CIOT and ATT Edinburgh Branch

26 Apr 2021

Welcome to the Edinburgh Branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Association of Taxation Technicians.

Welcome from your Edinburgh Branch Chair, Derek Francis

What our programme of events is definitely not aimed at is providing tax events just for CTAs and ATTs – leaving ICAS, ICAEW, STEP and the Law Society to provide the equivalent for their members. Rather, it is aimed at providing tax and CPD for everyone, coupled with cross-disciplinary networking opportunities. Except for one members’ social event - a sponsored walk along the John Muir way from Edinburgh to Dunbar, followed by drinks - the events themselves are open to all and aimed to provide technical content sufficient to satisfy the requirements of bodies (such as the Law Society and Bar) with more prescriptive CPD accreditation regimes. Some are geared to the needs of tax specialists, even niche specialists (e.g. “The Trust Law Reform Project”, with Lord Drummond Young, Lord Tyre, Lady Paton and Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance); others (e.g. "Capital Taxes Update" with Carl Bayley) will appeal to generalists – indeed matter to everyone.   

If you have any suggestions for or would like to speak at an event, or if you want to be involved in the work of the Committee a direct approach is welcome - especially from ATT people: we need a representative now! 

The Committee’s work is invaluable – and the satisfaction of delivering the programme and service to members which it does is its own reward. 

You can contact me or Head Office at branches@ciot.org.uk. Any thoughts on what we can do to fulfil your training requirements would be really valued.

Edinburgh Branch Committee 

Derek Francis
Branch Chair 

Alan Dean
Branch Treasurer 

Sean Cockburn
Branch Committee Member

Alex Docherty
Branch Committee Member

Bob Langridge
Branch Committee Member

Michael Martin
Branch Committee Member

Melanie Wilson
Branch Committee Member

Meet the Edinburgh Branch Committee

Derek Francis

Edinburgh Branch Chair Derek Francis is a Barrister of Terra Firma Chambers, Edinburgh, Advocate and Chartered Tax Advisor practising UK-wide. He is recommended for tax matters and trusts work in the latest editions of both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 directories. He is especially highly regarded for his expertise in tax matters relating to trusts and succession. Specialises in providing advice on the tax elements of contentious trusts and succession cases, pensions and charities. As a qualified chartered tax adviser, he is also well placed to advise on non-contentious tax issues.

Alan Dean

Edinburgh Branch Treasurer Alan is a Senior Manager at Chiene + Tait, dealing primarily with private client tax planning with 15 years’ experience in the profession. Alan provides tax advice to individuals, businesses and trusts covering a range of areas within income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor and ATT member, and winner of the CIOT’s Spofforth Medal in May 2010. He is also a member of the ICAS Private Client committee.

Sean Cockburn

Edinburgh Branch Committee

Bob Langridge

Edinburgh Branch Committee

Alex Docherty

Edinburgh Branch Committee