Stephen has been practicing at the Bar for over 20 years and is an experienced, specialist civil practitioner who regularly deals with matters in the High Court, as well as the County Court and Land Tribunal. Stephen is noted for his persuasive advocacy skills and his comprehensive knowledge of the civil procedure rules. His astute ability with costs arguments makes him very sought after for Costs and Case Management hearings.
Stephen has a breadth of experience in professional negligence cases which include acting against solicitors, barristers and surveyors, largely arising from property and personal injury litigation.
Stephen acts against solicitors where claims issued by them have been struck out or dismissed by the court due to procedural errors, such as failure to issue or serve documentation on time.
He has been instructed in claims against solicitors and counsel in respect of negligent advice concerning enforceability of contractual terms and capital gains tax liability, giving rise to unfavourable settlements in the primary litigation involving the clients’ property.
Stephen has also advised clients in claims against; an architect in respect of a development of flats that failed to comply with Building Regulations sound insulation, a surveyor who failed to identify that the property was of non-traditional construction, and a conveyancer who failed to advise on multiple dwelling relief for stamp duty land tax.
Recent talks and Articles
- Fundamental Dishonest update
- Interim Payments
- Costs Orders against litigation friends and infants
- Part 36’s self-contained procedural code continues to attract some discretion
- Claimant Secures Costs Despite ‘Dishonest’ Conduct
- Part 36 Update
- Profession Negligence 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
Telchadder v Wickland (Holdings) Ltd  H.L.R. 35
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.
Hatton v Connew  EWCA Civ 1681
Represented successful Claimants in a long running boundary dispute that when to the Court of Appeal twice concerning use and interpretation of expert evidence, Hatton v Connew  EWCA Civ 1681.
Bill v Simes  All ER (D) 330.
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.
BSc (Hons), Bristol 1995
Dip Law, BPP Law School 1996
BVC (Very Competent), Inns of Court School of Law 1997