Alistair specialises in advising a wide variety of clients in their private client and property interests.
He has significant experience of advising clients in major property acquisitions and disposals both in the rural and commercial sectors but now specialises in rural properties. He has specialist experience in forestry, sporting estate and farm purchases, and has advised on several major purchases for clients within the past year.
Alistair also advises on succession and estate planning and routinely works with non UK nationals to identify and acquire suitable investment assets within Scotland and to consider and, in collaboration with their advisers in their own jurisdictions, advise on the appropriate purchase “vehicle”.
According to the latest edition of the legal directory Chambers & Partners: Alistair represents a broad range of agricultural clients from both the UK and abroad, particularly Scandinavia. He is known for handling the sale and purchase of a wide range of rural property assets, including forests, sporting estates and country manors, and is described by sources as "a very well-established solicitor in this area."
Alistair has a continuing interest in charities and has had particular involvement on Scottish fundraising boards of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sightsavers.
Over the years Alistair has been heavily involved with Crieff where he was a major influence in the replacement of the Crieff Cottage Hospital with a new local hospital and still sits as secretary of the Friends of Crieff Hospital. He was also one of the prime movers for the construction of Crieff’s Recreation Centre and Swimming Pool, where he co-ordinated the funding from the Lottery and other charitable donors and oversaw the building contracts from site acquisition to construction and ultimate transfer to Perth & Kinross Council.
Alistair represents a major Channel Island’s Trust Company and has acted for several of their clients in the purchase and disposal of shopping centres, logistic’s assets and large investment buildings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Memberships and Accreditations
Alistair is a past member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Rural Affairs Sub-Committee and is a member of the Agricultural Law Association. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the WS Society where he has been a counsel member.