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Linder Myers Solicitors provides a range of high quality legal services to both individuals and business clients across its offices in Manchester, Chester, Shropshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

With an unwavering commitment to meeting your legal needs, our team of specialists will ensure that you have the best possible experience throughout the legal process.

We understand that one size does not fit all, so when you appoint us, we’ll take the time to really understand what matters to you. This approach allows us to provide bespoke legal advice and services, which truly protect and support your individual and business interests, now and in the future.

Linder Myers’ team of solicitors specialises in the following areas of law:

  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Disputed Wills and Probate
  • Court of Protection
  • Family
  • Childcare Proceedings
  • Employment (for both businesses and individuals)
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Occupational Disease

Having been a client for over 20 years, my experience has been excellent. We would not keep coming back if it wasn't. From property conveyancing to general legal advice they have always provided practical and no nonsense solutions.

Great staff. Well looked after.
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Meet the Team

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Abbie Harrison
Paralegal

 

Abbie joined the Linder Myers team in May 2021 as a Paralegal at our Sale office.

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Alan Lewis
Principal Lawyer and Head of Commercial Division & Employment

 

Alan Lewis joined Linder Myers in 1990. He became a Partner in 1998 and was responsible for setting up the employment department in Manchester.

Alan now leads the firm’s commercial division – which comprises commercial litigation, commercial property, corporate & commercial and employment. He mainly works from Manchester, although also acts for clients from the Lancashire office.

Alan has considerable experience of representing both employers and senior employees in a wide range of Employment Tribunal and High Court disputes. He specialises in:

  • Restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality
  • Dismissals of directors and senior executives
  • Commercial Agents Regulations
  • Redundancy and transfer of undertakings
  • Unfair dismissal and sex, race and disability discrimination
  • Drafting director’s service agreements, contracts of employment and staff handbooks

Examples of Alan Lewis’s success for clients include:

  • acting for a company in obtaining an injunction in respect of a former employee, preventing him from dealing with former clients or being employed by a competitor company.
  • acting for a Chief Executive in a claim for damages regarding unfair dismissal, stress at work and breach of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, obtaining considerable compensation on her behalf.
  • defending a claim against a firm of solicitors for disability discrimination and striking out the claimant’s claim.
  • successfully appealing a number of Employment Tribunal decisions in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Alan is currently:

  • advising employers on implementing redundancies
  • acting for numerous firms of solicitors and accountants in respect of their employment law issues
  • acting for GP practices and individual GPs in respect of employment issues
  • acting for a group of employees pursuing a group action arising out of a reduction in their remuneration
  • providing regular employment advice to workingmums.co.uk

Alan lives in Lancashire with his wife and son. His hobbies and interests include football, boxing, music (occasional guitar player) and supporting Oldham Athletic.

Alan sums up his approach to work by stating he’s: “friendly, approachable and above all committed to excellence in every case I take on”

Alan was instrumental in setting up the firm’s popular Employ-line scheme which provides outsourced human resources and employment law advice (and insurance) for a fixed fee to employers. He is also recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500.

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Alex Tattersall
Paralegal

Alex joined the team in October 2021 as a Paralegal working within the Wills, Trust and Probate department based in our York office.

Away from work, Alex enjoys travelling, all sports and going to the gym.

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Alexander Shaw
Paralegal

Alexander joined the team at Linder Myers in August 2021 as a paralegal in the Trust and Estates department. Whilst working at Linder Myers, Alexander is studying the LPC part-time alongside his day to day job.

Outside of work, Alexander is a volunteer at a climate and conservation charity (NGO). He enjoys playing badminton, traveling and photography.

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Alexandra Adesina
Paralegal

 

Alexandra joined Linder Myers in October 2019 in our Commercial Litigation department. She studied her Law LLB (Hons) at Staffordshire University, achieving a first-class degree. Following her graduation, she began working in personal injury at a law firm in the South of England. Alexandra completed her time working there after 18-months, before moving North and joining the team at Linder Myers Solicitors.

Working for both landlords and tenants, Alexandra focuses on dispute resolution, management and avoidance to resolve disputes, doing so with a calm and dedicated manner.

Specialisms

  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Housing disrepair
  • Contractual disputes
  • Property litigation

Continuing to progress and learn, Alexandra is currently completing her LPC at BPP University, with the aim to complete her studies in 2021.

Career & Qualifications

  • Staffordshire University, Law LLB (Hons), 2015.
  • BPP University, LPC, 2021 (due to qualify).

Outside of work, Alexandra is part of her local Church’s choir group, partaking three times a week. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time as it’s great for her to relax in the evening and at weekends. She is an avid basketball player and enjoys practising and playing with a local team. Alexandra is part of the Linder Myers book club and actively participates in discussions and analysis.

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Alison McLachlan
Solicitor

 

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Alison joined Linder Myers in 2014 as a solicitor within our Shrewsbury regional office. Alison delivers litigation and dispute resolution services to a range of business and private clients. Alison qualified in 2011 and has focused predominantly on litigation relating to properties including Residential and Commercial Landlord and Tenant matters, claims relating to rights to light and easements, nuisance and trespass, along with disputes surrounding beneficial ownership of property.

Alison recently settled a significant and long running ToLATA claim, securing her client a majority interest in a half a million pound property.

Outside of work Alison is a keen dancer and amateur singer and loves the Theatre.

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Amanda De Winter
Principal Lawyer – Barrister

Amanda joined Linder Myers Solicitors in September 2021 working as a Principal Lawyer in the Family department. With over 20 years of experience, Amanda has dealt with a range of matters such as divorce and finances (including high net worth and business elements), children matters, contentious probate matters and even Wills, LPAs and probate.

After being called to the Bar in 1998, Amanda dual qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and practiced at the Bar across a variety of criminal, civil and family matters before working as a Partner in the Family department of a high street solicitors firm.

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Amy Jo Brownson
Paralegal

Amy Jo joined the team in August 2021 and is based within our Sale office working within the Trusts and Estates department as a Paralegal.

Outside of work, Amy Jo is a keen theatre goer and has directed multiple plays and musicals with the University Theatre Society. Amy Jo is also a Manchester City supporter and she visits Wythenshawe hospital with her dog Scruffy as a part of the Charity Pets as Therapy.

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Amy Nguyen
Trainee Solicitor

Amy joined Linder Myers in October 2018 as a paralegal within our employment department, headed by Alan Lewis – a Legal 500 Leading Individual. Working for both employees and employers, Amy holds host of a number of key qualities that are brought forward within the team. In 2019, Amy worked with the team in the largest group claimant case for Protective Awards that Linder Myers has successfully won.

Continuing to progress and learn, Amy is currently studying her LPC at BPP University this year, with the aim to complete her studies in 2022, in addition to completing her training contract.

Specialisms

  • Protective Awards
  • Unfair dismissals
  • Discrimination
  • Drafting contracts
  • Creating staff handbooks
  • Assisting in disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Recoupment of training fees
  • Employline

Amy studied her LLB (Hons) in Law at the University of Manchester, achieving a 2:1 degree. Following her graduation, she began her law career within a credit hire team. After working there for six months, Amy moved firms and began working within claimant work. Here, she successfully aided in the equal pay group claim that received masses of press coverage for Asda and Sainsburys.

Career & Qualifications

  • The University of Manchester, Law LLB (Hons), 2016.
  • BPP University, LPC, 2022 (due to qualify)

Amy is bilingual and can speak Vietnamese. She enjoys testing her skills and knowledge by regularly hosting game nights with friends and completing break-out rooms. She enjoys travelling with some of her favourite places being Miami, Marbella and the French Riviera. In 2019, Amy’s parents started developing a home from the ground-up which completed in April 2020, and due to her organisational and translation skills, Amy successfully ran the project management.

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Andrew Grethe
Solicitor

Andrew joined Linder Myers in May 2015 as a paralegal within our commercial property department, working across the full spectrum of commercial property matters. After a successful two years at this level, Andrew began his training in 2017 until completing and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2019.

Specialisms

  • Acquisitions and disposals of commercial property and development sites
  • Landlord and tenant work, including but not limited to leases, assignments and underletting’s
  • Property finance
  • Option agreements
  • Lease enfranchisement
  • Agricultural acquisitions and disposals
  • High-value residential acquisitions and disposals

Andrew studied his LLB (Hons) in law at Edge Hill University and his LPC at Liverpool John Moores University. Following his Graduation, Andrew began his law career in 2013, before joining Linder Myers two years later.

 Career & Qualifications

  • Edge Hill University, Law LLB (Hons), 2014.
  • Liverpool John Moores, LPC, 2015.

Outside of work, Andrew is passionate about taking part in challenges for charitable causes; some notable mentions include the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge for JDRF and the Macmillan ‘Longest Day Golf Challenge’, completing four rounds of golf in one day. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys long-distance running, playing golf with his friends and supporting Wigan Athletic Football Club.

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Andrew McBride
Principal Lawyer, Head of Bodily Injury

 

Andrew McBride has in excess of 30 years’ experience and leads Linder Myers’ personal injury department. His areas of personal expertise are brain and catastrophic injury cases.

Andrew has worked on a number of notable and high value cases to the value of in excess of £1 million including settlements made up of lump sums and periodical payments. He brought one of the first litigated cases under the Package Travel Regulations which gained national publicity.

Andrew is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers where he has assisted in the production of submissions to the Law Commission. The firm was also a founder member of Injury Lawyers4U.

Andrew is married with three children and lives in Cheshire. He holds a Manchester United season ticket and regularly plays golf. Andrew enjoys travel, particularly when it involves good food and wine, modern literature and walking his dog (usually in the rain).

Andrew sums up his approach to work by stating: “attention to detail gets results”. He also cites the importance of client relationships, “making sure you understand your client and that your client understands you”.

Languages: French

Memberships: Andrew is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers where he has assisted in the production of submissions to the Law Commission. He is also a founder member of Injury Lawyers For you.

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Barbara Crawford Jones
Solicitor

Barbara qualified as a solicitor in 1994 after graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1991 with LLB Hons and completing her Solicitor Examinations at the College of Law York in 1992. 

A member of the Law Society Children Panel, Barbara is experienced in all aspects of divorce, injunctions, financial and children’s matters.

More recently Barbara has specialised in public law children work, her cases have included sudden infant death, Fabricated and Induced Illness, non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse. Barbara’s expertise includes representing clients with learning disabilities and working alongside Court appointed Intermediaries to assist such clients during the process of giving evidence.

Barbara enjoys undertaking her own advocacy in the family Courts, representing parents and children and prides herself on her professional yet approachable style and ability to guide clients through what are often complex proceedings. Barbara represents parents, grandparents and other parties such as intervenors and prospective Special Guardians. In addition, through her Children Panel membership, Barbara is approved to represent children.

Outside work Barbara enjoys running and circuit training and has a keen interest in art and design. 

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Ben Williams
Solicitor

 

Ben Williams is an employment solicitor who has advised employers, associate dentists, contractors and employees in the dental industry since 2013 and qualified as a solicitor in 2017 which gives him considerable experience of this sector and the variety of challenges faced by dental practice owners, clinicians and employees alike.

Ben’s experience includes advising on varying employment terms and conditions following or in relation to business restructures, advice on TUPE business transfers and service provision changes, employment tribunal representation and redundancy processes as well as advising on and drafting settlement agreements on behalf of employers and employees.

Ben can also provide advisory services including via the firm’s Employ-Line service to his clients such as drafting contracts of employment, service agreements, dental / orthodontic associate agreements, company handbooks and policies and procedures. Whilst Ben has previously predominantly advised professionals in the dental industry, he offers employment advice to a range of businesses and individuals.

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Callum Dudley
Conveyancer

 

Callum joined the Linder Myers team in 2007 as a Conveyancer. During his time here he has handled over 800 cases, specialising in sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers.

In his spare time he enjoys socialising with friends and family, exploring new places with his partner and taking trips on his family boat in Garstang. Callum also loves to travel, regularly visiting Thailand.

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Charlotte Higgins
Conveyancing file handler

Charlotte became a part of the team at Linder Myers in October 2021 working as a Conveyancing file handler in the Conveyancing department.

Charlotte will be dealing with sales and purchases, freehold and leasehold, remortgages and transfers of equity.

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Charlotte Keating
Principal Lawyer

Charlotte works in our Trusts and Estates team in our Manchester office. Charlotte’s areas of expertise include:

  •  Wills – basic and complex trust arrangements
  • Estate planning
  • Administration of estates including complex estates involving trusts and business and agricultural property
  • Preparation of Trusts
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Tax planning
  • High net worth estates
  • Issues of domicile
  • Complex Estates

Charlotte began her legal career at Forbes Solicitors as an Accredited Police Station Representative before moving to a role in a Criminal Department.

During her time at a role with Waddington & Son, Charlotte began to build up her experience in Trusts matters and has specialised in this area since.

Away from work Charlotte is a keen walker, skier and camper and enjoys attending music events and festivals.

Qualifications: 

Leeds University – LLB (hons),
BPP – Legal Practice Course (distinction)
BPP – LLM in Professional Legal Practice (distinction)
STEP Diploma in Trusts & Estates (England & Wales)

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Chelsey Bayliss
Solicitor

 

Qualifying in 2013, Chelsey leads our family department in the Chester office.

Joining Linder Myers in 2019, Chelsey is a member of Resolution and specialises principally in all areas of family law, including complex financial matters arising out of a marriage or relationship breakdown, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements and children matters. Chelsey’s work also encompasses unmarried separation and the appropriate division of property.  Chelsey has previously dealt with  applications for leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction and applications for removal of life support systems.

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Claire Reddicen
Chartered Legal Executive

 

Claire joined Linder Myers in 2005, under Rowlands Solicitors. She began her CILEx training in September 2011 and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2019. Claire works in our occupational disease department.

Claire has vast experience in handling a diverse caseload across occupational disease and successful history of pursuing claims of a significant value. Claire prides herself on providing the very best service to her clients, to ensure they get the results they deserve, and is known for her efficiency and tenacity.

Specialisms

  • Asbestos-related disease, including high value mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer cases, asbestosis and pleural thickening
  • Claims for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Claims for Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Claims for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Employers Liability Claims
  • Occupiers Liability and Public Liability Claims
  • Applications to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority, particularly in relation to historic sexual abuse

Career & Qualifications

  • CILEx Law School, 2019

Outside of work, Claire spends her time in the gym, socialising with friends and is a keen traveller and festival-goer.

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Danielle Burgess
Paralegal

Danielle is a paralegal in our trusts and estates department, having joined in October 2018 after relocating to the North-west of England. Danielle works hard to understand each of her client’s unique issues; she is capable of supporting people in their planning and shows empathy and guidance when helping after the loss of a loved one. Danielle is continuing to progress and learn in her field and aims to qualify with a depth of experience behind her.

Specialisms

·       Estate administration

·       Lasting Powers of Attorney

·       Preparation of wills

Danielle first began her career in law after beginning a CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Legal Apprenticeship. Differing from starting a legal career at university, Danielle instead opted to begin through a legal apprenticeship scheme. She is now continuing to work on her CILEX exams to qualify as a chartered legal executive lawyer.

Career & Qualifications

·       Cilex Law School, 2013 – to present.

After the completion of her apprenticeship, Danielle lived in Australia and traveled through South East Asia. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, horse riding and travelling whenever she has the opportunity. She is also a member of our in-house book club and enjoys reading from genres that she typically wouldn’t select.

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Danielle Nelson
Legal Assistant

Danielle joined the team at Linder Myers in August 2021 and works within the Family department as a Legal Assistant in our Sale office. Over the last 23 years, Danielle has worked within law ranging from conveyancing to personal injury and has spent the last 7 years working within Private Family Law. Divorce, finances and private children are some key areas Danielle specialises in.

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys socialising with friends and family and travelling and exploring different countries. Danielle has completed two half marathons and likes to spend time either running or hiking whenever she can.

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David Hinchliffe
Principal Lawyer

 

David Hinchliffe is a Principal Lawyer working in the private client department in Lancashire. His main areas of expertise include;

  • Wills and Probate
  • Residential Conveyancing

David has worked on a number of notable cases including representing a claimant v. Home Office which arose from a riot at Strangeways prison.

A quote to sum up his approach to work; “I am committed to carrying out clients’ wishes, where legally achievable, and explaining all matters in layman terms.”

Memberships: The Law Society Property section

Employment: Trained at Senior, Calveley & Hardy and became Partner at the firm in 1989. David led the Kirkham office from 1990 until its recent merger with Linder Myers in September 2012.

David lives in Blackpool and is married with two grown up children. His hobbies and interests include real ale, pub quizzes, melitensia (anything relating to Malta) and supporting Manchester United.

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David Jefferies
Principal Lawyer

David is a Principal Lawyer working in the Trusts and Estates department in Lytham. His specialist areas of work includes:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Administration of estates
  • Court of Protection
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

Education: David attended the King Edward VII School in Lytham before moving onto Sheffield University to complete his degree.

Memberships: Member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP).

David is also Clerk to a number of charitable trusts.

Employment: David has practised law on the Fylde Coast with Senior, Calveley and Hardy Solicitors for 35 years, joining Linder Myers when the two firms merged.

David lives in Fulwood. He is married with three grown up children. His hobbies and interests include the opera and military history. He is a long-standing school governor and elder in a local church.

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Debbie Morrell-Williams
Solicitor

Debbie completed both the LLB in 2011 and the LPC part-time at Manchester Metropolitan in 2013, graduating from the LLB with a 2:1 and the LPC with Merit and a Certificate of Commendable Practice. She was admitted to the roll of solicitors in October 2020.

Debbie has volunteered at Salford Young Offenders Team for 7 years as a Restorative Justice Mediator and a Referral Panel Member. She took her first legal position in 2013 Burton Copeland as a fee-earner in criminal law. Debbie completed further academic study in Mental Health Awareness and then she went on to be team leader in a busy Negligence Department at Stanton Fisher Lawyers in 2014. Debbie has worked solely in Court of Protection Law since 2016.

Debbie joined Linder Myers Solicitors in January 2018 as a Court of Protection Executive. Debbie makes applications to the COP for deputyship, lay deputyship, gifts and appointment of trustees, revocation of EPA’s, discharge of deputyship and one off applications to the Court of Protection and also makes applications for Health and Welfare deputies to be appointed and acts for the deputy where there are contested deputyship applications. Debbie also drafts LPA’s for property and affairs and Health and Welfare and PI Trusts.

Managing up to 90 complex deputyship matters which range from birth and brain injury settlements, to people who have very little, Debbie prides herself on being able to improve people’s outcomes regardless of their wealth by working closely with family, local authorities and charities.

With expertise in dealing with people with leaning difficulties, autism, dementia and mental health issues, Debbie specialises in matters where there are Health and Welfare proceedings ongoing and as such is referred matters from public law firms who deal with residence proceedings and DoLS challenges/authorisations on matters where a property and affairs deputy needs to be appointed. Debbie also has experience of managing client matters where the protected party is sectioned under the MHA, under Home Office Detention or where the protected party has had no recourse to public funds.

Debbie is routinely asked to make applications from Local Authorities who cannot act for the protected party due to conflict of interest in matters for example where there is CHC funding, Property to be sold for care fees, high value or complex estates or where the Local Authority does not have the capacity to act themselves.

Debbie has great knowledge of care funding and completes financial assessments on behalf of the team as well as her own clients and has knowledge of challenging CHC funding withdrawals and funded nursing care withdrawals.

Debbie works alongside our successful Bodily Injury department on litigation matters where litigation support is required and where there are questions over capacity.

Debbie having had a successful career in business development has become the relationship manager for many of the large organisations and Local Authorities we now work with.

Debbie enjoys working at Linder Myers because of the culture, flexibility and the breadth and quality of work that she deals with.

Education: LLB 2:1 2011

Qualifications: LPC Merit and Certificate on Commendable Practice 2013

Debbie enjoys swimming, eating out, festivals, holidays, spending time with her husband and children.

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Emma Channon
Principal Lawyer

 

Emma Channon is a principal lawyer and head of the employment team at Linder Myers’ Lytham office.

Qualifying in 2007, Emma has over 20 years’ experience in the legal industry. Emma advises her clients on a range of employment law matters, and has particular expertise in:

  • Advising on HR policies and procedures
  • Dealing with unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
  • Drafting and negotiating settlement agreements
  • Assisting and advising on employment tribunals
  • Employment contract and staff handbook drafting and amendments
  • Discrimination by way of sex, age, race and disability
  • Dealing with civil and commercial litigation.

Additionally, Emma also has experience of negotiating football player contract terms and settlement agreement and successfully taking cases to and defending cases at the employment tribunal and the County Court.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with her children and walking on the beach and in the countryside with her dogs. She is also a loyal Manchester City fan and volunteers with local animal charities (trying her best not to bring them all home!).

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Faye Kelshaw
Solicitor

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Gareth Williams
Principal Lawyer and Head of Chester

Gareth is an Associate in the Trusts and Estates department of Linder Myers and the Head of our Chester office. He joined in April 2007 as a paralegal, becoming a qualified solicitor in 2009. Gareth, a full member of STEP, now leads our Trusts and Estates team in our Cheshire office.

Gareth specialises in general and high net worth Trusts and Estate Planning, and also has extensive experience in mental capacity and Court of Protection work.

Areas of work

• Estate Planning (High Net Worth/Complex)

• Probate

• Lasting Powers of Attorney

• Court of Protection Property and Financial Affairs deputyships

• Court of Protection Statutory Wills

• Personal Injury Trusts

• Brain Injury Litigation Advice

Gareth, originally from North Wales, now lives in Cheshire with his wife and two daughters. His main hobbies revolve around sport and he is a season ticket holder at Wrexham Football Club.

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Graham Crewe
Associate

Graham joined the firm as an Associate in the Trusts and Estates department in May 2010. Prior to joining Linder Myers he ran his own practice for 21 years and has been a qualified Solicitor for 37 years.

Graham specialises in:

  • Wills and estate planning
  • Lifetime and post-death tax planning
  • Trusts
  • LPAs
  • Court of Protection work
  • Elderly client matters

Graham has experience of working on complex international probate cases and is a full member of Step (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) and Solicitors for the Elderly

Graham sums up his approach to work by stating: “because the work is tailored to the client’s personal circumstances it should never be regarded as just routine”.

Graham is married and lives in Mobberley. He enjoys cycling, music and classic guitars, real bread and Italian home cooking.

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Hannah Dowling
Paralegal

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Helen Taylor
Conveyancing Team Leader

Helen joined the team at Linder Myers Solicitors in July 2021 as a Conveyancing Team Leader. Helen has over fifteen years’ experience in conveyancing, during this time she has picked up variety of skills in key areas such as freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing, re-mortgages, private mortgages, bridging loans, transfers of equity and new-build purchases.

In 2005, Helen obtained a BA Hons in English Literature and qualified as a Fellow Chartered Legal Executive at Cilex Tutorial College in 2012.

Helen has a broad range of experience from her background in banking and through the experience gained at several law firms across the country, making her well placed to handle any conveyancing transaction.

Outside of work, Helen enjoys travelling and exploring new places, as well as cycling or dining out with family and friends.

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Hollie Randles
Solicitor

Hollie joined the team at Linder Myers in October 2021 working within the family department in Lytham and Sale as a Solicitor. Hollie attended the University of Chester from 2014 and graduated in 2017 where she achieved a 2:1 LLB Law Degree. Hollie obtained a Masters of Law (LLM) and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law from 2017 to 2019 where she obtained a Commendation in both her Masters and the LPC.

When completing her research and dissertation to achieve her Masters, Hollie gave particular focus to the jurisdictional comparisons in family law, both in and outside of Europe and child inclusive mediation.

In 2019, Hollie completed her training contract at a well-respected Firm in Liverpool, where she spent 4 years building a strong rapport with fellow legal professionals and clients in and around the Merseyside area.

Hollie has a broad range of experience in divorce/separation, children matters and financial remedy cases, having dealt with cases with an international element and complex financial remedy matters involving overseas martial funds and property. Hollie is an experienced advocate and takes a pragmatic and sensitive approach to her cases. Over the course of her time studying the law, she has picked up a vast amount of knowledge in a number of different areas including handling financial remedy with international elements, relocation matters, both inside and outside of the UK and forced marriages.

Hollie handled and concluded a forced marriage case for a minor where she obtained a Forced Marriage Protection Order immediately after instruction. In this case, time was of the essence as the plans to relocate the child overseas to marry where already underway. Hollie handled the application with sensitivity and concluded matters promptly to avoid the risk of the High Court having to apply for wardship under its inherent jurisdiction.

Outside of work, Hollie loves to travel, play piano and spend time with her family, friends and partner. She also loves hiking with her golden retriever, Theo, and has two cat, Maisie and Mollie (whom unfortunately don’t enjoy the hikes!).

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Idrees Naeem
Solicitor

Idrees joined the team at Linder Myers in September 2021 as a Solicitor working within the Commercial Property department. Idrees has been working within property law for over six years and is experienced in property acquisitions/disposals and acting for foreign buyers and investors.

Beside this, Idrees has experience in commercial transactions of varying complexity acting for investors, developers, lenders, landlords and tenants. Idrees has acted for well-known personalities including actors, musicians and sports people in a variety of property matters.

Outside of work, Idrees enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and exploring different countries and cuisines.

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Jay Melvin
Solicitor

 

Jay joined the Linder Myers team in Sale in May 2021 as a Solicitor. With a number of years’ experience within residential conveyancing, Jay is now expanding her skill set into commercial property. Dealing with freehold and leasehold transactions, leasehold flats transactions and representing lenders for real estate transactions are some of the key specialisms within Jay’s role that she handles.

During her time in residential conveyancing she has dealt with hundreds of transactions and is now starting off in real estate finance transactions.

Outside of work Jay enjoys taking her dog for a walk, travelling and eating out at restaurants.

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Jill Quinn
Paralegal

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Joanne Alvey
Associate

 

Joanne first joined Linder Myers in June 2010 as a Solicitor within our Employment department, headed by Alan Lewis – a Legal 500 Leading Individual. Working for both employees and employers on a number of complex cases, Joanne worked with Linder Myers until May 2014, following the birth of her second child. Following her maternity leave, Joanne opted to take a two-year career break to look after her two young children. However, in November 2015, she took a position to work on a self-employed basis. However, in October 2019 Joanne made the decision to return to Linder Myers as an associate within our Employment department, and again working under Alan Lewis.Joanne is passionate about pregnancy-related cases within employment law, having successfully won numerous cases surrounding this issue. She is also trained in general mediation with the hope to complete a workplace mediation course to offer to potential clients.Specialisms

  • Advises businesses on disciplinary and grievances
  • Claimant and respondent work
  • Helps businesses understand discriminatory pregnancies
  • Unfair dismissals and negotiating exits for respondent clients and individuals
  • Discrimination
  • Judicial mediation
  • Recoupment of training fees
  • Employline

Career & Qualifications

  • Salford University, Health Science BA (Hons), 2000
  • BPP University, GDL, 2006
  • BPP University, LPC, 2007

Outside of work, Joanne enjoys trying new physical wellbeing activities; these include HIIT classes, running, and skiing with her family. She enjoys cooking and partakes in cuisine classes such as Thai and Italian, to perfect her culinary skills. Joanne likes to participate in relaxing activities such as these to maintain her work-life balance, her favourite being spending time with her husband and two children. She regularly hosts for her friends and family at her home but also enjoys eating out frequently.

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Joanne O’Neill
Paralegal

Joanne O’Neill is a Paralegal within our Bodily Injury department. Joanne is an experienced Paralegal with over 20 years experience in Personal Injury Work.

Areas of Expertise:• RTA
• Accidents at Work
• Public Liability
• Mainly Portal Matters

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Joanne Vickers
Paralegal

Joanne is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Department at Lytham office.  She has worked in this department with Linder Myers for ten years and deals with Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney.  She also deals with the day to day running of attorney files and assists in some Court of Protection matters.  Joanne has 20 years experience in private client work.

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Justine Reynolds
Solicitor

Justine joined the team at Linder Myers in September 2021 as a Solicitor in our Family department. Before qualifying in 2009, Justine had previously worked as a paralegal in 2006 and was offered a training contract in 2007, it was during this time Justine knew family law was the area she wanted to specialise within.

Justine has a wide range of experience including dealing with divorce and dissolution of marriage, separation and cohabitation disputes and also matrimonial finances dealing with clients from low to high net worth backgrounds. In addition to this, Justine deals with private law children act matters ranging from advising on issues such as child arrangements concerning residence, contract, relocation and special guardianship orders as well as injunctive matters.

Having worked within Family Law for over 15 years, running both a pro-bono clinic at a local housing association during her training contract and working for firms which provided legal aid, Justine has handled within the region of over 600 cases across this time.

Justine is on the committee for Cheshire & North wales, having previously held the position of chair for three years before handing the baton over to someone else. She also sits on the executive counsel of Chester Business Club.

When circumstances allow, Justine likes to travel and enjoys new experiences and cultures. Being a home bird, she loves being around friends and family and is always kept on her toes by her young son. Going out for meals, to the theatre or to concerts are also on Justine’s activity list outside of work and when she has the time, cooking and gardening are other hobbies she enjoys.

 

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Karen Vaughan
Conveyancing Case Handler

 

Karen joined the team in May 2021 as a Senior Case Handler in our conveyancing department. After qualifying in 2002, Karen has gained experience in buying and selling residential properties including flats and new builds, right to buy, remortgages and transfer of equity transactions.

One of Karen’s most memorable cases is taking care of an elderly couple who had not changed properties in over 50 years. A chain of over 15 people were involved in this transaction. On completion Karen was delighted to confirm with her clients that their keys were ready for collection on the property being purchased by 1.30pm.  Having a large chain involved, circumstances could have dramatically been different and clients could have encountered significant delays. All clients in the chain had moved into their new homes by 3.30pm.

Karen enjoys spending her free time going on walks, socialising with friends and family or working hard in the gym.

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Kelly Ngan
Paralegal

 

Kelly joined the Linder Myers team in May 2021 as an employment paralegal. Kelly is an experienced paralegal who, for the last 5 years, has obtained an excellent knowledge in employment tribunal cases, unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Kelly has also undertaken extensive litigation work.

Kelly has handled over 70 active credit hire files and over 40 employment tribunal files. She can offer support and guidance throughout the claim process. Kelly has also worked on the Asda Equal Pay group claim.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys travel and food. As part of her undergraduate study, she spent some time studying abroad as an Erasmus student in the Czech Republic. She also enjoys socialising with family and friends, exploring new cities and cultures and trying new foods. Kelly is keen to continue work within corporate social responsibility and give back to the community, as she previously worked as a Barnabus volunteer and youth advocate.

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Lauren Gratrix
Paralegal

Lauren joined the team in October 2021 as a Paralegal working within the Wills, Trust and Probate department.

In 2020, Lauren obtained her law degree before going on to receive her Masters of Law on The Mental Capacity Act 2005 in 2021.

Outside of work, Lauren spends the majority of her time caring for and competing with her two horses Jack and Wally. She also enjoys travelling and cooking.

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Lisa Howarth
Conveyancing Assistant

Lisa joined the conveyancing team at Linder Myers in November 2021 as a Conveyancing Assistant within the department. Lisa will be handling sales and purchases, and also remortgage cases.

Outside of work Lisa likes to keep fit, cook and experiment with new recipes as well as going on interesting walks.

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Lottie Brenton
Trainee Solicitor

Lottie transferred to Linder Myers Solicitors in March 2021 after working in our Terry Jones practice since 2017. Lottie has worked within the family department in both private and public proceedings before moving to Linder Myers to assist with public law proceedings.

Lottie will be running PLO matters and attending appointments with the clients, assisting in care matters and assisting in representing parents and children in Local Authority Care Proceedings. Alongside this, Lottie will be assisting those involved in private law children proceedings.

Outside of work, Lottie enjoys travelling and going on holidays, socialising and going to the gym.

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Mark Howarth
Principal Lawyer

 

Mark joined Linder Myers’ personal injury department in 2003 becoming a partner in 2007.

Mark deals mainly with motorcycle accidents, where clients have sustained major orthopaedic injuries. He has been judicially recognised for his expertise, knowledge and experience in dealing with motorcycle liability issues. He also has a great deal of experience across the broad spectrum of personal injury work and partially handles files for Clinical Negligence and Occupational Disease

Examples of Mark’s successes for clients include:

  • Acting for a motorcyclist who had a below the knee amputation of his left leg. The claim settled within nine months for £525,000.
  • Representing a motorcyclist who sustained multiple injuries particularly to her legs resulting in numerous operations. She received £437,000.
  • Acting for a motorcyclist who lost control of his bike after water from a mains supply had seeped and frozen. He sustained multiple fractures to both legs and was awarded £240,000.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Head Injury
  • Spinal Injury
  • Amputation

Mark lives in Ashton-in-Makerfield his daughter. He is a keen sports fan, following Liverpool FC and Lancashire County Cricket Club. His other great interest is gardening which he finds to be the antithesis of his busy professional life. He also enjoys history, politics and current affairs.

Mark works by the motto: “You can settle it quickly or you can settle it properly!”

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Mark Russell
Conveyancer

 

Mark joined the team in April 2021 as a Conveyancer, based in our Sale office. Over the 12 years Mark has spent as a Conveyancer, he has handled a number of different cases, giving him experience in niche areas such as the sale and purchase of leasehold, shared ownership and new build properties.

During Mark’s free time he likes to stay active by playing football and hiking. He spends the rest of his free time with his family.

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Matthew Smith
Principal Lawyer and Head of Clinical Negligence

Matthew joined the team at Linder Myers in November 2021 as a Principal Lawyer and the Head of the Clinical Negligence department. After qualifying in 2005, Matthew has handled over 500 clinical negligence matters and covers the full remit of claims, with particular specialism in cases involving cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, amputations, vascular and neural injuries.

A Clinical Negligence Accreditation is not something that is handed out easily by the Law Society – even to those who have vast experience – but Matthew has acquired this.

Over the duration of Matthew’s career he has settled a vast number of cases, one of the most notable cases settled was one in respect of a delayed diagnosis of encephalitis with a capitalised value of over £20 million. Another was an unfortunate case of delayed diagnosis of cancer which led to severe lymphoedema and settled for in excess of £1 million.

During Matthew’s spare time he enjoys taking part in triathlons, travelling and reading.

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Patricia Prescott
Principal Lawyer

 

Patricia Prescott is a Principal Lawyer in the Trusts & Estates Department at Linder Myers and joined the firm in October 2018.

Patricia specialises in:

  • Probate / Administration of Estates
  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Estate & Tax Planning
  • Trusts

Employment

Patricia qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and has worked in East Lancashire and across the region. Patricia worked at Latimer Lee for 6 years before being asked to head the private client department at Forbes Solicitors and joined Linder Myers in October 2018 at the Lytham Office.

Education

  • Higher National Diploma in Business & Personnel
  • Business Administration Degree with honors
  • Post Graduate Law Degree (CPE)
  • Legal Practice Course

Memberships

Full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Paul Magee
Principal Lawyer and Head of Litigation

Paul is a Principal Lawyer and Head of Commercial Litigation at Linder Myers Solicitors and is a very experienced commercial litigator across a number of areas, with property litigation being the primary specialism. Paul is equally comfortable representing landlords as well as tenants in relation to both commercial and residential possession and forfeiture disputes ; dealing with complex property claims relating to rights to light and easements ; rights of way ; adverse possession ; business tenancy renewal ; section 20 disputes ;defective house builds and extensions; boundary and neighbour disputes and housing disrepair claims.

Paul has acted in a number of successful high profile and reported Court of Appeal cases involving points of law which either resulted in a change to or clarified the legal position including Wallace v Manchester City Council and the case of Bird v Chartland, Swancote and Turvill. In his spare time, Paul enjoys trying to play the guitar and badminton, albeit not at the same time.

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Phil Bellamy
Principal Lawyer

 

Phil trained with Myers Mocton & Levy, one of the five firms which merged to form Rowlands in 1969. He served as Finance Partner for five years and Senior Partner for 10 years. He was a Partner at Rowlands Field Cunningham until the firm was acquired by Linder Myers in 2011.

Phil has experience in all aspects of commercial property including complex transactions and has acted on several thousand cases. He specialises in the following:

  • Acting for individual investor clients working closely with surveyors and property managers
  • Supporting corporate clients in the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses and deals with business relocation projects including sales and leasebacks.

Memberships: Phil is a member of The Law Society, The St James’s Club and The Primary Club.

Phil is a lifelong supporter of Manchester City Football Club and member of Lancashire County Cricket Club. Although a City fan Phil is solicitor to the Association of Former Manchester United Players.

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Raazia Ibrahim
Principal Lawyer & Head of Commercial Property

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Rhian Cumming
Paralegal

 

Rhian joined the Linder Myers conveyancing team in February 2021 as a paralegal. Previously Rhian has worked in customer service and admin for over ten years.

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Richard Ashton
Principal Lawyer, Head of Trusts & Estates

Richard Ashton is a Principal Lawyer in the Trusts and Estates department at Linder Myers. He joined the firm as part of the merger with Moss and Poulson in 2009.

Richard specialises in:

  • Estate planning
  • Wills
  • Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Court of Protection/Office of the Public Guardian Deputyship
  • Trusts

One example of Richard’s success for clients was the arrangement to reclaim Inheritance tax of over £45,000 through preparation of a Will.

Richard lives in Shrewsbury and enjoys the Shropshire life. He has a keen interest in motorsport, particularly Formula One.

Year admitted: 1997

Education: Law degree (2:1) at Aberystwyth University, Legal Practice Course (LPC) in Chester.

Languages: Basic Welsh

Memberships: Richard is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly

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Rosleen Opie
Commercial Property Assistant

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Salma Ahmed
Clinical Negligence Litigation Executive

 

Salma joined Linder Myers in May 2020 as a litigation executive within our medical negligence department. With extensive experience in managing complex high-value personal injury claims and civil litigation, she is primarily based in our Sale office.

Career & Qualifications

  • Bar Vocational Course, Non-practicing Barrister, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2009
  • Leeds Metropolitan University – LLB (Hons), 2008

Salma prides herself on being client-care focused and understanding the needs of her clients during what often are difficult and emotional times.

Specialisms

  • Misdiagnosis of fractures
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Hospital mistreatment
  • Surgical errors
  • Birthing injuries/death
  • Amputations resulting from clinical negligence mistakes

Outside of work, Salma enjoys ice skating, reading and volunteering, and is also fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

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Sarah Grilo
Legal Assistant

Sarah joined the team in November 2021 as a Legal Assistant within our Family Law department. Based in our Sale office, Sarah provides full support to fee earners, with over 30 years’ experience working for Solicitors and ten of those being in Family Law.

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Sarah Lowndes
Legal Assistant

Sarah joined the team in our Chester office in November 2021 as a Legal Assistant supporting the Family department. Sarah has over 20 years of legal experience.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys playing Crown green bowls and has represented Wales during her time of playing. Sarah is currently a Welsh Ladies Bowling Team Selector.

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Sarah McCarthy
Principal Lawyer

 

Sarah is a Principal Lawyer in the Family and Trusts & Estates department in our Lancashire office. She joined the firm in June 2012.

Her areas of specialism include:

  • divorce and matrimonial finance
  • disputes relating to children
  • inheritance claims
  • collaborative family law
  • pre and post nuptial agreements
  • separation agreements
  • civil partnerships
  • administration of estates
  • wills

Recent cases Sarah has worked on include:

  • acting for a client with millions of pounds worth of assets whose wife was claiming 50% in a divorce settlement
  • working for a client with marital assets overseas and a complex offshore pension scheme
  • a case involving a pre-marital agreement which was prepared pre the Radmacher case. The client’s marriage broke down years after and Sarah made an application to the Court for notice to show cause as to why the wife should not be bound by the agreement. The application was successful and the pre-marital agreement was upheld. 

Employment: Sarah joined another law firm in 1998, qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. She became a Partner in 2007 and was made head of the family department in 2011. In 2012 she joined Linder Myers.

Memberships: Sarah is a member of Resolution and a secretary for Lancashire and Cumbria Resolution committee. She is a trained collaborative lawyer.

To sum up her approach to work, Sarah says “when appropriate, and particularly when there are children to consider, the Collaborative approach can provide a forum for both parties to raise points, have discussion and reach a financial agreement enabling them to move forward and continue to co-parent their children despite their separation”.

Sarah lives in Blackburn with her husband and son. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Shannon Wood
Trainee Solicitor

 

Shannon joined Linder Myers in January 2019 at our Chester office and works as a paralegal in our family department. More recently, she has begun splitting her time between the family and trusts & estates departments. Shannon graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2018 with an LLB Law Degree. Shannon is due to start her training contract with us in October 2020 with the aim of qualifying in 2022 and aspires to work in both family and trusts & estates after qualifying.

Specialisms

  • Working between both family and trusts & estates departments
  • Family: assisting with a variety of areas namely, divorce, finances and children matters
  • Trusts & estates: assist with the drafting of wills and lasting powers of attorney.

Outside of work, Shannon enjoys socialising with friends and family, attending the gym, and seeing as much of the world as she can through holidays.

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Sophie Shaw
Paralegal

Sophie became a part of the team at Linder Myers in August 2021 working as a Paralegal in the Wills and Trusts department.

During Sophie’s spare time, she enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures. Sophie also enjoys abstract painting.

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Terina Kiss
Head of Family Law and a Principal Lawyer

Terina is Head of Family Law and a Principal Lawyer specialising in divorce law, matrimonial financial remedy and private children matters, with experience of private client, probate and being able to adapt to any area of law following her legal training at Bar School. Terina is also a member of Resolution and IDAS.

Initially Called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister, having obtained two scholarships, The Sir Thomas More Scholarship from her Inn of Court, Lincoln’s Inn and the Director of BPP Law from her then Law School BPP for outstanding academic achievement. Terina is also a scholarly member of the Lord Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Following qualification Terina worked for Humberside Police within the legal services unit and covert authority bureau before being asked to work in private practice in a North Lincolnshire law firm. To practice law within the private arena Terina choose to cross qualify and obtain automatic rights as FILEx.

Terina now aspires to become a family Judge and has further interests in advocating for legislative/legal reform regarding domestic violence and the family law arena as a whole; understanding the difficult focus on judicial and professional training reforms in respect of the complex dynamics of domestic abuse and the fundamental effects upon victims, children and their families.

Family Law
Terina sees private family matters through from start to finish ensuring continuity, establishing a relaxed and friendly relationship with her clients whilst maintaining a professional approach. With the ability and advocacy experience to represent her client’s at court from the First through to the Final Hearing, Terina will always endeavour, in the first instance, to reach a negotiated settlement with the other party to avoid unnecessary court proceedings; always striving to achieve the best possible outcome given each individual client’s case. Besides divorce and related financial matters, Terina also specialises in private Children Act matters, pre and post nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements, separation agreements, civil partnerships, TLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 – advice up to court only), property disputes between unmarried couples.

Education
LLb (Hons) Law Degree, The University of Hull, 2007
Lincoln’s Inn, Inn of Court, London
Lord Denning Society Scholarly Member, Lincoln’s Inn, London
Sir Thomas More Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, London, 2008
Director of BPP Scholarship, BPP Law School, 2008
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, Leeds, 2010
Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 2010

Interests
Terina has a keen interest in sport having competed for Great Britain and England with her chosen sport of karate, Wado Ryu. Obtaining her black belt at the age of 15 she was the European Kata Champion twice and has competed in both individual and team kumite at both national and international levels in countries across Europe and Great Britain. Terina even appeared on a BBC programme demonstrating karate!

These days Terina prefers to take part in other sports such a mountain biking and skiing, which she has done across Europe and Canada – with the Rockies being her favourite….she can also be found on the treadmill at home following lockdown! As a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, Terina also rode motocross and had her own motocross bike, until a few injuries persuaded her that a glass of red and chilling by a log fire after a walk in the countryside was really the more adult way to progress!

Terina can regularly be found supporting her 11 year old son playing rugby union and taking part in his many sporting activities.

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Thomas Reid
Solicitor

Thomas joined the team in August 2021 as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor based in our office in Sale. He obtained his Law degree from Leeds Beckett University in 2015 and since attended the legal practice course at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017.

Thomas is experienced with dealing with contractual disputes, residential and commercial property disputes and also debt recovery and various other areas relating to Commercial Litigation

During his spare time, Thomas enjoys road cycling, hiking and attending the gym. When he’s not busy keeping active he spends time socialising with friends.

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Tim Hare
Conveyancer

 

Tim joined the Linder Myers Conveyancing team in June 2021 as a Conveyancer in our Sale office. Previously, Tim has worked for one of the largest conveyancing firms in England & Wales that was part of a PLC. This has given him extensive experience in case handling. Alongside this, Tim has a wide range of experience in handling sales and purchases, leaseholds and freeholds, remortgages and right to buys.

Over the last five years Tim has completed around 1,600 transactions and is used to carrying up to 150 transactions at one single time. In 2018 Tim was highly commended for Rising Star at the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards.

During Tim’s free time he enjoys travelling, walking the dogs and socialising with friends and family.

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Vicky Reynolds
Conveyancing Team Leader

Vicky is the Team Leader for the Linder Myers Conveyancing team in Shrewsbury. Vicky employs a proactive and solution focused approach to all matters and is passionate about delivering outstanding client care.

Vicky enjoys close working relationships with a number of national wealth management companies working with high net wealth clients and also looks after our relationship with our affinity companies at a national level.

Vicky has been a Conveyancing specialist for the last 12 years and in that time has built up experience in:

Buying property
Selling property
Leasehold matters
Right to buy matters
Re-mortgages
Transfer of Equity

Away from work, Vicky, is an avid walker and cyclist.