Partner and Head of Civil Fraud
- Education: London School of Economics, B.A. (Hons) Philosophy
- Admitted: England and Wales, 2001
- Year joined: 1999
- Year became partner: 2015
Stephen is Head of the Civil Fraud Group. He specialises in international asset freezing and recovery cases, heavyweight commercial litigation and regulatory disputes.
Stephen acts for Family Offices, high net worth individuals, senior executives, entrepreneurs and their businesses on a broad range of commercial disputes.
Stephen also heads up our Family Office First group, which is an innovative approach to finding positive solutions for family conflicts. Family Office First works with families to prevent the damage that can flow from litigation, intra-family disputes and criminal activity offering an approach to handling disputes which understands the unique challenges facing successful families and deals with their issues sensitively and confidentially.
'...a great eye for detail.'
Legal 500 2014
'Doesn't get bogged down in the legal details - he's very grounded.'
'A good combination of being technically good and brilliant with clients.'
'He is calm under fire and good with clients, and has a rare ability to stand back from the heat and reflect on the best tactical and strategic way ahead.'
- Successfully defending a three year £30m claim concerning the removal of confidential information and conspiracy. After a long battle, our client was ordered to pay only £1 in nominal damages and negotiated the recovery of his legal costs.
- Acting for the Saudi Algosaibi Group in relation to a US$9.2 billion fraud claim.
- Defending a £100 million claim for fraud brought by a hedge fund against a former employee.
- Acting on a multimillion pound family shareholder dispute in Barbados on appeal to the Privy Council.
- Advising an internet gaming company on employee fraud and coordinating the arrest of the culprit and seizure of his computers within 24 hours.
Publications and speaking engagements
Stephen regularly speaks at national and international conferences on a wide range of fraud and litigation topics and one recent example is the Whitepaper Civil Fraud conference in June 2014.
Stephen published the Five Questions Every Director Should be Able to Answer in 2013, designed to remind those running businesses of the key areas to look out for to help prevent fraudulent activity occurring.
He is well versed with dealing with media, click here to view his live interview on CNBC to discuss whether the Government can wrest back money paid in bonuses to executives. Recent media highlights include writing for The Times on tax investigations and fraud; The Daily Telegraph on steps to combat fraud; and for Governance & Compliance on what directors' should know about the risks of fraud.
Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
On a personal note
On a personal note Stephen owns a small vineyard near Bath, Somerset.