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Steven Turner

Called Called in 1993



About Steven Turner

Steven is a nationally recognised practitioner with a deserved reputation for all-round excellence. He is regularly instructed in high profile test case litigation (e.g. Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management Ltd. [2015] EWCA Civ 93; Phillips v Willis [2016] EWCA Civ 401; Zurich v Umerji [2014] EWCA Civ 357) and is frequently asked to advise upon high value cases involving complex points of law. His common sense approach to litigation and ability to understand wider strategic issues have made him a firm favourite with both Claimants and Defendants.

Although based in Leeds, Steven travels nationwide for the purposes of conferences and court hearings.

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Personal Details

Education: BA (Hons) English & Film Studies, University of Kent CPE, Nottingham Trent University

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2018 (Personal Injury) Band 2
Predominantly acts for defendants, though he also represents claimants in workplace accident claims. His cases involve complex medical and legal evidence.
Strengths: "Very personable. He has a very good manner with clients and fills them with confidence." "Intelligent, articulate and also able to put across complex arguments and submissions in a persuasive and simple manner so that clients can understand."

Recent work: Acted in a case involving a vulnerable alcoholic living in sheltered accommodation who stepped out in front of an oncoming car and suffered a significant closed head injury with multiple other fractures.
Legal 500 2017 (Costs)
"Very experienced in costs matters."
Chambers & Partners 2017 (Sports Law)
Represents sporting clubs and individuals in complex insurance and contractual disputes, as well as personal injury cases. Clients have included parties involved in rugby, football, cricket and darts.
Strengths: "He's innovative in his approach, very thorough and very knowledgeable."
Chambers & Partners 2016 (Personal Injury)
Acts principally for defendants in high-value personal injury claims. Noted for his strength in fraud and costs matters and offers additional expertise in sports law matters.
Strengths: "He is technically strong and able to think outside the box. He possesses very good client skills and is a strong advocate." "His drafting is very good and he is forensic in looking at all the evidence in fraud cases." 
Chambers & Partners 2016 (Sports Law) Ranked Nationally 
Routinely represents high-profile sports professionals and organisations in contractual and commercial disputes. His specialist personal injury background gives him a particular insight into insurance disputes. 
Chambers & Partners 2015
Continues to provide high-calibre advice on an array of matters, incorporating fatal accidents, industrial diseases and fraud. He is lauded for his speciality in legal compliance in this sector.
Expertise: “He is a careful and meticulous practitioner.” “He is excellent in handling high-profile litigation and Court of Appeal work.” 
Chambers & Partners 2015 (Sports Law) Band 1 
Has a general commercial practice and brings this expertise to bear on sports contract disputes within football and cricket.

Expertise: "An advocate you can turn to for really thorny problems."
Chambers & Partners 2014
Acts for both claimants and defendants in a variety of highly complex areas. He is particularly noted for his expertise in costs and employers' liability cases. 

Expertise: "He is technically excellent and has good insight and a very good knowledge of the issues." "His attention to detail is second to none. He's very approachable."

Recent work: Turner acted for Chartis Insurance in defence of a complex fraud and credit hire case, successfully bringing the claimant to abandon her hire claim during trial.

Sport: Regularly acts for individuals, agents and clubs on contract disputes, primarily on football-related matters but also in connection with cricket and darts.


Chambers & Partners 2012
Within Personal Injury: Steven Turner is "one of the best credit hire barristers in the UK,".

Within Sport Law: Steven Turner of Parklane Plowden has a broad sports practice that takes in boxing and football cases, amongst others.
Chambers & Partners 2011 
Steven draws praise for his "sound advice" and for the quality of his technical arguments. He is also praised for his growing sports law practice.

Reported Cases

  • McBride v UK Insurance [2017] EWCA Civ 144: Listed as a test case before the Court of Appeal, Steven led his junior in a case involving 3 x other teams represented by Queen’s Counsel. Steven’s arguments were preferred by the Court of Appeal, who described them as providing an ‘elegant solution’ to the question of whether or not comparable rates in a credit hire case need carry a zero excess.
  • Bird v Acorn Group [2016] EWCA Civ 1096: A test case before the Court of Appeal dealing with the question of whether or not a disposal hearing is a ‘trial’ for the purposes of the fixed costs regime. The Court of Appeal described Steven’s submissions as ‘excellent’.
  • Phillips v Willis [2016] EWCA Civ 401: A test case before the Court of Appeal. The first Court of Appeal case on the scope of the RTA Low Value Personal Injury Protocol. Steven represented the Defendant against leading counsel.
  • Sobrany v UAB Transitra [2016] EWCA Civ 28, [2016] All ER (D) 03 (Feb): A case on the interpretation of provisions within an insurance contract. Steven represented the Defendant against leading and junior counsel.
  • Lawson v Mullen (Newcastle Upon Tyne County Court, 12th June 2015): An influential first instance decision on the question of whether courts should take account of comparable basic hire rates carrying a significant excess when assessing credit hire damages
  • Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management Ltd. [2015] EWCA Civ 93; [2015] 4 All ER 458; [2015] RTR 257; [2015] Lloyds Rep IR 503: The leading case on the assessment of credit hire rates. Steven was instructed at the appeal stage. He successfully represented the Defendant as sole advocate in the Court of Appeal against leading and junior counsel instructed on behalf of the Claimant. 
  • Conlon v RSA Insurance Plc [2015] EWCA Civ 92; [2015] 2 Costs LO 319, [2015] All ER (D) 306 (Feb): A case dealing with the question of whether a Respondent to a test case appeal originating on the small claims track should be ordered to pay appeal costs. Steven was instructed at the appeal stage. He successfully represented the Defendant as sole advocate in the Court of Appeal against leading and junior counsel instructed on behalf of the Claimant.
  • Zurich v Umerji [2014] EWCA Civ 357: The leading case on impecuniosity in a credit hire context. The case also addressed the moot point of whether a Claimant who suffers a loss of use ought reasonably to claim upon his own fully comprehensive insurance policy. Steven was instructed at the appeal stage. He successfully represented the Defendant as sole advocate in the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal commented that Steven’s written and oral submissions were of a very high quality.
  • Dimond v Lovell [2002] 1 AC 384: The leading case on the meaning of ‘credit’ and statutory unenforceability. Dimond was also the seminal case on credit hire rates, introducing for the first time the ‘stripping out’ exercise now commonly performed to identify the basic hire rate. Steven himself devised the novel argument in relation to section 127(3) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 which went on to find favour in the higher courts. He represented the Defendant at the trial, in the Court of Appeal and in the House of Lords.
  • Burdis v Livsey [2003] QB 36: The Helphire test case litigation which went on to address a wide range of disparate credit hire / credit repair issues. This litigation also gave rise to Lagden v O'Connor [2004] 1 AC 1067, which went on to the House of Lords. Steven represented the Defendant (in Dennard v Plant) at the trial and Court of appeal stages. 
  • Imageview Management Ltd. v Jack [2009] 2 All E.R. 666; [2009] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 921; [2009] Bus. L.R. 1034; [2009] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 436; [2009] 1 B.C.L.C. 724: The leading modern case on the extent of fiduciary duties owed by football and other agents. Steven represented Kelvin Jack, the Trinidadian international goalkeeper who was being sued by his agent for unpaid agency fees. Steven was instructed at the appeal stage. He successfully defended Mr Jack’s interest (as sole advocate) in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Palmer v Marks & Spencer Plc [2001] EWCA Civ 1528: The first case to consider the term ‘suitability’ as defined in the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992. Steven represented Marks & Spencer at the trial and in the Court of Appeal.
  • Sitapuria v Khan: CC (Liverpool) (Judge Stewart QC) 10/12/2007: A regularly cited costs case in which the Court decided that settlement at the doors of the Court was not settlement at trial for the purposes of CPR Part 45. Steven successfully represented the Defendant at the hearing before Judge Stewart QC.



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