Expertise

Alan is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard's dispute resolution team. Alan has experience in managing and resolving a wide range of commercial disputes for clients, while maintaining a focus on some key areas. The clients he works with include financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, listed companies, SMEs and high net worth individuals.

Alan routinely provides advice on contentious insolvency matters to liquidators, administrators, creditors and directors. This includes advising on claims for gratuitous alienations, unfair preference, misfeasance and wrongful/fraudulent trading. He also provides advice and makes applications to the court on various procedural issues for insolvency practitioners, such as remuneration, extending administrations and approving/disapplying the distribution of a prescribed part.

Alan has a great deal of experience in acting for clients in issues arising out of corporate transactions, such as warranty claims and disputes over proper calculation of deferred consideration. This experience extends to advising minority shareholders in protecting their interests, including Petitions to the Court of Session seeking orders to compel the majority shareholders to acquire clients' shares at a fair price before the value is eroded.

Alan has advised many clients in relation to protecting their Intellectual Property rights, from issuing and responding to "cease and desist letters" to raising actions in the Intellectual Property court at the Court of Session.

Alan has a passion for utilising his advocacy skills to represent the interest of his clients, appearing regularly in the Sheriff Courts and in other fora such as expert determination, mediation and hearings before local authority committees.

Experience
  • Advising US based clients in relation to protection of their confidential information, of which a party to Scottish proceedings sought recovery.
  • Acting on behalf of an insolvency practitioner in respect of numerous connected claims against a former director and associated companies amounting to more than £1 million.
  • Acting on behalf of a high net worth individual in relation to allegations against co-investors that they had misapplied his £750,000 investment, resulting in a sophisticated settlement agreement at mediation involving repayment of the investment on a staged basis, secured over multiple properties.
  • Acting for a major clearing bank in Court of Session proceedings challenging the validity of Personal Guarantees exceeding £1m.
  • Conducting court proceedings for a Bank where a customer sought to avoid the contract for alleged misrepresentation.
  • Regular speaker on Insolvency related topics and for three years the author of the legal update for ICAS's quarterly publication on Insolvency.
Professional memberships
  • Committee Member of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Insolvency Forum 
Education
  • Strathclyde – BSc, Computer Science and Law (Hons)
  • Strathclyde – LLB Law
  • Glasgow Graduate School of Law – Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Year qualified – 2004