Alan has been in commercial practice for over 30 years. For many years his work has been almost entirely international. He is at home both in litigation and in non-contentious work. His areas of practice include:
- public international law, particularly acting for governments and oil and gas companies on issues relating to hydrocarbon deposits at or near international boundaries
- anti-corruption work, notably the recovery by civil litigation of assets looted in the course of intra-governmental corruption
- cross-border insolvency work, specializing in the insolvency of financial institutions.
Alan works for a wide range of clients, over time including well over a dozen governments and a number of oil companies.
His work in recent years has tended to focus increasingly on offshore resources, and the problems associated with resources that straddle international boundaries. Most of his work relates to hydrocarbons, but he also gets involved in fishery and water resource questions.