Stephen Mason

Barrister - Conference Speaker - Author

Terms of work

Terms of work

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.

Further information

The Bar Council web site is very useful, as is the web site of the Bar Standards Board.



Stephen is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker and chair conferences in relation to e-mail, electronic signatures and digital evidence, amongst other topics. He has spoken at the Bar of England & Wales annual conference.


La ‘despapelización’ de las organizacioner? (Buenos Aires 2005, by video conference)

Austria – UNCITRAL

Electronic signatures and electronic identity management at the UNCITRAL Colloquium on Identity Management and Trust Services (Vienna, 21 – 22 April 2016)


Stakeholders Workshop on Electronic Identification and Trust Services, IAS Study 2, European Union, (Brussels, 25 September 2013)


Keynote speaker at DataFocus 2016 (Zagreb, 5 April 2016)

Symposia on digital evidence (speaker and joint organizer), the first event took place at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law, 12 April 2008. His Honour Judge Ranko Marijan of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia opened and attended the symposium. The second symposium was held at Vukovar, 11-12 September 2008, where Ante Zeljko, President of the County Court in Vukovar and Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia, both spoke before the symposium began.


Special Interest Group on computer law, Cyprus Computer Society (Nicosia 2006)

Infosec Cyprus (Nicosia 2004) (Limassol 2005)


Annual World Congress of the Information Security Forum held at Grimaldi Forum, Avenue De La Princess Grace (Monaco, November 2010)

Keynote speaker at the 4th annual CISO Executive summit and roundtable (Côte d’Azur, 2007)

Global Legal Forum (Paris, 2005)


Annual conference on EU criminal justice 2013, The impact of new technologies in criminal proceedings, e-evidence, virtual currencies and social networks, Academy of European Law (22-23 October 2015, Trier)

First International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT (Hamburg, 2006)


Keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Workshop on Digital Forensics and Incident Analysis, University of the Aegean, (Samos, Greece, 2007)


E-Discovery Ireland, (Dublin, October 2011)

‘The future of the legal profession’, a lunch-time discussion arranged by the Law Society of Scotland at the IBA Conference (Dublin, October 2012)


Webinar with Cellebrite Limited ‘Tackle the Legal Aspects of Obtaining Digital Evidence in the Cloud’ (12 August 2015)


E-Justice and E-Law Conference under the Italian Presidency at the Corte di Cassazione (Rome, October 2014)

OLAF Symposium 2010 (European Anti-Fraud Office) (Milan, February 2010) (in association with the Union des Advocats Européens – European Lawyers Union), entitled Seizure and confiscation for fraud affecting the financial interests of the European Union and computer crimes

XLIV Congresso Nazionale del Notariato (Congress of Civil Law Notaries) (Venice, October 2009)


‘Why data security underpins good compliance’ 7th Annual Compliance & Economic Crime Symposium (Jersey International Business School, Jersey, November 2011)


E-signatures and e-fraud, Lebanese American University and the ISACA, (Beirut, 2006)


‘The legal issues relating to the establishment and maintenance of personal identity credentials’’ and ‘The digital world and proving intent’ at the CA/B Forum (Vilnius, October 2010)


Keynote speaker, Nordic conference in ICT Law, Bristol Hotel, (Oslo, 14-15 November 2013)


‘International Developments in Electronic Evidence’ International Conference on Electronic Litigation 2011, organized by the Singapore Academy of Law (Singapore, August 2011)


‘New technologies and criminal procedure’ at the 7th European Jurists’ Forum (Barcelona, April 2013)


‘Lessons in strategies for the introduction of ICT in the administration of commercial justice in an emerging economy’, conference sponsored by the World Bank, entitled The Role of Information and Communication Technology in the Administration of Commercial Justice (Arusha, Tanzania, September 2007)


‘Digital evidence – an introduction’, Digital Investigation Seminar, (Ankara, May 2015)

‘An overview of digital evidence’, International Law Congress 2008, Ankara Bar Association, (Ankara, January 2008)

United Kingdom

‘Handling digital evidence’, North East Fraud Forum Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 June 2014

‘The new digital world – understanding the legal risks’, R3, The Association of Business Recovery Professionals at the 24th Annual Conference, (Vilamoura, Portugal, 14-16 May 2014)

‘Professional conduct issues where digital assets are concerned’ with Jennie Pratt, a partner at Ashton KCJ at a conference Advising vulnerable adults in a digital age (STEP Mental capacity special interest group, London, 5 December 2013)

‘Media, culture, and intrusions of privacy’ at the Annual Motor Claims Conference, Evolution of claims in a fast changing world (Coventry, 26 June 2013)

The Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime (27th [2009], 28th [2010], 29th [2011] and 30th [2012])

‘e-Identification: some legal issues’ at E-Identification Workshop, Taftie Academy (Birmingham, September 2012)

‘Digital evidence and privacy’ at Information Privacy, Security and Forensics in the Digital Age, Aberystwyth University and the National Library Wales (Aberystwyth, September 2012)

‘Cryptography, the law and you’, Information Security Specialist Group (BCS-ISSG) Special Meeting (London, November 2011)

‘Law In Scotland – One Profession’, the Law Society of Scotland (Glasgow, September 2011)

‘Digital Evidence from the legal perspective’ at the F3 annual conference (First Forensic Forum) (Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, November 2010)

The PISCES annual conference (Edinburgh, September 2008)

The 2nd International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training (Canterbury Christ Church University, September 2008)

International conference on digital evidence in association with MIS (London, June 2008)

DESI II Second International Workshop on Supporting Search and Sensemaking for Electronically Stored Information in Discovery Proceedings, (University College London, June 2008)

E disclosure – the problems, the solutions and the rules, CLT, (London, June 2008)

Chair and speaker at Ensuring Legal Admissibility and Managing Disclosure of Electronic Records, Ark, (London, April 2008)

2nd conference on Advances in Computer Security and Forensics, Liverpool John Moores University, (Liverpool, (July 2007)

Keynote speaker at the 22nd British & Irish Law, Education and Technology Association conference (University of Hertfordshire, 2007)

Ark 3rd Annual Email Management (London 2005)

United States of America

‘e-Discovery Without Borders’, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC, December 2011) by video link

International Forum on eNotarization and eApostilles (Washington, DC 2006) (Los Angeles, 2007) (New Orleans, 2008 – part of the Conclusions & Recommendations were taken from text of my speech)

ARMA International 51st Annual Conference & Expo (San Antonio, 2006)


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