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!
“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.”
“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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“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.”
“Gemma was able to help us narrow the issues between us so we could focus on resolution. I feel she treated us both equally and professionally.”
“Gemma seemed to quickly understand our situation and acted accordingly and in what I felt with best interest.”
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 solicitor and has worked full time as a mediator since 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.
In her spare time Gemma likes to spend time with her family, especially her dog who never answers back. Her chosen stress beaters are running, swimming and the beach.
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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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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 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.”
“Philip continues to be the foremost licensing solicitor in Bournemouth (and no doubt far and wide). Excellent analysis of current licensing conditions and valuable advise as to likely outcomes.”
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.
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“First Class Service. ....Sam and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to work with whilst expertly guiding us through the pitfalls of the merger. I would highly recommend anyone considering an acquisition or merger to speak with Sam.”
Caroline Kelleway, Burns Property Management and Lettings Limited
“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.”
“Straight forward and easy to work with and very helpful.”
“Sam is very good at understanding what we need, even if we aren't that clear. He keeps us up to date and gives clear concise advice when needed.”
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 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.
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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.”
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.
“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.”
“Kate was extremely knowledgeable, straightforward to deal with as well as sympathetic during what was a difficult time. I felt in good hands!”
“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.”
“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.”
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 and getting out into the Dorset countryside on her road bike. Cooking, particularly baking, is also a passion.
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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
“We have always been very happy with the service provided by Laceys Solicitors, in both our business legal requirements and domestic property conveyancing.”
“You are our solicitor Superhero! Very grateful. ”
Maria - Tom Frowde Architects
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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“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.”
“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.”
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 and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, and a Member of the Council of the Notaries Society.
When not working he plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the Jurassic Coast and (not often enough) playing golf.
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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.”
“Efficient, competent and friendly.”
“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.”
“I appreciate the personal service and the feeling that my business is important. I also respond well to a friendly approach.”
“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
“Excellent service provided by Mark Preece and his team.”
Francis & Natalia Erard
“Everyone at Lacey's seem to have my best interest at heart and act super efficiently. A pleasure to deal with.”
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.
“I always use Laceys for my legal work, I feel able to talk to them and I know they listen. They have always been professional and kind.”
“Very happy with how you dealt with my case. Many thanks for your help and advice from Mr Talbot and his secretary.”
“Jonathan Talbot explained the process and how things would proceed. He was very patient allowing us time to understand and adapt to our new situation. Legal language can be quite difficult to understand and he would explain what it meant and how it would impact.”
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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“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 and advising on Human Resources. Robin also has an interest in Immigration for employers and individuals as well as Court of Protection advice.
With Employment matters, 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 has a Higher Rights of Audience, which after a period of training and assessment, entitles him to appear in all courts in England and Wales in civil law cases. Without this qualification, solicitors can only appear in the County Court.
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 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.
“First Class Service. ....Sam and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to work with whilst expertly guiding us through the pitfalls of the merger.”
Caroline Kelleway, Burns Property Management and Lettings Limited
“We would like to thank Victoria and the rest of the team at Laceys for helping us in a very professional, efficient and courteous manner complete the acquisition of the Cottage Lodge Hotel in Brockenhurst.”
Maurizio Redaeilli, Cottage Lodge Hotel Limited
“I was pleased to work with Sam and Victoria who managed to simplify this matter for us, and explain the intricacies of the transaction at each stage and advise us accordingly. They provided great flexibility in working with us both and guiding us through this whole transaction. Many thanks.”
Tim Townsend, Hamilton Townsend
“Only fools make big, long term decisions without gaining sound advice and I am so glad to have been able to share my big burden with such understanding and competent professionals as Victoria. Although I had some end objectives I could never have worked out the best way there without their help.”
“Very good service, plenty of off-road parking, made our life easy and helped us sort out a difficult situation and explained it to us in layman's terms.”
Richard Wayles, Meridian Electrical Contracting Limited
“An extremely efficient firm of Solicitors, who have dealt with my family legal needs as required for at least 20 years, even though I have moved to Australia after living in Dorset all my life.”
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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Amala is an experienced Solicitor working in our Residential Property department based in Bournemouth. Amala specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases and re-mortgages of freehold and leasehold properties, registered and unregistered land, equity release and new build properties
Amala’s career path started at the University of Exeter in 1994 with LLB (Hons) 2:1 followed by Legal Practice Course at University of the West of England. She then moved to Bournemouth in 1996 where she trained, qualified and worked at Steele Raymond until 2009.
Amala took a short career break to have a baby, before working at RWPS (since merged with Dutton Gregory) for 8 years until joining Laceys in 2019.
Her aim is to provide an efficient service using clear, easy to understand advice to make the process of moving house as smooth, stress-free and jargon-free as possible.
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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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“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 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.”
“Friendly, professional, no fuss, honest estimate.”
“Sue was very friendly and helpful. I didn't feel the need to chase anything at all. It was all dealt with very smoothly.”
“Thank you Sue for your patience on the pressures ensuing over the long period of the sale negotiation.”
“Sue was a complete professional and dealt in a very practical fashion.”
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.
“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!”
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 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.
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Jane has been a qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives since 2005. She deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing including sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfer of equity of freehold and leasehold properties. Jane has spent some of her career in Cornwall where she worked for a number of highly respected firms before moving to Bournemouth in 2016.
Her expertise also extends to more unusual transactions such as matrimonial conveyancing, shared ownership sales and purchases, deeds of easement, equity release mortgages, drafting declarations of trust, plot sales and unregistered adverse possession applications.
Jane appreciates that, whether it be moving house or one of the other matters she deals it can be a stressful time and endeavours to ensure that transactions proceed as smoothly as possible with her friendly and efficient service. She is a very good listener and is quick to grasp what is required to tailor the best solution to fit a client’s needs.
In her personal life Jane has recently completed a house build and continues with numerous planning projects with her Partner. She has a boat and jet-ski and loves living by the sea.
“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.”
“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.”
“Excellent service clearly explained. ”
P J Wood
Matthew is an Associate 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.
Rob Fleming is Laceys IT Manager, who is kept constantly busy keeping the infrastructure running and providing technical support to all staff across our 3 offices.
Born and bred in Dorset, Rob first started out in 1989 within the photographic department of the Echo as a darkroom technician learning the fine art of B&W and colour hand printing, before ending up in IT. Rob parted company with the Echo in 2015 and soon after, took up his current position at Laceys.
When not sorting out computer problems, Rob likes to get out and about photographing anything that moves, and can often be found complaining about his old camera equipment or the lack of light or the haze or the rain or the mist….!
“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!
“I have used Laceys many times and this is the second time Jeanette has been the main contact. I can honestly say I always feel I am dealing with people who care about me and have my best interests at heart and all for a fair price.”
“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. ”
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.
“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 straightforward and handled by yourselves with next to no “discomfort” 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 😊”
“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.”
“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.”
“I would like to record that Sara Gilak and her secretary gave me excellent support throughout my divorce. Thank You.”
“What amazing staff you have. Sara was thoughtful, kind, understanding and completely confidential and so prompt with any news or callbacks. I can't thank you enough and will highly recommend you.”
“Thank you for your assistance and patience throughout the whole process and wider experience, it really was very much appreciated. I would recommend Laceys in future, in particular, Sara and her secretary, who were both very professional. ”
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.
“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.”
“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
“We were treated with a friendly and professional manor by all of your staff, especially Ella Gould. Everything was explained to us fully and the implications of the agreement we were undertaking.”
“I needed to find a solicitor for a work-related matter. I went to Laceys as they had represented me in my divorce 25 years ago. I was very happy with their services on both occasions.”
Mrs Caroline Alexander
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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“Very satisfied with the service provided as usual.”
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.
Karen has worked in HR and senior office administration for over 35 years.
After joining Laceys in 2015, Karen acts as the Practice/HR Administrator and assists two Partners dealing with HR and Compliance & Facilities.
Karen provides a warm welcome to new staff facilitating employee relations whilst carrying out a wide range of administration duties in connection with the day to day running of all 3 offices of Laceys.
When Karen isn’t juggling a multitude of tasks, she enjoys spending time with her family (especially being a Grandma), cooking and reading historical novels.
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, as well as general civil litigation including personal injury work.
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 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!”
“Zoe was very efficient and professional. Everything was taken care of instantly. We are extremely happy with the service we were provided. ”
“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 has 38 years extensive experience in the legal profession, now working in our residential property team, acting for a range of clients relating to residential conveyancing, transfers of equity and remortgages.
Zoe started her career as a legal secretary, before going on to work in probate and then as a PA for a number of years, before joining Coles Miller in 2000. Zoe progressed from a conveyancing assistant to managing her own caseload which involved residential conveyancing, transfer of equities, remortgages and beach hut sales and purchases. She then made the move to Laceys in 2014.
Outside of work, Zoe enjoys going on holidays, visiting her son Jack in South Indiana, eating out and generally socialising with family and friends over a drink or two!
“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.”
“ 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 is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (September 2009). Rob also holds an LLB (Hons) degree in law. He successfully completed training as a mediator under the ADR Chambers / Harvard Law Project Scheme and was one of the first mediators to have been appointed an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate in the UK with a commercial practice.
Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence, contentious probate issues. Rob also deals with contentious property and landlord and tenant 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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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.
“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.
“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!
Charlotte is an associate in our Commercial team. Having gained experience working both in private practice and as an In-House Solicitor for a FTSE 100 Plc, an AIM listed national IT company and a global engineering company, Charlotte has a wealth of knowledge within IT, Supply of Goods and Services, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Telecoms and Privacy/Data Protection. Although a Commercial lawyer, she is also qualified as a Commercial Litigator and Non Practising Barrister, providing her with the unique advantage of knowing where contracts go wrong, and the ability to evaluate risk and advise accordingly.
Charlotte particularly enjoys working with businesses to help draw up, update and/or negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts and agreements. Examples of the type of work and contracts which Charlotte advises upon are agency and distribution agreements, terms and conditions of business, website use, sale and supply of goods and services and Data Sharing Agreements. Charlotte also has experience of working with companies to help support and strengthen their compliance functions.
Away for work, Charlotte loves being outside whenever possible. Her favourite past times are tennis, running, walking, windsurfing and horse riding.
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Shannon is a Solicitor in our Family Department and specialises in advising upon relationship breakdown, financial remedies and children cases.
Shannon joined Laceys in 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor after completing her undergraduate Law Degree at Bournemouth University and 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 a number of high street firms and a large regional firm prior to joining Laceys.
Shannon prides herself on her tenacity and strength of negotiation to resolve matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Shannon seeks to resolve cases amicably as well as robustly, and can adapt her approach to suit you. Shannon aims to support you throughout to make the process of your instructions to her as stress free as possible.
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. Shannon is heavily involved in the local legal community as a member of the District Junior Lawyers Division and she is also a member of the Laceys Social Committee.
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Emma joined Laceys in 2019 after completing a degree in Law with Criminology at University of South Wales. She then studied her Legal Practice Course from the University of South Wales in Cardiff.
Emma worked in a legal advice clinic assisting members of Cardiff community with legal advice on various issues before spending over two years in a local regional firm specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters.
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Outside of work Emma likes to keep fit, and has trained as both a Personal trainer and TaeKwonDo and Kickboxing instructor.
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Thomas is a Solicitor in our Private Client Department and specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney and the Administration of Estates. He enjoys meeting and getting to know his clients and adopts a friendly, relaxed approach recognising that the areas for discussion are often difficult for clients.
Thomas has been at Laceys since joining as a Trainee Solicitor in 2017 following the completion of both his Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University.
Thomas has a passion for sports, in particular playing tennis (but unfortunately is no relation to Sir Andy!). He is also heavily involved in the local legal community and is the Treasurer of the Bournemouth & District Junior Lawyers Division. Thomas also enjoys socialising with friends and family and is making the most of his free time before becoming a daddy for the first time later this year!
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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
“Throughout the whole process of selling our flat and purchasing our new home Kerry and her secretaries kept us well informed and always responded in a timely fashion to each enquiry we had. We have already recommended her to both friends and family, and we won't hesitate to use her again in the future. Kerry went above and beyond what we had expected from a solicitor, and she is truly a credit to Laceys.”
Mr and Mrs Murphy
“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.”
“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. ”
“First class team, kept me informed at every stage of the conveyancing process, worked tirelessly on my behalf.”
“I have been very impressed with the quality of your service, both on the technicalities of the legal side and in your clear, concise and timely communications.
“Thanks so much for your hard work to get this through. I know it wasn't easy and I really appreciate all your help in getting me there. You are an impressive lady in how you handled this and I feel very lucky to have had you by my side through this.”
Please note Kerry is currently on maternity leave so please contact John Munro, head of residential Property, who will be able to help with your enquiry.
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 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
“My various needs were quickly assessed and dealt with efficiently - Deborah is a very pleasant lady to deal with”
Kathleen M Haythorne
“Mrs Pearce was always helpful, pleasant to deal with and professional.”
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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“Praise where praise is due - Inga has been absolutely excellent and It has been a pleasure to have Inga handle our recent purchase. I look forward to seeing Inga as a future partner.”
“Inga Pope and her assistant Sarah kept us fully informed throughout our conveyancing. They were efficient and friendly at all times and instilled confidence in all matters, making the process less daunting.”
Robert and Linda Tucker
“Inga Pope took the time to answer any queries we had and explained the sometimes technical jargon to ensure we understood.”
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.
“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
“Service was efficient. Queries were dealt with promptly. Communication was clear and concise.”
“Very thorough, professional yet personable, in all aspects of both the buying and selling transactions, that can prove very stressful to the client.”
Charlotte, who is an Associate 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 is a solicitor in our commercial property department. He deals with a wide range of commercial property transactions and enjoys working for a multitude of different clients. With his calm demeanor and experience of the legal sector, he is happy to be able to assist clients through their often quite stressful transactions, to make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible.
Richard commenced his training contract in 2017 and qualified at Laceys in 2019. Before his training, he gained considerable experience working in a Bristol law firm acting for lender clients, so has substantial expertise of auctions and repossession sales. He completed the GDL and LPC at Bournemouth University after obtaining a history degree.
Outside of work Richard enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring new parts of the country. Whenever possible, he will be outside preferably at the beach!
“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.”
“Very helpful, understanding, kind, nothing to much trouble. Have told friends how good everyone is!”
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!
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Having joined Laceys in 2018, Byron qualified as a solicitor in 2019 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.
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.
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“Joe was superb and we would not hesitate in recommending her or using her services again.”
Mr & Mrs Worsfold
“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. I have already recommended a friend. She was excellent. Thank you. ”
“Matters dealt with, with confidence in confidence - thank you.”
“Laceys is a highly professional, easily accessible firm of Solicitors who put you at your ease and instil confidence.”
Carole and Stewart Smith
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 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.
Amber works as a Trainee Legal Executive and is currently studying with Cilex Law School to complete her Level 3 Certificate in Family Law. Amber works within our Family Department dealing with divorces and children disputes arising from marriage or relationship breakdown. In addition, she works with parents and family members through all levels of Child Protection intervention by Children’s Services. Amber prides herself in taking an empathetic approach to all matters to assist clients who face a potentially life-changing legal process.
Outside of work Amber enjoys dancing and has been classically trained in a wide variety of genres. She now uses her love of dance to choreograph small shows and choreographing couples first dance for their wedding.
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.
“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 was very helpful throughout. I found her easy to deal with responsive when we encountered a hiccup that needed to be resolved.”
“Patsy was outstanding in trying to achieve the best outcome for our lease negotiations, it was certainly a difficult and protracted transaction. Our heartfelt thanks.”
Brian Clemons and Denise Paton
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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