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.


Professional training for members of the judiciary, lawyers and students

Stephen provides advice and training to Ministries of Justice, judicial organizations and lawyers (and organisations that prefer to remain confidential) in relation to digital evidence.


One-day course on electronic evidence and electronic signatures (for the Information Technology Law Society, Leicester University, 18 November 2015)

One-day course on electronic evidence and electronic signatures (Sherrard Room, Middle Temple Library, 15 September 2015)


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


‘Digital evidence: an introduction’, a one-day seminar for judges of the Supreme Court of Cassation and Appellate Court of Sofia at the National Institute of Justice (25 February 2014, Sophia), part of the training programme for the training of judges in the context of full membership of the European Union


The challenge of dealing with electronic evidence in criminal proceedings and Collection, evaluation and admissibility of electronic evidence (the second with Goran Oparnica, Managing Director of INsig2), Academy of European Law (29 February – 1 March 2016, Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Lisbon)


One-day course on electronic evidence for members of the bar and judiciary (2007, Nicosia)

Czech Republic

The validity and admissibility of electronic evidence in cybercrime cases, Academy of European Law (5-6 June 2014, Česká advokátní komora, Prague)

England and Wales

‘Electronic evidence and electronic signatures: the hinterland at the gallop’ (Sherrard Room, Middle Temple Library, 8 September 2015)

Cybercrime: Developing the Legal Framework in Europe, Academy of European Law (11-12 November 2010, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London)

Training film on electronic signatures, for the Judicial Studies Board web site and distributed as a web cast (2006-2007)

European Judicial Training Network

‘Investigation, Prosecution and Judgment of Information Technology Crime: Legal framework and criminal policy in the European Union’ for judges and public prosecutors (25 November 2008-28 November 2008, the Hôtel Jean de Bohême, Durbuy, Belgium)


Continuing professional development conference for European judges ‘Cybercriminalité en Europe’ (2007, Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, Paris)


Basic Training Course on Legal and Technical Aspects of Cybercrime for Judges and Prosecutors (15-16 November 2012, ERA Conference Centre, Trier)


Lecture on digital evidence and electronic signatures to lawyers and judges of the high court in Pune (2008, India)

International Criminal Court

Electronic evidence: selected observations, ICC Prosecution Division: Training on scientific evidence and its presentation in Court (25 November 2015, Haagse Veste, Room H4098, The Hague)

The Salzburg Workshop on Cyber Investigations, organised by the Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law School, University of California, Berkeley (23-25 October 2013, Scholss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria)


Specialised seminar (2) Challenges in obtaining and relying on electronic evidence and issues of admissibility in court, Academy of European Law (21-22 November 2013, Grand Hotel Villa Torretta, Milan)


‘The use and presentation of digital forensic materials as evidence in court’ and ‘Electronic banking – negligence, fraud and theft: the legal response’, Academy of European Law (2-3 June 2015, Latvijas Tiesnešu mācību centrs, Riga)


‘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)


‘Towards a global law of electronic evidence?’, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Lisboa (4 March 2016, Lisbon)

‘An introduction to electronic evidence’, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (1 March 2016, Leiria)

‘The challenge of dealing with electronic evidence in criminal proceedings’ and ‘Collection, evaluation and admissibility of electronic evidence’ (the second with Goran Oparnica, Managing Director of INsig2), Academy of European Law (29 February – 1 March 2016, Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Lisbon)

The use of electronic evidence in court, and Electronic banking and how courts approach the burden of proof, Academy of European Law (12-13 March 2015, Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Lisbon)


Relying on electronic evidence in criminal cases, Academy of European Law (12-13 November 2015, Institutului National al Magistraturii, Bucharest)

Workshop 4 Electronic evidence and its admissibility in criminal court and Workshop 10 Investigative tools used in the on-line environment; expedited preservation of data and data retention; interception of telecommunications and computer data as part of a two-day seminar entitled ‘Human rights and transnational gathering of evidence’, included in the framework of the Criminal Justice 2011 project of the European Commission, entitled: EU seminar for legal practitioners on human rights and transnational gathering of evidence: Developing a European Judicial Culture (28-29 November 2013, Rin Grand Hotel, Bucharest, Romania)


Introductory Seminar (1) An introduction to electronic evidence in criminal proceedings: collection, analysis and presentation of electronic evidence in court, Academy of European Law (6-7 June 2013, Real Alcázar de Sevilla, Seville)

E-evidence: Validity and Admissibility of Electronic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings (26-27 May 2011, Escuela Judicial de España, Barcelona)

Tanzania: World Bank

The Role of Information and Communication Technology in the Administration of Commercial Justice, a pan-African judges conference organised by the High Court Commercial Division of Tanzania (September 2007, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge Hotel, Arusha)


Lecture to the President and members of the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court on electronic evidence (2006, Bangkok)


Pacific Region Cybercrime Criminal Justice Training, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Union and Council of Europe (24-26 February 2016, Nuku’ Alofa, Tonga)


One-day workshop  ‘Our digital world in legal context’ (8 May 2015, Istanbul)

One-day ‘Workshop on Electronic Evidence’ Turkish Bar Associations (28 January 2012, Ankara)


‘An introduction to electronic (digital) evidence’ on behalf of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (16 May 2015, Kyiv)

United Arab Emirates

Emirate of Dubai

Speaking at a workshop run by the Public Prosecution under the chair of Counselor Khalifa Rashid bin Demas, which formed part of the programme ‘Legal Enlightenment 2015’, the workshop dealt with ‘IT crimes, challenges and solutions’ (4 November 2015)

Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Two workshops for judges and prosecutors upon the request of Counselor Abdul Rahmnan M. Al Baloushi, Director of International Cooperation Administration, Ministry of Justice

‘Cyber crime’ (2-3 June 2010)

‘Electronic evidence’ (10-11 May 2009)

Professional training for lawyers

I have provided a number of courses for CPD for the CPD Channel and given lectures to or on behalf of:

Ahmedabad Management Association
Bar of Barbado
British Standards Institute
Cambridge Europe & Technology Club
Central Law Training
CIPFA Better Governance Forum
College of Law
Cranfield School of Management
Henley Management College
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
International Association of Young Lawyers
ILS Law College, Pune, India
Local Government Group Law Society
Singapore Academy of Law
Scottish Society for Computers and Law
Society for Computers and Law


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