Stephen Goodfellow - Commercial and Chancery
Stephen is an experienced, specialist civil practitioner who regularly deals with matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal, as well as all lower courts including Companies Court and in mediations.
Stephen writes papers, articles and gives presentations on topical or requested subjects, most recently in respect of relief from sanctions, the future of CPR Part 36 and professional negligence claims.
Stephen regularly advises on complex issues of construction and breach of contractual terms, including restraint of trade and confidentiality clauses. He is noted for his attention to detail with his drafting and his persuasive advocacy skills at trial, interlocutory hearings and ex parte injunctions.
Examples of work undertaken
Appeared in the Supreme Court, having successfully represented the Respondent at the Court of Appeal Telchadder v Wickland (Holdings) Ltd  H.L.R. 35, upon the issue of the validity of a notice before action for termination of a mobile home licence. The dispute related to the duration and content of the notice together with issues of discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010. Stephen had obtained an order terminating the licence agreement, following a three day hearing in the County Court.
Successfully resisted winding-up application in Companies Court for outstanding invoices of over £350,000, assisted mediation and drafted pleadings for a more substantial cross claim involving issues of breach of contract, certainty of terms, construction of express and implied terms together with quantification of loss of productivity and loss of reputation.
In a contractual dispute as to whether the sums totalling £200,000 were personal loans or investments in companies (no longer trading), Stephen successfully dismissed an application for summary judgment and subsequently excluded a letter on the basis that it was without prejudice correspondence, although not headed ‘without prejudice’. This was upheld on appeal in the High Court, Bill v Simes  All ER (D) 330.
Achieved substantial damages for monies owed arising from purchase of an on-line printer business, following the setting aside of Judgment in Default. The issues included personal guarantees owed by the Second and Third Defendants and whether ‘earn out’ consideration could be offset due to failure to use “reasonable endeavours” to maximise profit, pursuant the sale agreement.
Obtained favourable determination of the terms and purpose of a trust deed in respect of residential property, following a Beddoe Application for the benefit of trustee. Whilst, one trustee and beneficiary no longer resided at the property another beneficiary continued to reside and claimed a right to remained pursuant to the trust deed, which contained contradictory clauses.
Stephen is also experience with and currently involve in a number of building dispute matters.
BSc (Hons), Bristol 1995
Dip Law, BPP Law School 1996
BVC (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law 1997
Telchadder v Wickland (Holdings) Ltd  1 W.L.R. 4004
Hatton v Connew  EWCA Civ 1681
Bill v Simes  All ER (D) 330
Paseana v Letrex Holdings Ltd  EWCA Civ 1539