PARTNERS

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Anthony Herman

Anthony Herman (known as Tony) joined Berry & Berry (now Berry & Lamberts LLP) in 1964 and became the firm’s Senior Partner following the death of the late Jim Berry in 1984. Many of his clients have been with him for over 40 years and he is often dealing with matters for the children and grandchildren of his original clients.

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Iain Reed

Iain is the Partner in charge of our Paddock Wood office.  There he heads up the Private Client team specialising in Probate matters, Wills, Trusts and Vulnerable Client issues as well as conducting some residential conveyancing.  He is the Honorary Secretary of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society and is a member of the Paddock Wood Business Association.

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Matthew Nickolls

BSC (Hons) Psychology London University, Common Professional Examination in Law, Post graduate Legal Practice Course at College of Law London, Higher Court Advocate, Duty Solicitor Qualified.

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Melanie Williams

Melanie has been a property lawyer for many years, working for a Central London firm, having qualified as a Legal Executive in 1992. She went on to work for two high profile firms in Kent. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.

Melanie joined the Property team in October 2013.
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Nigel Stratton MBE

A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Nigel is also a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, a member and past President of the Southborough and Pembury Satellite Club of Tunbridge Wells Rotary, Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Age UK and a Past President of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society.

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Paul Reader

Paul’s main area of practice is in advising businesses in ownership disputes, contract disputes with suppliers and customers, employment disputes and preparing commercial contracts. His recent cases include acting for a local business involved in a £14 million fraud and successfully negotiating a settlement, advising two company directors in a dispute with their co-directors upon the failing of a business and acting for a national transport manufacturer in a dispute with a customer.

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Robert Moseley

Robert Moseley trained with Berry & Berry LLP before joining the Property Department, where he worked his way up to become a partner in 2010 and subsequently head of department. He is also the firm’s senior responsible officer under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

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Sharon Hawkins

Sharon is a Family Solicitor with over 23 years’ experience. She is a trained mediator, and a member of Resolution. She has extensive experience in dealing with the financial aspects of separation and divorce, dealing with disputes between parents in private law children cases for residence and contact and dealing with financial issues upon the separation of cohabiting couples.

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William Moore

Will qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after completing his training with Berry & Berry LLP. Will became a Partner in the firm in 2014. He specialises in both Residential and Commercial Property work and acts for a wide range of clients buying and selling properties in the local area and further afield.  Will also acts for property developers on the acquisition of sites and then the subsequent plot sales, as well as for a number of businesses on Commercial Property matters.

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Yashin Masoliver

Yashin has been a member of the Berry & Lamberts LLP Family Law Team for over 20 years. He is highly experienced and has an excellent reputation for dealing with all aspects of family law, with a particular expertise in resolving complex financial issues following relationship breakdown. Yashin is committed to finding resolutions through negotiations wherever possible.

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SOLICTORS

 

Amy Judge

Amy Judge

Amy qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, having trained at Berry & Berry LLP. She joined the Dispute Resolution Department in 2010 and advises on all aspects of employment law, individual insolvency law and contractual disputes between companies and/or individuals.

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Andrew Hollingsworth

Andrew joined the firm in 2016 following completion of his legal training with a city firm and is based in our Sevenoaks office.

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Anila Naeem

Anila qualified in 2003 and has since worked for leading firms in the Midlands and Kent before joining Berry & Lamberts LLP in July 2017. She specialises in all aspects of family law and is particularly skilled in dealing with complex financial claims arising upon separation or divorce. Anila has acted for high net worth individuals, especially those in professional practice to include doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners and hoteliers.

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Anthony Kalp

Anthony Kalp has been a solicitor for over 25 years.  He joined the firm’s Private Client Department in 2011 and is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Charlotte Sloan

Charlotte specialises in child care and domestic abuse cases. She is a member of Resolution. With over ten years experience of care proceedings and private law children cases, Charlotte has an indepth knowledge of her field of work. She also has a particular interest in assisting and representing individuals in cases involving domestic abuse. She has acted for clients in all levels of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

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Colin Dearmer

Colin Dearmer specialises in all areas of child care, including care proceedings, private law children proceedings and wardship.  He has a formidable record in acting for parents, children and children’s guardians.

 

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Dhruva Patel

Dhruva is part of our Private Client department and is based in Sevenoaks. She is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in late September 2017.

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Dianne Thomas

Dianne has been a member of the Berry & Lamberts LLP Dispute Resolution Team for over 15 years. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000, obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction in 2002 and qualified as a solicitor the same year.

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Eleanor Lister

Eleanor joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 2014 having graduated from Hull University with a 1st class honours degree in Law and with a distinction in her diploma of legal practice from the University of Law, York. Following qualification Eleanor chose to specialise in property work.

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Elizabeth Cookson

Liz is a solicitor in the Family Department. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2009 and joined the team at Berry & Lamberts LLP in January 2017.  Liz is a member of Resolution.

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Jane Quantrill

Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor in 2008 Jane was a qualified Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care in an outer London borough. She was an experienced Social Worker practitioner, Senior Manager and Independent Reviewing Officer and has an extensive working knowledge of Children’s Services procedures.

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Jude O’Connor

Jude qualified as a Solicitor in 2016, after successfully completing her training with Berry & Lamberts LLP. Jude works within the Private Client Team and specialises in Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship matters and matters relating to mental capacity. Jude is experienced in cases involving community care, healthcare and medical treatment, mental capacity issues, and cases heard by the Court of Protection.

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Kevin O’Sullivan

Having qualified in 1978 after articles with a small City of London practice Kevin subsequently worked for two South-East provincial firms and was a partner for 23 years. He initially worked as a general practitioner but has specialised in property work for the last 20+ years.

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Lisa Maley

Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the firm’s Private Client Department in July 2012 having worked previously for large city firms, a small niche private client firm and a local authority. She was also the external examiner for the property head of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT).

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Richard Lamb

Richard is duty qualified and has broad base experience in criminal law & white collar crime, general corporate, international and cross-border work (UK, Russia and South Africa). He has strong analytical and problem solving skills, experienced in reviewing large volumes of documents in the course of criminal investigation and trial preparation as well as for the purposes of due diligence and litigation in commercial matters.

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Satbir Nagra

Satbir works in the property department as an assistant solicitor.

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Simon Brown

A Family Law Solicitor with many years’ experience Simon has particular expertise in dealing with financial disputes arising out of divorce/separation, including cases involving international elements with assets abroad. Simon has extensive knowledge of matters concerning property disputes between co-habitees and is very skilled in acting for parents in cases involving the appropriate arrangement for their children’s care.

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Simon Pritchard

Simon is an experienced property lawyer specialising in all aspects of property work including both residential and commercial. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1994, he spent the early part of his career working in the New Forest before moving in an easterly direction.

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CHARTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVES

 

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Kevin Johncock

Kevin has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives since 1985. He has wide experience in all aspects of private family law matters, with particular emphasis on financial disputes arising on the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation. In addition to offering practical advice to clients, he has been a regular contributor of family law articles to The Journal of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

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Kizzy Packer

Kizzy Packer has been a member of the firm’s Property Team for over 20 years.  Having worked and gained experience at all of the firm’s offices she qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2005.  She has extensive experience dealing with residential property matters including freehold sales and purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

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PARALEGALS

 

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Charlotte Finn

Charlotte joined the Property team in 2010 as a Paralegal after obtaining the Ilex Paralegal qualification. Charlotte assists three solicitors by dealing with all post exchange, completion and post completion matters in both residential and commercial transactions.

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Melanie Tomkins

Melanie is a paralegal in the residential property department at Kings Hill and has been assisting Kizzy Packer since 2014, she deals with all aspects of residential and leasehold matters but mainly post exchange, completion and registrations with the Land Registry and all queries following completion.

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Melanie Wright

With over 25 years of experience in residential conveyancing Melanie is the Property Paralegal for the Sevenoaks Branch dealing primarily post exchange work although she is proficient and highly competent in all aspects of the conveyancing process from start to finish.

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Nina Riches

Nina is the Department Manager in the Criminal Department.  Her role also includes assisting the criminal litigation solicitors in the day-to-day preparation of cases.

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THE SERVICE DELIVERY TEAM

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Garry Ling

Garry is responsible for maintaining IT systems and the case management system (ALB) for all staff. He maintains systems from desktops to servers & networks, organising and maintaining regular backups and disaster recovery, and advising on and managing the annual budget for the department.

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Mandy Kettle

Mandy is a highly professional member of the team with a pro-active approach to encouraging and enabling a successful company. With a hands on attitude she understands what is needed and is willing to put herself forward and go over and above to enable the company to succeed.

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Sara Kennaugh

Sara heads up all marketing and business development activity for Berry & Lamberts LLP ensuring that our clients remain at the heart of our business.

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Verity Stapeley

Verity previously worked for Berry & Lamberts LLP as a Costing Clerk in 2014 and re-joined the firm in October 2015 as a cashier. She carries out all the day to day duties in the accounts department.

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Zoe Booker

Zoe has worked at Berry & Lamberts LLP for 14 years as an Accounts Manager.  Before coming here she was the finance manager at First Title in Bromley. Prior to that she worked in industry for several years after starting her career and training as an audit senior with several Chartered Accountants.

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LICENSED CONVEYANCER

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Jenny Stradling

Jenny is an integral part of the property team in our Sevenoaks office. She works with William Moore, Property Partner.

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WILL WRITER

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Zoe Alderson

Will Writer, Private Client.

Zoe assists with the entire Will making process, from initial enquiries to the time we have our clients new Wills safely in storage and they have their copies. Read More

TRAINEES

 

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Iryna Jeffery

Iryna joined our Dispute Resolution Department as a trainee solicitor in 2017. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice  with commendation at BPP University London. She is also a fully qualified lawyer with more than 10 years of practical experience within the Ukrainian jurisdiction.

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Louisa Farrant

Louisa works in the Conveyancing Department at our Paddock Wood Office. Dealing with all areas of administration relating to buying and selling commercial and residential property.

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Sohret Ali-Faik

Sohret is a Trainee Solicitor in the Private Client Department working under the supervision of Nigel Stratton, Managing Partner, on probate and trust matters. Prior to this seat she was working closely with Yashin Masoliver, Partner, on matrimonial and financial disputes and Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, on complex care and children matters.

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THE SUPPORT TEAM

 

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Anita Denton

Anita is a Secretary in the Private Client Department.  Her role is to assist the Solicitors in the Private Client Department, in particular Jude O’Connor who specialises in Vulnerable Client work, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.

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Carol Campbell

Carol provides secretarial support to Anila Naeem, Senior Family Solicitor in the Sevenoaks office and assisting, when required, the wider Family team.  Also assisting in welcoming visitors and clients to the office in reception, greeting them in a professional and friendly manner whether in person or on the telephone.

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Dawn Cook

Dawn is a Private Client Secretary dealing with all areas of administration for Probate, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship Orders, Probate and Conveyancing in our Paddock Wood office.

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Debbie Drake

Debbie is legal secretary to Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, and Elizabeth Cookson, Solicitor, based in the Tonbridge office.

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Denise Cheetham

Denise joined the company in 2001 as secretary in the Conveyancing Department in Tonbridge where she worked for 12 years. In 2013 joined the Conveyancing Team in the Sevenoaks office.

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Gail Fay

Gail is a secretary to Criminal Litigation Team providing help and support to the solicitors and their clients.

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Gail Frame

Gail is a Conveyancing Secretary in our Paddock Wood office dealing with residential conveyancing, commercial property and landlord and tenant.

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Ginny Coppard

Ginny works on the switchboard and reception at our Tunbridge Wells office. She has been in that role for 26 year and is a font of knowledge!

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Heather Webb

Heather works in our Tonbridge office.

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Jackie Tooth

Jackie assists the Solicitors within the Private Client department, including Probate, Wills and vulnerable client work.

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Jackie Sweetman

Jackie is a property Secretary within the residential team at Tunbridge Wells. She provides secretarial support to the solicitors, assisting them with their day to day workload.

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Jemma Davis

Jemma is a secretary within the family law team at Kings Hill. She provides secretarial support Sharon Hawkins, Partner.

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Josephine Simpson

Joe’s role is to support the family team in providing a professional service at all of our offices.   She has many years’ experience within the family team and provides support and knowledge where needed to the newer members of the team, encouraging them to grow.

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Kate Hammond

Kate has worked for Berry & Lamberts LLP since 2005. She currently works in the Criminal Litigation Department in the Tonbridge Office. She previously worked in the Family Department and undertakes secretarial duties as well as dealing with billing, payments and time recording.

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Kay Burford

Most of the time Kay is the first point of contact for clients wishing to speak to Colin Dearmer when he is with clients or in court.

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Lauren Lewis

Lauren joined the Firm’s Family Department in June 2014 having worked previously at another local Law Firm.  She works closely with Jane Quantrill, Solicitor, undertaking administrative & secretarial tasks, liaising with clients and assisting with overall case management to ensure the smooth running of our cases.

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Patricia Lambert

Patricia’s role is to support the Solicitors in the Dispute Resolution Department. She likes to ensure that everything in the department is well organised so the Solicitors can provide an efficient and caring service for our clients.  While not every case progresses to court, for those that do, she maintains regular contact with Counsel and the Courts to assist in the smooth running of those cases.

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Pauline Frost

Pauline has worked at Berry & Berry LLP (Maidstone) and Berry & Lamberts LLP (Maidstone and Kings Hill) for 13 years. She answers the switchboard and puts people through to the relevant people/department. She also ‘meets and greets’ clients when they come into the office.

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Selina Nurse

Selina is a secretary in the Private Client Department.  Her role is to assist the solicitors within the department, namely Anthony Kalp and Lisa Maley, covering Wills, Probate and vulnerable client work.

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Stacey Fox

Stacey works as a part-time Legal Secretary to Sharon Hawkins, Partner, in a job share with Jemma Davis.  She assists in the management and execution of the workload for Ms Hawkins in the Family Department. She works efficiently and accurately to meet the deadlines expected by our clients and feels that she makes a valuable contribution to the team (and the team agrees!).

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Sue Chapman

Providing support and liaison for Anthony Herman and his clients/contacts.

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Susan Mulvery

Providing support and liaison for Anthony Herman and his clients/contacts.

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Teri Pentney

Teri joined in October 2016 as a Conveyancing Secretary within the property department at Tunbridge Wells and also assists as relief receptionist, providing cover for switchboard and reception when required.

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Zoe Mayne

Zoe works as the assistant to Yashin Masoliver, Head of the Family Department.  She is often the first port of call for many of our clients.  With many years’ experience working in law firms she appreciates that her role requires complete discretion and professionalism at all times.

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