Stephen Duffy

Partner

I specialise in “lifetime planning” which is the consideration of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, tax planning and care home fees planning for my clients. I am a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and am one of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends.

I’m also one of a select group of solicitors who holds the Financial Planning Certificate which means I can take account of the specific nature of the many financial products out there when putting together “lifetime planning” for my clients.

Helping people is in my DNA, as is an inhuman attention to detail. My interests are watching films; exercise to work on the middle-aged spread; and red wine to counteract the exercise.

Stephen is a Chambers UK 2022 ranked lawyer.

Stephen is a Legal 500 Leading Individual. Legal 500 recognise Leading Individuals for their “…very strong technical ability, in-depth capability, credibility with the most prestigious clients and a reputation for dealing with complex and innovative cases.”

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  • "A brief phone call with Stephen Duffy in November 2021, supported the rationale for my parents to upgrade their EPA to LPA. Stephen was objective and gave a clear understanding of the difference between the EPA from 2007 and how an LPA would support my parents in their current situation.
    Stephen and I discussed the immediate needs of my parents as my mother was in hospital at that time. After my mother returned home from two weeks in hospital, my father and mother decided to arrange a meeting with Stephen and complete the paperwork for an LPA. This would give them support from my brother and I not only for Financial Affairs, but also for Health and Wellbeing.
    Stephen visited my parents home in early December 2021, with both my brother and I present. Stephen immediately set up a rapport with my parents and made them feel at ease. He had prior to the meeting, sent out paperwork and organised a phone call with Lucy (his assistant) to ensure that my parents had the opportunity to understand the LPA, the process of what would happen next with the Courts and the fees. This transparency enabled my parents to ask questions before signing any documents and make decisions.
    Stephen was very open and clear about the meaning of the documents and also about mental capacity. In checking my parents understanding, they stated it was reassuring that their affairs would be looked after, if they were unable to do so. They commented that they felt reassured by the processes in place.
    Sometimes fate takes its course and timing they say is of the essence. My mother did attend the hospital again as an inpatient for a week over Christmas and has made a good recovery since then. My father was taken ill a few weeks later. They both feel reassure that they have made “just” timely decisions and from our experience, I would urge others to be supportive of completing an LPA. As a family, we definitely know that we made the right decision because we had clear and concise support from Stephen Duffy.
    We cannot thank you enough for this peace of mind……… "
    Jane Stevenson, 2022
  • Having had a civil partnership, we were in the situation where we had to make new Wills and seek advice. We were delighted to be introduced to Stephen Duffy at Buckles (at first on Zoom). Stephen appeared to speak a language we understood and had a sense of humour (essential, but difficult to find) He has subsequently guided us to our goals with helpful advice, so that we are now confident about dying!
    Anonymous, 2022
  • He is very personable and extremely knowledgeable. He presents his advice in a such a way that clients are totally engaged. He is superb.
    Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Legal 500 recognises Stephen as a leading individual in his field.
    Legal 500, 2019