Steven has been involved in a number of arbitrations including ones governed by the rules of the LCIA, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, as well as trade associations and ad hoc arbitrations mainly as counsel although he has been appointed in a major LCIA arbitration. He advises on cases in his areas of expertise (particularly aviation, insolvency, company, partnership law and civil fraud) which involve an arbitration clause for dispute resolution.

He is also regularly instructed to appear in the Commercial Court in arbitration claims. He has both prepared and advised on submissions on points of English law arising in complex disputes as well as appearing in arbitrations as counsel. Arbitration work is by its nature confidential. His involvement in arbitration work which is in the public domain includes:

Danone v Wahaha (2008/2009) Stockholm, China, BVI, Samoa, California: Steven was instructed by Wahaha, the Chinese partner in a soft drinks joint venture in China with the French company Danone. The case was one of the largest ever involving a Chinese company. There were elements of the dispute fought in Stockholm, China, BVI, Samoa and California. Steven was instructed in relation to the main arbitrations proceeding in the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Emmott v Michael Wilson & Partners (No 2) [2009] 1 Lloyds LR 233; [2009] Bus LR 723 which resulted from applications to the Commercial Court under sections 42, 44 and 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996. The Court held that the proper role of the Court was to support arbitration proceedings and accordingly it should be slow to review the reasons behind a tribunal’s peremptory order and willing in most cases to assist enforcement of such an order. Steven was counsel in the substantive arbitration proceedings which concerned a joint venture legal and professional services firm in Kazakhstan.

Steven has been involved in numerous high-profile reported cases (some reported anonymously) in the courts of the Dubai International Finance Centre on the jurisdiction of those courts, including the so-called “conduit jurisdiction”, concerning the enforceability of international arbitration awards in the UAE and the Middle East.

Steven has been appointed as a member of an LCIA tribunal in a large international telecom arbitration dispute which is ongoing.