Stuart has an extremely successful commercial chancery practice which focuses on commercial litigation, company law, insolvency, fraud, breach of trust and asset tracing. He is a specialist advocate who is particularly effective in the context of highly contentious litigation. It is here that his excellent cross-examination skills prove most valuable and effective. In 2008 Chambers & Partners reported that Stuart is “pleasingly aggressive” and “client friendly and particularly skilled at cross-examination”. Chambers & Partners 2010 records that he "has a real presence in court and is an exceptional cross-examiner".
Stuart is recommended by Legal 500 for his work in the field of company law. He practises in all areas of contentious company law, but has particular expertise in relation to minority shareholder actions (including unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims) and claims against directors. He is one of the authors of Blackstone's Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (he wrote the chapter on derivative claims) and has lectured extensively on company law. He has recently been giving expert evidence on English company law in derivative proceedings brought against the directors of BP in the United States.
Stuart is recommended by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for his work in the field of insolvency, where his expertise extends to all areas of corporate and personal insolvency. In addition to acting for private clients in this area, he has advised the DTI and appeared in the High Court and before Insolvency Practitioners Tribunals on behalf of the Insolvency Service.
Stuart’s impressive court room skills are balanced by a clear understanding of the business context of litigation and the commercial imperatives of his clients. Chambers & Partners 2007 noted that he is “tenacious and commercial”, whilst Legal 500 recorded that he is "good with clients" and gives "sensible pragmatic advice".