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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, published by the Law Society of England and Wales (forthcoming, 2017).

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 ”.

Commercial & Chancery

Stephen is regularly instructed to advise and represent clients in a wide range of commercial and civil disputes in England and Wales and internationally.

As well as acting under sole instructions, he has significant experience of working within a team of lawyers in complex and sensitive disputes.

Stephen’s recent Commercial & Chancery experience includes:

  • Working as part of a team of counsel reviewing the casefile of a government regulator in a claim for multi-million pound losses arising out of an allegedly malicious prosecution
  • Acting for a UAE-registered multi-national company and drafting pleadings in civil proceedings before the Dubai Courts arising out of an aborted large-scale development project
  • Assisting in advising and drafting proceedings in a claim arising out of allegedly fraudulent misselling in an investment scheme
  • Acting for an online retailer in potential civil and regulatory proceedings in the UK and abroad arising out of online selling.

Appointments & Memberships

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

Awards

  • 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

Languages

  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (basic)
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