Stephen practised at Freshfields as a corporate transactional lawyer for over 41 years on 3 different continents and was a partner for 33 years. He held a number of leadership positions. As a lawyer, he specialised in debt and equity securities offerings and M&A. Virtually all of his work was cross-border – he has worked on transactions in over 50 countries.

He is known for his global perspective and local knowledge. He is now a consultant to the firm and is actively involved in Freshfields’ StrongerTogether initiative, its network of relationship firms around the world that allows it to deliver Freshfields’ service to clients in any market.

He has recently established a consulting firm in Singapore/London/Vancouver – Making Change Happen – through which he provides management advice to law firms and other professional service providers.

Stephen is co-author of a variety of books and a regular speaker on law firm management, business development, market regulation and anti-money laundering topics. His most recent publication is the 2nd Edition of Business Development. This has become the ‘bible’ for law firm business.