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Year of Silk: 2000

Year of Call: 1983


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Clerk: Justin Emmett


Stephen Davies QC is widely recognised as one of the most experienced litigators of issues relating to the law and practice of insolvency, also ranging into banking and finance and the disqualification of directors.

A standout silk who has published widely on insolvency law and practice. In addition to corporate and personal insolvency, he has a particular expertise in asset recovery and directors’ liability. He has extensive experience assisting trustees in bankruptcy and private individuals with complex, high-value claims surrounding personal insolvency.

A highly regarded QC whose banking practice is informed by his specialism in restructuring and insolvency. He has additional expertise in relation to allegations of the manipulation of financial benchmarks, and has appeared in high-profile cases concerning fraudulent Libor manipulation.

A perfect choice for banking and insolvency disputes. Sources commend his lengthy experience practising litigation and reveal his impressive reputation in the market. His expertise includes misrepresentation, breach of duty and Libor manipulation.

  • Stephen has an extremely strong reputation born of decades' worth of strong work ethic.

    Chambers UK 2018
  • He is fiercely bright and tenacious.

    Chambers UK 2018
  • He has acted in some of the most high-profile banking cases in recent years and his star is definitely rising.

    Chambers UK 2018
  • He is immensely knowledgeable and experienced.

    Chambers UK 2018
  • A very strong, passionate and fearless advocate.

    Legal 500 2017
  • He never ceases to amaze me with his commercial awareness, lateral thinking and approachability. He is a joy to work with and intellectually fantastic.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • He is fierce and incredibly hands-on. It is very reassuring when you have him on a case.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • A fearless advocate, who is very passionate, remarkably hard-working, diligent, creative and client-friendly counsel.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • Very helpful, very thorough, and very confident in the stances he takes."

    Chambers UK 2017
  • I'm a huge fan of his, I've seen him do a lot of advocacy and he is very good. He is prepared to take point and push it even if he doesn't personally agree. A fearless advocate of the Bar is hard to find, and he is one of them - very passionate and remarkably hard-working, diligent, creative, gets stuck in and is hands-on.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • A fantastic practitioner, a bit of a rottweiler, a good litigator and a top man.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • 'A problem solver, who is hardworking and extremely approachable.

    Legal 500 2016
  • It's pretty well accepted that he's the leading insolvency counsel outside of London; he is an outstanding silk, no superlative is good enough.

    Chambers UK 2016
  • Technically excellent. Extremely experienced and very highly regarded. A pleasure to work with.

    Chambers UK 2016
  • He is technically excellent. Extremely experienced and very highly regarded. He is a pleasure to work with.

    Chambers UK 2016
  • Calm, attentive, responsive and knowledgeable.

    Legal 500 2015
  • He is a phenomenal counsel – an aggressive advocate, yet extremely affable." "He is a tenacious advocate, and a robust cross-examiner.

    Chambers UK 2015
  • One of the joys of working with him is you're part of the team: he pulls you in and gets you involved, and it's a delight.

    Chambers UK 2015
  • When he says he will do something, he does it. He is hugely approachable, with a first-class brain.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • Working with him is an absolute pleasure.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • His knowledge of the law seems quite incredible and he is very impressive on his feet. I wouldn't want to see him on the other side - if he was, I would start to worry.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • He is an excellent lawyer who has a laser-like vision for his clients' aims and objectives.

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Career and Associations

Stephen was educated at the L.S.E. and Cambridge. From March 2009 to March 2010, he was the President of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association. He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and R3. In 2007 he was elected a Bencher as Gray’s Inn.


Stephen co-founded in 1996 and co-edited the Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency Reports, of which he remains a consultant editor. He was managing editor of and contributor to a book on Part X of the Enterprise Act 2002 and has co-written various other books and articles on insolvency and is a former contributor to Mithani on Directors’ Disqualification (Butterworths).