Themis Advocates are delighted to welcome their newest members Kristian Whitaker and Bilaal Shabbir, after being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates.


Kristian Whitaker
– Kristian joins Themis with a vast wealth of experience having been a solicitor for 9 years practising in commercial energy law within leading international firms in Scotland, Singapore and London. Having worked on high value international complex energy projects, he has also been involved in international arbitration relating to energy disputes. The focus of Kristian’s devilling was public law where he gained experience in equality, human rights, immigration, and asylum law. In addition, he was also involved in criminal trials and appeals

Bilaal Shabbir – Prior to calling to the Scottish Bar in 2023, Bilaal was Head of Court of Session Litigation at a boutique litigation firm in Edinburgh. As a solicitor, Bilaal had a significant and varied judicial review practice encompassing immigration/nationality law, professional liability, oil and gas and electoral disputes. He acted as Edinburgh Agent for several years in some of the leading public law cases in Scotland.

Bilaal also practised within a Band 1 rated team in a leading international law firm defending professional negligence claims, primarily for professionals in the construction sector, insurance brokers, financial advisors and accountants, on behalf of some of the UK’s largest insurers. His practice encompassed wider commercial litigation work including commercial contracts, insolvency, and shipping. He was involved in advising and representing a core participant in the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry. Whilst devilling, Bilaal gained further experience in professional negligence claims against solicitors.

Themis Practice Manager, Kiera Johnston stated “I am delighted to welcome both Bilaal and Kristian to Themis Advocates. Both are extremely, well established litigators, whom I am excited to be working with and building their practices together. They bring a wealth of knowledge and will be great additions to the team.”

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.