The general terms and conditions upon which Stephen provides services are set out in the Code of Conduct. Any work I undertake will be subject to the law of England & Wales. I will provide services to solicitors under the standard contract terms.
Stephen has professional indemnity insurance, provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and the territorial cover is world-wide, subject to the terms of cover.
If you have a complaint, please contact him immediately. He will endeavour to resolve the issue with you. If a satisfactory solution is not possible, please refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman.
If Stephen undertakes work for you, he will agree a time scale with you for the work to be completed.
Who Stephen accepts instructions from
Stephen accepts referral instructions from firms of solicitors, and direct instructions from legal directors, the company secretary of a registered company or the managing partner of a partnership. He also accepts instructions from lawyers in other jurisdictions. He will provide advice on a non-contentious matter in writing (by e-mail and postal mail) or by meeting you.
Areas of work that Stephen does not accept direct instructions
Stephen will not accept any work that is not within his area of competence, and he will inform you immediately, should this occur.
How and where Stephen works
Stephen mainly provide written advice, which usually means it is sufficient that you set out what you would like him to advise upon. He works with you to ensure that he is clear about what you want advice upon before he begins the work, and he will provide the advice by e-mail and on paper.While he is willing to work almost anywhere, he charges for travelling time.
Stephen will either quote an hourly rate or fixed sum before taking on any work, although there will be occasions, because of the nature of the work, that he can only give you an estimate.
Stephen specialises in digital evidence, identity, authentication and security.
Stephen regularly speaks at conferences and provides in-house seminars and workshops for national and international organizations at Board level. You may contact him directly or via his agents, Specialist Speakers or JLA.