Stephen joined 7KBW in 1988, following the completion of his pupillage, and he has since practised here in commercial law. In 2001 “The Lawyer” magazine identified him as one of its top ten juniors at the commercial bar. He took silk in 2006.
Stephen has a broad practice, covering many areas within Chambers’ general expertise. From the outset of his career he has acted in all manner of shipping and marine insurance disputes. He has also had long experience in non-marine insurance and reinsurance cases, including claims against brokers and other professional advisers. He has acted for the Corporation of Lloyd’s, both in civil disputes and in relation to disciplinary proceedings. More recently, while maintaining his established practice, he has extended his experience to aviation insurance, acted in credit-hire cases, advised in relation to a long-term gas supply contract, appeared in a number of ship-building-related arbitrations, and acted for English buyers of Cypriot holiday homes, bought “off-plan”. He has also advised in relation to an insurance of the risk of losing an appeal; and on the insurance aspects of an internet lottery. He has particular experience of acting in large-scale and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He enjoys and has wide experience of working with technical experts, with foreign lawyers and with foreign clients. Much of his recent work has been in arbitration, or has been confidential for other reasons.