With almost 30 years of legal experience, Stephen is a practising barrister-at-law and an accredited mediator with a real commitment to alternative dispute resolution. He prides himself on being a safe pair of hands with the drive and determination to achieve the results his clients want, using a friendly, proactive approach.
Over the past three decades, Stephen has experienced a wide variety of both commercial and civil legal matters, including ethical law and dispute resolution activities. From contract disputes to contentious probate, insurance law to insolvency and redundancy to restructuring, he provide advices and opinions both in conference and in writing on a broad range of commercial and financial services sector issues, charities and trusts, employment and civil matters.
With significant advocacy experience, Stephen has regularly appeared in the county courts, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in tribunals, mediations, arbitrations and joint settlement meetings.
Having worked with major Fortune 500 international companies as well as UK SMEs and private individuals, Stephen enjoys working for and with commercial stakeholders, fellow professionals and members of the public to provide and representation for their legal needs.
Areas of law
- Commercial Law
- Contract Law
- Employment Law
- Lasting Power of Attorney, Probate & Trusts
- Construction disputes
- Adjudication proceedings
- Litigation concerning currency transactions
- Import/export issues
- IP protection, including injunctions
- Asset tracing and recovery
- Freezing orders
- Insolvency and corporate restructuring
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Placings and flotations
- Managed funds and investments
- Debt recovery
- Drafting and advising on shareholder agreements
- Inter-creditor agreements
- Funding including bonds
- Supplier agreements
- Terms and conditions
- Franchising and agency contracts
- Unfair dismissal
- Wrongful dismissal
- Sexual orientation
- Equal pay
- Professional negligence
- Public Interest Disclosure Act claims
Lasting Power of Attorney, Probate & Trusts
- Complex family trust actions
- Commercial arrangements concerning the letting of properties
- Contentious probate matters, including challenges to wills both by beneficiaries and by third parties
- Testamentary capacity
- Proceedings against executors
- Trustee conduct and decision-making challenges
As an experienced, accredited mediator, Stephen has undertaken over 85 mediations in both the UK and overseas, with a high success rate. These include multi-party, cross-border and high-value disputes.
When not in Chambers or Court, Stephen enjoys being out on the water. He is a qualified scuba diving instructor and sails laser class and hobie cats. He is also a keen wildlife and bird photographer.
Areas of Law
Steven Langton is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Experienced in the areas of:
- Clinical Negligence
- Professional Negligence
- Professional Regulation
- Technology & Construction inc Adjudication
- Wills & Probate
- Public & Administrative Law
- Commercial Arbitration & ADR inc Adjudication
- Court of Protection
- International Law
- Personal Injury
- Land & Property
- Business & Commercial Law
- Credit Hire Specialists
- Road Traffic
- Credit Hire (Defendant Insurance Team)
- Consumer Contracts
Happy to help in the following additional areas:
- Brexit Law
- Personal Injury
- Criminal Law
Outside of these key areas of law, Steven Langton is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Steven direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register
If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
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I just wanted to let you know how the Barrister (Steven Langton) was. He called me on Sunday night and spent a good 3 hours advising me how court would be and then going through my case notes. This was invaluable time and very well spent. He was brilliant on the day really calming presence.
Dr T.J Lay Client
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Steven Langton represent me in court. He made the effort of calling me the night before the hearing. I had originally missed his call and despite me returning his call at a late hour, he spoke to me at length without any rush to help clarify all my questions. He was extremely professional and his manner of speaking was crystal clear with beautiful simplicity. During the hearing I was so impressed with Mr Langton's cross examination and felt extremely privileged that he was representing me. He then took the extra effort to call me back after the hearing to ensure I understood what had unfolded. If I ever had to recommend a barrister I would have the utmost confidence in recommending Mr. Langton. I felt that he outlined the case in a superb manner getting me a favourable outcome. However, it was the fact that he listened to me, acknowledged my opinions and voiced them clearly on my behalf that has allowed me to gain closure with regards to the incident I faced.
Mr Hucknall Solicitors Client
Steven was brilliant in how he conducted himself from the first time we spoke the evening prior to the hearing. He was very courteous, and made sure to make as much time for myself as possible, even out of typical working hours. He explained everything clearly and ran through possibilities - as he called it ‘giving me some homework’ for the evening before, which proved very helpful in the hearing itself. During the hearing he appeared much stronger than the opponents council, yet was incredibly confident and composed. The hearing came to 7 hours in total, and it was a tough battle. The opponents made some seemingly convincing arguments, so to ever still highlight how good of a job Steven did. I owe a lot to Steven and his expertise. He helped me finally bring a 2 year battle to justice, and for that i couldn’t recommend him enough.
Bethan Furnish ageas law
Good Afternoon Steven, Thank you for providing the outcome and furthermore for accepting instructions. The Claimant advised she was extremely grateful for your assistance. She expressed that she would highly recommend you as Counsel. She suggested you were very professional and made her feel at ease. I am very grateful for your assistance and for the successful outcome. Best regards,