Alan Gilfillan

Alan Gilfillan


Commercial Law


About Alan

I studied law at the University of Edinburgh and graduated in 2007.  Despite being attracted to the world of investment management (and completing investment exams) I decided to stick with the law and qualified as a Solicitor in 2010.

I gained experience advising clients in relation to contractual and regulatory matters.  For many years I also provided legal advice to individuals attending the Business Gateway service operated by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Enterprise.

In 2012 I joined the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator on secondment as an in-house legal adviser.  I joined Balfour+Manson in 2014 as an Associate in the Commercial department and I became a Partner in 2017.

I am glad to be able to assist clients in a broad range of matters.

Chambers - Alan Gilfillan

“Alan was able to allay our anxieties and guide us through”


Specialist area

I advise individuals and businesses on commercial matters, including:

  • business sales and acquisitions
  • shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements
  • commercial contracts, including customer terms and conditions
  • protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • company formation and share transactions

I also work with charities of all shapes and sizes.  I am regularly instructed to prepare charity reorganisation schemes, which can allow existing charities to modernise their constitutions, and even change legal form.  I have established a number of new charities, including a community sports hub and a museum.  As a result of my secondment to OSCR I have a good understanding of the regulator’s approach.  I feel well placed to assist charities (and those who seek charitable status) in Scotland.  I also have experience in assisting trustees who are subject to regulatory inquiries.

I host seminars for our charity clients on topical issues.  I have also delivered training sessions on a variety of subjects including trustee duties, good governance and data protection.  If you would like to receive invitations to our events please just get in touch.


  • Notary Public