Head of Team

Alison Allen
Partner

Associated services

  • Court of Protection
  • Older client services
  • Personal tax services
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Care Planning & Support
  • Wealth Protection & Inheritance Tax

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Personal Law

Listening to You

At Stone King, not only do we listen to you, but we use plain English and avoid legal jargon when talking with you. All our solicitors are friendly and approachable.

We take the time to understand your problems in detail so that we can give you the most appropriate guidance and advice to suit your individual circumstances. You can be confident that we will keep you updated on the progress of your case. Our solicitors will get in touch when significant events occur and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

High Standards of Service

Stone King has been independently assessed and awarded the prestigious Lexcel accreditation by the Law Society for delivering excellence in legal service to our clients. Not only is this testimony to our emphasis on quality client care, but it also recognises our commitment to ensuring our staff are fully trained and well managed. You can be confident in the advice we provide and in the service you will receive.

Total Service, No Matter What

In certain circumstances you may require other professional services to resolve both your immediate and longer term issues. We can provide you with introductions to financial advisors, accountants, surveyors, valuers and banks. By co-ordinating these additional professional resources, we can help you manage your affairs to meet your personal needs.

What It Costs You

We give you an estimate of the probable costs at the outset and, if the costs are likely to alter, we will inform you as the work progresses so that you are not suddenly faced with an unexpected bill.

You may pay privately or, if your income and savings are low, you may be entitled to Public Funding (formerly Legal Aid).

Sound Advice

We are able to provide you with advice in many areas of the law and our solicitors belong to many specialist professional bodies including: Resolution, the Family Mediators' Association, the Family Panel, the Children Panel, the Personal Injury Panel, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Solicitors for the Elderly, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Stone King is listed in the most influential legal directories including Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500.

Mediation helping to resolve difficult lockdown relationships

Stone King is seeing an increase in people seeking mediation to help them tackle difficult relationships as a result of lockdown.

Mediation is a procedure by which parties discuss disputes with an impartial trained mediator to help reach a settlement, and is increasingly helpful in reducing conflict and finding solutions.

Rebecca Eels, a Senior Associate in the Family & Mediation Team, says:

No fault divorce - A step closer

For many years, family lawyers have campaigned for the introduction of a no fault divorce as this will enable couples to separate without having to apportion blame to one another. Under the current law, if couples do not wish to apportion blame they have to wait until they have been separated for two years before they can start divorce proceedings.

However, on 8 June 2020 MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the latest stage of The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Bill which, when passed, will end the need for couples to apportion blame.

Are pre-nuptial agreements recognised by UK courts?

More and more couples in the UK are entering into pre-nuptial agreements (also known as pre-marital or pre-civil partnership agreements) even though they are not automatically legally binding in this country. In recent years such arrangements have grown in recognition and a couple should expect their agreement to be upheld if:

  • It is freely entered into
  • They each have a full appreciation of the implications
  • It would not be unfair to hold them to its terms

It is now well established that to fulfil these criteria, it is advisable to:

Bath law firm Stone King has joined forces with dementia research charity BRACE for a free webinar

Stone King’s Kathryn Layzell will be sharing some legal tips for carers, including what decision-making arrangements can be made for those who lack capacity. Kathryn, Head of the Trusts and Estates Team, will also look at how attorneys can still carry out their role during the current climate whilst adhering to social distancing.

Kathryn said: “Stone King is part of the BANES Dementia Action Alliance and we are pleased to be able to support our clients and carers with this helpful webinar.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Changes to lockdown regulations

Following recent government announcements regarding the easing of lockdown, there are a number of new provisions coming into force.

The previous guidance surrounding ‘reasonable excuse’ as laid out by The National Police Chiefs Council and the College of Policing is no longer relevant. From Monday 1 June 2020 it is no longer illegal to leave or be outside of your home without reasonable excuse.

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