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Steven is a Partner in the commercial team. His practice covers a wide range of business clients, from local businesses to household-name multinationals, advising on commercial contracts and corporate governance issues. Steven also leads Ward Hadaway's Transport and Infrastructure team.

Steven has substantial experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts. He has particular expertise negotiating in complex, long-term service contracts, especially in the transport and infrastructure sector. Steven has extensive experience in acting for businesses engaged in regulated sectors, such as ports and utilities. He is highly regarded by clients for his practical commercial approach to contract negotiation, and his understanding of their wider business objectives.

Steven also has considerable experience of business governance issues in relation to companies and partnerships and regularly advises on the regulation of relationships between shareholders, directors and partners.


Notable commercial contracting projects Steven has advised upon include:

  • Advising a major port authority on a multi-decade services agreement with a customer responsible for the operation and maintenance of an offshore wind farm, including port services, stevedoring and a related property development on port land
  • Acting for a market-leading PLC in the negotiation of a long-term outsourced services contract, valued at over £300m
  • Acting for a large utilities company on the drafting and negotiation high-value supply agreements to support a major government-backed infrastructure project
  • Advising a large chemicals company on the negotiation of long-term supply agreements with a customer in relation to a nationally-significant volume of a key commodity

Steven’s relevant experience in the business governance and reorganisations includes:

  • Advising an international manufacturing and engineering group in relation to a multi-jurisdictional group re-organisation
  • Carrying out a complex re-structure of a business initially established as an enterprise development agency
  • Acting for a leading financial services organisation in relation to the re-organisation of their group of LLPs
  • Acting for two directors of a successful engineering business in relation to the settlement of shareholder dispute, and a subsequent sale and re-organisation of equity within the group

Steven also specialises in local government pensions matters, advising both admitted bodies and administering authorities. He has acted for a number of years as a lead adviser on the firm’s engagement as retained legal adviser to a large local government pension scheme.

What people say

  • Steven Roper’s attention to detail, knowledge and ability to respond promptly to every query we’ve put his way places him head and shoulders above other legal practitioners we’ve dealt with.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Steven Roper offers excellent service combined with detailed understanding of practical issues

    Legal 500, client quote
  • They are sensible, grounded, approachable, friendly, intelligent. Steven Roper’s knowledge of a few of our client contracts (and the behaviour of these clients) is excellent. The advice we receive takes into consideration the whole picture and any possible implications we may need to be aware of. We also engage Judy Baker regularly in relation to data privacy advice and she is extremely professional and has a wealth of knowledge.

    Legal 500, Client quote

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