Steven is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group in the Firm's London office. He brings more than 25 years of experience advising clients on complex, multijurisdictional disputes in the fields of general commercial law and private international law, with a particular focus on the technology, communications, banking and financial sectors. He also has substantial experience of resolving disputes in the commodities, shipping and defence sectors.
Steven has significant experience in international arbitration as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA SIAC, the SCL and LMAA and of litigation in the English courts and a number of other national courts throughout the world. He is particularly experienced in commercial disputes involving a technology context, whether that is acting for technology companies or for other client's matters involving a technology background. He has particular expertise in disputes involving major technology or telecommunications projects and their financing, technology licensing and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Steven was named by Benchmark Litigation as its inaugural "UK Lawyer of the Year" (and a National Star) in its 2019 Europe awards. He was also named a 2018 Client Services All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group, which selects lawyers who "deliver outstanding legal skills and superior client services" based on hundreds of in-depth, independent interviews with legal corporate counsel at the world's leading organisations.
Steven lectures on dispute resolution related matters, including at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is also the co-author of a leading text on technology disputes: IT Contracts and Dispute Management: A Practitioner's Guide to the Project Lifecycle, published in March 2018 (Edward Elgar Publishing, ISBN: 9781784710118).
Steven is admitted to practice in England and Wales.
Technology and Communications
Skype Technologies SA in a very substantial, high profile £2.1bn "bet the company" dispute in the UK High Court and courts in California, Delaware and Estonia, arising out of the licensing and ownership of Skype's core peer-to-peer technology, including a successful application in the UK courts for an anti-suit injunction preventing the continuation of a substantial patent and copyright infringement action in California ;*
Goldman Sachs International in complex multi-party, multi-jurisdictional proceedings arising out of the transfer of assets and liabilities of a collapsed bank in a EU member state to a 'bridge' bank, including the legal effect under the European Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive of various resolutions of the member state's central bank on the transferability of a substantial loan (Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA  UKSC 34);*
Bloomberg LP in a complex technology licensing dispute involving two sets of expedited proceedings in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division respectively;*
a leading UK broadcaster on a major dispute relating to a contract for the supply of digital broadcasting management technology including advising on termination strategy, post termination recovery of assets and successful contract renegotiation;*
Avis Europe plc on a major dispute valued at £50m with ATOS Consulting Ltd in the Technology and Construction Court, relating to the replacement of Avis' pan European automated accounting systems and involving allegations of deceit and repudiatory breach of contract. Settled successfully after 36 days of trial;*
Peregrine Systems Ltd in a leading IT case in the TCC and Court of Appeal in its successful claim against Steria Ltd for wrongful termination of a project for the implementation of Peregrine's Service Desk software;*
a major aerospace and defence company in a substantial ICC arbitration concerning modifications to specialised aircraft under a services contract, including applications for emergency arbitrator relief;*
a leading mobile telecommunications company in high value ICC arbitrations concerning the licence of various patents on FRAND terms, including successful UK High Court applications to stay patent proceedings in favour of arbitration;*
an Indian national telecoms carrier in a substantial ICC arbitration concerning the design and operation of a global satellite access node and various claims for interconnection charges;*
*All matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.
Benchmark Litigation's 2019 "UK Lawyer of the year" in its inaugural European awards as well as ranked a "national star"
Ranked as leading lawyer in Legal 500 and Chambers UK:
"Steven is a tremendous litigator – he is very clever and efficient and handles multiple clients well"
"Very good at running complex commercial disputes, very bright and a pleasure to deal with"
BTI Consulting Group: Named a 2018 Client Services All-Star, which selects lawyers who "deliver outstanding legal skills and superior client services" based on hundreds of in-depth, independent interviews with legal corporate counsel at the world's leading organisations