Stephen Williams

Called 2010

Practice overview

Stephen has gained expertise in all areas of family law since becoming a tenant in October 2012.  His practice involves representing parties in courts across the Midland circuit and beyond

Stephen has particular experience in public law proceedings, regularly representing Local Authorities and Parents at all stages of proceedings, from applications for interim care orders to multiday contested final hearings.  He has experience in increasingly complex matters including a variety of allegations of physical and sexual harm, together with serious allegations of neglect.  He has dealt with a number of cases with an international element, non-accidental injuries and has also been instructed in applications for emergency protection orders.

Stephen also deals with financial remedy cases at all stages of proceedings.  He has experience in FDA’s, FDR’s and Final Hearings in matters involving sizeable total assets and a variety of legal arguments.

In private law matters Stephen represents parents in contested interim and final hearings regarding where children should live.  These have included complex multiday hearings dealing with issues of disputed facts and serious allegations of harm.  He also appears in matters involving injunctive relief.

Practice areas

Public law

Private law

Financial remedy

Court of Protection

Inquests

Recommendations 

"It is always an absolute pleasure to instruct you as I know we will get a first class service." 

Recent cases

Stephen represented a parent throughout long running public law proceedings and was successful in opposing any findings being made against his client Stephen secured a return of the children to live within the family;

Stephen recently represented a parent in a multiday final hearing in private law proceedings.  Stephen ensured the parent was successful in securing a change of residence for the child and proved a number of serious findings against the other parent;

Stephen recently secured an ex-parte Emergency Protection Order for a Local Authority against the strong opposition of the Guardian;

Stephen represented a Wife at a final hearing.  Stephen persuaded the court to not order a sale of the parties’ home, but instead to transfer the whole value of the house to her, having proven significant financial misconduct by the Husband;

Stephen represented a Mother at an interim contact hearing and successfully secured a return of the child to her care from the care of the Father.

Professional background

Stephen graduated in Law from Exeter University in 2009 and was called to the Bar in 2010. He was graded Very Competent on the Bar Vocational Course, after being awarded the Holt Award Scholarship from Gray’s Inn.

Stephen formerly worked for 18 months as an in-house advocate at Lyons Davidson Solicitors undertaking a variety of civil matters such as small claims hearings involving road traffic accidents and credit hire claims. Following a successful specialist family law pupillage at St. Mary’s Chambers, he joined us as a tenant in 2013.