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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Neil Maclean

Neil Maclean



  • Employment

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Employment and Labor Group
Group Leader

Head of our Employment Practice Group, Neil works directly with clients on employment law issues and collaborates with the firm's experts in pensions, tax, employee incentives and immigration to deliver our wider human resources service. Neil has strong experience of assisting clients to navigate through the complexities of employment and equality law.

He has particular expertise in managing complex business transfers and restructuring programmes, involving TUPE and redundancy, collective consultation and industrial relations issues and insolvency. He provides excellent corporate support. Neil is a strategic thinker and also keenly pragmatic and commercial. Neil is an experienced advocate in both the employment and employment appeals tribunals.

He has also been involved in cases before the Court of Session, English High Court, Supreme Court, CJEU and ECHR and has also been successful in using mediation as a route to resolve disputes promptly and commercially. Chambers and Partners, which lists Neil as a Leader in his Field, remarks that he is "extremely sharp and knowledgeable as well as an "excellent communicator".

Admitted in Scotland.

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Law Society of Scotland
Employment Law Group
Employment Lawyers' Association
Scottish Discrimination Law Association
Society of Writers to the Signet


End of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Considerations for Employers
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

Covering employee wages since 1 March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("furlough") is set to end on 30 September 2021, with a deadline for final claims to be made by 14 October 2021. Employers still using the scheme should be engaging with employees about its end, and may now need to make some tough decisions that have been postponed while furlough continued...

The Changing Employment Landscape: Employment Law Hot Topics 2019
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2019

Whether you are a start-up looking to hire your first recruit or an established multi-national business, navigating the world of employment law can be tricky. WithBrexitstill firmly at the top of the bill, we take a look at some of the challenges ahead for employers large and small. As businesses struggle with significant skill shortages, expect difficulties around international recruitment and gender pay disparities to be key issues in the year ahead...

Non-Compete Restrictions for Employee Shareholders: Lessons from the Commercial Court
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2019

Employers will often include restrictive covenants in employment contracts to ensure their business interests are protected when an employee leaves. Where the employee is also a shareholder, there may be similar restrictions contained in a separate shareholder’s agreement...

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