Since joining T G Baynes in 2003 upon successful completion of his training at another local firm, Stephen has gained advisory and litigation experience in a broad practice of general civil litigation.
Stephen handles a diverse common law and civil caseload encompassing (but not limited to) the following:
- Landlord and Tenant (residential and commercial);
- Enfranchisement and lease extensions;
- Property management and service charges;
- Trusts of land and cohabitation;
- Land, boundary and neighbour issues;
- Building and construction;
- Probate and inheritance disputes;
- Commercial litigation;
- Consumer rights;
- Professional negligence;
- Money claims and debt collection;
- Enforcement of Judgments.
Stephen practises in all areas of dispute resolution but has a particular emphasis on property litigation. Stephen has advised and represented a wide array of commercial and residential landlords including Housing Associations, Lettings Agents, social and sports clubs and other educational, charitable and religious organisations. Stephen has also represented publicly funded clients through the Legal Aid Agency and been instructed to act for children and protected parties both privately and through the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court.
Stephen is a versatile practitioner regularly acting before the County Court and the High Court and before the Lands Tribunal. In addition, Stephen has successfully acted in matters with the Land Registry, Probate Registries, Companies Court, Treasury Solicitor, Official Receiver and the Court Funds Office. Stephen also has experience of all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution having represented in mediations, arbitrations and adjudications.
Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor, Stephen graduated from the University of Warwick achieving a 2:1 (hons) Degree in Law before being awarded a Bursary to complete a Diploma in Legal Practice at BPP Law School, London. Stephen is a partner and Head of Civil Litigation.