Stephen is Augusta’s Legal Counsel and a member of its Review Panel where he is responsible for assessing the merits of financing applications and advising accordingly on their funding.

Prior to joining Augusta, Stephen was a Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution at Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys). He led the commercial dispute practice for fifteen years, for ten of which he was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His legal practice covered a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases. He brings to bear on his case assessment role the knowledge, skills and judgement acquired over a professional legal career which began in 1975 at London firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett, where he became a partner in 1980 and headed the litigation department from 1983 until the firm’s merger with Speechlys in 1997.

Stephen holds a Masters in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, Oxford. He is also a qualified Mediator.