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Emma Gaudern Court of Protection solicitors

Emma Gaudern

Managing Director

Emma Gaudern Court of Protection solicitors

Emma Gaudern

Managing Director

I studied at the University of Leeds and undertook my Legal Practice Course in York. I trained with Addleshaw Goddard (then Addleshaw Booth & Co) and qualified as a solicitor in 1999, based in Manchester. I qualified into the private client team and undertook Wills, trusts, probate and inheritance tax planning work, mainly for high net worth individuals. I then moved to Pannone, where I began to do some work with disabled and incapacitated individuals who had suffered injuries and made compensation claims. I continued my general private client practice and it was at this time that I co-authored “Probate and the Administration of Estates: The Law and Practice”. I also began to lecture extensively for Central Law Training on aspects of probate and trust administration.

In 2004 I set up the private client department at Alexander Harris, again undertaking work with disabled individuals and also general private client work. It was at this point that I gained much more experience and insight into dealing with the needs of those with brain injuries, particularly those who have claimed compensation and are therefore extremely vulnerable due to their significant assets.

Upon the merger of Alexander Harris and Irwin Mitchell in 2006, I joined DWF in order to create a private client team in Manchester, eventually becoming team leader across all the offices. In 2010 I decided to relocate to the North East as my partner was living and working in Sunderland. I worked for BHP Law for nearly four years, eventually deciding to set up EMG Solicitors Limited in early 2014.

We undertake all areas of Wills, trusts, probate and tax planning work, and have a particular focus upon dealing with Court of Protection and trusts work for vulnerable beneficiaries. I am deputy for over 40 individuals and a trustee of a further 15-20 trusts. I manage funds valued at over £40m. As a practice we aim to deliver a consistently high standard of service to all our individuals. We take the time to get to know our clients and understand their requirements, and work hard to meet their expectations.

Jemma Morland Court of Protection work deputyships solicitors
Jemma Morland Court of Protection work deputyships solicitors

Jemma Morland

Director

I am a Director at EMG Solicitors Limited and I specialise in Court of Protection and Trust matters. I ordinarily represent clients who are incapacitated, as defined by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and I often act as a professional deputy and trustee.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 after undertaking my training contract at a high street firm in Wallsend. During my training contract, and post qualification, I specialised in family law, housing law, social welfare law and Court of Protection matters. This experience has proved invaluable because it has broadened my understanding of various areas often touched upon by Court of Protection cases.

I have a varied caseload and I manage the affairs of a large number of vulnerable people, usually those who have lost capacity due to an injury at birth, catastrophic accidents, illness or learning disability. I am involved in lots of cases where there is also a personal injury litigation case and I am experienced in both pre and post settlement administration.

As well as regular client contact, I am also responsible for general day to day money management, overseeing financial investments, the completion of annual tax returns, reporting to the OPG, advising on and drafting all types of Court of Protection applications (see our services section for details), close co-ordination with relatives, case managers, carers and therapists and the purchase of assets including suitable accommodation and adapted vehicles. This list is just an example of what my role entails and is not exhaustive.

In addition to my Court of Protection work I manage numerous personal injury trusts, where the client has capacity but their personal injury award needs to be protected, and I also provide advice to lay deputies who want to apply to act as a deputy for a close family member or friend.
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Jane Purvis Practice Manager emg solicitors newcastlepsd

Jane Purvis

Practice Manager

Jane Purvis Practice Manager emg solicitors newcastlepsd

Jane Purvis

Practice Manager

Joining EMG Solicitors in December 2015 as their Practice Manager, I bring with me over 25 years of experience, operating at a managerial position within the Accountancy Practice for one of the North East’s largest Law Firms.

Initially starting out on a Youth Training Scheme in 1986, I am now qualified in both management and legal accounts and, over the years, I have built up vast experience in many areas including; Practice Management, Accounting & Finance, HR and Facilities.

Rosalind Danson business development emg solicitors

Rosalind Danson

Head of Business Development & Solicitor

Rosalind Danson business development emg solicitors

Rosalind Danson

Head of Business Development & Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and have enjoyed a successful career in the law. Initially, I practised at a large regional practice in Newcastle and later, I moved to the North East office of a large national firm where I was promoted to Partner. More recently, I was appointed Operations Director of a law firm in Teesside.

I am now the Head of Business Development here at EMG. I am dedicated to building lasting relationships with our clients and my aim is to ensure we always exceed expectations. I create, coordinate and monitor all marketing activities and I am committed to identifying and realising new opportunities for EMG.

Ursula Collie Consultant Solicitor newcastle

Ursula Collie

Consultant Solicitor

Ursula Collie Consultant Solicitor newcastle

Ursula Collie

Consultant Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and spent my early years after qualification at Darbys Solicitors in Oxford, first as an assistant solicitor and then a salaried partner. I moved to the North-East in 1996 and joined BHP Law to develop what was then their new civil litigation team. I became a salaried partner at BHP in 1998 and remained there for many years, becoming Head of Civil Litigation and the firm’s registered complaints and claims handler. In 2012 I took on a Consultant role at BHP. I also qualified as a CEDR accredited mediator in 2012. I am a Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist and a member of ACTAPS.

I am now a Consultant at EMG Solicitors. I specialise in probate, trusts and land disputes, which so often can cause problems within families. I provide advice on disputed wills and inheritances, and conflict over land (where the problem may be about joint ownership, boundaries, tenancies, or rights over land).

I will work with you to find the way of resolving your dispute which is right for you, from negotiation and mediation to full-blown court action.
Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist

Allison Coverdale Legal Secretary emg solicitors

Allison Coverdale

Legal Secretary

Allison Coverdale Legal Secretary emg solicitors

Allison Coverdale

Legal Secretary

Allison is a legal secretary with over 25 years experience as both a secretary and fee earner. She has for worked in firms in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham ranging from small sole practitioner offices to large national practices. Her experience includes conveyancing matters, family law and wills, trusts & probate.

Allison joined EMG Solicitors Limited in February 2016 and and is really enjoying working in the team.

Samantha Edward Associate Solicitor emg solicitors durham

Samantha Edward

Associate Solicitor

Samantha Edward Associate Solicitor emg solicitors durham

Samantha Edward

Associate Solicitor

I am an Associate with EMG Solicitors joining in February 2016. I specialise in the drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney, mental capacity, estate administration, trust administration, inheritance tax planning and asset protection.

I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature and then completed both the CPE and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University graduating with a distinction in each.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2007 into the Private Client Department of Ward Hadaway Solicitors in Newcastle after completing my training there. I worked for the following 8 years at Ward Hadaway undertaking all elements of Private Client work.

I work for a diverse range of clients from private individuals, business owners, farmers and trustees. I advise on estate planning so families can plan for the next generation and pass assets down, including advice on inheritance tax planning and the available reliefs and exemptions. When giving advice in respect of the mitigation of inheritance tax on death I consider the effect of life policies and pension death benefits together with the redirection of estate entitlement via a Deed of Variation.

I work closely with my client’s other professional advisors, such as accountants, financial advisors, stockbrokers and land agents to ensure the best solution is reached for my client.

Holly Hirst Court of Protection solicitor

Holly Hirst

Court of Protection solicitor

Holly Hirst Court of Protection solicitor

Holly Hirst

Court of Protection solicitor

I am an assistant solicitor at EMG Solicitors having joined the firm in February 2015.
I graduated from Keele University in 2005 with a degree in Law and English Literature. I then relocated to the North-East to study at Durham University (Ustinov College) for a postgraduate LL.M degree in International Trade and Commercial Law. In 2006 I joined the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University and was called to the Bar a year later.
Following the completion of my studies I spent several years in the emergency services, the vast majority of which were in a uniformed front-line role working with local communities in Durham and Chester-le-Street. During this time I particularly enjoyed developing links with organisations for disabled people in the local area.
In 2011 I decided to return to law and accepted a role as a trainee solicitor with a well-established Sunderland firm. I qualified as a solicitor in April 2014 into the private client department of the firm and continued to develop my own client base dealing with Wills, Probate, Court of Protection and Lasting Power of Attorney matters.
I now specialise solely in Court of Protection matters and act for both professional and lay deputies and attorneys. I am experienced in making a wide variety of applications to the Court of Protection including those for the appointment or discharge of a deputy, post-settlement security reviews, gift applications, permission to make/amend financial investments, permission to purchase/sell property on behalf of a protected party and approval of personal injury/CICA trusts.

A highlight of my role is assisting clients on a day-to-day basis but also advising on bigger projects such as purchasing and adapting a property.

I am currently studying for the Headway Certificate in Brain Injury Studies with the University of Northampton to further improve my understanding of the physical, cognitive, behavioural and social consequences for brain injured individuals, families and carers.

Andrea Ingledew Chartered Legal Executive emg solicitors newcastle

Andrea Ingledew

Chartered Legal Executive

Andrea Ingledew Chartered Legal Executive emg solicitors newcastle

Andrea Ingledew

Chartered Legal Executive

I am a chartered legal executive at EMG Solicitors, working in the Court of Protection team.

I qualified as a legal executive in 2005, whilst working in the personal injury department for a high street firm in Middlesbrough. I had my own client base dealing with a varied caseload of personal injury claims including a number of cases in litigation. From here I moved into criminal law where I spent 13 years, providing advice and assistance at the police station, as well as advocacy in the magistrates court. I also dealt with crown court cases involving serious offences and large financial investigations. The experience has proved invaluable having dealt with extremely sensitive cases and vulnerable people.

In my role within the Court of Protection team, I have regular client contact and I am responsible for the general day to day management of clients files, developing close relationships with relatives, case managers, carers and therapists and the dealing with large financial settlements.

Natalia Lalas family law solicitors durham

Natalia Lalas

Associate Solicitor

Natalia Lalas family law solicitors durham

Natalia Lalas

Associate Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 having studied and worked in England and Europe. I undertook my training contract in Lincolnshire where I specialised in family law.

I returned to the North East in 2003 and worked for a large commercial practice in Teesside where I specialised in divorce and financial settlement cases. I represented clients in the local courts and the High Court in London. My expertise covers all aspects of family law including divorce, financial claims, children issues such residence and contact, cohabitee property disputes and civil partnership dissolution.

In 2008, I became the first solicitor in Teesside to qualify as a Collaborative Lawyer. This is a process designed to take the “sting” out of divorce or separation and help couples to resolve their difficulties without resorting to court and therefore enabling them to retain control of the process. I joined EMG Solicitors in March 2015 and am able to offer new and existing clients a bespoke and specialist family law service.

Vickie McCoy Chartered Legal Executive emg solicitors

Vickie McCoy

Chartered Legal Executive

Vickie McCoy Chartered Legal Executive emg solicitors

Vickie McCoy

Chartered Legal Executive

I am a Chartered Legal Executive with EMG Solicitors having joined the firm in July 2015.

I graduated from Sunderland University in 2001 with a degree in Business and Legal Studies. I then went on to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010 after working and doing the Ilex open learning course.

From early on in my legal career I worked in criminal defence, which brought me into contact with some of the most challenging and vulnerable clients. I worked in criminal defence for 12 years before moving to Court of Protection work with EMG Solicitors. This helped me to develop excellent client care and organisational skills.

Moving into Court of Protection work allows me to further my skills working with vulnerable clients, something which I feel I have a natural ability to do. Having joined the excellent team at EMG Solicitors, I look forward to expanding my knowledge and assisting our clients to live as full a life as possible.

EMG Solicitors, Durham Picture: Julia Middleton

Julia Middleton

Associate Solicitor

EMG Solicitors, Durham Picture: Julia Middleton

Julia Middleton

Associate Solicitor

I am an associate solicitor in the family department of the firm. I studied Law in Manchester and then the LPC at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. I qualified in 2000 having trained in a North East High Street firm primarily undertaking family law work. I worked for 13 ½ years in the family department at Ward Hadaway in Newcastle undertaking all areas of family law before joining the firm in January 2017.

I advise clients in all family matters including divorce and financial disputes between married, unmarried and same sex couples, private law children matters including residence and contact issues, domestic violence injunctions and issues regarding child maintenance.

I regularly advise clients in areas of wealth and asset protection such as pre and post nuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements.

I am a Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) Accredited specialist in financial matters and private law disputes regarding children. I am a committee member of North East Resolution.

I am also a trained collaborative lawyer. Collaborative family practice is a form of dispute resolution which enables parties to meet face to face with their lawyers to negotiate. It aims to resolve family disputes without going to court.

Patricia Oliver Legal Secretary emg solicitors north east

Pat Oliver

Legal Secretary

Patricia Oliver Legal Secretary emg solicitors north east

Pat Oliver

Legal Secretary

Pat is a legal secretary with over 40 years experience. She has supported Solicitors in many areas of law over the years including conveyancing, crime, family, care proceedings, litigation, employment, housing and mental health.

Before joining EMG Solicitors Pat worked for a firm of Solicitors in Chester le Street for 15 years. Pat lives near to Washington, Tyne and Wear with my family. With an extended family being her daughter, son and two step daughters. Pat also has four grandchildren two grown up grandsons and two young girls

Callum Robertson Apprentice Solicitor emg north east
Callum Robertson Apprentice Solicitor emg north east

Callum Robertson

Paralegal

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2016 with an LLB (honours) degree in Law. Whilst completing my studies, I worked full time. It was challenging, but the high attainment I achieved in the course was rewarding. Having experienced working from the factory floor to the position of area manager, I understand the difficulties that can occur, and the importance of communication to find the right solution.

I joined EMG Solicitors in September 2016 as a paralegal. I am currently studying for the postgraduate Legal Practice Course with a view to qualifying as a solicitor in the future. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the team and look forward to my future with EMG Solicitors.

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Eilish Ferry-Kennington

Court of Protection Solicitor

Eilish lawyer at emg solicitors

Eilish Ferry-Kennington

Court of Protection Solicitor

I joined EMG Solicitors in July 2017. I joined the well established Court of Protection Property and Finance Team. I bring with me experience of advising and representing clients in relation to Court of Protection health and welfare matters.

I originally studied BSc Geography at Liverpool University then MSc Environment and International Development at Manchester University. I later undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University, gaining distinctions in both. After graduating, I worked in a legal aid firm with offices across the north east. My training included experience in the Housing and Police Misconduct departments but my the majority of my training contract was spent gaining experience in Court of Protection (Health and Welfare), Mental Health and Community Care. I qualified as a solicitor in March 2016 and continued to focus on these areas.

I have experience in representing clients who suffer cognitive impairments, learning disabilities and mental illness. I have represented patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and their family members at Mental Health Tribunals.

In Court of Protection health and welfare matters, I have regularly represented adults who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. This involves taking instructions from a litigation friend, who instructs a solicitor in the person’s best interests. I have often been instructed by the Official Solicitor as litigation friend. I have also acted for clients when a there is a health and welfare dispute about a family member. I have particular experience where a person is deprived of their liberty, for example it is thought to be in their best interests to reside in a care home, but they or a family member seek to challenge this decision.

I act for people at stressful times of life and often for those who have difficulties with communication. I know that it is important to adapt to each client’s own circumstances and have developed an approachable style while still ensuring that each client is fully advised.

In, 2016 I was a finalist at the Northern Law Awards in the ‘Trainee Solicitor of the Year’ category. I have been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Panel since April 2014 and I am in the process of applying for the Law Society’s new Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation.

Rebecca Shacker

Rebecca Shackler

Receptionist and Office Administrator

Rebecca Shacker

Rebecca Shackler

Receptionist and Office Administrator

After leaving New College Durham in 2013 I joined the team at Clever Clogs Day Nurseries where I built some very strong relationships with the children in my care, as well as their families. In June 2015, I joined BHP Law as a Receptionist at the Darlington branch. In October 2015, I moved to the Durham branch of BHP where I continued with reception duties, provided support to the conveyancing department and was the nominated Deeds Administrator . My particular strengths lie in client service and care . I joined the EMG solicitors team in March 2017 as a receptionist and office administrator. I’m really enjoying the role and love providing help and support to our clients, the EMG team and all the colleagues we work with.

Rebecca Shacker

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Richard Swinbank

Associate Solicitor

Richard Swinbank residential conveyancing emg solicitors

Richard Swinbank

Associate Solicitor

I joined EMG solicitors in December 2015 as an associate solicitor and specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing.

I qualified in September 2007 and have worked at a number of small to medium sized firms throughout the North East including Close Thornton LLP in Darlington and Bond Dickinson LLP in Newcastle.

I predominately deal with the sale and purchase of residential properties and act for clients all over the Country. I also deal with remortgages, investment properties and transfer of equity matters amongst various other property matters.

Here at EMG Solicitors we believe in providing a bespoke conveyancing service that competes on quality rather than the price. We understand that each property transaction is different and the service provided to each client will be tailored to fit their needs. Throughout my career, I have found that being able to communicate clearly is key throughout any transaction which is why I like to provide all my clients with regular, realistic and accurate updates.

Working with clients on a day to day basis so that excellent working relationships can be built is rewarding and has lead to further work from clients and referrers alike . Each day is different and approached in the same proactive, professional manner so that I can provide my clients with what they require enabling them to complete their transaction successfully and promptly.

Karen Finance and Business Development Assistant

Karen Thompson

Finance & Business Development Assistant

Karen Finance and Business Development Assistant

Karen Thompson

Finance & Business Development Assistant

Karen is our Finance and Business Development Assistant. Karen has over 25 years of working in customer service, finance and business development and has worked for large blue chip companies, sole practitioners and family firms. Karen lives in the Durham area with her husband Ian and son Sam.

Jennifer Turnbull

Jennifer Turnbull

Wills and Probate solicitor

Jennifer Turnbull

Jennifer Turnbull

Wills and Probate solicitor

I joined EMG Solicitors in April 2017 as a specialist wills and probate solicitor. I qualified in 2011 following completion of my training contract at a large high street firm in Newcastle upon Tyne.

I have always had a passion for helping members of the local community and those who are elderly and/or vulnerable. When I was a trainee solicitor, I set up and ran a free legal advice surgery at a local community centre which was very successful. Once I qualified, I spent time working as a private client Solicitor for a North East based charity who specialised in providing free legal assistance for people who have been diagnosed with a life threatening or life limiting illness. I worked closely with Macmillan nurses, local Hospices and hospitals to provide legal help to their patients and also support to their families and carers. Through this work, I realised how important legal assistance is when you are vulnerable and/or are diagnosed with a life changing illness. I also saw first hand the stress and anxiety legal problems can cause and the impact it has upon the health and wellbeing of not only the patient but also their loved ones.

As well as working in the private client field, I have also worked with clients in appealing decisions made by the NHS regarding Continuing Healthcare Funding. This was either to help families assess the health needs of their loved ones with a view to claiming back care home fees that should never have been paid, or to help families who are currently facing the prospect of having to sell a property to pay for care home fees. As many of my clients had a diagnosis of Dementia, I became increasingly involved in Dementia awareness and in 2016, I became a Dementia Friends Champion.

As a result of my experiences throughout my career I have forged and maintained strong relationships with St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as Macmillan North East and I am a proud supporter of both organisations. I am also an Associate Member of ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’ which is an independent organisation dedicated to providing specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

I am thrilled to be joining EMG to not only use my existing experience but to develop my career further in helping vulnerable clients and their families.