Kenneth Forrest

Junior (Called for over seven years)

Year of call: 2000

General information

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. He has been involved in several notable developments in case law in immigration law and practice including cases involving damages for unlawful detention and breach of human rights. He is frequently instructed in urgent cases.

He also conducts Hearings before Employment Tribunals and advises on all aspects of employment litigation. He also sits as a Justice of the Peace.  

  • Devil Masters: Rory Anderson QC; Gary Allen QC
  • Qualifications: LL.B (Hons)(Glasgow)
  • Member of Rules Rewrite Working Group established by the Scottish Civil Justice Council;
  • Justice of the Peace (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Previously Tutor at Glasgow University (Diploma in Legal Practice, (Advanced Civil));
  • Member of Scottish Immigration Law Practitioners Association;


Tsiklauri v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2020) CSIH 31; certification of family life claim as clearly unfounded);

BH (policies/information: SoS’s duties Iraq  2020 UKUT 189 (importance of distinction between SoS policies and CPIN information)

AJR v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2019) CSIH 24; (2019) SLT 509 (Internal relocation in Kurdistan);

SA v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018) CSIH 28 (whether conduct sufficient to justify deportation) 

PZ v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2018) CSOH 60 (genuineness of Christian conversion)

MS v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2013) CSIH 52 (Article 8 ECHR and the Immigration Rules);


“An Independent and Impartial Tribunal” (CLT Human Rights and UK Practice April 2000);

 “Res Ipsa Loquitur at Parkhead” (Greens Reparation Bulletin September 2000);

“Due Diligence – Must Try Harder” (Scottish Licensing Law and Practice June 2001);

 “Stress at Work – The Next Generation of Claims” (paper to Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow on 3rd October 2002);

Areas of expertise


T: 0131 260 5654

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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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.