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Published: 28th Sep 2023
Stephen Willmer accepts instructions across the gamut (see below) of chancery and commercial practice in England and Wales. There is in his practice an emphasis on disputes concerning houses, albeit the disputes arise for different reasons, personal and professional, and may be couched in different terms.
Stephen likes to think that his advice is practical and that his representation in court is firm. He is always keen to get under the skin of a problem and to consider it from all angles.
His practice is focused on London and the South East, but he travels all over the country as required.
Stephen’s work in business law centres on insolvency, shareholder and (quasi-) partnership disputes, usually in privately owned businesses, often at the somewhat grey crossing point between personal relationships and un- or semi-documented agreements and frequently where there is more than a hint of deceit in a disintegrating business relationship.
Accordingly, he advises and appears in unfair prejudice and winding-up petitions, derivative actions and those more nebulous actions involving breaches of contract and of trust.
In the field of property law, Stephen’s instructions tend to fall into three categories, with some occasional overlap between them.
The first category centres on the 1975 Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act, contentious probate claims, claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA) and breach of trust/proprietary estoppel claims. As indicated above, these disputes overwhelmingly involve houses (although this is sometimes true of his business law practice as well).
The second category comprises commercial and domestic landlord and tenant disputes, leasehold disputes and mortgagees’s possession claims.
The third category arises out of disagreements between neighbours which usually arise over a boundary and develop into complaints of harassment (and sometimes more sinister behaviour).
Stephen Willmer has been public access qualified for the best part of 15 years and, where appropriate, has handled hundreds of cases on this basis.
Stephen took degrees in history from King’s College London and political science from the London School of Economics before completing the CPE which allowed him to train for the Bar, to which he was called in 2004 by the Middle Temple.
Tolerable French, execrable Latin.
Stephen is a keen amateur cook, in proud possession of a rather odd fascination for the alchemy of stocks and sauces. He enjoys esoteric and genre literature, and if he could be a fictional character it would be the Fifth Earl of Ickenham
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