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Emma Gaudern

Managing Director

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.

Emma qualified in September 1999.

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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.

Jemma qualified in September 2010.

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Richard Swinbank

Director

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.

Richard qualified in September 2007.

Gwen Jones

Director

Gwen Jones

Director

I joined EMG Solicitors in February 2018 as an Associate within the Commercial Property Department. Since moving to the North East over a decade ago I have worked at both large and medium sized commercial firms in Durham and Newcastle including Ward Hadaway, Gordon Brown Law Firm and Mincoffs Solicitors providing advice on a wide range of commercial property transactions.

In my role, I act for a wide range of clients including companies, individuals, partnerships, pension funds, charities and lenders, advising on their commercial property needs. My main areas of expertise are:

· Commercial property acquisitions and disposals for individuals, companies, pension funds and property developers, including dealing with any lending aspects of these transactions;

· Acting for commercial landlords - advising on the grant of new leases, licences and consents;

· Advising commercial tenants - advising on their new leases, the purchase of existing leases and how to bring their current leases to an end;

· Assisting new business start-ups and SME’s - providing advice on how best to take on their first commercial premises;

· Care home matters - advising care home operators in the acquisition, sale, leasing and refinancing of their homes;

· Property insolvency matters - acting for administrators, liquidators and companies on both sides of the transaction.

I work closely with clients advisors which include their accountants, surveyors, lenders or financial advisors to ensure the team around them work efficiently and effectively together. I am a firm believer in the importance of understanding the client’s business and will always take the time to get to know them, their business and their team of advisors.

Gwen qualified in April 2011.

Samantha Edward

Director

I am a Director 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.

Samantha qualified in October 2007.

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Jane Purvis

Practice & Finance Manager

Jane Purvis

Practice & Finance 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.

Emma Rickaby

Quality and Compliance Manager

Emma Rickaby

Quality and Compliance Manager

I come from a railway operations background, specifically, performance, planning and quality, where I achieved and maintained certifications for quality and excellence.

Within EMG I am responsible for the quality and compliance of the firm so that we continue to achieve and sustain outstanding levels of performance. My role includes ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance and risk management. In essence, I am the company’s internal checker. I ensure we do what we set out to achieve, to provide the best possible service, and ensure the client always comes first.

Lorraine Hewins

PA to Emma Gaudern & Jemma Morland

Lorraine Hewins

PA to Emma Gaudern & Jemma Morland

As personal assistant to the firm’s Directors, Emma Gaudern and Jemma Morland, I provide personal and administrative support often acting as a first point of contact.

I assist with all diary management, particularly in connection with the firm’s Court of Protection work and regularly liaise with the firm’s clients, suppliers and business contacts.

I have over 18 years’ experience working in the legal industry and have previously worked in both private client and residential conveyancing services in both supporting roles and as a fee earner.

I always take a friendly and supportive approach and ensure a high quality client service is provided at all times.

Claire Hewitt

Business Development Manager

Claire Hewitt

Business Development Manager

I am a qualified marketer with 18 years’ experience in professional services marketing and 15 years’ experience working exclusively with legal practices.

Having previously worked for large established legal practices in both the North East and North West of England I have developed a specialist knowledge of marketing legal services (both private client & commercial) as well as managing marketing & telesales teams.

My role here at EMG Solicitors is to be involved in all marketing activities at the firm in order support the team in formulating goals and objectives in line with the Firm’s strategic vision.

Andrea Ingledew

Chartered Legal Executive

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.

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.

Eilish Ferry-Kennington

Court of Protection Solicitor

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. In October 2017 I attained Accredited Legal Practitioner status on the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.

Eilish qualified in March 2016.

Karen Thompson

Office Manager

Karen Thompson

Office Manager

Karen is our Office Manager. 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.

Nicola Ife

Costs Lawyer

Nicola Ife

Costs Lawyer

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2010 with an LLB (hons) in Law. Whilst studying for my degree I began training as a Law Costs Draftsperson. After graduation I decided not to pursue a training contract but to focus on a career in costs law. After a further three years study I qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2015.

I have experience in all areas of costs law from private client matters to high value clinical negligence. I joined EMG Solicitors in October 2018 where I deal with the firms costing matters.

Mandy Cheung

Solicitor

Mandy Cheung

Solicitor

I am a solicitor at EMG Solicitors within the Health and Welfare Department. I joined the firm in June 2018.

I studied at Northumbria University and completed my law degree and LPC in 2007. I have previously worked for local authorities, providing legal advice to their Adult’s and Children’s Services Department. This background has provided me with a wealth of experience in all social care matters, from disputes relating to assessments or care packages to cases that are referred to the Court to make a best interests decision.

I specialise in Court of Protection work, where an individual lacks capacity to make decisions for themselves. This can include for example decisions relating to: where they live; their care and treatment; and their finances and I am particularly experienced in deprivation of liberty cases, both within the community and in care home settings. My experience includes making applications to the Court of Protection to obtain court authorisation and dealing with challenges by the individual, a family member or a close friend.

Furthermore, I have experience in Mental Health matters and am experienced in dealing with applications to the Court to displace a nearest relative, including where there is an objection to treatment under s3 Mental Health Act.

As a Solicitor working in this specialist area I am passionate about making a positive difference to my clients lives.

Mandy qualified in October 2012.

Natalia Lalas

Associate Solicitor

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. 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 2015 and currently represent clients in the local courts as well as 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, civil partnership dissolution and surrogacy.

I represent many police officers or police employees in respect of family issues and as a result of my expertise, I act as the specialist family solicitor for Durham Police Federation. Apart from the work I have undertaken helping couples who have separated, I also specialise in surrogacy law which helps couples obtain a legal order following the birth of their child to a surrogate. I have acted for clients throughout England and abroad and have expertise acting in international and domestic surrogacy cases. I am also recommended in the Legal 500 for my expertise in this specialist area.

Natalia qualified in August 2002.

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Julia Middleton

Associate Solicitor

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.

Julia qualified in November 2000.

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.

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Michael Costelloe

Chartered Legal Executive

Michael Costelloe

Chartered Legal Executive

I am a qualified Chartered Legal Executive and I currently work in the Court of Protection team at EMG Solicitors.

Having graduated with a LLB (BVC Exempting) Degree from Northumbria University in 2011 I secured employment as a Paralegal within a crime and prison law firm based in Newcastle. In this role I represented a number of clients in criminal matters before both the Magistrates and Crown Court where I dealt with a wide range of criminal offences. I also advised and regularly advocated on behalf of prisoners facing disciplinary proceedings before District Judges. This employment allowed me to develop effective professional relationships with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society.

After 3 years, I moved into civil litigation where I represented claimants in industrial deafness and credit hire matters. These are complex areas of law and as such required me, through my client care and communication skills, to explain and guide my clients through the litigation process to conclusion.

I joined EMG Solicitors in September 2017. Working in the Court of Protection team I am responsible for the day to day management of client files. This affords me the opportunity to engage fully with my clients, their relatives and others interested in their wellbeing to build strong, working relationships which enable me to advise and make decisions with my client’s best interests in mind.

Vickie McCoy

Chartered Legal Executive

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.

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.

Nahdia Bloundele

Court Of Protection Administrator

Nahdia Bloundele

Court Of Protection Administrator

After leaving school, I worked at the Endeavour Partnership and then at BHP Law as a corporate secretary. My roles have included administration, reception and secretarial work.

I joined EMG solicitors in January 2018 and I’m very excited to be a part of ‘Team EMG!’ As Court of Protection administrator, I’m looking forward to stepping away from the Corporate world and helping to support private individuals. I’m also looking forward to extending my knowledge in the Court of Protection. I’m so happy to be joining such a great team here at EMG. Good team work is so important, which is why I’ve joined the EMG’s social committee where I help to organise team social events and activities. We get up to a lot so keep an eye out on facebook and Twitter for details on what we’re getting up to!

Pat Oliver

Legal Secretary

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

Allison Coverdale

Legal Secretary

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.

Richard Linfoot

Digital Marketing Assistant

Richard Linfoot

Digital Marketing Assistant

Upon leaving sixth form I started a Digital Marketing apprenticeship working for a retailer based in North Shields. I was in charge from the get go with the company’s social media and website maintenance. As the team there was quite small I worked closely with the Managing Director on other projects and helped the company in their support of Make A Wish UK. I came to EMG Solicitors in September 2018 as a Digital Marketing Assistant which has seen me given a wider range of roles within Digital Marketing and traditional marketing. I love being part of a marketing team and working in a busy firm.
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Rebecca Shackler

Receptionist and Office Administrator

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.

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Hannah Morgan

Quality and Compliance Assistant & Receptionist

Hannah Morgan

Quality and Compliance Assistant & Receptionist

Upon leaving sixth form I started working for Durham Constabulary gaining an NVQ in Business. I provided support to a number of different departments ranging from IT to Alcohol Licensing, and enjoyed interacting with the public. I joined the EMG team in September 2018 as a Quality and Compliance Assistant and Receptionist. I work alongside Emma Rickaby our Compliance and Quality manager, helping to ensure that EMG is achieving and sustaining outstanding levels of performance. I also sit on reception greeting and supporting clients. I enjoy helping both the EMG team and our clients.

Liam Coe

Legal Cashier

Liam Coe

Legal Cashier

Having previously worked with other legal practices across the North East, I have gained a wide range of experience in both the accountancy and legal sectors and I am thrilled to be joining EMG Solicitors as a legal cashier. In my role here, I will be working in the accounts team to ensure strict compliance of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and preparation of accounts

Lucy Hoskyns Abrahall

Solicitor

Having studied and latterly trained and qualified in the North East, I joined EMG in June 2018 to assist the Wills, Trust and Probate team, specialising in all aspects of Estate Planning both during lifetime and after death.

I come from a farming family and have a particular interest in the countryside, advising a wide range of clients on the preservation of assets now and for future generations. My role involves the preparation of Wills, both simple and complex, taking a balanced view as to what is best for the clients’ overall circumstances and wishes, and how to give effect to those.

I also execute Lasting Powers of Attorney, Statutory Wills, Trust documentation in order to advise on Inheritance Tax planning benefits and pitfalls, and overall asset protection. The Administration of Estates is also a key part of my role at EMG.

I am also an Associate Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and a Parent appointed Governor at my local Primary School and the Chair of my Parish Council.

Lucy qualified in November 2006.

Katharine Ayris

Solicitor

I am a Solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate planning and Inheritance Tax planning. I also deal with Estates.

I joined EMG Solicitors in September 2018. I am 15 years qualified in this area of law and have worked at some top rated firms in the North East of England. I have always been passionate about law and I studied at the University of Hull gaining a first class degree in law.

I have drafted Wills for a wide range of clients over the years including business owners and farmers. A Will is always a bespoke document as each client’s family circumstances and financial circumstances are different. I take time to know my clients and enjoy working with clients to achieve their aims. As well as preparing Wills, I also prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney. I assist clients with Estate planning and Inheritance Tax planning as it is important to safeguard and preserve wealth for families. I deal with Estates and I can guide clients through the legalities with sensitivity and compassion.

Katharine qualified in September 2003.

Heather Newton

Property Administrator

Heather Newton

Property Administrator

I am a Property Administrator with over 30 years experience and have supported Solicitors in many areas of the law over the years including conveyancing, crime and litigation.
Before joining EMG Solicitors I worked for a firm of Solicitors in Seaham for 14 years, where I live with my family.

Ursula Collie

Consultant Solicitor

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.

Ursula qualified in October 1991.
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