1st Mar 2022

ABOUT: Stephen Root

Stephen is a Director and senior Family lawyer, but what makes him tick? We sat down with him to find out a bit more about his professional background, personal interests and biggest achievements...

What's your biggest Achievement - professional or personal?

Building a highly respected, highly ranked and capable family law team, coupled with pioneering collaborative law in North Yorkshire.

Tell us a bit about your Background... 

I am a Londoner who saw the light and moved to North Yorkshire when I qualified. Never looked back, a far superior quality of life in the north! I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 17 and did work experience with a firm of marine lawyers in the City. My ambition then was to arrest a ship by placing a notice on the mast but I have never had the opportunity to do so. I graduated over to family work which for me is a perfect mix of people skills and legal skills.

What do you like to do Outside of Work? 

I like reading and films but my passion is birding! That is my “escape” from  the pressures of work and nature is good for your mental health.

What about the way you approach your work makes you Unique?

I believe the level of service we provide at Berwins is exceptional. I know of no other firm in the area that offers a service level guarantee. I don’t have a “biggest” case as such, every case is “big” to the client concerned: family work is very personal and I never forget that. 

Where did you study and what Training and Education do you have?

I qualified in 1985, so more years than I care to remember…..I did my degree in Leicester and my Law Society Finals at Newcastle before doing articles (yes old enough to have been an articled clerk rather than a trainee) with Hetherton and Dempsey in York. I moved over to Harrogate in 1986 and have practised here ever since.

Stephen is a Solicitor in Berwins' Family department. If you have a family issue and need a lawyer on your side, call our Family team on 01423 543 108.

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