I am a Senior Associate in the Contentious Trust and Probate Department. I deal with a mixture of disputes arising from wills, trusts and the administration of estates which can also involve powers of attorney.
I represent executors, beneficiaries, trustees and other interested parties (such as family members) in both bringing and defending claims. This includes arguments about the validity of wills, mental capacity, undue influence, claims for financial provision, breach of trust, removal of executors , intestacy and many others.
The majority of cases are brought before the County Court or High Court but I do represent clients in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as the Court of Protection. Most claims are settled by negotiation or some form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I had an interest in law and the justice system from an early age, particularly the role of
lawyers and the Courts in resolving disputes arising between individuals in everyday situations and my career has developed into this position within this sphere of the legal world.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Achieving an outcome for my client’s that is both satisfactory and fair.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I love to read all types of fiction but also have a keen interest in history - particularly military history. I like to travel as much as possible and I like sport: I exercise regularly and I’m a Bristol Rovers FC supporter.
"The best of the best. A straight talker and extremely supportive throughout. Having dealt with many solicitors, I found Stephen was the most dynamic and determined to defend his client and the deceased." - Legal 500, 2023
"Dispute Dynamite! I will be forever grateful to Stephen Ireland of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Chichester for his unwavering support during a bitter Will dispute... I’m pleased to say Stephen drew this undignified contentious probate matter to a very swift conclusion by responding firmly to my opponent’s solicitors with the facts. Stephen is particularly adept at gathering evidence and with this, rightly put an end to this dispute and the spurious allegations being levied against me.
"I cannot thank Stephen and his colleagues at Irwin Mitchell enough, they’re simply the best and I would have no hesitation in recommending Stephen to anyone in a similar situation, particularly Executors trying to carry out the deceased’s wishes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Stephen, I feel extremely honoured that you took on my case, you’re a first-class solicitor and I wish you continued success in all that you do." 5* Trustpilot review
"Stephen Ireland brings a very experienced, balanced and commercially focused approach to cases. He is particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence at an early stage, and always has the client’s wider interests to heart." - Legal 500, 2021
"He is 'particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence and always has the client's wider interests at heart". - Legal 500, 2018/19