Stephen has particular expertise in both public and private law children's cases and deals with all aspects of child care law. He represents children, guardians, parents (including via the Official Solicitor) and local authorities in public and private law proceedings. Stephen was formerly a solicitor, specialising in family law for over 25 years.
In a recent case, Stephen represented a grandmother on an appeal against the refusal by Magistrates of her application to care for her granddaughter. Both the Local Authority and the child's guardian wanted the child to be adopted and opposed the appeal but the Judge in the County Court disagreed with them and ordered that the child should be placed in her grandmother's care.
He also represented an appellant father in the Court of Appeal against the making of an interim care order. The appeal was compromised and remitted to the County Court for a fresh hearing before a different judge.
“Many thanks, excellent result for the client” Jacqualyn Lee, Solicitor, Gladstone Solicitors.
“Accepted the instructions with no notice, picked up all the salient issues very quickly… it was a very successful outcome for our client.” Chet Desai, Senior Associate, Cartwright King.
“Thanks for everything you have done on this case… we really appreciate all your hard work.” Dawn Rollison, Solicitor, Jones & Co.
"It was a pleasure to work with you. The client said how grateful she was for your hard work and commitment to her case." Aimee Baker, Legal Clerk, Emery Johnson Astills.
I would like to thank you for your assistance and for so excellently looking after our client. I'm sure she is delighted with the outcome. I will be delighted to instruct you again should the opportunity arise. Tim Quincey, Solicitor, John Hooper & Co.
Stephen graduated in Law from Manchester Polytechnic in 1976. He became a solicitor in 1982 and was a partner at Sheltons in Nottingham from 1987 to 2009. He joined Blacklaws Davis (now TV Edwards) in 2009 as a self-employed consultant. Stephen has practised in family law since 1982 and specialised exclusively in children's cases since 1998 and joined St. Mary’s Chambers in 2011.