Stephen is a competition lawyer with over a decade of experience.
Most recently, Stephen was profiled by The Lawyer for the Competition Law matter of the year for 2021, based on the first regulatory settlement between Google and the UK Competition and Markets Authority known as the “Privacy Sandbox” commitments. From 2022-2028, these will define the competition law analysis of advertising technology systems, the web browser, and the conditions for the retirement of the third-party cookie used for advertising.
Stephen has worked on many complex merger, abuse of dominance, cartel defence, and litigation matters in online markets, fixed and mobile telecommunications, and payment systems. Stephen has also advised on international trade law matters and financial services regulation.
Stephen was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and the University of Virginia School of Law. Having worked in Brussels, London, New York and Washington, Stephen is one of relatively few practitioners with direct experience of EU competition law, UK competition law, and U.S. antitrust law.
Stephen is the Head of the Law Faculty of Northeastern University London, with experience at all levels of sophistication from introductory courses to doctoral examination, including LL.M. competition law classes, PhD examination, and funded research projects.
Several of Stephen’s former students are now themselves competition law practitioners and enforcers in leading practices and enforcement bodies around the world.
Stephen is 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.
Within three years of admission to the bar, 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.