Year of call: 1987
areas of practice
Stephen has been a practising civil barrister since he was called to the Bar. His particular expertise lies in Chancery/Commercial and Employment law.
He worked for many years from London chambers and arrived in chambers in 2006 where he continues to accept instructions in most areas of civil work.
In addition to the breadth and depth of his experience, Stephen attaches particular importance to achieving outcomes which provide real benefit to the client. In all cases he is committed to developing effective working relationships with both solicitor and lay client.
Stephen is quoted in the latest edition of Chambers UK as ''very approachable and a good fighter in court''.
Shareholder’s disputes; director’s duties; appointment and removal of directors; unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions; valuation disputes; shareholders’ agreements; limited liability partnerships, business sales and share purchase agreements.
- Contract disputes including building and construction
- Farm business disputes
- Landlord and tenant
- Property including trusts
- Wills, probate and Inheritance Act claims
- Professional negligence
Specialising in County Court / High Court actions relating to:
1. Restrictive covernants
2. Team moves
3. Setting up in competiton
4. Springboard and other injunctions
5. Directors' and senior officers/managers' breach of fiduciary and other duties
"His advice is concise and he takes the time to explain matters to clients in plain terms" Legal 500 2015
- Recent Longer High Court Trials Have Included Successful Shareholder's Unfair Prejudice Petition Where Judgment Obtained For Client In Excess Of £800K; Dispute Under The Commercial Agents Regulations. Recent Longer County Court Trials: Boundary Disputes; Employee's Restrictive Covenant/ Breach Of Contract And Financial Services Regulations.
- Recent Sizeable Cases Which Didn't Make It To Trial Have Included Breach Of Copyright And Distributorship Agreement (Value Over £1m);
- Current ongoing matters include several disputes under the Public Procurement Regulations; fall-out litigation from the North East Property Buyers collapse; various team departure/ restrictive covenant employment cases; conditional fee agreements and professional negligence.
- Attwell v LB Wandsworth (1995) : 22 HLR 536, CA
- Woodrup v LB Southwark  : IRLR 111
- Afolabi v LB Southwark  : IRLR 220, CA
- McQuillan v McCormack  : EWHC 1112,  EEC 18
- LLB Hons University College London
- Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire