Themis Advocates

Chris Stephen

Junior (Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2022

General information

Chris called to the Scottish Bar in 2022 as a Lord Hope scholar. 

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).

During his devilling period, Chris gained experience in a variety of public law matters, including immigration and judicial review, as well as in employment law and criminal law.

Areas of expertise


T: 0131 226 2881

Clerks and contact

Elizabeth Archibald

John-Ross Morland

Themis Advocates Inaugural Conference

Thurs 8th Sep 2022

We are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Personal Injury Conference which will take place on Thursday 8th September at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR. The event is free to attend,  accredited for 3 hours CPD and open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals.

1:00pm –  Registration & Refreshments

1:30pm – Introduction

1:45pm  – Alan McLean QC – Recent developments in limitation

2:30pm  – Michael Dempsey – QOCS: One Year On

3:15pm –  Refreshment Break

3:30pm – David James – Evidence, experts and issues at proof

4:15pm – Chris Miller – Quantum Update: Judicial Awards in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Cases in Scotland

5:00pm – Conclusion

5:15pm – Drinks & Canapés for which all attendees are invited

Steven Walker QC 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”. 

The webinar is entitled “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic” and will feature Steven Walker QC of Themis Advocates.

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

Please register from this link here



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