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our people: Steven Porter

Steven Porter

Partner & Commercial Practice Group Leader
Commercial Practice Group

Contact Details:

Direct Telephone: 020 7644 6091
Direct Fax: 020 7644 7290
Mobile: 07855 379 981

Click for Steven's Linkedin profile


Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1979. In 1996 having previously run his own practice he joined forces with Stephen Crossick to form Porter Crossick where he remained joint senior partner before the creation of Jaffe Porter Crossick LLP (JPC Law) of which he is a founding member.  

Steven is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and able to assist parties in resolving disputes efficiently and cost effectively. He now heads our Commercial Property Department and the Commercial Practice Group.  

Summary of Work  

Steven qualified ostensibly as a litigator and therefore has the advantage of understanding both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of commercial property law. He is comfortable dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters and is not fazed where property transactions become contentious. For many years he has dealt primarily with commercial property whilst still retaining an interest in property litigation and in particular dilapidation disputes and Landlord & Tenant matters.  

Steven's litigation expertise has most recently also led to his involvement achieving success in the landmark Court of Appeal case of P&P Property Limited v Owen White & Catlin.  The ground breaking and highly publicised cases of P&P / Dreamvar continue to have significant implications for the legal profession and have led to the Law Society updating the conveyancing Code for Completion which comes into force on 1 May 2019.

With over 35 years legal experience dealing with a variety of businesses most notably restaurants, shops, light and heavy industry, Steven has a particular specialism in the leisure and hospitality industry. In addition Steven has drafted the standard documentation used by a number of large high profile Housing Associations and registered social Landlords particularly in the areas of development and leasing.  

Skills and Approach  

Steven takes a very pragmatic approach to each case. He understands that each client is different and prides himself on being able to adapt himself to the needs and requirements of each. Every matter is considered holistically and he specialises in the areas of Landlord & Tenant, Lease Renewals, Dilapidations, Commercial Property, Housing Association Law, Rights of Light, Licensing, Site Assembly Development, Adverse Possession Claims and Mortgages as well as Property Fraud and Mediation.

Hobbies and Interests

Steven is a keen sports fan, enjoying cricket, golf and football - he holds a season ticket for Tottenham Hotspur. Steven is also a Trustee of the Porter Foundation  which is committed to a small number of major capital projects in Israel and the UK. The Foundation supports the School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University and in the UK, supports access to the Arts through its funding of Porter Galleries. The Foundation also has a continuing commitment to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Steven has also appeared on stage as part of a Sadlers Wells production, albeit when he was 16 years old!