Stephen Beck

Job Title:



  • Wills & Succession Planning
  • Wills & Succession Planning
  • Rural Business


I graduated with a law degree in 1991 and completed the Solicitors’ Finals at the College of Law, Guildford.  I joined Whitehead Monckton in 1992 as a Trainee Solicitor, gaining valuable experience in a wide range of legal disciplines and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. I then became a Partner with the firm in 1999.


I was the Assistant Deputy and then Deputy Coroner for Mid-Kent & Medway between 1999 and 2011, conducting Inquests into violent or unnatural deaths in the local area.  In September 2019 I was appointed to sit as a Recorder in the Family Courts of the South-East Circuit, where I either hear disputes between parents or between parents and the local authority over what should happen with their children.


Although I was originally a litigator when I first qualified, I have in fact been a Tax & Estate Lawyer for most of my professional career.  In doing so I have developed a significant wealth of experience helping clients with a whole range of issues from wills and estates to complex tax planning for high net worth individuals and, in particular, the rural community.


I am also a member of the Court of Protection’s Panel of Professional Deputies.  This means I act for a large number of clients as Deputy for Property & Affairs looking after their finances where they are incapable of doing so themselves but where they do not have a Power of Attorney in place and either have no one in their family who can or wants to act or where there is a dispute.


Finally, I was the firm’s Managing Director between October 2011 and September 2020.


I have expertise in:


I am also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a key figure in the Rural Business Team.

When out of the office:

When I can, I love going on holiday and travelling; during my gap year I lived in Australia.  I enjoy eating out, the theatre, reading a good book.  I gained my private pilot’s licence in 2007 and more recently have taken up sailing yachts, particularly in the Mediterranean.




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