Orla Scanlan


  • Has acquired a wealth of police law experience having been involved in a number of reported and leading cases, including the Court of Appeal case of Cruickshank Limited v Chief Constable of Kent Police.
  • In Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession (2007) Orla was ranked as a leading practitioner in police law nationally and described as the "driving force of the team" with a "solid working knowledge of the practicalities."
  • Practice includes security services, acting on behalf of the leisure/retail industries. Has presented many seminars but most recently on the issue of vicarious liability following the CA judgments of Hawley v Luminar Leisure and Viasystems (Tyneside) Limited v Thermal Transfer (Northern) Limited.
  • Joined BLM's professional indemnity department in 2000, becoming a partner in 2003.
  • Read law at Liverpool University before qualifying in 1994. Practiced in the North West for six years, specialising in defending public and employers’ liability claims on behalf of police forces.


  • Chair of BLM's lawyers' forum.
  • Secretary of BLM's social committee.

Contact Details

+44 20 7865 3306


Orla Scanlan is diligent, collaborative and trusted by clients. She has very good judgement and attention to detail. She is fantastic and personable.

Chambers & Partners 2020

Very approachable, easy to work with and has a wide knowledge of the sector

Chambers and Partners 2019

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