Stephen is a lawyer in Phi Finney McDonald’s Sydney office who brings diverse experience and a deep interest in jurisprudence and legal philosophy.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was an associate to Justice Farrell in the Federal Court of Australia, where he had the opportunity to assist with complex judgments. He has worked as the International Arbitration Clerk at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in London, and in various academic roles in Melbourne and New Zealand.

Stephen is committed to using his legal expertise to drive positive societal change. His work has included drafting an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights regarding homophobic hate crimes and human rights abuses in Poland. He also founded Australia’s first division of Lawyers without Borders at Melbourne Law School.

In addition to Stephen’s legal career Stephen is a highly accomplished concert pianist having won many awards and achievements.


  • Master of Laws (LLM) – University of Cambridge (First Class)
  • Juris Doctor (JD) – University of Melbourne (First Class)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Master of Music (MMus) – Hochschule für Musik Detmold
  • Master of Music (MMus) – University of Canterbury (Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB (Hons)) – University of Canterbury (First Class)
  • Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) (Distinction)
  • Licentiate of Music New Zealand (LMusNZ) (Distinction)


  • Ian Malcolm Lewis Prize – Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
  • George Long Prize in Jurisprudence – University of Cambridge
  • Elected to a Bateman Scholarship – Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Federal Court of Australia — Trinity Hall Scholarship
  • Clare Washington Memorial Scholarship (Inspire Foundation)
  • Sir Zelman Cowan Scholarship – Melbourne Law School
  • S F Pond Prize in Legal Theory
  • Jessie Leggatt Scholarships in European Civil Law