Head of family law
Stephen is based at our Ipswich office.
"I would like to thank you and your team for the all support and help on my case. I am very happy with the result. I think in the last two years having you as my lawyer to represent me, was the best decision I have made." - Ashtons Legal client
The ‘savvy' Stephen Williams (whose recent highlights include a £32m divorce) ‘gives clients great confidence'. - Legal 500
Stephen Williams is renowned for his strengths in children work. Sources reserve particular praise for client service, singling out his responsiveness and ability to "handle matters sensitively."- Chambers & Partners
Stephen Williams is ‘a tough negotiator, and excellent with clients’, and ‘has the ability to think laterally to find solutions’. He recently advised on a divorce involving £16m in assets. - Legal 500
'Stephen Williams is well-regarded for his expertise in high-value farming divorces. His judgement is good and he is pro-active in bringing about a settlement' - Chambers and Partners
'I would also like to commend you and the rest of the solicitors at your company, in my role at Leeway women's aid, I refer a lot of women to yourselves and I am very impressed with the level of support and empathy you give. It's more than just being a solicitor, its also about showing you care and I think all the solicitors show such dedication! My manager feels the same and we will continue referring clients.'
' Many thanks for all your fantastic support, you have made a very difficult situation reasonably easy.'- Ashtons Legal Client
Stephen Williams is the head of department and is active across family law, with particular expertise in major cross-border children and financial cases. Sources say: "He consistently provided excellent, first-class, hands-on advice and service regarding complex issues in international law." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Stephen Williams has been amazing and I very much appreciate everything Ashtons have helped me with, it's been quite a journey" - Ashtons Legal Client
"‘Superb, incisive and down to earth’ head of family law Stephen Williams can be counted on for ‘extremely helpful advice’." - Legal 500
"Stephen will tell you what you need to know. He is straightforward, very down to earth and incisive." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Stephen "went out of his way to help me in what proved to be a very difficult case." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Stephen Williams is ‘a very safe pair of hands, very responsive and empathetic, and good on law and strategy‘. One source remarks that he is ‘excellent with clients, efficient and pragmatic'. - Legal 500
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