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)

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Commercial / Land & Property Seminar

Friday 21st April 2023

1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT

Themis are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Glasgow Conference on Friday 21st April at the Hilton from 1pm-5pm.  Talks will be provided on Commercial and Land & Property.  The event is free to attend, however a donation to our charity of the year Andys Man Club would be appreciated.  You will be accredited 3 hours CPD and is open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals. 

To register please complete the undernoted registration form.

1:00 – Registration & Refreshments

1:30Andys Man Club (Charity of the Year)

1:45Michael Upton – If Personal Bar is Personal can it also be Real?

2:30Alan McLean KC – The Law of Prescription

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30Catherine MacColl – How bright a light at the end of the tunnel? How to consider director’s duties in the face of insolvency following the case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA.

4:15Julie McKinley – Case law update

5:00 – Conclusion

5:15 – Drinks and Canapes for which all attendees are invited.