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Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler

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Stephen practises in commercial and civil law with particular focus on enforcing the rights of his clients in employment and international disputes.

He advises and represents clients in disputes in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court, and Employment Tribunal.  Stephen has significant experience of working with international clients, both in the UK and abroad. He has spent time living and working in the Middle East, and has worked on litigation and arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Appeal Tribunal, 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 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 lectures, trains and publishes on advocacy and legal issues with particular expertise in the developing law around cryptoassets.

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.

Commercial & Chancery

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

Stephen has experience of dispute resolution and litigation and in both civil and common law jurisdictions. He 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 England and Wales and abroad, especially in the Middle East.

Stephen has spent four months working in the Dubai office of a leading UAE law firm. He worked a number of complex commercial cases involving multi-million pound claims arising out incomplete large-scale construction and development projects.

Stephen’s recent and current work includes:

  • representing the claimant company at trial and on appeal in consolidated proceedings against several hundred defendants involving allegations of unlawful collective investment schemes, misrepresentation and conspiracy
  • representing a Scottish company in claims arising out of constitutional changes in multiple timeshare clubs in Europe and the UK
  • acting for a UAE-registered multi-national company in proceedings arising out of an aborted large-scale development project in Dubai
  • defending an online trading platform in misrepresentation and breach of contract claims
  • representing an online retailer in potential civil and regulatory proceedings in the UK and abroad arising out of online selling
  • a contractual dispute arising out of domestic building work
  • representing a Dubai-based company in arbitrations at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) arising out of incomplete construction projects in the UAE
  • assisting in an international administrative law appeal from a decision of the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal
  • 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
  • working as part of a large counsel team in the multi-million-pound conspiracy claims brought by Robert Tchenguiz in the Commercial Court

Stephen has published and lectured to the Dubai Internal Financial Centre Academy of Law and in the UK on the development of the law around cryptoassets and smart contracts.

Appointments & Memberships

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


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