Stephen Innes

Have you been  let down by the service you have received from an adviser such as a solicitor, barrister, surveyor, financial adviser or accountant? Do you want to know if you can challenge your lawyer’s fees? Do you need advice or help in relation to costs in your litigation? 

I can advise you on the merits of your case or guide you through the relevant procedures; I draft or respond to court or other documents such as statements of case, witness statements, costs points of dispute, letters of claim or complaint; I can represent you in court hearings, mediations or other meetings. 

My work is divided equally between acting for clients and acting for professionals and their insurers, so I am very familiar with the pressures and tactics on both sides.

My approach

I always try to give advice which is comprehensive, realistic and easy to understand: ‘approachable and a pleasure to work with; he provides clear, thorough advice and is great in conference with clients’ (Legal 500, 2016 – Professional liability).

I am approachable and unstuffy: ‘a very valuable team member, who inspires real confidence’ (2016 – Costs); ‘extremely good on paper and very user friendly’ (2015 – Professional Liability).

I am hardworking and go the extra mile for my clients to guide them through what can be very stressful situations for them.

I offer a free 30 minute meeting or telephone discussion to explore how I can help you.

My work

My recent costs cases have included advising litigation clients in a dispute with their after the event insurers over the terms of their policy and whether payment of their premiums have fallen due. Careful analysis of the contract provisions and drafting a strongly worded letter which set out the relevant background in some detail proved decisive in persuading the other side to accept the clients’ case.

I acted recently in a costs dispute between a solicitor and former client, where solicitors’ costs of over £1 million were challenged. Some of the points of principle made a very large difference to the amounts which could be recovered. As a barrister brought in very shortly before the hearing, when the case had already been prepared, I think I justified my involvement by taking a critical look at the evidence and identifying a few key documents which had not previously been brought to the court’s attention, but which in the end proved decisive in persuading the court of our version of events.

About me

My specialist areas of practice are professional negligence and costs. I have 17 years’ experience as a barrister in a well-regarded commercial set of chambers, 4 New Square. I am ranked as a leading junior in both of my practice areas by the Legal 500. 

I am also a qualified mediator. I trained with a specialist costs mediation organisation, Costs ADR.

What my clients say

‘approachable and a pleasure to work with; he provides clear, thorough advice and is great in conference with clients’ (Legal 500, 2016 – Professional liability).

‘extremely good on paper and very user friendly’ (2015 – Professional Liability). 

“I cannot thank you enough for your brilliant advocacy, kindness and support at court this week” (a recent client in costs proceedings).

Professional & academic

I won a scholarship studying classics at New College Oxford. After teaching for a year in Australia I took the law conversion course at City University in London and the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. I won a prince of Wales Scholarship from Gray’s Inn. I undertook my pupillage at 4 New Square and became a tenant in 2001.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.

I am Chairman of the Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee and a qualified advocacy trainer through Gray’s Inn. 

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