In-house Lawyers' Committee
In 2015 the Society set up the In-house Lawyers' Committee (ILC) as a committee sitting with in the Society's governance. The ILC continues the work of the In-House Lawyers' Group (ILG), which was established in 1973 as a non-regulatory, independent committee of the Society.
The ILC represents, supports and promotes the interests and status of our members working in-house in Scotland and beyond.
For more information please contact the Committee Secretary, Beth Anderson by email or on 0131 476 8132.
Solicitor and serving officer with the Royal Air Force
Allan founded Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA) in July 2013. This is a nationwide scheme, bringing together lawyers from all parts of the United Kingdom to help members of the armed forces when they need assistance. To find out more see Armed Forces Legal Action UK | AFLA
Additional information: Member of the WS Society and a qualified US Joint Targeting School Collateral Damage Estimate Analyst
I trained at Balfour + Manson, where I developed an interest for in house work, due to two six month secondments to the then Scottish Office and Scottish Executive. Gaining that broad traineeship of two different legal environments still serves me well today. I was also fortunate enough to work for a partner at Balfour + Manson who ran the Edinburgh Legal Dispensary, so I got involved in the provision of pro bono legal services at a very early stage in my legal career; that served me well - deriving satisfaction as a lawyer is, for me, about far more than earning money. I then moved on to practise commercial law in Glasgow, which I combined with standing for the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the 2001 Westminster election and the 2003 Holyrood election. I spent some time as an in house lawyer in Strathclyde Passenger Transport prior to taking a commission in the RAF in May 2003.
Current role description: My role as an RAF legal officer has seen me be posted to Germany, Australia, the USA, and the Netherlands. Of course, I am often required to deploy to other nations. The highlight of my career to date was serving as the British exchange officer to the US Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps in the Pentagon. That culminated in President Obama awarding me the US Meritorious Service Medal. I am currently based in NATO's Joint Force Command at Brunssum, the Netherlands, where I am the chief legal officer (operations). That involves being the in house lawyer to a military headquarters of some 800 personnel. The headquarters has senior command oversight of operations in Afghanistan and currently has the role of the NATO Response Force - ready to deploy at short notice to deal with a host of potential issues.
Other interests (personal and/or professional):
I enjoy maintaining close contact with Law Society of Scotland staff, who have been assisting my wife Linzie with the running of Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA), a nationwide network of law firms committed to helping members of the Armed Forces community at specially discounted rates. I founded AFLA in 2013 and now my wife, father and a team of great people (to include Law Society of Scotland staff) are taking the project from strength to strength - a real coming to gather of people working for the common good. See www.armedforceslegalaction.org.uk
I play squash.
Why I became an ILG Committee member: Conscious that this sounds clichéd, I joined because I care about the role of in house lawyers in our profession. On meeting Janet Hood (the then chair) and the rest of the team for the first time, I was humbled to see that others have been caring about this for some considerable time and with inspirational passion! We have literally thousands of in house lawyers in Scotland doing great work to improve corporations' competitiveness and our public bodies' service. Their role as independent solicitors merits specific attention within the profession. They are all very well served by those in the In House Lawyers Group who give their time tirelessly to promoting their interests. Serving with these people is both and education and a pleasure - Scottish in house lawyers are in excellent hands.