PARTNERS

The Team

Anthony Herman

Private Client and Civil

Anthony Herman (known as Tony) joined the firm in 1964. 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. During his career Tony has worked in most areas of law and this gives him an in depth understanding of situations where more that one area of law is involved.

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Iain Reed

Private Client

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

Head of Criminal Litigation

Matt heads up our Criminal Litigation team and has a strong focus on major crime, including successfully representing one of the defendants in the £53 million Securitas Robbery Trial and successfully representing a suspect in the “Body in the Suitcase Murder”. He is a member of The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and is Duty Solicitor qualified.

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Melanie Williams

Property

Melanie is a partner in our Property team and is expert in all aspects of conveyancing including transfers of equity, new build properties (acting for both developers and purchasers), commercial property and landlord and tenant.

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

Managing Partner and Head of Private Client

Having practiced as a Private Client Lawyer for 30 years, these days Nigel specialises mostly in Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyships and Older or Vulnerable Client matters. He also supervises the Private Client team and assists with Inheritance Tax planning, administration of Estates and Trusts and Wills.

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 and Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Age UK.

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Paul Reader

Managing Partner Designate and Head of Dispute Resolution

Paul is a member of the Property Litigation Association and sits on the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society Contentious Business Committee. His advises businesses in ownership disputes, contract disputes with suppliers and customers, employment disputes and preparing commercial contracts.

Paul is also a specialist in Landlord and Tenant/Social Housing law and acts for Housing Associations, Private Landlords and Tenants. He deals with drafting tenancy agreements, possession actions, disrepair problems, issues involving anti-social behaviour and succession issues. Paul also deals with all types of property disputes including ownership disputes, boundary disputes, issues regarding rights of way and party walls.

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Robert Moseley

Head of Property

In addition to heading up our Property team Robert has developed expertise in specialist areas of property practice including residential conveyancing, lease extensions and freehold acquisitions on behalf of tenants, farming and agricultural property law, bank finance and secured lending, and commercial property.

Robert also advises businesses on commercial leases, sales and purchases of going concerns, and new build development. He is also the firm’s senior responsible officer under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

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Sharon Hawkins

Family

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.

Sharon has been the Secretary for Maidstone Domestic Violence Forum for a number of years. She is well known for the depth of knowledge and skill she brings to dealing with domestic abuse cases.

She is the Vice Chair and the Trustee of Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureau.

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William Moore

Property

Will qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and 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.

Will’s recent high profile cases include acting for a local authority on the acquisition of a freehold mixed use high street premises for in excess of £4m, acting for a tenant on a lease at Bluewater Shopping Centre and acting for a local property developer on the acquisition and refinancing of a town centre development site.

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Yashin Masoliver

Head of Family

Yashin has been a member of our Family 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.

Yashin is a member of Resolution and a Mediator.

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SOLICTORS

 

Amy Judge

Amy Judge (on maternity leave)

Dispute Resolution

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

Amy is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and advises employers under the firm’s EmployRight Scheme.

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Andrew Hollingsworth

Property

Andrew joined the firm in 2016 following completion of his legal training with a London firm and is based in our Sevenoaks office. He deals with residential and commercial property.

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Anila Naeem

Family

Anila qualified in 2003 and has since worked for leading firms in the Midlands and Kent before joining us 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 including doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners and hoteliers.

Anila is experienced in dealing with high value businesses and significant pension funds. She also advises regularly on cohabitation disputes, separation agreements and pre/post nuptial agreements.

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Anthony Kalp

Private Client

Anthony has been a solicitor for nearly 30 years. He joined the firm’s Private Client team in 2011 and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is very experienced in Probate, Wills and Trusts.

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Charlotte Sloan

Family

Charlotte specialises in child care and domestic abuse cases. She is a member of The Law Society Children Panel and of Resolution. With over ten years experience of care proceedings and private law children cases Charlotte has an in depth 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

Family

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.

A qualified Social Worker, Colin worked as a senior Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care for a London Local Authority before qualifying as a solicitor in 1991.  He practised in Brixton and Southend, prior to joining our firm in 2007.

He is a member of The Law Society Children Panel and previously was an Assessor for the Law Society’s Children Panel. Colin is a member of the legal group of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and has twice been Chair of the legal group. He is a member of the Adoption Panels for the London Borough of Bexley and the London Borough of Croydon.

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Dhruva Patel

Private Client

Dhruva is based in our Sevenoaks office and specialises in Private Client law including matters relating to the needs of older clients and life time planning. Since she qualified in 2010, she has gained a wealth of experience dealing with a variety of matters ranging in value and scale. She now regularly deals with high net worth clients and their Estates as well as assisting clients to manage their finances and personal welfare during their lifetime.

Dhruva is keen on promoting the importance of planning for your future by presenting and giving talks to the local community, those affected by Dementia and their family members. She aims to build lasting legal relationships with her clients and is happy to tailor her service to the needs of her clients.

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Dianne Thomas

Dispute Resolution

Dianne has been a member of our 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.

Dianne has significant experience of dealing with personal injury claims and is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).  She also advises on employment law, contract and consumer law and general dispute resolution.

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Eleanor Lister

Property

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.

Eleanor deals with sales, purchase, leases, and lease extensions as well as commercial property work.

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Elizabeth Cookson

Family

Liz is a solicitor in the Family team. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2009 and joined the team 2017.  Liz is a member of Resolution and specialises in all aspects of family law. She approaches complex and challenging matters discreetly and sensitively.

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Jane Quantrill

Family

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.

Jane is a member of The Law Society Children Panel.

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Jude O’Connor

Private Client

Jude qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and works within the Private Client team and specialises in Lasting Powers of Attorney and 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

Property

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

Private Client

Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the firm’s Private Client team 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). Lisa deals with all types of Private Client matters.

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Richard Lamb

Criminal Litigation

Richard is duty qualified and has broad 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, is experienced in reviewing large volumes of documents in the course of criminal investigation and trial preparation as well as for due diligence and litigation in commercial matters.

Richard is a Duty Solicitor and Crime Supervisor with experience in managing all aspects of practice including governance and compliance. He is a member of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, The Club Taurino of London and the Latin Mass Society.

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Satbir Nagra

Property

Satbir is a member of the Property team and is based in our Sevenoaks office. She works with freehold and leasehold matters including lease extensions, transfers of equity and shared ownership matters.

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Simon Brown

Family

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

Property

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.

Simon joined the firm’s Paddock Wood office in October 2015 and is strongly committed to the firm’s philosophy of offering a friendly and dependable service to all our clients in the Paddock Wood area and beyond.

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CHARTERED LEGAL EXECUTIVES

 

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Kevin Johncock

Family

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

Property

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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LICENSED CONVEYANCER

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Jenny Stradling

Property

Jenny is an integral part of the Property team in our Sevenoaks office. She works with William Moore, Partner. Jenny has a broad range of property expertise and works efficiently with all parties to provide clear, effective communication and conveyancing within the fastest timeframe possible.

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PARALEGALS

 

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Charlotte Finn

Property

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. She has a high level of expertise in relation to registrations with the Land Registry, is bilingual in English and French, and fluent in Spanish.

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Melanie Tomkins

Property

Melanie is a paralegal in the Property team 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.

She finds her work interesting and varied and she always strives to go the extra mile and treat every client as an individual; she is part of a great team at Kings Hill and enjoys the way they offer a personal, bespoke service to all clients.  She is hoping to achieve her goal of qualifying as a Legal Executive in the near future.

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Melanie Wright

Property

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

Melanie prides herself in supporting clients through transactions, appreciating the stresses of buying and selling property, particularly the lead up to completion, and offering a professional friendly approach and a quality service where attention to detail is key.

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Nina Riches

Criminal litigation

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

Nina has a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of our Criminal Litigation team for over 12 years.

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THE SERVICE DELIVERY TEAM

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Dennis Emson

Practice Management

Dennis has worked in Law Firm Management for nearly 30 years after a career in Local Government Finance. His role is to ensure the smooth operation of the firm so that our legal teams have a platform to provide the best possible service to our clients. Dennis has a detailed knowledge of Law Firm Finance and systems.

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Garry Ling

IT

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

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Mandy Kettle

Office Management

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 go above and beyond to enable the company to succeed.

Having worked in the legal professional for over 30 years, starting as a Secretary/PA to her current role she has the knowledge to cope with a varied workload and has efficient organisational skills.

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Sara Kennaugh

Marketing and Business Development

Sara heads up all Marketing and Business Development activity for firm, ensuring that our clients remain at the heart of our business.

With over 13 years’ experience working across the professional services sector Sara has worked with a range of companies and clients to determine and achieve their marketing and business development strategies. She looks at all elements from brand and PR to client experience and relationship development.

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Verity Stapeley

Accounts

Verity previously worked for the firm 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 team.

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Zoe Booker

Accounts

Zoe has worked at the firm for 14 years as Accounts Manager.  Before coming here she was the finance manager at a well known mortgage company 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.

Zoe’s current ambition is to try to complete her degree in accounting within the next five years or at least before her daughter!

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TRAINEE SOLICITORS

 

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Iryna Jeffery

Dispute Resolution

Iryna joined our Dispute Resolution team 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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Sohret Ali-Faik

Private Client

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

Prior to joining the firm Sohret worked as a paralegal in London for two years specialising in care, child law and domestic abuse. She is currently on the Citizens Advice Bureau’s Solicitor’s Rota and sees their client’s, once every six months probono.

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WILL ADMINISTRATOR

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Zoe Alderson

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. She is an experienced Will Writer and works with clients to help them understand the intricacies of Will making, ensuring they have they correct information to make the right decisions for them. Read More

THE SUPPORT TEAM

 

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Anita Denton

Private Client

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

Anita has worked as a Legal Secretary for 15 years covering Probate, Wills, Court of Protection, Elderly Clients and Tax and Trusts.

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Carol Campbell

Family

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

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Dawn Cook

Private Client

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

Family

Debbie is legal Secretary to Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, and Elizabeth Cookson, Solicitor, based in our Tonbridge office.. She works closely with the solicitors and clients to provide excellent service delivery.

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Denise Cheetham

Property

Denise joined the company in 2001 as Secretary in the Conveyancing team in Tonbridge where she worked for 12 years. In 2013 she became a member of the Conveyancing team in the Sevenoaks office. Denise supports the team in many aspects of conveyancing.

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Gail Fay

Criminal Litigation

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

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Gail Frame

Property

Gail is a Conveyancing Secretary in our Kings Hill office working with Kizzy Packer. She deals with the administration for residential property matters including freehold sales and purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

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Ginny Coppard

Reception

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

Property

Heather works with our property team and is based in Tonbridge. She works with solicitors dealing with residential conveyancing, commercial property and landlord and tenant.

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Jackie Tooth

Private Client

Jackie assists the Solicitors within the Private Client team, including Probate, Wills and Vulnerable Client work.

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Jackie Sweetman

Property

Jackie is a Property Secretary within the residential team in Tunbridge Wells. She provides secretarial support to the solicitors and assists them with their day to day workload.

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Jemma Davis

Family

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

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Josephine Simpson

Family

Joe’s role is to support the Family team to provide 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

Criminal Litigation

Kate has worked for the firm since 2005. She currently works in the Criminal Litigation team in our Tonbridge Office. She has previously worked in the Family team and undertakes secretarial duties as well as dealing with billing, payments and time recording.

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Kay Burford

Family

Kay is often the first point of contact for clients wishing to speak to Colin Dearmer when he is with clients or in court. She has been involved in the legal system for over 15 years working in many areas of Law.  She completed “Law and Society” at the University of Kent which gave her an even better understanding of the legal system.

Before joining the firm she worked as a barrister’s clerk in a couple of chambers, so has worked on both sides and understands the roles of solicitors and barristers.

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Lauren Lewis

Family

Lauren joined the firm’s Family team in June 2014.  She works closely with Jane Quantrill, Solicitor, undertaking administrative and secretarial tasks, liaising with clients and assisting with overall case management to ensure the smooth running of our cases.

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Louisa Farrant

Property

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

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Patricia Lambert

Dispute Resolution

Patricia’s role is to support the Solicitors in the Dispute Resolution team. 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

Reception

Pauline has worked at the firm for 13 years. She answers the switchboard and puts people through to the relevant people/team. She also ‘meets and greets’ clients when they come into the Kings Hill office.

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Selina Nurse

Private Client

Selina is a Secretary in the Private Client team.  Her role is to assist the solicitors within the team, namely Anthony Kalp and Lisa Maley, covering Wills, Probate and Vulnerable Client work.

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Stacey Fox

Family

Stacey is 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 team. 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

Private Client

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

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Susan Mulvey

Private Client

Susan has worked with the firm for a number of years and is a Secretary within our Property team in Tunbridge Wells.

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Teri Pentney

Property

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

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Zoe Mayne

Family

Zoe works as the assistant to Yashin Masoliver, Head of the Family team.  She is often the first port of call for many of our Family 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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