Stephen handles some of Lawtons’ most challenging cases, with an increasing emphasis on serious sexual offences and defending historic sex offences. Clients appreciate Stephen’s pragmatic, supportive and sensitive manner. His high-profile client work is undertaken in a discreet and understanding way.
With over 20 years’ experience, Stephen has specialised in criminal law since qualification. Having studied International History & Politics at the University of Leeds, the clear strategic thinking developed during his degree underpins his approach. It is deployed to assist clients in navigating through complex litigation and devising the best possible tactical approach to achieving their objectives. He has dealt with cases at every level, with convictions and sentences being overturned in the Court of Appeal.
A former President of the Hertfordshire Law Society, legal directories have described Stephen as follows: ‘excellent criminal law specialist’; ‘commendable and unwavering dedication to his clients’ interests’; ‘a great manner with the client, putting him at ease and always being available to discuss developments’; ‘had a successful strategy from the outset.’
Clients have praised Stephen’s empathy, professionalism and ‘rapid understanding of the truth’, and said that his superior expertise has provided them with confidence, comfort and relief in distressing times.
Recognised as a leader in his field, Stephen fully understands the demands of law at the highest level. This has led to his trusted reputation as an expert, called upon to comment and provide unique insights for the BBC and major national newspapers.
He is one of the two founding directors of Lawtons Solicitors. Stephen’s reputation has ensured that Lawtons are recognised as national leaders in criminal defence work. Having links with leading Chambers and QCs, Stephen will ensure that every case is carefully considered and prepared.