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Stephen Williams

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Partner and Head of Family Law


Stephen trained with Bates, Wells and Braithwaite and qualified 1991. He then worked at Edwards Son and Noice to 1997 and has worked at Ashtons Legal (formerly Graham and Oldham, Ashton Graham and AshtonKCJ) from 1997 to date.

Stephen specialises in divorce and very high net worth financial cases. Often involved in cases with an international element and jurisdictional issues.

Stephen has a practice geographically focused in the East of England but with a national / international client group.

Stephen has a niche practice in work related to war crimes which has led to work based in Africa and Sri Lanka, Co leading an Election monitoring group in Sudan and participation in a parliamentary all party monitoring group in Juba.




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North East London Poly. BA(Hons) Social Science and CQSW 1978
Chelmer School of Law BA(Hons) Law 2.1 1990
Law Society Finals 1991

East Anglia: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Williams - Ashtons Legal

Within: Family

Ashtons Legal is ‘as good as any London firm‘, according to one client who remarks that it is ‘very good value for fees and has good relationships with top counsel‘. One barrister remarks that the firm is ‘first-rate, a leading player in East Anglia'. The practice has a broad client base across the region but has particular expertise in advising clients with substantial assets including land and trusts. Stephen Williams leads the practice from the firm’s Ipswich office and is ‘a very safe pair of hands, very responsive and empathetic, and good on law and strategy‘. One source remarks that he is ‘excellent with clients, efficient and pragmatic'. He advises on financial matters relating to divorce and separation for both married and unmarried couples, especially those with a background in business or agriculture. He also undertakes children’s work and is a member of the Family Panel, the Children Panel, the Advanced Family Panel, Re-unite and Resolution. Partner and trained collaborative lawyer Mary Pearce in Bury St Edmunds specialises in the financial aspects of breakdowns in marriages or cohabitation arrangements. Consultant  Brenda Head in Ipswich has 17 years' experience and is a family mediator.

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