Stephen has been in legal practice for 29 years in both private and government offices. Stephen spent 16 years with the OPP and in that time managed the Commercial Crime/Major Fraud section and the Committals Advocacy Sections. In these capacities Stephen practiced across all aspects of criminal law including Childrens Court and coronial inquests. A feature of his time at the OPP was the large number of appearance/advocacy matters on behalf of the office in all courts including being briefed in County Court Trials and pleas and Supreme Court bail applications.
Over the last 10 years Stephen held the position as Solicitor/ General Counsel to the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria. CAV administers the Victorian Consumer Acts, including the Fair Trading Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Estate Agents Act, Motor Car Traders Act, Prostitution Control Act and previously administered the Liquor Control Act. In this role Stephen conducted a large number of matters in VCAT on behalf of the Director including disciplinary hearings and represented the office in Freedom of Information matters."Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation"