18 May 2020

New appointment at BKF

Alan Eccles joins BKF

BKF are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Eccles to the firm. Alan’s work covers three main areas: charities; private client and parliamentary matters. Much of Alan’s practice involves advising on charity law. Alan assists charities, individuals and corporates in charity law, social enterprise, CSR, governance training and personal and family philanthropy. This work incudes setting up new charities and administering grant-giving foundations.  Alan has worked with a wide-range of types of charities from arts and culture to sports through to care/medical and animal welfare.

Alan’s private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. He is the author of the Scotland chapter in the textbook International Succession. As part of his private client advice, Alan often advises on incapacity law (powers of attorney, court appointed guardianship and other methods of managing the affairs of those less able to do so). This has involved acting in some of the leading Scottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. He has developed experience advising on parliamentary matters for charities and charitable activities including advising on the Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Hutchesons’ Hospital Transfer and Dissolution (Scotland) Act 2019.

Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners have recognised his expertise as ‘one of the leading advisers in the sector’. Prior to joining BKF from Brodies, Alan was previously also a partner at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.  He is a part-time lecturer at University of Strathclyde.

Alan can be contacted at alaneccles@bkf.co.uk