Stephen is a Principal Director of media law firm, Media Arts Lawyers. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, Media Arts Lawyers are one of the leading media and entertainment law firms. Stephen currently represents a large number of clients in all spheres of music and entertainment from artists including Gotye, the Hilltop Hoods and Missy Higgins, music publishing company, Native Tongue, music management company’s Outpost Management (Bertie Blackman, Kimbra), and Wonderlick (Airbourne, Josh Pyke, Boy and Bear), record and distribution company Regency Media/Shock, TV Talent management company Watercooler Talent (Dicko, Chrissie Swan) and The Melbourne International Film Festival. Stephen’s passion remains working with new and developing bands and artists and he is currently working with artists such as The Creases, Eves The Behavior, and Timmy Trumpet.
Stephen is admitted in both Australia and New Zealand and overseas the New Zealand operations of the Company as well as directly representing established media companies, Frequency Media Group (Dirty Records and Dawn Raid Entertainment) and Radioworks and artists including David Dallas, Louis Baker, Esterre and Thomas Oliver. Stephen maintains active relationships with labels and management in Australia and around the world and has been actively involved in sourcing deals for clients on both sides of the world. Stephen has previously worked in private practice in the UK representing the British Musician’s Union and a number of well known British artists and the independent record companies, Mute (Moby and Depeche Mode), Nude (Suede) and Taste Media (Muse). Stephen moved to Australia in 1999 to work as Business Affairs Manager for Mushroom Records where he was actively involved in the restructure of the newly merged Festival Mushroom Records including the signing of many of the labels key acts including, motor ace, machine gun fellatio, Muse and George and label licenses with TVT, Echo Records Gut Records and Hollywood Records.
Stephen is the owner of independent music publishing company, Ink Music Publishing and represents artists including Fairchild, Tully on Tully, Drawn From Bees, Lyon Apprentice and Dave Crowe.
Stephen also manages the artist, Georgi Kay, who has achieved success in Australia and the UK including an ARIA Award and APRA Award for her single, In My Mind.