About
Steffan

Steffan is an Associate in the Commercial Disputes department. He advises on a range of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, debt recovery, partnership disputes and insolvency proceedings. He is experienced in complex and large disputes across nearly all levels of the court system.

Steffan also has over 9 years of experience as a Privy Council Agent and has acted on a variety of high profile and high value appeals. He provides specialist advice and support to law firms from Commonwealth jurisdictions when bringing their clients’ appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. For over 7 years, Steffan has been a member of the Supreme Court & Privy Council User Group member (chaired by Lord Hodge) and he regularly proposes and comments on amendments to the Rules and Practice Directions.

His clients appreciate his approachable nature, along with his ability to promptly provide clear and concise advice.

Cases

  • Acted for a PLC bank in defending a £20m+ Quistclose trust claim in the High Court and Court of Appeal
  • Successful £700,00 constructive trust claim in the Chancery Division, dealing with Bona Vacantia issues arising from a dissolved limited company
  • Successful court action to replace an administrator with a liquidator over a £380,000 undeclared debt
  • Setting aside of statutory demands on appeal in the High Court
  • Assisted with a £34 million statutory demand on behalf of foreign energy company to facilitate quick resolution

Notable Privy Council appeals

  • Ennismore Fund Management Ltd v Fenris Consulting Ltd (Cayman Islands) [2022] UKPC 27 (successfully resisting a €5m damages claim arising from an undertaking for damages in a freezing order)
  • Livingston v JSC MCC Eurochem (British Virgin Islands) [2020] UKPC 31 (USD $45m jurisdiction challenge)
  • DD Growth v RMF (Cayman Islands) [2017] UKPC 36 (USD $23m unlawful redemption payment)
  • Pora v The Queen (New Zealand) [2015] UKPC 9 (quashing of murder conviction after 20 years of imprisonment)
  • Lundy v The Queen (New Zealand) [2013] UKPC 28 (quashing of double murder conviction)
  • 2022 – Present | Seddons, Solicitor; Associate
  • 2015 – 2022 | Alan Taylor & Co., Solicitor
  • 2012 – 2015 | Alan Taylor & Co., Trainee Solicitor
  • 2012 – 2014 | University of Law, LPC
  • 2008 – 2012 | University of East Anglia, LLB (Hons)

Firmwide awards

  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • British Italian Lawyers Association
  • Indian Council of Arbitration
  • Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Legal 500 2019
  • UK Lawyer Top 200 - Listed Firm 2019
  • Chambers 2019
  • Times Best Law Firm 2020

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