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Stephen practises in commercial and civil law with particular focus on enforcing the rights of his clients in employment and international disputes.
He advises and represents clients in disputes in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, County Court, and Employment Tribunal. Stephen has significant experience of working with international clients, both in the UK and abroad. He has spent time living and working in the Middle East, and has worked on litigation and arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Appeal Tribunal, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.
Stephen is currently instructed in a large group equal pay claim against a major supermarket, and by a foreign company in a claim against several hundred defendants concerning alleged unlawful Collective Investments Schemes, economic conspiracy and misrepresentations.
Stephen is co-author of the Law Society’s Employment Law Handbook, is a contributor to the Pensions chapter of Atkins’ Court Forms and lectures, trains and publishes on advocacy and legal issues with particular expertise in the developing law around cryptoassets.
Before joining Chambers, Stephen worked at an English law firm. He has won several advocacy competitions, including whilst representing Lincoln’s Inn in the Supreme Court.
Employment & Discrimination
Stephen has a busy employment law practice in the Employment Tribunals and civil courts. He often represents clients in complex multi day hearings against senior counsel. His appellate practice encompasses the Court of Appeal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court.
Stephen acts for both claimants and defendants/respondents in a wide variety of employment contexts including FTSE 100 companies, major financial institutions, quasi-government bodies and NHS trusts. He has particular experience of discrimination and equality claims.
Stephen is one of the three co-authors of the Employment Law Handbook, published by the Law Society of England and Wales.
Stephen’s recent and current work includes:
- representing several thousand Tesco workers in multiple equal pay claims in the Employment Tribunal and High Court
- instructed in appeals in the Court of Appeal and High Court arising out of the suspension of a teacher following allegations of abuse, in which the High Court observed that Stephen’s advocacy was “first class” and that the claimant “could not have been better represented” (Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth  EWCA Civ 322;  EWHC 2019 (QB))
- representing the successful appellant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a pregnancy discrimination claim (Nicholson v Hazel House Nursing Home Limited UKEAT/0241/15/LA)
- regularly acting for some of the UK’s largest housing associations in multi-day discrimination claims
- assisting in equal pay and employment terms appeals to the United Nations Appeal Tribunal from decisions of the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation
- acting for an unlawfully dismissed whistleblower in a multi-day whistleblowing claim arising out of the reporting of abuse in a care home
- representing a police employee in multi-day disability discrimination proceedings in the Employment Tribunal
- assisting with an appeal to the United Nations Appeals Tribunal in a claim arising out of classification of roles within an international organisation
- advising a teacher on disciplinary proceedings and appeals to prevent suspension and dismissal
- representing a university in a sex discrimination and part-time working claim
- representing Transport for London in race and sex discrimination claims
- representation at successful Judicial Mediations
Appointments & Memberships
- The Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
- Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
- Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Free Representation Unit (FRU)
- Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
- Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
- Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
- Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
- Bar Professional Training Course, ‘Outstanding’
- Glanville Williams Prize for Law, Jesus College, Cambridge
- Ng Prize, Jesus College, Cambridge
- French (intermediate)
- Spanish (basic)
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Areas of Law
- International Organisations
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Clinical Negligence
- Commercial & Chancery
- Employment & Discrimination
- Financial Services
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Personal Injury
- Pensions & Trusts
“A real talent for the future and one to watch. Calm, forensic and highly persuasive.” Legal 500 2021
“first-class… whatever the outcome of this appeal, the Appellant could not have been better represented” Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth  EWHC 2019 (QB)
“had a commanding grip of the detail of the case which he presented with great determination but also courtesy” MRL v B (March 2019) E6QZ554H