Alan Summers QC is ranked as a leading Silk for Commercial Litigation and Company & Insolvency in the latest edition of the Legal 500. He is 'up there with the very best in oral advocacy' and 'possesses gravitas when on his feet.' (Legal 500, 2016)
Previous editions of Chambers & Partners UK described him as 'n advocate with a strong commercial practice who is noted for his expertise in contentious insolvency matters'. "He is a bright advocate and a real team player." "He is willing to explore the outer reaches of litigation strategy and gets stuck in." (Chambers UK, 2015)
Alan has appeared on behalf of Rangers FC in a series of cases in 2014 and 2015. He defended them against Imran Ahmad in his action for damages under his contract of service and against a number of motions to arrest on the dependence. He also appeared in 2015 to protect the club's interests in an Unfair Prejudice petition raised by shareholders in respect of a possible security over Ibrox stadium. Also in 2014 he acted for Alan Massie in his defamation action against the SNP (2013 S.L.T. 373 - reported on interim interdict). He also represented the Reclaimer in Parks of Hamilton v Campbell [2014 SC 706] an appeal to the Inner House over alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by a company director.
In 2013 he appeared in the Commercial Court in McCann's Ex v Great Lakes Reinsurance (2013 S.L.T. 393) a dispute about the meaning of an insurance contract and in Administrators of Station Properties, Noters (2013 CSOH 120).
In 2012 he represented UNISON and UNITE in the Inner House in their appeal from the EAT over its interpretation of Schedule 2 of the Employment Act, a dispute affecting thousands of Equal Pay claims. The appeal was upheld (2012 SLT 395) by an Extra Division.
In 2010 Alan appeared in the Supreme Court for the successful Appellants in Royal Bank of Scotland v Wilson (2011 SC (UKSC) 66; 2010 SLT 1227) a case concerning the calling up of standard securities and the ejection of debtors. The result was described as 'an earthquake', 'dynamite' and 'the Cadder decision for homeowners'. He also appeared earlier in the year in Cadder v HMA (2011 SC (UKSC) 13; 2010 SLT 1125) for the UK Government; a case concerning the compatibility of Scottish criminal procedure with the European Convention on Human Rights.
His current case load includes insolvency disputes, company law proceedings and professional negligence cases. He has a niche interest in prosecutions brought under Fisheries legislation and has appeared regularly in prosecutions brought against skippers of fishing vessels. He is also an ad hoc Advocate Depute and prosecutes crime in the High Court on an occasional basis.
- Scottish Education Department Scholarship 1986 - 1988
- Lecturer, Department of Scots Law, University of Edinburgh 1988 - 1990
- Lord Reid Scholarship 1993 - 1994
- W. Green Prize in Law 1986
- Ad Hoc Advocate Depute to Crown Office (2013 to date)
- Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates (2012 to date)
- Chairman of Faculty Services Ltd (2008 to 2012)
- Special Counsel to the UK Government (2007 to date)
- Standing Junior to Scottish Executive acting principally for the Health Department and the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland (2000 - 2007)
- Faculty Sub-committee on Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
- Faculty Sub-Committee on proposals to Reform Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2006
- Satanic Mills, Sweatshops and the Law, JR 1990
- The Assignation of Collateral Warranties, SLT 1993
- Res Judicata and Excess Clauses in Insurance Contracts, SLT 1996
- Articles in S.L.T. and other journals