Partner / Edinburgh

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Alun leads our top-rated employment department and also heads the education group. Having worked extensively in the higher education sector, he is lead partner for a number of our higher education and public sector clients. As well as representing clients in the Employment Tribunal Alun is a practising mediator and is often asked to assist parties in conflict to reach mediated solutions to the issues they face.

Using the experience gained over 30 years as a solicitor (during the last 20 of which he has been accredited as a specialist in Employment Law) Alun creates positive and productive relationships with our clients. He is especially aware of the challenges that public sector clients face and their need to manage organisations under intense public scrutiny whilst balancing reputational risk in a context of ever restricted public expenditure. Alun is able to address the issues that confront organisations dealing with change and believes in the importance of engaging and consulting collectively.

Alun is recognised as a leader in the field of employment law by the legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. He is on the committee of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association, and has been elected to the board of the Scottish Mediation Network.

When not applying his legal and mediation skills, Alun is active in CSR initiatives. He is chair of the Lothian Homes Trust and on the board of the Bridges Project an organisation that works with young homeless people. As a board member of New Media Scotland he has gained an understanding of how new technologies can enhance and support the work of emerging artists, working in co-operation with higher education Institutions such as both the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University.

Accreditations & Awards


Sources say: "He has a very good reputation in the market as a leader in the law as it applies to universities."

Chambers UK 2019, Guide to the Legal Profession