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Joseph Steadman

Call: 2015   

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Practice Overview

Joseph has a diverse commercial chancery practice, spanning all of Chambers’ practice areas. He is regularly instructed to appear as sole counsel in High Court and County Court litigation, as well as being instructed as part of a larger counsel team. His practice also often involves advisory work.

Notable recent instructions include:

  • a four-month secondment with the Pensions Regulator, gaining experience of a wide variety of pensions regulatory matters including funding, governance, investments and scams;
  • (as part of a team of matrimonial and trusts counsel) a matrimonial finance dispute involving a multi-billion dollar offshore trust and company structure;
  • acting on behalf of the freeholder of a large residential development in a dispute over rights to parking spaces said to arise by proprietary estoppel; and
  • successfully resisting an application for permission to appeal against a refusal to grant summary judgment in a multi-million pound civil fraud case.


Joseph studied Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, graduating in 2013 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.

Joseph then spent a year at The Queen’s College, Oxford, completing the BCL (distinction) in 2014. He studied advanced property and trusts, commercial remedies and restitution, and also produced a 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 also holds 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, Emily Campbell, Julian Greenhill and Andrew Mold.