Alan Mclean KC, FCIARb

Senior Counsel

Year of call: 1993 | Year of silk: 2008

General information

Alan McLean has acquired a broad experience and practice in civil law in his almost thirty years at the Scottish bar, particularly in the fields of reparation and damages, professional negligence (with a focus on clinical negligence), construction law and property cases. Although he has specialised in these areas, his wide-ranging civil practice has included work in fields as disparate as intellectual property, benefits law, agricultural law and football arbitration. 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, Sheriff Appeal Court, Industrial/Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Local Authority Committees and the Traffic Commissioner. He has also assisted in arbitrations and adjudications, and has been instructed as a legal assessor to an adjudicator and as an expert witness in Scots law. 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 has been regularly ranked in the Chambers directory 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.”

Areas of expertise


T: 0131 260 5654

Steven Walker KC to speak at the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)

We are delighted to invite you to attend the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) “International ADR Week 2022” with the most excited topic that you are looking for “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic”. 

The webinar is entitled “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic” and will feature Steven Walker QC of Themis Advocates.

14th July 2022 at 10:00 – 18:00 (GMT+7 Thailand time)

Please register from this link here



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Employment Law Conference

Friday 24th May 2024

The Royal Mile, 80 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

Themis Advocates are delighted to invite you to attend our Employment Law Conference on Friday 24th May at the Radisson Blu, High Street, Edinburgh from 1pm-5pm.  The event is free to attend, open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals and you will be accredited 3 hours CPD.


1300 hrs – Registration & Refreshments

1330 hrsKaterina SteinCase Law Update

1415 hrs – Catherine MacColl – Venturing beyond the contract – the quest for the true agreement in employment relationships

1500 hrs – Refreshment Break

1520 hrsDavid James – Whistleblowing Update

1600 hrsTim Haddow Free Speech and the Workplace

1645 hrs – Conclusion

1700 hrs – Drinks & Canapés to which all attendees are invited

To book your place please register here: