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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.

Financial Services

Stephen advises individuals, companies and regulators in England and abroad on a wide variety of matters and has particular expertise in claims relating to cryptoassets.

Stephen’s recent and current work includes:

  • multiple claims against lenders under Consumer Credit Act 1974 arising out of inadequacies in the FCA-approved PPI redress scheme following the Supreme Court’s decision in Plevin v Paragon Finance
  • 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
  • advising on the implications of the regulation of land-based collective investment schemes
  • acting for the claimant in a misrepresentation and professional negligence claim against a financial advisor
  • assisting in a group judicial review of a regulator’s determination in a joint investment scheme
  • advising foreign entities on compliance with domestic regulations and the jurisdictional scope of the English regulations
  • assisting in advising a foreign regulator on enforcement proceedings in relation to unregulated collective investment schemes
  • advising on Consumer Credit Act claims arising out of failed timeshare agreements

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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