Practice Profile

Stephen  is a family law specialist, practising in all areas of family law. He was called to the bar in 2008.



Stephen read law at St Peter’s College, Oxford University.  He was awarded a scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn for the year of his Bar Vocational Course.  He won the 1 Crown Office Row Chambers competition for mooting (legal argument) in his final year at university, and won the Inns of Court School of Law competition for mooting in the year of his call.


Prior to his pupillage Stephen worked as an outdoor clerk, representing clients at court in a range of civil cases involving property law, insolvency, consumer credit and contract.


Recent Reported Cases

Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam) -  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 specialises in family law.  He represents clients in cases regarding division their finances when they divorce or separate, and in cases concerning their children.  His experience across both child and financial law enables him to provide sound, practical advice to clients across a range of issues arising from a relationship breakdown.


Stephen’s expertise in applications for financial remedies includes experience of 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.


He has a particular interest in claims under the Trusts of Law and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA) and is able to give advice on the different evidential and procedural considerations that arise under these civil applications.


In children cases Stephen is regularly instructed in matters involving serious allegations such as sexual or physical abuse, and domestic violence.  He also represents parents in cases concerning the possible relocation of a child abroad or within the jurisdiction.


Stephen’s practice includes public law, in which he represents parents, children and local authorities.


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Tel 0207 353 6961


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3 St Aldate's Courtyard,
38 St Aldate's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 01865 791559


0207 353 6961


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