A matrimonial finance practitioner who participates in significant financial remedy proceedings relating to unique matters of jurisdiction and ownership. He is recognised for his ability to think on his feet in court. Strengths: "Measured, practical and smart in the way he engineers his cross-examination. His eye for detail is exceptional." "Gives sound and reliable advice in a way that can be accepted by clients, even though it may be unpalatable." "He is a meticulous preparer who does not miss a trick." ‘His capacity for remembering details is astonishing. He is not afraid to give clients tough advice, so they have a fully informed view. He is frighteningly intelligent.’Chambers and Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021
Stephen’s work focusses on complex financial remedy cases and the linked jurisdictional issues. His practice in silk is built on years of work at the highest level as a junior.
- Field v Fields  EWHC 1670 (Fam)
- Mann v Mann  EWCA Civ 1676
- Prest v Petrodel  UKSC 4
- Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane  UKHL 24
- Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters
- Jackson’s Matrimonial Finances
- Recorder, sitting in the Family Court.
- FLBA member.
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Stephen graduated from Oxford in 1989 and took a doctorate from Oxford in 1992 before reading for the bar.
Chambers and Partners
"An excellent advocate who thinks of his cases from every possible angle and has often already figured out what the other side are going to say before they say it." "Calm, extremely smooth and steely."
"He's a very intelligent and cerebral family lawyer. He's got a big brain and a lovely measured delivery in the courtroom, and he's really good on technically demanding cases where the law and precedent are important."
A ‘formidable opponent’ who is ‘well read in to the papers, extremely numerate and very clear’, Stephen is nonetheless praised for being ‘disarmingly polite and relaxed’.
"Has one of the best legal minds at the family Bar."
‘Presents his cases with exceptional care and forethought, and is a very safe pair of hands’.
Stephen is married with three children. He lives in London.