Themis Advocates

Laura Dunlop QC

Senior Counsel

Year of call: 1989 | Year of silk: 2002


General information

Laura is experienced in a wide range of Civil Litigation and has long standing experience of all kinds of Personal Injury work. She currently practises mainly in Administrative Law and Professional Negligence. Whilst at the Bar she has been involved in a number of Public Inquiries – including Dunblane, the Fraser Inquiry into the cost of building the Scottish Parliament and the Penrose Inquiry into viral transmission by blood and blood products.

Laura is ranked Band 1 in Clinical Negligence Chambers UK 2017 for the third year (see also 2015 & 2013):
“Widely recommended for her clinical negligence expertise. She is also noted for her work in relation to high-profile public inquiries. She is an excellent senior counsel – very experienced, with high attention to detail. She is unflappable and gets very good results.”

Laura is ranked Band 1, Clinical Negligence 2016
Laura Dunlop QC of Themis Advocates is widely recognised for both her clinical negligence practice and her work in public inquiries. She is highly regarded by peers for the breadth of her experience. 
Strengths: “She is one of those QCs that could turn her hand to anything.”

  • LL.B (First Class Hons) University of Edinburgh (1983)
  • Dip.L.P. University of Edinburgh (1984)
  • Honorary Doctorate of the University of Stirling (2015)
  • Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries/Rural Affairs (1993 – 2002)
  • Member of Lord Coulsfield’s Working Party on reform of Personal Injury rules in the Court of Session (1997 – 1998)
  • Convener of Scottish Executive Appeal Body regarding vocational training for general medical practice (2000 – 2005)
  • Assessor to the Faculty of Actuaries Disciplinary Tribunal (2002 – 2008)
  • Member of the Scottish Consumer Council Civil Justice Review Group (2004 – 2005
  • Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (2005 to date)
  • Part Time Law Commissioner (2009 to 2014)
  • Senior Counsel to Penrose Inquiry (2009 – 2015)
  • Legal Member, Pensions Appeal Tribunals for Scotland (2015 to date)
  • Convener, Law Reform Committee of Faculty of Advocates (2015 to date)
  • Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber (2018 to date)


T: 0131 260 5654

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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