Steven studied law at University College in Cardiff, graduating with an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1978, before completing the Law Society Finals at the College of Law in Chester in 1979. Steven trained at Baker Flavell & Trafford in Willenhall, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1981. Steven joined Manby & Steward LLP as a Senior Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department in 1988 and became Partner and Head of the Firm’s Agricultural & Rural Services Department in 1994. Most recently in 2018 Steven became the Firm's Agricultural Business Principal Development Consultant.
Steven specialises in providing advice to farming and estate clients in respect of freehold and leasehold matters, tenancies, partnership agreements, company matters, mineral rights, sporting rights, telecommunications and renewables and all matters associated with rural businesses including statutory legislation and the Environment Agency. Steven sits on both the Shropshire and National and Parliamentary Committees of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). In 2018, Steven was granted a Freeman of the City of London, he received the grant at a small ceremony in the Chamberlains Court at the Guildhall. Steven is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Farmers in London.
In 2015 and 2016 Steven was the only lawyer in the West Midlands including Shropshire, to be named on the 'elite lawyers' list in leading legal directory, the Legal 500, for his work in the agricultural sector. In addition to the Legal 500 ranking which he continues to hold, he is listed as a 'notable practitioner' in Chambers Guide to the Legal profession, again recognised for his expertise and reputation amongst farming clients and agricultural professionals.
Did you know? On an informal basis Steven has for many years assisted the production team of BBC Radio 4’s series The Archers in providing legal advice on agricultural based storylines.