Nick Stone

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1603 693264
Fax: +(44)(0)1603 612293
Offices:Norwich

What can I do for you?

I am a specialist family solicitor with over 25 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 manager owner 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 recently co-authored Counting the Cost of Cohabitation, which provides a helpful client summary on issues for the unmarried family. I also lecture other professionals on family law, usually concerning financial matters on divorce.

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 in Norwich leads the team and is ‘first class; he is highly regarded as one of the best matrimonial lawyers in East Anglia, a stickler for procedure who gives clients sound advice’” and Mills & Reeve LLP “‘sits at the top of the league as one of the go-to firms for heavy and complex family cases’. Clients describe the ‘Rolls Royce service’ provided by the practice as ‘top tier in terms of client care, out-of-court resolution and contentious litigation.’”

Chambers UK comments: “Nick Stone is a well-established collaborative law practitioner, mediator and arbitrator. A client notes: ‘I always feel like I can rely on him to defend my best interests. He looks at the bigger picture and thinks strategically. He focuses on the issues that matter. He is very easy to talk to and very quick to respond.’”

Chambers UK comments about the family team at Mills & Reeve: "Exemplary team with a broad range of expertise within financial divorce cases, including contentious trusts, pensions and business issues. Practical experience of dealing with farming and manufacturing business interests in divorce. Outstanding ability across complicated litigation as well as a variety of ADR methods. Also assists clients with Children Act proceedings”. “‘From our very first consultation, we felt in very safe hands. Everything was explained to us fully,’ a client reports”, “another adds: ‘They were friendly and very effective. All the staff were helpful.’"

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 two websites, www.divorce.co.uk and www.cohabitation-law.co.uk, which offer free advice to individuals on all aspects of relationship breakdown.