Stephen qualified in 1979 and joined Gardner Leader in 2014, he is based in our Maidenhead office. Stephen previously held the position of Senior and Managing Partner with a Chilterns and London based firm.
With a strong background in many kinds of litigation, latterly Stephen has specialised in White Collar and regulatory crime. He has wide experience of advising corporate clients and private individuals in both non-contentious as well as contentious areas of law. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in many high profile cases which have attracted media attention. This breadth of knowledge allows him to grasp instructions quickly and deliver advice in a constructive, cost effective and straightforward fashion.
A strong advocate and persuasive negotiator Stephen routinely receives recommendations from other solicitors, the Police, Trades Unions, Magistrates, and even Crown Court Judges. He prides himself in having an approachable nature coupled with a formidable reputation as an opponent.
Stephen often receives instructions to represent the children of existing clients charged with a variety of criminal matters ranging from road traffic to serious offences of physical and sexual assault.
Recognising the stresses placed upon both the parents and child in these proceedings, has earned Stephen a deserved reputation as the “go to” solicitor for cases of this kind.
Sharing a love of sport and of the Julian Alps (Slovenia), he was flattered to be asked to represent The Slovenian Olympic Authority in negotiations for their media and hospitality centre for the London Olympic Games.
Click here for Stephen’s helpful booklet on ‘The Consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving’
- R v W Defence of director of waste processing plant prosecuted by the Environment Agency following serious fire on site.
- R v M defence of one of several directors of company set up to provide training to apprentices. £50 million pound fraud of a government department.
- Advising several clients charged with serious sexual offences where after investigation no further action taken.
- R v B Defence of company directors prosecuted for VAT offences following failure to comply with Security request
- R v W Court of Appeal. High profile case involving the representation of a former Head of a leading UK preparatory school in regard to allegations of historic sex abuse charges.
- R v H Three year case involving allegations of £24 million VAT fraud and money laundering in UK, Europe, Dubai and Tanzania.
- R v G Successful defence of client on high value drugs smuggling conspiracy.
- R v W Defence in what was at the time largest known conspiracy to counterfeit currency in the UK.
- R v S-K Successful defence of lady school teacher against allegations of sexual activity with a pupil.