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Stephen Acton

| Call 1977

Profile: Commercial Disputes

Experience and Expertise

This is a core area of Stephen’s work, and he probably undertakes more of this type of work than any other single area. Most of this work is contract-based, arising in a commercial context. It is sometimes connected with other chancery areas such as company, partnership or property. On other occasions it is set in other contexts such as banking, employment, agency, guarantees, bailment and conversion and sale of goods or services.

Stephen’s reputation is as a tough commercial litigator. However, underlying that, is a thorough approach to mastering the facts, and a keen, analytical mind applied to identify, advise on, and develop argument in relation to, the key issues. Stephen is always realistic and commercial in his advice and approach, and enjoys working with clients to attain the best results achievable. Increasingly ADR is used in this field, and Stephen has an excellent record in helping to obtain favourable settlements in mediation.

In Stephen’s early career at the Bar he appeared in the leading House of Lords case on contractual repudiation: Woodar Investments Development Ltd v Wimpey Construction UK Ltd [1980] 1 All ER 571. Since then he has advised and represented clients in court, and particularly latterly in mediation, in a very large number of commercial disputes cases. Recent examples include the following:

Stephen has given various seminar talks in the field of company and commercial matters, including a recent one on contractual repudiation.

Stephen Acton
“I am very happy to endorse Stephen and would say that he was very thorough and mastered a detailed case. He was invaluable in his advice, drafting the complicated and lengthy pleadings and was outstanding in a mediation that led to a post mediation settlement.”

Instructing Solicitor