In Memoriam, Alan Inglis

14 Aug

IT was with immense sadness that the Faculty of Advocates learnt of the passing of Alan Inglis, Advocate and Barrister, last week.

“A stalwart of the family bar, Alan was a great friend to many in Faculty and beyond. Our deepest condolences go to Alan’s family and friends,” said Dean of Faculty Roddy Dunlop KC.

Mr Inglis, who was dual qualified, began his working career as a social worker, specialising in child protection and mental health. He called to the bar in England and Wales in 1989. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2009 and joined Arnot Manderson Advocates.

“Mr Inglis was recognised as the go-to person for cross-border work involving children throughout Scotland, England and Wales. His early work in social care led him to the law and he focussed almost exclusively on family law. He has a wide circle of friends in London and here in Edinburgh and will be sorely missed by all who knew him,” said Advocates Clerk Andrew Sutherland.


Mr Inglis was vice-chair of the Advocates Family Law Association, a Trustee of the Equality Network, a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a Trustee of the Scottish Child Law Centre.  Earlier this year he published “A Practical Guide to Permanence Orders in Scotland” which drew high praise from peers. He appeared in many of the leading cases which are considered in the book.

He was a door tenant at 4PB Family Law Chambers in London, which released the following statement: “Alan was unique; the only family barrister and advocate qualified to practice in England and Wales and Scotland, he was admired and very much loved on both sides of the border. We were honoured to have him as a door tenant and he was very supportive of 4PB’s work. He was known as a fearless defender of LGBTQ rights and found time to be a trustee of the Scottish Child Law Centre and the Equality Network. He will be very much missed by all of us who knew him.”