Stephen Silverman

As a litigation solicitor with over 30 years of experience I help people sleep easier by taking the stress out of their disputes.

Typically, I advise clients across a diverse range of sectors and industries and strive to obtain the right solution best suited to their individual needs.

Over the years, I have built up a particularly strong practice specialising in civil and personal injury litigation and have extensive experience acting for accident victims of all types, including those injured in the Paddington and Potters Bar rail crashes.

My practice covers commercial disputes of all kinds including those relating to partnerships, companies, property, contested probate, employer’s and public liability, and the sale and supply of goods. I also act for clients who have suffered loss as a result of clinical negligence and professional negligence.

I regularly act in claims against large corporations, financial institutions and public bodies for clients who were initially daunted about seeking redress from powerful defendants but whom, with my guidance and expertise, achieved results they had not thought possible.

When dealing with personal injury cases I work passionately to recover the damages that clients deserve. I appreciate the trauma experienced by accident victims and the distress their injuries often cause them. I do my best to achieve early interim payments from insurers to pay for rehabilitation treatment so that my clients can get back on their feet as soon as possible and continue with their busy lives.

I pride myself on giving clear advice and being easily contactable so clients can discuss any concerns they have as and when they arise. To ensure clients receive legal support when most in need I am happy to arrange meetings early or late in the day to accommodate work commitments and home visits, if needed.

Education/background

I studied in Bristol before coming to London in 1981. I joined OGR Stock Denton in 1986, becoming a Partner shortly thereafter.

Client testimonials

“I would like to thank you for the effort you made on my behalf in reaching this settlement. You acted both professionally and in a friendly manner throughout. I am full of admiration as to how you tackled my case from beginning to end and of course I was delighted with the final outcome.”

“I would like to thank Stephen for his very professional outlook and advice on the successful course of action to take.”

Recent notable cases
  • Acted for an employee of a well-known bank who suffered RSI as a result of a poor work station and excessive use of a computer without adequate breaks. Recovered substantial damages including loss of earnings.
  • Acted against an NHS trust in relation to a claim for clinical negligence arising from the incorrect administration of an injection.
  • Represented a client in a council dispute relating to a loss of property.
  • Acted for a retailer in a copyright claim brought by a designer, involving international jurisdictions.
  • Acted for a client who suffered a work related upper limb disorder ("RSI") as a result of having to use her wrists repetitively whilst packing boxes on an assembly line and having to lift the boxes above head height. My client recovered substantial damages against her employers, who were in breach of statutory duty and negligent for having failed to properly risk assess the work my client was required to undertake and take action when she complained of pain.
  • Acted for a client who was the victim of negligent treatment whilst in hospital when a procedure was incorrectly performed. This left her severely disabled and, despite breach of duty of care being denied on the part of the NHS Trust, I was able to achieve a settlement by producing expert evidence to establish that the procedure had not been performed correctly and directly resulted in the injury my client suffered.
  • Acted for a victim of the Potters Bar rail crash who was in a carriage that caught fire and thought he was going to die. The client suffered physical injuries as well as psychological trauma. The client had to be dealt with particularly sensitively in view of the horrific circumstances of the accident. I was able to obtain an early interim payment to cover the cost of much needed counselling treatment to help my client to cope with everyday life.
  • Acted for a company who had a major dispute with one of their shareholders which threatened the viability of the company. I was able to achieve a settlement which included the return of the shares to the company and allowed it to continue to operate successfully.
  • Acted for a client whose former solicitors were negligent, when acting for her in the purchase of a residential property, in failing to advise her that there had been no building regulation consent obtained when an extension had been added. The extension turned out to have been built defectively and had to be pulled down and rebuilt. There was a valuation dispute and this resulted in a trial at which experts were called to deal with the value of the loss suffered by my client. The client successfully established that the loss exceeded the defendant's valuation.
  • Acted for a client in a contested probate action when a dispute arose as to her late husband's estate as his will was deemed to have been revoked on his marriage to her which meant that he was treated as having died intestate. A claim against the estate was made by another member of the family. A Without Prejudice meeting was arranged which resulted in a negotiated settlement and a substantial saving of legal costs and preservation of estate assets.
Memberships
  • Law Society Personal Injury Panel
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • BNI (Business Network International)
  • The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Speaking Engagements

I regularly lecture on the law relating to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and have previously addressed the RSI conference and Dutch RSI association.

Publications

Demo Content

Leisure interests

I am married with two children.  Outside of work I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and watching my son play football. I am also involved in helping to run community activities.

Ian Pearl

I advise businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of disputes and I am devoted to delivering sound commercial advice in a cost effective manner.

My advice is based upon seeing the “big picture”. I will not exchange correspondence to score points against another lawyer, only to progress the case for my clients.

Throughout many years as a commercial litigator, I have built up a solid track record advising clients on shareholder disputes, property disputes (including ownership rights, enforcement of covenants and insolvency issues) and acting for both commercial landlords and tenants. From the outset I focus on understanding what outcomes are achievable and then implement a strategy accordingly.

I also regularly advise insolvency practitioners, debtors and their parties seeking to protect or recover assets subject to insolvency / bankruptcy proceedings.

My work in property and insolvency, which often involves issues of intention, capacity and trust law, means that I am also able to offer specialist advice in contentious probate disputes including issues surrounding capacity to make a Will, undue influence and claims against executors for breach of trust. In addition I advise clients in claims where a Will fails to make proper financial provision for a family member.

I have built a reputation of offering sound commercial advice on a cost effective basis, instructing counsel from the top tier of commercial chambers where appropriate.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2003, having previously worked on a marine syndicate at Lloyds of London. I practiced at Freemans in the West End before moving to OGR Stock Denton in 2008.

Client testimonials

“When disputes arise Ian gives concise legal and commercial advice to enable me to make the best decision for the company” --- David Burr, Oakfield Foods Limited.

Recent notable cases
  • Successfully claiming that a claimant’s shares were unlawfully converted and that the damages should not simply be assessed at the date that the conversion was found to have taken place, which would have prejudiced the claimant. Miah –v- Islam & Ali. 2IR62019 (2015)
  • Successfully obtaining an ex-parte worldwide freezing order against two individuals who had property which was a relative’s home and had failed to purchase a new home for the relative in breach of a verbal agreement. The case settled very shortly after the emergency order was served. (2015)
  • Claiming that a client’s former solicitors were not entitled to fees due under a “no win, no fee” agreement on the grounds that the retainer was unlawful. The case settled on terms favourable to the client (2016).
  • Acting for two charities and an individual to uphold the validity of a death bed against a former partner who was seeking to rely upon an earlier will. The case settled on highly favourable terms for the clients. (2014).
  • Successfully setting aside worldwide freezing order. McKew v Moore [2012] EWHC 1287 (QB) (cited in Zuckerman on Civil Procedure)
  • A claim to enforce an overseas declaratory judgment which held that the claimant had a beneficial interest in a property in the jurisdiction Shami v Shami [2012] EWHC 664 (Ch) (cited in Dicey & Morris); also [2013] EWCA Civ 227 (CA).
  • Successfully resisting a claim for unfair prejudice relief and the setting aside of a share transaction in a three week hearing and in the Court of Appeal - Re Mister Dee International & Shah –v- Shah [2011] EWHC 1902 (Ch) and [2010] EWCA Civ 1408.
Memberships

Property Litigation Association

Publications

“The Effectiveness of the Corporate Form as a Regulatory Tool in European Sport: Real or Illusory” published in Professional Sport in the EU,  Caiger A & Gardiner S eds, Asser Press, The Hague 2001.

The Battle to rid Sport of Tobacco, Sports Law Bulletin, January 2001.

Leisure interests

I enjoy sailing (proud holder of RYA day skipper certificate) and hope to return to the water once my children are older. I am also a keen cook and trustee of the charity Jnetics.

Richard Denton

My areas of expertise include Wills, trusts, estate planning and the administration of estates.

I also regularly advise high-net-worth individuals on the options for asset protection through Wills, linking with any nuptial agreements that may be in place.

Many of my clients are entrepreneurs or have substantial wealth and I am able to link Will-writing services and the organisation of assets to tax planning, helping to advise on all the options available for limiting Inheritance Tax (IHT) liabilities. I take pride in being able to think “outside the box” when approaching such matters.

I have extensive experience of advising on international matters, including the laws relating to non-doms and cross border estate planning (both of which can be notoriously complicated.)

I also have a wealth of expertise advising more elderly clients.

Education/background

I graduated from UMIST with a degree in Management Sciences before taking the CPE and LPC at York College of Law.

Starting my legal career, I trained with the national firm Eversheds before working with Addleshaw Goddard for five years. I joined Stock Fraser Denton in August 2006 from the West End and became an equity Partner in November 2008.

Client testimonials

“Thank you so much for all of your time, advice, support and assistance over the past year – and for putting up with all of our non-stop communications. You’ve been amazing.”

Memberships

Solicitors for the Elderly

Additional languages

Swedish

Leisure interests

I am a keen cyclist (regularly riding to work) and also enjoy skiing.