(1) Watts v Watts: appeared for the claimant who successfully sued his brother for breach of trust, undue influence and deceit, being awarded £1.5m.
(2) Howard v Howard-Lawson: appeared for the defendant (a baronet) who successfully resisted his son's claim that he committed multiple breaches of trust and exercised undue influence over him in connection with the variation of a trust.
(3) Haghighat v Haghighat: appeared for the claimant who successfully claimed that a property she had placed in the name of her son, the defendant, was held for her on a resulting trust or that it was a gift procured by his undue influence.
(4) Smuts v Pearson: appeared for the successful claimants in the trial of a preliminary issue to determine whether they made the contract to sell their business to the defendant personally, or his company, which had gone into liquidation.
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Stephen started at the Bar in 1982 after working for international trading companies in Hong Kong and South Africa.
Prior to that, Stephen obtained a degree in Russian, Swedish and Law and spent time studying in what was then the Soviet Union. His father was born in Kaunas, then part of the Russian Empire, and his grandfather served in the Russian Imperial Army 13th Reserve Battalion of engineers between 1917 and 1920. Stephen speaks Russian, Swedish and French.
He specialises in litigation relating to property, commercial disputes and contentious trusts and probate. Stephen is commercially perceptive and is interested in company and partnership disputes. He was for many years a director of the British Association for Sport and Law and is a member of the Anglo-Russian Law Association.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), having obtained the Diploma in International Arbitration, and is a member of both CEDR's Arbitration and Mediation Panels. Having been an accredited mediator for some 19 years, Stephen continues to help parties resolve disputes privately and efficiently out of court.