Stephen Cooper joined the IoD Advisory Service in 2000.
He provides advice on a wide range of business and legal matters. He particularly focusses on business development, organisation, management and structures. He also has experience in setting up businesses, buy outs and sales, boardroom disputes, company and commercial law, contracts, debt collection, general insurance queries and litigation.
He is an experienced solicitor (now by choice non-practising) and the former founding and senior partner of his own legal practice. He has many years' experience in all aspects of running his own business and advising clients on litigation, employment, company, commercial and business law. Prior to this, he was a partner in Capsticks, a leading and pre-eminent law firm, advising the NHS and healthcare markets and spent some time working at the British Medical Association and a Regional Health Authority.
Having sold his own law firm he now does not practice as a solicitor, preferring instead to engage in the wider role of a business mentor and legal knowledge broker for a select number of hand picked clients. At present, Stephen assists and mentors a number of business people, entrepreneurs and small and medium sized companies, both directly and through links with other professionals such as accountants and insolvency practitioners.
He also advises and assists clients who have a legal problem that requires advice from a barrister through the Bar's direct access scheme. Stephen also has considerable experience in professional negligence claims involving solicitors, accountants and the medical profession and often helps individuals and businesses to resolve disputes and to manage their professional relationships.
Stephen is a Member of the Law Society, IoD, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is an Ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. He is also a Board Member and Trustee of housing associations, and a Governor of a Sixth Form College.