Meet the Team

Gavin Wright
Chief Executive Officer

Gavin Wright - Chief Executive Officer

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Management

Professional Background:

Having completed his dual Honours Degree in Exercise Physiology and an MBA in Corporate Strategy, Gavin spent 20 years advising PLC’s through to Owner Managed Business on how to improve their performance and profitability as a Director in PwC, KPMG and Deloitte.

Gavin leads the Management Board of Harrison Drury in delivering the growth strategy of the firm across its chosen sectors and ensuring that our clients remain at the centre of everything we do.

Personal Interests:

Gavin is a keen trail runner and tries to get out as often as he can. However this is often curtailed as he enjoys watching his two young boys play mini rugby for Preston Grasshoppers and swimming for Leyland Barracudas. He enjoys less being used as a ‘Dad practise bag’ for their Karate training though!

John Chesworth
Executive Chairman

John Chesworth - Executive Chairman

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

John leads the board of directors and is responsible for shaping the future development of Harrison Drury.   John qualified as a solicitor in 1997 specialising in resolving property disputes.  He joined Harrison Drury on 1 January 2007 and became managing partner within 12 months. In this role up to May 2017, John has spearheaded the firm’s growth and development to become one of the region’s leading law firms.  With the appointment of  our CEO, Gavin Wright, in May 2017 who is now responsible for the delivery of the firm’s aims and objectives, John focusses on enhancing the firm’s profile and culture both within the firm and in the wider community, in addition to developing future strategy which will make it possible for Harrison Drury to better serve our clients, look after our people and have a positive impact on the communities where we operate.

Personal Interests:

John plays an active part in the running of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club as a member of the management committee following his retirement from rugby after 13 seasons playing for the First XV.

Since 2015 John has been a trustee of St Catherine’s Hospice and is also a member of the Preston Youth Zone committee.   John is also a founder member of the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC) which was established to deliver a £1 million refurbishment of the Winckley Square Gardens in Preston City Centre which was completed in November 2016.  As part of his role with WSCIC, John sits on the board of Preston’s Business Improvement District Board.

In order to stave off the effects of middle age, John is a keen cyclist and has also completed a number of triathlons including the ruthless Ironman UK in 2012.

 

Andrew Bartlett
Director

Andrew Bartlett - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Licensing, Residential Conveyancing

Professional Background:

Andrew joined Harrison Drury & Co in 1976 initially as an Articled Clerk, then as a Solicitor and subsequently as a director. Thirty four years on, he has rejoined the firm as a director and manager of the Garstang office. In the intervening years he worked for various employers including Lancaster City Council (where he dealt with conveyancing and was later licensing manager) and another local firm of solicitors, Turner Pearson. As one of the few solicitors in the area specialising in licensing law, he is ideally suited to advise clients on all aspects of Licensing Act 2003. Having worked and lived in the Garstang area for many years, he is also ideally suited to advise clients (private and commercial) on local matters, particularly residential property.

Personal Interests:

Although a keen sportsman in his younger days, Andrew’s interest in sport is now strictly armchair. Andrew is well-know locally for his charitable fundraising efforts.

Rob Salter
Finance Director

Rob Salter - Finance Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Finance Director

Professional Background:

Rob joined Harrison Drury & Co in May 2010 following a 45 year career at regional accountants Moore and Smalley.
Rob’s role within the firm is to develop and implement a growth strategy for the future of the practice.

Personal Interests:

Naomi Fell
Director

Naomi Fell - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property, Agricultural & High-Net Worth Residential Property

Professional Background:

Born and bred in Cumbria, Naomi has more than 30 years’ experience as a solicitor, practising in Cumbria in since 1987 and prior to that at Chester based law firm Aaron & Partners.

Naomi’s area of specialism is in commercial property transactions with particular emphasis on development of land, the agricultural sector and large estates. Her extensive experience includes dealing with options, promotion agreements, agricultural diversification projects, s106 agreements, utilities adoption agreements, wind and solar farms, hydro projects, caravan and chalet parks, marinas, farm and residential auction sales as well as all aspects of acquisitions and disposals of property.

Naomi also assists the property litigation department on issues arising in relation to covenant enforceability, boundary disputes and easements. Naomi’s residential conveyancing work tends to be either in the Lakes or rural areas where issues regarding private water supplies, private access and private drainage systems are involved or expensive property in London or the Home Counties.

Personal Interests:

Naomi’s grandchildren keep her busy when she is not working, but in those rare moments of spare time she enjoys swimming, entertaining, interior design and gardening.

Owen McKenna
Director

Owen McKenna - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Owen joined the commercial property department from the Manchester office of national firm DWF in February 2009. Owen qualified as a solicitor in 2004 at Brabners Chaffe Street before moving to DWF.

Owen has a broad range of experience in transactional commercial property matters including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters, asset management and corporate support. He specialises in secured finance transactions acting for a number of institutional lenders.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work, Owen spends his time participating in a number of sports including rugby, road cycling and snowboarding. He is a former member of Preston Grasshoppers RUFC 1st XV squad.

Roger Spence
Director

Roger Spence - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment

Professional Background:

Roger qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Most recently he worked for Napthens Solicitors before joining Harrison Drury & Co in 2009 to head up provision of its Employment Law services. He advises businesses on the full range of day to day HR issues and provides Employment Tribunal representation. He also advises on the employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions.Roger is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and regularly presents seminars and in-house training to clients.

Personal Interests:

Roger is now a ‘semi-retired’ rugby player but still turns out occasionally for Ormskirk RUFC. His other interests include skiing and travellling.

Colin Fenny
Director

Colin Fenny - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Colin Fenny was appointed as Head of the Property Litigation Team at Harrison Drury in 2013 and currently heads up a team of six. He joined the firm in April 2010 from Brabners Chaffe Street LLP in Preston having trained and qualified as an in-house solicitor at the Royal Mail Group plc.

Since joining the firm he has built up a thriving practice dealing with all aspects of property litigation. These range from real property disputes, involving claims for adverse possession, boundary issues and enforceability of restrictive covenants and easements, to advising both landlords and tenants on commercial property management disputes including contested and non-contested lease renewals, break options, rent reviews, eviction and forfeiture.

Colin has also developed specific expertise in associated professional negligence claims for and against surveyors, valuers, solicitors and architects. This extends to the area of contentious development and construction where he routinely deals with disputes over option agreements, overage, project management and warranty claims. Colin is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Personal Interests:

When not spending time with his two young children, Colin plays cricket for New Victoria Cricket Club in the Southport and District League. Colin is also a committed Newcastle United supporter for his sins and travels to watch them whenever he can. His other interests include music and reading.

David Filmer
Director

David Filmer - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate, Commercial

Professional Background:

David studied law in the UK and France before completing his legal training with Berg Legal in Manchester and then relocating back to the Fylde coast. Having previously been a director and head of department at Handley Brown LLP, David joined Harrison Drury in 2010 where he specialises in all areas of corporate and commercial work primarily for owner managers and small-to-medium sized businesses. David also has experience acting for public companies, management teams and lending institutions.

Personal Interests:

David enjoys playing and listening to an eclectic selection of music and is an avid supporter of Manchester United, although his sporting participation is now restricted to occasional five-a-side matches.

Simon England
Director

Simon England - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Simon joined Harrison Drury in 2013. He deals with many aspects of commercial property, development set-up, estate matters and acquisitions and disposals of real estate (freehold and leasehold and sale and lease backs) and other assets (including boats and yachts). He deals with funding and borrowing by way of security on real estate and other assets (including Marine finance). He also advises on matters of adverse possession and acquired rights over land and property.

Simon is a specialist in landlord and tenant matters. He acts for a wide range of clients including high profile individuals and national companies, retailers, investors, developers, financial institutions, charitable organisations and trusts, pension companies, public sector, educational institutions, estates owners and sporting and leisure organisations and clubs and has particular expertise in the manufacturing sector.

Simon graduated from the University of Stirling with B.A Honours in Business Law and Marketing and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester.

Personal Interests:

Simon is a sports fanatic – whether football, rugby, F1, tennis, athletics, yachting, sumo – if it’s on Sky Sports (even Sky Sports 4) he’ll watch it, preferably in licensed premises.

Amanda Webster
Director

Amanda Webster - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Amanda joined Harrison Drury following many years as a partner in national and regional law firms. First at Brabners Chaffe Street and more recently at DWF she specialised in commercial litigation and Regulatory Crime. Amanda has national expertise in advising on protest affecting major construction projects, and brought “Swampy” to national notoriety when evicting him from the A30 Honiton Bypass in Devon. Amanda is a Deputy District Judge, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and works as a Consultant to our firm while still carrying out her judicial duties. Amanda provides strategic guidance for our litigation services and manages major litigation projects.

Personal Interests:

Walking and rugby (watching not playing).

Sean Gibbs
Director

Sean Gibbs - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Sean is a director at Harrison Drury and leads the corporate and commercial Dispute Resolution team within the litigation department. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1990, spending the first fifteen years of his practising life in Manchester, subsequently relocating back to the Fylde coast, where he now lives in Poulton Le Fylde with his young family. Sean is recommended in the 2011 guide to the legal industry. He joined Harrison Drury in 2014 having previously been a partner at Napthens in Preston and DWF in Preston and Manchester.

Sean specialises in the following areas:

  1. Shareholder disputes acting for both the majority and minority interest including proceedings pursuant to s.994 of the Companies Act 2006;
  2. Partnership disputes relating to both traditional partnerships and LLPs;
  3. Claims relating to defamation, malicious falsehood, trademark infringement and breach of confidence;
  4. Claims arising out of sales, acquisitions and mergers including warranty claims arising out of asset and share sale agreements and completion accounts issues;
  5. Intellectual property disputes;
  6. Professional negligence with particular reference to claims against solicitors, barristers and accountants;
  7. Contractual disputes;
  8. Bringing and defending applications for injunctive relief.

Sean is seen as a trusted adviser to his clients, forming close working relationships with them and providing pragmatic and commercial advice which often results in disputes being avoided. Sean deals with heavyweight litigation and has a reputation for rescuing clients from very difficult and complex situations. Many of Sean’s cases are sensitive in nature and involve issues which result in confidential settlements. A number of his recent cases do however include:-

  • Shareholder dispute between father and son involving a substantial retail business ;
  • Large Dispute concerning family owned business;
  • Claim for injunctive relief within the context of wider proceedings where one party was excluded from the Company’s place of business:
  • Large scale claim for professional negligence arising out of the failure of former professional advisers to apply to set aside a bankruptcy order;
  • Multimillion pound claim for damages arising out of the failure of former professional to register a client’s land interests;
  • Claim for unfair prejudice involving multi -jurisdictional issues;
  • Partnership / shareholder dispute relating to a business engaged in the media and entertainment industry;
  • Significant contractual dispute arising out of the importation of luxury motor vehicles involving cross border and multi – jurisdictional issues.

Sean has also had a number of reported and Court of Appeal cases, including the following –

Bank of Baroda v Rayarel [1995] 2 FLR 376
Cofacredit SA v Morris and another [2006] EWHC 353 (ch)
Norbrook Laboratories Ltd v VetPlus Ltd and ANR 2 [2013] EWHC 40322 (QB)

Personal Interests:

When Sean is not representing the interests of his clients, he is a keen record and memorabilia collector of items from the late 70’s early 80’s punk explosion and watching Blackpool FC. Sean also enjoys reading, particularly historical works and spending time with his family.

Edward Stanley
Director

Edward Stanley - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Inheritance, Estates and Trusts (Contentious)

Professional Background:

With a long background in Chancery litigation, spent chiefly with a major national law firm’s Manchester office, and at a Leeds city centre law firm, latterly as a partner, Ed joined up with Harrison Drury in 2014.  Ed has specialised in disputed wills, estates and trusts for over 15 years.  He also deals with non-contentious probate, particularly involving difficult estates, and the preparation of wills where there are complicated family structures.  Ed’s practice area is therefore entirely private client-based through which he is able to offer clients the benefit of his insight gained from his vast experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters.  He is head of contentious probate at Harrison Drury.

Ed is passionate about pursuing his clients’ rights and is used to dealing with what are often highly sensitive issues with compassion whilst always focussed on the outcome his clients want him to achieve.

Some of the types of claims he handles include:

  • The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Validity of Wills
  • Lack of capacity
  • Breach of trust
  • Fraud and forgery
  • Lack of due execution
  • Financial mishandling/fraud by executors or trustees
  • Undue influence
  • Lack of knowledge and approval
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Resulting and constructive trusts

Ed is a director of Harrison Drury and registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a non-lawyer manager. He is an affiliate member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP).  His Court of Appeal cases include:

Taylors Industrial Flooring Ltd [1990] BCC 44

Martin v. Browne and Another [2008] EWCA Civ 712

Personal Interests:

Away from the office, Ed enjoys time with his family. Cricket, hill walking, literature and music are among his interests

Jan Wright
Director

Jan Wright - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills, Inheritance and Trusts (non-contentious)

Professional Background:

Jan has been with Harrison Drury since 2014 following a move from her previous firm, Cartmell Shepherd where she was based in Penrith, Cumbria.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1995 having studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.  She trained and worked in London for 10 years before moving North.

Jan has spent over 20 years advising on all matters connected with Wills, Inheritance and Trusts providing tax advice for high-net worth individuals. She has particular expertise in dealing with agricultural and landed estate clients – both in planning and reporting to HMRC. She is also known for her work in dealing with Elderly Clients including complex applications to the Court of Protection.

Jan is a Director of Harrison Drury and the firm’s leading lawyer on non contentious private client issues.  Outside of the office Jan is a Trustee of Age UK (South Lakeland).

Jan is a member of STEP (Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners) and serves on the STEP UK Practice Committee.  She is a member of HMRC’s Agents Advisory Group for trusts and estates with her primary focus being on inheritance tax and capital gains tax. She also serves on the President’s working group on Non-Contentious Probate Rules.

She is one of the founder members of Solicitors for the Elderly – an organisation aimed at providing specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers – and continues to be a member of this organisation.  She is also a member of the Law Society’s Private Client section.

In the past Jan has lectured on various topics – in particular the Elderly Client and Powers of Attorney – and has been part of the editorial board of Heywood & Massey on the Court of Protection (13th Edition).  She also has an interest in charities as beneficiaries of Wills and Trusts and was the co-author of the First Edition of Charities as Beneficiaries, a Guide for Practitioners and Legacy Managers. She has appeared on various BBC TV and Radio programmes and for some years was the Wills and Private Client expert on BBC 2’s now defunct Working Lunch programme. She is currently a member of the Practical Law Company’s Private Client Consultation Board.

Jan is able to provide advice on all areas of non-contentious work in the department and remains at the forefront of all updates and changes in the laws relating to Wills, Inheritance and Trusts through her various roles.

Personal Interests:

When not out walking the Cumbrian Fells, Jan can usually be found in her garden.  She also enjoys being sailed on warm waters and spending her time reading or going to the cinema.

Amanda Marwood
Director

Amanda Marwood - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Amanda joined Harrison Drury in 2014 after four years with Thomson Hayton Winkley in Cumbria. Previously she worked for Temple Heelis, also based in Cumbria.

Amanda specialises in all aspects of property acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, security of tenure issues, overage, conditional contracts, deeds of easement, secured lending, development formation documents and commercial matters such as asset sales and purchases and share acquisitions and purchases. She also advises on high-net-worth residential property matters.

She advises a wide range of clients including business owners, retailers, developers, investors, manufacturers, financial institutions, charitable organisations and trusts, and estates owners.

A graduate from the University of Liverpool, Amanda also studied at Chester College of Law before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time Amanda may be seen running, enjoying fine wine, going to the movies and dining out.

John Osborne
Director

John Osborne - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Family Law

Professional Background:

John is head of the Family Department at the firm.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 in Kent and then moving to the South Lakes in 2006, John joined Harrison Drury in 2016 .

He specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship breakdown and family disputes, and is particularly experienced at dealing with complex financial and child-related cases, including the following: pensions, foreign property, companies and trusts, IVF cases, general child arrangements, and same-sex couple disputes.

John is an experienced and renowned Collaborative Lawyer and has been quoted in the national press about his practice. He particularly enjoys using the process to achieve amicable, well thought-out settlements for his clients, avoiding court and saving stress and expense.

He is highly regarded as an engaging speaker at events when presenting on Collaborative Law and other family topics, and regularly presents at schools to assist with the challenges they face in relation to children’s proceedings and parental responsibility.

Reported case: B v B and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 599 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/599.html

Personal Interests:

John’s main commitment outside of work is writing for and performing with his band Northern Sky, who have  had many songs broadcast on BBC Radio.

He also enjoys walking and skiing with his family and the occasional, though not generally successful, round of golf.

Duncan Rawlinson
Director

Duncan Rawlinson - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Residential Conveyancing

Professional Background:

Duncan joined Harrison Drury in May 2016 following six years as a Partner & Head of Conveyancing at Linder Myers Solicitors.

He graduated from the University of Liverpool with an Honours Degree in Law and then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester, qualifying in 1998 and since practising in Chester, Preston and on the Fylde coast.

Duncan is a modern, forward-thinking solicitor and understands that the two things clients want most when buying or selling a property are being kept informed of progress and getting things done as quickly and efficiently as possible. He is an expert in all areas of residential conveyancing and is one of the leading recommended suppliers of legal services for a number of major international relocation companies.

Personal Interests:

Duncan lives with his wife and three children in Garstang. He loves watching all sports and supporting his beloved Liverpool FC. He can sometimes be found doing “business development” in a local hostelry and is a keen golfer when he gets the time and a not so keen runner!

Nick Booth
Director

Nick Booth - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Nick read biology at the University of Nottingham before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Prior to joining Harrison Drury in 2014, Nick worked for a large regional commercial firm.

He has experience in advising commercial clients in a variety of sectors in relation to a broad range of legal issues including:

  1. Shareholder disputes: acting for both minority and majority interests, including bringing and defending petitions pursuant to s994 Companies Act 2006;
  2. Partnership disputes: relating to both traditional partnerships and LLPs;
  3. Defamation: bringing and defending claims in relation to libel and malicious falsehood; including applications for injunctive relief;
  4. Professional Negligence: particularly relating to claims against professional advisors, including solicitors, barristers and accountants;
  5. Claims arising out of business sales:  including claims for breach of warranty;
  6. Applications for injunctive relief;
  7. Contractual disputes

Nick always aims to offer clients clear and practical legal advice and is keen to utilise both formal and informal dispute resolution strategies to assist them in achieving their commercial objectives in a cost effective fashion.

Personal Interests:

In his free time, Nick enjoys keeping fit and plays football and squash on a regular basis. He also enjoys watching sport, though unfortunately this is becoming an increasingly armchair based pursuit.

Laura Dover
Operations Director

Laura Dover - Operations Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Administration

Professional Background:

The role of operations manager for the firm involves a mix of both people and business development to ensure the firm’s ‘we make it possible’ culture is engrained in everything that Harrison Drury’s people do.

Laura joined the firm after working in a liaison role for primary healthcare providers across Lancashire and Cumbria, and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA Dist.) from the University of Central Lancashire. The management of estates and facilities is also a priority of Laura’s position in ensuring that the whole organisation performs at its optimum level.

Personal Interests:

Recently married and with a young daughter and family puppy, much of Laura’s spare time is spent out bike riding or walking in the local parks.

She is also a keen middle distance runner/jogger and is a regular competitor in the annual Manchester 10k race.

 

Allan Sumner
Consultant Director

Allan Sumner - Consultant Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Allan studied at Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He spent over 20 years at Napthens Solicitors and headed up their commercial property department.

Allan has vast experience in all facets of commercial property. Over the years, he has acted for all types of client on a very broad spectrum of work types but he has particular expertise in development work and also acting for Estates. This has led to Legal 500 describing him as “very intelligent and pragmatic” and “with an excellent reputation for development work”. Allan is a great believer in openness and communication.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time Allan and his family enjoy running, walking, reading and watching wildlife.

David Barnes
Consultant Director

David Barnes - Consultant Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial, Property, Probate & Agricultural Litigation

Professional Background:

David is based in Lancaster and has over 23 years’ experience specialising in Land, Estates & Property / Agriculture Litigation, Commercial contract Litigation / Professional Negligence and Wills & Estates disputes.

David’s  expertise in Land, Estates and Agriculture includes Farming Partnership disputes, Possession and disputes arising out of Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 / Farm Business Tenancies, Boundaries, Succession, Horticulture claims / Crop damage, Livestock claims, Nuisance / flooding  and claims in negligence / breach of contract arising out of defective automated milk / livestock machinery installations. His expertise in Landlord & Tenant  disputes includes  Licences / Lease Agreements, Business Tenancies, rights of way and all aspects of Tenant Default, Possession, Forfeiture, Rent arrears and Dilapidations. He also has particular experience acting for Park Owners and also Park Lodge Owners in disputes, rights and obligations arising out of Park Licence Agreements and Park Rules.

He also has expertise in Commercial / contract disputes including disputes arising out of Partnership, Building  disputes and claims arising out of Sale and Supply contracts, defective machinery  and  vehicles / vessels.

He also has significant experience in relation Will disputes [ lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, fraud & undue influence and lack of formalities],  Inheritance claims, removal of Executors and Trustees,  and disputes concerning the administration of Estates [including disclosure]  He  is recognised as a specialist in disputes arising out of Wills & Estates by the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

David is also accredited as a Commercial Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR Solve). He has conducted Mediations between £100,000 and £7.5 million [in value] and he also has the benefit of Multi Party mediations.

Personal Interests:

David was educated at Kirkham Grammar School where he was awarded Honours. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993, having qualified at Chester College of Law and joined Harrison Drury & Co solicitors in 2016.

His outside interests include British Triathlon and open water swimming. He is a Level 2 coach with Triathlon England, an ASA [Advanced] swimming instructor and a British Cycling Coach. He manages and coaches the Blackpool Aquatics Triathlon Squad (BATS) and is an event organiser with British Triathlon.

Mike Fetherstone
Consultant Director

Mike Fetherstone - Consultant Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Mike qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and has since specialised exclusively in in commercial property matters. During that period, 15 years were spent working in major City Centre practices and Mike has also worked for some of the largest commercial property and development clients in the region.

In particular, Mike deals with:

  • The sale and acquisition of both vacant and multi-let commercial properties
  • The negotiation of development agreements, including property options and conditional contracts, overage agreements, planning agreements, long leasehold arrangements and joint venture agreements
  • Advising on landlord and tenant matters, including the negotiation and completion of leases and lease renewals, dealing with lease disputes and general leasehold management work
  • Advising lenders and funders in providing property finance for property and development projects

Personal Interests:

Mike is a keen runner and in 2015 completed the 170-mile Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara desert, among other ultra-marathons that he’s recently run. This has taken up much of Mike’s leisure time over the last few years, but he is also an avid reader of both fiction and factual literature.

David Edwards
Senior Associate

David Edwards - Senior Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Regulatory & Compliance, Employment and Licensing

Professional Background:

David leads the firm’s Regulatory & Compliance team and also heads up its dedicated Healthcare sector team.

A member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL), David defends businesses, organisations and individuals in investigations and prosecutions brought by a wide range of regulatory bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Environment Agency and in local authority Trading Standards and Food Hygiene investigations and prosecutions.

He has also conducted advocacy in many cases before The Manchester Employment Tribunal for both individuals and businesses, from pre-hearing reviews, through to fully contested final hearings, and advises businesses in preparing and drafting contracts of employment, staff handbooks, and providing advice on disputes that arise during the course of their business.

As a specialist in healthcare law, he has also represented doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings brought by the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Dental Council (GDC) and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). He has also represented clients in Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) fitness-to-practice hearings.

David has also represented his peers in investigations brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as well as representing individuals in motoring investigations and prosecutions.

David began his legal career predominantly in criminal work and has defended many criminal cases of the utmost severity, including murder, drug offences, international people trafficking, and also defence of serious current and historical sex offences, at various North West and London Magistrates’ Courts, through to Crown Court and Court of Appeal representation. David has also represented clients in Police Interview Under Caution for the full range of alleged criminal activity.

His significant criminal law expertise also saw him act as agent prosecutor and advocate for the Department for Work and Pensions at Magistrates’ Courts in the central Lancashire area for four years. He has conducted many criminal trials as advocate in Magistrates’ Courts across Lancashire.

David also has expertise in licensing law where he has advised businesses on the hosting of large-scale national outdoor events and music festivals, such as the Lytham Festival and the Greenwich Mean Time festival at The Greenwich Naval Academy.

He studied politics at Hull University and completed the Legal Practice Course at UCLan before joining Blackhurst Budd solicitors in 2005 where he qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He joined Harrison Drury in 2012.

Personal Interests:

When he’s not working, David, who lives in Poulton le Fylde, enjoys keeping fit at the gym and also has a passion for road cycling.

He is a member of Lytham Yacht Club, and Director of The Preston Law Society. As a Freemason, David’s charitable giving work in three lodges in Blackpool, Poulton le Fylde, and Cleveleys, also keeps him busy.

He is also secretary of the Old Lidunians, the former pupils association for King Edward VII School, Lytham.

Richard Blackburn
Head of Risk & Compliance

Richard Blackburn - Head of Risk & Compliance

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Operations

Professional Background:

Richard joined Harrison Drury in February 2016 after 30 years’ service with Lancashire Constabulary where he performed a variety of operational and managerial roles. Key amongst these roles was the implementation of neighbourhood policing structures in the Lancashire police area and participation in strategic partnerships.

Prior to retirement, Richard was a member of the Senior Management Team in the Force Operations department with responsibility for risk and threat management in a number of roles.

He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury prior to joining the police, and graduated from the University of Central Lancashire executive MBA programme whilst a serving officer. Richard has professional qualifications in project management and internal audit, and his role in the firm will be to manage risk and compliance issues, ensuring that the firm meets its regulatory obligations, including the protection of client data and assets.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, Richard enjoys fell walking, road cycling and mountain biking. He is an aspiring golfer, but still on a steep learning curve and also a big fan of motorcycling.

Laura Hallett Lea
Associate

Laura Hallett Lea - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property Litigation

Professional Background:

Laura joined the firm in 2015 after eight years with Marsden Rawsthorn. She specialises in all aspects of property litigation, including contested commercial lease renewals and dilapidations, residential property boundary disputes, and disputes relating to agricultural land.

Laura, who attained a degree in law from the University of Newcastle in 2004, entered the law industry in 2007 after completing a Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire. Laura was promoted to trainee solicitor within a year. She qualified in 2010 and was heading up property disputes by 2012.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work Laura enjoys weekends away and day trips with her young family.

Isabel Macias Rial
Associate

Isabel Macias Rial - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Isabel completed her legal practice course and qualified as a solicitor in Leeds.  After spending 6 and a half years in West Yorkshire Isabel returned home to Lancashire to join Napthens LLP in January 2005.

Following a career break to undertake property management Isabel now returns to the law to join us in our Commercial Property Department.

Isabel has a broad range of experience in non-contentious commercial property matters including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters and secured lending.

Personal Interests:

Isabel enjoys most outdoor activities but particularly enjoys road cycling with lots of Pimms stops.  She also loves listening to live music, spending quality time with family and friends and tinkering around with DIY projects (the most recent one being making a reasonably plum pergola from scratch).

Nicola Beneduce
Associate

Nicola Beneduce - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Nicola joined Harrison Drury in May 2015 after working at Forbes Solicitors for 10 years.  Nicola advises on all aspects of commercial property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of commercial estates, secured finance, Landlord & Tenants matters, as well as corporate support work.  Nicola also has experience of dealing with residential property transactions, adverse possession claims and deeds of trust.

Nicola acts for a wide range of clients including companies, high net worth individuals, retailers, manufacturers, investors, developers, financial institutions and charitable organisations and trusts, including registered social landlords.

Nicola graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with LLB Honours in Law and then completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester.  Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 2010.

Personal Interests:

Nicola enjoys keeping fit, walks in the countryside at the weekends and has recently joined a running club with a view to complete the next Manchester 10K.  Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and has a keen interest in cooking and travelling.

Janine Hutson
Associate

Janine Hutson - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Divorce and Family Law

Professional Background:

Janine specialises in advising clients on the division of assets as part of a divorce or separation, and making arrangements for contact with children. She also has experience of preparing and advising on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Janine, who is originally from County Durham, completed her undergraduate law degree at Newcastle University and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire. She joined Harrison Drury in 2012 after seven years with Napthens solicitors. She is a member of Resolution which advocates resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

Personal Interests:

Away from the office, Janine has a passion for watching motorsport, particularly Formula 1, as well as watching Newcastle United and foreign travel.

James Robbins
Associate

James Robbins - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution/Insolvency & Business Recovery

Professional Background:

James joined Harrison Drury in 2011, having completed the first year of his training contract at Birchall Blackburn Law, and qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He studied Politics and Russian at the University of Leeds before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, both with Distinctions, at the University of Central Lancashire.

He specialises in insolvency law and debt recovery and is dual-qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner having successfully taken the Joint Insolvency Examination Board exams in 2014. He also gained the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2013.

James has significant experience of advising insolvency practitioners, creditors, distressed companies and company directors with contentious and technical insolvency matters. His expertise includes bankruptcy and winding-up proceedings, debt recovery, asset sales, landlord and tenant insolvency issues, defending director disqualification proceedings and pursuing and defending company directors in relation to claims brought on behalf of insolvency practitioners for matters such as preferences, transactions at an undervalue, misfeasance and wrongful and fraudulent trading.

James also specialises in debt recovery and the enforcement of judgments, including those obtained in foreign jurisdictions. In this regard, he regularly acts for banks and other creditors from outside England and Wales, as well as for High Court Enforcement Officers tasked with enforcing such judgments.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, James enjoys travelling, supporting Burnley Football Club, running and mountain biking.

Daniel Boulton
Associate

Daniel Boulton - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Daniel joined Harrison Drury in January 2016 from Napthens Solicitors, having previously spent ten years working for a niche commercial practice in Manchester.

He deals with a variety of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, and secured lending. Daniel also undertakes property development work, dealing with initial site assembly, options, conditional contacts, and planning and utility agreements.

Daniel has experience acting for a wide range of clients, including developers, banks, investors, companies, large rural estates and high net-worth individuals.

Personal Interests:

A keen football and cricket fan, Daniel also enjoys running in his spare time and is a member of the Sale Harriers in Manchester, although this doesn’t always compliment his other favourite pastime of visiting all the region’s various pubs and restaurants!

Donna Fildes
Associate

Donna Fildes - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Residential Conveyancing

Professional Background:

Donna joined the residential conveyancing team at our Garstang office in January 2012 after several years spent away from the profession due to a move to live in France’s Loire Valley. Prior to that Donna worked at Turner Pearson Solicitors in Preston.

Personal Interests:

Donna enjoys zumba, walking in the Lake District and visiting France on a regular basis.

Jennifer Larton
Associate

Jennifer Larton - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills, Inheritance and Trusts (non-contentious)

Professional Background:

Jennifer qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 having studied at Lancaster University and The College of Law in Chester. Jennifer joined Harrison Drury in 2015 having previously spent her working career in the local area.

She has strong links with the agricultural sector having been born and raised on a working farm, her family still continue to this day dairy, beef and sheep farming in North Lancashire.

Jennifer is a fully qualified member of STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) the highest professional qualification in this area of law. She is an associate at Harrison Drury.

Jennifer acts in all areas of non-contentious Will, Inheritance and Trusts; including wills and estates, trusts, inheritance tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Deputyship applications. She also acts for elderly and vulnerable clients, and in cases involving mental capacity issues, the Court of Protection and Statutory Wills.

Personal Interests:

Jennifer enjoys spending her time trying to keep fit and can often be found at the gym at 6:00 am! Her personal highlights are completing both the London and the Paris marathons.

She is a lover of music, and even keener about music festivals having recently attended Glastonbury. She has a love of travel, having travelled all across South America and more recently spent a number of weeks exploring Thailand. Her love of travelling is only matched by her fondness for dining out, and a combination of the two is ideal!

Helen Griffin
Associate

Helen Griffin - Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Helen joined Harrison Drury’s dispute resolution department specialising in commercial litigation in September 2015. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2010, and since has worked at two large regional law firms; one in Norfolk and the other in West Yorkshire.

She studied European Law with French and then German at Warwick University, before completing her Masters in International Law at Sheffield University and going on to complete the Legal Practice Course part-time at BPP Professional Education in Leeds.

Helen now acts for clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. Client care is at the forefront of Helen’s work on a day to day basis and she seeks to advise clients to achieve the best outcome for their business. Recent disputes that she has worked on include those relating to shareholders, partnerships, supply of goods and services, issues with the acquisition of businesses, general contractual disputes, plus many more.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Helen enjoys keeping fit and can be regularly seen in Spinning and Zumba classes, amongst others.

She is a PADI Advanced scuba diver and has dived in exotic locations such as Egypt, Malta and St Kitts. Helen is also fanatical about reading and has been known to get through a book a day at her worst.

Sarah Astley
Solicitor

Sarah Astley - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment Law

Professional Background:

Sarah joined Harrison Drury in November 2010 as a trainee solicitor having completed her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire. During her training contract she has gained experience of commercial litigation, employment law and commercial property.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading and cooking, especially baking. She is an avid Rugby League supporter and follows Wigan Warriors.

Katie Kozlowska
Solicitor

Katie Kozlowska - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Katie joined Harrison Drury in 2012 after completing her legal studies at the University of Central Lancashire, where she obtained a first class honours law degree.

She is now a solicitor in Harrison Drury’s dispute resolution department, and specialises in all aspects of property and construction litigation, while also being a member of the Energy & Utilities team at HD.

Katie’s work involves assisting businesses and individuals to avoid, manage and resolve a wide range of property and construction related disputes. She has experience in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal as well as in other dispute resolution forums including adjudication, arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.

In her current role, Katie specialises in: contractual disputes; professional negligence; landlord and tenant claims including possession and dilapidations; restrictive covenants; boundary disputes and statutory compensation negotiations.

Personal Interests:

Katie enjoys cooking and eating out, and her ideal holiday involves lying on a sun-kissed beach with a good book.

Hannah Hughes
Solicitor

Hannah Hughes - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Hannah advises on a range of work types falling within the commercial, residential and agricultural sector.

Her experience includes dealing with land and property sales and purchases, the entering into and determination of agricultural tenancies, the grant and surrender of easements and general commercial property work including clawback and option agreements, freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals and commercial leases.

Hannah also assists many of her commercial and agricultural clients with residential sales and purchases, the purchase and sale of properties at auction and the granting of assured shorthold tenancies.

Personal Interests:

Socialising, travelling and cooking (although eating out is also top of her list).

Rhian Hawkins
Solicitor

Rhian Hawkins - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property

Professional Background:

Rhian joined Harrison Drury in June 2013 as a paralegal in the commercial property department before commencing her training contract with the firm in 2014. She has a Law Degree from the University of Central Lancashire where she also gained a distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Rhian qualified into Harrison Drury’s commercial property team in March 2016 and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of commercial and residential acquisitions and disposals, agricultural land, transfers of equity, pension fund acquisitions, bank security, leases and other landlord and tenant matters.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time Rhian enjoys baking, eating out, rugby union, the occasional run and shopping (because a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes!).

Laura Brereton
Solicitor

Laura Brereton - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Will, Inheritance and Trusts (non-contentious)

Professional Background:

Laura joined Harrison Drury in 2014, when she commenced her training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in September 2016.

She completed her Law Degree at Durham University and then went on to complete her Legal Practice Court at the College of Law in Chester.

Laura has qualified into the Wills, Trusts and Inheritance department of Harrison Drury where she works on all non-contentious matters, including Wills and Probate, Powers of Attorney, Trust administration and Court of Protection work.

Personal Interests:

Laura has a keen interest in the arts; in particular she enjoys going to the theatre and reading. Her other interests include swimming and cooking.

Jack Stephenson
Solicitor

Jack Stephenson - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Corporate & Commercial

Professional Background:

Jack commenced a training contract with Harrison Drury in September 2014 having completed a law degree at the University of Central Lancashire. He previously worked in various areas of law including professional negligence, personal injury, noise-induced hearing loss and litigation.

Jack qualified into Harrison Drury’s corporate and commercial department in September 2016 having completed seats in litigation, commercial property, employment and corporate. He specialises in dealing with all aspects of business sales and purchases including any corporate, commercial property and employment matters that might arise in a transaction.

Personal Interests:

Jack is an experienced boxer and kick boxer and also enjoys long-distance running.

Silas Heys
Solicitor

Silas Heys - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Silas joined Harrison Drury in May 2017, having previously worked at international law firms Fieldfisher in Manchester and Hill Dickinson in Liverpool.  Prior to his legal career Silas studied geography at University College London.

Silas is experienced in a wide range of commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant, property finance and sales and purchases.  He has primarily acted for pension fund trustees undertaking management work on their property portfolios, as well as for energy and oil companies on acquisitions, disposals and occupational leases of their operational properties.  He is experienced in working for developers on the acquisition and associated financing of development sites.

Silas also provides support to the corporate department on property aspects of corporate transactions, and has acted for clients across the property investment, energy, healthcare, public and third sectors.

Personal Interests:

Silas enjoys swimming, cycling and hiking, as well as on and off road motorcycling.  He has also been known to try his hand at clay pigeon shooting and kayaking.

When not at home in Cumbria, you can likely find him off camping with his Patterdale terrier, or working his way around the malt whisky distilleries of Scotland.

Helen Darbyshire
HR Advisor

Helen Darbyshire - HR Advisor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment

Professional Background:

Helen joined Harrison Drury in December 2015 as an HR Advisor.  At the time this was a new role within the Employment Team focusing on provision of tailored HR Generalist / Personnel advice to complement the legal offering of the firm.  Helen provides this support through both discrete activities for clients and under the HR Compass retainer service.

Helen began her HR career in 2001 following post-University experience in Procurement and Construction roles. She completed her CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development (at University College Northampton) in 2005 and became a Chartered member of the CIPD in the same year.  In the years since, Helen has worked in a wide variety of roles, organisations and industries, gaining experience across the full range of HR Generalist activities.

In her role within the Employment Team, Helen is able to provide clients with practical advice, guidance and coaching covering everyday HR issues which all employers encounter.  Using her extensive experience in operational HR roles she supplements the service provided by the legal professionals within the Employment Team by coaching managers how to best translate legal advice into practice.

In addition to generalist support Helen has undertaken a wide range of case management activities (e.g. issues regarding Conduct / Performance / Absence) and is able to undertake such work where clients either do not have the experience to do so or where a conflict of interest may be present.

Helen is able to provide appropriate support to businesses which are large enough to experience personnel issues, but do not necessarily have a requirement for a full-time, in house HR professional.  She also enables Harrison Drury to effectively support local employers who may have people issues which require support but not necessarily in the form of a legal intervention.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work, Helen enjoys many different activities.  These range from outdoor pursuits such as hill walking and camping, to her indoor passions of cooking and reading.  She also has an extensive interest in fitness, health and well-being and keeps active thanks to various group exercise activities.

Lucy Blezard
Regulatory and HR Asst.

Lucy Blezard - Regulatory and HR Asst.

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment

Professional Background:

Lucy began her legal career in 2009, studying for her law degree and post graduate diploma in legal practice part time whilst working full time for one of the UK’s leading infrastructure companies.

Lucy has assisted organisations with legislative changes, gaining official REC and equality and diversity accreditations, economic challenges and other regulatory and employment related matters.

Having worked for large scale employers prior to joining Harrison Drury, Lucy has a sound understanding of the importance of ensuring businesses have the right policies, procedures and protections in place, both from a reputational perspective and risk perspective.  Lucy is committed to high end service delivery.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work Lucy is a keen hockey player and his been a member of a local hockey club for several years.

Lucy enjoys Saturday match days, the fitness training throughout the hockey season and of course the social side.

Having grown up within the shooting community, Lucy also thoroughly enjoys working her gun dog Ernie, a cocker spaniel, on shoot days on estates throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire. Lucy trains with Ernie throughout the summer months at national gun dog events up and down the country and wouldn’t be without her companion throughout the shooting season.

Claire McCraith
Legal Executive

Claire McCraith - Legal Executive

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills, Inheritance and Trusts (non-contentious)

Professional Background:

Claire specialises in Will drafting, the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney, the administration of estates and court of protection applications.

Claire is well known for her outstanding Client service and her calm and sensitive approach to all matters. She is able to draw on a wealth of experience to deal with any issues her Clients may bring to her.

Claire joined Harrison Drury in 1984 and remains one of our longest serving members of staff. She took some time off to care for her young children but returned to the practice in 2002.

Claire graduated in Law from the University of Hertfordshire and attended The College of Law in Chester. She initially worked for Whisker & Co Solicitors in Harlow before moving to Preston following the marriage to her husband, Paul.

Personal Interests:

Claire is a keen walker and can often be found at weekends fell walking in the Lake District. She enjoys cooking and entertaining and is the proud owner of a Hungarian Vizsla, Monty. She has also recently taken up ballroom dancing and even picked up a few tips from Len Goodman.

Jackie Bate
Trainee Legal Executive

Jackie Bate - Trainee Legal Executive

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Residential & Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Jackie has worked in the legal sector for over 25 years, progressing from secretarial to her current position as trainee legal executive, having worked in numerous fields including personal injury, licensing, debt recovery and property.

She joined Harrison Drury in December 2013 and also has a 2:1 in Criminology, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Jackie loves spending time with her two children and also enjoys gardening, reading, and socialising with friends.

Kris Midgley
Marketing Manager

Kris Midgley - Marketing Manager

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Marketing & Business Development

Professional Background:

Kris started with Harrison Drury in October 2016 having previously worked as a Marketing Manager within a national business consultancy and a leading consumer protection organisation.

Kris is responsible for the long term marketing and business development strategy for the firm and manages our day-to-day marketing activities. He has a passion for client care, ensuring that every client’s journey is a positive one.

Kris holds a Master’s Degree Innovation and Enterprise and an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science which he gained from Lancaster University.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time Kris likes to learn new skills and can often be found spending time outdoors. In particular, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and skydiving.

More recently Kris is trying his hand at learning to play the guitar and has so far received mix reviews.

Jackie Reid
Practice Manager

Jackie Reid - Practice Manager

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Practice Manager

Professional Background:

Jackie is a certified accountant and has spent the last 29 years working at RSM Tenon, formally Bowmans Chartered Accountants, in Preston, before joining Harrison Drury in June of 2010. At Harrison Drury Jackie’s position as practice manager involves financial management, HR, training, premises management and risk management.

Personal Interests:

Jackie’s main interests are her young children but she also enjoys fine wine and collectors teddy bears (for herself, not her children!).

Shena Baron
Family Executive

Shena Baron - Family Executive

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Divorce and Family Law

Professional Background:

Shena qualified in 1995, starting her legal career with Roscoes Solicitors in Chorley which later merged with Napthens. Shena joined Harrison Drury in 2011 and acts on all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation, children issues and financial disputes. She is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.

Personal Interests:

Shena enjoys walking, and sometimes scrambling, in The Lake District and Scotland, as well as foreign travel and reading.

George Erdozain
Private Client Consultant

George Erdozain - Private Client Consultant

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills, Estates, Trust and Tax Planning

Professional Background:

George joined Harrison Drury from Brabners Chaffe Street where he specialised in trust and estate tax planning, agriculture, landed estate work and work with charities. Whilst a partner at Preston based Banks Wilson, he was one of the masterminds behind the 1990 merger with Liverpool firm Brabner Holden, which ultimately became Brabners Chaffe Street in 2002.

Personal Interests:

George is chairman of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club.

Damian Baron
Consultant

Damian Baron - Consultant

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Divorce and Family Law

Professional Background:

Damian acts as a Consultant, specialising in divorce and relationship breakdown cases involving the division of finances and property. He frequently advises clients where business assets are at stake, as well as other high net worth individuals.
Damian completed his legal training with Gowlings solicitors on Lune Street, Preston, before joining Roscoes in 1989. In 1994, he became a director at Roscoes which merged with Napthens in 2006.
He is a member of Resolution, a group of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, and is a former member of the Legal Services Commission’s appeal panel.

Personal Interests:

Damian enjoys outdoor pursuits and is a keen mountaineer and walker. His other interests include football, rugby and foreign travel.

Andrew Wilson
Consultant

Andrew Wilson - Consultant

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Enforcement

Professional Background:

Andrew was a partner in Brabners Chaffe Street until 2000 when he became a Director of Cerberus Group Ltd, a company with national coverage dealing with all aspects of civil enforcement – a subject on which he regularly lectures.

In 2004 Andrew was appointed a High Court Enforcement Officer and, as a board member of their association, is involved in discussions with the Ministry of Justice on new legislation. He is a leading authority on enforcement of judgments, having run the Sheriffs Office in the north west of England for many years. In 2016 Andrew was appointed Chairman of the HCEOA.

He joined Harrison Drury as a consultant to provide expertise in this area.

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Personal Interests:

Andrew plays real tennis and enjoys gardening and walking. He is also an enthusiastic bee keeper with four hives in the garden.

Rabia Bapu
Trainee Solicitor

Rabia Bapu - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Will, Inheritance and Trust

Professional Background:

Rabia commenced her training contract with Harrison Drury in September 2015. She had previously worked as a paralegal, dealing with healthcare matters and public law matters with national firms.

Rabia graduated from Lancaster University with a First Class Honours Degree and completed her Practice Legal course the following year in 2012.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work, Rabia passions are henna painting and shopping. She also enjoys getting hooked on a good book.

Rebecca Patience
Trainee Solicitor

Rebecca Patience - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Divorce and Family Law

Professional Background:

Beccy joined Harrison Drury in September 2015 following the completion of her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester, where she obtained a distinction.  Prior to this, she completed her law degree at Lancaster University.

Whilst completing the academic stage of her training, Beccy worked as a paralegal at Odonnells Solicitors. During her time at Odonnells, she gained accreditation to the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel, enabling her to represent vulnerable individuals in tribunal proceedings.

Beccy has also been involved in a number of different pro-bono schemes, offering her time as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Lancaster and working with a local Innocence Project.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Beccy enjoys volunteering with a local charity LUV Preston in the work that they do to support the homeless. She also enjoys foreign travel and socialising with her friends and family.

James Dickinson
Trainee Solicitor

James Dickinson - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Private Client

Professional Background:

James commenced his Training Contract with Harrison Drury in September 2015, joining from DWF LLP, having completed his Law Degree at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 and his LPC, also at Liverpool John Moores University, in 2012.

James has previously worked at three other firms around the North-West and has gained experience in areas of law including Wills and Probate, Civil Litigation, Defendant Insurance, Family and Inquest Law.

James is particularly proud of his work on the ongoing Hillsborough Inquests where he assisted in representing some of the bereaved families at the Inquest. He is currently working within the Commercial Litigation Department.

Personal Interests:

James enjoys keeping busy outside of work, whether it be on the football field, tennis court, squash court or at the local pub quiz. He is a supporter of both Liverpool FC and Fleetwood Town FC, being a season ticket holder for the latter.

James is a keen traveller having been to Scandinavia, Eastern and Central Europe and the Americas, and is looking forward to his next adventure which will be a road trip from north to south Italy in May 2016.

Jacob Walker
Trainee Solicitor

Jacob Walker - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment

Professional Background:

Jacob graduated with a degree in English from the University of Birmingham before going on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Manchester Metropolitan University, both with Distinction. He was awarded the Best Performing Student award for securing top marks in the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Jacob joined Harrison Drury in 2015, as a Trainee Solicitor in the firm’s Commercial Litigation team. He has gained experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, including shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions, intellectual property disputes, breach of warranty claims arising out of share and asset sales, and action relating to defamatory online comments.

Jacob has also trained in the firm’s Corporate team, during which time he assisted with a multi-million pound business sale. His final training seat was in the Employment department, where he has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in Employment Tribunal claims.

As acting Head of the Energy & Utilities Sector team at Harrison Drury, Jacob has advised Corporate clients on a wide range of renewable energy projects including funding arrangements for a large scale anaerobic digestion plant, and the modification of solar and wind installations to maintain their Feed-In-Tariff eligibility.

Jacob will re-join the Commercial Litigation team following his qualification as a solicitor in Autumn 2017.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time Jacob enjoys music, travel and keeping fit. He is currently training to run the Berlin Marathon, raising money for Parkinson’s UK.

Emily Leeming
Trainee Solicitor

Emily Leeming - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property

Professional Background:

Emily graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After thoroughly enjoying the course she decided to pursue a career in Law by completing the Legal Practice Course (with distinction) at the University of Law in Manchester.

Emily subsequently spent a year as a Paralegal at Poole Alcock solicitors in Cheshire within the Real Estate department.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Emily likes socialising with friends and family, as well as relaxing with a good book. She has always played a lot of sport, particularly hockey, and continues to enjoy to keep fit. Emily is also interested by foreign travel and has plans to continue to exploring as much of the world as possible.

Robert Burn
Trainee Solicitor

Robert Burn - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Robert began his Training Contract with Harrison Drury in September 2016, having worked as a Paralegal in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department since September 2014.

He holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Durham and completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP in Manchester.

While studying for his law degree, Robert spent a summer working in the child protection team in Lancashire County Council’s legal department, and prior to joining Harrison Drury he also gained experience in road traffic insurance litigation at DWF and at Fletchers Solicitors in Southport. At the latter, he played a key role in building a defendant team from the ground up.

Personal Interests:

Robert has played rugby for Preston Grasshoppers since 2001. He is the proud owner of two junior county cup winners’ medals and two senior league winners’ medals.

Robert is also a PADI qualified SCUBA diver, having passed the ‘Rescue Diver’ course in 2012. He has dived off the coast of Kenya, Egypt and Malta, with the Maldives to be crossed off the list in 2016.

Matthew Astley
Trainee Solicitor

Matthew Astley - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

Matthew joined Harrison Drury in June 2016 after nearly four years as a Senior Manager at Citizens Advice Lancashire West. He commenced his Training Contract in September 2016.

After graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Law from the University of Central Lancashire, Matthew went on to complete the Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford where he was awarded the Bruce Reynolds Prize for Best Performance by Worcester College.

Matthew was called to the Bar in 2013 by Gray’s Inn having been a Prince of Wales scholar and from 2015-16 he studied the Legal Practice Course part-time at the University of Central Lancashire.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys watching and playing sport, walking and travelling.

He has a particular interest in rugby league and plays for Leigh Miners Rangers in the National Conference League Premier Division, and was part of the 2015 team that won all three major trophies on offer.

Gill Ashcroft
Trainee Solicitor

Gill Ashcroft - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property

Professional Background:

Gill commenced her training contract with Harrison Drury in September 2016 after undertaking several work placements with the firm.

Gill initially read English Literature at the University of Leeds before completing the GDL and the LPC at the University of Law in Manchester. She obtained a distinction in both, including being awarded the Lincoln House Chambers’ award for highest mark in criminal law on the GDL and the Resolution prize for highest mark in family law on the LPC.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time, Gill enjoys travelling, particularly if it involves exploring new places, catching up with friends and family, eating out and festivals, having attended Glastonbury for several years running.

She also loves keeping fit and will usually be found at a gym class in the evening and at weekends.

Alex Walmsley
Paralegal

Alex Walmsley - Paralegal

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Litigation

Professional Background:

After acquiring A-Levels at Runshaw College in Law, Philosophy and Spanish, Alex went on to study law at the University of the West of England in Bristol, where he achieved a 2:1 degree. It was during his time at University that Alex began to take an interest in Commercial and Corporate law.

This carried through to Alex’s postgraduate studies where he completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bristol, completing electives in Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Family Law. Along with this, Alex also obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Law, Business and Management. This additional qualification has provided Alex with a terrific commercial awareness regarding the key objectives and priorities of commercial and corporate clients.

Personal Interests:

Alex has always been a great fan of sports, with a passion for watching football, particularly his boyhood club Manchester United, as well as Formula One, golf and tennis. He plays a lot of golf and football in his spare time, even representing the University of Law football team on numerous occasions, and also loves to keep fit in the gym.

Alex’s other big passion in life is music, having played the guitar and sang from a young age and performed in various bars and restaurants over the years. During his time at university, he ran a karaoke night at a bar in Bristol, so is the never one to now shy away from a karaoke night.

Kerry Southworth
Paralegal

Kerry Southworth - Paralegal

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Corporate Law

Professional Background:

Kerry started with Harrison Drury in July 2015 after achieving a First Class Law Degree with Honours from the University of Central Lancashire in July 2014, and completing the Legal Practice Course in 2015 with a Distinction.

She has also successfully completed an internship in the Lancashire County Council environment directorate, and volunteered in the University’s pro bono law clinic, offering legal advice to staff and students of the University.

Personal Interests:

During her spare time, Kerry likes reading detective dramas and baking.

She also enjoys UK politics and reading about the big political news stories of the day.