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Stephen King Stephen King

Stephen King

Head of Dispute Resolution

“Stephen is excellent. He has a real eye for detail and clients are comforted by the fact he will look into matters with such care. You really get a good service from him”Chambers HNW 2017


Stephen is ranked in Chambers HNW 2017.  The law directory recognises that he deals with many significant trust disputes on both a domestic and international basis and has extensive experience in Inheritance Act claims.  It writes that an impressed client enthuses "He was always right and literally knew how the case would play out. He is very experienced, very measured and knew what he was doing. He is superb at negotiation and proved to be very shrewd”.

Stephen specialises in commercial litigation and contentious trusts and probate disputes. His practice has a significant international element including acting for overseas trustees in connection with both UK and international litigation.

Stephen's practice also embraces financial services disputes including fraud in the financial sector. He also advises on shareholder and partnership disputes.

In relation to contentious probate he has particular expertise in relation to claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

Stephen publishes articles in the legal and business press and is determined to ensure a cost efficient and cost effective service for clients.

The Legal 500 UK also recommends Stephen and writes that he is “exceptionally capable” and "highly regarded" for contentious trusts and probate where he heads the department.  In particular, the directory recognises that he was "successful in representing Maxim Drozdov in Drozdov v Ritsema Van Eck, securing a favourable order transferring the beneficial interest in a shareholding in Monarch Foods International Limited BVI".  In addition, the law directory ranks Stephen for his commercial litigation work commenting that he “gets clients to trial in the best possible shape” and “brings his calm reassuring experience to bear”.

Qualified 1990, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1999, partner 1999.

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