Stephen has substantial experience of the full range of public law work in Chambers, spanning civil actions, inquests and inquiries, immigration and asylum work and judicial review. He is the author of The Reform of Civil Justice with Sir Rupert Jackson and able to help with complex civil procedure and costs disputes.
Stephen has a thriving practice across the full range of public and administrative law work, but with an emphasis on cases involving civil liberties, state surveillance and vulnerable individuals. He appears in the High Court and Upper Tribunal, challenging decisions ranging from the recognition of victims of trafficking, children's nationality claims and security clearance for special constables.
Before starting practice, Stephen's pupillage was supervised by Amanda Weston and gained valuable and training in claims covering unlawful detention, mental capacity, national security (including deprivation of citizenship) and nationality cases (including challenges to refusals to register children as British nationals).
Stephen regularly appears in Coroners' Courts across the country, in both Middleton and Jamieson inquests - recent cases include deaths in custody, a suspected drugs overdose by a vulnerable witness in a criminal trial and a nursing home death of a woman under deprivation of liberty safeguards. Stephen is particularly adept at arguments over the engagement of Article 2 and is able to draw on his time working on inquest cases in the Divisional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Stephen has extensive experience in the First-Tier Tribunal, handling complex asylum appeals and deportation cases. He has handled a number of difficult cases where the clients lacked capacity and were represented by a litigation friend or where they had severe learning disabilities and/or mental illnesses, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
He acts in all areas of immigration and asylum law including the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, European Economic Area law, nationality law, detention and bail, removal and deportation, and the Immigration Rules (including entry clearance).
AM v Secretary of State for the Home Department  Newport FTT (IAC)
A successful Article 3 medical treatment claim on behalf of a profoundly disabled young boy with a rare, incurable genetic disorder involving taking live evidence-in-chief from a medical expert.
SB v Secretary of State for the Home Department  Newport FTT (IAC)
A successful asylum and humanitarian protection appeal on behalf of an adult with severe learning disabilities and lacking capacity to give evidence.
MIA v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UT(IAC) Newport
A complex asylum, humanitarian protection and human rights appeal instructed by a litigation friend due to the client's ongoing lack of capacity. Successfully appealed to the UT, awaiting rehearing.
FT v Secretary of State for the Home Department  Newport FTT (IAC)
A asylum and Article 4 appeal where it was successfully argued that the F-tT was not bound by a negative Conclusive Grounds decision and, in any event, that decision was irrational.
Stephen has experience of working in both the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, developing a granular level of knowledge about the procedural and substantive law of the two systems. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding jurisdiction under Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.