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Tributes paid to leading Third Sector lawyer

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Alastair Keatinge joined Lindsays as a partner in 2003.

A legal firm has paid tribute to one of its partners who has passed away after more than 20 years of advising charity and not-for-profit clients. 

Alastair Keatinge joined Lindsays in 2003 and established himself as one of the leading lawyers in the Scottish Third Sector. 

Alastair had distinction of chairing the WS Charity Conference for 12 years, as well as being a regular speaker at events across the country. 

He was also interviewed on radio and television as an expert in his field and was a contributor to a leading textbook on charity law in Scotland.

Alastair was an accredited specialist in charity law by the Law Society of Scotland and was convenor of the LSS Charity Specialist Accreditation panel and a charity trustee of a number of organisations. 

The expert was also a great supporter of the SCVO free legal advice service, and a member of the Third Sector Governance Forum for many years.

Alasdair Cummings, Lindsays’ managing partner, said “I have had the pleasure of sitting opposite Alastair in our Edinburgh office for many years. I have listened to him chatting to his clients, always invested in their needs and trying to help. It is no wonder that so many Third Sector and Charity clients called Alastair for help.

"Alastair was outgoing and friendly and happy to talk about many subjects – education, politics and sport, with a particular love of cricket. He created a Lindsays cricket team and organised matches against Investec, The Law Society of Scotland and The University of Edinburgh amongst others. We spent many happy afternoons and evenings at these matches.

"Alastair joined us at the post year end drinks last March where, despite his illness, he came in to celebrate the end of the year with his colleagues. I recall him leaving to attend the final school concert for his youngest son and waving his walking stick above his head as he headed off into Festival Square to find his wife Susan.

"A dedicated family man Alastair said to me when we last met what a strength his wife Susan had been to him and how proud he was that both his boys were now at St Andrews University.

"Alastair was a very loyal Lindsays Partner who, over the years, was a strong supporter of the firm and our way of doing things.

"I know Alastair was well liked across our offices.  He will be much missed.

"Our thoughts are with Alastair’s wife Susan and his sons Euan and Cameron and their wider family.”



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Dominic Notarangelo
about 1 year ago

A said day indeed and my condolences to his family.

Alastair guided me through a number of delicate situations within thr Third Sector. He will be missed by many.

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Charlotte Bray
about 1 year ago

Sad news indeed. Alastair was a delight to talk to and always supportive of our organisation in his role with Lindsays. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

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Gwilym Gibbons
about 1 year ago

So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked closely with Alastair during my time as CEO of Horsecross Arts and was delighted to discover he was the legal advisor for The Crichton Trust when I changed roles. His care, good and honest counsel coupled with a deep understanding of his field and humour were a real tonic even in the most tricky of times. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

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Kirstine Fergusson
about 1 year ago

I am so sorry to hear this - I worked with Alastair on several occasions and found him extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and engaging. My condolences to his family and everyone who knew him well