Stephen Lawson

Stephen Lawson

Partner, Head of Litigation

Stephen Lawson is a tenacious, dedicated lawyer who qualified as a Solicitor in 1984, since that time he has spent his time successfully fighting for the rights of his clients. Stephen is a specialist litigator who undertakes traditional “Chancery” work including Inheritance, wills, Probate and Trust disputes, Professional Negligence claims, disputes about land and Court of Protection work.

Stephen works hard to resolve disputes in the most economic and appropriate way for clients – and is often involved settling disputes at a mediation. Stephen regularly works with a stable of top mediators throughout England & Wales.

Through his work on national committees Stephen regularly deals with leading practitioners – solicitors, counsel and experts throughout the country.

Stephen’s more complex cases have often attracted national press coverage and he is regularly invited to present lectures on a nationwide basis to other lawyers. David Harvey, former CEO of STEP said about Stephen “working with Stephen is like having Napoleon on your side. His presence is worth four battalions”. Karl Tonks, former APIL President, said “with Stephen you get passion and commitment”.

Stephen was previously the National Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He was also a member of the Resolution Child Support Committee. Several changes in UK Law and Child Support procedure have resulted from claims Stephen pursued.

Stephen is a current member of the Law Society Wills & Equity Committee, The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trusts & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Stephen was formerly the Chair of STEP Cheshire, a member of the STEP England & Wales Committee and the STEP Worldwide Council. Stephen also sat on the Law Society Civil Justice Committee. Stephen is a legal author who has published (with Frost & Jacoby) “Testamentary Capacity” – Oxford University Press. He has also written for legal and non-legal publications including The Times, The Law Society Gazette, Cycle Active magazine and Country Smallholder. Stephen is a passionate advocate for rural affairs and is one of the few lawyers who can shear a sheep or milk a cow!