Stephen joined Johnston Withers in July of 2017, bringing with him a depth and breath of legal experience.

Stephen spent time with the CLC in Alice Springs and was involved in the negotiation of the terms of the consent determination which finalised the Native Title Claim of the Warumungu people in the Township of Tennant Creek, NT.  Part and parcel to this resolution was the Indigenous Land Use Agreement which enabled trading of Native Title rights for significant tangible interests in land within the township, amongst other enduring community and social benefits.

His interest in the various social and legal issues facing aboriginal people, on their traditional lands and in daily interaction with ‘mainstream’ society inspired his interest in becoming a lawyer, although this is as much an indication of his interest in the plight of the underdog more generally.

He has also spent time working in the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Service providing Legal advice and advocacy in the following areas:

  • Motor Accident Injuries (including fatal) claims
  • Work Health matters
  • Employment (i.e unfair dismissal)
  • Anti Discrimination
  • Breach of Privacy and Personal Information claims
  • Mental Health Tribunal matters
  • False Imprisonment, assault and battery claims
  • Personal Injury (and fatal) claims
  • Police Complaints
  • Insurance matters
  • Debt and consumer matters
  • Public Trustee
  • Seized motor vehicles claims (Liquor Act)
  • Residential tenancies and public housing
  • Crimes victims assistance applications
  • general legal advice and other matters

For the last two years Stephen has specialised in

  • Workers Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Health Practitioners Tribunal matters
  • Race Discrimination matters


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)


  • Law society of South Australia