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Stephen Ireland

Senior Associate Solicitor

Biography

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.

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