LL.B. (with French language) (first class), University of Glasgow

B.C.L., Lincoln College, Oxford

M.Sc. (philosophy), University of Edinburgh

LL.M., Yale Law School

Dip.L.P., University of Glasgow

Special interests

Company and commercial

Media, defamation and privacy

Planning and Environmental

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Stephen practises across a wide spectrum of company and commercial litigation and judicial review.

He works as part of a team in larger cases and has appeared as sole counsel in the Inner and Outer Houses. He advises clients in contentious and non-contentious matters in all areas of his practice. His recent work includes substantial litigation in the Commercial Court and in judicial review petitions.

Stephen is dual-qualified in England and Wales and maintains an active practice from Essex Court Chambers, a leading commercial set.

Before coming to the bar, Stephen was judicial assistant to Lord Kerr in the Supreme Court, where he worked on a number of leading public law, human rights, and equality cases.

Stephen is a standing junior counsel to the Scottish Government. He is also on the Attorney General’s UK-wide public international law panel of counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel.


Ahmed-Sheikh v Law Society of Scotland 2020 SLT 1

Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2019] 1 CMLR 29

Sundolitt v Addison [2017] CSIH 15