Stephen York – 1958-2011
19 August 2011
LONDON and DUBAI, 19 August 2011 - Stephen York, head of Hogan Lovells’ dispute resolution practice in the Middle East passed away at the age of 53 last week after suffering from an illness over the past few months.
Stephen was a highly regarded disputes lawyer and was recognised as a leading international arbitration specialist. Stephen's legal career spanned 30 years, working in the UK and across Asia and Middle East. He was also an arbitrator, holding a place on the "big case" panel of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.
Stephen joined Hogan Lovells in Dubai last year as a consultant. He started his 30-year career at Slaughter and May before moving to Masons, where he became partner in the Hong Kong office in 1988. Later he moved to Hammonds in London and, from there, worked for a number of different firms including running his own practice before joining Hogan Lovells.
Says Dubai co-managing partner Nick Parden:
"Everyone is deeply saddened by the passing of Stephen. This is particularly felt of course in the Dubai office, where he had been a fantastic colleague and friend since he joined us in February 2010. He was a wonderfully positive and energetic man with a passion for life, and an extremely talented lawyer."
Says Dubai co-managing partner Rahail Ali:
"Stephen threw himself into working in Dubai with typically huge gusto, and it is very sad that he only had such a relatively short time here. Even so, he made or cemented a great many friendships here, and we know that he will be greatly missed generally, and particularly so in the arbitration community in Dubai, which he loved being a part of.
Stephen was a devoted family man, he has been a massive inspiration, and I'd like to highlight in particular what a fantastic mentor he was to the younger lawyers in the office, which gave him immense joy. He will be sorely missed and our heartfelt condolences have gone out to his family."