Stephen takes clients from all over England and Wales. He specialises in cases where there is an international element and the involvement of a foreign jurisdiction. Many of his clients have sustained injuries and illness during travel overseas by air or by sea, whether on holiday or during the course of their work.
His previous experience includes being a team leader in the holiday sickness claims department. Stephen’s cases can involve package holidays where he has to prove there have been breaches of legal standards in the country concerned which caused the client’s accident. On occasion, claims can involve employer liability and cases involving the Montreal and Athens international conventions, covering accidents and illnesses by air and by sea respectively.
Stephen’s cases involve the full range of orthopaedic injuries, including fractures from slipping and tripping. Stephen has considerable experience representing clients suffering from injuries to the digestive system, as a result of food poisoning. Stephen’s cases also involve psychological injury, including PTSD.
As part of his full caseload he covers fast-track and multi-track claims – the former covering compensation between £10,000 and £25,000 and the latter where damages are in excess of £25,000.
As a member of the foreign jurisdiction department, Stephen strives to enhance and increase his knowledge and experience of private and international law claims.
Stephen values his position at Thompsons because of the high quality and variety of cases with which he is dealing. He also values the Thompsons’ emphasis on the ongoing learning and development of its staff, which ensures the highest standards of expertise.
He is a strong proponent of Thompsons’ close links with the labour movement and the opportunity it provides to handle claims on behalf of union members. He finds it invaluable to enlist the help of union officials and health and safety representatives to assist with investigations.
Away from work, Stephen enjoys reading novels, travel books and autobiographies. He also likes going to the theatre and cinema. For physical exercise he goes to the gym and a weekly Pilates class.
Stephen's case experience
- Secured compensation for a family of four against TUI following gastric illness suffered while staying on an all-inclusive basis at a hotel in Turkey. Three of the four claimants had confirmed salmonella infections.
- Recovered compensation for a kitchen worker at an army barracks in Germany who suffered a back injury while trying to take out a packet of frozen meat from the lower part of a heavily packed freezer that had no shelves. The claim was disputed, because the employer refused to admit the accident occurred as alleged.
- Secured compensation for a woman injured by a falling picture during an art auction on board a cruise ship following a sudden movement of the ship. The client suffered physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of the accident and a claim was brought against the cruise operator and the art auction company under the Athens Convention.
- Recovered damages from TUI Airways under the Montreal Convention for clients injured in the process of disembarkation following the arrival of a flight at Alicante airport. The client’s mother was disabled, so the claimants had to disembark using an “Ambulift” but the operator failed to fully lower the lift.