Stephen Schneider Senior Associate
“... has particular expertise in commercial agency disputes, and has taken cases to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.”
Stephen specialises in resolving large-scale commercial and contract disputes, including applications for emergency injunctions, partnership disputes and civil fraud work.
Main areas of practice
Stephen regularly negotiates settlements and represents clients at mediations, and he also has considerable expertise at all levels of the civil Courts, including working with US and European lawyers on cross-border disputes and enforcement issues.
He has substantial experience in the Health Sector, and has represented the Department of Health and various health trusts in complex cases. He regularly handles disputes concerning rights over land or claims concerning uses of land, both through the courts, at mediations and through the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.
Stephen also specialises in claims concerning commercial agents (self-employed salespeople), regularly acting for both agents and principals, and has taken cases to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords in this field, also successfully resolving many such claims at mediations. He frequently handles IT disputes, including a number of cybersquatting (domain name) cases.
Health & Social Care
- Acted for Dept of Health in defending judicial review proceedings concerning whether statutory consultation requirements for the siting of a new Independent Sector Treatment Centre were met.
- Acted for Dept of Health in a dispute concerning the supply of a nationwide service to various hospital trusts, satisfactorily concluded through negotiation
- Acted for a health trust to obtain emergency injunction to restrain dangerous relative of a patient who had threatened staff from entering hospital premises. Included liaising with Police and PR advisers re implementation and the publicity issues.
- Advised an Academy in dispute with a local authority regarding its admissions procedure, and advised on referral to the Secretary of State
- Has acted in a number of exclusions cases – ranging from acting for a school on appeal to independent review panel by pupil excluded for drug possession to acting for the parent of a primary-school child excluded after incident of violence.
- Regularly advises on claims arising from use of land – acting for substantial corporate and private landowners and for charities including handling numerous claims for the National Trust. Broad experience, ranging from defending nuisance and negligence actions, to advising on claims to prescriptive rights over land, to disputes concerning rights of common and disputes over possession of land/adverse ownership.
- Have successfully acted on a number of cybersquatting actions through WIPO and Nominet. Clients in this field for whom domain names have been recovered a famous TV chef, a clearing bank and a leading financial/factoring firm.
- Successful acted in a number of fraud cases, recovering funds stolen from client firms by members of their in-house finance teams. Includes acting for well-known logistics/engineering firm in series of actions, including injunction, to recover all funds stolen by locum accountant (including obtaining settlement of negligence action against recruitment agency which supplied him) and acting for IT firm defrauded by former finance manager.
Articles by Stephen
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