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, and is praised for his advocacy in complex enforcement proceedings. Strengths: "Thorough, quick to respond and adaptable, working all hours if necessary." "A reliable advocate who is willing to fight for his clients but who also takes a realistic view." "He's unfazed when it comes to difficult cases with non-disclosure issues."Chambers and Partners 2022 and Legal 500 2022
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
"Thorough, quick to respond and adaptable, working all hours if necessary." "A reliable advocate who is willing to fight for his clients but who also takes a realistic view." "He's unfazed when it comes to difficult cases with non-disclosure issues."
"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’.
‘Stephen is an excellent tactician, who is always looking ahead to issues that may arise on a case.’
"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.