Steven Fennell

Call 2014

"Steven's advocacy is always clear, concise and noticeably appreciated by the presiding judge and instructing solicitor."

The Legal 500, 2024
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Steven specialises in commercial, financial and insolvency litigation and professional negligence and regulatory matters for the legal and accountancy professions.

Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1996, as an insolvency practitioner in 1999, and a solicitor advocate in 2013, before transferring to the Bar in 2014. He became a CEDR-accredited mediator in 2012.

Steven’s commercial practice includes:

  • Shareholder disputes
  • Partnership and LLP disputes
  • Sale of goods and supply of services
  • Banking and finance litigation
  • Franchise litigation
  • Commercial fraud, including applications for freezing injunctions and search and seizure orders
  • Consumer Credit

Steven also regularly undertakes non-contentious advisory work on instructions from solicitors.

Commercial Cases


Nosnehpetsj Limited v Watersheds Capital Partners Limited [2020] EWHC 1938 (Ch) (court’s power to perfect an incomplete share transfer)

Gilani v Saddiq [2018] EWHC 3084 (Ch) (collateral use of disclosure documents).

One Fish Company Ltd v Iceland Foods Ltd [2017] EWHC 3347 (Ch) (acting for claimant in litigation concerning repudiation of supermarket supply contract)

Erlam v Rahman [2016] EWHC 111 (Ch) (sham transactions and beneficial interests in relation to charging orders and judgment debts)

Zelouf v Khanna [2016] EWHC 205 (Ch) (grounds for challenging the approval of IVAs).

Barclays Bank plc v Sharma and others [2015] EWHC 2806 (Ch) (acted for petition in application to restore company to the register to allow independent review of its administration)

Royal Bank of Scotland plc v McCarthy [2015] EWHC 3626 (QB) (defence of procuring a breach of contract in the context of a claim for repayment of a professional practice loan)


HMRC v SED Essex Limited [2013] EWHC 1583(Ch) (acting for HMRC in relation to the provisional liquidation of a company involved in VAT and alcohol fraud)

Wade v Poppleton & Appleby [2003] EWHC 3159 (professional negligence and breach of duty claim against insolvency practitioners)