About me  


I am a barrister practising from a set of

commercial chambers at 4 New Square.

I accept instructions on a direct access basis.

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Approachable and a pleasure to work with; he provides clear, thorough advice and is great in conference with clients

(Legal 500, Professional Liability 2016)

Highly reliable and able to assimilate large quantities of documents and distil the key points; extremely good on paper and very user friendly

(Legal 500, Professional Liability, 2015)

A very valuable team member, who inspires real confidence

(Legal 500, Costs, 2016)

I cannot thank you enough for your brilliant advocacy, kindness and support at court this week

(leading family lawyer)

Education and qualifications

From 1988 to 1993 I attended Oundle School, Peterborough, with a Grocers Scholarship (one of the two top academic scholarships).

Between 1993 and 1997 I studied Classics at New College in Oxford. I was awarded the Ella Stephens Scholarship for Classics.

In 1999 I completed the Law Conversion Course at City University in London.

In 2000 I completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. I finished in the top 20 students in my year.

I joined Gray’s Inn as a student in 1998. I was awarded a scholarship for the Law Conversion Course and a Prince of Wales Scholarship for the BVC year. I was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2000. I was awarded a prize for mooting by the Inn.

In 2016 I qualified as an accredited mediator with Costs ADR. I able to undertake facilitative and evaluative mediations, dealing with civil/commercial disputes, including but not limited to specialist costs mediations.

Work and Professional

In 1997/8 I spent a year at Sydney Grammar School in Australia as a teaching fellow. I taught Latin, Greek and sport to children aged 11 to 18. I also acted as an instructor in the army cadets and as a pastoral tutor.

During that year I also coached hockey at St George’s Womens Hockey Club.

In 1999/2000, whilst studying for the Bar Vocational Course, I was a tutor in Equity in Trusts for undergraduates in law at City University.

For several years I was a volunteer with the Bexley and Bromley Advocacy scheme, now known as Advocacy for All, working on projects assisting people with aspergers and autism.

In 2000-1 I undertook pupillage at 4 New Square. My pupil supervisors were Ben Hubble, Paul Parker and Sue Carr (now Mrs Justice Carr DBE). I became a member of chambers in September 2001.

Since joining chambers, the main areas of my work have been professional indemnity and costs. I also cover general insurance matters, including insurance disputes.


I have continued to be active within Gray’s Inn. From January 2017 I have been Chairman of the Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee and a member of the Gray’s Inn Management Committee. I am an approved advocacy trainer and continue to train students and pupils.

I am a member of a number of specialist bar associations, including the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association, the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the PNBA.

One of my particular commitments is to social mobility and training/mentoring for young people coming to the Bar. I am approved as a pupil supervisor and responsible for work experience (as distinct from mini-pupillages) in chambers. I regularly host students for work experience through initiatives such as the Social Mobility Foundation and the Bar Council’s Placement Scheme. For many years, I helped organise the Paris Bar Exchange programme. I have been a mentor for Gray’s Inn students since joining chambers.  

I live in Kent with my wife, two children and dogs.

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Stephen James Innes
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