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Stephen Roberts

T: +44 20 7809 2336 M: +44 7909 926 418 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Art and cultural property

Art and cultural property

Stephen Roberts Partner

Contact details

Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2336 M: +44 7909 926 418 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

Stephen is a litigator and problem solver in the professional services, insurance and fine art sectors. Clients value his strategic and practical approach, informed by decades of bringing chaos and complexity to heel and in finding solutions to difficult issues.
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Stephen’s work is principally devoted to helping clients, both claimants and targets, on issues arising from corporate collapses and scandals across the globe, and on professional duties and liability in this country and overseas.

His clients describe him as “a class act” (The Legal 500 2013). Chambers UK stated that Stephen is “without doubt a man for difficult cases” mentioning further that “his intellect and strategy are impressive and he is practical”.

“Absolutely superb with a brilliant mind and easy to work with”
Chambers UK 2015

  • Dispute resolution
  • Professional and management liability
  • Pensions dispute resolution
  • Professional standards and discipline

Accountants

Regularly advises two of the Big 4 accountancy practices in the UK on contentious and potentially contentious issues across audit, tax and corporate finance.

Insurers

Stephen acts as insurers' representative on big ticket claims against professional services organisations around the world.

Investments

Acting for a variety of clients in the financial services sector, both claimants and targets, on claims and issues arising out of the sale and performance of investments.

More: Dispute resolution

Stephen has decades of experience advising on claims for and against professional advisers, particular focus areas being accountants, tax advisers, solicitors, IFAs, trustees, banks, insurance brokers, directors and art market professionals.

The UK

Regularly advises two of the Big 4 accountancy practices in the UK on contentious and potentially contentious issues across audit, tax and corporate finance.

International

Stephen acts as insurers’ representative on big ticket claims against professional services organisations around the world.

Risk management

Regularly advises clients operating in the professional services and fine art sectors, helping clients steer through commercial and legal risk in non-contentious as well as contentious contexts.

More: Professional and management liability

Pensions advice

Advising a number of clients on claims and complaints arising in relation to transfers from defined benefits schemes.

Funding shortfall

Advising on potential claims arising from the identification of a funding shortfall following a corporate acquisition.

Regulatory and other requests

Advising on regulatory and other requests and demands for production of documents.

More: Pensions dispute resolution

Compliance and ethical issues

Advising clients in the professional services sector on a range of conflicts and confidentiality issues and challenges.

Big 4 accountants

Acting for a member of the Big 4 on various regulatory investigations.

Legal Services Act and related

Advising clients outside the legal services sector interested in entering the market and on Alternative Business Structures.

More: Professional standards and discipline
  • Art and cultural property
  • Insurance
  • Accountancy firms
  • Pensions
  • Private wealth

Stephen worked as an art dealer in the West End before becoming a lawyer in 1991. He regularly advises on issues, both contentious and non-contentious, faced by art market professionals. He is described by clients in this area as “a class act” (The Legal 500, 2013)

Dealers

Regularly acts for west end dealers on contentious and potentially contentious issues concerning provenance, title and attribution of works of fine art.

Trade associations

Acts for a leading trade association in the UK on a range of non-contentious and risk management issues.

Artists

Acts on a variety of non-contentious and contentious issues for artists and for those who have dealings with them.

More: ​Art and cultural property

Stephen’s practice is focussed on issues of professional liability across the globe and the associated insurance and reinsurance aspects.

Insurers representative

Stephen acts as the insurers’ representative on big ticket claims against professional services organisations around the world.

Coverage

Regularly advises on coverage issues in particular in respect of solicitors and accountants professional indemnity policies.

Recovery actions

Advising on and pursuit of subrogated recovery actions.

More: Insurance

Stephen has specialised for over 20 years in helping accountancy firm clients across a broad canvas of risk, reputation, regulatory and liability issues.

The UK

Regularly advises two of the Big 4 accountancy practices in the UK on contentious and potentially contentious issues across audit, tax and corporate finance.

International

Stephen acts as insurers’ representative on big ticket claims against accountancy firms around the world.

Risk management

Regularly advises accountancy firms on risk management, in non-contentious as well as contentious contexts, helping clients steer through commercial and legal risk.

More: Accountancy firms

Pensions advice

Advising a number of clients on claims and complaints arising in relation to transfers from defined benefits schemes.

Funding shortfall

Advising on potential claims arising from the identification of a funding shortfall following a corporate acquisition.

Regulatory and other requests

Advising on regulatory and other requests and demands for production of documents.

More: Pensions

Trusts

Acting on a number of disputes as to the conduct of trustees, issues of entitlement as between beneficiaries and on applications for setting aside/rectification of deeds.

Tax

Acting in a significant number of claims against accountants and solicitors in respect of alleged shortcomings on tax advice and tax mitigation strategies.

Fine art

Acting on claims arising from purchase of high value fine art, including provenance, title and attribution issues.

More: Private wealth
  • North America

Insurers representative

We are an insurers' representative on a range of heavyweight audit negligence claims around the world, arising out of the large scale frauds and corporate collapses. We have been involved in relation to litigation in the US amongst others. 

Major West-end dealer

Provided advice on issues arising in relation to English and New York law as to the consignment of works to an international gallery.

More: North America

Awards

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

Art and cultural property

Art and cultural property

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