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Tees Law

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Sara Stabler

Work 01223 702426
Tees Law

Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution.


Senior Associate

Focussed on commercial and proactive advice on law and strategy so as to achieve client objectives whilst minimising risks and cost.
Areas of specialism:
Contested Trust and Probate disputes
TLATA disputes
Business disputes (partnerships, shareholders, directors)
Complex contract disputes
Construction/building disputes 
Property disputes
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution     

Reported and cases of note:
Wimramatnar v Cambridge University Chemistry Department (Advocate for Defendant in CA)
Donaldson v Smith(2007) WTLR421
Deans Foods Ltd - (1)Roche Products Ltd (2) Hoffman - La Roche AG (3) Aventis SA (CAT)


Nockolds (Trainee)
Whiskers (Assistant Solicitor)
Taylor Vinters (Associate)
Howes Percival (Associate)
Ashtons Legal (Associate)
Setfords (Consultant)
Tees (Senior Associate)


High Court Advocate (All Higher Courts)
Member of Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialist (ACTAPS) 
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LLB(Hons) Manchester
College of Law, London

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Commercial litigation: Cambridge

At Tees Law, 'the commercial litigation team is comprehensively excellent', according to one barrister who adds that 'the lawyers' instructions are always precise and thorough, and they provide counsel with a complete and proper understanding of the case; their conduct is always highly professional and measured'. Senior associate Sara Stabler leads the team and she 'always impresses with her understanding of a case, and her judgment on litigation strategy is stellar'. One client remarks that she is 'extremely knowledgeable, thorough, timely, efficient and courteous; I would also highlight her tenacity'. Stabler has 20 years' experience in commercial litigation and her caseload includes complex contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, alongside her contentious trusts and probate practice. A recent contract dispute involved a client who had purchased an historic racing car from an estate, with a connected contract with a mechanic to rebuild the vehicle but who did not complete the work satisfactorily.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Tees Law brings together a strong mix of practice areas and skilled lawyers to serve its rural client base, which includes small family farms, rural estates, large agricultural businesses, landowning consortiums and agricultural bodies. Its work for these clients encompasses estate and succession planning, land development and diversification projects, employment advice, dispute resolution, business restructuring, and the sale and acquisition of commercial enterprises. The firm is a member of the NFU legal panel. Private client partner Catherine Mowat leads the agriculture practice and has nearly 20 years' experience in estate planning for rural clients. She works closely with property partner James Dowson and head of disputes Sara Stabler. Mowat recently acted as an executor of a multimillion-pound estate with large holdings in the agriculture sector, which required complex inheritance tax and succession planning issues, including advice on agricultural property relief and business relief.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Sara Stabler - Tees Law

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Tees Law¬†has 'excellent knowledge and a good team with a balanced ¬†but firm approach and a realistic outlook on the prospect of success'. ‚ÄėI was highly impressed with the quality of the service‚Äô, remarks a client of senior associate, ACTAPS member and higher court advocate Sara Stabler, adding that ‚Äėthe speed of response to emails suggested that she had no other clients and that this matter had her undivided attention; she was proactive in her dealings with the other parties and appeared to have a very good grasp of the litigation processes involved'. Stabler has spent more than 20 years handling contentious trusts and probate matters, and regularly receives referrals from leading chambers and well-respected law firms when conflicts arise. Her recent highlights include a probate and constructive trust dispute between children of a deceased father and his second wife concerning a high-value estate in which the children have raised a challenge to the will and a proprietary estoppel matter in respect to the transfer of a property.

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