AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Stephen practises in the fields of clinical negligence and serious personal injury, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.
His substantial clinical negligence practice spans the areas of surgical and pharmaceutical negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, dental negligence, inappropriate treatment and failure to obtain informed consent, amongst others.
Stephen is regularly instructed in complex and high-value cases in which significant future losses are claimed. He is experienced in leading and managing a large team of experts during such cases.
Stephen has particular experience of claims involving suicide arising as the result of negligent psychiatric treatment, including claims advanced under the Human Rights Act 1998.
He has developed an extensive inquest practice (particularly those arising from medical complications). In such cases, Stephen acts both on behalf of bereaved families and a wide range of other interested parties.
In particular, Stephen has completed a large number of complex and lengthy Article 2 compliant inquests, both with a jury and without.
Stephen is also instructed in claims for serious personal injury arising from accidents in the workplace, on the highway and at other premises, and those caused by defective products and road traffic collisions.
Year of Call: 2008
Clinical negligence cases constitute the majority of Stephen’s practice. He is instructed by many of the leading national firms and has been ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide since 2014.
Stephen is known for his ability to establish a rapport with clients, even in the most difficult cases, to provide them with clear advice and for his detailed and thorough approach to testing expert evidence in conference.
Significant Reported CasesThe following successfully completed cases are a representative overview of Stephen’s clinical negligence practice:
Stephen has conducted many complex inquests which have frequently attracted considerable media attention.
His coronial practice overlaps with his clinical negligence work in that the inquests in which he is instructed often involve concerns about possible medical malpractice.
Such cases therefore routinely require detailed cross-examination of both lay and expert witnesses and often complex submissions on legal issues such as neglect.
Stephen also acts in inquests arising from deaths on the road and in the workplace (particularly on construction sites).
Significant Reported Cases
The following recent cases provide a representative overview of Stephen’s inquest practice:
Stephen has conducted a very large number of personal injury cases since he was called to the Bar.
Earlier in his practice, he successfully appeared in hundreds of fast track trials covering the full range of accident circumstances.
Today, he regularly appears in interlocutory applications, CCMC’s, JSM’s and multi track trials involving cases of serious personal injury.
Personal Injury Bar Association
Northern and North Eastern Circuits
London School of Economics and Political Science: BSc (Hons) Government (2006)
BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law (2007)
Manchester Metropolitan University, Bar Vocational Course (2008)
Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholarship (Graduate Diploma in Law)
Goldie Award (Bar Vocational Course)
St James' Chambers Award (for highest advocacy results on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University)
Chambers UK 2020
"He explores every issue as far as it will go and you feel no stone is ever left unturned. When I have a detailed, difficult case I pick him." "I like his analytical style and he is a sensible counsel who clearly knows his stuff."
Chambers UK 2019
"He is incredibly thorough and his attention to detail is first-rate. He is not daunted by challenging or complex cases. His advocacy at a contested hearing has been impressive, bettered only by his performance at trial. He builds strong relationships with clients and instructing solicitors."
Legal 500 2019
"He will go out of his way to help clients."
Chambers UK 2018
"Very good with clients. He's known for his fierce attention to detail and pragmatic approach." "A compassionate advocate who is well liked and respected by clients, he easily gains their trust."
Legal 500 2018
‘A strong, robust and thorough barrister.’
Chambers UK 2017
"Has a great understanding of clinical negligence and the issues that we face in cases. He has good tactical awareness." "He is obviously highly intelligent and he is well informed and bold."
Chambers UK 2016
"He's very thorough, covers all angles and goes the extra mile, and when working with him you feel as though you're working towards a common goal."
Chambers UK 2015
"He is very firm and clear with clients; he grapples with complex causation issues in a clear way during conference." "He is down to earth and highly intelligent."
Chambers UK 2014
"Stephen is very astute for his level of call and picks up issues quickly. He is very down to earth and good with clients."
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