Stephen practised as a barrister for approximately 30 years in civil and commercial disputes. He left 5RB Chambers in 2017 and now practises full-time as a mediator and arbitrator.
In his barrister work, Stephen acted in many high-profile cases in the media and entertainment sphere, for which he was consistently highly commended in the legal directories. He also advised and represented clients in a wide variety of other commercial disputes.
Stephen qualified as a mediator in 2003 with CEDR and has now been mediating (in excess of 150 appointments) for 15 years across a wide range of business disputes. He is a member of CEDR Chambers: see his mediation CV at https://www.cedr.com/solve/panel-mediators/.
Stephen has also been a Chartered Arbitrator since 2007 and has since been appointed by courts, appointing bodies and parties in a wide range of domestic and international arbitrations. His arbitration practice is carried on from ArbDB Chambers: see his arbitration CV at http://www.arbdb.com/pdf/15-01-19-Stephen%20Bate%20CV%20Jan%202019.pdf. He also sits as a legal assessor, advising tribunals on disciplinary law: see at www.independentlegalassessors.co.uk.
Stephen has co-authored a number of legal textbooks, namely The Law of Privacy and the Media (OUP) 2015, Satellite Communications in Europe: Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell) 1996 and Video Law (Sweet & Maxwell) 1994.
Mark Chesham has specialised in advising businesses in the financial services and insurance sectors for nearly 25 years. He started with HM Customs and Excise, working in a specialist insurance team, before spending 15 years in two of the 'Big 4' accounting firms. He set up his own consultancy practice in 2005 and is now Director of Indirect Tax Services at Moore Stephens. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the VAT Practitioners Group. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Denton-Ashley qualified as a solicitor in 2002. Since then he has specialised in landlord and tenant law. He has worked as a solicitor in private practice, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and in a law centre. He has managed the social letting agency for a local authority and currently manages a local authority’s housing advice department.