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 and is always working on a steady stream of aviation and aviation insolvency disputes.
Steven regularly appears in the Business and Property Courts in the Rolls Building (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, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal as well as the Privy Council on BVI disputes.
He regularly appears in the courts of the Cayman Islands on large shareholder and fraud disputes often involving Chinese / Hong Kong businesses, and has advised and assisted in cases in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, the Turks & Caicos Islands and Hong Kong.
He is also registered (under Part II) to appear in the Dubai International Financial Centre, with full rights of advocacy. He was involved in many of the leading cases on jurisdiction in the DIFC, including the conduit jurisdiction cases both at first instance and on appeal. He is one of a very few English barristers who has conducted a full trial in the Court of First Instance.
Steven is also regularly instructed on international arbitrations and associated Court hearings, in the Far East and in Dubai as well as in London. He has been nominated, appointed and sat as an arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration which ran to full hearing and final award.
For many years Steven has served on the International Committee of the Bar Council, of which he is currently Chair. He is also chair of the Bar’s China Interest Group. He is regularly instructed in China-related disputes by Chinese and other firms.
Areas of experience
Steven is recommended by both current editions of Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for commercial dispute resolution, aviation, civil fraud and restructuring/insolvency and in the Legal 500 for offshore work.
“Enormously thorough, prepared to tackle mounds of new information, analytically sound and energetic in his advice and advocacy.” “He’s a bright, technically able and engaging advocate.”
The Legal 500 2020 also recommends him for aviation, saying ‘He has good aviation knowledge and is very capable on large complex cases’ whilst previous editions succinctly describe him just as ‘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 company and partnership and aviation/travel by Who’s Who Legal 2020.
- 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