“He’s very good with clients, very user-friendly and loved by judges because they know he’s being straight.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1987

Qualifications

Stephen has recently been admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Education

LLB (Hons) (Nottingham)

Languages

German

Appointments

MCIArb

Profile

Stephen has a wide range of expertise in all areas of family law, from leading child care cases to complex ancillary relief disputes. Although family law is Stephen’s specialist area of practice, his background includes extensive experience in both civil law and criminal law, which gives him highly developed skills as an advocate.


Stephen’s principal specialism is ancillary relief, in which he has built up a successful practice built upon a reputation for incisive analysis and, where appropriate, robust advocacy. His civil expertise lends itself well to “big money” cases in which he is able to demonstrate a rigorous and structured approach to complex financial issues.

Stephen has been described by the legal press as “approachable and dependable”. He is in great demand by leading family solicitors both in London and the regions and as a consequence enjoys a nationwide reputation as a leading family lawyer. Stephen places great importance on an open and friendly relationship with both solicitors and lay clients, and is a firm believer in providing a service which is practical, realistic, and tailored to meet the needs of individual clients.

Stephen is an active participant in the continuing education of solicitors, by way of lectures and seminars.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Affiliate Member of Resolution
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Directories

Respected senior junior who possesses a deep knowledge of matrimonial finance proceedings and services clients of significant wealth including international persons. He is additionally a qualified family arbitrator and sits in ADR proceedings.

Strengths: “He’s very good with clients, very user-friendly and loved by judges because they know he’s being straight.”
Chambers & Partners 2018


‘A fantastically thorough advocate.’
Legal 500, 2017

Respected senior junior who possesses a deep knowledge of matrimonial finance proceedings and services clients of significant wealth. He is additionally a qualified family arbitrator and sits in ADR proceedings.
Strengths: “His client care skills are phenomenal and he really has the ear of the court.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

‘Excellent with vulnerable clients; he can be sensitive as well as robust, making him very adaptable.’
The Legal 500, 2016

A financial remedy specialist who is “able to get straight to the point and really narrow the issues down.” He has developed a particular expertise in jurisdictional issues.

Strengths: “If I want somebody to be given a hard time in the witness box he’s the person to do it. He’s persistent, without being overly aggressive and unpleasant. He has a good way of pushing his point and getting what he wants out of the witness.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

Practises exclusively in the sphere of matrimonial finance, and is strong on cases concerning complex jurisdictional disputes.

Expertise: “He’s got a terrific ability to get to the heart of a problem, and has exceptional reserves of common sense.”

Recent work: Represented the husband in a much-publicised case in which the ex-wife commenced a high-profile relationship with international footballer Cesc Fabregas.
Chambers & Partners 2015

05/04/17
[2017] EWCA Civ 251
01/04/15
[2015] EWHC 935 (Fam)
29/01/15
[2014] EWHC 4545 (Fam)
10/12/14
[2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam)
04/07/14
[2014] EWHC 2225 (Fam)
05/08/11
[2011] EWHC 2425 (Fam)
31/01/06
[2006] EWCA Civ 348
28/01/02
[2002] 2 FLR 28