WOODFINES - Key Persons


ADRIAN NICHOLAS FROST


Alev Tonks

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
  • Trainee Solicitor
Alev joined Woodfines as a Trainee Solicitor in February 2018, having spent 18 months working as a Paralegal and Trainee in the Commercial department of her previous firm. Prior to that, she worked in-house for a telecommunications company dealing with commercial, IP and employment law. Alev successfully completed the LPC at Law School, obtaining a Distinction, and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2019, joining the firm's Litigation team in Milton Keynes.

Alice Wooler

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate

Alisha Khinda

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
  • Solicitor / Commercial Property
Alisha is a solicitor in the Commercial Property department based in Milton Keynes and has gained experience in non-contentious real estate, with a particular focus on landlord and tenant work and portfolio management. Alisha graduated from Nottingham Law School and then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law achieving a distinction. She undertook her training contact with an in-house legal team in London and was admitted as a solicitor in December 2018. Outside of work, Alisha enjoys travelling to new places, visiting exhibitions and keeping fit.

Anastasia Whitlock

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Solicitor
  • in 2013 As a Legal Secretary
Anastasia is a Solicitor in the Corporate & Commercial department advising different business entities including high street banks, start up businesses, SMEs and partnerships. Anastasia understands the need to give not only legal advice but practical and commercial advice tailored to business needs. Anastasia deals with a broad range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, management buy outs and restructuring. She also advises on commercial contracts to ensure your business is protected whilst allowing relationships with third parties to be commercially successful. Anastasia's recent work includes asset and share sales/purchases, intra-group reorganisations, and share capital reductions. Anastasia is part of the firm's GDPR team, and provides companies with specialist advice with regards to the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations. Anastasia joined Woodfines in 2013 as a legal secretary, before leaving to complete the GDL (following a degree in geography) and LPC at the University of Law in Leeds. She rejoined Woodfines in 2016 as a trainee solicitor, before qualifying as a solicitor in September 2018, when she joined the firm's Corporate & Commercial team.

Andrew Buckley

Job Titles:
  • Partner / Employment
Andrew qualified as a solicitor in September 2000 and joined Woodfines a year later. He became a partner in 2004. Andrew has a strong experience of all aspects of employment law, including the delivery of employment law training to Company Clients. He has higher rights of audience and is an experienced advocate in many different Courts and Tribunals. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys chess, golf, and long distance running. He has also practiced Tae Kwon-Do for the last 35 years.

Andrew Carter

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Andrew joined Woodfines' Milton Keynes office in 2008 having worked for several years in London. He leads the firm's Dispute Resolution & Litigation department, and is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer advising businesses on a range of complex commercial issues. He has particular experience in property disputes, partnership disputes, credit & security, banking & financial services (including guarantees & indemnities and complex loan agreements), logistics, construction and engineering, insolvency, economic torts, bailment and conversion and injunctive relief. He also has specialist knowledge of media law including online and print publishing, libel & regulation, copyright, contempt of court, privacy, data protection and freedom of information. Andrew is also a member of the business protection team that provides a wide spectrum of advice to companies related to data theft, unlawful competition, and intellectual property misuse and infringement. "Andrew Carter of Woodfines Solicitors is someone you would want defending your rights. A very able, knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer. A true warrior who goes the extra mile."

ANDREW GILES HOLCROFT BUCKLEY


ANDREW MICHAEL CARTER


Ann-Marie Cleghorn

Job Titles:
  • Private Client Executive

Asha Ali

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Ben Greenwood

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Charlotte Benjamin

Job Titles:
  • Partner / Commercial Property
Charlotte joined Woodfines in January 2015 and is a Partner at the Bedford office, having previously been a Partner at a London firm for 15 years. She has over 20 years' experience as a Commercial Property solicitor, acting for individuals, corporate clients and lenders. She has expertise in dealing with all non-contentious matters relating to Commercial Property, non-contentious landlord and tenant issues and issues relating to all aspects of agricultural land law. Charlotte deals with sales and purchases of commercial property and agricultural land and also has a wealth of management experience acting for landlords of shopping centres, industrial estates and smaller schemes and dealing with development projects from conception to completion, including land promotion agreements. She is also Clerk to the Sandy Charities. "Charlotte Benjamin is a breath of fresh air to deal with and is a pleasure to resolve legal issues." "Woodfines, or Charlotte Benjamin, is always on hand to pick up anything which we need undertaking from the inception of buying the land to closure when our developments are completed."

Charlotte Hunt

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
Charlotte completed her undergraduate law degree at the University of Hull, which included spending time working on a pro-bono programme in HM Prison Hull. Charlotte showed an early interest in the Transport sector at University and chose to study Shipping Law as an elective, in which she obtained a first. She went on to complete her postgraduate Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, following which she worked at a local law firm in Bedford. Charlotte joined Woodfines as a trainee solicitor in 2016 and qualified into the Crime and Regulatory department in 2018. She has a particular interest in the Transport sector.

Cheryl Henry

Job Titles:
  • Graduate Legal Executive ( GCILEx )

Ciara Higgins

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Claire Dunn

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Claire holds a degree in German and Law from the University of Surrey, and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London. She trained with, and later worked at, Harold Benjamin Solicitors in Harrow, and also spent time with Austin Ryder & Co in London and running her own practice, Dunn & Co. Claire specialises in house sales and purchases, including shared ownership properties and transfers of equity. "This is the second time I am working with Claire Dunn, and I am extremely pleased with the level of service offered. She is very responsive and accommodating to my timeline and the final bill was within the original quote. I would highly recommend Woodfines and Claire Dunn to anyone considering a real estate transaction and in need of a solicitor." "The service we received from Claire Dunn has been superb. She shows incredible attention to detail. She is professional and yet down-to-earth to approach."

Claire Le Mouëllic

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Claire Spencer

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Senior Associate
Claire is an experienced solicitor, specialising in commercial litigation. She trained in England and Wales and practiced in property litigation before relocating to New Zealand at the end of 2006, where she practiced as a solicitor and barrister in general commercial litigation. Through her career, Claire has prided herself on the client focus and rapport she has become known for, coupling this focus with an eye for detail and business acumen. These core attributes have enabled her to deliver great outcomes to clients whilst enjoying the varied challenges cases frequently provide. "Claire was lovely to deal with and made the whole process easy. Very happy with the service and her!"

Denise Higgins

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Denise began her career at Woodfines in 2005 and has been qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive since 2009. She has experience in all areas of family law, however she latterly specialises in cases involving children and was admitted to the Children Law accreditation scheme in 2013. Denise now heads up the firm's care department and has particular expertise in public law proceedings representing both parents and children. Her expertise has meant that she has dealt with many complex cases, including serious sexual abuse, fictitious illness and non-accidental injuries, as well as being involved in cases where domestic abuse neglect and substance misuse are key factors. Denise has represented a number of parents who have learning difficulties or mental health issues and are represented by the Official Solicitor, her sensitive and professional approach means that the clients feel in safe hands. She undertakes the majority of her own advocacy from the start of the case until the end and has appeared in the High Court on many occasions dealing with various complex cases involving the death of a young child as well as representing parents in cases where their child is restricted of their liberty or they need to be detained in a secure environment. Denise regularly represents children and her friendly and adaptable approach means that they too feel in safe hands with the process being carefully explained to them. Denise is regularly involved in cases where children are reunited with their families and her dedicated approach means that she has many referrals from other local professionals as well as previous clients.

Eloise Wilson

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Member of the Family Law Department
Eloise is a Partner and member of the Family Law department at Woodfines. She specialises in: Relationship breakdowns, including divorce, separation and the dissolution of civil partnerships; financial settlements and implications of divorce or separation, financial remedy cases; children disputes acting for parents and grandparents; pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes, living together agreements Eloise studied at the University of Hertfordshire where she completed a combined studies Degree in Law & European Studies, followed by the Legal Practice Course. She has worked in the legal sector since 1996 and qualified as a solicitor in November 2000. Eloise joined Woodfines in September 2019, after 18 years at a firm based in Hertfordshire. Eloise takes a pragmatic approach to resolving issues and believes in providing excellent care for all clients that she advises. She prides herself on providing a professional service, and has a friendly and approachable manner. She is naturally calm and has an understanding attitude, advising clients in a clean and concise way. Her aim is to achieve the best possible outcome for clients, at the earliest opportunity.

Esther Marchant

Job Titles:
  • Partner, TEP
Esther joined Woodfines in 2016 and brought with her over 30 years of experience in writing Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, estate planning, probate administration, trusts and other related issues. She is from north Buckinghamshire and is the third generation of solicitors from her family. Esther now lives in Bedfordshire and has previously worked at law firms in both Bedford and nearby Milton Keynes. She is also a full member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Esther is based in the firm's Milton Keynes office, but also sees clients in Bedford as required. "Esther Marchant was brilliant! While she was knowledgeable, efficient and no nonsense in her approach, she was also sensitive to the situation I presented. That, coupled with a sense of humour, was very reassuring."

Georgia McKenna

Job Titles:
  • Paralegal / Commercial Property

Hannah Johnson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
  • Solicitor
  • Member of APIL
Hannah completed her law degree at the University of Nottingham, before completing her Legal Practice Course at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Hannah joined Woodfines in 2012 to begin her training contract with the firm, and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014. She became a Senior Associate in 2017. She specialises in probate, will and inheritance disputes, alongside personal injury claims. Hannah is a Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist pursuant to her full membership of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Solicitors) and also has a STEP (Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners) Certificate in Trusts and Estates which provides useful background to her contentious probate practice. In relation to her personal injury practice, Hannah is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). "Hannah dealt with our problem which was both upsetting and difficult at the time, with a high level of compassion and understanding, and secured a very satisfactory outcome for us."

Helen Simpson

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Solicitor
Helen undertook a law and sociology degree at the University of Warwick, before completing her LPC at De Montfort University in Leicester. She received a scholarship from the Ministry of Justice to do her LPC and worked full-time throughout her LPC studies as a court clerk before obtaining a distinction. Helen joined Woodfines to undertake the 2-year training contract in 2013 and qualified in 2015. What Helen's clients say about her: "It was nice dealing with Helen, she was very approachable and personable. Always available if we had queries."

Jacqui Pearce

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
Jacqui is a Solicitor in the firms Private Client Department. She undertakes a variety of work including drafting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, and administering estates. Jacqui completed her Law degree and Legal Practice Course at the University Hertfordshire and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2013.

James Wilkinson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
James joined Woodfines in 2021 and undertakes both transactional and day to day corporate and commercial matters. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, shareholders' arrangements (for new and established businesses) and preparing businesses for major capital events. Before joining Woodfines, James spent time in a private practice in the City and in a tech-focussed role in industry. That commercial and legal experience enable James to communicate well with all stakeholders and to apply a robust but pragmatic approach to his advice.

Jane Anderson

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
Jane graduated from Durham University before qualifying as a solicitor in 1996 with Batcheldors, which later merged with Woodfines. Jane left Woodfines to join the First Law Partnership in 2005 to develop her criminal legal aid practice, during which time she established a strong reputation and client base in the local criminal courts; appearing regularly in the Magistrates and Crown Courts as a higher court advocate having attained her higher rights of audience. The FLP merged with Cartwright King and Jane used her time there to expand her practice to include regulatory law, whilst remaining a committed court advocate. Jane re-joined the team here at Woodfines in 2017, adding a wealth of experience and further improving our specialist Transport team. She has a particular interest in POCA proceedings, advising on the rights of third parties and representing individuals and businesses subject to applications for cash seizures, restraint and confiscation. Having spent over 20 years defending those involved within the Criminal Justice System, Jane continues to skilfully and robustly represent the interests of individuals and businesses investigated and prosecuted by the Police, CPS, Local Authorities, the Health and Safety Executive and other Crown Agencies. "I found Jane Anderson to be most professional and very down to earth. Her advice was most helpful and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others who found themselves in a similar situation to that in which I found myself."

Jennifer Barker

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
Jenny obtained her law degree at the University of Hertfordshire, and went on to study the Legal Practice Course at BPP University in Cambridge. She trained as a solicitor at local law firm, Taylor Vinters, and joined Woodfines' Wills & Probate team in Cambridge in early 2019.

Jenny Teall

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate, TEP

JOHN DAVID WEBSTER


JOHN EGAN


John Leadbeater

Job Titles:
  • Partner
John qualified in 1992 after training at Gareth Woodfine and Partners, and became a Partner at the firm in 1997. John has significant knowledge of all aspects of family work, including; divorce, finances, children disputes and care proceedings. He has a wealth of experience and is a member of the Law Society, the Law Society's Family Law Panel and the Law Society's Children Panel.

JOHN PAUL LEADBEATER


Jonathan Dattani

Job Titles:
  • Paralegal

Karen Jobbling

Job Titles:
  • HR Manager

Kate Chalk

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor / Commercial Property

Kate Love

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor

Katie Dyer

Job Titles:
  • Marketing Executive

Keith Corkan

Job Titles:
  • Consultant / Employment

KEITH JONES


Kerrie-Ann Downing

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Kerry Ransby

Job Titles:
  • Events Executive
Kerry has been with Woodfines for a number of years and has experience working as a legal secretary in various departments. After seeking a new challenge, Kerry joined the Marketing team in 2015 and has since completed the CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Marketing (Customer Communications) with Distinction. Kerry now manages all of the firm's events, as well as supporting the rest of the team as required.

Kirsty Stroud

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate

Lily Burton

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor

Maggie Shen

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Operations Manager / Administration

Malgorzata Bronisz-Handley

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor

Maria Gallucci

Job Titles:
  • Partner / Employment

MICHAEL JOHN HAYWARD


Michael Roche

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Senior Associate Solicitor / Commercial Property

Mike Hayward

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Millie Ireson

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Legal Executive ( GCILEx )

Natalie Richards

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Solicitor

Natasha Moore

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Fellow

Natasha Stroud

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Nathan Taylor-Allkins

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate

Neil Aitken - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Finance Director
Neil joined Woodfines in 2018 after several years as a freelance Finance Director, with a portfolio of clients ranging from a London based law firm to a large air ambulance charity. Prior to freelancing, he was Finance Director for Ashtons Legal and was Director of Finance & Administration for the British Olympic Association (BOA) overseeing finances, banking and insurances for both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games. He has also worked in senior finance roles in property development, accountancy practice and professional rugby.

Neil Gibbs - CEO

Job Titles:
  • Managing Partner

NEIL JAMES GIBBS


Nicasio Dino

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Nick Sayer

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Partner / Employment

Nigel Ashton

Job Titles:
  • Partner

NIGEL JOHN ASHTON


Phoebe Fortune

Job Titles:
  • Paralegal

Rabia Butt

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Rachel Eagle

Job Titles:
  • Paralegal

Reena Mistry

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate / Commercial Property

Savanita Atwal

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor

Stephen Goddard

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Corporate & Commercial Senior Management Team
  • Head of Business Development & Marketing

Suzanna Stephenson

Job Titles:
  • Partner / Commercial Property

SYLVIA GOULDING

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Corporate & Commercial Senior Management Team
  • Partner / Commercial Property

Thomas Hale

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Solicitor

Tim Addinell

Job Titles:
  • Partner, TEP

Tim Sills

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Consultant / Commercial Property

Tina Batten

Job Titles:
  • Conveyancer

Tony Stanton

Job Titles:
  • Conveyancer

Zak Barnaville

Job Titles:
  • Trainee Paralegal

Zara Rian Bracegirdle

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Team
  • Associate, TEP