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Jonathan Ogden

Senior Partner

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner

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Gemma Burden

Partner

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Natasha Cross

Partner

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Philip Day

Partner

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Natasha Duffy-Jones

Partner

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Sam Freeman

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Brendan Herbert

Partner

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Kate Mansfield

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John Munro

Partner

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Simon Nightingale

Partner

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Mark Preece

Partner

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Jonathan Talbot

Partner

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Robin Watson

Partner

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Jonathan Williams

Partner

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Simon Arnott

Associate

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Victoria Boynes-Butler

Solicitor

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

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Jeremy Channon

Associate

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Sue Chivers

Conveyancer

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Kenneth Clarke

Lawyer / Mediator

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Roger Clayson

Solicitor

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Matthew Crampton

Solicitor

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Luke English

Senior Solicitor

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Gemma Freeman

Marketing and Events

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Lionel Fynn

Consultant

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Jeannette Gallacher

Paralegal

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Sara Gilak

Associate

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Lee Goodwin

Associate

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Ella Gould

Solicitor

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Nicola Highland

Paralegal

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Jade Hodkinson

Trainee Legal Executive (GCILEx)

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Victoria Jarmolkiewicz

Solicitor

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Pete Johnson

Associate

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Zoe Joyce

Conveyancer

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Rob Kelly

Associate

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Desmond Leyden

Consultant

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Andy Maddocks

Finance Director

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Alanna McDonough

Associate

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Shannon Montgomery

Trainee Solicitor

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Thomas Murray

Trainee Solicitor

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Kerry Parsons

Associate

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Deborah Pearce

Associate

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Inga Pope

Solicitor

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Charlotte Pottinger

Conveyancer

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Richard Ramshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Beverley Randall

Associate

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Sonia Sharp

Solicitor

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Byron Sims

Trainee Solicitor

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Joe Spring

Associate

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Damian Summerscales

Associate

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Claire Taylor

Associate

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Gill Walker

Solicitor

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Patsy Whitford

Solicitor

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Alix Wigley

Solicitor

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Gemma Wilson

Immigration Lawyer

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Edwina Young

Associate

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Jonathan Ogden

Senior Partner — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205026
Switchboard: 01202 557256

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Jonathan, who specialises in Commercial property, qualified from Guildford College of Law in 1987. He is both the longest serving partner at Laceys, having been with the firm since 1985, and the senior partner.

He advises a wide client base on new site acquisitions for both residential and commercial developments, as well as hoteliers in connection with sales and purchases of hotels and associated businesses. He also assists with commercial tenancies, either with landlords granting leases to commercial tenants or vice versa.

Jonathan prides himself in being results driven and has a number of longstanding clients whom he has looked after for over 10 years, not only demonstrating the longevity of his work relationships but also proving he can deliver! Outside of the office, he enjoys a busy social life sampling local restaurants as well as entertaining at home.

When time permits he likes to immerse himself in a good book or sit back and watch a film. He also has a desire to complete a Philosophy Degree at some point in the future – watch this space!

Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755980
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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  • “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 Timberlake is an exceptional solicitor. He has a huge depth of knowledge in his speciality and looks after his clients in a very kind and patient manner. Mark is unfailingly courteous and always a pleasure to deal with. I am always confident in any matter that Mark has dealt with.”

    Jane Balmforth

  • “We have had many years of top class professional advice and assistance in many respects of our property ownership. However great our worries initially, matters have been dealt with in a most professional manner and to our satisfaction.”

    Michael Filer, Bourne Court Consortium

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and since then has specialised 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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Gemma Burden

Partner — Mediation

Direct dial: 01202 721822
Switchboard: 01202 721822

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“I was very happy with Gemma Burden. She was very clear and to the point. Gemma Burden was very good at staying neutral. This must be very hard sometimes. She is very professional and is very good at explaining all points in mediation. I would recommend Laceys Mediation to all. I would give Gemma Burden top marks in all aspects of mediation and she has my thanks.”

Anonymous

Gemma is the head of our mediation department and a Family Mediation Council Accredited lawyer mediator. Gemma qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and joined Laceys in 2001. She has specialised in family law since qualifying as a mediator in 2009.

Gemma is qualified in all areas of family mediation, including divorce and financial settlements, child arrangements and property disputes between cohabitees.  She is also qualified to see children as part of the mediation process.  Gemma is able to draw on her legal expertise when helping couples work out complex financial settlements and new parenting arrangements.

Gemma is a member of the Family Mediators Association and the Law Society Family Mediation Accreditation Scheme.

In her spare time Gemma likes to spend time with her family, enjoys walking swimming and zumba in an effort to keep fit and healthy, and likes to be in the fresh air and enjoying our wonderful coastline.

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Natasha Cross

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 307866
Switchboard: 01202 743286

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  • “Laceys acted on behalf of my late uncle in what proved to be a quite complex administration of his estate. Matters that required resolving included the management of the realisation of this estate - which was made significantly more difficult due to certain assets being held outside of the British jurisdiction. Natasha Cross dealt with this estate in a very professional and timely manner and helped me out enormously in the discharge of my responsibilities of both executor and trustee whilst doing so.”

    Vincent Unsworth

  • “I found Natasha Cross very patient and always helpful to me and my family in what has been a very difficult time for us all over the last eighteen months. ”

    E Bush

  • “I found the whole experience with Natasha Cross very professional and she explained everything in a way I could understand. She is an asset to Laceys and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for any legal work.”

    Lynda Dean

  • “Natasha has always explained things clearly so that I understood the process and reasons behind what she was saying. I would highly recommend her to friends and family should they need any work doing.”

    Claire Rabbitts

  • “It was an awful time for us as a family made so much harder by being abroad and such a long long way from home. Natasha and the team at Laceys were truly amazing. They took such great care to cover everything thoroughly and helped us through each step of what is a complicated journey. My fathers estate was not so difficult to understand but still, to have great expert advice and wise guidance through the process was very much appreciated. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful to Natasha and the Laceys team for their professionalism, support and kindness.”

    Richard Jones

  • “Natasha helped take all the pressure off me at a time when I was acting as an Executor of my friend’s Estate and at the same time dealing with my wife’s illness and subsequent death.”

    Mr Stutter

Natasha is the Partner in charge of our Parkstone Branch and specialises in Wills and Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Natasha joined Laceys in 1999 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified in 2001, she has been working in her specialised area since her second year as a Trainee and has therefore acquired a very in depth knowledge of this area. Natasha has a Law degree from the University of Hertfordshire and her route to qualify as a Solicitor was through the Legal Practice course which she did locally at Bournemouth University. In addition to this she has completed several professional development courses in her field.

Before starting at Laceys, Natasha worked in the Legal department at Bournemouth Borough Council and prior to that gained experience in dealing with elderly client matters having been a financial officer for the Council, dealing with financial applications for residential care and during her holidays whilst studying Law at university she was a care assistant in care homes and also a home help in the community.

One of her specialisms is making use of Trusts in Wills for couples to shelter assets from residential care fees or to ensure that children from a first marriage are guaranteed to inherit from their parents Estate should mum or dad die and want to benefit their new spouse under the terms of their Will.

Away from work Natasha enjoys taking her wheaten terrier Ruby on long walks by the sea and spending time with friends and family.

Philip Day

Partner — Licensing and Regulatory

Direct dial: 01202 755216
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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  • “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

  • “As one of the highest profile licensed events in the local area, it is vitally important to us that we carefully manage our relationships with the local authority and community whilst concurrently being able to manage the commercial performance of the business. The professional management of our Premises Licence and execution of our responsibilities is fundamental to this and we are lucky to count Laceys, and Philip Day in particular, as a formidable cornerstone of this process. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have one of the UK's most prominent licensing solicitors on our doorstep and appreciate his ongoing support for our continued growth.”

    Craig Mathie, MD – Bournemouth 7s Festival

  • “A fantastic service given by Philip, with great advice and clear communication at every stage – always delivered with confidence and no small amount of charm. We're delighted with a fantastic result, much of that down to the skills, experience and approach at Laceys.”

    Ross Andrews

Philip graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1978 with an Upper Second BA in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in January 1981 having been articled in the Government Legal Service.  After working as a prosecutor for HM Customs and Excise for two years, Philip moved into private practice in Reading.  There, he specialised in criminal work both prosecuting for agencies such as British Transport Police, Hampshire Police, The Department of Trade and Industry and the RSPCA and defending private clients before beginning to specialise in licensing in 1985.

Philip moved to Bournemouth in 2001 and has ever since specialised in alcohol and entertainment licensing for pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, off-licences and events, including large scale outdoor festivals and fairs as well as betting and gaming.  His practice and experience includes associated work such as noise and environmental issues.

Outside of work, Philip has a busy family life as well as being a Town Councillor and organises events on behalf of Ringwood Council, including Fireworks displays and the annual Christmas lights switch-on and festive market.

Natasha Duffy-Jones

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205009
Switchboard: 01202 557256

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  • “Laceys have advised me recently on some sensitive corporate transactions. I was impressed with their approach, particularly the very pragmatic advice from Natasha, her calmness under pressure, absolute commerciality and general willingness to get the deal done.”

    Mark Brooks, CEO – Castrum

  • “Always friendly and efficient.”

    Alan Redout

Natasha is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team and is an experienced corporate lawyer having trained and practiced in London for many years before relocating to Bournemouth in 2015.

Natasha has advised a range of businesses and individuals across different sectors and her practice focuses on acquisitions and disposals of both shares and assets, general banking work and in particular real estate and asset-based finance, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships.

Natasha aims to help her clients find solutions that best fit their business and future plans with a pragmatic and helpful manner.

Outside of work Natasha has two small children so ‘me time’ is a distant memory but Natasha does squeeze in the odd gym visit to help her complete in her first Pretty Muddy race for life this year! When not training, Natasha enjoys a good catch up with friends over a glass of wine.

Sam Freeman

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205024 (please note no voicemail)
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  • “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 Freeman is an excellent solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and who shows great patience and kindness when dealing with someone who is unfamiliar with legal matters.”

    Jane Balmforth

  • “Straight forward and easy to work with and very helpful.”

    Adrian Broom

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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Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755201
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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“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 has a BSc in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and went on to obtain his Post Graduate Diploma in Law, and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law), in Chester.  Brendan completed his training with a national firm in Manchester and London, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2005.

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.

Kate Mansfield

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755981
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  • “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

  • “Kate was extremely knowledgeable, straightforward to deal with as well as sympathetic during what was a difficult time. I felt in good hands!”

    Elisabeth Bonelli

  • “We were treated with respect and felt our wishes were taken in consideration. The patience shown in helping us understand the implications of decisions was outstanding.”

    Francesca Remix

  • “Very efficient and welcoming. Understood my access requirements and my unique concerns thoroughly.”

    Hannah Fielding (wheelchair user)

  • “Mrs Mansfield has been exemplary in every respect. She is an excellent listener and has the ability to explain complex issues patiently and emphatically. We are fortunate in having her as our legal adviser.”

    Neville Osrin

Kate is head of our Private Client Team and has 25 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in wills, tax planning and estate administration. Kate has worked in this area since she qualified and has assisted thousands of families and individuals.

Kate qualified as a solicitor in 1995 after obtaining a 2.1 in Law from the University of Kent. She completed her training contract with Laceys and became a partner in 2002.

Kate is a full member of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) and sat on the STEP committee for 6 years. She has also taught on the Legal Executives course at Bournemouth & Poole College.

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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John Munro

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205031
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  • “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 on a training contract, having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2000, and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He 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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Simon Nightingale

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755220
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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  • “All our deadlines were carried out and executed swiftly and very promptly at all times - very satisfied all round. I think the above sums up the way we feel we were treated.”

    Mr and Mrs W J Hales

  • “Uncomplicated explanations much appreciated. Nothing "snobby" or aloof.”

    Mrs Shirley Critchley

  • “Polite and helpful with regard to my understanding.”

    Eric Place

  • “I was very concerned about having to make changes to my Will but Mr Nightingale was so kind and helpful and made it so painless.”

    Sheila Eaton

A Partner in the Private Client Department and a Notary Public, Simon was head of the Private Client Department in Horsey Lightly Fynn which merged with Laceys in December 2015.

Simon deals with a complete range of Private Client matters, including Wills, Trusts, Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates Planning, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection, Charities, Probate Disputes and Agricultural matters. Specific areas of interest are issues affecting succession in family businesses and farming in particular, the incorporation and governance of Charities and dealing with disputes relating to Wills and contested estates.

He qualified as a solicitor in London in 1975 after gaining an LLB from Southampton University, and subsequently qualified as a Notary Public in 1988. Simon is a member of the Charity Law Association, the Notaries Society and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.

When not working he plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the Jurassic Coast and (not often enough) playing golf.

Mark Preece

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205013
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  • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

    Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

  • “Quick, responsive service. Prepared to recommend a way forward and not sit on the fence.”

    Guy Eccles

  • “Efficient, competent and friendly.”

    Michael Bond

  • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

    Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

  • “Straightforward. Everything kept clear and simple.”

    Nicola Maidment

  • “I appreciate the personal service and the feeling that my business is important. I also respond well to a friendly approach.”

    Andrew Taylor

  • “Mark noted the requirements of the sale and worked very hard to achieve an excellent prompt outcome. He phoned me immediately the deal was done!”

    Paul R Barry

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after gaining an LLB (2003) and LLM (2005) at university’s in Birmingham.  He completed his training contract with the North Dorset and South Wiltshire firm now known as Farnfields LLP and joined Horsey Lightly Fynn (HLF) in Bournemouth in 2011.  He became a partner at HLF in 2014 and at merger of HLF and Laceys became a partner in the merged firm in 2015.

Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

Direct dial: 01202 755990
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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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Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

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“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law. He advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses. Robin advises on immigration for employers and individuals too.

In addition, Robin is a litigator and advises clients when a dispute arises. Robin’s particular interest is in advocacy and he has gained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate that permits him to appear in all civil courts and tribunals for clients.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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Jonathan Williams

Partner — Operations

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Jonathan is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the firm aside from client work. Having been a client service partner with the firm for 25 years, Jonathan retired from that role in 2014 but undoubtedly knows the firm inside out and holds its best interests very close.

With his client service background Jonathan also handles any complaints the firm may receive. The smooth incorporation of all the HLF clients and staff into the Laceys fold was largely due to his efforts.

In his spare time Jonathan is very much a family man with his wife, four children and a dog keeping him busy. When time allows he attempts to catch fish in Poole Harbour.

Simon Arnott

Associate — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 307864
Switchboard: 01202 743286

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Victoria Boynes-Butler

Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205027
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Victoria is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team having recently relocated back to Bournemouth from London. Victoria has advised businesses, charities and individuals across a range of sectors, specialising in corporate acquisitions and associated finance and commercial contracts.

Victoria adopts a pro-active, straight-forward approach in helping clients achieve their long-term business aims.

Outside of work Victoria makes the most of living on the South Coast with long walks in the New Forest and paddle boarding in Sandbanks.

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Sam Burnand

Marketing Manager

Direct dial: 07809 220959
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“I’ve been working with Sam for a couple of years on a very wide range of marketing communications. Sam has a natural attention to detail and a refreshing attitude to the work we’ve collaborated on. The launch of the new Laceys site is now the benchmark for the brand and business offering. Sam has been at the heart this journey and has been a key driver for the consistency any strong brand should have. It’s exciting to be working with a solicitor’s firm that really understands their vast audience.”

Jamie Shanks, Green Tambourine

Sam joined Laceys back in 2015 to help look after the marketing for the firm. Her role includes managing branding, website content, events, advertising and social media for Laceys.

Before joining Laceys Sam worked for over 10 years in several marketing agencies in London, managing client projects across different sectors, ranging from Coca Cola to the Department of Health. Having grown up in Poole herself, Sam and her family took the decision to move back to the South Coast a few years ago to bring up their young children.

Outside of work, Sam is a keen racquetball and tennis player and getting out on her bike to the Purbecks when time allows. She is also partial to a good glass of wine and dance when the opportunity arises!

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Jeremy Channon

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205035
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  • “I simply cannot fault the service that we received from Jeremy. Highly professional, quick to respond, gave clear advice regarding commercial issues, delivered to a competitive fixed fee, and worked to tight deadlines to get a deal done. Nothing was too much trouble, and I wouldn't hesitate to engage Jeremy again.”

    Ian Woodgate, Head of Productivity - Technical at Pythagoras

  • “Jeremy completed the legal aspects of the purchase of Haroys Ltd. This was carried out with minimal fuss and maximum efficiency, and made the whole process extremely slick and stress free. Thank you!”

    Ian Riley - Commercial Manager at Haroys Ltd

  • “Many thanks for your speedy and patient assistance dealing with our latest acquisition. We found you to be very friendly, professional and personal. It was a pleasure doing business together. I am using Laceys again now for my house move.”

    Mark Moore - Managing Director at Moore International Limited

Jeremy is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team advising businesses, shareholders and directors on all legal matters relevant to their businesses, ranging from sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, restructures and corporate governance.

Jeremy adopts a responsive and expert approach to matters which is always well received by his clients.

Jeremy’s career path to Laceys was somewhat unconventional having spent 4 years out from the legal profession working as a professional mariner, 2 of which were on a superyacht and 2 on a commercial fishing boat!

Outside of work he is an active sportsman and plays squash, real tennis and touch rugby.

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Sue Chivers

Conveyancer — Residential Property

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  • “Sue provided an excellent service. She remained professional but approachable at all times. Anything I didn't understand, she took the time to explain. She kept me informed with weekly updates of my sale/purchase of a new property. I am extremely grateful to Sue and highly recommend her and Laceys.”

    Hayley Cannon

  • “Friendly, professional, no fuss, honest estimate.”

    Ann Llewellyn

  • “Sue was very friendly and helpful. I didn't feel the need to chase anything at all. It was all dealt with very smoothly.”

    Alison Deacon

  • “Thank you Sue for your patience on the pressures ensuing over the long period of the sale negotiation.”

    John England

  • “Sue was a complete professional and dealt in a very practical fashion.”

    Robert Barnsley

Sue has vast experience within conveyancing, having specialised in this area for over 40 years, of which the last 15 years have been with Laceys. Sue has a number of clients she helps with residential sales, specialising in probate sales and transfers of equity.

Sue provides a friendly and approachable service to her clients, whilst appreciating that buying or selling a property is often an emotional investment, as well as a financial one.

Outside of work Sue spends time at Kingston Lacey, where she volunteers as a room guide for the National Trust. She also takes advantage of living by the sea and enjoys sailing with her husband exploring Poole Harbour and the surrounding coastline.

Kenneth Clarke

Lawyer / Mediator — Family Mediation

Direct dial: 01202 721822
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“What could have potentially been an extremely upsetting and inflammatory scenario, proved to be a surprisingly smooth and conflict free process through Laceys mediation. With Kenneth’s extensive experience we were able to reach an agreeable outcome without spending our life savings!”

Julie Morris

Kenneth is the elder statesman of our mediation team, with forty years’ experience as a family lawyer, and qualified as a mediator in 1996. Kenneth has been a key member of the Laceys mediation team since 2005, specialising in financial and children cases, with a particular interest and specialisation in high conflict cases.

Kenneth is also qualified to consult with children, a growing part of the mediation process. Always looking to expand the boundaries of mediation practice,  Kenneth brings a degree of gravitas, humour, understanding and empathy when he mediates with clients,  creating a positive environment in which clients work together to resolve their issues quickly and cost effectively.

Out of office hours Kenneth’s main passion is writing musical theatre . When he has time Kenneth also enjoys travel, especially cruising.

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Roger Clayson

Solicitor — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205019
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Roger obtained a law degree from the University of Birmingham and qualified as a solicitor in 1981. Since then, he has advised on property matters for both large and small private practice firms and in house for the majority of his career.

He specialises in commercial property matters including landlord and tenant and development work, as well as having a thorough knowledge in construction and environmental law, partly deriving from his time working within the nuclear and renewable energy sector. He is known for his commercial acumen (having spent a considerable part of his career as an in house lawyer) and his communication skills.

Outside of work, Roger enjoys sport of all types (mostly watching now although he has recently started playing walking football!), country walks, reading, music and amateur dramatics.

Matthew Crampton

Solicitor — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755218
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  • “Matthew Crampton's communication skills were excellent from the beginning. He ascertained the requirement and prompted me in the execution of that requirement, as a consequence it was achieved in a timely and cost efficient manner.”

    Peter Wikeley

  • “Everything was professional and informative.”

    Lyn and Tony Wilson

  • “Matthew handled the writing of a will and setting up a lasting power of attorney in a very professional manner with good communication by post, phone and face to face.”

    Francis Collins

  • “Excellent service clearly explained. ”

    P J Wood

Matthew is a solicitor in Laceys Private Client team. His main areas of expertise include wills, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates. Matthew has been working in this area of law since he qualified and has assisted a large number of clients.

Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He completed his Law Degree at the University of Sussex and the Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. Matthew completed his training contract at Morris Scott and Co. (now Kiteleys Solicitors) and also worked at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP before joining Laceys in September 2017.

Matthew prides himself on his approachable nature and enjoys assisting and supporting clients experiencing difficult circumstances following the death of a loved one.

Out of the office, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He is a big AFC Bournemouth fan having held a season ticket at Dean Court for many seasons.

Luke English

Senior Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial / Media and Technology

Direct dial: 01202 205022
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  • “Laceys Solicitors have been great support throughout the development of FILM EXPO SOUTH. Continuous legal support and advice from Luke gave me peace of mind during the different implementation processes from venue contracts, competition T&C's, ticket sales etc. Luke will make sure you've covered the Do's and Don'ts for your Contracts.”

    Gillian Tully, CEO & Founder FILM EXPO SOUTH

  • “ Tweet from LRW Films (@lrwfilms)

    04/02/2017, 17:52
    A pleasure to meet Luke @filmexposouth very helpful and knowledgeable, so if you need help with a contract. @Englishmedia #mediacopyright”

    LRW Films

Luke works in both the Commercial and Media and Technology departments.

For Commercial work, Luke advises individuals and companies on their contracts from Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies to Distribution and Manufacturing Agreements. Luke specialises in advising Start-ups and entrepreneurs and helping them to succeed in launching their businesses and building their brands.

For Media and Technology Luke advises companies or individuals for a variety of media contracts including; Management Agreements, Producer Agreements, Record Label Agreements, Publishing Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Performance Release Forms, Acting Agreements, Director Agreements, Film/Still/Music Clearances, Writer Agreements.

Luke loves meeting new clients in the creative industry and helping them to protect their projects.

Away from work Luke DJ’s (he has a vast music collection of vinyl, CD’s and MP3’s) so loves to host a good house party! He also loves live music so whether in the south coast or in London he can be found at live gigs supporting his clients.

You can find out more about Luke here, from an interview he did with the Big Music Project.

http://www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk/tbmp-meets-music-lawyer-luke-english/

 

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Gemma Freeman

Marketing and Events — Marketing

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“Gemma was a great first point of contact for me during the application process. She was very welcoming, informative, easily contactable and very helpful in dealing with any questions I had prior to joining Laceys. Gemma’s help and support has continued since joining the firm as she has been fantastic at organising trainee events and arranging any necessary courses that I am required to attend as part of my training, as well as looking after all of my personal training documentation.”

Thomas Murray, Trainee Solicitor

Gemma joined Laceys in 2007. Her roles include sourcing and organising all of the promotional events for the firm, to ensure that the firm’s guests have a perfect experience and assisting with the general marketing of the firm and the brand. In additional she manages the recruitment of trainee solicitors which is particularly important to the firm given its emphasis on planning for the future.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys spending time with her husband and their little boy. When time allows, playing the piano, reading a good book or escaping to the spa is always enjoyed!

Lionel Fynn

Consultant — Planning and Licensing

Direct dial: 01202 205028
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  • “I have known Mr Fynn for more than two decades and consider him without equal in the legal world regarding all planning matters. Suffice it to say Mr Fynn has been the prime legal advisor in a number of landmark planning cases including one of my own. I would take the advice of Mr Fynn over that of any QC or Judge on planning matters. ”

    Michael .A .R. Wiggins F.C.A, Formally Senior Partner Country Fayre Garden Centre

  • “Lionel is my ‘go-to-guy’ on any complicated planning matter – I always receive expert impartial advice for clients from him and his team, presenting the options that the Client has in an uncomplicated fashion, allowing the Client to decide what is the best course of action which suits them.”

    Andrew Monro, Symonds and Sampson LLP

Lionel has over 40 years experience in Town planning matters including advocacy in a wide range of Tribunal and Court appearances for planning and enforcement appeals, compulsory purchase and other planning related cases.

Nominated as a “leading individual” and a “wonderfully eloquent advocate” by the Legal 500 he has also featured in Planning Magazine Guide to Planning Lawyers as being amongst the 50 top rated solicitors in planning matters.

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Jeannette Gallacher

Paralegal — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755997
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  • “Jeanette's support helped me through what I now look back on as a very low point in my life. She was always there to answer queries by phone or email and provided stability and sense when I needed them most. I would recommend Laceys to anyone without reservation. ”

    Jacki Bishop

  • “Laceys were my first choice when my father was diagnosed with dementia and could no longer cope with personal and financial affairs. They clearly explained the options open to me and then outlined the process, timeline, and financial costs associated with the application for deputyship. During the process there were regular updates on progress and advice on the wording of answers to some questions on the court application forms that would ensure clear and unambiguous statements. With their help the whole process was completed in a shorter time than expected and I deeply appreciate all the help and assistance I received during this difficult time. My special thanks to Jeanette Gallacher who was my paralegal on the court proceeding and successful application.”

    Royce Lonnon

Jeanette began her career with Laceys after she left school and has worked over the years in various departments obtaining valuable experience. Since 2005 she has settled in our Private Client as a paralegal specialising in making applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of Deputies to look after the financial affairs of clients who are no longer mentally able to do so themselves.  She also manages client affairs under Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Away from work Jeanette loves long walks and enjoys travelling to France in her husband’s classic car.

Sara Gilak

Associate — Family

Direct dial: 01202 755992
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  • “I just wanted to say many, many thanks for wrapping this all up on my behalf. I am very grateful that the process was pretty straight forward and handled by yourselves with next to no “dis-comfort” caused to me.

    A lesson in life has surely been learnt !! Though I enjoyed meeting you I am sure you understand when I say I hope our paths never cross again … professionally 😊”

    Anonymous

  • “From my first tentative meeting with Sara she gave me the confidence to pursue my case especially with regard to securing my financial future.. Sara was in all aspects very professional but at the same time made me feel very comfortable with our relevant discussions no matter how difficult or my need for greater understanding. Telephone and written correspondence was excellent I never at anytime felt I was not being informed of any latest developments or progress….In the end Sara achieved a successful result for me securing my financial future for the rest of my life. I cannot speak highly enough of the service Sara gave me.”

    Anonymous

  • “Sara Gilak helped and assisted in maintaining my mother-in-law’s rights and she was able to explain the options that led to the final settlement clearly and in an easily understandable way.”

    Anonymous

  • “I would like to record that Sara Gilak and her secretary gave me excellent support throughout my divorce. Thank You.”

    Anonymous

  • “What amazing staff you have. Sara was thoughtful, kind, understanding and completely confidential and so prompt with any news or call backs. I can't thank you enough and will highly recommend you. ”

    Sarah Oatley

  • “Thank you for your assistance and patience throughout the whole process and wider experience, it really was very much appreciated. I would certainly recommend Laceys in future, in particular Sara and her secretary, very professional. ”

    Anonymous

Sara is an experienced family law associate solicitor who advises clients in relation to all private family matters to include divorce, finances, children contact and residence disputes and injunctions for victims of domestic violence. Sara also represents clients who are in dispute over property ownership.

Sara specialises in advising clients in relation to financial matters prior to marriage in the form of Cohabitation Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements and as a result of marriages and relationships ending in relation to legal separation and divorce.

Sara provides her clients with clear, concise and professional advice and representation to resolve their legal issues and enable them to move forward with their lives.

Outside of work Sara is an avid diner who seeks to sample the menu of as many restaurants and different cuisines as she can in Britain and abroad and occasionally she will compete by holding her own dinner party. When not dining Sara enjoys travelling, swimming, reading and boot camp.

Lee Goodwin

Associate — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 307861
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  • “I was very impressed by the manner in which Lee and his secretary dealt with me during a difficult period following the loss of my mother.”

    Mrs Sandra Budd

  • “I was extremely happy with the level of service provided by Lee in relation to the preparation of my new Will, and I believe that Lee is everything that a good solicitor should be.”

    Mr Michael

Lee is an Associate Solicitor in our Private Client department and advises clients in relation to Will drafting, Administration of Estates, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Lee is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and he has been awarded Advanced Certificates in the Administration of Estates and in the Administration of Trusts.

Outside of work Lee’s interests include cricket, kayaking, natural history and photography.

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Ella Gould

Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 205040
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  • “Ella carried out the work for my business sale very efficiently, and always responded promptly. This was particularly important to me as I often required assistance quickly in order to progress matters within the given time frame.”

    Jon Dudley

  • “Throughout the acquisition process, I am constantly reassured by the fact that Ella, along with the rest of the Laceys team, will respond quickly to urgent issues and her swift communication means that I am always advised of any issues as soon as they arise. I am impressed by their professional and efficient way of doing business, leaving me time to concentrate on other areas rather than worry about the business purchase.”

    Stuart Harding, Child 1st (Bakewell) Ltd

Ella completed her Law LLB Hons degree at the University of Surrey graduating in 2013 and subsequently the LPC at the University of Law. Ella joined us to commence her training contract in 2014 and qualified into our corporate and commercial team in March 2016, now acting on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and employment matters ranging from local businesses to national companies.

Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.

Outside of work Ella enjoys going for long runs around Bournemouth and the Purbecks, skiing when the opportunity arises and making the most of the local beaches in the summer.

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Nicola Highland

Paralegal — Commercial Property

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Nicola works in our Commercial Property team and has over four years’ experience in this field. She has worked with a variety of individuals, businesses and charities. Nicola’s particular specialisms include commercial leases, sales and purchases in both commercial and residential property and property management such as licences. Nicola has a professional and practical approach to each transaction. She is also very personable and has received great feedback from her clients throughout her career.

In her spare time Nicola enjoys going to the gym and she is currently preparing for the Cancer Research ‘Pretty Muddy’ run this year.

Jade Hodkinson

Trainee Legal Executive (GCILEx) — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205044
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Jade works as a Trainee Legal Executive and is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.  Having completed her Law LLB Hons degree at Nottingham Law School in 2012 graduating with a 2:1, she has since completed her Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice (CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma).

Jade has over four years of experience working in the Property department after joining Horsey Lightly Fynn in 2014 and subsequently moving over to Laceys when the Firms merged in 2015. Jade is currently focusing her training on Lease Extension and Collective Enfranchisement work as well as dealing with residential sales and purchases.

Outside of work, Jade enjoys going to PT sessions at the gym and is kept busy as a volunteer for the Emergency Services.

Victoria Jarmolkiewicz

Solicitor — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205043
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  • “Laceys ensured the sale of our our property went through as smoothly as possible with minimal issues and delays. They were always on hand, both via email and telephone, to answer questions and queries as quickly and straight forward as possible. Victoria was great to work with and I always knew she was there to help with every step along the way. Thank you!”

    Christine Essery

  • “Buying and selling a home is stressful but Vicky at Laceys kept me fully informed at all times, which made things a whole lot easier I must say!”

    Wim Goodchild

  • “Everything went like clockwork, what was best for me was not only the efficiency but the feeling of genuine caring that everything went well and going the extra mile to ensure it did. I was kept up to date and never had to push for an action to be carried out. I would recommend Laceys to anyone and would not dream of going anywhere else. ”

    Jacki Bishop

Victoria attended the University of Surrey and completed her Law LLB degree in 2013 before undertaking the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law in Guildford. Victoria has been working in our Conveyancing Department since she qualified as a Solicitor in July 2016 and deals with all aspects of residential Freehold and Leasehold properties including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and unregistered land. She also acts on behalf of clients in new build purchases and development plot sales.

Victoria has a very approachable manner and ensures she regularly updates clients with clear and concise legal advice, relinquishing any emotion or stress that often goes hand in hand with a sale or purchase of a property.

Away from work she likes to socialise with family and friends at the weekends. Victoria is also affiliated with the Bournemouth Netball Association and plays competitively every week with a local Bournemouth team, as well as entering numerous tournaments throughout the year. Baking is another passion which unfortunately wipes out all the good work achieved during the week!

 

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Pete Johnson

Associate — Family

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Pete is very experienced in his field having been admitted as a solicitor to carry out legal work in relation to Litigation, Family, Housing & Personal  Injury in 1970.

Pete carries out Legal Aid litigation work relating to Housing, Family and Care proceedings on behalf of Laceys who have been granted a Legal Aid housing franchise. Pete also does private work in these areas.

Pete enjoys Court work, with the aim to settle cases as efficiently and economically for the client as possible.

Outside of work, Pete is married with 3 adult sons. He also enjoys reading, walking and following Rugby Union.

Zoe Joyce

Conveyancer — Residential Property

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  • “ Zoe was very logical and practical with our conveyancing. Think the sale may have had a few oddities along the way but Zoe dealt with anything that cropped up as a matter of course. She was extremely competent - and had a sense of humour at the same time - which certainly helped!”

    G Wilson and V Summerell

  • “Many thanks for your help in the sale of Willoughby. Your professional ability made an oasis of calm amid the chaos!”

    Max Edwards

  • “Zoe was very efficient and professional. Everything was taken care of instantly. We are extremely happy with the service we were provided. ”

    Amy

  • “Very many thanks for all your hard work and unstinting dedication in achieving completion. We are extremely grateful and cannot praise you high enough. ”

    Gillian and Robert Quincey

Zoe works in our residential property team, acting for a range of clients relating to residential conveyancing, transfers of equity and remortgages.

Prior to this she gained nearly 30 years experience as a legal secretary or conveyancing assistant working at Insley & Partners and Coles Miller involving residential conveyancing, commercial property, probate, landlord and tenant, transfer of equity, remortgages, beach hut sales and purchases and equity release.

Outside of work, Zoe enjoys going on holidays, eating out and generally socialising with family and friends over a drink or two!

Rob Kelly

Associate — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755217
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  • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

    Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

  • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

    Dan Collins

  • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

    Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

  • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

    Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, insurance and claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of their insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence and contentious probate issues.

Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

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Desmond Leyden

Consultant — Residential Property

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Des specialises in Residential property, having qualified from Guildford College of Law in 1976.

Des joined Andrews McQueen as a trainee solicitor and then became partner at Edge, Leyden & Co in the late 70’s, before joining Laceys in 2006, where he has remained ever since, becoming a valued and integral part of the Residential property team.

 

 

Andy Maddocks

Finance Director — Finance

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“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andy for more than 20 years as a colleague and now as a client. There is much I respect about Andy but one word comes to mind more than any other, and that is Integrity. ”

Stephen Mills, Partner, Audit, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Andy is a Chartered Accountant and is responsible for ensuring the firm’s finances are firmly under control and that the demanding SRA Accounts Rues are complied with.

He joined the firm in 2014 having spent some 25 years with a national firm of accountants where, amongst other things, he looked after a number of legal practices of varying sizes. He was very pleased that in our most recent Lexcel accreditation audit, the auditor commented that the firm has “rigorous financial control”.

A keen sports fan, he struggles to keep a golf handicap in the teens but is delighted that AFC Bournemouth, a team he has supported all of his life, are enjoying the success they are in the Premier League.

Alanna McDonough

Associate — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205012
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  • “I wanted to put in writing my sincere gratitude for all your help on this matter. You were very professional throughout and on behalf of all of us we would like to thank you for all your hard work and for helping us secure the Poole lease.”

    Shahid Hussain, Roosters Piri Piri

  • “You have achieved a wonderful victory for me and I am delighted with the outcome. Many thanks for all your expertise.”

    Roger Mason, Castles Home Hardware

Alanna joined Laceys earlier this year having gained 11 years’ experience in real estate and planning at a large national law firm. She works within our  Commercial Property team, specialising in development work.

Previous clients have ranged from central and local Government to FTSE 100 businesses and private individuals, working on diverse projects from international sports events through to a national river crossing and an underground rail network. She has also drafted and implemented secondary legislation for local authorities and successfully defended judicial reviews.

She has a keen eye for detail and provides succinct legal and commercial advice to deliver the best outcome for her clients.

Outside of work Alanna makes the most of our locality by getting involved in various watersports and enjoys heading further afield in the winter to find the snow. She has also recently taken up touch rugby, ensuring the men are kept in line!

Shannon Montgomery

Trainee Solicitor — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755225
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Shannon joined Laceys in 2018 as a trainee solicitor after completing her undergraduate Law Degree at Bournemouth University. She then studied her Legal Practice Course and obtained her Masters Degree in Professional Legal Practice at The University of Law, Guildford. Shannon has worked at various high street firms in addition to a large regional firm; which provided her with exposure to a range of commercial litigation and business disputes. For over two years, Shannon specialised in Insolvency, Debt and Asset Recovery.

Shannon prides herself on her tenacity and powers of negotiation; being successful in concluding high value cases at the pre-action stage to avoid disputes escalating further.

In her spare time, Shannon makes the most of living on the South Coast by cycling along the beach and taking long walks in the New Forest. She also enjoys dining alfresco, spa days and enabling her wanderlust.

Thomas Murray

Trainee Solicitor

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Thomas started Laceys in August 2017 as a trainee solicitor after completing both his undergraduate Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. He is currently completing his first seat working within the Dispute Resolution team, with the main goal of putting a smile upon the face of both his clients and his colleagues.

Outside of work Thomas likes to spend his time socialising with friends and family. He has a passion for sports, in particular playing tennis (but unfortunately is no relation to Sir Andy) and 6-aside football for the Bournemouth Junior Lawyer’s Division team.

Kerry Parsons

Associate — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 307869
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  • “Having used Kerry Parsons before for the purchase of our flat we had no hesitation in going to her again for our latest sale and purchase. she is efficient, thorough and always quick to respond. An excellent service by Kerry and her secretary Sharon. We had many questions and queries which she dealt with most satisfactorily. Highly recommended.”

    Mike and Jacky Streeter

  • “Very helpful and always there to give advice or take action if asked to do so. Very focused on the job and always on top of the latest developments and yet personable and ready to take time on the phone to give advice or answer queries without hesitation.”

    Jim Pilling

  • “We are extremely pleased with the service that Kerry has provided to us and wouldn't hesitate to use Laceys again. We would recommend Kerry and her firm at any time based on the quick and responsive way our transactions have been handled.”

    Jackie and Terry

  • “Moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Needless to say, we did experience some challenges during our recent move, but thanks to Laceys, the legal and conveyancing aspects caused us no problems at all. They come with our full recommendation.”

    Mr and Mrs Lee, Ashley Heath

  • “During the flat buying process Kerry was a constant support and if ever I became worried about anything she would sort it for me quickly and calmly. Kerry was approachable, easy to get hold of and always responded quickly to my emails. I am now happily living in my new home and I can't thank Laceys, Kerry in particular, enough for getting me here. ”

    Mark Baker

  • “First class team, kept me informed at every stage of the conveyancing process, worked tirelessly on my behalf.”

    David Tryhorn

Kerry is an Associate in our Residential Property department based in Parkstone, with her experience spanning over 12 years. Kerry has worked for two local authorities in Dorset as well as within private practice and she now specialises in Residential Property matters including purchases, sales, remortgages, transfers of equity and other property matters including Declaration of Trusts, adverse possession claims and ownership queries.  Kerry became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2017 having completed the Diploma in Law and Practice (degree level) over 7 years alongside working full time in the legal sector.

Kerry prides herself on being friendly and approachable with a ‘can do’ attitude and really enjoys the fast pace of Conveyancing. There is no matter too complicated and Kerry enjoys problem-solving as is often required on many property matters.

Away from the office, Kerry enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and can often be seen out and about with her dog Baxter (and husband!) enjoying some fresh air.  Kerry also joins in with many charity events along with her lovely colleagues.

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Deborah Pearce

Associate — Private Client

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“Deborah Pearce has helped us negotiate some very delicate matters with the care and concern we associate with Laceys Solicitors, and she has been an absolute rock. ”

Martin and Pam Berryman

Deborah is a Chartered Legal Executive who has worked in the Private Client department at Laceys for over 18 years.

Deborahs journey to Laceys started in 1985 when she qualified as a FILEX. She then undertook her Associateship in Taunton and completed her Fellowship in Poole.  Aside from a couple of years in Gibraltar, Deborah then gained valuable experience working for various local firms in their private client departments before joining Laceys in 2000.

She specialises in all areas of private client work, wills, powers of attorney, tax planning, Court of Protection, administration of estates, NHS Continuing Care, welfare benefits and all issues related to the elderly and infirm. She finds this area of law quite holistic – it is not just a matter of applying rules and regulations but organising a client’s affairs in such a way that they are made easier and clearer during what can be a very emotional and upsetting time.  Her work requires a very good and patient listening ear, bedside manner and sometimes a sense of humour but still achieving the client’s objectives on time.

When time permits she enjoys reading, cooking and relaxing by the Christchurch River but only when the sun shines! Travelling is a great hobby but there is never enough time to visit all.She has four stepchildren, four grandchildren plus a nephew and niece who help keep her busy at home!

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Inga Pope

Solicitor — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205007
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Inga is a Residential Property Solicitor in our Conveyancing Department. She deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties, remortgages, transfers of equity and unregistered land. Inga is friendly and approachable, and it is her aim to keep her clients updated and informed throughout the entire conveyancing process.

Inga qualified as a solicitor in 2013 after obtaining her Law Degree from the University of Plymouth and her Masters from Bournemouth University. She completed her Training Contract at a local law firm where she worked until she joined Laceys in 2018.

Inga is from Germany and speaks German fluently. Away from work Inga enjoys spending time with her friends and family and she can often be found on the agility field with her dog Mabel, trying to get a clear round.

Charlotte Pottinger

Conveyancer — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205033
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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charlotte for her recent conveyancing work carried out on my behalf. My purchase of a leasehold flat was subject to a lease renewal, but the transaction was completed swiftly and smoothly. Charlotte’s attention to detail was reassuring and refreshing without causing any protraction. I was updated on a regular basis, quite often by telephone. As a firm we already recommend Charlotte and Laceys and look forward to continuing this professional working relationship.”

Daniel Johnson, Director - Taylor Made UK

Charlotte, who is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, works within our Residential Property team dealing with purchases, sales, mortgages, remortgages, transfers of equity or equity release matters.

Away from work Charlotte enjoys  spending time riding her horse, training her working cocker spaniels and spending time with her husband.

 

 

Richard Ramshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Richard joined us in September 2017 and is completing the first seat of his training contract in property, having gained considerable experience in a Bristol law firm where he acted for lender clients.  He read History at UWE and completed the GDL and LPC at Bournemouth University.

In his spare time Richard enjoys snowboarding and watching live rugby; a particularly memorable moment was seeing the New Zealand All Blacks perform the Haka during the last World Cup.

Beverley Randall

Associate — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755210
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“Without any will to refer to following the death of my uncle, Beverley explained what we needed to do, and why, at every stage. She was always polite and easy to talk to, and always kept her promises and returned our telephone calls and emails.”

Anonymous

Beverley is part of Laceys Private Client team, specialising in will preparation, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates for probate.

Beverley enjoys the personal aspect of her work, helping people overcome bereavement and making the best out of often difficult, emotional circumstances. She deals with clients from all walks of life, and remains down to earth at all times, removing the legal jargon so clients understand their situations.

Having recently had a baby, Beverley has very little spare time, but she is still a fan of F1 Racing  and retains her love of shopping, films and holidays in the sun!

Sonia Sharp

Solicitor — Planning

Direct dial: 01202 205014
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Sonia has over 30 years’ experience in Planning and, before joining Laceys, spent 11 years working across the UK as a senior consultant planning solicitor for Local Government.  Having also worked in private practice, Sonia is experienced in assisting clients with any required local Council matters and on all Planning related enquiries.  Sonia’s wide experience means that she can advise on the best course of action where there might be a number of possible options, in a clear and straightforward manner.  Particular specialisms include the drafting and negotiating of section 106 planning agreements, affordable housing, the Community Infrastructure Levy and dealing with complex enforcement matters.

Outside of work, Sonia enjoys visiting all of the London art gallery exhibitions and is trying to improve her beginner’s skills in mountain biking, racketball, skiing and golf.

 

Byron Sims

Trainee Solicitor — Litigation

Direct dial: 01202 755215
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Byron joined Laceys as a trainee solicitor in 2018 and is delighted to be working within the dispute resolution team, with a focus on employment matters, debt recovery and landlord and tenant disputes.

Byron completed his first degree in modern language studies with the Open University in 2010 with a 2.1 (hons). He then studied law at Bournemouth University, passing the Graduate Diploma in Law with merit and the Legal Practice Course with distinction. Byron is now looking forward to qualifying with Laceys at the end of February 2019.

Before coming to law, Byron lived and worked around the world, from France to Bolivia, teaching English as a foreign language. From his travels and studies, Byron speaks fluent French and Spanish, as well as bits of other languages. As well as travel, Byron likes to spend his free time outdoors (weather permitting) and playing music.

Joe Spring

Associate — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755999
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“Joe managed to put my incoherent notes and thoughts into a straight forward readable legal document with the minimum of fuss. This was done in a professional and friendly manner for which I thank her. PS. I have already recommended a friend. She was excellent. Thank you.”

Sarah Colegrave

Joe joined Laceys Solicitors in 2018 from a well-respected local firm. Joe qualified as a solicitor in 2002 training and working in the Thames Valley until she moved to Dorset in 2012. Joe is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners and specialises in all areas of Trust and Estate Administration, Tax Planning and in the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Joe enjoys all aspects of private client work and feels a particular sense of satisfaction when working together with a clients’ other professional advisors to provide a holistic response to life’s complex ups and downs.

Outside of the office Joe enjoys spending time with her family, appreciating the great outdoors and trying to keep up with her husband and two young children as they investigate the magnificent Dorset coastline! Some quiet time with a book and her cats is also always very welcome!

Damian Summerscales

Associate — Family

Direct dial: 01202 307868
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Damian has over 25 years’ experience as a Family lawyer, dealing with Children disputes and financial issues arising from marriage or relationship breakdown. He specialises in particular with all aspects of public and private law Children cases, acting for parents, guardians and extended family members. He represents his clients at all levels of the Family Court and is known for his empathetic approach towards both negotiation and litigation. This makes him especially well equipped to deal with clients who face a potentially life-changing legal process.

At the weekends, Damian is a keen triathlete and can often be found swimming, cycling and running the Dorset coastline. He conquered Ironman Wales in 2015 and is now in training for the next big event.

Claire Taylor

Associate — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205238
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Claire joined the Commercial Property team at Laceys in 2018 having gained ten years’ experience both in private practice at two international law firms and more recently leading the commercial property department of a shared legal service for three large local authorities.

Claire advises clients on all aspects of commercial property including landlord and tenant and development work.  She is extremely approachable and focused on building long-lasting relationships with her clients, understanding their needs and delivering projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Previous projects Claire has been involved with are The Bullring in Birmingham, the 2012 London Olympics, town centre regeneration and mixed-use development sites.

Having recently relocated, Claire’s spare time is spent with her three young children enjoying all that the coast and the New Forest has to offer,  catching up with friends and acting in her capacity as a trustee for a hospice.

Gill Walker

Solicitor — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205049
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Gill is a member of our residential property team dealing with the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold property, remortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership.

Outside of work, Gill enjoys exercise classes, growing fruit and veg on my allotment and country walks, particularly those involving a tea room en route!

Patsy Whitford

Solicitor — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205032
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“Helga and I would like you to know what a delight it has been dealing with you. Your easy manner and cool professionalism is very much appreciated, and we hope you will be able to assist us again with any future issues that may arise.”

Roger and Helga Hopkins

Patsy is a solicitor in our Commercial Property Department and advises clients on all aspects of commercial property transactions, be it a purchase of a mixed use commercial premises or arranging the first shop for start up businesses.  She has particular experience in acting for landlords and tenants of local shops and restaurants.

She has varied life experience, having worked as a croupier and pub landlady amongst other roles, which allows her to understand both the legal and commercial issues of a transaction and help to achieve a balance that is of greatest advantage to her clients.

Away from the office, Patsy has a large family and enjoys battling for favourite aunt status, which she currently holds through a combination of bribery and chocolate. She is also attempting to train hard enough to run a half marathon next year.

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Alix Wigley

Solicitor — Private Client

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Alix is a Solicitor in the Laceys Private Client Department and advises clients in relation to drafting their wills, power of attorneys and administering estates.

Outside of work she enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and going to exercise classes, and when more time permits,  loves to travel!

Gemma Wilson

Immigration Lawyer — Immigration

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“Advice and treatment from Gemma - first class!”

Barry Hutchings

Gemma graduated from Southampton university with an Honours degree and double Masters and went on to lecture law in a number of colleges and universities around the world. She gained experience at Kiteley’s Solicitors from 2012 in both dispute resolution and immigration but then went on to specialise in immigration from 2015 and has since represented clients from over 50 individual countries worldwide.

Gemma is also a fully qualified Commercial and Civil Mediator, qualifying from the Academy of Experts London in 2009 and completed her OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner) Level 1 & 2 in 2018.

Gemma joined Laceys in 2018 and her particular specialisms include family and business immigration applications. Gemma thoroughly enjoys representing clients of all nationalities and backgrounds and whatever the issue, Gemma provides a very bespoke, flexible approach to her work ensuring all clients needs are fully catered for.

Outside of the office, Gemma is a keen animal welfare volunteer with a particular interest in assisting with the rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned animals and spends a lot of time training her own ‘”free range” rabbits who can often be found helping themselves to veggie delights in the kitchen or snuggled up on the sofa watching The Chase!

Edwina Young

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205020
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  • “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.”

    Anonymous

  • “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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