Following an increase in demand for its services Stephens Scown’s dispute resolution team in Cornwall has expanded.

Stephens Scown has recruited three new solicitors and a paralegal over the last six months, increasing its dispute resolution team in Cornwall to 20. The team advises both businesses and individuals on a wide range of disputes.

The most recent addition to the team, solicitor Eve Hebbron, focuses on inheritance and trust disputes. These complex disputes can sometimes stretch back decades and involve several generations of a family.

Newly recruited senior associate Helen Thomas specialises in disputes relating to property, having previously been head of four offices for the homelessness charity Shelter. Helen provides in-depth support to social housing providers, which can face complex (and numerous) claims relating to their property portfolios.

Paralegal Tyler Richards focuses on issues in the areas of debt recovery and construction, while Olivia Miller, who trained with the firm and is now qualified as a solicitor, handles corporate and commercial litigation matters across Cornwall.

Toby Claridge, partner and head of Stephens Scown’s dispute resolution team in Cornwall said: “All four of our new recruits bring exceptional legal knowledge and a focus on fighting for the very best outcome for their clients. When a client comes to us with a dispute, it can be among the most stressful periods of their lives. They need to trust their advisors completely and I know that Eve, Helen, Tyler and Olivia are already fulfilling that role for their clients.”

Stephens Scown’s dispute resolution teams in both Cornwall and Devon specialise in commercial disputes, property litigation, inheritance and trust disputes as well as construction and debt claims.

The team also has extensive experience of advising on claims in a number of sectors including agriculture, charity, health, marine, mining and minerals and social housing.

All of the firm’s longstanding inheritance and trust dispute solicitors are members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), which confirms their field of expertise as contentious and probate-related work. The team also includes trained mediators.

Stephens Scown’s dispute resolution team in Devon has also been experiencing growth, with property litigation expert Richard Bagwell joining the firm as a partner. Solicitor Sian Barrett, who trained with the firm, has returned to specialise in construction disputes for the team.