"I seriously believe in Travlaw. I think that we have a great concept and a fantastic bunch of people realising that concept. We aim to be the unchallenged number one in dealing with the travel industry."
Stephen has an indisputable reputation in travel law with an unmatched wealth of experience and is, therefore, able to advise clients on the most likely outcome of cases in clear, professional terms. Stephen is one of only two top rated UK solicitors in Travel in Chambers Directory 2014.
He set up what is now Travlaw in 2003 to offer a law firm that specialises in acting for the travel industry and to be recognised as leaders whilst avoiding pomposity. The company’s ethos is to give a professional but informal approach to clients.
Stephen is proud of the firms litigation success record and puts that down to his hatred of losing matched with his desire to get the right results for clients. “Our clients are great to work with and many of them have transcended the role of client and become friends.”
Aside from his work with Travlaw Stephen speaks at many conferences and seminars and is Chair of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Section.
Career highlight to date?
“Aside from winning some major cases, when the book Holiday Law first came out, a book which David Grant and I had written, was a real highlight, and again when the 5th edition came out in 2012; also becoming the Chair of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee nearly four years ago.”
Best piece of law advice?
“If you are coming into a career now it is going to be so different from what the law has been like for centuries in particular Alternative Business Structures, which could blow away small high street firms, and challenge the very existence of independent lawyers, combined with the effects of the disastrous Jackson Reforms in civil justice which have cut a swathe through access to justice.”
Stephen climbs the rankings again this year following excellent market feedback: “It’s difficult to find anyone in the UK that knows more about travel law than Stephen.” “He’s probably the leading expert on the travel industry. He’s also always bang up to date on travel legislation.” His practice focuses on both advisory and litigation work. Stephen is personally ranked in Band 1, being one of only two lawyers in the country to be awarded such a ranking in the travel sector.
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