Tributes paid to leading Third Sector lawyer

Alastair Keatinge joined Lindsays in 2003 as a partner.

A law firm has paid tribute to one of its partners who has passed away after more than 20 years of advising charitable and non-profit clients.

Alastair Keatinge joined Lindsays in 2003 and has established himself as one of the leading third sector lawyers in Scotland.

Alastair chaired the WS Charity Conference for 12 years and is a regular speaker at events across the country.

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

Alastair was a Charity Law Specialist accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and Chair of the LSS Charity Specialist Accreditation Panel and Charity Trustee to a number of organisations.

The expert was also a big supporter of free legal advice SCVO and a longtime member of the Third Sector Governance Forum.

Alasdair Cummings, Managing Partner of Lindsays, said: “I have had the pleasure of sitting opposite Alastair in our Edinburgh office for many years. I listened to him chatting to his customers, always attending to their needs and trying to help. It’s no wonder so many third sector clients and charities turned to Alastair for help.

“Alastair was outgoing and friendly and enjoyed talking about many subjects – education, politics and sport, with a particular love of cricket. He set up a Lindsays cricket team and organized 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.

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“Alastair came to the end of year celebrations last March where, despite his illness, he came in to celebrate the end of the year with his colleagues sticking a stick over his head as he headed to Festival Square to find his wife Susan.

“When we last met, Alastair, a dedicated family man, told me what a strength his wife Susan had been to him and how proud he was that his two sons were now at St Andrews University.

“Alastair has been a very loyal partner of Lindsays having been a strong supporter of the firm and the way we work over the years.

“I know Alastair has been very popular in our offices. He will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts are with Alastair’s wife, Susan, and his sons, Euan and Cameron, and their extended family.”