Themis Advocates

Leo Hofford QC, 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 negotition 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

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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