Stephen is an experienced commercial lawyer and the principal of Suttons Solicitors. He specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration, public international law, international administrative law, sports law and employment law.
Stephen has been actively engaged in commercial law and dispute resolution for more than 25 years. His practise encompasses business and commercial disputes, employment law (contentious and non-contentious), construction litigation, professional negligence litigation, white collar crime, intellectual property disputes and international arbitration. Stephen has been the recipient of numerous academic honours and over his career he has participated in various high profile trials and international arbitrations both in this country and overseas.
He has defended clients in criminal proceedings in respect of alleged white collar crimes and he has also prosecuted private criminal prosecutions.
Stephen advises a company that is part owner of one of the world’s most valuable character brands on various issues including intellectual property and merchandising rights.
He has worked in the UK, The Far East, Africa, Central Asia, Europe, and the United States of America in relation to major international disputes and has represented foreign governments, multinational corporations and private clients. He has acted in respect of numerous disputes before the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Employment Tribunal, the Administrative Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ICSID, the LCIA and the ICC.
In addition to his litigation practise in this jurisdiction Stephen has acted for various high profile business people and sports personalities. Stephen appeared as Counsel for the Appellant in Adrian Mutu v. Chelsea FC (Court of Arbitration for Sports 2008/A1644). Stephen was counsel for ABB in its dispute with the Government of Mongolia (mediation hosted by the Asian Development Bank). He has worked on disputes in Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, Turks & Caicos, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Poland, Tajikistan and South Africa. Stephen has worked extensively with the World Bank Group in Washington DC in respect of international mediations and arbitrations including, in particular, resolving disputes with the Government of Ethiopia in conjunction with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in Washington DC.
Stephen is also an experienced practitioner in international administrative law and frequently advises international civil servants in respect of employment issues arising as a result of their employment with multilateral organisations such as the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the EBRD. He also advises clients in respect of investigations conducted by the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency concerning sanctions and allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank financial projects.
Stephen has a first class degree in law from the University of Cambridge and is a Senior Scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Stephen was a visiting Lecturer at the London School of Economics and a visiting Professor of Law at Pepperdine University in California.