Stephen provides strategic advice to clients in all areas of regulatory and administrative law, and represents a number of professional regulators in misconduct inquiries and in litigation before the Irish superior courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. His expertise acting for and advising regulators and private sector entities, includes complaints, criminal regulatory prosecutions, statutory applications, professional indemnity insurance issues, the entitlement of overseas professionals to practise in Ireland under EU and domestic law and drafting legislation.
Stephen regularly acts for regulators in fitness-to-practise inquiries and in suspension applications, confirmation applications, judicial reviews, and as legal assessor for the board of a statutory regulator. Stephen has acted in complex litigation affecting regulators and regulated entities, including litigation concerning a lawyer’s entitlement to practise in Ireland under the EU Lawyers’ Services Directive, which was the subject of a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stephen also lectures on important regulatory issues for clients, for key senior management and staff of various regulatory and associated bodies, and on a number of Law Society diploma programmes, including acting as course consultant for the Society’s Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies.
Bachelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin, 2007
Barrister-at-Law, Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2008
Masters-in-Law (LLM), Trinity College Dublin, 2011
Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime, Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2013
Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, 2016
Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales, 2018
Member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Law Society of England & Wales.
Achievements and Endorsements
Recommended, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Legal 500 2021 – 2022
Recommended, Public Sector
Legal 500 2018