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Stephen has wide experience of appearing in specialist and general higher courts and tribunals across a range of commercial and property and chancery matters.

He is a frequently used accredited mediator and is head of the mediation team at Ropewalk Chambers.

He focuses on ascertaining what both the professional and lay clients wish to achieve and then providing them precise advice and with a clear road map to achieve it.

Away from the Bar, his interests include collecting antique firearms, playing jazz guitar, performing close-up magic and watching Leicester Tigers.


Stephen advises and represents a broad range of clients in all types of commercial disputes, including:

  • Business contracts
  • Mercantile, financial and other contractual disputes
  • Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Arbitrations
  • Secrecy litigation
  • Emergency remedies
  • Commercial fraud (both insurance and non-insurance related)
  • Local government related disputes

Professional negligence in all the above fields.

Property and Chancery

Stephen advises and represents in all types of property and chancery cases, including:

  • Technology and Construction Court work
  • Arbitrations
  • Insurance disputes
  • Land rights, development and damage
  • Land Chamber and Land Registry hearings
  • Business leases
  • Emergency remedies
  • Local government related disputes

Professional negligence in all the above fields.

Notable Cases

Stephen has appeared in a range of notable cases including:

Clark Electrical Ltd v JMD Developments (UK) Ltd[2012] EWHC 2627 (TCC) (submission to adjudication jurisdiction)

Robot Arenas Ltd v Newton Nottingham LLP [2010] EWHC 115 (QB) (leading case on involuntary bailments)

Sterling Hydraulics v Dichtomatik Ltd [2006] EWHC 2004 (QB) (battle of the forms)

Strata Land and Developments Ltd v Jones [2004] EWHC 1965 (Ch) (Options to purchase)

Rushcliffe Borough Council v Watson [1992] 24 HLR 124 (C.A.) (fraud and property applications)


Recent recommendations for Stephen include:

“He is very calm, collected and balanced, and gives advice and opinions in plain English.’

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Commercial Dispute Resolution

“His commercial practice is underpinned by sound business and tactical knowledge.’

Legal 500 2015 – Commercial, banking and insolvency

“Stephen Beresford has a significant reputation on the Midlands circuit.  He is identified as having notable commercial and property expertise.  ‘He is careful and highly effective. He gives very practical, client-focused advice.’"

Chambers and Partners 2014 – Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Ropewalk Chambers’ Stephen Beresford is an experienced mediator with a strong commercial and insolvency practice.”

Legal 500 2014 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

"Stephen Beresford at Nottingham’s Ropewalk Chambers wins acclaim for his ‘attention to detail’ and ‘fantastic ability to understand clients’.  Contract and commercial property disputes keep this junior busy, though he also has particular expertise in mediation."

Chambers and Partners – Commercial Dispute Resolution

Stephen Beresford has a significant commercial and insolvency practice.”

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

"At Ropewalk Chambers, Stephen Beresford, who provides ‘clear, crisp and insightful legal advice, which combines technical expertise with commercial awareness’, is a commercial practitioner and regularly sits as a mediator."

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

"He's excellent as he's very user-friendly, very commercial and speaks a language that clients can understand and appreciate. He's also very methodical."

Chambers and Partners 2016 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

Areas of Work

  • Commercial
  • Property and Chancery
  • Public Sector and Not For Profit

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Midlands Chancery Bar Association

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Chambers UK Bar 2017

    Stephen Beresford has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar 2017 for Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 2).

    He attracts widespread praise for his comprehensive commercial, property and chancery practice. He handles an array of matters, such as director and shareholder disputes, construction cases and litigious tax issues, amongst others.


    "He is extraordinarily bright, a very good draftsman and a very good man to have in a complex dispute."

    "Very experienced, very careful and thorough. He can be a devastatingly effective advocate, and his paperwork is always precise, shrewd and tenacious."

    Recent work:

    Acted in Leicestershire County Council -v- 5m (UL) Limited (In Administration) & Concept Roofing and Cladding Limited, a high-value dispute regarding loss of business by commercial tenants on an industrial estate

    For more information please click here

  • Legal 500 UK Bar 2016 Leading Junior

    Stephen has been listed as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in the Legal 500 UK 2016 guide to outstanding juniors nationwide. He is recommended on the Midland Circuit for Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law.

    "Very user-friendly, gets straight to the point and is excellent on his feet."

    Please click here for more information.

  • Chambers UK Bar 2016

    Stephen has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2016 for commercial dispute resolution.

    He is a seasoned litigator who is highly rated by solicitors for his handling of factually complex commercial, chancery and property disputes. He is also experienced in ADR and heads the set's mediation team.

    "He's excellent as he's very user-friendly, very commercial and speaks a language that clients can understand and appreciate. He's also very methodical." 

    Please click here for more information.

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