Stephen Topping

Senior Associate

Stephen Topping

Senior Associate Manchester Commercial Litigation

Stephen joined the commercial litigation department of JMW in April 2021.

Stephen has worked in commercial litigation for over 25 years. His experience has been gained working within business itself as in house counsel for a tech company, with large regional legal practices and in heading up litigation departments at law firms based in the North West.

During the course of his career Stephen has advised a wide range of clients on a broad spectrum of disputes, providing robust, pragmatic and practical advice to assist clients in resolving their litigation problems. Stephen has particular expertise in advising on issues relating to:

  • partnership, shareholder and director disputes
  • tort and commercial contract disputes
  • professional negligence claims
  • intellectual property disputes
  • land disputes
  • commercial property dilapidation disputes and evictions.

Stephen is a Higher Court Advocate and exercises his Higher Court rights of advocacy where appropriate to provide continuity of representation for his clients. He also maintains close ties with external specialist Counsel to ensure that his clients’ prospects of success in any litigation are maximised.

Stephen has in the past served as an infantry soldier with the Army Reserve and has undertaken active service in a combat role. The insight gained from that experience has provided him with a grounded, level-headed and unflustered approach when dealing with the slings and arrows of litigation.

Outside work, Stephen participates in triathlons, though his knees would prefer it if he didn’t.


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