Stephen is one of the most experienced EU and competition lawyers still practising in the UK. He has acted for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals, in contentious and regulatory matters in the High Court, before the ECJ in Luxembourg and in front of the OFT, Ofcom, the European Commission and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
He brought the first wholly successful judicial review of a decision by the Office of Fair Trading (R v Director General of Fair Trading Ex p Southdown Motor Services) and acted successfully again in Leyland DAF Ltd v Automotive Products Ltd. He also obtained the first injunction for a claimant under the Competition Act - upheld subsequently by the Court of Appeal. (Network Multi Media v Jobserve).
Stephen’s overriding concern is to use his legal skills to achieve commercial benefits for his clients. This was exemplified by his work in applying competition law to assist England’s leading rugby clubs over a ten year period to receive adequate compensation for release of players to the international team and gain control of the broadcasting rights in matches in which they take part. He also acted for Harlequins R.F.C in the famous “Bloodgate” affair and quashed the worldwide ban on one of its participants in Brennan v Health Professions Council.
Recent successes at Goodman Derrick include the overturning of a worldwide life ban on two sports professionals, the successful defence of a bus merger referred to the Competition Commission, McGills/Arriva Scotland West (a sector where mergers are subject to extra scrutiny) and a £multi-million settlement arising out of non-disclosure of a competition fine liability in a business sale.
He writes and lectures regularly on EU and regulatory matters particularly focussing on media issues. Stephen's latest articles are available below.
Out of the office
Stephen still plays cricket and tennis and the piano. He is fluent in French and Italian.
News Corp/BSkyB: How Ofcom's New Test for Assessing Impact of Media Mergers on Broadcast
News Protects BBC's Dominance - Entertainment Law Review, 2011
British Model Not The Way To Go - The Australian, 23 August, 2013