Stephen has 17 years’ experience of dealing with a broad spectrum of contentious and business critical matters involving real estate, finance and energy (in particular oil & gas) clients. He specializes in solving contractual and asset-related disputes including real estate, infrastructure and finance issues. Stephen heads up the Business Disputes & Asset Recovery team which includes 8 partners and 50 people delivering solutions in IP, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Insolvency, Energy, Commercial Litigation and debt recovery matters. Stephen and the team utilize the full range of dispute forum to achieve the clients' objectives including driving cases through the Sheriff Court, Court of Session, Lands Tribunal and Land Court. He has conducted arbitrations and mediations throughout Scotland. Commercial debt recovery, Lease enforcement (including complex dilapidations and repairing issues) together with property portfolio debt recovery are also part of his repertoire. He has led and advised on high value cases involving contractual interpretation and misrepresentation claims which have been determined by the Supreme Court in London.
He acts for oil & gas companies, private equity funds, commercial lenders‚ institutional investors, estate owners, retailers and corporate occupiers throughout the country.
Stephen is a ranked individual for property litigation by Chambers & Partners.
Peers say he is "very commercial and assertive, rather than aggressive. He fights his client's corner and fights it hard. He's a standout expert."
Chambers & Partners 2016