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Steven is Managing Partner at Ward Hadaway.

Steven joined Ward Hadaway in January 2011 and has over 27 years’ legal experience.

Steven has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters with a particular focus on contentious matters.

He is well known around the country by insolvency practitioners and has developed a sound knowledge of tracing assets abroad and realising these assets for the benefit of creditors.


Steven has extensive experience advising the leading insolvency practitioners and ‘Big Four’ accountants on aspects of corporate and personal insolvency matters as well as individuals and companies who may be looking at defending actions and/or creditors and debtors generally.

His experience includes acting for insolvency practitioners, providing advice and assistance to businesses facing financial difficulties with cash flow and debt issues, directors in relation to their duties, individuals and landlords on all aspects of insolvency law.

Reported Cases

Appleyard v Wewelwala [2012] EWHC (ch), [2013] 1 All ER 1383.

What people say

  • Steven Petrie – decisive, engaging and constructive.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I would like to thank Mr Steven Petrie and his team for facilitating our mediation and helping us to come with a solution to our dispute. He exercised a lot of patience before and during the mediation. I am happy we were able to reach an agreement. Thank you so much for a job well done.

    Client quote
  • Steven provides an excellent, balanced and straightforward approach to mediation which focuses parties on the objective of the day, reaching settlement. Certainly a go to mediator for commercial disputes.

  • He's a really good adviser. You can pick up the phone and get quick, clear advice on things, he'll give you clear routes rather than all the options and he understands clients' perspectives and what they need.

    Client quote
  • Clients praise his "excellent skills" and describe him as 'very enthusiastic' and 'quick to react'.

    Chambers & Partners
  • An innovative, commercial and altogether practical insolvency specialist.

    Legal 500
  • Steven is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the advice he gives is right for the circumstances of each individual matter.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Steven Petrie is an experienced insolvency litigator praised as 'absolutely top-drawer' by clients.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Steven "takes client service to another level,

    Chambers & Partners