Stephen is an experienced civil practitioner with a specialism in cost matters, gained over 20 years representing both paying and receiving parties. Stephen is noted for his persuasive advocacy skills and his comprehensive knowledge of the civil procedure rules. He undertakes detailed assessment hearings and is increasingly sought after for CCMC hearings where he has a reputation for being proactive, having a good relationship with costs drafts people and achieving very favourable costs outcomes. Stephen has considerable experience in arguing for costs with regard to Part 36 Offers, security for costs, wasted costs and dis-application of costs on the discontinuance of a claim.
Currently, he is involved in a number of matters concerning fundamental dishonesty, including a High Court application under section 57 of The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, following a three day liability only trial.
Stephen has also recently appeared in court on a number of costs appeals concerning the application of the RTA Protocol and reallocation of cases pursuant to the authority of Conlon v Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Plc.
Stephen regularly advises lay clients and solicitors in respect of cost issues and has provided presentations on Civil Procedure Rule 36 and on the practical implications of Part 36 Offers. He also writes articles on costs matters
Recent Talks and Articles
Part 36’s self contained procedural code continues to attract some discretion
Claimant Secures Costs Despite ‘Dishonest’ Conduct
Part 36 Update
"Has solid expertise in industrial disease claims, road traffic accidents and complex medical cases." "He has expertise in employers’ and public liability claims."
Legal 500 2019
"Unflappable and methodical”
Legal 500 2017
"A safe pair of hands”
Legal 500 2016
BSc (Hons), Bristol 1995
Dip Law, BPP Law School 1996
BVC (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law 1997