Death row barrister joins Liverpool chambers

Fast-growing Exchange Chambers in Liverpool is continuing its expansion with the recruitment of a leading barrister from London who has represented prisoners on death row

Richard McLean
Richard McLean is joining Exchange Chambers in Liverpool


Leading employment and personal injury barrister Richard McLean is leaving a London-based chambers to join a fast-growing Liverpool outfit.

Mr McLean, who was called to the Bar in 2011, is joining Exchange Chambers in Liverpool city centre. He has been recruited from 1 Chancery Lane based in the capital.

He acts for a wide range of clients including businesses, individuals, trade unions, and public sector organisations. He frequently acts for both claimants and respondents in multi-day cases in the Employment Tribunal/EAT.

Prior to working at the self-employed Bar, Mr McLean worked for the Government legal department and HM Treasury, in addition to working for a law firm in Texas representing death row prisoners.

He has devoted part of his time to pro bono work through the Free Representation Unit, the Bar’s pro bono charity Advocate, and Sports Resolutions, and was previously chair of a charity providing support to asylum seekers in south London.

“I am delighted to be joining Exchange Chambers, with its dominant position across the North of England and nationwide reputation for excellence,” said Mr McLean. “I’m extremely pleased to be joining such a classy, professional and forward-looking outfit, with undoubted strength in my practice areas.”

Jonathan I’Anson, chief executive at Exchange Chambers, added: “Richard is a highly-regarded barrister with a busy practice. His arrival continues the trend of practitioners relocating from London to join Chambers.  We wish him a long and successful career at Exchange.”

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