At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Please be assured that during the current COVID-19 outbreak, myself and the wider team at Thompsons are still working as normal for all our clients and making good progress on individual cases.  However, I understand that during these unsettling times you may have concerns and queries about your personal case and circumstances.  Please don’t hesitate to talk to me directly on the details below.

Contact Details

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Telephone numbers:

0131 473 6480 (direct dial)

07745 287579 (mobile)

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Job Title

Partner and Manager of the firm’s road traffic accident department. 

About Derek

Derek is based in Thompsons' Edinburgh Office. He supervises case handlers, the admin team, and other support staff - a total of 27 people. Having worked in personal injury litigation since joining Thompsons as a trainee in 2003, Derek has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field; in particular in Court of Session and Sheriff Court litigation. He derives great satisfaction from assisting victims by securing maximum compensation for their injuries and losses as quickly as possible.


A main area of interest for Derek is in helping victims of road traffic accidents to seek compensation and justice. He deals with higher value cases whilst also providing guidance and support to the solicitors and legal executives within the team.

Derek also has considerable experience in dealing with cases involving a foreign element.  In particular he has handled road traffic claims arising from accidents abroad and also accidents in Scotland involving drivers from overseas.  He is the Thompsons representative for the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), a not-for-profit network of European lawyers dedicated to improving and promoting judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems throughout Europe in the field of personal injury law.  Cases with a cross-border element can involve difficulties in respect of jurisdiction, limitation periods, etc, and Derek has particular expertise in this sub-specialty of RTA work involving foreign and travel claims.

One of Derek's many success stories for clients relates to a case which he took over from another firm who had the client’s file for seven years. The solicitors for the third party insurers had made a “final offer” of £50,000. Immediately after taking on the case Derek raised proceedings in the Court of Session and within a matter of months his client’s claim was settled for £100,000.

What Clients Say About Derek

A cycle through town in the summer of 2018 went badly wrong when the door of a stationary car was opened in my path. The resulting collision cost me two front teeth, bodily injuries and a damaged bike.   A family member suggested I seek representation through Thompsons Solicitors and Derek McLean contacted me to say he was taking the case on. Initial phone conversations immediately re-assured me that Derek was highly skilled, very professional and abundantly friendly and courteous.   The severity of the dental injuries meant that implants were the best option. Throughout three years of dental procedures (protracted due to COVID restrictions), Derek never missed a phone call he had promised to make and was always pro-active with e-mails informing me of progress with the case. He was instrumental in ensuring the dental bill of £9000 was paid in advance by the insurers.   The eventual settlement negotiated by Derek was very much at the high end of my most optimistic expectations. I firmly believe that Derek’s experience and expertise were fundamental in achieving this very successful outcome. I would warmly and confidently recommend Derek to anyone in need of legal assistance in similar circumstances. G.C., Prestwick

“Not long after I retired my wife and I were on a motorcycle when a car crossed onto our side of the road, resulting in a head-on collision. I was hospitalised for eight months, suffering multiple injuries, some of which have left me with permanent disability. A union referred our case to Thompsons and Derek McLean took charge of my part of the case. He stood with me at every step of the process during the two years until resolution, explaining how the system worked and encouraging me if progress stalled for any reason.  Regular phone calls and email updates continued throughout the period and I can now happily call Derek not just an advisor, but a friend.  His efforts on my behalf resulted in a settlement of £250,000 and I am extremely grateful to him”.  Mr P L, Fife

“Having been seriously injured in a traffic accident I contacted Thompsons Solicitors on the advice of a friend. From the outset Mr McLean treated me with the utmost respect and understanding. Not only was he very approachable, everything was explained clearly, queries were responded to quickly and his most thorough and efficient handling of the case resulted in me receiving over £40,000 in compensation – a most satisfactory result. Thank You.” Mr A P, Aberdeenshire.

"I can't rate Thompsons and Derek McLean highly enough.   I was referred to Thompsons Edinburgh through my Union's legal service after a serious road traffic accident in January 2015 and my case was dealt with by Derek.   He was always available by email and he made arrangements for regular phone calls and always phoned when he said he would.  He was so professional and took total control which put my mind at ease. He helped and guided me every step of the way.  It has been a long lengthy process and although I have been unable to get back to work full time as my injuries were  life-changing, Derek has ensured that I have financial security for my family. I was delighted with the £357,500 settlement he secured for me."  P, Ayrshire

"Being a pedestrian who suffered serious and life changing injuries following a road traffic accident, a good friend recommended Thompsons as a reputable firm of solicitors to help me with my case.  I was put in contact with Derek McLean who ensured I fully understood the complex legal nature of my case in order to allow me to make the right decisions about compensation. Derek was fantastic, he was down to earth and very approachable, he was always quick to respond to any emails and was a great support to me throughout the two and a half year process.  I received a settlement of £120,000 plus recoverable sick pay of £16,000 to go back to my employers".  Ms R.T., Portlethen


LL.B Law Degree (2002) University of Strathclyde

Diploma in Legal Practice (2003) Glasgow Graduate School of Law

Certificate in Advanced Advocacy (2006) American National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Certificate in Management for Lawyers (2015) Central Law Training in Conjunction with University of Strathclyde.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injuries Lawyers (PEOPIL)

Thompsons Representative - Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS); a national association of solicitors representing the victims of road accidents. The society is non-profit making and all members are experts in road traffic and personal injury claims. Among other things, MASS lobbies the Government to ensure and protect the rights of accident victims.



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