Stephen's area of practice is wide ranging including family cases, personal injury claims and employment law. Stephen is a member of the Law Society Children Panel reflecting his particular interest in child care cases. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personal Injury Law. 

Stephen studied at Leeds University followed by Chester College of Law for his LPC.  He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984.  He was previously a Partner of Howarth Maitland before it was incorporated with Butcher & Barlow LLP in 2010.

Stephen has strong links and ties to the Bury community and has worked in Bury all of his professional life.

Stephen is very keen on sport, in particular football and golf.