Early in his career, Steven had worked in the international arbitration group of Allen & Overy. Since then, Steven has developed an extensive international arbitration practice and now acts as lead counsel in multiple ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations conducted in many countries around the world and subject to a wide variety of governing substantive and procedural laws. He has built a formidable reputation acting in international energy cases involving exploration and production disputes, engineering, procurement and construction disputes, power purchase disputes as well as a whole range of commercial/ corporate disputes concerning joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements and other financial and commercial agreements.
Steven started his career as a solicitor, and was called to the Scottish Bar in 1999, to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2007 and to the English Bar in 2008. He has been an accredited Mediator since 2003 and became an accredited arbitrator in 2011. He was appointed an ad hoc Advocate Depute in 2007 (criminal court prosecutor) by the Lord Advocate (Head of the Scottish Prosecution Service) and has prosecuted serious offences for the Crown including attempted murder and armed robbery. Steven also holds a public appointment from the Scottish Government to sit as a Tribunal Judge.
He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh in 2009, an Honorary Lecturer of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee in 2011 and appointed Seminar Director & Lecturer on the Professional Seminar Training Programme of the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore 2014. He lectures frequently on energy disputes, law and policy all over the world.
Steven is recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500:
“Very experienced in international arbitration and a good legal brain.” - Legal 500
'His written work is excellent. He completely understands how to communicate with the client to make them feel at ease.' - Chambers and Partners
Steven has also been part of various notable Arbitrator Panels:
Steven is co-author of the leading international book ‘Pleading in Arbitration – A Practitioner’s Guide’
published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters 2012.