Alasdair has been acknowledged for many years as one of Scotland's leading Family Law practitioners. He is particularly well-known for his expertise in negotiating separation agreements for high net worth individuals. Chambers UK Guide has described Alasdair as "top-drawer", "incredibly efficient" and "extremely effective at what he does". A recent edition, recommended "if you need something sorted quickly, then Alasdair is the man to go to".
Alasdair has extensive experience of dealing with complex financial issues including business valuations, share option schemes and pension schemes. He has expertise in the preparation of prenuptial and cohabitation agreements and frequently advises on difficult issues which arise in relation to the residence of children, including relocation cases. Alasdair recognises the importance to clients of resolving issues arising from separation in a cost-effective and non-confrontational way whenever possible. When the need arises to resort to litigation, Alasdair practises principally in the Court of Session but his colleagues in the Team also conduct a wide variety of cases in the Sheriff Court.
A frequent visitor to Turcan Connell's London office, Alasdair has connections with many English Family Law firms and has considerable experience in managing the cross-border aspects of cases involving international jurisdictional issues. He has lectured on a range of topics including the differences between English and Scottish divorce law; on risk-management issues for Family Law solicitors; and on the development and use of prenuptial and cohabitation agreements in Scotland.
Alasdair is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and he is a member of the Family Law Association. His reputation in his field was acknowledged in 1996 when he was elected President of the Edinburgh Bar Association, a position that he held for two years. He sat as a Member of the Sheriff Court Rules Council for Scotland for six years. Alasdair is a member of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland (FLAGs) and is accredited by the organisation as an arbitrator.
In 2011, Alasdair was honoured to be admitted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and expert family law specialists in their respective countries.
Away from the office, Alasdair has a passion for golf and is a member of a number of clubs including the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. His other principal interests are football and food & wine.