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Stephen has a broad civil practice with particular emphasis on commercial and international disputes and on workplace and discrimination claims. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

In 2017, Stephen was seconded to a leading law firm in Dubai to provide advice and pleadings in several complex multi-million pound claims arising out incomplete large-scale construction, infrastructure and development projects in the Middle East.

Stephen is one of the three co-authors of the Employment Law Handbook 2017, published by the Law Society of England and Wales.

Prior to joining Chambers, Stephen worked at an English law firm where he worked on a variety of cases, from personal injury arising out of mental injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail, to large group financial litigation involving thousands of clients.

Before being called to the Bar, Stephen studied law at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was elected President of the Jesus College Law Society. He has participated in, and won, a large number of advocacy competitions, both whilst representing Cambridge University and whilst representing Lincoln’s Inn, including appearing before Lord Clarke JSC in the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

In a recent judgment in a High Court appeal in which Stephen acted for the successful Appellant, Foskett J. observed that Stephen “produced a first-class Skeleton Argument […]. The quality of the Skeleton Argument was matched also by the quality of his oral submissions. Whatever the outcome of this appeal, the Appellant could not have been better represented ”.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Stephen has experience of resolving disputes outside of the standard court process.  In addition to his experience of ADR in England and Wales, Stephen has experience of bringing and defending claims in number of different international tribunals, especially in the Middle East.

Stephen has experience of litigation and ADR in both civil and common law jurisdictions and has been involved in advising European firms on the resolution of disputes governed by foreign substantive or procedural rules outside the traditional court system.

In 2017, Stephen spent four months at the Dubai office of a leading UAE law firm, Horizons & Co.  He drafted pleadings and provided advice in a number of complex commercial cases involving multi-million pound claims arising out incomplete large-scale construction and development projects.

Stephen’s recent Alternative Dispute Resolution experience includes:

  • Representing a Dubai-based company in arbitrations at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) arising out of incomplete construction projects in the UAE
  • Representing a Qatari engineering company in an Internal Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Doha
  • Advising a UAE corporation on a claim before the Dubai Courts arising out of a failed infrastructure development in Dubai
  • Assisting in advising a prominent UK law firm on the duty of good faith in UAE law in a large DIAC arbitration.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit


  • Bar Professional Training Course, ‘Outstanding’
  • Bar Professional Training Course, ‘Outstanding’
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Glanville Williams Prize for Law, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Ng Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Hogan Lovells Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge


  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (basic)

Stephen Butler is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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