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 appointed as Managing Director of the firm in October 2011 and in that role am responsible for managing the strategic and operational side of the practice working with the Board and the Central Services Managers.
I was the Assistant Deputy and then Deputy Coroner for Mid-Kent & Medway between 1999 and 2001, 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.
I also regularly appear on Radio Kent, commenting on Wills and Probate.
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I am also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a key figure in the Rural Business Team.
What my clients say:
"Thank you for the professionalism demonstrated in your handling of the administration of the estate and of which we are very satisfied"
"The staff were very helpful and explained everything very clearly and were customer friendly. Stephen Beck had a friendly manner and explained the whole process etc very clearly. This is the second time I have used
this firm and I would do so again".
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.