Stephen specialises in commercial and property litigation. He is an ACTAPS registered contentious trust and probate specialist.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a panel member of CEDR’s arbitration scheme for the Association of British Travel Agents and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

He has carried out 65 documents only arbitrations and 25 adjudications.

Before starting to practise at the Bar in 1982, Stephen was employed for several years by international trading companies. In Hong Kong, he worked for a subsidiary of the Inchcape Group, spending time in various trading departments dealing with the import and export of various merchandise. In Johannesburg, he was a trainee metals trader, dealing with the buying and selling of metals and their transportation around the world.

He obtained a postgraduate certificate in Sports Law from King’s College London in 2001 and is a director of the British Association for Sport and Law. He is a co-author of the chapter on image rights in Sport: Law and Practice, edited by Lewis and Taylor.

He is an ACTAPS registered Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialist.

He studied Russian and Swedish at university.

His practice as a barrister encompasses a range of commercial, property, contentious trusts/probate and professional negligence litigation.

Stephen has been a CEDR accredited mediator since 2001 and is a member of CEDR’s Mediation Panel. He has carried out mediations in a wide range of civil sectors, including commercial, property and contentious trusts. He is on the Mediation Panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

Notable cases
Roshan v Bharj [2017] 4 WLR 46 Stephen appeared for the Defendants who successfully applied for reverse summary judgment and an order that the claim, concerning ownership of Sikh Temple, be struck out as an abuse of process.

Watts v Watts [2014] WTLR 1781 Stephen appeared for the Claimant who successfully sued his brother for breach of trust, undue influence and deceit.
Howard v Howard-Lawson [2012] EWHC 3258 Stephen appeared for the Defendant who successfully resisted his son’s claim that he committed multiple breaches of trust and exercised undue influence over him in connection with the variation of a trust.

Smuts v Pearson [2010] EWHC Stephen appeared for the successful claimants in the trial of a preliminary issue to determine whether they made the contract to sell their business to the defendant or his company, which had gone into liquidation.

Interests: Improvisation, am-dram, Kundalini yoga and sports.

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