S O'Rourke

Stephen R. O'Rourke Q.C.

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2017


LL.B. (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Accredited by American National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Mediator & Director of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Special interests

Company and commercial

Professional liability and regulation

Public and fatal accident inquiries

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Stable telephone number

0131 260 5830

Emma Potter

Andrew Veitch

Tracy Whitelaw


Ranked as a leading commercial junior in the latest (2016) edition of Legal 500, Stephen ‘has a first-rate reputation in high value cases’.

The same edition also ranks Stephen as a leading junior in the fields of civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries and public and administrative law (including local government), mentioning that ‘his recent work included handling immigration and asylum cases for the Home Office.’

Stephen was also ranked by Legal 500 as a leading individual at the Bar in 2015 and described as ‘highly regarded’.

Stephen has appeared in the UK Supreme Court, the Inner and Outer House of the Court of Session, the Sheriff Court, Land Court, Lands Tribunal and Tax Tribunal. He has a regular Valuation for Ratings practice. He has appeared in planning inquiries, before the Traffic Commissioner and before the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal. He has represented solicitors before the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal.

Stephen also has significant defence experience in the areas of regulatory and environmental crime. He was a full time Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor) between 2010 and 2013.

Stephen is a trained and accredited mediator through the New York Center for Understanding in Conflict (where he trained in 2013) and a member of the Scottish Mediation Network. He is a director of the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He accepts instructions both to appear in arbitrations and as arbitrator.


Standing Junior Counsel to Office of the Advocate General 2013 - date

Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor) 2010 - 2013

Member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law