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Stephen Hopkins, Head of Global Client Development

Stephen Hopkins

Head of Global Client Development

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)



Practice areas

  • Corporate
  • Hotel and Leisure
  • Industrials
  • Other

Practice notes

Stephen Hopkins is recognized as one of the top 50 innovators in law. He joined Eversheds Sutherland in 1988 specializing in restructuring, banking and more recently private equity and corporate work. In 2007 he was appointed as the client partner for the ground breaking Tyco relationship, which following a merger now covers the Johnson Controls International businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the latest contract, legal advice given by Eversheds Sutherland is subject to capped fees on every matter anywhere in Europe, the Middle East or Africa and advice cannot exceed a single page otherwise no payment is due. The process assisted Tyco in reducing its external spend from over $5m to less than $1m in 8 years.

With experience of managing extensive international relationships, Stephen was appointed Head of International for Eversheds Sutherland in 2009 overseeing its development phase from a nascent international business into a global player. Stephen is now heading Eversheds Sutherland’s commitment to the delivery of quality services across multiple jurisdictions. The collation, analysis and use of global management information on legal spend is unique to Eversheds Sutherland. This approach has been adopted by many of the firm’s clients helping them to control and predict their external spend.

Stephen was shortlisted in the recent Financial Times European Legal Innovation Awards as Legal Innovator of the year and in 2016 was honoured as one of the top 50 innovators in law in the last 50 years by the American Lawyer magazine. Stephen picked up his trophy at an awards ceremony in New York City and was named in the category “Business of Law” for conceiving the award-winning Global Account Management System (GAMS). He was honoured alongside peers including Martin Lipton (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Larry Sonsini (Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Roasti) and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Stephen won the 2015 and 2017 Client Choice awards for UK corporate, an award nominated and voted on purely by in house counsel. Stephen was a major force in helping Eversheds Sutherland winning the MENA Counsel Visionary Law Firm of the year Award 2016 and 2017.

Stephen helps project manage clients such as JCI, G4S, Nokia, IATA and Avis Budget Group assisting them through major convergence programmes and delivering legal solutions in virtually every country of the world through a single point of contact.

Most recently Stephen is spearheading our relationship with Turkish Airlines having been appointed to undertake all their work in 150 countries. According to the client Eversheds Sutherland won the mandate because it was able to deliver on their objectives: “What I look for is the capacity of the firm to manage a network, to guarantee the quality, and to retain and pay all of its subcontractors on a fixed budget. Eversheds (Sutherland) already had those runs on the Board in its work for IATA from 2013.”

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