Liz Allen: Board member, Partner and Head of Family Team at Stephens Scown LLP

Liz Allen: Board member, Partner and Head of Family Team at Stephens Scown LLP

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Without a doubt it’s building a specialist family law team in Devon and Cornwall that is consistently given a top ranking by independent guides to the legal profession Chambers and Legal 500. I joined Stephens Scown in 1989 when there were just three lawyers in the Exeter team. I became team leader nine years ago, and we now have 21 in the team in Exeter with other large teams in our Cornish offices.


Best life advice ever received?

It was from my grandmother who said to me: “Never learn how to do too much”. I don’t try to be great at everything. Accepting you can’t do it all takes a lot of pressure off, and allows you to focus on the things you enjoy and are good at.


Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?

Be confident in your own ability. Don’t go looking for problems; be optimistic and keep looking ahead.


Heartfelt belief?

Women’s time has come; things that have been tolerated for too long, are no longer acceptable. Times are changing.


“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate

your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude”

Video From The Celebration




100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’




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