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Stephen Butler

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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 ”.

Clinical Negligence

Stephen has experience of a wide range hearings including multitrack, fast track and small claims proceedings and inquests hearings in the County Court and in the Coroner’s Court.  He is often instructed to advise and draft proceedings on behalf of NHS Trusts, claimants and insurers.

Stephen’s recent Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury experience includes:

  • Representing the Claimant in a multi-track claim arising out of mental injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail
  • Representing the family of the deceased patient in an inquest arising out of a death in hospital where the Coroner found that there had been a number of significant failings by the NHS Trust
  • Representing an NHS Trust in an Inquest into the death of a patient in the community who died following repeated admissions to, and discharge from, hospital
  • Assisting Eliot Woolf, working on a number of lengthy High Court clinical negligence trials and settlements, including claims against the Ministry of Defence.

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)

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