Themis Advocates welcomes new members

Themis Advocates welcomes new members

Pictured: David James (left) and Iain Halliday

Themis Advocates has welcomed its newest members David James, Iain Halliday, Chris Stephen and Jordanna Blockley, after they were admitted to the Faculty of Advocates.

Mr James joins Themis with vast experience in employment law having conducted case management hearings to multi-week evidential hearings, not only on complex discrimination matters but also advising on large commercial transactions and contractual disputes. In addition, David has gained significant experience as a solicitor in clinical negligence and personal injury matters and public and fatal accident inquiries.

Mr Halliday spent eight years as a solicitor specialising in public law, including immigration and asylum law, retained EU law, human rights, and judicial review. He has been instructed in complex deportation, asylum, and human rights appeals including appeals against refusals of returning resident visas, spouse visas, and mental health based private life claims.

Themis Advocates welcomes new members

Pictured: Chris Stephen and Jordanna Blockley

Mr Stephen comes to the bar with a wealth of experience having been a solicitor for 12 years, 10 of which were spent in London working for the UK government, both in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Office of the Advocate General for Scotland. He is in the process of becoming dual qualified as counsel and specialises in dispute resolution, employment, commercial property and public law

Ms Blockley has experience in asylum and immigration matters having appeared regularly in tribunals representing clients in asylum, immigration and deportation appeals and has a particular interest in refugee law. She has also recently gained experience in personal injury actions such as workplace accidents, industrial disease claims, product liability actions, stress at work claims, and occupier and public liability claims both for pursuers and defenders.

Welcoming them to Themis Advocates, stable director Andrew Webster QC said: “We are delighted that out new members have chosen to join Themis and we welcome them heartily. Themis Advocates is committed to servicing the needs of our clients and to provide informed and effective advice and representation at all levels. Our new members add to the strength of our provision and we have every confidence that they will flourish in practise. We wish them well in their new career.”

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