Stephen is a Partner in Kennedys’ London office and qualified in England and Wales in 2012. Stephen advises on motor, public liability and employers’ liability claims resulting in catastrophic injuries. He manages cases of the utmost severity including brain injury, spinal injury, amputations, multiple orthopaedic injuries, severe psychiatric injury and complex regional pain syndrome.

Stephen has a particular specialism in the defence of amputation claims and is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Stephen also specialises in defending fatal accident claims.

His personal caseload is comprised of reserves of up to £100 million at any one time including claims with an international element involving jurisdictional / applicable law disputes or considerations.

Stephen regularly presents in the UK and abroad on a range of topics associated with complex claims. He is a co-author and editor of a number of publications, including Kennedys' Claims Handling Law and Practice Guideand catastrophic claims guide.

Stephen is the product sponsor for the firms rehabilitation technology product and is a member of the FOIL Rehab Sector Focus Team.

Excellent lawyer, goes above & beyond with technical advice.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2012

Market recognition

  • Nominated by respondents for delivering outstanding service in the last 12 months 
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Monitor 2023
  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    "Stephen Foster handles very high-value catastrophic personal injury claims. The results [he and the team] achieve for their clients are regularly exceptional due to the drive and care that they bring to every claim brought before them by their wide range of insurance clients".
    The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Rising Star and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: Defendant (London)
    "Senior associate Stephen Foster regularly acts in cases involving severe internal injury, multiple orthopaedic injury, functional neurological disorder and complex regional pain syndrome."
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Rising Star and Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Next Generation Lawyer and Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Work highlights

  • Secker v Fairhill Property Services [2017] – successfully defended a claim that involved a tetraplegic claimant, conservatively valued in excess of £4 million, and secured an order that the claimant pay the defendant’s costs on an indemnity basis.
  • Settled an amputation case involving an 18 year old Claimant within 14 months of the accident.
  • Acted for Insurers in defence of an eight figure pleaded claim brought by an international news correspondent injured during an assignment in Israel and settled the claim for approximately 6% of the pleaded claim.
  • Successfully advised insurer client on a potential automatism defence to a claim valued at £200,000, which led to the claim not being pursued.