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Year of Call: 1990


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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
  • Partnerships
  • 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 [2018] 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.

  • She’s a super barrister and has become a real go-to for probate cases.

    Chambers UK Bar 2020
  • Combines strong technical skill with commercial judgment.

    Chambers UK Bar 2020
  • A punchy advocate who is very effective at communicating with clients and managing their expectations.

    Chambers UK Bar 2020
  • She is very good and displays commercial maturity.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • She knows the procedures very well.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Her written work is very clear and she has very good bedside manner. She really gets people; she can talk to them all in the same way. She is really good to work with.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Very good on her feet and holds the ear of the judiciary

    Legal 500 2019
  • Stephanie has a very confident and authoritative presence in court and clearly commands the respect of the judges. She can present very complex legal arguments in a logical manner and cross-examines with a considered but fatal charm.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Popular with clients and excellent in conference. She gives comprehensive advice and is always fully prepared for advocacy.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • Thorough, hard-working and a pleasure to work with.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • She is a persuasive and punchy advocate.

    Legal 500 2017
  • A tenacious advocate always willing to fight her client’s corner

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Adept at explaining complex legal issues to lay clients in an easily understood way.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • Her advice is very clear and easy to follow and she is very pragmatic.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • She is well prepared, commercial and a punchy advocate.

    Chambers UK 2015
  • She is a gifted and superb advocate.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • She has a highly measured approach and a thorough attention to detail.

    Chambers UK 2014

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