Private Client

Covid-19: Private Client Risk Issues

On Demand


Covid-19: Private Client Risk Issues

On Demand

Speaker: Alan Eccles

Virtual Seminar

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3hrs CPD

This seminar will cover issues that private client practitioners should be thinking about that arise out of the coronavirus outbreak and events connected to it. What should private client lawyers be looking out for with ongoing cases as well as for other clients?

The session will address wills and powers of attorney matters as well as looking at wider estate planning and tax points. Overall, the aim will be to consider risk issues for solicitors as they assist individuals, executors, trustees and charities at this quite extraordinary time.

Alan's work covers three main areas: charities, private client and parliamentary matters.

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 Sottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. A regular commentator on incapacity law matters, Alan's written work has been referred to in judicial decision making. Of Alan's private client work, the Legal 500 notes that he "conveys complicated legal concepts with clarity and humour".

He was previously a member of the legal staff at the Scottish Law Commission and currently lectures at the University of Strathclyde in property, trusts and charities. Alan has also tutored private client law at the University of Glasgow.

Alan was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland from 2007 to 2009 and the Society's Education and Training Committee from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Society's Charity Law and Mental Health and Disability Law Committees.