Leo Hofford KC, FCIARB

Year of call: 1990 | Year of silk: 2008

General information

Leo has more than 30 years litigation experience, both as a solicitor and as an Advocate. He has gained considerable experience in all areas of Civil Litigation and has made regular appearances in Scotland’s courts, predominantly in the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session. His area of particular expertise is personal injury, commercial disputes and professional / clinical negligence litigation and arbitration. He has considerable experience leading cases with high end value – often in excess of £1 million. He regularly deals with highly complex legal and quantification issues. He has also been lead counsel in a number of civil jury trials. He represents both pursuers and defenders. He is generally commended by agents and clients for his down-to-earth practical approach, his coolness under fire and his high success rate; he is as skilful in pre-trial negotiation as he is in court technique.  He is the favoured counsel for many of the larger firms.  Leo took Silk in 2008 and has since qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is also an active Member of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service.  He accepts instructions in both international and domestic arbitration.

  • BA University of Edinburgh
  • LL.B University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Legal Practice University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of Faculty Dispute Resolution Service

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.