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Stephen in 60 seconds

Stephen is a specialist in dispute resolution. His clients call on him to help them minimise the impact of commercial and other disputes, and with early intervention seek to avoid them altogether.

Stephen has over 28 years' experience in litigation and dispute resolution. His expertise extends to advising on corporate issues including boardroom and shareholder disputes, informative technology and intellectual property litigation and he has a wealth of expertise in entertainment, sports and media litigation. He has extensive involvement with and interest in Agribusiness as well.

In addition, Stephen helps his clients when they are the subject of enquiries and investigations by Police and other government agencies. He regularly appears in ICAC hearings, both private and public. Stephen has particular expertise in dealing with the fallout for companies when employees or senior management have been accused of fraud.

Stephen's clients value his commercial approach. He endorses mediation and alternative dispute resolution, the effective and economical resolution of disputes, and is highly experienced in resolving matters before they end up in protracted court proceedings.


  • BCom, LLB

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016, 2015 and 2014
  • Recognised in Litigation in Best Lawyers, 2017 and 2016

Industry associations

  • Member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys
  • Adviser to the Insurance Council of Australia
  • Adviser to the Financial Planning Association of Australia

Stephen's Recent Experience

Sydney Water

Represented 2 former Sydney Water senior executives in 2 high profile ICAC investigations: Credo and Spicer. ICAC is investigating alleged corruption in Australian Water Holdings (AWH) contracts with state-owned Sydney Water.

Pace Farm

Dealing with many and varied agribusiness issues for Australia's leading egg producer.


Representing 5 Cronulla Sharks NRL players in responding to ASADA allegations. We also act for the Sydney Roosters NRL Club.

Entertainment industry

Acting for artists, management and the companies with whom they contract, in Australasia and overseas, advising on IP, copyright and associated legal issues.

Stephen's Recent Insights

ICAC triumvirate to herald greater procedural fairness and transparency

  • 18 Nov 2016

In efforts to restructure the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the lower house and upper house of t...

Queensland business at greater risk of class actions

  • 15 Aug 2016

On 16 August 2016, the Queensland Government introduced a Bill to parliament to allow class action proceedings in Queensland. The move revives a Bill prepared by the Newman Government in 2014,...

Looming Student Class Actions in Australia

The educational sector is predicted to be the next target of entrepreneurial class action lawyers in Australia. Australian educational institutions have remained unscathed by the continuing gr...