Stephen is a partner in Kennedys’ London office. He qualified in England and Wales in 2012 and is a leading defendant catastrophic injury practitioner who supports the firm’s serious and catastrophic injury group.

Stephen advises on motor, public liability, employers’ liability and sports related claims resulting in serious and catastrophic injuries. He manages cases of the utmost severity including brain injury, spinal injury and amputations. Stephen also acts in relation to in fatal accident claims and is often instructed to act in defence of high value, complex and sensitive occupational stress claims.

Stephen has a particular specialism in the defence of amputation claims and is the Kennedys lead for those claims. He is also a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) which has enabled him to forge links with leading professionals within the prosthetics industry and keep fully up to date with the latest technological / surgical developments which can positively influence the rehabilitation process.

His personal caseload is comprised of reserves in excess of £150 million at any one time including claims with an international element involving jurisdictional / applicable law disputes or considerations.

Stephen is currently acting in the high profile sports concussion litigation involving multiple Claimant’s.

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 Guide and catastrophic claims guide.

He has been individually recognised by The Legal 500 every year since 2018 initially as a ‘Rising Star’ and more recently as a ‘Next Generation Partner’. Stephen has also been individually nominated by respondents in the 2023 Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Monitor as delivering outstanding service.

Stephen is the product sponsor for the firms rehabilitation technology product which sits alongside our innovative sector report ‘The future of care: is technology the answer?’. He 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

  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    "Stephen Foster specialises in amputation claims, and as part of the firm’s wider Serious Injury Suite of products focuses on the impact technology can have on traditional care models within catastrophic injury claims".
    The Legal 500 UK 2024
  • 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 – successfully defended a claim involving a tetraplegic claimant and secured an order that the claimant pay the defendant’s costs on an indemnity basis.
  • Settled a lower limb amputation case involving an 18 year old Claimant within 14 months of the accident.
  • Settled a complex upper limb amputation case within 16 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.
  • Settled a complex and high profile occupational stress claim for approximately 13% of the pleaded claim.
  • Successfully advised insurer client on a potential automatism defence which led to the claim not being pursued.