Services

Adele Guest

Employer Services

Secretary

Adele Guest

Adele Whitehead

Employer Services

Secretary

Adele Whitehead

Alexandra Hunter

Wills & Probate

Associate
Based: Guiseley Office

Having initially obtained a BA (Hons) degree in History, Alexandra decided to pursue a career in Law. She joined this firm in 2011 and worked full time whilst studying the Post Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds Metropolitan University. Having passed this course Alexandra then went on to study the Legal Practice Course which she successfully passed. Alexandra completed her training contract with Whitaker Firth, now part of Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in July 2016. Following qualification Alexandra has specialised in Private Client work and has developed her knowledge with the help of Zoe and Susan in Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration. She also advises clients on Court of Protection matters and elderly clients on matters such as Nursing Home fees.

Alexandra will be undertaking the examinations to become a fully accredited member of SFE in 2019.

Aminder Panesar

Home & Property

Associate
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Aminder graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 where she undertook her degree in Law. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Huddersfield, studying for a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Having joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2012 Aminder has gained experience in both Personal Injury and Domestic Conveyancing. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 and is delighted to be a member of the Conveyancing Team dealing with all aspects of conveyancing and shared ownership.

Aminder is a Solicitor, qualified in 2014.  She works at the Firm’s Leeds office.  She is an Associate in the business handling all work types.  She is supervised by her Team Leader, Susan McKee.

Amirah Khan

Home & Property

Trainee Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Wakefield Office

Amirah graduated from her Law Degree (LLB HONS) with a First Class Honours. As an aspiring Conveyancing Solicitor Amirah is keen to complete the LPC in the future.

Andrea Payne

Property

Paralegal
Based: Wakefield Office

Andrea initially worked for Lister Croft and subsequently joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2008 following the merger of the two companies. Andrea works as a paralegal with over 20 years’ experience in both residential Conveyancing and builders plot sales whilst specialising in plot sales.

Angela Thorp

Family Law

Solicitor
Based: Halifax Office

Angela has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law including divorce, financial settlements, arrangements for children and cohabitee disputes. In respect of the financial aspects of separation, Angela deals with a wide variety of matters from those with limited assets to other complex and high value cases.

Angela is a member of Resolution and adopts their conciliatory approach which she believes works towards a more productive outcome for people experiencing a relationship breakdown, particularly where children are involved. However, where this approach is not possible, Angela does not shy away from the more robust settlement of matters. Her strength lies in her down to earth approach to matters which helps to put clients at ease at what is often a difficult times in their lives.

Angela Thorp

Antonia Bruce

Home & Property

Legal Executive
Based: Guiseley Office

Antonia has been qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive since 2008 having trained and qualified with a top Legal 500 law firm in Leeds. Antonia has extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of residential property law. Antonia joined Whitaker Firth in 2016, now part of Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors and runs the property division in the firms Guiseley office.

Antonia Bruce

Asma Iqbal

Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Media Law and Reputation, Defamation and Reputation

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre & Wakefield Offices

Asma is a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence LLP and heads the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Department. Asma qualified in 1999 and has extensive experience in Insolvency having spent 7 years at a Commercial Law firm in Leeds before joining Chadwick Lawrence LLP as a Partner in 2008.

Asma’s main areas of practice include advising business, Directors and Insolvency Practitioners in Corporate pre-insolvency and insolvency situations. Areas of expertise include the corporate restructuring of companies with a view to rescuing the business where commercially viable. Expertise in post insolvency situations include defending directors in antecedent transaction actions brought by Insolvency Practitioners including transactions at undervalue, preference claims, extortionate credit transactions, transactions defrauding creditors, wrongful and fraudulent trading and misfeasance claims. Asma also acts in Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 claims.

Asma advises individuals and insolvency practitioners in personal insolvency matters and acts for foreign creditors in recovering substantial sums due from debtors based in the United Kingdom.
Asma is chair of the R3 Yorkshire Women in Business Recovery Group and a member of the R3 Regional Committee.

Asma Iqbal

Barry Purkiss

Property

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Barry graduated with a law degree (LLB) in 1977 and qualified as a solicitor in 1981. He joined CL in 2005 as an Associate and became a partner in 2009.

Barry specialises in commercial property law, working for some big clients in the Yorkshire region, in varying industries from logistics to marketing; education to building products.

Barry advises on all aspects of commercial property law, which included the renewal of leases, development and acquisition of new facilities and property elements of commercial sale agreements.

Barry Purkiss

Beverley Murgatroyd

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Wakefield Office

Beverley is based at the Wakefield Office, dealing with all aspects of domestic conveyancing.

She has worked in domestic conveyancing since 1985, initially as a legal assistant in Leeds City Centre and Dorset, before moving back to the area and working again in Leeds City Centre as a fee earner since 1998 and in Wakefield since 2013.

Beverley has no formal qualifications but has worked in conveyancing for over 33 years, 20 of which as a conveyancer and deals with every type of transaction.  She is supervised by her Team Leader Natalie Glover.

Bhavna Patel

Home & Property

Partner & Team Leader
Based: Morley Office

Bhavna studied Law at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York. She qualified as a Solicitor in November 2004 and worked in London before moving to the North. She has worked for Chadwick Lawrence since February 2013 and is based in the Morley office dealing with all varying aspects of Residential Property Law.

Bhavna is a Partner and Solicitor, qualifying  in 2004.  She specialises in all aspects of conveyancing, managing our Morley office and a team of 8.  She is supervised by the Partner in Charge, Sarah Haller.

Bhavna Patel

Bradley Adams

Property

Apprentice Legal Executive
Based: Leeds City Centre

Bradley joined Chadwick Lawrence in August 2015 under the Legal Executive Apprenticeship Scheme. He was the first to join the scheme in the Corporate and Contracts Department and prior to this he had obtained his A-Levels. Bradley supports the Corporate and Contracts Team in a wide range of legal matters as well as being in training to qualify as a Charted Legal Executive, following the CILEX training route.

Bryony MacFarland

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Wakefield Office

Bryony graduated from the University of Hull (Law LLB Hons) and has worked in all areas of Residential Conveyancing for the last 8 years. She has experience with Freehold/Leasehold properties, Help to Buy/Right to Buy, New build, Remortgage, Declaration of Trust, Transfer of Equity.

Carol Gledhill

Employer Services

PA to Senior Partner

Carol Gledhill

Casey Robinson

Family Law

Trainee Solicitor
Based: Huddersfield Office

Casey joined the firm in July 2017 after undertaking regular work experience with the Commercial Property Team, alongside completing her Law Degree. She completed the LPC in August 2019 and is now in the third seat of her training contract.

Casey is currently working in our Family Department, assisting the team with a variety of private client matters, including divorce, matrimonial finances and child arrangements.

In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog on the moors, drawing and restoring her Leyland Mini.

Casey Robinson

Catherine Dews

Family Law

Partner
Based: Morley Office

Head of the Family Department, Catherine completed a law degree at the University of Birmingham and qualified as a Solicitor in 1986. Having joined Chadwick Lawrence in 1993 as a specialist family lawyer, Catherine became a Partner with the firm in 1996.

Catherine has a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law and is regarded as one of the most effective Yorkshire practitioners in the area of high net worth financial settlements following divorce or separation.

With many years experience as a family mediator and collaborative lawyer, Catherine is an accredited Resolution specialist in financial provision within divorce, children matters and a member of the Law Society Family Panel.

As past President of the local Law Society, a recent career highlight for Catherine was attending the Royal Garden Party as a representative of the Law Society.

Catherine Dews

Catherine Milnes

Employer Services

HR Assistant
Based: Huddersfield

Providing efficient and effective administrative support, ensuring that service users are provided with key information on HR processes and procedures and the efficient processing of employment contracts, documentation and offer letters.  Cath is also responsible for the company’s recruitment and selection programme and supports the day to day supervision of the HR Administrator. Cath also assists the Head of HR with HR related project work.

Cath is now supporting her work experience with studies towards a CIPD qualification which will allow her the opportunity to grow in her contribution and develop her career in the Firm for another 20 years.

Catherine Milnes

Charlene Corkett

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Wakefield Office

Charlene joined the Firm in February 2018 and brought with her 15 years experience.  She is a Trainee Conveyancer, supervised by her Team Leader, Natalie Glover.

Charlotte Adey

Employer Services

HR Assistant
Based: Huddersfield

Charlotte assists in the administration for the HR team including the entering of information on to the HR software package, preparation of staff contracts, documentation and letters, preparation of induction paperwork for new starters and the setup and preparation for interviews.

Being kept busy – the days fly by in HR!  Charlotte has regular contact with staff across all departments which has broadened her exposure to areas of the business that she wouldn’t have otherwise had contact with.  As Charlotte is beginning her career in HR, she is learning something new every day.

Charlotte has performed at the London Palladium as part of a street dance group called Steel Statistix.  An unforgettable experience – she was petrified!

Charlotte Adey

Charlotte Ardron

Employer Services, Employee Services, Regulatory, Criminal Law

Trainee Solicitor
Based: Wakefield Office

Charlotte is a Trainee Solicitor at Chadwick Lawrence, working with both the employment team and regulatory team. Having joined Chadwick Lawrence in April 2015, Charlotte is now studying towards her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Charlotte also assists with Chadwick Lawrence’s seminars across West Yorkshire and has over 2 years experience of dealing with Employment and Criminal (particularly motoring) litigation.

Charlotte Ardron

Charlotte Thackray

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Wakefield Office

Charlotte has worked in conveyancing since the 1990s, starting first in plot sales and then moving into residential conveyancing. She works with the conveyancing teams across all Chadwick Lawrence offices.

Cheryl Largue

Property

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

After completing an LLB in European Legal Studies, followed by an LPC, Cheryl joined Chadwick Lawrence as a trainee in 1999.

She qualified as a solicitor into the commercial department in 2001 and became a Partner in 2007, specialising in commercial property law.

Cheryl Largue

Chloe Lumb

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Wakefield Office

Claire Ward

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Horbury Office

Claire joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience working in residential conveyancing.

Claire is based at our Horbury office dealing with clients in all aspects of freehold and leasehold residential property matters including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

Claire started work in Conveyancing in 2006.  She handles all matter types and as a Conveyancer is supervised by her Team Leader, Natalie Glover.

Claire Ward

Dan Hirst

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Debt Collection

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Dan qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Team. He joined Chadwick Lawrence following the merger with Godloves Solicitors in April 2012 where he headed the Commercial Litigation Unit.

Dan specialises in a broad range of company and commercial dispute resolution matters. His caseload is varied, but he has advised in disputes concerning commercial contracts, shareholder issues, partnership disputes and professional negligence matters. He has a growing caseload of clients seeking advice in relation to Base Rate Swap Agreements or Interest Rate Hedging Products.

Dan is a former President of the Halifax Incorporated Law Society and continues his involvement with the Society as a Governor and as a committee member.

Dan Hirst

Daniel Krigers

Employer Services, Employee Services, Sports Law

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Daniel is a Partner and solicitor specialising in employment law at Chadwick Lawrence solicitors, having trained with the Firm since 2006. Daniel studied the LLB law course part-time, achieving a first-class honours degree. Subsequently, Daniel achieved a distinction on completing the Legal Practice Course, again on a part-time basis.

Daniel has a particular focus on advising businesses and sports organisations under the ESP retainer scheme, and he manages a number of key commercial relationships within the Firm. Daniel is also responsible for the management and development of the employment team and, more widely, the commercial department.

Daniel is also heavily involved in the development of training programmes delivered across the region, and prepares regular commentary in the local media on topical employment law matters.

Daniel Krigers

Deon Hunt

Home & Property

Trainee Conveyancer
Based: Huddersfield Office

Deon is based at the Huddersfield Office as a Trainee Conveyancer, mainly dealing with sales and remortgages.

She has worked at Chadwick Lawrence since August 2010 and is  currently undertaking training  to become a qualified Licensed Conveyancer.

Deon is a Trainee Conveyancer having worked in the team for 2 years.  She is supervised by her Team Leader Paulette St Hilaire.

Eleanor Wilson

Home & Property

Trainee Licenced Conveyancer
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Eleanor joined Chadwick Lawrence in September 2013 as a Conveyancing Assistant. She is currently studying to become a Licenced Conveyancer, consolidating her 12 years of knowledge working within conveyancing roles, and will qualify in 2018. Eleanor has a case load of her own and assists the Team Leader at Dock Street, dealing with all manner of freehold, leasehold residential property transactions generally.

Eleanor is also member of the Leeds branch of Junior Chamber International and organises social events for the Dock Street office.

Eleanor will shortly qualify as a Licenced Conveyancer.  She has 17 years experience across all types of conveyancing and is supervised by her Team Leader, Susan McKee.

Elizabeth Moses

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Halifax Office

Elizabeth joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2018 and has over 10 years’ experience working in residential conveyancing.

Elizabeth is initially based at our Huddersfield office, and will be working as part of our Home and Property team.

Ellie Hirst

Wills & Probate

Trainee Solicitor
Based: Wakefield Office

Ellie is a Trainee Solicitor at Chadwick Lawrence, currently specialising in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate. Ellie was delighted to join the firm in May 2019 as a Paralegal; having already gained prior experience working in Private Client. Ellie started her Training Contract with the firm in April 2020 and is due to qualify as a Solicitor in October 2021.
Ellie first discovered her keen interest in Private Client law whilst studying at the University of Huddersfield, where she gained a first-class honours degree and was awarded with an accolade for achieving the highest marks in Land Law.

Ellie’s time at the University of Huddersfield was followed by achieving a distinction on the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, where she also achieved a distinction in her master’s degree whilst working at a local law firm full time.

Ellie is a student member of ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’, an institution which supports those that are older and vulnerable. This institution also provides training and Ellie enjoys expanding on her knowledge through their materials. Ellie is also a committee member of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society. To relax and unwind, Ellie enjoys supporting Huddersfield town as a season ticket holder.

Emily Bird

Family Law

Legal Executive
Based: Morley Office

Emily qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001, becoming a Fellow in 2005. As such, she has a wide range of expertise in all areas of family law but has a particular focus on divorce and financial matters, cohabitee disputes and pre and post-nuptial agreements. Emily undertakes a varied caseload, representing clients in mid to high net worth cases, as well as those where the assets are more limited.

Emily also has a busy practice in private law children work representing parents in proceedings ranging from contact disputes to more difficult and complex cases where allegations of sexual, emotional and physical abuse have been made.

Emily recognises that clients are often at their most vulnerable when seeking her advice following the breakdown of a relationship and is sensitive to their needs but she also has a practical and down to earth approach and believes in providing pragmatic and realistic advice from the outset. Particularly where children are involved, Emily recognises the need to take a more conciliatory approach but can be a tenacious advocate when needed.

Emily Bird

Faye Judkins

Home & Property

Conveyancing Solicitor
Based: Dock Street Office

Gaia Hinchliffe

Corporate and Contracts

Trainee Legal Executive
Based: Halifax Office

Gemma Hoyle

Home & Property

Trainee Licenced Conveyancer
Based: Pudsey Office

Gemma joined Chadwick Lawrence in May 2014 as a Conveyancing Secretary having previously worked within the Conveyancing Sector for 12 years since leaving school. She is now a Trainee Conveyancer and studying for her CLC qualification and will qualify in 2018. Gemma carries her own case load as well as assisting a qualified Solicitor within the Property Department, dealing with all manner of property transactions.

Gemma is also member of the Leeds branch of Junior Chambers International.

Gemma will shortly qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer.  She has 16 years experience across all types of conveyancing and is supervised by her Team Leader Susan McKee.

Harvey Blake

Regulatory, Criminal Law

Solicitor
Based: Huddersfield Office

Harvey started working at Chadwick Lawrence upon completion of his legal studies in 2018 as a Paralegal in the Employment Team.

Harvey was delighted to progress his career at Chadwick Lawrence with a training contract with the firm starting in January 2019 from which he qualified as a Solicitor in the Regulatory and Crime team in July 2020.

Harvey advises clients on road traffic offences, crime, regulatory investigations and proceedings including matters involving the ICO, Trading Standards and the CQC. Harvey also has a general background in employment, intellectual property and immigration matters.

In his spare time, Harvey enjoys being a committee member for the Leeds Junior Lawyers Division, bouldering, football and walking his dog; especially in his favourite county (after Yorkshire, of course) Cornwall.

Harvey Blake

Heather Mackins

Home & Property

Conveyancer

Heather obtained her Law Degree in 2012.  She has 13 years experience in all aspects of conveyancing and is also an inhouse trainer.  She is supervised by her Team Leader, Paulette St Hilaire.

Helen Munro

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Helen has a years experience as a conveyancing assistant before joining Chadwick Lawrence in April 2018. She has a degree in Business Management with a years placement experience in Company Secretarial Law.

Howard Dapin

Wills & Probate

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Howard is the Head of Chadwick Lawrence’s Wills & Probate Team and has over 34 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in Wills and Probate work as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and Trusts. Howard has been working in this area since he qualified in 1984 and has helped thousands of families and individuals. He has a particular interest and expertise in assisting small family businesses when they are devastated by a sudden death.

Howard is a proud member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners- STEP, an organisation which he has been involved with since it was first formed.

He admits to being a Trekkie and has published  several histories on the subject of Leeds United Football Club.

Howard Dapin

Howard Willis

Personal Injury, Regulatory

Partner
Based: Huddersfield Office

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has worked at Chadwick Lawrence since 1988 and is a specialist in Personal Injury, Inquests and Licensing matters.

A Partner heading up the personal injury department Howard specialises in serious injury cases specifically those involving spinal injuries and brain injuries. He recently obtained an award of £6.7 million for a Claimant with tetraplegia and a brain injury. Howard is a member of APIL and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.

Howard also specialises in handling Inquests and acts for a large organisation preparing them for and representing them at Inquests across the country in particularly complex matters where there has been a death in custody.

Howards’s Licensing Law expertise is also well renowned. He acts for businesses of all sizes but recently concluded a complex licensing application on behalf of an internationally renowned sports stadium complex.

Howard relaxes by keeping fit walking in the countryside, cycling playing racquet ball and running coupled with his infectious appetite to travel in this country and abroad when time permits. He also loves music and has a number of eclectic play lists to keep him entertained.

Howard Willis

Issie O’Donoghue

Family Law

Trainee Legal Executive
Based: Wakefield Office

After completing work experience during her A-Level study Issie then progressed to role of Trainee Legal Executive within the Family Law department at Wakefield. Alongside her role within the Family team, she is training as a Chartered Legal Executive through the CILEX route of study.

Jack Oldroyd

Employer Services, Employee Services

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Jack is an employment litigation specialist at Chadwick Lawrence, having joined the firm in 2005. Jack commenced his legal training in 2006 as a paralegal in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and, at the same time, commenced an LLB Law Degree at the University of Huddersfield on a part time basis, achieving a 2:1 honours degree. He then obtained a distinction on completing the Legal Practice Course, again, on a part time basis. Jack qualified in February 2013, at which point, he started specialising in employment litigation.

Jack acts for both employers and employees on all employment related issues but predominantly in employment tribunal claims. This encompasses a wide variety of issues including complaints of unfair and constructive dismissal, all forms of discrimination and contract disputes. On the commercial side, Jack acts for a number of the firm’s high profile client’s including Kwik-Fit and Huddersfield Town. Jack also assists individuals through disciplinary and grievance processes and negotiates and advises upon Settlement Agreements.

In addition to Jack’s employment expertise, he has previously worked on a wide range of commercial disputes, including contractual litigation and professional negligence claims in the County and High Courts as well as the Court of Appeal which offers invaluable experience when advising employers and employees on issues concerning post termination restrictions.

Jack Oldroyd

Jacqueline Vance

Medical Negligence

Associate
Based: Huddersfield Office

Jacqueline has specialised solely in Claimant Clinical Negligence claims at Chadwick Lawrence since 2002 after qualifying as a solicitor following her previous career as a qualified nurse in London Hospitals.

Jacqueline was praised in Legal 500 2018 and 2019 as a ‘highly competent Associate’ and ‘key name to note’ in the ‘terrific clinical negligence practice at Chadwick Lawrence’. Over 18 years she has dealt with many types of medical negligence claims, specialising in serious and catastrophic injuries, including: adult and child brain injuries; birth injuries including hypoxic ischaemic brain injury and cerebral palsy; spinal injuries including cauda equina syndrome with permanent faecal and urinary incontinence, disability and foot drop; limb amputations; compartment syndrome; bowel injuries involving permanent stomas; bladder over distension injuries needing supra pubic catheter or ileal conduit; loss of kidney function; respiratory and cardiology damage; surgical injuries; orthopaedic injuries and delays in diagnosis and treatment of conditions including cancers.

Comments from clients include ‘She put me at great ease, was … supportive, very thorough and left no stone unturned’ and was a ‘really great solicitor, really easy to talk to and explains everything in an easy to understand way’ and provided ‘an excellent service.”

Jacqueline Vance

Jamie Jones

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Jasmin Kainth

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Halifax Office

Jasmin joined Chadwick Lawrence in March 2016 and is currently studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive, following the CILEX training route to qualification.

Jasmin works in our Conveyancing Department and has experience in dealing with various areas of Residential Property transactions including Freehold and Leasehold Sales and Purchases, Re-mortgages and Transfers of Equity.

 

 

Jess Cooper

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Joanne Jones

Family Law

Associate
Based: Huddersfield Office

Joanne has worked in family law exclusively since qualifying in 2006. An Associate, based at our Huddersfield office, Joanne deals with the full range of family law issues including relationship breakdowns of both married and unmarried couples and disputes in relation to children.

Joanne’s particular interest and specialism is in the financial consequences of divorce, in respect of which Joanne adopts a detailed but pragmatic approach. Her clients welcome the empathy, support and common sense approach that Joanne offers alongside high quality legal advice.

Joanne prides herself on listening carefully to what her clients actually want and will consider with her clients the most appropriate and cost-effective way of achieving their objectives, which may require robust representation in court proceedings.

Joanne is a member of Resolution.

Joanne Jones

Jodie Ingle

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Jonathan Exall

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business

Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre

Jonathan specialises in commercial litigation and, in particular, has expertise in business to business disputes involving energy & transport sectors as well as intellectual property.

Jonathan prides himself on his commercial awareness and his ability to help clients reach their business objectives should any dispute arise.

Joshua Smith

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Media Law and Reputation, Defamation and Reputation

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Josh is a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence LLP specialising in commercial and civil dispute resolution- he is also joint Head of the Media Law team.

Josh’s practice focuses on commercial and civil dispute resolution and media law. He has vast commercial and civil litigation experience having acted in numerous types of cases often with complex expert issues in dispute. His media law practice has included acting for both companies and individuals in claims for defamation, harassment, privacy and other related actions. He is known for getting to the heart of a dispute quickly to provide effective solutions for clients.

Josh’s approach to legal practice is to avoid formal legal proceedings where possible, but if they prove necessary, to vigorously pursue them with the aim of achieving a desired settlement for clients. Whilst this isn’t always possible, he has significant experience in dealing with matters to trial including into appeal and enforcement stages. He has experience of the full range of alternative dispute resolution methods.

Josh is well known for his robust style and outcome-focused approach to litigation. The service offered to his clients is second to none and clients say this is what sets him apart from others in the legal world. Clients need to remain informed throughout their case in a way that can be easily understood; this is something Josh strives to achieve in every matter on which he works.

Joshua Smith

Julia Wilding

Wills & Probate

Associate
Based: Horbury

Julia has over 20 years experience in private client work, having qualified as a solicitor in 1997.  Julia was previously a partner at Dixon Coles & Gill Solicitors in Wakefield before joining Chadwick Lawrence in 2016.

Julia now specialises in Wills, probate and trust work.  She is also skilled in dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. She covers the Wakefield area for the department, being based at the Horbury office, but dividing her time between Horbury and the Paragon Point office in Wakefield.

An important part of Julia’s work is her practice as a Notary Public. Julia has been a qualified Notary since 2007 and she continues to build her notarial practice at Chadwick Lawrence.

June Moxon

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Guiseley Office

Justine Joyce

Wills & Probate

Probate Assistant

Karen Motley

Medical Negligence

Paralegal
Based: Huddersfield Office

Karen originally joined the team in 2000 and after having a break to bring up her children, she now primarily assists Tony May with Deputyship and Court of Protection work, also providing assistance with claimant medical negligence cases.

Karen Motley

Kathryn Hunt

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business

Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Kathryn is a solicitor specialising in probate, trust and land disputes. She prides herself on her attention to detail and provides a reliable and personable service to her clients.

Kathryn Hunt

Kayleigh Needham

Home & Property

Associate

Kayleigh joined the firm in 2013 as a Conveyancer and has 16 years experience.  She deals with all aspects of conveyancing and is supervised by her Team Leader, Natalie Glover.

Kelly Thornton-Lawrence

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Kelly has worked in the legal sector for over 20 years with experience in personal injury, public law, care and conveyancing. She is now based the conveyancing team at our Huddersfield Office.

Kirstin Macdonald

Home & Property

Solicitor
Based: Morley Office

After completing an LLB (Hons) Law Degree and then a Legal Practice course, Kirstin qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and was an Assistant Solicitor at Hayes Son and Richmond solicitors specialising in residential and agricultural property law, wills, trusts and probate until joining the Residential Conveyancing team at Chadwick Lawrence in 2015.

Kirstin is a Solicitor having qualified in 2004.  She is based at our Morley office and deals with all aspects of conveyancing.  She is supervised by Partner, Bhavna Patel.

Kitty Toor

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Wakefield Office

Lashana Henderson

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Huddersfield Office

Lashana is in her final year of CILEX and currently working in the Conveyancing Department as a Trainee Legal Executive based in Huddersfield mainly dealing with transfers of equity, re-mortgages, freehold sale and purchase transactions.

Lashana anticipates qualifying as a Legal Executive in 2019.  She is an all round Conveyancer with 5 years experience and is supervised by her Team Leader Paulette St Hilaire.

Lauren Cowgill

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Pudsey Office

Lauren started her career in the legal sector in 2015 at a local law firm where she completed an apprenticeship in Business Administration, progressing to the role of Legal Secretary.

In 2017 she joined Chadwick Lawrence where she undertook the role of Trainee Conveyancing Assistant in the residential conveyancing department.

Lauren has since become a Conveyancing Assistant and has subsequently taken on more responsibility in dealing with residential conveyancing administration, with an ambition of progressing to become a Fee Earner.

Leah Williams

Employer Services, Employee Services

Paralegal
Based: Wakefield Office

Leah is currently a paralegal in the employment department and works closely with Sarah Wood, advising on the ESP scheme.

Leanne Bona

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Leanne Franks

Corporate and Contracts

Associate
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Leanne studied Law at Lincoln University, graduating in 2009 and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2014.

Leanne is based in the firm’s Corporate and Contracts Department and specialises in commercial contracts, business acquisitions and sales and corporate compliance.

Lisa Bailey

Employer Services

Head of HR
Based: Huddersfield

Generalist HR with experience in operational and strategic HR.  Responsible for driving the development of strategic and organisation priorities and processes incorporating learning and development initiatives, people management, staff engagement, health and wellbeing and the company’s change programme.

Lisa firmly believes that the success of a business is down to its staff. Working with the Firm in the design and implementation of processes, practices and policies that support the business need but encourage the development, motivation and engagement of staff.

Lisa has recently completed the Couch to 5k running app and has completed her first 10k run.  Having developed a love of running, her motto is “if I can do it, anyone can!”

Lisa Bailey

Lisa Kurowski

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Lisa qualified as a Solicitor in Criminal Law and has been working in Conveyancing for the last few years. She has a vast knowledge in Post completion matters and more recently in both sale and purchase matters.

Lisa Simpson

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Lynda Brown

Employer Services

HR Assistant

Lynda Brown

Martin Vesely

Consultant
Based: Wakefield Office

Martin Vesely qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and has over 42 years legal practice experience.

Martin specialises in commercial and residential property sales, purchases and leases, and also wills and probate.

He served as President of the local Law Society in the year 2000, and is an honorary legal adviser to various charitable and community organisations in the area.

 

Martin Vesely

Matt Perry

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Debt Collection

Litigation
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Matt has a demonstrated history of working in the legal industry with over 10 years experience of Legal Recoveries. Before joining Chadwick Lawrence Matt was the manager of a debt recovery department for a small law firm in Leeds where he dealt primarily with County Court and High Court money claim recoveries, Insolvency proceedings and Commercial Litigation.

Matt Perry

Megan Whitehead

Personal Injury

Trainee Legal Executive
Based: Huddersfield Office

Michael Cotter

Medical Negligence

Associate
Based: Huddersfield Office

Michael joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2000 working as a Litigation Executive in the Medical Negligence Department. He specialises solely in Medical Negligence and generally works alongside Tony May the partner in charge of the department.

Michelle Myers

Home & Property

Associate & Team Leader
Based: Pudsey Office

Michelle joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2013 with over 11 years’ experience in Commercial and Residential Conveyancing.

Michelle deals with all aspects of Property Law having specialised in equity release and commercial law and having acted for the country’s largest property investment company for 8 years.

Michelle deals with all types of conveyancing, with 18 years experience as a conveyancer.  She is a Team Leader at our Pudsey Branch, supervising 10 staff.  She is able to handle all work types and is supervised by the Partner in Charge of the Department Sarah Haller.

Michelle Myers

Natalie Glover

Home & Property

Associate
Based: Wakefield Office

Although Natalie has no formal qualifications she is qualified by experience and heads a team of 10.  She has 14 years experience as a Conveyancer, completing her Foundation Degree in Law in 2012.  She is supervised by the Partner in Charge Sarah Haller.

Natalie Glover

Neil Wilson

Employer Services, Employee Services, Sports Law

Managing Partner of the Year 2016/17
Based: Guiseley and Bradford Offices

Neil Wilson is the Managing Partner at Chadwick Lawrence and was awarded the prestigious Managing Partner of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in October 2016 and highly commended in the same category at the Modern Law Awards in 2018. Neil completed a law degree (LLB) in 1996 and qualified as a solicitor in 1998. This is Neil’s second career after leaving a previous job as a manager in a large organisation and he is now a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence.

Neil specialises in sports law and employment law, working for many of the regions top organisations and sports clubs, including Kwik Fit, Stapletons Tyre Services Limited, Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Town Football Club.

Neil is a regular and prominent speaker on employment law and people management matters at business events, drawing on his experience from developing Chadwick Lawrence’s employment law training material and delivering this material on behalf of the team.

Neil has been at the forefront of driving forward the culture change at Chadwick Lawrence and with input from all colleagues developing a clear vision for the practice supported by a series of core values which together are known as “The Chadwick Lawrence Way”. His presentation on this culture change journey is always very well received. In November 2017 Chadwick Lawrence were voted Employer of the Year at the Examiner Business Awards, a great accolade recognising the hard work all colleagues have put in to achieve this. Neil is keen to embrace new technology and thrives in a paperlite environment helping him to have no fixed office base and as such he works from all of our offices across West Yorkshire.

Neil likes to keep fit by regularly attending the gym and taking part in long distance walking challenges and charity runs. Having completed a number of marathons he tends to stick to 10k races nowadays. Formerly a semi-professional drummer he still likes to keep his hand in to the annoyance of his wife and neighbours!

Neil Wilson

Nicholas Worsnop

Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Litigation in Business

Partner
Based: Halifax & Leeds City Centre Offices

Nicholas is a partner and is the Head of the Litigation Department, Resolution & Recovery and Regulatory & Crime departments. He is also the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice and registered as the Data Protection Officer.

Nicholas provides general regulatory advice to businesses in a number of areas, particularly data protection, conducting audits, reviewing processes, drafting policies and assisting with data subject requests and breaches. Nick also advises on intellectual property dealing with both protection and IP infringement. As part of litigation in business he also advises upon and drafts contract terms in a variety of areas.

Nicholas is a director of Square Chapel in Halifax, secretary of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, and chair of the business networking organisation Business for Calderdale.

 

Nicholas Worsnop

Nicola Cooper

Corporate and Contracts, Intellectual Property

Partner
Based: Leeds Office

Nicola studied Law at Leicester University, graduating in 2004 and went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 2009.

Nicola is based in the firm’s Corporate and Contracts department and specialises in corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructures and corporate finance as well as dealing with shareholder and partnership agreements.

Nicola Cooper

Nicola Waddington

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Wakefield Office

Nicola has worked in the legal sector for 8 years and has 5 years residential and 4 years commercial experience. She also worked for Post Office Ltd for 16 years working in the estates department and for business service management. Nicolas is now based in the Conveyancing team at the Wakefield Office.

Nils O’Donoghue

Employer Services, Employee Services, Sports Law, Regulatory, Criminal Law

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Nils joined Chadwick Lawrence in May 2011, becoming an Associate with the firm in October 2015 and a Partner in October 2017. Nils has 6 years PQE experience.  Nils helps businesses and individuals with their regulatory and compliance issues both on a contentious and non-contentious basis.  Nils recently acted for an international sports star in relation to anti-doping matter brought by UK Anti Doping.

Nils has a particular interest in advising sports clubs and professional sports men and women and acts for a number of the regions leading rugby union and rugby league clubs.  Nils has experience of advising sports clubs in high profile dismissals of both players and coaching staff, as well as advising sports clubs on immigration and disciplinary matters brought by sporting governing bodies such as the Football Association, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union.

Nils also advises individuals who are being interviewed under caution by the Police and other prosecuting bodies and also has experience of advising both individuals and businesses who are being investigated or prosecuted by Trading Standards, HM Revenue and Customs, The Health and Safety Executive, as well as dealing with import and export issues.

Nils has an enviable success rate in motoring law matters and regularly acts for individuals who find themselves being prosecuted by the Police for speeding, drink driving and other various motoring law offences.

Nils O’Donoghue

Paul Campbell

Employer Services, Employee Services, Regulatory

Senior Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Paul Campbell is the Senior Partner at Chadwick Lawrence.  Paul completed a law degree (LLB) in 1976 and qualified as a solicitor in 1979. A Partner at Chadwick Lawrence, he has been with the firm for 30 years.

Specialising in employment law, Paul has acted for a number of high profile clients.

Paul Campbell

Paul Carvis

Personal Injury, Probate

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Paul began his legal career in London becoming the Senior Litigation Partner in a Commercial Practice in the West End.  He returned to his native Yorkshire taking over the well known matrimonial firm of Dennis Lyth & Co and merged that firm with Godloves.  He became Managing Partner of Godloves which merged with Chadwick Lawrence in 2012.

He has had a great deal of experience in private client matters and also was for a number of a years a Deputy District Judge.

He now specialises in probate work at which he is particularly skilled utilising his commercial experience to deal with complex estate matters.

Paul Carvis

Paulette St Hilaire

Home & Property

Associate & Team Leader
Based: Huddersfield Office

Paulette has worked as a Licensed Conveyancer at Chadwick Lawrence since gaining her qualifications in 2001.

As a Licensed Conveyancer, Paulette is a specialist in property and is trained and qualified in all aspects of Property Law, including the sale or purchase of land or property, drafting contracts and liaising with mortgage lenders.

Paulette is a Licensed Conveyancer having qualified in 2005.  She also is a Team Leader supervising 13 members of staff at our Huddersfield office and deals with all types of conveyancing matters.  She is supervised by the Partner in Charge Sarah Haller

Paulette St Hilaire

Pauline Buckley

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business

Legal Assistant
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Peter Harling

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Intellectual Property, Corporate Recovery & Insolvency

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre & Huddersfield Offices

Peter specialises in all aspects of Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Insolvency Litigation, Debt Recovery, and Company Restoration. Peter is practical, commercial and well organised. In particular he enjoys negotiating and doing deals. He has excellent client care skills and ensures that clients are always kept up to date and matters are progressed.
Peter acts for:

  • Insolvency Practitioners
  • Individuals and Businesses in financial difficulty; and others who are affected by the same
  • Directors of Businesses
    Financial Institutions & Lenders and Shareholders

Peter specialises in providing advice on all aspects of Corporate Recovery & Insolvency and Insolvency Litigation including:

  • Administrations
  • Liquidations
  • Company Voluntary Arrangements
  • Bankruptcy
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements
  • Antecedent transactions in both personal & corporate insolvencies e.g. Transfers at Undervalue; Preference claims; Transactions defrauding creditors; Wrongful & Fraudulent trading; and Misfeasance claims
  • and Director disqualification

Peter recently settled a misfeasance claim on behalf of a retired couple who were the Judgment Creditor of a company. Further details about the case are contained within the following link:

http://www.chadwicklawrence.co.uk/news/chadwick-lawrence-secures-justice-home-buyers/

Peter specialises in Debt Recovery, including the recovery of unpaid debts and reasonable recovery fees pursuant to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act.

Peter specialises in providing advice on all aspects of Company Restoration to the Register of Companies at Companies House.
In particular Peter has restored a number of companies which had previously been dissolved after being in some form of insolvency with a view to appointing an Insolvency Practitioner to either bring a claim against a Bank for the miss-selling of a financial product or simply to accept and distribute the redress which a Bank had already identified as being owed to the company.

If you have a problem or issue please contact Peter for an informal chat on 01924 379 078.

Peter Harling

Philip Brown

Property

Solicitor
Based: Wakefield Office

Philip qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and specialises in all aspects of property sales, leases and re-financing work.

He acts for a wide variety of business clients, buy-to-let investors and developers as well as various sports clubs and community organisations.

Phoebe Gogarty

Home & Property

Conveyancer

Phoebe is a Conveyancer with 3 years experience across a wide range of conveyancing types.  She has successfully completed the Legal Practising Course. She is supervised by her Team Leader Paulette St Hilaire.

Rebecca Payne

Family Law

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

After qualifying as a Solicitor in 2007, Rebecca has become a Family Law specialist and joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2013. Rebecca practices all areas of Family Law including divorce, finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, disputes between cohabitees and private law children matters.

Throughout her career, Rebecca has maintained a particular interest in advising on financial settlements arising from divorce. She has experience of dealing with a wide variety of such matters ranging from cases where there are limited assets (and the objective is to reach a settlement that meets the needs of all parties) to medium and high-value financial disputes frequently involving pensions.

Rebecca is a member of Resolution, a network of over 5,000 solicitors who are committed to adopting a non-confrontational approach to divorce and associated work. Rebecca also actively practices collaborative law which encourages couples to take a non-confrontational approach to resolving matters arising from their divorce or separation without the need for contested court cases.

Rebecca Payne

Rochelle Newson

Wills & Probate

Solicitor
Based: Huddersfield Office

Rochelle is a Trainee Solicitor in the Probate department and also has experience in Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury and Employment Law. She joined Chadwick Lawrence full time in September 2015 but has been undertaking regular work experience since 2012.

Rochelle completed her Law Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and her Legal Practice Course at Huddersfield University.

Rochelle Newson

Rosalind Salkeld

Property

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Ros specialises in Commercial Property law and works for national and local clients in varying sectors including developers, property investors, retailers, brewers and private individuals.

Ros deals with all aspects of commercial property law including leases for both landlords and tenants, investments sales and purchases, property aspects of secured lending, portfolio management, and property aspects of insolvency matters.

Rosalind Salkeld

Ruth Nippers

Home & Property

Solicitor
Based: Wakefield Office

Ruth is a Conveyancing Solicitor, having qualified in 2016.  She deals with all aspects of conveyancing and is supervised by her Team Leader, Natalie Glover.

Ryanne Smith

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Halifax Office

Ryanne is a Trainee Conveyancer at our Huddersfield office and is supervised by her Team Leader Paulette St Hilaire.

Sairesh Imran

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Huddersfield Office

Sairesh has worked in Remortgage for 3 years, starting off as an Assistant, then progressing to Team Manager. Having completed an apprenticeship in Business Administration (Level 3 qualified), Sairesh climbed the conveyancing ladder in August 2018 and is looking forward to progressing her career in this field with Chadwick Lawrence.

Sam Pawson

Employee Services, Employer Services, Sports Law

Partner
Based: Leeds and Wakefield Offices

Sam graduated from Birmingham University in 2006, studying for a BA in Modern History. He then completed a Graduate Diploma in Law, at the same university and qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

Sam performs three distinct roles at the firm, acting as a Sports and Employment Law solicitor, whilst also managing the firm’s commercial development.

In the Employment Law field Sam primarily focuses on the delivery of the firm’s employment support package, ESP. Sam acts for a diverse set of clients, in a wide variety of industries, ranging in size from a few employees to few thousand. Sam regularly presents at Employment seminars on topics such as social media, unfair dismissal and discrimination and workplace banter.

Sam acts for a number of high profile sports clubs. Sam prides himself on the commercial sensitivity of his advice and regularly deals with sensitive issues involving player contract and disciplinary issues.

Finally as part of his role as the Commercial Development Coordinator, Sam fronts the marketing activities for the firm’s commercial department, including organising a successful program of evens and seminars.

Sam Pawson

Samantha Farr

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Pudsey office

Samantha joined the Firm in 2015 and has 10 years experience in Conveyancing.  She is a Trainee Conveyancer based at our Pudsey office and supervised by her Team Leader, Michelle Myers.

Samantha Melia

Home & Property

Conveyancing Assistant
Based: Pudsey Office

Sarah Burrow

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business

Trainee Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Sarah has a degree in Law and Accountancy, has completed the Legal Practice Course and obtained her Masters of Law degree at Huddersfield University.  Sarah began her training contract with our Conveyancing department in 2017, before moving to the Wills & Probate team. She is now based in the Dispute Resolution Team at our Leeds City Centre Office.

Sarah Guest

Management

Executive Assistant to Neil Wilson, Managing Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Sarah Haller

Home & Property

Partner
Based: Huddersfield Office

Sarah started working at Chadwick Lawrence as a temporary secretary in 1998 before progressing to a paralegal and qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. After working as an assistant solicitor for 6 years, Sarah was promoted to Associate in 2008 and made a Partner in 2009.

Sarah works in the property department as Head of Conveyancing and has acted for some notable clients including Leeds Rhinos players and Caddick Construction’s Managing Director, Andrew Murray.

Sarah is the Partner in Charge of the Conveyancing Department and has been with the Firm since 1998.  She is a Solicitor with over 20 years experience of all conveyancing types.  She qualified in 2000.

Sarah Haller

Sarah Hemmings

Corporate and Contracts

Associate
Based: Wakefield Office

Sarah completed a Law degree (LLB) at Birmingham University in 1998, an LPC at The College of Law, York in 1999 and qualified as a solicitor at Walker Morris in 2001.

Specialising in corporate and contracts law, Sarah has worked for Chadwick Lawrence since 2005.

Sarah Jane Jones

Home & Property

Trainee Conveyancer
Based: Huddersfield Office

Sarah Power (née Crowther)

Family Law

Partner
Based: Huddersfield Office

Sarah is a Partner in our Family Law team and the Head of our Private Client Team which comprises Family and Wills & Probate.

Sarah’s expertise lies in her ability to get to grips quickly with complex cases, often involving medium to high value assets. Sarah has a particular focus on addressing the financial settlements of divorcing couples, particularly those involving business assets and she often represents business owners and their spouses. Sarah also has a wealth of experience in other aspects of Family Law which encompasses advising on matters relating to the arrangements for children post-separation and the rights of unmarried couples.

Sarah is a member of Resolution and is a trained Collaborative Lawyer.

Sarah Power (née Crowther)

Sarah Wood

Employer Services, Employee Services

Partner
Based: Wakefield Office

Sarah is a Solicitor specialising in Employment Law with over 20 years experience and is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development. Sarah focuses predominantly on the delivery of Employer Support Protect (ESP) providing Employment and HR advice to a wide range of employers with a very practical and commercial edge. Sarah takes a lead role in preparing and delivering training modules both as part of the ESP service and to meet specific company training requirements.

Sarah Wood

Sean Thornhill

Acclaim

Paralegal
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Sean is part of the Acclaim Team based at our Dock Street Office in Leeds. He Joined Chadwick Lawrence in October 2017 as Office Assistant and worked hard before joining Post Completion. He then took his chance when a position became available in Acclaim. Sean graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2015 with a degree in drama, and enjoys watching football.

Sharon Shields

Home & Property

Legal Assistant
Based: Wakefield Office

Sharon has worked in Residential Conveyancing for  9 years, with previous experience in Wills and Probate, Family, Commercial and PI.

Sharon is based at our Wakefield Office, assisting Deborah Billingsley.

 

Simon Ingham

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Property

Partner
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Simon Ingham first qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and now practises in England. He has been employed by Chadwick Lawrence in its Dispute Resolution Department since the beginning of 2005. He now specialises in property, probate, Wills, Inheritance Act and trust disputes.

As a property litigator, Simon’s cases involve rights over land or arising from its ownership. His probate disputes concern the exploitation of the elderly or infirm; defective or missing Wills; the failure to make adequate financial provision on death; and, the mal-administration of trusts and estates.

Simon Ingham

Sophie Clague

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business, Corporate Recovery & Insolvency

Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Sophie Clague

Sophie Foster

Property

Trainee Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Stephen B. Oakes LLB (Hons)

Corporate & Contracts

Consultant Solicitor with the Practice

Stephen is a Solicitor with a degree from Leeds University with over 30 years experience in Wills, Trusts, and Probate matters and is a member of STEP.

Steven Bonfield

Corporate and Contracts

Partner
Based: Halifax Office

Steven is a Partner and solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law.

After completing a BA (hons) in Legal Studies in 1977, Steven qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 and joined Chadwick Lawrence following the 2004 merger of the firm with Steven Bonfield Solicitors.

Steven advises and negotiates on corporate transactions; devising and implementing strategic corporate solutions; corporate finance and all aspects of corporate governance. Steven also devises practical solutions to commercial challenges; advising on, explaining and producing business contracts in plain English.

In the specialist areas of corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructures and corporate finance, Steven has worked with high profile clients, including Eurocopy plc, The Kerfoot Group Ltd and Calderdale MBC. Steven is also very experienced in dealing with international transactions, and has recently completed a series of deals for an American group of companies.

Steven is very active in his spare time, and when he is not supporting his local Rugby League team, Halifax RLFC, he can be found skiing or road cycling. Steven also considers himself a ‘foody’, and loves spending time cooking for family and friends.

Steven Bonfield

Stuart Murray

Property

Partner
Based: Pudsey Office and Wakefield offices

Stuart joined Lister Croft as a trainee in 1982 and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. Stuart then joined Chadwick Lawrence in April 2008 when the firm bought Lister Croft.

Stuart specialises in commercial property law, working on all aspects of land acquisition on behalf of developers, business sales and purchases and in acting for a number of major national builders.

Stuart Murray

Susan Bateson

Wills & Probate

Solicitor
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Susan has been advising clients in the area of private client law for over 35 years. She brings all those years of experience to help clients with Inheritance tax and care fee planning, trusts, powers of attorney and the administration of estates.

Away from the office she is a keen good weather golfer, having been a member at Scarcroft Golf Club now for nearly 30 years and otherwise enjoys spending time with her family.

Susan McKee

Home & Property

Associate & Team Leader
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Sue completed her qualification as a FCILEX in 2012 after being a fee earner with a South Cheshire firm Poole Alcock Solicitors LLP as a Residential Conveyancer since 2009. She specialises in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing and also managed right to buy and right to acquire sales for a local authority client for 11 years prior to relocating to Yorkshire when she joined Chadwick Lawrence in December 2013.

Sue heads up the Conveyancing team at the Leeds branch and supervises 8 members of staff.  She is a Legal Executive having qualified in 2012.  She handles all work types and is supervised by the Partner in Charge, Sarah Haller.

Susan McKee

Susan Preece

Wills & Probate

Associate
Based: Morley Office

Susan has been with the private client team at Chadwick Lawrence since 1994, passing the Ilex Certificate in Elderly Client Law and Practice in 2008 with a distinction and is a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals.

Susan specialises in the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, advising clients across our offices at Wakefield, Horbury, Morley and Pudsey.  Over the 25 years Susan has been a part of this team she has helped thousands of clients achieve peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out.

As well working with clients, Susan is a dedicated Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society and is the chairperson of the Chadwick Lawrence Dementia Committee, maintaining our firm’s commitment to raise awareness and support those living with dementia, their families and carers.

Susan Preece

Susan Vesely

Family Law

Consultant
Based: Wakefield Office

Susan Vesely completed an LLB Hons at Leeds University, qualifying in 1980 and has specialised in family law since 1989.   She has a thorough knowledge of family law and a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of divorce, separation, private law, children disputes in relation to residence, contact, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders.

Susan is a specialist in financial matters for medium to high net worth clients, often with a business and pensions.  Although the majority of Susan’s cases are in the family courts across England and Wales, she has advised clients living in jurisdictions in the UAE and US, much of Susan’s work comes through personal recommendation from previous clients and contacts.

Susan is a Specialist of Resolution and an Accredited Specialist on the Law Society Advanced Family Panel.

Susan was qualified as a Mediator in 1999 and also trained to deal with direct consultation with children. She also managed a successful family mediation service and is a past President of a local Law Society.

Susan Vesely

Susan Wright

Private Client

Associate
Based: Bradford Office

Following graduation with a 2:1 degree in Law Susan then went on to qualify as a Registered General Nurse. After having three children she decided to return to a legal career and undertook the Post Graduate Diploma in Law, passed with commendation, followed by the Legal Practice Course which she passed with Distinction. Susan qualified as a solicitor in 2001.

In 2003 she joined Whitaker Firth, now part of Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors. In 2008 Susan became the first solicitor in Bradford to qualify as a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, and is currently the only fully accredited member in Bradford and Guiseley. Susan is regularly invited to talk to organisations and groups about her work and the law relating to it.

Susan Wright

Tony May

Medical Negligence

Partner
Based: Huddersfield

I qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree. A number of years later I obtained a Master of Law (LL.M) degree in Advanced Litigation. I am a Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence and Medical Law at Chadwick Lawrence LLP, a department that I established in 1998.

Specialising in Medical Negligence, I am a member of The Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and an Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). I am also a Clinical Negligence Assessor for The Law Society and an Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist Assessor for APIL.

I lead a team of Medical Negligence lawyers who all specialise solely in Claimant Medical Negligence work and I am listed in The Legal 500 and ranked in Chambers UK 2018. I have a particular expertise in Cerebral Palsy and other birth related injury cases, and have an excellent record in high value and complex cases. I continue to act as the Court of Protection Deputy for many of the Cerebral Palsy and brain damaged clients that I have represented.

Tony May

Vicky Cave

Home & Property

Legal Assistant
Based: Guiseley Office

Vicky Cave

Zanna Bain

Home & Property

Conveyancer
Based: Pudsey Office

Zanna joined Chadwick Lawrence in July 2018 bringing 7 years experience of working in Residential Investment, which included acting for residential investment companies with various property portfolios and residential developers as well as distressed sales and dealing with general property management.

This included specialising in equity release, having acted for the country’s largest property investment company for 5 years.

Zanna has been a conveyancer for 8 years and is presently studying for her Council of Licensed Conveyancers qualification.  She s able to handle all work types and is supervised by her Team Leader, Michelle Myers.

Zoe Allen

Dispute Resolution, Litigation in Business

Trainee Legal Executive
Based: Leeds City Centre Office

Zoe Allen is a Trainee Legal Executive. Zoe joined Chadwick Lawrence in 2016 and  is currently completing training to become a Chartered Legal Executive, following the CILEX training route to qualification whilst assisting the team with a varied case load. Zoe assists in providing advice on all aspects of Corporate Recovery, Insolvency and Insolvency Litigation. She also assists with all aspects of debt recovery, contractual disputes, intellectual property and company restoration matters.

Zoe is personable and friendly, and manages Chadwick Lawrence’s work experience / student engagement programs.  Zoe frequently hosts a law clinic at the University of Huddersfield which provides clients with on-the-spot legal advice whilst providing law students with an invaluable insight into the legal profession.

 

Zoe Nicholson

Wills & Probate

Solicitor
Based: Bradford Office

Zoe graduated as a Bachelor of Laws from Sheffield Hallam University and went on to undertake the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law at York. Following her training contract, Zoe qualified as a solicitor in 2005.

Since qualification Zoe has specialised exclusively in Private Client work bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. She is currently studying for the STEP qualification and will be taking the exams to become a fully accredited member of SFE in 2019.

Zoe Nicholson

Your Team

We have over 200 colleagues working flexibility across 9 locations in the region. We are well placed to bring our business and personal legal services to you.