Stephen is a Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency group.

Stephen’s practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency, including related finance litigation and contentious advisory. He works across all of the firm’s sectors, with experience in relation to maritime, aviation, energy, oil and gas, mining and commodities and real estate.

His clients include banks, investment funds, agents, trustees, servicers, insolvency practitioners and corporates.

Stephen is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, R3 and INSOL International.

Stephen has written various articles on insolvency law and his insolvency expertise has also been recognised in the media, most recently in relation to the collapse of Thomas Cook. He has published an article in the April 2020 issue (Vol 14, No 1) of Insolvency and Restructuring International: Thomas Cook’s collapse and airline insolvency – lessons for the UK. He has also authored an article in The Times discussing how the collapse of Thomas Cook highlights the need to reform UK insolvency law.

Show related areas
  • Consensual restructurings agreed between lenders and borrowers
  • Enforcement planning on behalf of lenders following borrower default
  • Appointment of administrators, liquidators and receivers in the UK
  • Implementation of restructurings through creditor schemes of arrangement and company voluntary arrangements
  • Cross-border insolvency issues, including recognition of insolvency proceedings and cross-border cooperation


  1. 1998 – 1999 · Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
  2. 1997 – 1998 · Graduate Diploma in Law, City, University of London
  3. 1993 – 1997 · Master of Chemistry, University of Oxford

memberships & associations

  1. Member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, R3 and INSOL International
  2. Solicitor, England and Wales (2002)
  3. Lincoln’s Inn (Called 1999), Sunley Scholarship and Hardwicke Scholarship