Stephen is an experienced litigator and disputes lawyer representing private and public clients. He has been involved in complex Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court proceedings, including applications for judicial review of ministerial decisions, class actions and oppression proceedings.
Stephen also appears as an advocate in mediations and interlocutory applications before courts and tribunals. Stephen employs alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve positive outcomes for his clients. Clients appreciate Stephen's ability to identify the key points of contention in disputes which enables him to strategise favourable outcomes according to each client’s individual needs and priorities.
Acting on behalf of the Board of Innovation and Science Australia in Administrative Appeals Tribunals proceedings bought by entities affected by decisions made by Innovation and Science Australia not to register certain activities as research and development activities for the purpose of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, including consideration of software development and production of energy from municipal solid waste.
CDC Peninsula Home
Acting on behalf of the vendor of a pharmacy business in relation to alleged breaches of a restraint of trade and a first right of refusal to purchase a business. The matter resolved in October 2019 on favourable terms.
Acting on behalf of the former chief financial officer in a complex Federal Court class action proceeding commenced by former Zinifex shareholders following the merger of Oxiana and Zinifex. The claims involved allegations of a failure to disclose relevant details of U.S. debt facilities, worth up to US$640 million in contravention of the Corporations Act and ASIC Act. It was a highly complex multi-party proceeding involving a myriad of allegations. Justice Middleton approved the settlement reached by the parties in mid-2016.
Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club
Successfully defending oppression proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court (and subsequently appealed to the Court of Appeal and High Court) by a member of PKCGC, following the merger of the Peninsula Country Golf Club and the Kingswood Golf Club.
Acting on behalf of a company in relation of suspected embezzlement of company funds by its long standing chief financial officer. The matter involved obtaining extensive freezing orders (including in respect of assets in order jurisdictions), investigating the extent of the embezzlement and arranging for the return of assets. The matter was complicated due to the nature, scope and duration of the fraud.