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Joseph Steadman

Call: 2015   

+44 (0)20 7306 0102jsteadman@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Joseph has a very busy and diverse commercial chancery practice, spanning all of Chambers’ practice areas.  He is regularly instructed to appear as sole counsel in High Court, County Court and Tribunal litigation, as well being led as part of a larger counsel team. He has been involved in appeals to the Upper Tribunal and High Court (in his own right) and to the Court of Appeal. He also has a substantial advisory practice.

Joseph has experience of working on cases which span a number of jurisdictions and require him to work closely with overseas lawyers and insolvency practitioners. His recent work has involved the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Monaco, Malta, and Switzerland.

Many of Joseph’s cases involve interactions between different areas of the law, reflecting the breadth of Joseph’s practice. He is particularly well-placed to advise in cases which straddle the traditional boundaries between practice areas, and enjoys deploying concepts from across the law in order to achieve the best outcomes for his clients.

Some highlights include:

  • successfully appearing (as sole counsel) in the Upper Tribunal on behalf of the Pensions Regulator, in relation to the appointment of an independent trustee of a pension scheme which it was alleged had not been constituted as a trust (RP Medplant Ltd v The Pensions Regulator [2017] UKUT 0385 (TCC));
  • acting (with Richard Harrison QC and Jonathan Hilliard QC) for a business associate of the husband in a high-value cross-jurisdictional matrimonial claim, in which it is alleged that a complex offshore structure has been used to hide the fact that the business associate holds assets as the husband’s nominee;
  • acting for the successful appellant in Hook and another v Hawkins [2019] UKUT 147 (LC), an appeal to the Upper Tribunal concerning the status of the spouse of an agricultural worker under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 after the worker leaves the home and the spouses are divorced—the only reported case dealing with the interplay between the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976 and the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983; and
  • acting (with Marcia Shekerdemian QC) for the claimant company in relation to a multi-million-pound claim for breach of fiduciary duty against one of its directors, along with two unfair prejudice petitions and a derivative claim.

Background

Joseph studied Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and graduated with a first-class degree. He was awarded a university prize for the best result in the Equity Tripos, as well as numerous college scholarships and prizes. He went on to obtain a distinction in the BCL (producing a first-class dissertation entitled “Remedies against Recipients from Defaulting Trustees”).

Upon completion of the BPTC (outstanding) at City University, London in 2015, Joseph was awarded the William Rose Memorial Prize for Excellence in Drafting. He has also been awarded Lord Denning, Hardwicke, and Sunley Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn.

Before starting pupillage, Joseph spent several months working with a major litigation funder, where he was responsible for assessing applications and drafting funding agreements. He is familiar with various funding models and with the effective presentation of cases to investors. Joseph has also taught and examined undergraduate courses in property and trusts at Cambridge and UCL.

Joseph joined Chambers in 2016 upon the successful completion of his pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Rupert Reed QC, Jonathan Hilliard QC, Julian Greenhill QC, Andrew Mold QC, and Emily Campbell.