Stephen is the Global Chair of International Arbitration at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He is recognized as a leading expert in the field of international arbitration and disputes arising under contracts and bilateral or multilateral investment treaties, and is highly ranked by all international and domestic legal publications in international arbitration and public international law. Leading directories recognize Stephen as a leader in his field and have recently described Stephen as "one of the most impressive advocates around," "a masterful cross-examiner," a "tenacious fighter," the "maestro of strategy," "one of the gurus in the field," "one of the pre-eminent ICSID arbitration experts in the world," and praise his "finely honed instincts for strategy in advocacy."
Stephen routinely speaks at leading conferences and seminars, and is widely published on the subject of international arbitration. He won the inaugural (and subsequent) Client Choice Award for Best Arbitration Lawyer in the UK. Chambers & Partners and Super Lawyers have rated Stephen as one of the leading lawyers in the UK across all fields of practice. Stephen has been awarded "Best Lawyer in the United Kingdom for International Arbitration" by Best Lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was Chair of the Global International Arbitration Practice of Allen & Overy LLP.
Stephen regularly sits as an arbitrator and has sat as Chair, Sole or Co-Arbitrator in dozens of cases around the world under the auspices of ad hoc and all the major institutional rules, in both commercial and investor-State arbitrations.
International Arbitration, Energy Sector Disputes, Construction Litigation, Investment Disputes, International Law, Infrastructure Disputes
Auckland University, (BCom, 1990), (LLB, 1990), (MComLaw, First Class Honors, 1994)
A Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1989); Solicitor Advocate (All Higher Courts) England and Wales (1995); Appointed Queen's Counsel (2016)
AES Corporation, Amtrust Financial Services, Churchill Mining PLC, CNH Global NV, Dubai Ports Authority, Duferco, Global Air Movement,Imperial Jet, Millicom International Cellular, Oman Gulf Enterprises, Oschadbank, Planet Mining Pty Ltd, Rabobank International Holding, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Slovenia, Shaft Sinkers Ltd, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Schindler Holding AG, Norvik Banka, Sapinda Group
Multiple hedge and pension funds
Dozens of high profile and ultra-high net worth individuals and their companies