"Excellent technical knowledge and strong commercial approach."
Chambers and Partners 2020
"Knowledgeable and approachable, Alan Tate is not only a true professional, but also a pleasure to work with"
Legal 500 2020
"He specialises in transactional work, and is particularly well known for his strong client base among housing associations and public bodies. He is known to be "an experienced transactional lawyer with a large degree of pragmatism and commerciality."
Chambers UK Guide 2017
"Alan Tate (who attracts praise for his ‘very good business acumen’) is providing ongoing advice to the Secretary of State for Education on the drafting and negotiation of building contracts for new schools and academies in the region. Tate also acts for clients such as Sovereign Housing Association and Devonshire Homes on a range of contractual matters, and is advising the asset management department of Coastline Housing Limited on procurement issues."
Legal 500 2017
"Alan Tate has a strong practice in health, education and housing markets. He wins widespread praise from clients, with one describing him as 'diligent and knowledgeable' and another saying that he can 'very quickly grasp the crux of the matter'."
Chambers UK Guide 2016
"Construction specialist Alan Tate is praised for his 'excellent commercial awareness'."
Legal 500 2015
Alan is a Partner in the Construction & Engineering department based in both the Bristol and Exeter offices.
Alan is recognised as one of the South West's leading construction solicitors and focuses predominately on the transactional side advising a wide range of clients within the construction and infrastructure sectors. He has been in the construction sector during all of his career starting as an apprentice and then working for national developers and contractors as a quantity surveyor before re-qualifying as a solicitor.. Alan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and a member of the Society of Construction Law. He is also a board member of Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) and has been the joint author of a number of publications for CESW.
Alan advises clients on procurement structures and has a specialism in collaborative and alliancing arrangements. Also, he advises on construction due diligence for acquisitions and development funding for both residential and commercial properties. He advises a number of public sector bodies on government funded projects and has a special interest in asset management maintenance contracts and service level agreements and 'soft landings' provisions. Alan advises on specialist areas in construction such as Building Information Modelling, off-site manufacturing, the CDM Regulations, bespoke insurance arrangements, dispute resolution arrangements, digital contracts, early contractor involvement and other Government initiatives and policies.
Outside of work, Alan is a keen runner and is a member of the Avon Valley Runners and South West Road Runners. He also enjoys motorbike touring.