Steven has a commercial chancery practice with a particular emphasis on civil fraud actions, company/joint venture disputes, insolvency issues and aviation disputes.
He has been instructed in some of the largest civil fraud cases of recent years, both in London and overseas.
Steven regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts in Rolls Buildings (primarily in the Chancery lists and the Commercial Court) as well as overseas.
He has particular experience in the British Virgin Islands where he lived for a period in 2000 whilst on secondment to a local law firm. He was called to the Bar of Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean that year and has since appeared in both the BVI High Court and the Court of Appeal in various disputes. He regularly appears in the courts of the Cayman Islands on large shareholder and fraud disputes often involving Chinese / Hong Kong businesses.
He is also registered (under Part II) to appear in the Dubai International Financial Centre, with full rights of advocacy. He was involved in one of the leading cases on jurisdiction in the Court of Appeal of the DIFC, and has conducted a full trial in the Court of First Instance.
Steven is also regularly instructed on international arbitrations and associated Court hearings, particularly in the Far East and in Dubai as well as in London.
For many years Steven has served on the International Committee of the Bar Council, of which he is Chair. Steven is the Bar Council’s representative on the cross-profession Brexit Law Committee set up by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice and he is also currently the chair of the Bar’s China Interest Group. He is regularly instructed in China-related disputes by Chinese and other firms.
Areas of experience
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Steven is recommended by Chambers & Partners 2018 for commercial dispute resolution, aviation, civil fraud and restructuring/insolvency. The Legal 500 2018 also recommends him for aviation, calling him simply “brilliant”.
The directories quote clients as saying of Steven that he is “hands-on, creative and absolutely no-nonsense”, “a punchy advocate with expertise in cross-border work [who is] great to work with.” They describe him as a “silk who has a stellar reputation for his effective advocacy style. He frequently advises clients based in the Middle East, and his deft handling of cross-border matters wins notable praise. He is called upon for his expertise in technical matters concerning complex financial transactions.”
Steven is also recommended for asset recovery and aviation/travel by Who’s Who Legal 2018.
BA (Hons) St. John’s College, Cambridge University (Natural Science)
Dip. Law City University, London
Appointments & Professional Memberships
Chancery Bar Association
Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Bar of the Dubai International Financial Centre
Chair of the International Committee of The Bar Council