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Steven is the Head of Chambers’ Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team.
He has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with multi-track personal injury, credit hire, costs, counter-fraud, consumer credit and general contractual disputes.
Steven excels in all areas but has particularly made his mark in credit hire, where he has been involved in most of the leading cases over the past 20 years. It is no exaggeration to say that arguments developed and promoted by Steven have well and truly shaped this area of the law.
In personal injury and costs work, Steven represents both Claimants and Defendants and will accept suitable cases on a no-win, no-fee basis.
The Legal 500 describes Steven as the ‘best in the northeast on costs and procedural issues’ and the Chambers & Partners Guide rates him as a Top Tier practitioner, praising his ‘intelligence and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’.
As well as providing sound and commercially sensible advice at the individual case level, Steven also has extensive experience of advising in relation to broader strategic issues. He is regularly instructed to provide high-level advice and guidance to insurers and other commercial organisations who wish to improve their procedures or market performance in relation to a particular type of claim.
Steven has twice been short-listed as a finalist for Lawyer of the Year at the Northern Law Awards and many of his cases such as Dimond v Lovell, Stevens v Equity, McBride v UK Insurance have made national headlines over the years.
Steven has secured victories at all court levels, with particular success over the years in Court of Appeal test-case litigation.
Steven travels nationwide for hearings and conferences, is adept at working remotely and is direct access qualified.
"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
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.
Steven has over 25 years’ experience of tackling fraudulent claims.
He is ranked as a leading counter-fraud practitioner by Chambers & Partners Guide, which describes him as:
“…An experienced junior admired for the strength of his motor insurance fraud practice. He brings impressive expertise to credit hire cases and exaggerated injury claims, and offers insurers robust advice on how to effectively combat fraud rings…”
“…Strengths: "He is exemplary. What he doesn't know about credit hire cases isn't worth knowing." "A very competent and robust individual who is well liked by the judiciary…"
Steven is used to dealing with complex, large scale fraud cases, with high volumes of complex documentation. Telematics is a particular speciality.
Steven can assist at all stages of a fraud case, from providing oral or written advice (at the individual case or wider strategic level), to pleading a robust and powerful Defence to, finally, providing strong and stunningly effective representation at trial.
Steven’s instructions come predominantly from insurers, but Steven has on occasion advised Claimant firms on how best to minimise their own exposure to fraudulent claims.
Steven is based in Leeds but travels nationwide for hearings, conferences and settlement meetings. He welcomes instructions on a direct access or licenced access basis.
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 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 is Head of Chambers’ 60-strong Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team.
He is a high-profile multi-track personal injury practitioner with over 25 years’ experience of dealing with complex and high value road traffic, employers’ liability, public and product liability cases.
He has twice been a finalist for Lawyer of the Year at the Northern Law Awards.
Steven has been complimented for his skills as an advocate on numerous occasions over the years, with the Court of Appeal describing his submissions as “very high quality” in Zurich v Umerji, as “excellent” in Bird v Acorn and of having “the elegance of simplicity” in McBride v UK Insurance.
Steven is ranked as a Band 1 Personal Injury Practitioner in Chambers & Partners Guide, which describes him as a “… Highly regarded senior junior who acts for both claimants and defendants in high-value personal injury claims. He has an excellent reputation for his handling of high-profile test case litigation. His cases involve complex medical and legal evidence…” and as an advocate who is “…Well received in court, very friendly and welcoming to clients. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion…”
The Legal 500 similarly identifies Steven as a Leading Individual in personal injury work, describing him as “…Very approachable with exceptional client care skills with a keen eye for detail. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion. He has the ability to unravel complex issues into easily digestible pieces which complement his excellent presentation skills and no nonsense approach…”
Steven’s cases tend to involve six or seven figure damages sums, though he does accept work at a lower value (for an appropriate fee) where complex or interesting issues arise.
Steven travels nationwide for hearings and conferences and is adept at working remotely with paperless instructions.
He is willing to act on a CFA-basis in suitable cases and is direct access qualified.
Steven has over 25 years’ experience dealing with costs cases for both Claimants and Defendants.
He is ranked as a Tier 1 costs practitioner in the Legal 500, which describes him as the ‘Best in the northeast on costs and procedural issues. Well received in court, very friendly and welcoming to clients. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion.’
‘He has the ability to unravel complex issues into easily digestible pieces which complement his excellent presentation skills and no nonsense approach’
Steven has extensive experience of conducting detailed assessments and drafting Points of Dispute and Replies. He is adept at navigating electronic bills, with hands-on experience of using them in practice.
Steven has been instructed in numerous landmark costs cases over the years, with Court of Appeal appearances in such landmark cases as:
Steven travels nationwide for conferences, settlement meetings and hearings but is equally comfortable working remotely with paperless instructions.
Steven acts for both paying and receiving parties, and welcomes direct access instructions.
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