Themis Advocates

Iain Halliday

Junior (Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2022

General information

Iain called to the Bar in 2022 as a Faculty Scholar. He specialises in public law, including immigration and asylum, retained EU law, human rights, and judicial review.

Whilst devilling, Iain gained experience of drafting petitions and answers for judicial reviews and preparing notes of argument and grounds of appeal. He also gained experience of commercial procedure, drafting pleadings for breach of contract and professional negligence actions, and opinions on issues such as implied contractual terms and enforceability of a standard security.

During his time as a solicitor, Iain regularly appeared in the immigration tribunal in complex criminal deportation, EEA, human rights, and asylum appeals. He has litigated several cases in which the best interests of the child were a key issue. He was also involved in a Sheriff Court action for damages seeking reparation following detention of fishing vessels by the Home Office.

Iain was appointed as a Nominated Presenting Officer by the Office of the Advocate General in April 2022, representing the Secretary of State in immigration appeals. Notwithstanding this appointment, he is free to accept instructions on behalf of petitioners and appellants.

In June 2022 Iain was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Faculty of Advocates Complaints Committee & Disciplinary Tribunal.

Whilst devilling, Iain worked for the Citizens Rights Project as a Welfare Rights Officer, drafting information sheets outlining the requirements EU citizens need to meet to access benefits. Iain also regularly writes for the Free Movement blog.


Bachelor of Laws with Honours of the First Class, University of Glasgow, 2013

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen, 2014



David Massaro (commercial contracts, property, professional negligence, judicial review)

Tim Haddow (public law, immigration, human rights)

Janice Green (criminal)

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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