Before joining the Faculty of Advocates, Alan was a solicitor in private practice for over 20 years.
He was a partner with Simpson & Marwick from 2001. In 2004 he gained extended rights of audience in the civil courts.
During his career as a solicitor, Alan had a varied civil practice. His principal areas of expertise were personal injury, employment law and commercial litigation. He was also involved in the fields of property damage, defamation, professional negligence and valuation rating appeals.
As a solicitor advocate, Alan appeared regularly in both the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session. He conducted numerous proofs, debates and appeals. In addition, he was frequently instructed to appear with Senior Counsel.
Alan has an interest in family law and gained further experience in that area during his devilling.