Bilaal Shabbir

Junior (Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2023

General information

Bilaal practises in both Scotland and Jersey, focusing on public law, commercial dispute resolution and offshore trust litigation. He is a Panel Member on the Football Association’s (FA) National Serious Case Panel.

Prior to calling to the Scottish Bar in 2023, Bilaal was Head of Court of Session Litigation at a boutique litigation firm in Edinburgh. As a solicitor, Bilaal had a significant and varied judicial review practice encompassing immigration/nationality law, professional liability, oil and gas and electoral disputes. He acted as Edinburgh Agent for several years in some of the leading public law cases in Scotland and gained experience in obtaining urgent interim interdicts. Bilaal has an interest in sports law. In his current role as Panel Member for the FA, he adjudicates on all types of serious football disciplinary matters within grassroots football and is involved in the issuing of sanctions to players and other participants.

He also practised within a Band 1 rated team in a leading international law firm defending a broad spectrum of professional negligence claims, primarily for professionals in the construction sector, insurance brokers, financial advisors and accountants, on behalf of some of the UK’s largest insurers. His practice encompassed wider commercial litigation work including commercial contracts, insolvency, and shipping. He was involved in advising and representing a core participant in the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry. Whilst devilling, Bilaal gained further experience in professional negligence claims against solicitors.

In his Jersey practice, Bilaal regularly acts for ultra HNWIs, law firms, settlors, trustees and foreign insolvency practitioners in offshore trust and international insolvency litigation before the Royal Court of Jersey. Bilaal has assisted in the preparation of expert reports on issues of Jersey trust and insolvency law for use in foreign proceedings.

Bilaal tutors on the postgraduate and undergraduate Public Law courses at the University of Edinburgh and has been a guest lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. He is an author for Free Movement, one of the UK’s leading immigration law blogs.

Bilaal is also a regular trainer and has organised, chaired and presented at some of the largest legal conferences in Scotland and for most of the major CPD providers. He is a trainer with Bond Solon and provides accredited training for expert witnesses giving evidence in UK courts.

He is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA). In December 2022, Bilaal obtained a Diploma in Islamic Finance with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

He has rights of audience before the Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) Court in Kazakhstan.

Areas of expertise


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Steven Walker KC to speak at the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)

We are delighted to invite you to attend the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) “International ADR Week 2022” with the most excited topic that you are looking for “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic”. 

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14th July 2022 at 10:00 – 18:00 (GMT+7 Thailand time)

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Commercial / Land & Property Seminar

Friday 21st April 2023

1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT

Themis are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Glasgow Conference on Friday 21st April at the Hilton from 1pm-5pm.  Talks will be provided on Commercial and Land & Property.  The event is free to attend, however a donation to our charity of the year Andys Man Club would be appreciated.  You will be accredited 3 hours CPD and is open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals. 

To register please complete the undernoted registration form.

1:00 – Registration & Refreshments

1:30Andys Man Club (Charity of the Year)

1:45Michael Upton – If Personal Bar is Personal can it also be Real?

2:30Alan McLean KC – The Law of Prescription

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30Catherine MacColl – How bright a light at the end of the tunnel? How to consider director’s duties in the face of insolvency following the case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA.

4:15Julie McKinley – Case law update

5:00 – Conclusion

5:15 – Drinks and Canapes for which all attendees are invited.