As Corporate Partner, Stephen's role covers a wide range
of corporate matters from transactional work, including
company formations, mergers & takeovers, disposals and MBO/MBIs,
to general commercial contracts and advice.
He works with a range of regional and national clients,
from sole traders to large listed companies, operating
across diverse industrial sectors.
Stephen takes a purely commercial approach to supporting
and advising his clients and prides himself on the
no-nonsense advice he provides .
A business-minded lawyer, he strives to understand the
commercial context in which he provides legal advice to his
clients, and appreciates not only their legal needs, but
also those of the client's business and the wider
environment in which it operates, enabling him to provide
the best possible advice and service.
His legal specialisms include:-
- Company formations
- Partnership formation and dissolution
- Business acquisitions and disposals
- Company mergers and takeovers
- Trading conditions
- Management buy-out and buy-ins
- Venture capital
- Debt and Recoveries
- Hire purchase agreements
- Company reorganisation and restructuring
- Directors’ duties and liabilities
- Shareholder agreements
- Share issues
- Drafting of commercial contracts & agreements
Stephen joined Taylors in 2012 from Stripes Solicitors,
where he established and headed up the firm's corporate
department. Prior to this, he was a Senior Associate in the
Corporate Department at the Manchester office of DWF, having
previously worked at a number of well-known Manchester law
firms following his return from London where he trained in a
niche commercial Mayfair firm.
An Oldhamer by birth, Stephen now lives in Bolton with his
wife and adult family. When he isn't working with clients,
he likes enjoys supporting Manchester City, who have been
his team for years (in fact, the first game he remembers was
against Derby in 1972).
But you won't catch him having a
pint of Boddingtons at half time; he swore never to let a
drop pass his lips again after the closure of Manchester's
iconic Strangeways Brewery.
Ten Things About...
1. Favourite film
Ice Cold In Alex
2. Where is your dream holiday location?
Any one of a number of small Greek Islands
3. First job
An exam paper checker at the Joint Matriculation Board.
4. First car
A red 1984 Austin Maestro (with one side caved in!)
5. First record ever bought
Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
6. What is your favourite sound?
The opening bars of "Born to Run"
7. If a movie was being made about your life, which
actor would play you?
Robert Redford (Sundance Kid vintage)
8. Childhood hero
Colin Bell, England's greatest midfield general
9. I'm good at...
10. But not so good at....