Stephen Beck

Job Title:

Director

Services:

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

Profile

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.

 

 

 

Related Team Members

Get in Touch

    Whitehead Monckton is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, and we’ll only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the products and services you requested from us. From time to time, we would like to contact you about our products and services, as well as other content that may be of interest to you. If you consent to us contacting you for this purpose, please tick below to say how you would like us to contact you:

    You can unsubscribe from these communications at any time. For more information on how to unsubscribe, our privacy practices, and how we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, please review our Privacy Policy.