Stephen, who was born and educated in Liverpool, read Jurisprudence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1974. He practises in all areas of family law and sits as a recorder (both public and private law) in the Family Court and in the Crown Court.
- Family Law Bar Association
- Lawyers Christian Fellowship
- Recorder (since 1999)
- Assistant Recorder (1995-1999)
Family - Children
Stephen is a Family Law specialist. His main area of practice is care proceedings, in which he appears for local authorities, parents (and other adult family members) and children, and has done since the introduction of the Children Act 1989, prior to which he also appeared regularly in wardship proceedings until their general demise in the 1980s. He also sits as a recorder in both care and child arrangements proceedings.
Stephen has significant experience of the full range of care proceedings including cases involving fatal injuries, fractures and other non-fatal injuries, sexual abuse and neglect, and related applications for placement for adoption and special guardianship orders.
Stephen has wide experience of the full range of private law proceedings, including special guardianship, and both external and internal relocation.
Stephen also undertakes financial remedy work within matrimonial proceedings, and has done so throughout most of his practice at the Bar.
A Local Authority v A (2014): Representing mother (as junior counsel) in case involving complex pathological and radiological evidence relating to a baby; mother exonerated from causing fatal injuries at finding of fact hearing.
A Local Authority v B (2013): Successfully representing father in finding of fact hearing in which he was accused of causing fracture to a baby, but findings were made against the mother’s new partner.
C v C (2014): Financial order proceedings involving total assets in excess of £5m, most of which were tied up in long established family farming business of which wife (our client) had become a partner following marriage and then been ousted following separation. Total settlement worth approximately £1m secured at FDR.
D v D (2014): External relocation case, representing mother seeking to remove children to Australia where her husband had secured permanent employment after some years of overseas contract work. Terms negotiated at final hearing enabling mother and children to move to Australia with both parents leaving the hearing in a positive frame of mind about the outcome.