Stephen works with both public sector and private sector clients and has extensive experience in advising and acting on behalf of various stakeholders in the public and regulatory sphere.
Stephen has broad expertise in public and regulatory matters, having acted on behalf of a number of professional regulators in the course of professional misconduct inquiries and in litigation before the superior courts. Stephen also has acted for and advised private sector entities in respect of a number of matters, including in respect of complaints to professional regulators and in respect of criminal regulatory prosecutions.
Stephen has strong experience in providing strategic advice to clients across a broad spectrum of areas, including regulatory law and administrative law issues. Stephen has also lectured, on a frequent basis, on important regulatory issues for clients and for key senior management and staff of various regulatory and associated bodies.
- The Law Society of Ireland in proceedings wherein the President of the High Court emphasised the availability and likelihood of a solicitor being stuck off the Roll of Solicitors for misconduct involving dishonesty
- A professional regulator in respect of High Court judicial review proceedings concerning the readmission to practice of a former member.
- A statutory authority in respect of High Court litigation concerning the statutory powers of that authority.
- A number of regulators in many statutory inquiries concerning the fitness to practise of professionals and in subsequent court proceedings.
- Provided strategic advice to regulators and private sector clients in relation to the interpretation and impact of various statutory provisions, including the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, the Ombudsman Acts 1980-2012, the Solicitors Professional Indemnity Insurance Regulations and the European Union Solvency II Directive.
- Advised on and prepared personally draft regulations for enactment by a regulator
- A statutory authority on the extent to which it must provide reasons for its decisions
A regulator on the impact of Brexit on the regulation of a profession