Stephen is managing partner of Brodies LLP. He works with the firm's chair, Christine O'Neill KC, and its strategic and operational boards to manage the overall strategic direction and operational performance of the firm. This includes responsibility for the financial performance of the firm and the implementation of the firm's strategic plans.

Prior to assuming his current role in May 2024, Stephen was the head of the disputes practice at the firm, and he is a recognised expert in dispute resolution, gained from over 20 years’ experience. During his career, he has dealt with highly contentious and business critical matters for clients across the UK and internationally, with a reputation gained for solving contractual and asset-related disputes involving energy, real estate and finance issues.

As managing partner, Stephen's focus is to ensure Brodies maintains its reputation as a leading place for clients to receive, and for the firm's colleagues to provide, first class legal advice.

Living Brodies' values

Clients and colleagues appreciate his collaborative, commercially astute and solutions focused approach.

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  • A member of the firm's Operational Board, and prior to that an elected member of the firm's Strategic Board, which is responsible for the overall management and implementation of the firm's strategic plans.
  • Since 2010, he has been leading the firm's International Bar Association (IBA) team through attendance and contribution at global conferences and events.
  • Previously was Head of Litigation at Brodies LLP for 5 years and a partner for 15 years.
  • Chair of the Scottish PLA (Property Litigation Association).
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  • Ranked Band 1 in Real Estate Litigation by Chambers UK 2024. 
  • Ranked by Legal 500 UK 2024 as 'Hall of Fame' leading individual for Property Litigation.
  • Recommended by Legal 500 UK 2024 for Commercial Litigation / Debt Recovery.