The Stephens Scown family team is independently ranked as the best solicitors for children and family law in the region.


There are two different perspectives to every adoption: that of the person wanting to adopt, and that of the child’s birth parents. Not to mention the overriding importance of the child’s best interests. In each instance, there are myriad sensitive matters and legal issues that need to be handled very carefully, plus the strong emotions that are a natural part of the adoption process.

At Stephens Scown, we understand what you need. Our team is highly experienced in all legal aspects of adoptions, with specialist lawyers dedicated to providing all the assistance you need.

What makes a real difference is our friendly, approachable ethos. We’re passionate about helping you at every step of the way, but we don’t bury ourselves behind barriers of legal jargon and bureaucracy. We provide practical, down-to-earth advice and clear information to base your decisions on.

International adoptions

International adoption is an area where we have a particular expertise. We work closely with fellow professionals in other countries to explore all the options that might be open to you. In doing so, we can also draw on the invaluable experience of our in-house immigration team.

Putting the child first

The quality of our advice in family law has seen us ranked as the best team in Devon and Cornwall by Chambers and The Legal 500, the two leading independent legal guides.

We’re also members of the Law Society’s Children Panel and the Law Society’s Family Panel – and accredited Resolution Specialists in children’s matters. So whatever expertise it takes to achieve a successful outcome, we can provide it for you.

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