Steven is a media and information lawyer.
For over a decade he has continuously advised some of the entertainment and sport industry’s leading individuals and organisations in relation to the creation, exploitation and protection of their information. Working with his clients in order to devise and implement strategies in order to achieve their objectives, Steven has a wealth of experience advising a range of different clients with different needs across multiple sectors.
Steven is recognised by Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the field of Reputation Management. He is also recognised by CityWealth in its ‘Future Leaders’ top 100 index, and was the winner of a ‘Lawyer of the Year – Reputation’ award at CityWealth’s Future Leaders Awards in 2016.
Steven’s expertise are rooted in defamation, privacy, data protection, confidence and harassment, and utilising these legal tools in order to protect the reputation, privacy and information of his clients. His primary objective being to avoid, where at all possible, the prospect of his clients becoming embroiled in costly litigation. Steven therefore advises on proactive measures designed to reduce the risk of threats to a client, as well as providing traditional pre and post publication advice.
Prior to joining Himsworth Scott, Steven spent 12 years practising at the pre-eminent media sport and entertainment law firms, Schillings and Harbottle & Lewis.
Steven’s experience is extensive.
- He coordinated and managed in excess of 100 claims for damages for victims of voicemail interception, other forms of unlawful information gathering and the unlawful publication of their private and/or personal information against the publishers of the News of the World and The Mirror newspapers, through High Court litigation and Arbitration, achieving record awards of compensatory damages on behalf of his clients.
- He advised a sports organising body, the largest of its kind globally, its Chairman and its CEO in relation to a broad piece of cross-departmental litigation arising out of a data breach, providing essential litigation support from a media litigation perspective.
- He has acted as a trusted advisor to two of the country’s leading premiership football clubs, providing media law advice to their General Counsel and communications teams on a proactive as well as reactive basis in relation to media reports and enquiries, and delivered tailored educational programmes and seminars to players centred around the use of social media and press practices.
- He provided media litigation support and strategic media relations advice to a claimant group in a multi-billion-pound group litigation, advising on a pro-active as well as reactive basis, in particular in relation to a smear campaign conducted by activists.
- He advised a global residential, leisure and commercial property developer in relation to a Channel 4 broadcast concerning the client’s operation in the Middle East, with the aim of taking control, to the extent possible, over the broadcast through reliance upon legal and journalistic principles.
- He has advised a number of elite professional sportsmen and women in connection with matters ancillary to regulatory processes and procedures, including strategic advice as well as advice in relation to media interest and reporting, so as to guard against inaccurate and misreporting, and to ensure fairness and transparency in that process.
- He was a trusted advisor for over five years to Europe’s largest hedge fund and its CEO. Advised inherently private clients in relation to reputational and privacy issues. Responsible for ongoing audit of CEO’s reputation, devising and implementing strategies to achieve the effective protection of legal rights.
- He advised the Claimants in the case of TSE & ELP v News Group Newspapers Limited in relation to one of the first successful applications for injunctive relief following CTB v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Thomas, ensuring anonymity was maintained at a time when the injunction landscape was extremely uncertain and constantly evolving.
- He jointly led a £1million multi-jurisdiction costs recovery litigation on behalf of an ultra-high-net-worth individual following the successful determination of a Court of Appeal infringement of copyright claim.