Stephen Ryan

Call 2016

Stephen was called to the bar in 2016 and completed his pupillage at Brick Court Chambers in July 2017. He commenced a ‘third six’ pupillage at Three Stone in September 2017, during which time he sat with David Lord QC, and became a tenant in December 2017.

Stephen has gained experience in an array of disputes, both in courts and arbitral tribunals, involving issues of commercial law and commercial chancery, including general contractual matters, company law, trusts, banking and finance, insurance, and insolvency. He also has experience in dealing with issues of jurisdiction, private international law, EU law, intellectual property law and public law. Stephen has advocacy experience in applications, trials and appeals.

Stephen accepts instructions in a wide range of chambers’ work, with particular focus on contracts, company law, and all other aspects of commercial law and commercial chancery.

Prior to being called to the bar, Stephen completed his articles at ENSafrica, Cape Town, from 2011-2013, where he gained experience in commercial litigation, company and trusts law, and public law. After qualifying as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2013, Stephen practiced as an attorney in the litigation department at ENSafrica, before working as a research assistant to Professor Reinhard Zimmermann at the Max Plank Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in 2014. Stephen also worked as a stipendiary lecturer in Private Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 2015-2016.

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Distinction): University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
    • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), Master of Philosophy (Distinction): University of Oxford
    • Skye Foundation Scholarship
    • Commonwealth Scholarship
    • Bowman Gilfillan Prize in Insurance Law
    • DLA Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr Prize in the Law of Business Entities
  • Languages
    • Spanish, Afrikaans (working knowledge)
    • German, French (basic)
  • Publications
    • ‘The balance between certainty and flexibility in horizontal and vertical stare decisis: Bosch v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service: notes South African Law Journal 132 (2015), 230.
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