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Peter Stafford

Position: Managing Director
Offices: Viaduct House, Carlisle

Peter is Cartmell Shepherd’s Managing Director and Head of Business Services and is also an associate director at the University of Cumbria.

Peter has over 27 years of experience in managing large complex legal disputes of all types.

He is a full member of ACTAPS (The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist) and leads a team of 4 solicitors who handle probate disputes involving Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Disputes, Powers of Attorney and issues relating to capacity.

About Peter

Peter graduated with an LLB from Newcastle Upon Tyne University before qualifying as a Barrister (1992) and a Solicitor (1997). He joined Cartmell Shepherd in 1998, becoming an Associate in 2002, a Partner in 2011 and the firm’s Managing Director in 2016.

Peter has been recognised by the Legal 500 (which provides an in-depth analysis of the region’s law firms and solicitors).


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SME Outlook Tracker – Your expectations for the next 12 months

August 17th 2020

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"Holly - you're hired!"

October 22nd 2018

  Cartmell Shepherd apprentice Holly Moxon.©Sheenah Alcock Photography A law firm has joined the country’s elite – by appointing a rising star as its first solicitor apprentice. The traineeships are usually the reserve of big city firms, but Cartmell Shepherd has stepped up and made history…

A chance to celebrate Cumbria’s amazing SME businesses at prestigious awards

August 21st 2020

CUMBRIA has a brilliant business community full of inspiring business people achieving amazing results across a whole range of sectors. Whether it’s in advanced manufacturing or energy, hospitality and tourism, professional services and agriculture, right across the board in a broad range of industries including new and emerging technologies, we…

Legal services sector in Cumbria ‘should be celebrated’ says leading lawyer

November 1st 2018

ONE of Cumbria’s leading lawyers has labelled the county’s presence in an influential industry index as ‘outstanding’. Peter Stafford, the managing director of Cartmell Shepherd, said the verdict delivered this week by the Legal 500 underlines the quality of services across the county. A number of Cumbria businesses were named…