Stephen specialises in advising local and global insurers, and their insured clients, in relation to complex coverage issues, technology liability claims, professional indemnity claims involving building and construction professionals and insolvency practitioners, directors’ and officers’ claims and class actions.

Stephen has extensive experience advising insurers on strategies for favourably resolving claims against insureds and coverage disputes, as well as managing complex insurance coverage litigation.

Stephen uses his technical and strategic expertise to achieve the best possible commercial outcomes for his clients.

Technology Liability

  • Acting on behalf of an Australian defence contractor in respect of a claim brought by a former client in relation to the provision of a communications detection system for several military vessels for alleged breach of contract and negligence.
  • Acting on behalf of a point-of-sale software developer in the defence of a claim brought against it by an aggrieved client for alleged breach of contract, negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct.
  • Advising an insurer on coverage issues arising under an IT liability policy following a ransomware attack suffered by an IT company, which compromised both the IT company’s and its clients’ networks and data.
  • Advising an insurer on issues arising from a business email compromise which resulted in the theft of significant funds and a negligence claim against the compromised business.
  • Advising an insurer in relation to coverage available under an IT liability policy in respect of claims against a developer arising out of alleged deficiencies in the insured’s software.

Professional Indemnity

  • Acting on behalf of the successful property valuer in Todd Hadley Pty Limited v Lake Maintenance (NSW) Pty Ltd [No 2] [2020] NSWCA 81.
  • Acting for the successful liquidators in Aardwolf Industries LLC & Anor v Tayer & Anor [2020] NSWCA 301.
  • Acting on behalf of a global engineering company in respect of a claim brought in the Supreme Court of the ACT involving alleged professional negligence.
  • Acting for surveyors in a boundary and easement dispute arising from a major commercial and residential development in Sydney.
  • Acting on behalf of an ASX-listed company in respect of a claim brought in the Supreme Court of NSW on behalf of various covenant holders in a forest investment scheme.

Class Actions – Coverage

  • Acting as coverage and monitoring counsel in relation to various class actions arising from the Hayne Royal Commission.
  • Acting as coverage counsel for a defendant to the 2011 Brisbane Floods Class Action.

Class Actions – Defence

  • Acting on behalf of an ASX listed company in respect of the defence of two related class actions in the Supreme Court of NSW and Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting on behalf of an Australian debt collection agency in the defence of a securities class action in the Federal Court of Australia.

Directors + Officers

  • Acting on behalf of a former director of RSL Lifecare Limited in relation to the Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW) involving alleged breaches of directors duties and improper receipt of payments.
  • Acting on behalf of a director of a NSW registered club in the defence of proceedings brought in the Supreme Court of NSW concerning the alleged breach of a retail lease.
Areas of Expertise
  • Class Actions
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Inquiries, Investigations + Prosecutions
  • Professional Liability
  • Technology Liability

Industry Representation
  • Technology + Cyber
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Financial Institutions + Services

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group
  • Young Insurance Professionals
  • NSW Claims Discussion Group