Steven is a Partner in and Head of the firm’s Asia Dispute Resolution Group and is also Head of the firm’s Bangkok office.
Steven specialises in complex international disputes, in particular, London and Asia-based arbitrations involving oil and gas, power, mining and commodities and large-scale projects. He is also highly experienced in shipping litigation.
Steven has sat as an arbitrator in ICC, SIAC, TAI and ad hoc arbitrations. He has used this know-how on commercial projects to help avoid disputes and manage risk.
He is recognised as a leading international arbitration expert in Thailand by legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific. In 2020, Chambers described him as “fantastically commercial and strategic”, with one client lauding him as “unquestionably the single most competent disputes lawyer I have worked with.”
- Advising two contractors and their insurers who were part of a consortium which designed and laid the runways at Suvarnabhumi Airport Thailand, which cracked with US$200m in issue.
- Advising a Thai power provider against a Chinese contractor and Chinese guarantor in a Singapore arbitration under ICC rules, with claims/counterclaims exceeding US$100m, involving English, Thai and Chinese law.
- Advising ARS International on a breach of a confidentiality agreement by the seller of shares in a Pakistan power company. Arbitration in Singapore under SIAC Rules with US$100m in issue.
- Advising a Singapore oil & gas company in an SIAC arbitration of a US$90m breach of a Farm-Out Agreement by an oil & gas major and its future drilling of a hydrocarbon well in the Sulu Sea.
- Advising the owner of a 100MW coal powered station in Cambodia, in a SIAC arbitration under English law of a FIDIC based contract relating to the contractors’ failure to rectify defective works.
- 1988 · Chester College of Law, England LLB (Hons)
- 1987 · Cambridge University, England MA (Hons) History
- 1987 · Chester College of Law, England Examination Pass
- 1986 · Cambridge University, England BA (Hons) History
- 1983 · Cambridge University, England (Robinson College) Exhibition Award to read History
memberships & associations
- Law Society of England & Wales