Stephen practised at Freshfields, the international law firm, 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 and management positions in Freshfields. 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 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 (https://makingchangehappen.com/) – through which he provides management advice to law firms and other professional service providers.
He 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 (https://lnkd.in/g4QCzNJ). This has become the ‘bible’ for law firm business development.
Stephen is very active in the IBA and has attended over 30 annual conferences. He is the Vice Chair of the Law Firm Management Committee.