Made Silk in 2012 at 17 years call Stuart has been described in Chambers & Partners 2013 as “a superstar fully deserving of his appointment to silk" and in Legal 500 2012 as "phenomenally talented yet incredibly modest" Stuart has "the acumen to be one of the stars of the Bar.”
Stuart’s practice covers a broad range of commercial and employment litigation, civil fraud and domestic and international arbitration. Acknowledged for his abilities as an advocate and a tactician, Stuart has been praised for his unique “lack of flannelling that characterises his approach to litigation." Often as frustrated as litigants by the uncommerciality of litigation, his approach is to identify the end-game at an early stage, and to get there as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Clients refer to him as "the man you want in your corner if you have a case you need to win at all costs”.
Stuart has been recognised as an established leader for many years in both Commercial and Employment Litigation by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, who describe him in the following terms:
Stuart is also an acknowledged expert in International Arbitration by the Legal 500 which describes how he "mixes a great brain with great client-handling skills" and "is a dream to work with".
He has a particular expertise in cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty, having co-authored (with Andrew Stafford QC) Fiduciary Duties: Directors and Employees (Jordans 2008), now the leading practitioners' publication in the area.
Stuart prides himself on hard work, a commercial approach, good team-work, a lack of flannel and, on a good day, a sense of humour.