Themis Advocates

Alan McLean QC, FCIArb

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2008


T: 0131 260 5654

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Prior to calling at the Bar, Alan trained with Tods Murray Solicitors where he gained experience of commercial property; wills, trust and executries; residential conveyancing; litigation and rural estates conveyancing. He has appeared as Counsel in many tribunals, including the House of Lords, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Court of Session – Inner and Outer House, Commercial Court, Sheriff Courts, before Sheriff Principal on Appeal, Industrial/Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Local Authority Committees and the Traffic Commissioner. Alan is frequently instructed to represent pursuers or defenders in commercial, reparation and property disputes. His intellectual ability, attention to detail, approachable nature and broad experience means that he is highly regarded amongst his peers and his instructing agents as a hard working, highly effective member of the Scottish Bar.

Alan is ranked in Chambers 2018 for Clinical Negligence:
“An experienced silk in the clinical negligence sector acknowledged by peers for his handling of large-scale cases for health boards. He is noted for his experience in complex disputes relating to cerebral palsy.

Strengths: "Alan has high attention to detail. He is very knowledgeable and has a very analytical approach to cases"

Recent work: Acted as senior counsel for the defender in AW v Greater Glasgow Health Board, a £20 million cerebral palsy case involving complex issues of causation across a wide range of medical disciplines.”




General Information

  • M.A University of Cambridge
  • LL.B University of Edinburgh
  • Standing Junior Counsel to Whitehall Department of Health 2000 to 2003
  • Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland 2003 to 2008
  • Sheriff Court Rules Council 2011-2013
  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute - appointed 2018