Stephen is defending a “lost litigation” claim against the BMA by a consultant psychiatrist, concerning issues of “whistleblowing” in the NHS. Several parts of the claim were struck out on grounds of limitation and in relation to duty of care.
Stephen Innes has established a busy commercial practice. He is recommended as a leading junior for professional liability and costs work.
Ranked as a leading professional liability and costs junior by Chambers & Partners, Stephen is described in recent editions as “a real expert, who is hard-working, extremely easy to work with and has encyclopedic knowledge.” “Produces very user-friendly, commercial and pragmatic advice, and good client service” (2021 – Professional Liability). “An understated performer who just gets right to the point. Costs judges are quite particular, and prefer people who know the rules and don’t try to muddy the issues. Stephen is one of those people they like to deal with” (2021 – Costs). “Very impressive” (2019 – Professional Liability), “he throws everything at a case…He is very diligent and thorough, but at the same time practical” (2018 – Professional Liability).
Stephen Innes is described in the Legal 500 as being ‘level-headed and provides advice in a non-technical way. Extremely genuine, sensible counsel’ (2021 – Costs), ‘he has very good judgement, and is very measured and sensible. He never gets gung-ho; he behaves as if it’s his money and/or reputation on the line, and gives pragmatic advice’ (2021 – Professional Negligence). ‘Very knowledgeable of costs matters’ (2019 – Costs), who provides ‘clear, concise advice’ (2019 – Professional Negligence). ‘A dynamic thinker, who is extremely approachable and superbly knowledgeable.’ (2017 – Costs); ‘Extremely proficient.’ (2017 – Professional Negligence); ‘A very valuable team member, who inspires real confidence‘ (2016 – Costs); ‘Approachable and a pleasure to work with; he provides clear, thorough advice and is great in conference with clients‘ (2016 – Professional Negligence) ; ‘highly reliable, and able to assimilate large quantities of documents and distil the key points’ and ‘extremely good on paper and very user friendly‘ (2015 – Professional Negligence).
Stephen is regarded as being personable and easy to work with. He always strives to provide sound practical advice and to focus on a strategic approach to litigation.
Stephen’s practice is in commercial dispute resolution, with his main areas of specialism being professional liability, costs, professional discipline/regulatory and property damage. Experience of particular types of litigation, such in employment, personal injury, insurance, consumer credit and chancery, proves invaluable in the context of professional liability and costs work.
A key area of expertise, on which Stephen lectures with Ben Patten QC, is property fraud claims against solicitors, involving in particular cyber and “Friday afternoon” fraud. Recently Stephen has written and advised extensively on claims involving Japanese knotweed.
Stephen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and a member of the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association. Stephen is the Chairman of the Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee and a member of the Gray’s Inn Management Committee. Stephen is a member of the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group.
Mediation, Adjudication and Arbitration
Stephen Innes is an accredited mediator and conducts mediations in his specialist areas of professional liability and costs. Stephen is a trained and accredited adjudicator under the PNBA adjudication scheme. Stephen is regularly instructed as an arbitrator to provide binding or non-binding determinations in matters of insurance and costs.
Stephen Innes accepts clients under the Bar’s direct access scheme, and further details can be found on his direct access website verycivilbarrister.co.uk
Stephen specialises in helping direct access clients in dispute with their former solicitors, whether in disputing costs or in investigating potential claims of professional negligence.
Stephen has published a short guide “3 Common mistakes made by clients in challenging solicitors’ fees“.
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In appropriate cases, Stephen Innes accepts instructions under Conditional Fee Agreements.