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Steven is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group and specialises in high value and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate disputes, banking and financial sector litigation, professional negligence and contentious insolvency. Steven also heads up the firm's multi-disciplinary Fraud and Cybercrime practice.
Steven acts both for and against banks, insolvency office-holders, receivers, SME's and high net worth individuals. He advises regularly on business critical and urgent disputes and has particular experience obtaining, enforcing and responding to applications for injunctive relief (including freezing, search and seizure and delivery up orders). Many of Steven's cases involve multi-jurisdictional issues.
In addition to his extensive High Court trial expertise, Steven has significant experience advising clients on the resolution of disputes through mediations and out of court settlements.
Steven is recognised as a 'Leader in his Field' by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Steven is "sensible and gets down to the real focus of the issue." Chambers 2019
"A seasoned and temperate negotiator." Legal 500 2019
Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable, calm, pragmatic and perceptive as to the strengths and weaknesses of a case." Chambers 2018
‘Pragmatic and unflappable’ Steven Richards heads the West Country offering and specialises in corporate and financial services litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency. Legal 500 2017
"Probably one of the most diligent lawyers we have worked with. He's very accurate and just exceptional." Chambers 2017
"I’d also like to thank you and Steven for your work and advice. It’s cost effective, professional and we’re grateful for it." International Manufacturing Client
"Thank you Steven for your compliments . I am only too happy to return them. What a contrast you…were to the other side. It follows we would be only too happy to work with your firm again." SME Housing Company
"Steven…thank you for all of your help on this case, a really satisfying result in the end where everybody can rightly feel that they have played a large part in getting to this settlement… Brilliant result!" Major UK Retail Banking Client