Themis Advocates

Junior Counsel

(Called for over seven years)

Year of call: 1991

Areas of expertise: Alternative Dispute ResolutionLand & Property 
and Commercial 

Michael has extensive experience and expertise in most areas of civil litigation. He has particular experience in Agricultural Law, Planning, Electronic Communications cases and Tax.

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Year of call: 1992

Areas of expertise: Employment


As one of the longer serving junior members of Themis Advocates, Mike has gained considerable knowledge of most areas of Scots Law. 

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Year of call: 1993

Areas of expertise: Family and employment

After instructing counsel in the Orkney Abuse Inquiry John joined the Bar in 1993. Whilst gaining experience in Personal Injury and Secular Law John’s primary focus remains in the Family Law Field. John is frequently involved in long running child related cases.

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Year of call: 1995

Areas of expertise: NegligenceLand & Property and Commercial

As a busy and successful Junior Counsel, Mr Davidson has built up a large civil practice in many different areas of Scots Law. He has extensive experience over a wide spectrum of litigation within the reparation field, Mr Davidson’s early career concentrated on pursuing and defending high value claims. 

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Year of call: 1998




Andrew called to the Bar in 1998 and since then has developed a substantial judicial review and appellate practice.  He specialises in nationality, immigration & asylum law and human rights law.  

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Year of call: 1999

Areas of expertise: Negligence

Since calling at the Bar, Ross has been well instructed with a busy civil practice with appearances in the Court of Session, sheriff courts, employment and employment appeal tribunals.

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Year of call: 2000

 

Gerry’s principle practice is in professional disciplinary proceedings. He acts as an Independent Legal Advisor in hearings before the practice committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council…

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Year of call: 2000

Areas of practice: Employment and Public Law

Ken was a solicitor for 22 years before coming to the Bar in 1977. Having called in 2000, he spent several years doing general work, with an emphasis on personal injury and employment cases. In 2005, he began doing immigration cases, and has specialised in these for over 16 years now.

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Year of call: 2001

Areas of expertise: Land & Property and Commercial 

Fintan has appeared before the Court of Session, Inner and Outer House (including commercial causes), High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Court. His practice is broad ranging and civil in nature.

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Year of call: 2003

Areas of expertise: Public Law and Family

Since calling at the Bar, although practicing across a range of areas, David’s primary areas of practice have been Family Law and Mental Health.

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Year of call: 2004

Areas of expertise: Crime and Public Law 

Please contact the Clerks for any information regarding Chris Pirie

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Year of call: 2006

Areas of expertise: Public Law & Equality

Alan worked for 9 years as a solicitor with Gray & Co., Glasgow and Irving & Co., London. 

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Year of call: 2008

Areas of expertise: Commercial, Land & Proprety and Employment 

Catherine practices in a number of areas of civil law, focusing on property-related and contractual disputes. She also has considerable experience in cases arising from sequestration, advising both trustees and other interested parties. 

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Year of call: 2008

Areas of expertise: Employment, Negligence and Land & Property

Kenny practised in civil litigation as a solicitor for nine years. Since calling to the bar he has continued to practise in civil law with particular emphasis on disputes involving Employment Law, Reparation (including professional and medical negligence), Land Law and Wills and Executries. 

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Year of call: 2012




After practising as a solicitor for over nine years, David called to the Bar in 2012. 

Since calling at the Bar, David has been instructed in a variety of cases, predominantly civil and commercial in nature.

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Year of call: 2013

Areas of expertise: Public Law & Equality, Employment, FamilyLand & Property and Commercial

After practising as a solicitor in both the public and private sectors, Julie called to the Bar in 2013.  As a solicitor in private practice Julie specialised in commercial litigation with an emphasis on property litigation.

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Year of call: 2013

Areas of expertise: Public Law and Employment

Katerina Stein grew up in Prague and Germany. She studied at the University of Frankfurt/Main before moving to Scotland to teach at the University of Edinburgh.

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Year of call: 2014

Areas of expertise: Public LawCommercial and Land & Property

Graham called to the bar in 2014 after practising for six years as a commercial litigator with Dundas & Wilson CS LLP.

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Year of call: 2014

Areas of expertise: Commercial and Negligence

Andrew graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1999 with a Master of Arts in Economics. He then trained as an actor, graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with a Postgraduate Diploma in Acting. 

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Year of call: 2014



Chris graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2009 with a first class honours degree in law.

As an advocate, he has represented clients in the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session, the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary…

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Junior counsel

(Called for under seven years)

Year of call: 2016

Areas of expertise: Alternative Dispute ResolutionCommercialCrimeLand & Property and Public Law

Since being admitted in July 2016, Tim has been instructed in a range of matters including immigration, human rights, property, procurement…

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Year of call: 2017

Areas of expertise: Commercial,  CrimeEmploymentNegligence and Land & Property

Michael Dempsey called to the bar in July 2017. Prior to turning to the law, Michael graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2011 with a BA in politics. 

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Year of call: 2019




Before turning to law, Tracey was a registered general nurse. She undertook the LLB at Strathclyde University, graduating in 2005 and completing the Diploma in Legal Practice in 2006.  

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Year of call: 2020

Areas of expertise: Crime and Negligence


Robert was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2020 after training with one of Scotland’s leading litigation firms. His main areas of practice are reparation, professional negligence, professional disciplinary…

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Year of call: 2020

Areas of expertise: Negligence, Crime and  Commercial 

Since calling to the Bar in 2020, Chris has developed a mixed practice of Criminal and Civil Law having represented clients in the High Court of Justiciary, the Court of Session, and the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland.

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Year of call: 2021

Areas of expertise: Public LawFamilyEmployment and Crime

Susan’s career spans private and public practice; undertaking a broad range of Civil and Criminal litigation, regularly appearing in civil courts, criminal courts and tribunals at all levels. Susan is experienced in cases involving murder, sexual offences, and misuse of drugs, in addition to all aspects of Family, Employment and Public law.

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Year of call: 2022

Areas of expertise: Crime, Land and Property and Public Law & Equality

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

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Year of call: 2022

Areas of expertise: Public LawCrimeLand & Property and Negligence 

Jordanna practiced as an asylum and immigration solicitor in Glasgow for 5 years  before calling to the Bar in 2022. She has appeared regularly in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal in Glasgow, representing clients in asylum, immigration and deportation appeals. 

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Year of call: 2022

Areas of expertise: Employment, Public Law and Negligence 

David called to the Bar in 2022 following a number of years practicing as an Employment solicitor with a leading litigation organisation in the public sector.

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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.

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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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