Stephen Sowden qualified as a Solicitor in 1994, having studied at the University of West of England, and became a Partner at The Family Law Company in 2005.

After qualifying Stephen was involved in civil litigation focusing primarily on insolvency work. In 1999, after five years acting for the public in civil litigation and disputes, Stephen made the change to family law as he had the desire to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

Although Stephen has experience in all areas of family work, he has a particular interest in all matters relating to children, the rights of the child and what is in the best interest of the child.

Stephen acts for parents as well as extended family members (in particular Grandparents) and for and against Local Authorities in terms of public law matters, and specialises in contact issues, residence issues, step parent adoption, adoption and Special Guardianship Orders.

We would like to thank you for all your help and guidance, hopefully as you predicted we are now in the system and won’t have need for legal advice or a return to court apart from the SGO hearing. You were fantastic Stephen, during a very emotional and stressful time I know we would have found this all a lot more difficult without you.

To see a video of Stephen talking to The Grandparents Association about helping those grandparents’ with issues such as special guardianship’s and denied contact click here.


  • Trustee of  Grandparents Plus ( incorporating the Grandparents Association)
The Family Law society accreditation in Advanced Family lawImage of The Law Society Accreditation of Children Law.