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I am recognised as one of the leading family law specialists in Norwich and Norfolk, with a reputation which goes beyond the locality as some of my work is London based. I believe in consent and conciliation and that the best outcomes for separating couples are those that are agreed between them.
I always try my best to encourage negotiated settlements. However, some cases unfortunately do have to be dealt with through the courts, and I am known for my robust but fair and professional approach in those circumstances.
I am trained as a collaborative lawyer and am a member of the Norfolk Collaborative Law Group. I am also a trained mediator and family law arbitrator, as well as a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
I am a committed member of Resolution, having previously sat on its national committee for skills and education. Resolution is an association of family lawyers with a code of practice based on conciliation wherever possible.
I believe that most clients wish to reach a negotiated settlement that is fair to both sides. I know that you need to be listened to in how your case is approached. Some cases can be resolved through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law; others need the involvement of the court. As far as I am concerned, my role is to secure an effective outcome for my client.
In addition to having over 20 years of experience specialising in family and divorce law, I also head up the National Family Law team at Mills & Reeve and spent five years as head of the firm’s Private Client Practice. This means that I have an excellent overview of how the law affects you as an individual.
I work closely with the other specialist lawyers in our tax, trusts, pensions, agriculture and commercial law teams to ensure you get the best all round advice for you and your business.
It is really rewarding to get positive feedback from my clients and to know that I have been able to help and support them at such a difficult time.
My team is ranked top for family and divorce law in both of the leading guides to the legal profession in the UK: Chambers and Legal 500. These results are based on extensive interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients across the UK. They include the following quotes from our clients:
Legal 500 states that our team is “first rate, focused and decisive, and its client care is second to none” and, describing me, they say: “Nick Stone is ‘extremely competent and experienced in big money cases’”.
Chambers UK 2016 confirms: “Nick Stone handles a wide array of marriage and family instructions. He draws particular acclaim from the market for his work on behalf of high net worth individuals and is commended for his ‘very creative and supportive’ approach to matters.” Describing the Family team at Mills & Reeve they say we are a “stellar team which frequently deals with some of the largest and most substantial cases in the market. Well versed in both litigation and ADR and represents a fine choice of firm for wealthy individuals in separation disputes involving big businesses and national trusts.”
I am regularly invited by the local Resolution Committee to lecture to other family law professionals on areas of law and practice. I have also lectured for the local Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP).
I am pleased to have been named as a "leading lawyer" in the City Wealth Leaders List each year since 2010.
A large part of my practice involves landed estates and farm businesses and I’ve drawn on that experience in co-authoring two books: Divorce and the Farm and Divorce and the Family Business. I have co-written Insolvency and Marriage Breakdown and had articles published in national journals, including Private Client Business.
Finally, a leading London family law QC was kind enough to provide the following testimonial: “Nick is a truly outstanding practitioner”.
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