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Admitted as a Solicitor: 1990


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Commercial Property 


Landlord and Tenant


Green Leases 

Net Zero Carbon

Higher Education

Public Sector


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Stephen leads Davitt Jones Bould's Higher Education team and is joint head of our public sector team.  He has a particular interest in structuring and delivering complex real estate led projects in the higher education, local authority, and housing sectors.  He has a special interest in the transition to net zero carbon, sustainability and green leases, procurement and delivery structures, and in student accommodation.  


He is renowned for providing an exceptional project management service, bringing together all relevant disciplines working on large projects, both legal and commercial. 


He has been described in Legal 500 as ‘’intellectual and entrepreneurial’’ and, in recognition of his work in the real estate sector, Stephen was elected as an honorary fellow of the RICS. He has chaired the property policy group for Pro-Manchester and is currently on the property and construction steering group for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as well as being a board member of the North-Western and Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.


Stephen works closely with the local and national property and development market and has extensive contacts who can provide up to date market intelligence, practical advice on the latest technical developments in net zero carbon, expert advice on construction disputes or advice on high quality design in university campuses.

Stephen featured in Davitt Jones Bould's 2022 Market Report.  Read the report and Stephen's input here.


  • Advising a University client on a property joint venture agreement for the establishment of a new international student campus in Bangkok.


  • Advising a University client on the master planned re-development of a major part of its campus to include a new Student Centre to create a dramatic “front door” between the University campus and the City centre.


  • Advising on the acquisition and development of a new town centre University campus site linking the new campus to the local Higher Education College and to the wider town centre.


  • Advising on various student accommodation deals.


  • Advising on a range of University real estate portfolio matters.


  • Advising a City Council and its public sector transport body (as joint equity stakeholders) on the disposal, in conjunction with their development partner, of two city centre office developments.


  • Advising a private sector developer on a tripartite development agreement with Advantage West Midlands and Stoke-on-Trent City Council for the phased redevelopment and regeneration of Hanley Central Business District.


  • Advising a public sector transport body on the development of key elements of the metro link extensions to Manchester Airport and separately to Media City.


  • Advising a County Council on the phased acquisition and development of a major new Enterprise Zone involving the provision of substantial public and private infrastructure.


  • Advising a national developer on a multi-site joint venture and funding agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland.


  • Advising a Housing Association on the proposed installation of solar PV panels across its housing estate.


  • Advising a City Council on the terms of a proposed joint venture development agreement for the regeneration of a major site for housing, green space, and community benefit.


  • Advising a private sector housing developer on the acquisition and development of a major city centre housing scheme which, at the time, was the largest city centre residential development in the North West.



''Intellectual and entrepreneurial' Legal 500 

"I’ve worked with Stephen for many years.  He is a good academic lawyer who understands complex real estate deals. He is also solution focused and offers sensible, pragmatic advice.  He is also highly effective in managing the varied commercial and legal disciplines that are involved in large real estate led projects." 

Ian Fisher, University Secretary and General Counsel, University of Central Lancashire

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