Margaret Stevenson

Margaret heads the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and has extensive experience in Access to the Countryside, property litigation, contentious probate and other complex litigation cases. She successfully challenged a decision of Dorset County Council on behalf of her client the TRF in the Supreme Court in 2015.  Recent reported cases include:

  • Wilson and Another v Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority [2009] EWHC 1425 [Admin]
  • Kind v Northumberland County Council [2013] 1 WLR 743
  • Trail Riders Fellowship and D Tilbury v Dorset County Council and Another [2013] 1 All ER 209 and [2015] 1 WLR 1406
  • TRF v Devon County Council [2013] EWHC 2014 (Admin)
  • TRF Green Lane Association Limited and Christopher Marsden v Powys County Council [2013] EWHC 3144 (Admin)

Margaret qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and was made a partner in Brain & Brain (which later became Brain Chase Coles) in 1989. In 2012 Margaret left the partnership but remained as a consultant to the firm as she also works as a part-time Tribunal Judge.


  • “After some tough negotiations, one client emailed: “Margaret, please never offer to play poker against me. Very well done indeed.””

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