What can I do for you?
I am a specialist family solicitor with over 20 years of experience and also head up our National Family Law team across the firm. My expertise is based around complex financial cases involving family businesses, farms and trusts. I also have considerable experience in the drafting of pre and post marital agreements, cohabitation disputes and private Children Act proceedings.
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 also lectured other professionals on this and other areas of family law.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
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. As a firm, we do not believe in a one size fits all approach. What is right for one client is not right for another. Some cases can be resolved through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law; others need the involvement of the court. As far as I am concerned, a great outcome for the client is one in which you are fully involved, having received clear and straightforward advice.
What do others say?
I am pleased to have been named as a "leading lawyer" in the City Wealth Leaders List since 2010.
My colleagues and I pride ourselves on giving excellent clear advice tailored to the individual needs of our clients.
Legal 500 comments: "Nick Stone is 'extremely competent and experienced in big money cases'" and "Mills & Reeve LLP is 'first rate, focused and decisive, and its client care is second to none'".
Chambers UK comments: "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."
Chambers UK comments about the family team at Mills & Reeve: "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" and "They are first-rate - there is no question about it" .
What else should you know?
I am a trained collaborative lawyer, mediator and family arbitrator. I am also a member of Resolution, which is an association of family lawyers with a code of practice based on conciliation wherever possible, and also a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Within the team, we run a website, www.divorce.co.uk, which offers free advice to individuals on all aspects of relationship breakdown.