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.


Seminars and training for commercial organisations

Training IT professionals

Stephen helped to write the ISEB Certificate in IT Law Essentials course in 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)

United Kingdom

‘eID Enabling UK Business Growth – One year on. A Thought Leadership Seminar’, British Computer Society and the European Association for e-Identity and Security, (London, November 2012)

Stephen regularly give seminars for commercial organisations, especially the IT industry, including:-

APACS (as it was)
British Computer Society (Internet Specialist Group) and (Law Specialist Group)
COI Communications
Data Genetics International Limited
FaceTime Communications
Finjan (now M86)
Network Solutions
Partners in IT
RSA Security
Sun Microsystems

Stephen regularly provides in-house seminars and workshops for national and international organizations at Board level. You may contact him via his agents, Specialist Speakers or JLA


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