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Called 1993 Email Steven
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. Irving v Morgan Sindall PLC  EWHC 1147 (QB); McBride v UK Insurance Ltd.  EWCA 144; Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management Ltd.  EWCA Civ 93; Phillips v Willis  EWCA Civ 401; Zurich Insurance v Umerji  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 alike.
Although based in Leeds, Steven travels nationwide for the purposes of conferences and court hearings.
"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."Chambers & Partners 2018
Steven has over 20 years' experience in this field. He regularly advises on issues of contractual and statutory interpretation, following such cases through to mediation, joint settlement meeting or trial.
His involvement at all stages of the Dimond v Lovell litigation gave him a profound knowledge of consumer credit law which Steven has used to the advantage of clients in cases involving financial mis-selling and other disputes with (or between) financial advisers.
He routinely acts for companies or individuals who find themselves embroiled in complex commercial disputes. Typical examples of such work are: representing a wealthy business client who contended that she had been mis-sold various mortgages over a 10 year period; representing a bottled water company whose product was contaminated by a third party bottle supplier; representing a materials supplier accused by a large caravan manufacturer of supplying sub-standard product; representing several companies who claimed they have been mis-sold swap / derivative financial products by their banks; representing a Super League rugby club sued for breach of contract by a former player.
Steven began advising on litigation funding issues in 2001 (shortly after the law was changed to permit inter partes recovery of success fees and ATE premiums).
Since that time, he has advised a range of solicitors’ firms on the enforceability / compliance aspects of their client care and other funding-related documentation.
He has drafted and/or amended the CFA agreements used by several large firms of solicitors.
He has advised Claimant firms, after-the-event insurers and large scale claims organisations upon the enforceability of their scheme documentation, redrafting such documents where required to achieve compliance.
Steven has represented clients at costs joint settlement meetings where the costs in dispute have been as much as £1.5m.
He has appeared at numerous detailed assessment hearings (at the SCCO and elsewhere), dealing either with test case points or high value bills.
He is currently involved in various cases which concern the interpretation of the CPR as it applies to low value RTA / EL / PL claims which exit the low value claims Portal and/or settle after being listed for a disposal hearing.
Examples are Phillips v Willis  EWCA Civ 401 (the first Court of Appeal case relating to the RTA Protocol) and Bird v Acorn Group (a test case on the new fixed costs regime due to be heard in the Court of Appeal on 19th/20th October 2016.)
Steven also represented the Defendant in the case of Conlon v RSA  EWCA Civ 92, which dealt with issues of retrospective reallocation and the recovery of small claims track appeal costs in the Court of Appeal.
It is no exaggeration to say that Steven is one of the UK's leading practitioners in this area of the law. He has been involved in numerous ground-breaking cases over the years. Examples are:
Steven’s practice is nationwide. He will happily travel to accommodate a particular client’s needs, whether for conferences or court hearings.
As well as conducting trials, appeals and other hearings, Steven is also in high demand for his advisory work and pleadings. He is instructed on individual cases of varying values and complexity and also provides insurers with high level strategic advice in relation to credit hire, fraud and other road traffic related matters.
In terms of fraud, Steven has over 20 years experience of dealing with fraud ring, staged accident, LVI and phantom passenger claims. He deals with a wide range of claims from straightforward one Claimant exaggeration cases to fraud ring cases involving multiple claims advanced by organised criminal gangs.
Steven also provides advice to both insurers and insured on issues relating to policy coverage and interpretation.
He frequently lectures nationally on the subject.
Steven has been a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association for over 20 years.
He regularly represents both Claimants and Defendants where injuries have been sustained as a result of a road accident, accident at work, slip, trip or fall, defective product or otherwise.
Steven accepts cases at all levels of value and complexity, although his personal injury work predominantly consists of mid to high range multi-track cases. Steven is happy to accept fast track work, but his fees for such work are likely to exceed inter partes recoverable fast track fee rates.
He has intimate knowledge of the ‘6 pack’ regulations and the case law applying to employers’ liability claims.
He similarly has long-standing experience of industrial disease work, with the balance of instructions spread evenly between Claimants and Defendants.
The following are typical examples of the sort of sports law cases Steven has been involved with:
• Steven represented a household name former England cricket captain in a contractual dispute with a national tabloid newspaper.
• Steven defended a former Premier League and England international football player (now a TV personality) who was sued by someone allegedly injured after a prank went wrong.
• Steven represented a current Premier League and international football player in relation to a road accident involving suspected phantom passenger claims.
• Steven represented the Trinidadian international goalkeeper in a dispute with his agent over unpaid agency fees and ‘bungs’.
• Steven represented a household name former world darts champion in a contractual dispute arising out of his ownership of a public house.
• Steven represented a Great Britain rugby league international in a dispute with his insurers after his career was ended by injury.
• Steven represented a Super League rugby club in a contractual dispute with a former player.
• Steven represented a football league club in a dispute over the cost of match day policing.
• Steven represented a director of a football league club who was pursued personally for the debts of his club after it entered administration.
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.
BA (Hons) English & Film Studies, University of Kent
Common Professional Examination (Nottingham Trent University)
Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)
Personal Injuries Bar Association