Stewart specialises in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional negligence, property damage and product liability. Stewart is recommended in Legal 500 as a leading junior in the fields of Banking and Finance, Financial Services and Professional Negligence and in Chambers & Partners UK Bar as a leading junior for Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Described in legal directories as having “courtroom gravitas well beyond his years”, he has also been praised for having “an amazing work ethic, a client-friendly approach and excellent advocacy skills”. He has also been described as “immensely intelligent” and “a fantastic advocate who is always meticulously prepared”.
Stewart regularly appears in trials in the High Court (both as junior and sole counsel) and he is also regularly instructed on interlocutory applications in relation to freezing orders and other interim relief. He also has experience of international arbitrations and appeals to the Court of Appeal where he has appeared most recently in PHP Tobacco Carib Sarl v BAT Caribbean SA  EWCA Civ 1131 (an appeal in relation to the existence of an exclusive jurisdiction agreement under Recast Brussels Regulation).
Before joining the Bar, Stewart worked as a strategy and risk management consultant in the financial services industry. Stewart is a modern languages graduate with an excellent knowledge of French and German.
"Stewart is always meticulous, reliable and good at the paperwork."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"A very bright, solid, persuasive, reliable and pleasant general commercial counsel."(Legal 500, 2020)
"He is a very bright junior barrister."(Legal 500, 2020)
"User friendly, fantastic with clients, and consistently delivers."(Legal 500, 2020)
‘Technically excellent; able to absorb and digest complex financial services litigation.’(Legal 500, 2019)
‘Always willing to express a view and works well with the instructing solicitor.’(Legal 500, 2019)
..."Processes huge quantities of information and devises coherent strategies very quickly." ..."Approachable and measured, he always provides thorough and pragmatic advice." ...(Chambers UK 2019)
"Helpful and proactive, he's very well prepared and a strong advocate." "He does not take long to come to considered views, which invariably prove accurate."(Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018)
“He has courtroom gravitas well beyond his years and he is an even match for many silks”(Legal 500 UK 2017)
‘He has excellent judgement and the stomach for a fight.’(Legal 500 UK 2017)
“He has an amazing work ethic, a client-friendly approach and excellent advocacy skills”(Legal 500 UK 2016)
“Immensely intelligent and a fantastic advocate who is always meticulously prepared”(Legal 500 UK 2015)
“A razor sharp intellect who cuts through instructions like a knife through butter"(Legal 500 UK 2014)
Stewart has a strong Banking & Financial Services practice. He is recognised by Legal 500 as a leading junior for Banking & Finance (tier 2). He is also ranked by Legal 500 for Financial Services (tier 3).
Stewart is regularly instructed across a broad range of banking and finance work. Stewart has developed a particular specialism in claims for mis-selling of financial products, including interest rate swaps, structured products and other derivatives as well as claims involving CFDs/spreadbetting and claims under s.138D (formerly s.150) FSMA 2000 for breaches of the FCA Rules. He also has considerable experience of claims involving loans, guarantees and indemnities, issues under the Consumer Credit Act, agency issues, directors’ duties, insolvency and rights of set off.
Recent cases include:
Stewart is recommended as a leading junior for Commercial Dispute Resolution in Chambers & Partners UK Bar.
Stewart has a wide-ranging general commercial practice. In addition to general commercial disputes and advice, he has particular experience of disputes involving banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional negligence and jurisdiction. He regularly appears in trials in the High Court and has extensive experience of interlocutory hearings, including applications for freezing orders and injunctions, delivery up and disclosure orders, Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust orders and other relief.
Recent cases include:
Stewart is regularly instructed in claims involving fraud and has extensive experience of claims involving freezing orders, search orders, delivery up and disclosure orders, Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust orders and other interim relief.
Recent cases include:
Stewart is ranked by Legal 500 as a leading junior for Professional Negligence. Stewart is regularly instructed to advise on and appear as an advocate in claims against various professionals including solicitors, financial advisors, surveyors, accountants, builders and architects.
There is significant overlap between this aspect of Stewart’s practice and claims against banks and other financial institutions for the mis-selling of financial and investment products where Stewart has developed a particular area of expertise.
Recent cases include:
Stewart has considerable experience of claims involving breaches of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 as well as claims in contract and tort for defective products.
Recent cases have involved: fire damage caused by a defective tumble dryer, personal injury caused by a defective camping gas stove, flood damage caused by a defective fire suppression/alarm system, fire damage caused by defective downlighters and a luxury yacht with defective engines. There is considerable overlap between this aspect of Stewart’s practice and his property damage practice.
Stewart has considerable experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in claims involving property damage. Stewart has particular experience of claims involving fire and flood damage and related insurance matters, as well as other property damage claims including claims for subsidence damage caused by tree roots and party wall disputes.
Recent cases have involved: fire damage caused by negligent redecoration works, fire damage caused by a defective tumble dryer, flood damage caused by a defective fire suppression/alarm system, flooding caused by defective taps, fire damage caused by defective downlighters, water ingress caused by defective rendering works, the collapse of the refractory roof lining of a furnace and damage caused by defective works to a fuel tank at a petrol station.
‘He has courtroom gravitas well beyond his years and he is an even match for many silks.’(Legal 500 UK 2017)
BA (Hons) (“Congratulatory” Ist) Modern Languages (French and German) Brasenose College, Oxford University
PgDL, City University, London
Inns of Court School of Law
Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
Previous positions: Management consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Co (now Mercer Oliver Wyman), a financial services strategy and risk management consultancy from 2001 to 2003.