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Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler

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Stephen practises in commercial and civil law with particular focus on employment and international disputes.

He advises and represents clients in disputes in the Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal, and in the High Court, County Court, and Employment Tribunal.

He acts for and against individuals, FTSE 100 companies, major financial institutions and NHS trusts, as well as advising government bodies including The Pensions Ombudsman and international financial regulators.

Stephen has significant experience of working with international clients, both in the UK and abroad. He has worked on litigation and arbitrations before the United Nations Appeal Tribunal, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

Stephen is currently instructed in a large group equal pay claim against a major supermarket, and by a foreign company in a consolidated claim against several hundred defendants concerning alleged unlawful Collective Investments Schemes, economic conspiracy and misrepresentations.

Stephen is co-author of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook, is a contributor to the Pensions chapter of Atkins’ Court Forms, and regularly provides training on advocacy and legal issues.

Before joining Chambers, Stephen worked at an English law firm. He has won several advocacy competitions, including whilst representing Lincoln’s Inn in the Supreme Court.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

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

Stephen has particular experience of dealing with cases which involve overlap between employment and personal injury, including disability-related injuries and mental health.

He is able to advise upon complex and overlapping claims and remedies in the Employment Tribunal and the civil courts.

In addition to domestic claims, Stephen is regularly instructed in cases with an international element or where injuries are sustained abroad.

Stephen’s recent and current work includes:

  • representing the claimant in a multi-track claim arising out of psychiatric injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail
  • 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
  • representing a claimant in proceedings following a negligent avoidable leg amputation
  • advising an Italian claimant on proceedings in England
  • assisting Eliot Woolf QC, working on a number of lengthy High Court clinical negligence trials and settlements, including claims against the Ministry of Defence
  • acting for a surgeon in a claim arising out of unsuccessful cosmetic surgery
  • representing a claimant in a disability discrimination claim involving psychiatric injuries sustained during the course of employment

Appointments & Memberships

  • The Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Free Representation Unit (FRU)
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU)


  • 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.

Areas of Law


“A real talent for the future and one to watch. Calm, forensic and highly persuasive.” Legal 500 2021

“first-class… whatever the outcome of this appeal, the Appellant could not have been better represented” Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB)

“had a commanding grip of the detail of the case which he presented with great determination but also courtesy” MRL v B (March 2019) E6QZ554H


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