Ceri Stephens

Solicitor and Managing Director

Planning, Property Dispute Resolution

Location: Yeovil

Ceri leads the Planning and Property Dispute Resolution team and is also Managing Director of Battens, based in the Yeovil Office.

She specialises in all aspects of Planning and Property Litigation law, acting for a broad range of clients from developers, local authorities, landowners, to private Individuals. Ceri is an accomplished expert in this field, drawing upon more than 20 years of experience to guide clients through the complexity of the planning system and the challenges of property litigation with clarity and precision.

She has established a strong reputation for sound commercial pragmatic advice resolving contentious disputes effectively and quickly.

Ceri advises on planning application and appeals, lawful use of land, section 106 planning agreements, listed buildings, rights of way, boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, nuisance, trespass, adverse possession and rights to light. Disagreements arising from commercial leases and residential tenancies, dilapidations and property defects, lease renewals, service charges and gaining possession.

She is a member of the Property Litigation Association, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Planning Panel.

She joined Battens in 1998 as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. She became a senior associate in 2005, Director in 2016 and Managing Director in 2021.

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“Battens were recommended by a professional friend and we are very happy that they did. We are more than satisfied with the way Battens, Ceri and Rachael, in particular, took ownership of our land dispute, which they have now recently completed, on our behalf. It couldn’t have gone any better,
From the start, they gave us the confidence that they would represent us as well as, or better than, anyone else could.
They provided good and timely information, throughout, and advice, based on this information and they were always pleasant to work with.
Based on this experience and given similar circumstances, we would be happy to work with them again.”

Mr and Mrs R

“When involved in any litigation process, it becomes extremely stressful, often impacting and sometimes taking over normal day-to-day living. At all times, we felt Battens were working on our behalf but it was also comforting to know that they were there, supporting us through what was a very difficult time. If we had questions, queries or simply needed reassurance, we were able to make contact, quickly and easily. Of course, a successful outcome is the goal and in our situation, the 'icing on the cake'. We are pleased to say that this was achieved. We have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Battens of Yeovil.”

P & S Moon