Partner and Head of Employment
Stephen is a Partner and Head of Employment specialising in all aspects of employment law. Stephen qualified in 2000 and is based in both London and Bristol.
Stephen acts for companies based in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA in sector specifics including technology, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He provides commercial and employment advice on all aspects of employment law, from the beginning of the employment relationship through to the end of the employment relationship and post termination. He is often appointed by companies to assist with strategic business decisions.
Stephen also acts for senior executives and TV & radio presenters in public and in high profile matters. He is often involved in successfully resolving boardroom issues and disputes.
Stephen has a great deal of experience in employment related anti-competition injunction claims in the High Court and in particular the successful enforcement of and defence of restrictive covenant actions. He is regularly instructed to advise on team moves. He is as familiar in the Employment Tribunal as he is in the High Court.
He also deals with industrial relation and multi-jurisdiction employment law matters and in particular issues surrounding TUPE and employee status.
Stephen also acted in one of the most high profile whistleblowing cases which ran for several years and resulted in an award in excess of £1.2 million.
Stephen heads the Ashfords Employment Team, which recently won "Employment Team of the Year" at The Lawyer Awards 2016.
Stephen is often invited to speak on radio to share his views and has contributed to Radio 5, Radio 2 (Jeremy Vine), LBC and BBC Birmingham.
Stephen holds membership in the Employment Lawyers Association, International Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.
Stephen has been recognised in Chambers and Legal 500, and is also a previous Times Lawyer of the Week.