Alistair McArthur

Partner, Head of Employment Law

Areas of responsibility

Alistair is an experienced employment lawyer with particular expertise in advising on and dealing with recruitment practices, terms and conditions of employment, discrimination and harassment, termination of contracts and dismissals, the enforcement of post-termination obligations, transfer of undertakings on acquisition and disposal of businesses, restructuring and redundancies.

With a history of acting for banks, financial institutions, manufacturers, retailers as well as companies in the hospitality, logistics and technology sectors, Alistair is accomplished at providing commercial and pragmatic advice to leading blue chip organisations.

Alistair is commercially astute, with an aptitude for negotiation. He takes on work with enthusiasm and a desire to succeed in all matters. This is, however, with the care to ensure he understands his client’s aims and problems at the outset so that strategies can be developed to obtain the best outcome possible.

Alistair is responsible for leading the Employment Department as it continues to provide high quality and effective advice and assistance to both employers and employees alike.


Key projects

  • Alistair helped achieve a positive result for a group of former employees of the London arm of what was King & Wood Mallesons. The 288 claimants in this case were bold to take on a claim like this and they have been very successful. King & Wood Mallesons failed to carry out a necessary legal process to consult with staff before redundancies were made, and we were confident that the former employees had a strong case for compensation through the Employment Tribunal.


Practice head Alistair McArthur is widely lauded, with reviewers recommending him as an ‘exceptionally bright and discerning lawyer’, ‘commercially savvy and decisive’, ‘always making himself available’ and ‘possessing strong business acumen’.Legal 500 2019

Alistair has been recognised by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for a number of years. In the 2016 edition of Legal 500, Alistair is recognised as being an:

  • “extremely professional and knowledgeable solicitor’ with ‘sound business acumen and a no-nonsense approach’”
  • With “notable expertise in post-termination enforcement obligations”

Alistair is a “Recognised Practitioner” in the 2017 edition of Chambers and Partners.
Previous quotes from Chambers and Partners include: 

  • Alistair McArthur of Herrington Carmichael is “very business-focused” and provides “advice that is very tailored and commercial in approach
    Chambers UK Guide 2018



Interests and Hobbies

Outside of work Alistair is married with three young children.


Alistair McArthur

Partner, Head of Employment

Office – 0118 977 4045
Direct – 0118 989 8158
Mobile – 07899 666 661

Alistair McArthur of Herrington Carmichael is “very business-focused” and provides “advice that is very tailored and commercial in approach.

Chambers UK Guide 2018

Accreditations & awards


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