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Alan Calvert

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The head of Brodies’ professional negligence grouping, Alan specialises in claims involving professionals and others in the commercial sector on behalf of corporate, partnership and insurer clients. He has particular experience of claims against engineers, surveyors and others in the construction industry, as well as solicitors, accountants and professionals in the financial and insurance sectors. Alan has a special interest in mediation and ADR in all his areas of specialism. He has a keen commercial eye on advising when litigation is in a client’s best interests and when their interests are better served outside the Court process and by using alternative, solution driven approaches.


Qualified 1984; partner 1991. He was part of the 80-strong team who joined Brodies LLP from Bishops in August 2006.


Law Society of Scotland; WS Society (Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet); Chartered Insurance Institute; Forum of Insurance Lawyers; Scottish Medico Legal Society.


Glasgow University (LLB Hons; Dip LP).

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Brodies LLP's team has vast experience in high-profile and business-critical litigation, with its workload spanning areas such as insurance, competition, IP/IT, shipping and pensions, among many other areas. Manus Quigg and Louise Shiels together have nearly 30 years of experience of construction disputes. Practice head Joyce Cullen has a 35-year track record in the commercial disputes arena, with a particular strength in banking and financial services litigation. Reflective of the high quality of the team, it includes a team of solicitor advocates across the offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen (two of whom are standing junior counsel to the Scottish government).  Corporate restructuring and insolvency experts Rachel Grant and consultant Colin McIntosh are acting for the liquidators of RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation); the matter recently involved a UK Supreme Court appeal on employee benefit trusts used for the benefit of football players and executives. In 2017, Alan Calvert, Odell Milne and associate Adam McKinlay successfully represented a firm of solicitors and its indemnity insurers at the UK Supreme Court in a case arising from the drafting of notices to quit in  agricultural tenancies. Laura McMillan made partner in November 2017. Kenneth MacDonald is a name to note in Aberdeen. Iain Rutherford, Stephen Goldie and Robert Buchan are also recommended. Tony Jones QC joined from BTO Solicitors LLP.

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Alan Calvert - Brodies LLP

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‚Äėknowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive team‚Äô, Brodies LLP is the ‚Äėleading firm in the professional indemnity arena in Scotland‚Äô. It represents both pursuers and defenders in claims involving the range of professional disciplines, including major professional services companies in the real estate, construction, financial, employment and cyber-risk sectors, in addition to major insurer panel appointments. The team is jointly led by Alisdair Matheson¬†and the ‚Äėleading‚Äô Alan Calvert, who is particularly noted for his experience in representing solicitors and accountants. Calvert represented a law firm, and its professional indemnity insurance in an ¬£8m claim arising from the drafting of notices to quit agricultural tenancies, which were held to be invalid by the Land Court; a case that was dismissed based on a time bar following a preliminary proof.¬†Tony Jones¬†QC joined from¬†BTO Solicitors LLP¬†in June 2018.

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