Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF


Quality Standards and Recognition

Laceys are active in various schemes which provide accreditations and quality marks to give our clients peace of mind and reassurance we can deliver for you. In order to join these schemes our solicitors have had to demonstrate considerable specialist knowledge and expert skills.

We were recently re-awarded the Lexcel accreditation, the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, for the 13th consecutive year, which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

We also hold 5 Law Society accreditations in specialist schemes, providing a mark of expertise in specific areas of law, further demonstrating our commitment to client care.


Supporting this, we are also very proud to be recognised in the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law firms in the UK, in various areas of law for 2017;

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
  • Property Litigation

We are the only Dorset based firm to have been recommended within Intellectual Property or Licensing.

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  • Inclusion within the Legal 500 list of the country’s leading law firms demonstrates Laceys consistently provides excellent client service and advice across all practice areas.

  • Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, Laceys underwent a rigorous initial then annual application and assessment process. This included background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals working in law relating to child-care and custody issues. To obtain accreditation, solicitors and legal executives must demonstrate that they possess superior experience, knowledge and best practice in legal matters relating to children.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals working in law relating to family issues. To obtain accreditation, solicitors and legal executives must demonstrate that they possess superior experience, knowledge and best practice in legal matters relating to family issues.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals working in law relating to accidents and injuries. To obtain accreditation, solicitors and legal executives must demonstrate that they possess superior experience, knowledge and best practice in legal matters relating to personal injury.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals working in law relating to family mediation. Accreditation allows our lawyer mediators to carry out and conduct legal aid funded mediation. Accreditation also demonstrates we have proven competency in understanding, knowledge and experience of all issues relating to family mediation.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals providing legal defence for criminal charges. To obtain accreditation, solicitors and legal executives must demonstrate that they possess superior experience, knowledge and best practice in legal matters relating to criminal litigation.

  • The quality mark for legal professionals working in law relating to buying, selling and renting property. To obtain accreditation, solicitors and legal executives must demonstrate that they possess superior experience, knowledge and best practice in legal matters relating to property.

Individual solicitors have also been given special mentions within the Legal 500:

  • Sam Freeman, Corporate and Commercial

    “Approachable and knowledgeable”

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  • Edwina Young, Corporate and Commercial

    “Great IP lawyer”

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  • John Munro, Commercial and Residential Property

    “Diligent, efficient and in tune with clients’ needs from start to finish”

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  • Brendan Herbert, Dispute Resolution

    “Considerable experience in mediation and arbitration”

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  • Philip Day, Licensing and Regulatory

    “Deep knowledge of gambling (law) and outdoor events”

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  • Jonathan Talbot, Family

    “Collaborative law expertise and strong in mediation arising out of cohabitation, matrimonial and child law disputes”

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  • Mark Timberlake, Dispute Resolution

    “High business acumen and industry knowledge”

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  • Kate Mansfield, Private Client

    “Merger with Horsey Lightly Fynn has bolstered its ‘experienced Private Client team”

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Laceys as a whole and some of our Individual Solicitors are members of numerous professional Associations and Societies ensuring we utilise our networks to the best advantage, have access to up to date training, share ideas and ask advice when needed.

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Sam Freeman

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205024 (please note no voicemail)
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “We have worked with Sam and his team for many years on a very wide range of legal matters and we always find them to be highly professional and refreshingly user friendly.”

    Alistair Morgan, Operations Director - Wessex Group Ltd

  • “I launched POW Energy Water with 15 years experience in food and drink, but no experience in the legalities of setting up and structuring a business. Sam and his team have been fantastic helping me secure finance and trademarks, ensuring I am safe in the knowledge that my back is covered so I can concentrate on growing by business.”

    Ed Woolner, Founder & Managing Director - POW Energy Water

Sam is head of our Corporate and Commercial team and is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer having advised a wide variety of businesses within a range of sectors.

Sam’s particular specialisms include share and assets acquisitions and disposals, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships. Sam enjoys helping people succeed in business regardless of whether the client is a small local set up or a large national organisation. Whatever the concern, Sam provides a calm personable approach to his work ensuring clients are guided in a practical straightforward manner.

Away from work Sam has recently become a dad for the first time, although when the time permits he enjoys playing cricket and pursuing the never ending task of trying to lower his golf handicap.

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Edwina Young

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205020
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “We have always received excellent, concise advice from Laceys which was invaluable help when starting our brand and securing our trademarks. Not only that but Edwina is a pleasure to work with and made sure everything was as simple and easy as possible for us.”

    Neil Bowler, Secretary of Astrid Andreassen Ltd

  • “The expertise, patience, professionalism and understanding provided by Edwina was exactly what we needed. The guiding hand and excellent advice helped us navigate the legal implications of a new business activity and we're extremely grateful for that.”


  • “It’s a pleasure working with you – just thought I’d tell you!”

    Claire Timbrell, Managing Director, Bebop Strategic

  • “Edwina Young has provided invaluable advise and assisted in numerous areas including contract creation, trade mark registration and international company formation. All delivered in a clear and detailed way, in the time frame we needed.”

    Warren Ayrton, Mobius International UK Ltd

Edwina works within our Corporate and Commercial team and advises an entire spectrum of clients, from start up businesses through to large international corporations, on a wide range of commercial and corporate issues. Her areas of expertise include commercial contracts, intellectual property, charity law and regulatory law.

Having been described as both “knowledgeable” and “a great IP lawyer” in recent years Legal 500 results, Edwina enjoys building an ongoing relationship with her clients, understanding their business in order that she can offer practical and tailored advice.

Outside of the office Edwina’s interests include yoga, trying new fitness classes and exploring new countries (when she finds the time). She is also a Grade 8 standard pianist.

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John Munro

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205031
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Changing solicitors is not to be undertaken lightly. However really impressed with the way that John Munro and his associates have dealt with us over the last couple of years in a variety of complex property related transactions and on the commercial and personal front as well. We look forward to working with them going forward.”

    Malcolm Tice, Director - Tice & Son Ltd

  • “Having dealt with Laceys on many a sale and purchase I’ve always found them to be efficient, knowledgeable and attentive. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to family, friends and clients.”

    Stuart Cockram - Frost and Co

John joined Laceys in 2001 and is now the Head of the Commercial and Residential Property Departments. He is also the firm’s Senior Responsible Officer under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) with overall responsibility for the management of the property team and their delivery of the excellent service that our clients have come to expect.

John acts in his own capacity for a number of commercial property owners, developers and investors, but also allocates time to ensure his team are up to speed with changing law and professional regulations and clients are provided with members of the team who possess the right skills to deal with their individual requirements, delivering projects in the most time and cost-efficient manner.

Outside of work John seems to spend a great deal of time ferrying his children around but occasionally gets to put his feet up and listen to his eclectic collection of vinyl. He is also not averse to a good cheeseboard and a glass of IPA.

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Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755201
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

Philip Day

Partner — Licensing and Regulatory

Direct dial: 01202 755216
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Philip is a leading figure in the world of licensing. If he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing. I’ve known Philip for over 10 years and have benefited greatly from his experience over the years both when paying for his services and as a friend. If you need somebody to represent you, look no further.”

Andrew Grove, High Grove Events and Vice President of the National Outdoor Event Association

Having specialised in Licensing since 1986, Philips main role is heading up this department, however he also does some work within the Regulatory team.

Licensing is all about obtaining necessary licenses, and any issues arising from these, in relation to pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels, to betting offices and other forms of gambling, not to mention music and other outdoor events.

Outside of work, Philip has a busy family life as well as being a council member of the National Outdoor Event Association and being elected as an Independent Councillor to Ringwood Town Council in May 2015.

Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

Direct dial: 01202 755990
Switchboard: 01202 755980


Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755200
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

Mark is managing partner of Laceys and also heads the Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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Kate Mansfield

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755981
Switchboard: 01202 755980


  • “We have had the pleasure of Kate’s sensitive and unwavering professional support for a number of years. She has always been able to combine her deep expertise, with practical context and a tone of voice that gently escorts you through, often difficult decisions. We could not recommend Kate highly enough, both professionally and personally ”

    Simon Bennett

  • “We have always known that our legal matters have been in very safe hands with Laceys and Kate Mansfield who handles her clients’ needs with such grace. In recent years we have had to deal with two complicated probates and Kate has dealt with them in a compassionate and totally professional manner. This has made the two emotional journeys so much more bearable for all the family.”

    Joy Eveleigh

  • “I found Kate and her secretary Diane both charming, friendly and very helpful. ”

    Edna Marcella Collier

  • “We have always found that in addition to her legal expertise, Mrs Mansfield is always easily and readily available and it is likewise easy to discuss legal and personal relevant matters with her.”

    Justin Clark

  • “Recently dealt with my extensive will very satisfactorily. ”

    Mrs Ann Gibbs

Kate heads up our Private Client team having been at the firm for over 22 years. She handles a mixed caseload of Wills, administration of Estates, powers of attorney and trust matters as well as specialising more in tax planning.

Kate enjoys the personal side of the work and the satisfaction of assisting the bereaved and families with complex affairs, whether it be complex financial aspects or those where a diplomatic hand is required. She prides herself on being able to explain the legal position in plain English.

Out of the office she enjoys keeping fit. She enjoys going to the gym, has recently acquired a new road bike and is kept busy with an active Hungarian Vizsla. Cooking, particularly baking, is also a passion.

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