Stephen studied at the College of Law, Guildford and trained as a solicitor at Royds. He qualified in 1993 and became a partner at Royds and now Royds Withy King in 1999.
Recognised by The Legal 500 UK as “always professional”, Stephen deals with all aspects of contentious intellectual property law, including
- copyright disputes
- patent infringement
- trade mark disputes and passing off actions
- design law issues.
He is responsible for the operation of the “Copywatch” IP Protection Scheme with the National Association of Jewellers and the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association.
With a wealth of experience dealing with intellectual property disputes, Stephen writes regular articles for the jewellery and luxury goods press (such as Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller, Jewellery in Focus and Fashions Extras) and has commented on topical issues on TV and radio.
Stephen is also an experienced general commercial litigator and his work has included media and sports law issues, disciplinary appeals and tribunals, licensing matters, Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise investigations. He also has expertise in estate agency law and business transfer agents fees recovery actions.
We are pleased and honoured to announce that we have been shortlisted for Service Supplier of the Year in the 2018 UK Retail Jewellery Awards.
The ceremony celebrates the very best in British jewellery and contributions made to the industry
Stephen’s client list includes Shaun Leane, David Marshall, Sarah Jordan and Paul Spurgeon (all former UK Jewellery designers of the year); Smyths Toys; East; Leatherman Tools Inc; Buck Knives Inc; Christie Group and Monsoon Accessorize as well as sports stars and celebrities.
Stephen’s reported cases include:
- Agent’s commission dispute: Christie Owen & Davies plc v RAOBGLE Trust Corp. (2011) EWCA Civ 1151
- Abuse of process: R v Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards ex parte Roberts (1994)
- Copyright in artistic craftsmanship: Vermaat v Boncrest  FSR 44
- Unregistered design right: Landor & Hawa International v Azure Designs  EWCA Civ 1285
Stephen is a member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.
Outside of work, Stephen enjoys reading about historical military campaigns, watching cricket and playing golf.