Stephen’s experience across both child and financial family law enables him to provide sound, practical advice to clients across the whole range of issues arising from a relationship breakdown. He is known for the focussed, accessible and supportive guidance he offers clients, and clear, incisive advocacy in Court.
Stephen’s expertise in applications for financial remedies includes cases involving complexities such as bankruptcy and third-party interests. He is known for working hard to achieve the best possible result for clients in negotiations, and in court through focused and determined advocacy where necessary.
Stephen has a particular interest in claims under the Trusts of Law and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) and is able to give advice on the different evidential and procedural considerations that arise under these civil applications.
Stephen has a busy public law practice representing parents, guardians, and local authorities. He is experienced in cases involving serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, and disputed medical evidence. He is frequently asked to represent vulnerable litigants, including children who are in conflict with the Guardian.
Stephen acts in all forms of private law proceedings, including residence, contact, child abduction and removal from the jurisdiction cases. He has significant experience in complex and entrenched cases between parents and offers a robust yet practical approach to the resolution of family disputes.
Stephen represented the mother in this case concerning a child’s wish to be cryogenically frozen after death. An order was made giving the mother sole responsibility for the preservation of the girl’s body and dealing with who was permitted to view it.
Stephen is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme in appropriate circumstances.