Our specialist practitioners are among the highest-rated on the North Eastern Circuit, while they have represented in major and high-profile cases at all levels, including Tribunals, County Courts, Crown Courts, and all divisions of the High Court. Many of our members are highly recommended by client guides such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners – just a brief glance at each of our barristers gives some insight into the authority, experience and depth of expertise they can deliver in their field. Select a practice area below to find out more.
"Among the leading sets on circuit for crime". Our team has "expertise in homicide, fraud and serious sexual offence cases, among other areas".
Our skilled barristers are noted for their skill and authority in providing the efficient and value-added service, having gained an impressive amount of case, court and mediation experience. At the same time, they are only too aware of the complexities and sensitive issues surrounding certain aspects of Private Client law, so they are well versed in applying discretion and know-how in order to offer first-rate advocacy. Select a practice area below to find out more.
Our Civil team is noted to maintain “a solid personal injury and clinical negligence practice”
For Commercial, Banking and Insolvency, “A number of New Park Court Chambers’ practitioners have commercial, insolvency and Chancery expertise in cases involving contractual disputes, sale of goods, corporate and personal insolvency, and contested probate”. We are also “recommended for ADR”.
Family expertise in public law children cases, international relocation work, financial remedy disputes and the Hague Convention”. “A number of practitioners also specialise in cases involving trusts of land and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.”
Our members can deservedly lay claim to having conducted major case work dealing in hearings and inquiries involving Health & Safety legislation, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, as well as Workplace Injuries, Unfair & Wrongful Dismissals, Redundancy and Contract Law. Whatever your business needs or objectives, New Park Court Chambers are ready to listen to you and utilise our capabilities to help you achieve the best possible legal outcome. Select a practice area below to find out more.
Our Health and Safety practitioners have prosecution and defence experience, and are “recommended for inquests linked to HSE investigations”.
“Recommended for environmental law”.
In Employment, we are “respected for its broad employment expertise in areas such as redundancy and discrimination. Practitioners also mediate, where appropriate”.
Steven has a busy commercial and chancery litigation practice with additional niche areas of expertise in civil fraud and employment disputes, especially in relation to restrictive covenants and cross over High Court litigation. He is regularly instructed in contract, commercial and partnership cases. Recommended as a leading individual in the Legal 500 2016 (Employment) ‘for a range of cases including unfair dismissal and discrimination appeals.’ In previous editions of the Legal 500, he is commended as an advocate who is ”not afraid to tackle difficult issues ” and as “go-to counsel for advocacy in the employment tribunals” and in the Legal 500 2015 for employment he “cuts through matters without fence-sitting”. His prior background working as in-house advisor counsel and company secretary allows him to bring an extensive knowledge of business practices to bear when instructed in commercial matters. Clients also appreciate his ability to quickly distil the core issues in a case and to then to present them in a practical manner.
Specialisms and examples of recent work: Commercial & Company
Steven has a particular interest in company disputes and specifically minority shareholder actions and claims concerning director’s duties. He has advised and appeared for a number of local companies in unfair prejudice petitions, often involving multiple factual disputes and complex valuation evidence. He also has experience of acting on behalf of erring directors in disqualification proceedings, sequestration of directors’ assets, claims by the DTI for wrongful trading and preferences, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty. He has recently advised in a case where senior management had set up in competition to their employers and where issues of breach of covenant, theft of intellectual property, conspiracy by a third party backer and breach of fiduciary duty trust arose, and also acted in recovery proceedings concerning knowing receipt of fraudulently obtained company property.
He has also been called upon to draft and advise on commercial contracts, director’s service agreements and shareholder agreements including for a well known Yorkshire law firm.
Areas of experience include:
• Contract/Commercial: Drafting pleadings, advising and providing representation at all stages of litigation in respect of a broad range of contractual disputes. Recent cases have included disputes between a multi-national car manufacturer and garage chain in relation to contractual claw backs, breach of a sole agent agreement for the sale of commercial property, breach of a non-circumvention and mutual confidentiality clause in relation to a ‘poached’ sporting event, successfully arguing that a clause in a Tomlin did not act as a penalty clause, advising a finance company in respect of recovery of HP monies where vehicles had been fraudulently sold on by a dealer and obtaining a freezing injunction in a civil fraud case.
• Trust law: Advising on the construction, drafting and effect of trust documents, breach of fiduciary duty and applications for Beddoe orders. Recent cases include forcing the disclosure of files held by solicitor trustees and the mediation of a significant trusts of land dispute.
• Cross border litigation: experience of advising upon conflict of laws, exclusive jurisdiction clauses and issues of service overseas. Recent cases have included an Anglo/Chinese contract dispute with a fraud element, a partnership dispute concerning property in the UK and Italy, service of proceedings in Indonesia and advise as to the merits of a Hong Kong exclusive jurisdiction clause.
• Club law: Steven has developed a niche advising clubs and other unincorporated associations on all aspects of club contentious club law including advising a historic cricket club and also a sailing club on the expulsion of a member, recovery of monies on an unjust enrichment basis loaned and he has also acted for club officers accused of taking money in breach of club rules. Steven also appeared in the leading case of Speechley v Allot  EWCA Civ 230,  All ER (D) 89 (Mar) which established that the Duomatic principle applied to clubs and non-incorporated associations.
Steven has a wide range of experience in employment litigation including unfair and wrongful dismissal claims, discrimination, harassment and complex TUPE cases. He has appeared frequently before the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal on behalf of both applicants and respondents. He is on the panel of preferred counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011-2015). He advises, drafts and litigates in relation to employment contracts, particularly restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses and has appeared before the High Court in Leeds , London and Manchester. He recently advised a local authority on the enforceability of a compromise agreement and whether it had been entered into ultra vires and could be set aside.
Landlord and Tenant
Steven has particular experience relating to commercial premises, advising on a variety of aspects in relation to leases, licenses and tenancy matters. Recent cases involve a repair claim by a commercial tenant against the landlord owner of a shopping centre and advice on the validity of a break notice
Steven has been instructed on issues such as adverse possession, rights of ways/easements, boundary disputes, nuisance and restrictive covenants. He has recently advised on a boundary and right of way for a converted farm buildings and drafted proceedings for damages for breach of a covenant specifying ‘no commercial use’ as part of an estate scheme.
Other Areas of Practice
Steven has a longstanding interest in Coroners inquests and has appeared in a number of industrial accident cases as well as in the case of Re Robert Dickenson (where a rider of neglect was successfully imposed against HM Prison Service).
Chancery Bar Association, Employment Law and International Bar Association.
Steven White has lectured on a range of subjects including freezing injunctions, costs, employment claim remedies and trial advocacy in civil cases.
He has also previously worked as in house cousnel for GHG, the UK’s largest private healthcare provider and acted as a company secretary to SMI Limited. He is recommended in the Legal 500, 2013-14 for employment law.