Stephen is a senior consultant in our Dispute Resolution Department. He has been litigating for more than 30 years, and has immense experience of a wide range of both domestic and international commercial disputes.
He was Head of the Dispute Resolution Department for six years from 2012 and orchestrated and oversaw the significant development and growth of the practice during this period.
Stephen's clients include major corporations and banks, asset managers, directors and professionals. He has been the lead lawyer in many of the very significant, sizeable and challenging cases that the firm has handled over recent years, and is highly valued by colleagues and clients alike for his strategic input and tactical nous.
Stephen has experience in several sectors and types of cases including banking, financial markets, freezing injunctions, insolvency, insurance, fraud, M&A disputes, and shareholder disputes. He is adept at project managing sizeable cross-disciplinary and on occasions cross-jurisdictional teams.
Stephen was recently one of the lead lawyers on the multi-award-winning Kaupthing case, in which Travers Smith represented Icelandic lawyer Jóhannes Rúnar Jóhannsson in a claim brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz against Mr Jóhannsson and Grant Thornton UK LLP. The team was awarded Litigation Team of the Year (jointly with Simmons & Simmons) at both The Lawyer Awards 2019 and the Legal Business Awards 2019.
As well as straight court cases Stephen has extensive experience of mediations and arbitrations (LCIA, ICC and ad hoc) and he has project-managed several complex cross border disputes, often involving litigation overseas.
In addition to heading the teams on many heavyweight commercial litigation cases Stephen is a member of the firm's Regulatory Investigations Group. He has represented senior executives, corporations and financial institutions in connection with a large number of FCA investigations and enforcement cases. He has also undertaken many internal investigations for clients where something has gone wrong.
Stephen is highly ranked by the legal directories with the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners placing him alongside seven other individuals in the top tier of the Litigation category. One interviewee said that Stephen is "just what a senior City litigator should be" in that "he has very sound judgement, does not get bogged down in details while still taking them on board, and is an excellent leader of his team." Another said "He was very calm, but we got a strong and clear sense he would go into the trenches if that is what was required."