Stephen Johnson > Plexus Law > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Plexus Law

Work Department

Public Sector, casualty




Stephen qualified in October 2006 and is a Partner based in the Public Sector team at Plexus Law, in which he has spent his entire legal career. Stephen has a wealth of experience of all aspects of Civil Litigation work, with his main focus being dispute resolution for public bodies, large insurers and other nominated clients. Stephen’s clients include the MOD and the Metropolitan Police as well as Local Authorities, Fire Brigades, Police Authorities and other public sector bodies throughout the UK.  Stephen has 17 years’ civil litigation experience and runs a caseload of mainly complex high value multi-track claims, including multi-party actions and appeals.

Stephen’s main areas of expertise relate to personal injury – Employers’ Liability and Public Liability matters. He has extensive experience of dealing with all manner of complex PI cases. For example, in the last year alone, Stephen has dealt with significant, sensitive and high value claims as diverse as five major high-profile bullying/harassment cases for a major police force, several head/brain injury cases and a multi-million pound chronic pain case for a Local Authority, in which Stephen successfully forced a discontinuance following the identification of fraud concerns, saving the client over £1.5m.

Stephen is often directly and specifically instructed by clients to deal with high value or complex Employers’ Liability matters. Stephen is also a keen advocate and generally undertakes his own advocacy at interlocutory hearings and has experience of advocacy in the County Court. He also has experience of dealing with fast and multi-track motor claims, including emergency vehicle RTA’s.

As well as running his caseload, Stephen assists Simon Hills in running the Leeds Public Sector team and is responsible for the direct supervision and mentoring of the team. Stephen has many years of experience being the Contract Partner for several key public sector clients. He regularly writes and delivers training sessions on various subjects both internally and externally.

Stephen has extensive experience in dealing with high profile/value and complex matters. Stephen currently runs numerous claims with pleaded values of over £1m. Stephen has recently run two high value MOD cases to trial and has won both as well as going against Counsel’s advice on another matter, settling the claim for £650k less than the sum claimed and £400k less than Counsel’s recommendation. Stephen anticipates that the successful outcome of these three cases alone has saved the MOD circa £1.65m.