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Stephens Scown LLP

Family/Matrimonial

6 ranked lawyersBand 1Exeter and surroundsUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Stalwart South West firm with leading family practices in both Devon and Cornwall. Covers public and private children matters, wealth protection and financial remedies involving trusts and pensions. Well known for its ability to represent clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and collaborative law matters. Notable experience in handling highly sensitive cases concerning alleged domestic abuse, particularly on behalf of children.

Strengths

One source reports: "The firm has a great deal of depth. The advice given is always practical, commercially astute and realistic. Work is completed on a timely basis, and the network of relationships with other professionals in the region means that the best advice is available to their clients."
"They are organised, efficient and technologically aware and provide a high-level service," according to another interviewee.

"My experience of Stephens Scown's client service has been excellent in all respects," notes one client.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Barton advises on financial remedy proceedings arising from divorce and frequently assists with mandates involving farming assets and international issues.
"Andrew Barton took a genuine interest in my case, and his ability to guide me through that process was pretty remarkable. He provided a human element to what can often be seen as a financial transaction." "He is approachable and understands the impact of business issues on divorce."

Bill Wilkins is well placed to advise on public and private law children cases, with experience handling cases involving multiple jurisdictions. His experience also includes representing children in care proceedings.
"Bill Wilkins is brilliant. He is extremely efficient at preparing briefs, everything is just there."

Jill Bruce advises clients on complex financial remedy proceedings, as well as child arrangement proceedings. She is also adept at mediation.

Mark Chanter regularly advises on financial disputes arising from divorce, including mandates relating to farming assets. He is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer.

Mark Smith has notable expertise in private law and public law children's cases.
"Mark Smith has a very calm approach with clients."

Sarah Atkinson is noted for her expertise in financial remedy proceedings, as well as in pre-marital and post-marital agreements.
"She cares about her clients, it's not just a job for her. She's very commercial, she doesn't just litigate for the sake of it but she's outcome-focused." "Sarah Atkinson offers brilliant analysis and is very good at making clients understand all their options."

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Cornwall

Family/Matrimonial


Jill Bruce
Band 1
Mark H Chanter
Band 1
Sarah Atkinson
Band 1
Exeter and surrounds

Family/Matrimonial


Andrew Barton
Band 1
Bill Wilkins
Band 2
Mark Smith
Band 1