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Stephen Crispin

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Called: 2008

Email: scrispin@harcourtchambers.co.uk

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Stephen practices family and civil law.  He has been a member of Harcourt Chambers since 2010, having undertaken pupillage with Alicia Collinson and John Vater as his supervisors.

 

Stephen read law at St Peter’s College, Oxford and graduated in 2007.  He completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in 2008.  Lincoln’s Inn awarded Stephen a scholarship for his BVC year.

 

Stephen won the Crown Office moot in his finals year at Oxford and the ICSL moot during his BVC year.

 

Prior to his pupillage Stephen worked as an outdoor clerk, representing clients at court in a range of civil cases involving property law, insolvency, consumer credit and contract.

 

PRACTICE

 

Stephen is regularly instructed in all areas of family law.

 

Stephen is frequently instructed in cases relating to family finance following both the breakdown of marriages and the separation of unmarried couples.  In divorce cases clients have appreciated his ability to give straightforward, easy to understand, advice going to the core of the issues.  He has a particular interest in family cases with a 'civil flavour,' including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act and is known for his ability to approach the issues in a sensitive way while recognising that a more legalistic presentation of the case is required to achieve the right result.

 

In care proceedings Stephen is regularly instructed on behalf of Local Authorities,  parents, and children's guardians.  He has frequently represented clients at final hearings lasting five days or more.

 

Stephen has a wide experience of private law children cases.  He is known for taking a practical, problem solving, approach with a view to achieving the best result for the client.  He has represented clients on both sides of proceedings relating to the relocation of children, internationally and within the UK.

 

Stephen often represents clients at all stages of proceedings in cases under the Family Law Act 1996.

 

Stephen is a well practised draftsman and able to produce documents relating to all stages of family and civil proceedings, often in a very short timescale.

 

Stephen is interested in the developing law around the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court of Protection.  He is known in family proceedings for his ability to engage with and support clients with mental health problems, both those with capacity and those represented by the Official Solicitor.

Stephen practices in all areas of family and civil law.

 

Stephen read law at St Peter’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2007.

 

He completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and was the winner of the ICSL mooting competition.


Lincoln’s Inn awarded Stephen a scholarship for his BVC year.


Prior to coming to the Bar Stephen worked as an outdoor clerk, representing clients at court in a range of civil matters including property law, insolvency and applications under the CPR.


Stephen was called to the Bar in 2008 and became a tenant at Harcourt Chambers in 2010 following successful completion of his pupillage there.

 

 

PRACTICE

 

Stephen has experience of representing clients in a range of civil matters including claims relating to:

 

  • Possession of land;
  • Contract and tort;
  • The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and;
  • Real property.

 

Stephen is able to provide opinions and advice on questions arising in each of the above areas of law as well as the civil procedure relating to those claims.  He is frequently called upon to provide advice to unmarried cohabiting couples about their property rights when they separate.

 

Stephen is a practised draftsman and is able to draft documents and pleadings for all stages of civil proceedings, to a short deadline where necessary.