Stephen’s first surrogacy case was in 1988. Since then he has appeared in courts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia on surrogacy matters- the only lawyer to have done so.
Stephen has been a Queensland Law Society accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has practiced in all areas of family law and has three sub-specialties :
Stephen is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He is an international representative on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the American Bar Association.
Stephen graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1985 from the then Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT). In 1987 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 1989 Stephen was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia. In 2013 Stephen was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.