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

Brodies LLP
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Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Leading individuals)

Alan BarrBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP’s tax team is well-placed to serve the needs of high-net-worth individuals, families and their businesses; the practice works closely with members of the personal and family team. Alan Barr and Isobel d’Inverno are the co-heads of the practice. D’Inverno has deep knowledge of land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) and stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Heather Gibson is recommended for her expertise in oil and gas taxation and HMRC excise duty approvals.

Scotland > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and executries

(Leading individuals)

Alan BarrBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP has a large bench of specialist partners spread across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen; the team advises many of Scotland’s wealthiest families, and has notable expertise in the use of family investment companies and family limited partnerships for estate planning. Mark Stewart leads the practice from Aberdeen; he focuses on estate planning, succession planning, tax planning, trusts and executries and is dual-qualified in Scotland and in England and Wales, enabling him to effectively deal with cross-border matters. He works in tandem with personal tax planning head Alan Barr, who is based in Edinburgh. In the Glasgow office, Norman Kennedy is able to draw on his skills as a fully-qualified chartered accountant – he is praised for his ‘exceptionally high level of commercial acumen’.

Scotland > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Mark Stewart leads the contentious trusts practice at Brodies LLP, drawing on his experience as the firm’s head of its personal and family team, while Alan Barr, head of the firm’s personal tax planning team, focuses on trust disputes with complex tax issues. Christine O’Neill has significant experience of acting to remove trustees, strike down contested wills, and establish adult incapacity. The practice is well-versed in handling complex disputes concerning the estates of high net worth individuals, and has considerable experience in cases where contested assets are found in multiple jurisdictions. Norman Kennedy and Angela McCulloch, both based in Glasgow, advise wealthy individuals and high-value companies respectively. Susanne Batchelor is adept at handling cases with an international aspect.