David James

Junior (Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2022

General information

Ranked as a Rising Star in Employment for Legal 500 UK 2024 – “David has a keen eye for detail. He is very well-prepared and conscientious, and is clearly very bright and personable.”

David called to the Bar in 2022. He principally deals with employment law, public law and professional negligence, but has a broad practice.

In his employment practice, David appears in Employment Tribunals across Scotland and England. He also has a thriving appellate practice, as he is frequently instructed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and has appeared as junior alone in the Inner House. Further, David is experienced in issues of professional regulation, having advised on regulatory matters and appeared before regulatory bodies.

David has developed a particular expertise in discrimination cases arising under the Equality Act 2010. He is often instructed to deal with thorny issues of equality law, arising both in employment and in other contexts such as housing and services.

David is regularly instructed in the Court of Session in professional negligence actions. David has, in particular, significant experience in medical negligence cases. He is often instructed in serious fatal cases, involving extensive expert evidence from a multiplicity of medical professionals.

Finally, David has a particular interest in public law, judicial review, and human rights. David has argued judicial review proceedings in the Outer House for both petitioners and respondents, encompassing a variety of areas such as immigration and asylum, and statutory interpretation. David has also published on elements of judicial review, and frequently gives presentations on matters of public law.

Reflecting his interests and expertise, David tutors at the University of Edinburgh in administrative law and employment law.

Selected cases
Petition of Burns Pharmacy Ltd. for Judicial Review [2023] CSOH 60

Greater Glasgow Health Board v Mullen [2023] EAT 122

Time Bar in Judicial Review, S.L.T. 2023, 1, 1-7

Dan Byrne K.C.; Chris Paterson K.C.; Gareth Jones K.C.

Areas of expertise


T: 0131 226 2881

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”. 

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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Employment Law Conference

Friday 24th May 2024

The Royal Mile, 80 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

Themis Advocates are delighted to invite you to attend our Employment Law Conference on Friday 24th May at the Radisson Blu, High Street, Edinburgh from 1pm-5pm.  The event is free to attend, open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals and you will be accredited 3 hours CPD.


1300 hrs – Registration & Refreshments

1330 hrsKaterina SteinCase Law Update

1415 hrs – Catherine MacColl – Venturing beyond the contract – the quest for the true agreement in employment relationships

1500 hrs – Refreshment Break

1520 hrsDavid James – Whistleblowing Update

1600 hrsTim Haddow Free Speech and the Workplace

1645 hrs – Conclusion

1700 hrs – Drinks & Canapés to which all attendees are invited

To book your place please register here: