Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Construction Disputes, Competition & Consumer Law, Product Recalls/Product Liability Advice, Corporations Law Litigation, Taxation Law Litigation

Stephen is a Partner in the firm's National Dispute Resolution team.

Stephen specialises in large and complex commercial disputes, Competition and Consumer Law and Franchising. His litigation practice focuses on general corporate and commercial litigation in respect of a wide variety of contractual matters, including Competition and Consumer Act and Corporations law litigation, product liability advice, taxation disputes, banking and finance disputes including security enforcement and recovery of debts owed to lending institutions.

Stephen has extensive experience in managing large disputes which require a team-based approach across different jurisdictions and liaising closely with clients to achieve a favourable and cost efficient outcome.

Stephen has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of the Competition and Consumer Act, including both the competition provisions and the new consumer protection provisions contained in the Australian Consumer Laws. Stephen also is the principal liaison partner acting for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

What others say

"Leading Lawyer – Australia, Litigation"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2021 – 2024
"Leading Lawyer – Australia, Recommended Lawyer – Australia, Litigation"
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
"Leading Lawyer – South Australia, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution"
Doyle's Guide 2017 - 2019

Experience

Mitsubishi Motors Australia

Advising Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd generally for more than 20 years’ as principal liaison partner, and as a member of its Corporate Compliance Committee and Safety and Recall Committee (reporting to the Board of Directors), in respect of all commercial, corporate, product liability, franchise litigation, and competition matters.

Acciona Agua Australia Pty Ltd

Advising Acciona Agua Australia Pty Ltd and Acciona Agua Adelaide Pty Ltd in respect of matters arising from the design, construction, and commissioning of the A$1.83 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant at Port Stanvac, South Australia.

Supreme Court of Queensland

Acting for a client in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings brought by Vision Group Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary, Icon Laser (Aust) Pty Ltd, seeking approximately A$26 million in damages and an injunction restraining our client from breaching restraint of trade provisions in two agreements.

Major Australian bank

Advising a major Australian bank in relation to a large business audit by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), in respect of its potential liability, developed detailed responses to position papers issued by the ATO, and successfully negotiated a resolution on terms favourable to our client without the necessity of proceeding to litigation.