Stephen joined Buckles as a partner in our Company Commercial team in April 2018. He completed his legal training with a City firm before moving to a Cambridge-based law firm in 1994, where he later became a partner.
Stephen has a broad experience in company and commercial law, assisting clients in managing their legal affairs from the inception of the business (including advising on private/private equity investments and shareholders agreements) through to its eventual sale. He has acted on numerous private company acquisitions, negotiating contracts and helping clients minimise acquisition risk through the due diligence process. Stephen has advised on joint ventures, particularly in the field of property development and intellectual property development.
Additionally, Stephen has dealt extensively with shareholders and partnership disputes, covering both contentious and non-contentious aspects. He has a special interest in Intellectual Property matters, including trade mark registration, intellectual property licensing (including software licensing), copyright and designs.
Having previously been a business owner, Stephen recognises the importance of giving the best practical and commercial advice based on a solid understanding of the underlying legal principles to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. He develops long-lasting, meaningful client relationships and achieves favourable results for them through is honest and tenacious approach.
Stephen is a member of the Law Society and the Society for Computers and Law. He also has a good working knowledge of Spanish, French and German.
What others say about Stephen:
“Our businesses have worked with Stephen for a number of years. We value above all his ability to take a commercial perspective and to take a sensible and practical approach to reaching an objective whilst maintaining a robust legal stance. In our experience he has such a depth of legal skill that he guides us through and anticipates events on our behalf. Despite that he has many clients, we feel that he is solely interested in us for the period of the engagement or issue – he becomes our “in-house” counsel at those times. In the past we have recommended him to clients and peers and will continue to do so.”
Robin Illingworth - Director, Drystone Strategy Partners Limited