Ash joined Steed & Steed in 2000 and was admitted to the partnership in 2002. He is Head of the firm’s Family Law Department.
Ash developed a keen interest in family law early on in his legal career and with over 20 years in practice he has helped many clients navigate what is often a very challenging time in their lives.
He specialises in divorce and finances including cohabitation disputes where a separating couple is not married, and assists his clients with arrangements for children to determine how much time they spend with each parent.
Ash also helps clients that are victims of domestic abuse in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.
Ash’s approach is to accompany each of his clients throughout the process of their individual matter, to help them to find workable solutions, and where possible, to represent them in court.
Like all the lawyers in Steed & Steed’s Family Law Department Ash offers clients a free 30 minute consultation during which clients can explain their situation and he will give them some initial advice outlining the options available to them.
Anglia Ruskin University, LLB (Hons), 1994
Anglia Ruskin University, Legal Practice Course, 1995
Trainee Solicitor, 1995-1997
Admitted as a solicitor, 1997
The Law Society – Family Law Advanced
Member of Resolution
Karen joined Steed & Steed in May 2002 and was admitted to the partnership in 2010.
She began her legal career in Cape Town, South Africa where she specialised in the field of private client law, in particular wills and probate. In 2002, Karen relocated to England and joined Steed & Steed. She studied law in England at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2007.
Karen has more than 20 years experience in South Africa and England and has handled a large variety of matters in the area of private client work with a particular emphasis on probate.
In the field of probate, she regularly advises a wide range of executors and administrators of both straightforward and complex estates on their duties and obligations under the law.
She helps them navigate through the process of administering an estate, from valuing the estate for inheritance tax purposes to producing and submitting inheritance tax accounts to HMRC and applying for a grant of probate. Upon receipt of the grant, she helps with the subsequent gathering in of assets, settling of liabilities and distribution of the estate to the beneficiaries.
The matters that Karen handles often incorporate both national and international aspects, and she regularly deals with the estates of high net-worth individuals with agricultural and business assets.
Karen also has broad experience assisting clients with Lasting Powers of Attorney (property and financial affairs and health and welfare), drafting wills and advising on associated matters, such as guardianship of minors, property trusts, inheritance tax, care home fees and legacies.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2007
Sian joined Steed & Steed in 2015 and was admitted to the partnership in May 2017. She is a solicitor in the firm’s Family Law Department.
Sian decided early on during her career that she wanted to specialise in Children Law. She finds it rewarding to work closely with her clients and to help make a difference in their lives. She adopts a very hands-on approach accompanying her clients throughout the whole procedure from the first meeting to representing them in court.
Sian’s practice incorporates all areas of Children Law. She regularly acts on behalf of parents and other family members in Care Proceedings issued by local authorities. She also represents children both through guardians, and directly if they are deemed to be competent, ensuring that their voice is heard throughout the proceedings.
In addition, Sian represents Grandparents and other parties in private law disputes in respect of children.
Sian is an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel which demonstrates her experience and commitment in the field of Children Law.
Sian offers a free 30 minute consultation to family law clients where they can discuss their individual matter with her. Based on the discussion, Sian will be able to provide them with initial advice outlining some of the options that may be available to them.
Sian supervises assistant lawyers in the firm.
University of Aberystwyth, Law degree LLB Hons, 2008
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Legal Practice Certificate, 2009.
Trainee Solicitor, 2009-2011
Admitted as a solicitor, 2011
Leigh joined Steed & Steed in 2007 and was admitted to the partnership in 2019. She is Head of the firm’s Private Client Department.
Prior to joining Steed & Steed, Leigh worked in legal support roles in a London firm. She commenced her formal legal training with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2013 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2015.
Leigh’s practice focuses on all aspects Private Client work.
She helps clients to draft Lasting Powers of Attorney (property and financial affairs and health and welfare), which enable clients to decide in advance who will be able to make decisions on their behalf in the case that they are no longer able to do so themselves. Leigh also deals with the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney.
She also assists clients, often close family members or friends of someone who lacks mental capacity, in their application to the Office of the Public Guardian to become a deputy in cases where there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place.
Furthermore, she has extensive experience assisting clients to draft their wills, whether simple individual or mirror wills, or more complex wills that incorporate, for example, guardianship arrangements for young children, property trusts and multiple bequests or legacies. Within the scope of this work, she also advises clients on inheritance tax matters and care home fees.
Leigh also deals with probate administration and assists executors to comply with the legal formalities required to administer a deceased person’s estate.
She regularly assists vulnerable or elderly people and often acts on behalf of the firm as their attorney.
Leigh and the Private Client Team also support local and national charities including St Nicholas Hospice Care, Farleigh Hospice and Cancer Research by participating in their wills campaigns.
Leigh supervises assistant lawyers in the firm.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2015.