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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Neil Maclean

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Employment law


Neil is a partner with the firm and heads our employment practice group. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law and has been practising in this area exclusively since 1997. Neil has, over the years, advised a number of significant commercial clients, including Cairn Energy PLC, Heineken UK Limited, Seven Energy (UK) Ltd, United Biscuits (UK) Ltd, IndigoVision Group, ShawCor, Baillie Gifford, Beam Global and Oceaneering. Additionally, he has particular experience in the education sector, where he has advised The University of Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council for many years.  Neil has also recently been appointed to advise The University of Glasgow.  Neil is a good strategic thinker who delivers pragmatic and commercial advice and is outcome-focused. Neil is also listed as a leader in his field within legal directories, which remark that he is ‘extremely sharp and knowledgeable’, as well as an ‘excellent communicator’.  Admitted in Scotland.


Trained Brechin Tindal Oatts; qualified 1997; joined Anderson Strathern 1997; partner Anderson Strathern 2002-09; partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2009 to date


Basic French


Law Society of Scotland; Employment Lawyers Association; European Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; World Services Group – Employment Practice Group; Employment Law Group


Park Mains High School; Glasgow University (1994 LLB Hons; 1995 Dip LP)


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Scotland: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Neil MacLean - Shepherd and Wedderburn

Within: Employment

Shepherd and Wedderburn expanded its client base in the technology sector with various new client wins adding to its broad sector expertise spanning energy, finance, education, leisure and public sectors, among others. The team led by the 'very good' Neil Maclean handles a wide range of employment law work, which frequently pertains to various commercial projects and corporate activities, but it also provides assistance with GDPR and senior management matters alongside disputes. Katie Russell is 'very knowledgeable and experienced', most notably in financial sector remuneration.

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Scotland: Public sector


Within: Education

Neil Maclean's team at Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious education sector work. Universities, independent schools and governmental bodies receive regular assistance with procurement and construction matters pertaining to large-scale projects but clients also instruct the team with employment, immigration and pensions-related issues as well as charity law work.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Shepherd and Wedderburn is well known for assisting local government clients and ALEOs owned by local governments with a wide range of project development, property, construction, procurement and planning matters. Recently, the practice has been particularly active advising on new housing, education and urban regeneration projects. Neil Maclean is the main contact following Rhona Harper's move to an in-house role in February 2018.

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