Stephens Scown LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

Exeter and surrounds
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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 client emphasises the "outstanding, timely advice and service," and further highlights the team's "efficient yet personable mastering of genuine people centricity, at an individual level."

Other sources report: "It is a very professional firm: user-friendly, reliable and good quality. It punches above its weight."

Notable practitioners


Andrew Barton
advises on financial remedy proceedings arising from divorce and frequently assists with mandates involving farming assets and international issues. One source enthuses: "He is very good with clients, is hard-working and he always gives clear advice."


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.


Liz Allen
is hailed as "the leading divorce solicitor in the South West" by sources. She has extensive experience in financial remedy proceedings arising from divorce, including mandates involving family-owned businesses and pensions. One client states: "Liz is an exceptionally accomplished lawyer whose reputation precedes her, and with good reason. I found her to have a superb manner as well as being very knowledgeable and helpful."


Mark Chanter
is "always thoroughly prepared, sharp and realistic," according to sources. He regularly advises on financial disputes arising from divorce, including mandates relating to farming assets.


Mark Smith
has notable expertise in private law and public law children's cases. One client says: "Mark is brilliant. He is a highly talented individual, proved by his ability to exhibit equally high intellectual and emotional intelligence throughout a case."


Sarah Atkinson
is noted for her expertise in financial remedy proceedings, as well as in pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Interviewees report that she is "easy to communicate with, and has in mind the best interest of the client." One client attests: "Sarah is an excellent listener and very capable of enabling divorce with dignity. She is academic but also practical."