Stephen O’Rourke QC (Scotland)

Called 2002 | Silk 2017
"Proactive & Impressive in Court"
Legal 500, 2018
"Stalwart & Fearless"
Legal 500, 2018
"a first-rate reputation in high value cases"
Legal 500, 2016
"a very thorough advocate"
Legal 500, 2017
"recommended for public inquiries"
Legal 500, 2017

Stephen specialises in commercial litigation, public and administrative matters, planning, property and corporate/regulatory crime. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 2002 and made silk in 2017. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018.

Stephen is a careful and accomplished court practitioner with a wealth of experience acting for government, commercial clients and high net worth individuals. He has depth of experience across a range of challenging cases in the areas of commercial law, public and administrative law, planning and property law, fatal accident inquiries and regulatory crime. He is regularly instructed in the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session, the Lands Valuation Appeal Court, the High Court of Justiciary, the Land Court, the Lands Tribunal and other Tribunals.

Stephen is an accredited mediator and accepts instructions both as mediator and as counsel for parties involved in mediation. He also accepts instructions both to represent parties in arbitration and to act as arbitrator.

  • Legal Chair, Parole Board for Scotland, 2017
  • Member of Fraud Advisory Panel, 2017
  • Advocate Member of the Scottish Sentencing Council, 2015 – 2019
  • Standing Junior to the Advocate General for Scotland (General Pool), 2013 – 2017
  • Ad Hoc Reporter to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
  • Advocate Depute (full time High Court prosecutor), 2010 – 2013
  • Director of the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service
  • Trustee of the English Speaking Union, 2013 – 2015
  • Former Tutor in Commercial Law, Business Law and Roman Law, Edinburgh University
  • Member of the Centre for Commercial Law, Edinburgh University
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of Scottish Mediation Network
  • Member of the Council of the Stair Society, 2010 – 2013
  • Member of Faculty Council, 2005 – 2008
Recent Cases

Supreme Court:

Court of Session:

High Court of Justiciary:

Lands Tribunal for Scotland:

  • Council for Music in Hospitals v Trustees of R. Gerald Assoc. 2008 SLT (Lands Tr) 17
  • Graham v Lee [2008/41]