLP

Fielding a team of dedicated lawyers across its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices, Brodies LLP places a premium on high-value estate planning, succession planning, tax planning, trusts and executries. Retained by a roster of wealthy families and high-net-worth individuals, the team is led by Mark Stewart, whose practice is characterised by notable cross-border capabilities, owing to his dual qualification in Scotland and England and Wales. Tax planning specialist Alan Barr is sought after for his knowledge of domestic taxes diverging from the rest of the UK, notably income tax and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax. Norman Kennedy, for his part, specialises in winding up complex estates involving family businesses, while Susanne Batchelor shines in the area of family limited partnerships.

Scotland > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Leveraging expertise from the firm’s highly respected commercial litigation department and its and wider private client teams, the contentious trust offering at Brodies LLP encompasses a diverse range of disputes. It flourishes in disputes emanating from the validity of wills, executry disputes concerning business assets and disputes relating to the winding up of estates. The department is led by Mark Stewart and Christine O’Neill, the latter of whom has particular expertise in actions to remove trustees, claims of breach of trust, and actions to strike down contested wills. The ‘intelligent and commercialAngela McCulloch, tax disputes specialist Alan Barr, cross-border trusts expert Susanne Batchelor and Norman Kennedy are other key names to note.