Honorary Fellow


Biography

Alan Barr was formerly Director of the Law School's Legal Practice Unit and is now an Honorary Fellow in the School. His research interests include all forms of taxation, particularly in the field of tax planning, wills and succession, with an emphasis on practical implications and drafting; and practical legal education. He has taught previously at the University of Glasgow and briefly at the Universities of Botswana and Lesotho on post-qualifying legal education. He contributes regular articles to the Journal of the Law Society of Scotlandand other legal journals. He has been a part-time consultant for the leading Edinburgh law firm, Brodies LLP, since 1997.

Books

Alan Barr, John M.H. Biggar, Andrew M.C. Dalgleish and Hugh J. Stevens Drafting Wills in Scotland (2nd edn) (Butterworths Law, 2005)
Abstract: Written by practitioners for practitioners, this important book covers all matters relating to the drafting of wills. It is both a practical compendium of wills styles and a comprehensive commentary on the law. The text concentrates on practical matters, providing reasons for adopting particular styles and supplying alternative clauses or wording for different circumstances. The narrative is clearly written in contemporary language. It is extensively cross-referenced to the appendix, which contains a comprehensive selection of wills and codicils.New for the second edition: All practical and legislative changes in the last 10 years are incorporated Styles are recast in a much more modern form of drafting and reflecting changes in taxation and execution of deeds, esp. in relation to the Requirements of Writing (S) Act 1995 The "problem solving" section has been expanded to consider the main schemes currently on offer in relation to will drafting as part of the testator's overall inheritance tax planning.

Sandra Eden, Alan Barr, Colin Tyre, Tax for Litigation Lawyers (W. Green and Son Ltd, 2000)

Alan Barr, Sandra Eden Inheritance Tax in Scotland (Butterworths Law (Scotland), 2000)

Chapters

Andrew J. M. Steven, Alan Barr 'The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003' in Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2003 (LexisNexis, 2004) pp 131-141
Abstract: Commentary on the new legislation

Andrew J. M. Steven, Alan Barr 'Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000' in Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2002 (LexisNexis, 2003) pp 100-111

Alan Barr 'Stamp Duties and VAT' in A.J. McDonald, Stewart Brymer, Douglas J. Cusine, Robert Rennie (eds) Professor McDonald's conveyancing manual (T. & T. Clark, 1997) pp.56-68

Alan Barr 'Old Bastards and Other Children' in Hector MacQueen Scots Law into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of W. A. Wilson (W. Green / Sweet & Maxwell, 1996) pp.160-169

Sandra Eden, Alan Barr 'Checking and Revising Tax and Related Matters' in Iain Talman (eds) Halliday, Conveyancing Law and Practice (2nd ed) (W. Green/SULI, 1996)

Notes and Reviews

Andrew J. M. Steven, Alan Barr 'The Land Reform Scotland Act 2003' (2003) Green's Property Law Bulletin Issue 66 p 5
Abstract: Summary of the new legislation on access rights and community right to buy.

Alan Barr 'Share Options - Are they Matrimonial Property?' (1999) Green's Family Law Bulletin pp3-4

Alan Barr 'Range of New Issues (The 1999 Budget/Finance Act)' (1999) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 44 Part 7 pp32-33

Alan Barr 'Profits for Tax Purposes' (1999) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 44 Part 3 p37

Alan Barr 'Up and Down like a yo-yo: Budget? Finance Act 1999, Part 2' (1999) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 44 Part 11 pp34-35

Alan Barr 'Scotland's other Finance Bill' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 7 pp50

Alan Barr 'Further Guidance on Free Shares' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 11 pp48-49

Alan Barr 'The 1998 Budget Parts I and II' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 4 pp74-76 and Part 5 pp44-45

Alan Barr 'Scots Law and UK Taxation' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 9 pp41

Alan Barr 'Taxation of Commission, Cashbacks and Discounts' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 1 pp27-31

Alan Barr 'Proposed change of tax basis for Solicitors' (1998) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 43 Part 2 pp74-76

Sandra Eden, Alan Barr 'Credit Limited for Discretionary Trusts' (1998) Tolley's Practical Tax Vol 19 Part 8 pp 57-60

Alan Barr 'VAT Changes' (1997) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp70-71

Alan Barr 'Gifts by Curators Bonis and Executry Income Tax' (1997) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp 325-326

Alan Barr 'Two Important Tax Reviews' (1997) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp 367-368

Alan Barr 'Christmas (or Other) Parties' (1997) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp493-494

Alan Barr 'Stamp Duty Planning and Stamp Duty Litigation' (1997) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp414-415

Sandra Eden, Alan Barr 'A Clash of Two Cases' (1997) Taxation Vol 139 pp266-270

Alan Barr 'Executry Income Tax: The First Year' (1996) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp118-120

Alan Barr 'Revised Rates of Tax and Trusts' (1996) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp191-192

Alan Barr 'Capital Gains Tax: Compensation Payable to Agricultural and Business Tenants' (1996) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp311-312

Alan Barr 'Important Developments for Curators Bonis' (1996) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland pp444-446