MKB SOLICITORS - Key Persons


Ben McFeely

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Employment Lawyers Association
Ben is a graduate of the University of Hull where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Honours) degree before going on to achieve a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from BBP Law School in Leeds. Ben is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society. Ben is a Senior Partner and our Head of Employment. He is a specialist Employment lawyer recognised by the Legal 500 as an expert in the field of Employment Law and Human Resources. Ben has over 10 years' experience in employment work, working solely in this area since he qualified and has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals on employment matters. He began his legal career in 2006 and joined MKB Solicitors in April 2010 upon qualification from a large commercial legal practice in Hull. Ben undertakes work acting on behalf of both employers and employees, but particularly specialises in the commercial aspects of Employment Law. Ben deals regularly with executive disputes, TUPE issues, redundancy and restructuring and contractual/policy matters. Ben has also carved out a niche as an expert in data protection matters, consulting the business community on this developing area of law following the implementation of GDPR. In 2017, Ben was highlighted by the Legal 500, a prestigious legal directory, as a "Next Generation Lawyer", one of only 8 lawyers across the entire Yorkshire region in his field. He demonstrated through excellent feedback from his strong commercial client following that he is part of the next generation of Yorkshire's leading lawyers. Ben's reputation was then enhanced further when he was nominated for the Rising Star award by the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2019. Ben has substantial experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious Employment Law including:

Charlea Ogley

Job Titles:
  • Legal Secretary
Charlea joined MKB in 2017 as an Apprentice within our General Office function after leaving school. After successfully completing a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Charlea joined the Litigation department in 2019 as a Legal Secretary and gained experience in Employment Law and Dispute Resolution. Charlea's ambitious nature led to her enrolling with CILEx in 2020 to pursue a career in law, and has undertaken legal training since that time. Charlea has achieved a CILEx Certificate in Law and Practice (Employment Practice) and has successfully completed her studies in Contract Law, Property & Private Client and the Law of Tort. Charlea is currently undertaking training in Dispute Resolution. She remains committed to her training towards qualifying as a CILEx Lawyer. Charlea is now working as a Trainee CILEx Lawyer for MKB working under the guidance of Senior Partner Ben McFeely within the Employment Department and Helen Thompson within the Dispute Resolution Department.

Charles Muir

Charles joined MKB in March 2020 and is a solicitor in our Family Department. Charles qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has worked in both the public and private sector. He specialises in cases involving children and has spent most of his professional life working in South Yorkshire. Charles has considerable experience in all matters involving disputes about children, including proceedings bought by the Local Authority and disputes between parents around contact and where a child should live. He has particular expertise in cases where Social Services are involved. Charles strongly believes that children are best brought up in their own family where it is safe to do so. He frequently represents Grandparents and other family members. Charles is known for his conscientious approach and for his tenacious representation of his clients. He strives to provide straightforward, honest, and clear advice to clients and to ensure that they fully understand the legal process that they are involved in. Charles undertakes the vast majority of his own advocacy, as he prefers to attend Court in person with his clients and to be there with them, throughout the whole process. Prior to becoming a solicitor, Charles worked at the European Parliament and as the Assistant to the Leader of a Local Authority. Charles has also worked as a volunteer for VSO and is a conversational Mandarin speaker.

Chloe Peczek

Chloe joined MKB in January 2024 as a Family Law Paralegal. Chloe started her legal journey as an Apprentice in 2017 shortly after finishing her A Levels at Thomas Rotherham College. She built experience as a Legal Assistant over a period of 6 years. Chloe is an aspiring Lawyer and is commencing the Cilex Legal Executive Course in the Summer of 2024 which following successful completion, she will qualify as a Cilex Lawyer. Chloe is able to assist in all aspects of Children law, such as disputes about contact or living arrangements for children. Chloe is also able to assist in relation to matters where there is Local Authority involvement such as Child in Need, Child Protection Planning and in the Public Law Outline Process (PLO). Chloe regularly attends Public Law Outline meetings to represent and guide parents throughout this process.

Harjit Singh

Harjit joined the firm in February of 2022 as a Partner in the Commercial Department. Harjit started his legal career in 2011 as a paralegal...

Helen Thompson

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Helen is an Associate Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Department. Helen qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 after attending Lancaster University, where she obtained a Law Degree at 2:1 level. She attended the College of Law in York to obtain her LPC qualification, where she received a Distinction, and completing her training contract with a firm in Darlington. Helen then moved to Yorkshire where she has lived and worked ever since. Helen joined us in March 2022. She advises on a wide range of litigation matters including, but not limited to:-

Jane Munden

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor
Jane is a Solicitor in our Family department. She joined the firm in October 2023. Jane is from Barnsley and has practiced Family Law in the Barnsley area since she qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. She specialises in all areas of Family Law including: Divorce and separation Resolving financial settlements including property, pensions and companies/businesses Separation Agreements and Living Together Agreements Disputes between unmarried couples Domestic abuse and injunctions Children issues including parental responsibility and Special Guardianship Jane holds the Law Society Advanced Family Law Accreditation.

Leigh Bassinder

Leigh began her legal career in 2007 in Residential Conveyancing and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in every aspect of the conveyancing process in that time. Leigh has a thirst for learning and expanding her skill set. In 2015, Leigh achieved a CILEx Certificate in Law & Practice (Conveyancing) and is now continuing her studies to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer. Leigh joined the MKB Residential Conveyancing team in 2019 where she carries out a variety of transactions including Freehold and Leasehold sale and purchases, new build purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, Right to Buy purchases and dealings with unregistered land. Leigh is friendly and approachable and prides herself on providing a high level of client care and a professional service. Outside of work, Leigh is a mum of 2 and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Luke Newton

Luke joined our team following his successful development of 2 firms litigation departments in the Wakefield area. He has over 10 years' experience in dispute resolution, you can therefore be rest assured he will understand your legal issue and find a timely and cost-effective resolution for you. His areas of practice predominantly cover (but are not limited to): Landlord and tenant matters (commercial and residential) Contract and Lease disputes Personal Injury (Road Traffic, Employers & Public Liability) Debt recovery Property disputes involving rights of way, easements, neighbours, boundaries etc Inheritance Act 1975 and Contentious Probate claims Contentious matters regarding Deputyship and the Court of Protection Professional negligence - claims against surveyors, solicitors etc Claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA claims) In his spare time Luke enjoys spending time with his family and friends out in the countryside or trying to improve his golf handicap (which isn't going too well). Luke has previously chaired the charity committees in his previous firms and looks forward to furthering our charitable works in the local community, he was previously a Trustee for Wakefield Trinity Community Trust in 2020. Luke is currently in his final year of training as a solicitor and is due to qualify at the start of 2024 with a view to further qualifying as a Solicitor Advocate.

Lynn Baker B.

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner, Head of the Family Department and Solicitor Advocate With Higher Rights of Audience
Lynn is a Senior Partner, Head of the Family Department and Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. Since 1999 she has been an accredited member of the Law Society's Children Panel. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989, since which time she has specialised in cases involving children, including where Social Services are involved particularly in relation to the PLO process and care proceedings. Lynn has been a Partner at MKB Solicitors since the 2001 merger with Hinchliffe Baker. Lynn is committed to helping MKB Solicitors be the best possible Solicitors practice in the area - providing a well respected, friendly, trustworthy and efficient service for local people. She deals with all aspects of children law including cases initiated by the Local Authority and Private Law cases involving the parents and very often grandparents and non-related carers. She covers all types of cases where children are involved including cases where Child Arrangement Orders (Live With) and (Spend Time With) Orders are made, cases where Special Guardianship Orders are made and Care and Adoption Proceedings. She has regularly dealt with other types of cases e.g. Involving specific issues like change of name/school and removal from the jurisdiction. Lynn has many years experience of dealing with highly complex cases often involving a number of medical experts, psychiatrists and psychologists. As a solicitor advocate she represents parties involved in proceedings at all levels of the judiciary from Magistrates, District Judges, Circuit Judges and the High Court. She regularly represents children in their own right where they are of sufficient age and understanding to make their own decisions and give instructions in the proceedings and often through their Court appointed Guardian. Special Guardianship Orders are becoming increasingly utilised by the Courts as a means of securing a child's living arrangements, Lynn regularly deals with such cases. She regularly represents parents whose first language is not English. Lynn is Barnsley born and bred and has practiced extensively in all Courts in South Yorkshire.

Matthew Gibson

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Team at MKB
Matthew qualified as a solicitor in April 2010 and joined the firm in January 2012. Matthew advises in relation to all aspects of Private Client law including: Wills Tax Planning Estate Administration Lasting Powers of Attorney Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney Applications to the Court of Protection Assisting and advising Attorneys and Court of Protection appointed Deputies Creation and Administration of Trusts Matthew has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped thousands of families and individuals. Matthew has completed several professional development courses in Wills and estate administration.

Mr Steven Dawson

Job Titles:
  • Head of Private Client Department
  • Head of the Private Client Department
Steven is the Head of Private Client Department and also a Senior Partner. Steven has over twenty years of experience in Private Client advice. Steven joined MKB when he qualified as a solicitor in September 2001 after attending Sheffield Hallam University where he obtained a Law Degree at 2:1 level. He then attended the College of Law (York) where he received a Commendation, before carrying out his training contract with a firm on the East coast. Steven then joined MKB upon qualification in 2001. Since then Steven has advised thousands of families in relation to their ongoing legal needs. Steven became the Head of the Private Client Department in 2006. He became a Partner in 2008 and a Senior Partner in 2015. Steven specializes in all areas of Private Client work including the administration of estates, preparation of Wills, tax planning and trusts, Court of Protection, Public Guardianship Office matters and powers of attorney. Steven prides himself on providing advice in a straight forward, ‘no nonsense' way, and is incredibly proud of the team he works with in the Private Client Department. Planning for later life, or dealing with matters after the death of a family member is never nice - our aim is to make it as simple and trouble free as possible. Steven aims to forge lasting relationships with families in the hope that we can assist with events at every stage of a persons life. Be it amending Wills following marriage or the birth a child, through advice with helping parents financially supporting grown up children, right through to later life, and ultimately helping families who have just lost someone. Steven believes the role of a good Private Client lawyer is to be here at every stage, to provide the best advice for whatever may occur. Steven is past President of the Sheffield District Law Society (2014/15), a 150 year old independent organization representing Solicitors firms across South Yorkshire. Steven is also heavily involved in the management of MKB on an ongoing basis.

Rachael Burley

Job Titles:
  • Member of Resolution
  • Senior Family Law Solicitor
Rachael is a Senior Family Law Solicitor in our Family Department and has been with us since March 2019. In August 2023 Rachel became a Partner in the firm. She has practiced in South Yorkshire since she qualified as a Solicitor in 2006. Rachael specialises in all aspects of matrimonial law including: Children issues; Social Services involvement; Divorce/separation; Domestic abuse/injunctions; Financial and property settlements; Pensions; Separation agreements; Unmarried couple disputes; Child arrangement orders; Parental responsibility; Special guardianship. Rachael holds The Law Society Family Law Accreditation and has done so since 2013. Rachael is also a member of Resolution, which promotes dealing with family law issues in a constructive way and focusing upon the needs of any children involved. Out of work, Rachael is a keen runner and in 2018 undertook the Yorkshire Marathon Challenge and completed the Sheffield and Leeds Half Marathons and Yorkshire full Marathon, raising money for Neurocare. Rachael also enjoys spending time with her family and is a mum to two daughters.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca joined the firm in September 2022 as a Partner and solicitor in the Commercial Department. She qualified as a solicitor in 2003 after obtaining a degree in Law from the University of Leeds and a distinction in the Legal Practice Course from the College of Law in York. She has been a specialist Commercial Property solicitor ever since. Rebecca has an excellent knowledge of the area and strong links with other local professionals, having been a Partner with another well-known local firm until recently. Rebecca acts for a wide range of private and corporate clients, investors, developers, builders, charities, pension funds and Local Authorities in all areas of Commercial Property and business related work. She has particular expertise with large, complex and high value transactions. Her areas of specialisation include: Acquisitions and disposals of investment properties Landlord & tenant matters including leases, licences, assignments and estate management Business sales and purchases Auction sales and purchases Development including the acquisition and disposal of land, plot sales and new build transactions Adverse possession claims Lending and finance Overage, options and conditional contracts Agricultural property Residential conveyancing Rebecca enjoys working with her clients to create long lasting relationships and is regularly re-instructed by clients. She aims to take a practical and sensible approach to transactions in order to achieve the best possible outcomes in a timely manner.

Rebecca Parry

Rebecca qualified as a Solicitor in 2019 after completing her LLB Law with Business Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and the Legal Practice Course with Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Sheffield. Rebecca joined MKB's Private Client department in March 2021 and can assist clients with a wide range of matters including: Preparation of Wills Administration of Estates Lasting Powers of Attorney Court of Protection applications Trusts Planning for a time when we are no longer here or dealing with the loss of a loved can be very difficult. Being able to assist clients and provide guidance at such a time is something which is very important to Rebecca.

Sara Audin

Sara joined MKB in 2002 as an apprentice in the General Office after leaving school where she gained valuable experience in how a busy Solicitors Office operated. In 2004 Sara joined the Conveyancing department gaining valuable experience in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing and made the decision to pursue her studies to become a Licensed Conveyancer and qualified January 2021. After working in Residential Conveyancing for the last 16 years Sara has gained valuable experience in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing. Sara is fully aware how stressful buying a home can be and strives to make the whole process and experience as painless as possible for Clients. Outside of work Sara enjoys spending time with her family undertaking outdoor activities from camping, fishing, walking.