Chris Stephen

Junior (Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2022

General information

Chris called to the Scottish Bar in 2022 as a recipient of a Lord Hope scholarship.  His principal areas of experience and interest are public law, extradition and international law. Chris was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to UK Government departments by the Advocate General for Scotland in December 2022. In that capacity, he has acted as junior Counsel for the UK Government in the judicial review of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (Prohibition on Submission for Royal Assent) Order 2023 and in relation to immigration matters. Since calling, he has also assisted the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry and the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry. He has also been instructed as junior Counsel in extradition cases in the Sheriff Court – such as Lord Advocate (representing the USA) v Nicholas Rossi [2023] SC EDIN 24 – and in the prosecution of serious crimes in the High Court of Justiciary.

Prior to calling to the Bar, Chris was dual-qualified as a solicitor in both Scotland and England & Wales. He trained as a solicitor at Brodies LLP with seats in dispute resolution, employment, commercial property and an external secondment to a financial institution. He practised as a solicitor for over twelve years, including ten years spent in London.

Chris spent three years (2018-2021) as Legal Secretary (Deputy Director) to the Advocate General for Scotland, one of the UK Government’s Law Officers. In doing so, Chris worked on public law litigation of national significance including: the prorogation case (R (Miller) v The Prime Minister and Cherry v Advocate General for Scotland ([2019] UKSC 41); the UK Withdrawal from the EU (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill reference ([2018] UKSC 64); and the Article 50 (Wightman) case heard before the Inner House of the Court of Session ([2018] CSIH 62) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) (C-621/18).

Chris also has particular expertise in public international law.  He was an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for over five years (2013-2018), during which time he represented the UK at the United Nations in New York and before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in contentious proceedings. Prior to joining the FCDO, he worked for law firms Latham & Watkins LLP and Volterra Fietta in London representing private clients and States on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including arbitration proceedings brought under bilateral investment treaties (BITs).  Chris was also an intern with the International Law Programme at Chatham House and is a founder member of the Young Public International Law Group (YPILG).

Chris also worked previously as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Hope of Craighead and Lord Mance in the House of Lords (now the UK Supreme Court).

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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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.