S O'Rourke

Stephen R. O'Rourke Q.C.

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2017


LL.B. (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Accredited by American National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Mediator & Director of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Special interests

Company and commercial

Professional liability and regulation

Public and fatal accident inquiries

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Stephen specialises in commercial litigation, public and administrative matters, planning, property and corporate/regulatory crime.

Legal 500 2017 ranks Stephen as a Tier 1 practitioner for commercial litigation, describing him as ‘a very thorough advocate'and for Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Public Inquiries and Public and Administrative Law (including Local Government) noting that he is ‘recommended for public inquiries'.

Prior to taking Silk Stephen was ranked as a leading commercial junior (Legal 500, 2016) and described as having "a first-rate reputation in high value cases". The same edition also ranked Stephen as a leading junior in the fields of civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries and public and administrative law (including local government), mentioning that ‘his recent work included handling immigration and asylum cases for the Home Office'

Stephen was also ranked by Legal 500 as a leading individual at the Bar in 2015 and described as ‘highly regarded'.


Standing Junior Counsel to Office of the Advocate General 2013 - date

Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor) 2010 - 2013

Member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law