Stephen O’Dowd

Senior Director of Litigation Funding

Stephen joined Harbour in November 2011.  Previously, Stephen was the Head of Commercial Litigation at British Telecommunications plc (BT), managing the team responsible for resolving high value, complex or brand-affecting disputes in the UK.

When BT’’s Global Services Division was forced to write down £1.6bn,  he helped resolve contentious issues with a combined value of over £1.2bn. BT’’s Group General Counsel and Company Secretary Dan Fitz said: “”I worked with Stephen on several sensitive matters while he managed BT’’s Commercial Litigation team. His ability to project manage even the most complex litigation was very impressive and his advice was always clear, sensible and commercial.  Stephen was also highly respected as a leader by his team and by the wider BT community. Harbour is fortunate to have him”.”

An English solicitor, Stephen qualified at Addleshaw Goddard (AG) in 2000 where he practised a broad range of international litigation and arbitration, including technology and sport, until joining BT in 2006.

At Harbour he has developed an in-depth expertise in assessing class actions and competition law claims and possesses a wealth of experience in the use of third party funding in Australia.

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