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Stephen Levinson

Civil and Commercial Mediator


Practice Overview

Stephen Levinson: has spent an entire career resolving disputes.  He has over 40 years legal experience as a solicitor and has frequently been identified as one of the UK’s leading employment specialists.  He has a relaxed and patient style yet focuses on the crucial issues and is not easily sidetracked.  He has wide experience of very many business sectors including leisure, hotels and catering, property, education, retail, health, insurance, manufacturing, museums and City-based business.  He is very familiar with problems arising within business in the UK which are managed or controlled overseas.


Professional Background 

Stephen Levinson manages disputes and litigates at every level from the employment tribunal and county court to the Supreme Court. He also practiced for over ten years as a commercial litigator handling many forms of disputes including hire purchase, intellectual property, health and safety, insurance and contractual issues. He advises Plc boards, mid-cap companies, individuals, charities, schools, pharmaceutical companies, professional partnerships, universities and government organizations. He has experience of handling industrial disputes and has personally conducted wage negotiations for clients. Many of the cases he has managed are reported and remain influential precedents. He is an experienced advocate. His commercial experience has given him an understanding of a wide range of businesses and public sector organizations. He acts frequently for senior executives as they transition. He has been a partner of a number of the leading law firms in England and Scotland and for three years was a partner in a law firm associated with KPMG.



  • “Stephen Levinson has practised employment law for many years and therefore offers high quality advice and assistance in respect of a wide range of employment law issues. His wise counsel and acute insight facilitate the resolution of problems which may appear to be intractable. Generally his expertise combines a deep knowledge of the relevant law and a common sense approach to the settlement of disputes.”  Dame Janet Gaymer DBE, QC.

  • “Stephen Levinson is a highly skilled and experienced practitioner.  He combines great technical knowledge with a robust commerciality.  In particular, he has an in-depth understanding of the subtle nuances of senior executive and board room disputes.”  Daniel Stilitz QC

  • “As someone with long experience of HR, People and Change I have had the benefit of working with Stephen and know him to have a deep understanding of HR matters and also the commercial and personal contexts involved in the resolution of employment related disputes. Stephen’s personal style and approach enables him to work at all levels in the organisation from junior executive to senior professional.” -  Nigel -Warwick, Consultant, People, Innovation & Change

Other Experience

Stephen Levinson was a founder member of the Employment Committee of the Law Society on which he served for over 20 years and he is a Vice-President of the Industrial Law Society and a prominent and active member of the Employment Lawyers Association, serving on its publishing and legislative and policy committees. He was legal adviser to the disciplinary committee of one of the main accountancy bodies. He writes regularly on employment issues and also was a regular commentator for a national newspaper.  He has been a school governor for both comprehensive and public schools and is an active member of the executive of his local amenity society.  He is a member of the editorial committees of the Industrial Law Journal, Employment Law Briefing and Employment Law Journal.


Areas of Specialism

  • Commercial
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Property

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