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 an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

He gives lectures and speaks at seminars at universities when invited.


‘Emerging technologies: authenticating new forms of evidence’ with Allison Stanfield (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 9 August 2012)

‘Digital evidence: Issues for lawyers, judges and scholars and what is coming over the horizon’ (Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 August 2006)


‘Digital evidence’ as part of the Master’s Degree in Criminal Investigation offered by the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia (October 2007)


‘Validating identity in a digital world’ as part of the course Informations- und Kommunikationssicherheit: Infrastrukturen, Technologien und Geschäftsmodelle run by Universität Frankfurt (May 2005)


‘Some challenges of dealing with digital evidence in criminal proceedings’, Centre for Criminal Justice, School of Law, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland (March 2014)


Two lectures on digital evidence and electronic signatures to the students at ILS Law College, Pune (March 2008)


‘Dealing with encrypted data in criminal proceedings’ at Aula Magna of Politechnico Di Milano in association with Tech and Law Centre, with Stefano Zanero and Giuseppe Vaciago, (27 May 2013)

‘Fact or forged: the complexity of digital evidence’, the opening lecture of a series of lectures focusing on digital investigations in the banking sector and investigations into encrypted material for PhD students, prosecutors and lawyers (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocc, Milan, 19 May 2011)


‘Electronic evidence: some problem areas’ at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, O-okayama-campus, Tokyo at the invitation of Professor Hironao Kaneko. Stephen prepared an essay explaining the haiku he wrote for the book he edited International Electronic Evidence (British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008) especially for this lecture


‘An overview of digital evidence’ at Multimedia University (Melaka, Malaysia, 22 August 2012)


Lecture, ‘Electronic evidence should have been taught on law courses from 1960. A discussion.’ Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, Oslo, 14:15, Domus Nova room 543, (13 November 2013)

From 2006-2008, he gave lectures to the students on the Information and Communication Technology LLM at the Department of Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. As part of the day, he used to take the students on a walking tour of the four Inns of Court before having lunch in Middle Temple Hall, perhaps followed with a tour of one of the libraries.


Three lectures on electronic evidence at Lund University in Sweden (Juridiska fakulteten vid Lunds universitet) to students on the criminal procedure course (24 and 25 April 2014)

United Kingdom

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies:

‘Electronic evidence and the burden of proof’, with the UK Association of European Criminal Law (5 November 2013)

‘Modern banking: negligence and how courts approach evidence’ (23 October 2013)

‘Electronic evidence: can there ever be a presumption of being in order?’ (16 February 2011)

‘PINs, ATMs and liability’ (4 November 2009)

‘Proving intent in the digital environment’ (5 October 2006)

‘A brief outline of the English legal system’ an annual lecture to the students on the London University LLM degree each September

Workshop on Cybercrime Laws at Canterbury Christ Church University, (17 May 2013)

‘The use of digital evidence in criminal proceedings: evidential issues’ at a seminar entitled ‘Exploring the use of Digital Forensic Technology in Criminal Justice’ (Wolfson Research Exchange), (University of Warwick, 16 March 2011)

United States of America

‘Disclosure and Evidence in England & Wales A short introduction’ to Corporate Counsel Technology Institute at University of Widener School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America, (over the telephone, February 2005)


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