Steven has a commercial and chancery practice with additional niche areas of expertise in civil fraud and employment disputes especially in relation to restrictive covenants and cross over High Court Litigation. He is known for his ability to tackle difficult issues and a go to counsel for advocacy in the employment tribunals. He has a particular interest in company disputes involving shareholder actions and directors duties, Landlord and Tenant disputes and Coronial law.
He lectures on a wide range of subjects in all areas of his specialisms.
Steven has a particular interest in company disputes and specifically minority shareholder actions and claims concerning director’s duties. He has advised and appeared for a number of local companies in unfair prejudice petitions, often involving multiple factual disputes and complex valuation evidence. He also has experience of acting on behalf of erring directors in disqualification proceedings, sequestration of directors’ assets, claims by the DTI for wrongful trading and preferences, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty. He has recently advised in a case where senior management had set up in competition to their employers and where issues of breach of covenant, theft of intellectual property, conspiracy by a third party backer and breach of fiduciary duty trust arose, and also acted in recovery proceedings concerning knowing receipt of fraudulently obtained company property.
He has also been called upon to draft and advise on commercial contracts, director’s service agreements and shareholder agreements including for a well-known Yorkshire law firm.
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Steven has a wide range of experience in employment litigation including unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, discrimination, harassment and complex TUPE cases. He has appeared frequently before the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of both applicants and respondents. He is on the panel of preferred counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011-2015). He advises, drafts and litigates in relation to employment contracts, particularly restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses and has appeared before the High Court in Leeds, London and Manchester. He recently advised a local authority on the enforceability of a compromise agreement and whether it had been entered into ultra vires and could be set aside.
Steven has particular experience relating to commercial premises, advising on a variety of aspects in relation to leases, licenses and tenancy matters. Recent cases involve a repair claim by a commercial tenant against the landlord owner of a shopping centre and advice on the validity of a break notice.
Steven has been instructed on issues such as adverse possession, rights of ways/easements, boundary disputes, nuisance and restrictive covenants. He has recently advised on a boundary and right of way for a converted farm buildings and drafted proceedings for damages for breach of a covenant specifying ‘no commercial use’ as part of an estate scheme.