Through many years’ experience Stephanie has developed into an ‘authoritative’, ‘punchy’ and ‘tenacious advocate always willing to fight her client’s corner’. She deals with all aspects of Business and Property advice and litigation, although her practice has coalesced around five main areas:
- Real property
- Probate, trusts and inheritance
- Agricultural matters
- Court of Protection
Her real property work ranges widely from advising on property transactions, option agreements, contracts for sale and commercial leases to hard fought litigation of boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, mortgages, professional negligence, lease renewals and beneficial interest claims.
Litigation of proprietary estoppel claims figures regularly in her practice, with not a few concerning farming families. One notable, recently reported case was Thompson v Thompson  EWHC 1338, involving a son suing his mother for his promised inheritance.
Her extensive experience of contentious probate work includes Inheritance Act claims, challenges to the validity of wills and applications to remove executors.
In her extensive experience of partnership disputes Stephanie has acted for a wide range of partners from accountants to general practitioners, dentists, vets and even suppliers of car parts. She is well-regarded for her financial analysis and grasp of technical detail, which is often crucial for success in this area.
Stephanie also has an impressive reputation in agricultural matters, including farm business and Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies.
Allied to this Stephanie has developed expertise in Court of Protection work, including an ongoing case under the Forced Marriage Act, disputes between property and affairs attorneys and setting aside transactions for undue influence.
She is happy to make herself available at short notice on the end of the telephone for a preliminary discussion and advice, often advising executors who need quickly to resolve a problem that arises in the administration of an estate, or solicitors who need speedy advice. She has a reputation for being easy to talk to and quick to get to the heart of an issue – a service which solicitors value highly.
Stephanie combines her work at the Bar with her growing practice as a mediator. She is sought after for her empathy with the parties, whether business people or bereaved family members and is often able to achieve a settlement which at the outset would appear impossible.