From 2011 until 2017 I was Senior Partner in a Liverpool firm of Solicitors. I dealt with all aspects of practice management including compliance, risk and business development.
For the last 10 years I have presented training courses and providing support and guidance on
Costs and retainers
This is now my main area of work.
I also help with the setting up of new legal firms
During my years of practice, I settled several claims with damages in excess of £1m.
I acted for the Claimant in the Court of Appeal in Rimmer v Liverpool City Council
Which remains a leading case in relation to the liability of landlords for design faults in rented properties. I also acted for a group of residents in connection with injunction proceedings to avoid demolition of a housing estate in Liverpool.
Since 2011 I have written a regular blog on legal matters which has had over 300k reads. I comment mainly on Acccess to Justice issues and matters affecting the practice of law.
Bernadette Mcdonald MBA, Solicitor
I would not hesitate to recommend Steve, he is a walking encyclopaedia of legal practice.
Donna Scully, Director, Carpenters
Steve is my 'go to' blogger for legal advice & opinion. Love to hear his view\take on things. His love for justice always shines through & he always adds a bit of humour too. I try to ignore the fact that he is a blue
David Wafer, McIver Scott Recruiting, Chair Liverpool Institute of Directors
I initially knew of Steve through his exceptional reputation within the legal and wider business community across the North West and was aware he had previously been President of the Liverpool Law Society and Senior Partner of a highly regarded legal firm. However I have gotten to know Steve personally in recent years and can say that his down to earth, approachable manner, sense of humour, integrity, intelligence and not forgetting his great photography skills coupled with experience, skills and those personal qualities make me have no hesitation in recommending Steve. I do this knowing that in a crowded market Steve stands out
Rob Cook - Cook Legal Ltd - Costs Experts
Steve has a wealth of experience in both law and business development matters. Nothing has been out of his expertise or knowledge, and he has gone the extra mile to assist us. Steve has been a massive help to our firm in reorganising our social medica communications and branding and is definitely the person you want on board if you are running a business in the legal profession. Highly recommended and very personable’
Nina Ferris, Hill Dickinson and Law Society Council Member
Steve’s talent for management and strategic planning was a great boost to the Liverpool Law Society when he was an officer, and he has always been and remains supportive and I value his advice in carrying out my role now. He is an expert in law firm risk and management and has graciously shared that vast knowledge at conferences and more informal events. On top of all that , he is a genuinely nice guy and always a pleasure to work with
Emma Carey, Managing Partner, MSB Solicitors
I have known Steve all my working life. He is passionate about the law which is evidenced in his presence on social media. I always turn to Steve’s tweets/blogs /posts for a compassionate, fair and balanced view on emerging topical legal issues. On a personal level, he is approachable and always willing to support his co- professionals and the legal profession as a whole
Alison Lobb - Managing Partner, Morecrofts Solicitors
I have known and worked with Steve for many years. He has an excellent grasp of the issues affecting the profession, and a track record of responding to and dealing with these. He’s also very good company – and a great source of information, both personally and through his superb blogs which demonstrate the depth of his knowledge in many areas
Stephen Threlfall, Fletchers Solicitors
We have worked with Steve over the last year, with particular regard to our medical negligence department. Steve has produced very useful and informative sessions at both ends of the experience curve. Whether it is specific training for new entrants to the clinical negligence world or advanced training for our experienced practitioners, we have found Steve’s sessions to achieve the desired outcome. Steve is able to tailor his training and approach to fit the audience that he is speaking to and the feedback to his sessions, at all levels, has been overwhelmingly positive
Mark Quinn, Taylor Rose
Having been trained by Steve on a dental negligence course, I would highly recommend him. He was able to trike the very difficult balance of providing in depth technical knowledge and keeping us entertained. Superb.
Jo Downey, Director of Education and Training, Liverpool Law Society
I've known Steve for almost a decade due to his involvement with Liverpool Law Society - he was President 2011/12. Steve was able to identify gaps in our education programme and provide training events in his area of legal expertise and as a keen blogger he has also provided events about the effective use of social media. Steve provides good, clear information and has a clear and concise delivery - feedback from our delegates has been very good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Steve and will confidently continue to include him in our training programme
Leslie Cheeseman, Solicitor
I consulted Steve regarding a merger . He was excellent throughout . Thorough and diligent . He conducted negotiations from start to finish and was trusted and respected by both sides His knowledge and experience is vast and his advice and guidance was always available and greatly appreciated .He brought about what could have been a difficult exercise with the ease and firmness of a true professional .All aspects were completed speedily diligently and to my complete satisfaction. He is a lovely man to deal with – straightforward, honest wise - and his fees are very reasonable ! I would not hesitate to recommend him
Chris Topping – Partner, Broudie Jackson Canter and Past President Liverpool Law Society
I have known Steve throughout the whole of my legal career and although we have never worked for the same firm he has been generous with his support and time. He has vast experience in a wide range of civil litigation work and is known for his tenacity in seeking justice for his clients
Paul Currie, Liverpool Legal Services Ltd
Steve is a technically gifted lawyer with a most comprehensive command of a notoriously complex subject matter. I would not hesitate to recommend him
President Liverpool Law Society 2012
Higher Courts Advocate (Civil) 2002
Fellow Emeritus - APIL 2017
Senior Partner - EAD Solicitors LLP - 2011 - 2017
Chair - North West Legal Support Trust 2021 to date