A Mclean

Alan W.D. McLean K.C.

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2008


M.A. University of Cambridge

LL.B University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Land Law

Professional liability and regulation

Alternative dispute resolution

Personal Injury


Over the years Alan has built and sustained a broad-based practice in civil litigation, appearing in a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He has specialised latterly in professional negligence (in particular, clinical negligence claims), commercial disputes and land-related cases.

Alan McLean KC holds degrees from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. He gained experience of private practice in an Edinburgh solicitors' firm, mainly in civil litigation, before coming to the Bar in 1993. He took silk in 2008.  Alan was the author of the chapters on Intellectual Property Actions in Lord Macfadyen's Court of Session Practice. He has given numerous CPD talks to solicitors, particularly on civil advocacy. He has frequently been ranked in Chambers for Clinical Negligence:
"He handles a wide range of commercial and reparation disputes for both pursuers and defenders. He has high attention to detail, is quick to respond, and deals with clients sensitively."


National House Building Council v Scott Hogarth Homes [2017] CSOH 7

AW v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2015] CSOH 99, [2017] CSIH 58

John Graham Construction Ltd v Scott Wilson Scotland Ltd [2019] CSOH 41

Finlayson v Munro [2020] SAC (Civ) 18

Lagan Construction Group Ltd (In Administration) v Scot Roads Partnership Project Ltd [2022] CSOH 92, [2023] CSIH 28


When Stress Fractures, 1996/97 Reparation Bulletin

"Intellectual Property Action" in Court of Session Practice, ed.

Rt. Hon. Lord Macfadyen (2005


Standing Junior Counsel, Department of Health (Whitehall) 2001-2003

Standing Junior Counsel, Health and Safety Executive (Scotland) 2003-2008

Governor of Fettes College 2015-2021

Stable Director, Hastie Stable (now Themis Advocates), Faculty of Advocates, 2010 to 2013

Procurator of the Scottish Episcopal Church, 2016 to 2023

Ad-hoc Advocate Depute 2018 to 2022

Member, Sheriff Court Rules Council, 2011 to 2013

Member of Faculty Dispute Resolution Service, 2017 to date

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2017 to 2018

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2018 to date

Chair, Ethical Investment Advisory Group, Scottish Episcopal Church, 2019 to 2022