Stephen is a competition lawyer with extensive experience of a wide range of competition law matters including cartel investigations and leniency applications, merger clearances, abuse of dominance investigations, client counselling, and litigation.
Stephen has worked in a variety of industrial sectors with extensive experience relating to technology markets, including in many of the recent contentious merger, abuse of dominance and litigation matters in online markets, fixed and mobile telecommunications, and payment systems. He has worked on cases before the EU Commission as well as courts and regulators in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Alongside his experience of competition law, Stephen has assisted clients with international trade law matters including anti-dumping cases before the EU Commission, and financial services matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and state regulators.
Stephen was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and the University of Virginia School of Law. He then practiced law with several international law firms and, having worked on competition law projects in Brussels, London, New York and Washington, is one of relatively few practitioners with direct experience of both EU competition law and U.S. antitrust law.
Stephen acts as the Head of Faculty for the law school of the New College of the Humanities in Bloomsbury, having previously held a range of other academic teaching and research roles engaged at all levels of sophistication, from introductory courses to doctoral examination, including LL.M. competition law classes, competition and trade law PhD examination, and an international research project into competition law litigation.
Several of Stephen’s former students are now themselves competition law practitioners and enforcers, active in leading practices in international law firms, as well as in roles with the Norwegian Competition Authority, the EU Trade Delegation to China, and the UK Competition and Markets Authority.
Stephen acts as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, following appointment by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2014. He is a member of the Competition Law Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, which advises the Society on competition law matters. Most recently, Stephen acted as International Rapporteur for the Ligue International de la Droit du Concurrence, the umbrella organization for national competition law professional associations. The results of this multi-jurisdictional project were published in Antitrust in Pharmaceutical Markets (Springer, 2017).
Within three years of admission to practice, Stephen was named Antitrust and Trade Law Section Scholar by the International Bar Association and was profiled by the International Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, and remains active in both organizations.