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Stephen has a broad civil practice with particular emphasis on commercial and international disputes and on workplace and discrimination claims. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

In 2017, Stephen was seconded to a leading law firm in Dubai to provide advice and pleadings in several complex multi-million pound claims arising out incomplete large-scale construction, infrastructure and development projects in the Middle East.

Stephen is one of the three co-authors of the Employment Law Handbook 2017, published by the Law Society of England and Wales.

Prior to joining Chambers, Stephen worked at an English law firm where he worked on a variety of cases, from personal injury arising out of mental injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail, to large group financial litigation involving thousands of clients.

Before being called to the Bar, Stephen studied law at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was elected President of the Jesus College Law Society. He has participated in, and won, a large number of advocacy competitions, both whilst representing Cambridge University and whilst representing Lincoln’s Inn, including appearing before Lord Clarke JSC in the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

In a recent judgment in a High Court appeal in which Stephen acted for the successful Appellant, Foskett J. observed that Stephen “produced a first-class Skeleton Argument […]. The quality of the Skeleton Argument was matched also by the quality of his oral submissions. Whatever the outcome of this appeal, the Appellant could not have been better represented ”.

Commercial & Chancery

Stephen is regularly instructed to advise and represent clients in a wide range of commercial and civil disputes in England and Wales and internationally.

As well as acting under sole instructions, he has significant experience of working within a team of lawyers in complex and sensitive disputes.

Stephen’s recent Commercial & Chancery experience includes:

  • Working as part of a team of counsel reviewing the casefile of a government regulator in a claim for multi-million pound losses arising out of an allegedly malicious prosecution
  • Acting for a UAE-registered multi-national company and drafting pleadings in civil proceedings before the Dubai Courts arising out of an aborted large-scale development project
  • Assisting in advising and drafting proceedings in a claim arising out of allegedly fraudulent misselling in an investment scheme
  • Acting for an online retailer in potential civil and regulatory proceedings in the UK and abroad arising out of online selling.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Stephen has experience of resolving disputes outside of the standard court process.  In addition to his experience of ADR in England and Wales, Stephen has experience of bringing and defending claims in number of different international tribunals, especially in the Middle East.

Stephen has experience of litigation and ADR in both civil and common law jurisdictions and has been involved in advising European firms on the resolution of disputes governed by foreign substantive or procedural rules outside the traditional court system.

In 2017, Stephen spent four months at the Dubai office of a leading UAE law firm, Horizons & Co.  He drafted pleadings and provided advice in a number of complex commercial cases involving multi-million pound claims arising out incomplete large-scale construction and development projects.

Stephen’s recent Alternative Dispute Resolution experience includes:

  • Representing a Dubai-based company in arbitrations at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) arising out of incomplete construction projects in the UAE
  • Representing a Qatari engineering company in an Internal Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Doha
  • Advising a UAE corporation on a claim before the Dubai Courts arising out of a failed infrastructure development in Dubai
  • Assisting in advising a prominent UK law firm on the duty of good faith in UAE law in a large DIAC arbitration.

Employment & Discrimination

Stephen is one of the three co-authors of the Employment Law Handbook, published by the Law Society of England and Wales (forthcoming, 2017).

He is regularly instructed to advise and to appear in the Employment Tribunal and courts on a range of workplace claims on behalf of both employers and employees, and has a particular interest in discrimination claims.

Stephen’s recent Employment & Discrimination experience includes:

  • Appearing as sole counsel representing the Appellant in a successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a discrimination claim
  • Acting for an employee in a successful whistleblowing claim arising out of the reporting of abuse in a care home
  • Representing employers and employees in several multi-day race and disability discrimination hearings in the Employment Tribunal.

Financial Services

Stephen’s recent Financial Services experience includes:

  • Being part of the team managing a judicial review claim by a group of Claimants seeking review of the regulator’s determination in a joint investment scheme, with Oliver Assersohn
  • Advising and drafting proceedings for the Claimant in a misrepresentation claim against a financial advisor
  • Assisting Farhaz Khan in advising foreign entities on compliance with domestic regulations and the jurisdictional scope of the English regulations
  • Assisting in advising on Consumer Credit Act claims arising out of failed timeshare agreements.

Clinical Negligence

Stephen has experience of a wide range hearings including multitrack, fast track and small claims proceedings and inquests hearings in the County Court and in the Coroner’s Court.  He is often instructed to advise and draft proceedings on behalf of NHS Trusts, claimants and insurers.

Stephen’s recent Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury experience includes:

  • Representing the Claimant in a multi-track claim arising out of mental injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail
  • Representing the family of the deceased patient in an inquest arising out of a death in hospital where the Coroner found that there had been a number of significant failings by the NHS Trust
  • Representing an NHS Trust in an Inquest into the death of a patient in the community who died following repeated admissions to, and discharge from, hospital
  • Assisting Eliot Woolf, working on a number of lengthy High Court clinical negligence trials and settlements, including claims against the Ministry of Defence.

Personal Injury

Stephen has experience of a wide range hearings including multitrack, fast track and small claims proceedings and inquests hearings in the County Court and in the Coroner’s Court.  He is often instructed to advise and draft proceedings on behalf of NHS Trusts, claimants and insurers.

Stephen’s recent Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury experience includes:

  • Representing the Claimant in a multi-track claim arising out of mental injuries sustained during detention in a foreign jail
  • Representing the family of the deceased patient in an inquest arising out of a death in hospital where the Coroner found that there had been a number of significant failings by the NHS Trust
  • Representing an NHS Trust in an Inquest into the death of a patient in the community who died following repeated admissions to, and discharge from, hospital
  • Assisting Eliot Woolf, working on a number of lengthy High Court clinical negligence trials and settlements, including claims against the Ministry of Defence.

Health, Safety & Environment

As part of his personal injury and claims arising out of the workplace, Stephen is often instructed in Health and Safety matters to provide advice and representation in a variety of different courts.

Stephen’s recent Health, Safety & Environment experience includes:

  • Representing a distribution network operator in Coronial proceedings
  • Representing the family of a patient who died in hospital in circumstances where hospital records were alleged to have been dishonestly fabricated
  • Working with James Leonard on the defence of a multi-billion pound company in an Health and Safety Executive prosecution arising out of deaths whilst working on the electricity network
  • Assisting in advising a large hotel chain following a significant explosion on its premises.

 

Appointments & Memberships

  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Awards

  • Bar Professional Training Course, ‘Outstanding’
  • Bar Professional Training Course, ‘Outstanding’
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Glanville Williams Prize for Law, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Ng Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Hogan Lovells Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge

Languages

  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (basic)
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