Stephen Roberts

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BA (Kent); LLM (Bristol)
Year of call and Inn: 
2002; Lincoln's Inn (Admitted as a solicitor 1980)
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit, FLBA, ELA, Justice
Practice Overview: 

Stephen Roberts transferred to the Bar in 2002 having practised as a solicitor from 1980. He is an experienced matrimonial finance, child law and employment law practitioner.

Stephen also has a particular interest in the application of law to sporting and educational contexts and was previously a visiting lecturer at the University of Bath in these subjects.



"Very measured, technically very good and really pragmatic." "He's a very considered advocate, he meticulously prepares for meetings with clients and tribunals and is very user-friendly."
Chambers and Partners 2019

"Recommended for a broad range of employment matters."
Legal 500 2019

Chambers and Partners 2018

"He gets his point across effortlessly."
Legal 500 2017

"Stephen converted to the Bar from his work as a solicitor in 2002 and has since acquired a strong reputation as a specialist employment advocate. Typically, he deals with matters such as professional negligence, public interest disclosure, restrictive covenants and wrongful dismissal. Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and an exceptional advocate. He is respected by opponents and earns the trust of clients. He handles cases in a very professional and client-focused manner."
Chambers and Partners 2017

Experienced in wrongful dismissal, restrictive covenants and public interest disclosure
Legal 500 2016

A former solicitor, Stephen Roberts has contributed to employment law matters at the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. He typically handles matters concerning wrongful dismissal, public interest disclosure, professional negligence and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: “He’s lovely, very down-to-earth and personable, and I was very impressed with him.” “He’s a very safe pair of hands.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“He’s good at dealing with clients because of his experience – he’s very reassuring. He is also quite humble and toned down in his style of cross-examination, making him naturally persuasive and appealing to judges.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“Knowledgeable in a number of areas including TUPE, wrongful dismissal, equal pay and pension claims.”
Legal 500 2014

Due in part to his prior career as a solicitor, Roberts has a wealth of experience and knowledge in employment law. He is regularly instructed to represent clients in the ET, EAT, High Court and the Court of Appeal.
“He is a good advocate and a superb employment lawyer.”
Chambers & Partners 2014

“Stephen Roberts’ “well-deserved popularity” amongst clients is put down to the fact that he is “personable, pragmatic, clear, concise and knowledgeable.” His recent employment work has focused on unfair dismissal claims, although he also handles public interest disclosure and discrimination cases. Sources say he offers “effective and incisive advocacy.”
Chambers & Partners 2013

"The “highly thorough and sound” Stephen Roberts is acclaimed for his “excellent manner in court”."
Chambers & Partners 2012

“Stephen Roberts is ‘always well prepared, extremely knowledgeable and is a favourite with clients’.”
Legal 500 2011


"Intelligent, sympathetic, calm and unruffled in court."
Chambers and Partners 2019

"Experienced in public children law and matrimonial finance matters."
Legal 500 2019

Chambers and Partners 2018

"Recommended for public law children matters."
Legal 500 2017

"Maintains a diverse practice, frequently advising on ancillary relief matters, and also able to take on complex public children law work. He is experienced at handling cases involving serious neglect, sexual assault and complicated care issues." "Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and an exceptional advocate. He is respected by opponents and earns the trust of clients. He handles cases in a very professional and client-focused manner."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"A no-nonsense, calm and effective communicator"
Legal 500, 2016

Represents clients in all types of family law matters. He previously worked as a family law solicitor and is praised for his ability to work well with litigants in person.
Strengths: “He has a very calm and considered manner with clients, even in the most heated of cases.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“Recommended for his broad public law children practice.”
Legal 500 2015

“Demonstrates aptitude in both public children law matters and high-value financial remedy cases. He draws on his previous experience as a family solicitor when dealing with particularly sensitive cases involving sexual abuse and allegations of harm.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“An expert in public law children cases, including matters involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries.”
Legal 500 2014

“Widely regarded to be a solid performer in family law, and is commended for his bedside manner particularly.
Expertise: “I know that my clients will receive quality advice whilst also being represented robustly and to great effect. He is always meticulously prepared, and he manages to be liked and respected by his opponents as well as his clients.”
Recent work: Recently he has been in a number of complex care proceedings involving allegations of serious abuse, and numerous cases concerning contact and residence issues.”
Chambers & Partners 2014

Stephen Roberts focuses on children work and ancillary relief matters. Those instructing him particularly praise his co-operative and “user-friendly” approach, and note that he is “hard-working and a very able advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2012

"thorough, meticulous, courteous and very user friendly."
Legal 500 2012

“Stephen Roberts ‘has a fantastic client manner and is very clear in explaining complex issues/points of law to clients”
Legal 500 2010

“Stephen Roberts “strikes a chord” with clients. He is lauded for his “experienced, mature outlook” and for being “good value.”
Chambers and Partners 2007

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