Established in practice for over thirty five years, Stephen has developed extensive experience in high value personal injury cases, with a particular specialism in brain damage cases, and health and safety law, both civil and criminal. His extensive knowledge of Ogden tables and personal injury multipliers as they relate to disability has led to his instruction in complex medical negligence actions.
Stephen has appeared in many notable coroners inquests, specifically in relation to clinical negligence with key specialist knowledge of obstetrics and transplant surgery. For two years, Stephen served a Senior Counsel for two families involved in the Inquiry into Hyponatremia-Related Deaths.
In his most recent term of office as a member of the Bar Council, Stephen led on the development of the Bar Fees Collection system and is the current serving trustee of the Bar Benevolent Society, assisting members who require financial assistance due to changed life circumstances.
1977 Graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast & Callto the Bar
2006 Called as Queen’s Counsel
Member, Bar Council 2008-2016
Member, Executive Council 2014-2016
Legal Aid Appeal Panel, Formerly Legal Services Commission
Chairman, Personal Injury Bar Association 2009-2011
President, Bar Angler’s Association 2005 – Present
Trustee, Bar Benevolent Society
Former Governor, Rathmore Primary School, Bangor
Trustee, Rathgale Gymnastics & Trampolining Club
Past Chairman and Current President, Donaghadee Rugby Football Club