We are thrilled to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Family Law Legal Support of the Year category at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2023.

Stephens Scown’s Family team is the largest in the South West and the only Family Law team top-ranked in both Devon and Cornwall in independent legal guides Chambers and the Legal 500. As a result, we are able to deliver a fully rounded and holistic service to clients, with dedicated support being provided to our specialist Children and Financial Remedies legal advisors.

Dedicated to client service

Each legal support team member works with one or more of our family legal advisors. They therefore have a solid understanding of our clients’ individual cases and can support with any administrative enquiries from existing clients without needing to refer to the lead legal advisor.

The fact that our legal support team work closely with specific legal advisors, and therefore specific matters for clients, ensures they get to know the clients. Our support staff are key to managing the administrative tasks, including accounts management, so legal advisors can focus on client needs and delivering outstanding client service.

Team Recognition

Judges were impressed by the colleague development offered to support the team, by the targeted video campaign produced to share key tips and considerations across a range of Family Law topics, from international adoption and surrogacy to how inheritance is dealt with in divorce, and an approach that is much more holistic. More than just offering legal advice – clients have access to counsellors, with an understanding that they come to us at some of the most difficult and emotional times in their lives.

Being recognised for the outstanding work being carried out by our legal support roles within our Family team is a tremendous honour and testament to the work of everyone in the team. As the first large law firm to become employee-owned and now a Certified B Corp™, this recognition is also thanks to the culture of support for our colleagues and communities embedded throughout the firm.

Sarah Walls, Partner in the Family team said, “We are very proud that our legal support teams have been recognised with the shortlisting for an award at the illustrious LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2023. As legal advisors, we would not be able to perform our roles to the high standard that we do without the assistance and dedication of our talented legal support teams. Their input enables us to provide the best possible service to our clients.”


The team have produced several informational videos across a range of subjects that give an indication of their experience and expertise:

How Inheritance Is Dealt With On Divorce – YouTube

Resolving Your Finances On Divorce Without Going To Court – YouTube

The Importance Of Taking Pensions Into Consideration In Any Financial Divorce Settlement – YouTube

Legal Considerations When Looking To Adopt Or Commission A Surrogate – YouTube

What Happens to Your Business During a Divorce? – YouTube

Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements for High Net Worth Individuals Explained – YouTube