"Robust in moving things on positively."
"A warm and calm demeanour which instantly sets people at ease."
"His intervention helped the parties to reality test effectively."
"Allows the parties to think aloud and consider more than one settlement route for themselves."
"Adopts a calm and measured approach to moving the process forward."
Stephen Fielding is an experienced inheritance / probate mediator. He has mediated over 175 disputes, the vast majority of them resulting in a settlement. These cases include disputes involving inheritance, family provision, incapacity and undue influence claims. Most have had a high degree of emotion; many have been financially complex.
Stephen is an expert in keeping lines of communication open, is not afraid of emotion and is financially literate; skills that ensure that settlements are reached
The range banking and financial services disputes which Stephen has mediated includes:
He has mediated a number of CCA disputes and is the author of Consumer Credit Agreements – a working handbook to Truth in Lending.
He has a background as a banking and financial services lawyer, advising banks and building societies. From 1986 he was a senior executive in banking organisations – heading up Midland Bank’s mortgage operation in the late 1980’s; Head of Financial Services at private bankers Coutts & Co, a partner and divisional head responsible for high end commercial and personal borrowing.
A dependent daughter against late father’s estate left entirely to second wife; value £150k.
A brother against sister for pictures and other assets; claim £1m.
An estranged husband against a late wife’s estate for maintenance and pension provision.
The alleged destruction of a will and resistance to intestacy.
A first wife against a second wife for pension payments due to her but never implemented; value £100k.
A niece alleging invalidity of later will under which her share was substantially diminished; estate value £4m; claim £850k.
A claim against a charity for reasonable provision.
A claim by a widow in possession of the matrimonial home for reasonable provision in face of husband’s leaving of his share in the matrimonial home to his daughter by his first wife; value £300k.
A daughter of deceased given life interest in deceased’s house – issue of valuation of life interest being given up so as to enable distribution of proceeds of sale to other siblings.