Meet the Team

John Chesworth
Managing Director

John Chesworth - Managing Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

As well as managing the strategic development of Harrison Drury, John heads up the firm’s dispute resolution team and is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

John first joined Harrison Drury in 2006 and was elected managing partner just under 12 months later in 2007. In this role since, John has spearheaded the firm’s growth and development across all law and legal sectors.

Personal Interests:

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

In order to stave off the effects of middle age, John has also completed a number of triathlons including the ruthless Ironman UK.

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.

Damian Baron
Director

Damian Baron - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Divorce and Family Law

Professional Background:

Damian joined Harrison Drury in 2012 as a director and head of family law, 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.

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, Corporate

Professional Background:

Naomi joined the firm in 2012 from Hayton Winkley in Cumbria. She had been a partner there since 1996, later becoming a director when it incorporated. Prior to this she also worked at Chester-based law firm Aaron and Partners. Naomi specialises in commercial property transactions, particularly for the development of land. Listed in the Legal 500, she also has specialist expertise in advising offshore companies on the sale, purchase and leasing of commercial properties, as well as acting on business sales and purchases and other corporate work.

Personal Interests:

Naomi is a keen Rugby Union supporter and also enjoys swimming, interior design and gardening in her spare time.

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 and spent three years at Brabners before moving to DWF in 2007. Owen has a broad range of experience in non-contentious commercial property matters including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters, asset management, secured lending and corporate support.

Personal Interests:

Owen enjoys participating in a number of sports including rugby, squash and snowboarding and plays rugby for Preston Grasshoppers RUFC. Owen also enjoys walking, listening to music and fine wines.

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 joined the firm as an Associate from Brabners Chaffe Street in Preston in April 2010. Originally from Newcastle, Colin graduated from Manchester University and trained and qualified as a solicitor at Royal Mail Group Plc Legal Services before joining Brabners in 2004. He is a specialist in all aspects of commercial and property litigation, and has extensive experience of acting for owner-managed businesses and corporate clients on a wide range of high value and complex commercial cases involving breach of contract and negligence claims, as well as partnership and shareholder disputes, construction, intellectual property and insolvency claims. Colin also acts for both landlords and tenants on commercial property matters and advises on real property disputes ranging from adverse possession to boundary disputes.

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 in 2013 after ten years with Napthens.

He deals with many aspects of commercial property including landlord and tenant issues, 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 also advises on matters of adverse possession and acquired rights over land and property. He deals with funding and borrowing by way of security on real estate and other assets (including Amanah and Marine finance) as well as providing corporate support.

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.

Simon acts for a wide range of clients including high profile individuals and national companies, retailers, investors, manufacturers, developers, financial institutions, charitable organisations and trusts, pension companies, public sector, educational institutions, estates owners and sporting and leisure organisations and clubs.

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

Professional Background:

With a background in Chancery litigation going back to the 1980s, 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 12 years.  He also deals with non-contentious probate, particularly involving difficult estates, and the preparation of wills.  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 heads up Harrison Drury’s private client team.

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 claims which he handles include issues such as:

  • The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • 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 children. He plays cricket, follows Oldham Athletic and loves hill walking, literature and music.

Jan Wright
Director

Jan Wright - Director

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills, Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning

Professional Background:

Jan joined Harrison Drury in 2014 after more than 12 years at Cartmell Shepherd in Cumbria. She has almost 20 years of experience of private client matters, providing specialist advice for high-net-worth individuals. She has experience of all estate matters including dealing with disputed estates.  She also has a particular knowledge of the law as it affects elderly clients, including powers of attorney, mental capacity issues, Court of Protection matters and Statutory Wills.

She is a founder member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) UK Practice Committee.  She serves on the President’s Working Group on Non-Contentious Probate Rules and is also a member of the Practical Law Company’s Private Client consultation board. She also serves on the HMRC Agents Advisors Group (AAG) for trusts and estates, focusing on inheritance and capital gains tax.

Jan qualified as a solicitor in 1995 after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford. She practised with Westminster solicitors Radcliffes before joining Cartmell Shepherd.

Personal Interests:

When not out walking on the Cumbrian fells, Jan can usually be found in the garden. She also enjoys being sailed on warm waters, reading and 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:

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 in Kent and then moving to the South Lakes in 2006, John joined Harrison Drury in 2016 having been a partner at Temple Heelis in Cumbria.

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.

Personal Interests:

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

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

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 20 years’ experience specialising in Commercial and Chancery litigation.

His areas of practice include:

  • Commercial and contract disputes including Partnership, sale and supply contracts, machinery / equipment, motor vehicles and caravans / park lodges.
  • Property Litigation including tenant default, possession, forfeiture, rent arrears and dilapidations
  • Probate and trust disputes including Inheritance Act claims, disputed wills and disputes concerning the administration of estates
  • Farming, Land and Horticultural disputes including farming partnerships disputes, land, crop and livestock damage claims
  • Professional negligence

David has a broad chancery litigation experience. He is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) in relation to his probate dispute work and he is also accredited as a Commercial Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR Solve).

David has also conducted Mediations between £100,000 and £7.5 million [in value] and he also has the benefit of Multi Party mediations. He is flexible and he is always prepared to travel.

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 the Blackpool Aquatics Triathlon Squad (BATS) and organises events including the BATS Northern Triathlon Festival and the Trawlerman 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.

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.

Nick Booth
Senior Associate

Nick Booth - Senior Associate

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.

Brett Cooper
Senior Associate

Brett Cooper - Senior Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Brett joined Harrison Drury in 2013 after 10 years in Kendal with Temple Heelis. He has a wide array of commercial expertise, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and commercial agreements. He also has a wealth of expertise in property and construction law, including site acquisition and development.

Personal Interests:

Brett is an avid rugby supporter, having recently hung up his own boots after 15 years playing tight-head prop. He also enjoys cycling when he is not spending time with his young daughter and walking his two border collies on the beach. Brett and his wife Ester also own a pie shop in Morecambe.

Philip Wright
Senior Associate

Philip Wright - Senior Associate

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Philip joined Harrison Drury at the beginning of 2016, having spent the best part of the last decade with Napthens.

He has experience dealing with a variety of commercial property matters including: property development, options, conditional contracts, site assembly, planning agreements, utility agreements, secured lending, site set up, purchase and sale, and landlord and tenant.

Personal Interests:

Philip’s main enjoyment is spending as much time as possible with his wife Diane, children Josh and Abi, and running through the dunes in Ainsdale and Formby with Molly and Jess, his two faithful black labs.

David Edwards
Associate

David Edwards - 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 Proms 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 Lytham St Annes, enjoys keeping fit at the gym and also has a passion for road cycling.

He is a member of Lytham Yacht Club, and a committee member 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.

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 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 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.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, James enjoys supporting Burnley Football Club, mountain biking, skiing and playing rugby for Burnley RUFC.

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!

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; a new role specialising in provision of tailored HR Generalist advice and support to local employers.

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

In her new role, she advises clients on bespoke best-fit solutions to the full range of day-to-day HR issues, in addition to project support, case management and training provision.

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, while still regularly keeping active thanks to various fitness and gym activities.

Jennifer Larton
Solicitor

Jennifer Larton - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Private Client

Professional Background:

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2011 following the completion of her degree at Lancaster University and then going on to gain a distinction on the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester, Jennifer now acts in all areas of private client matters. These include wills and estates, inheritance tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorneys, and Deputyship applications.

Jennifer is a student member of STEP, having so far successfully completed the modules Administration of Estates and Administration of Trusts, and is currently studying for the Trust and Estate Accounts exam. She previously worked for several well respected regional solicitors firms, including more recently running a branch office.

Personal Interests:

Jennifer enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit, and has previously completed both the London and Paris marathons.

She also loves music and enjoys going to music festivals, having attended Glastonbury in 2015. Some of Jennifer’s other interests include travelling the world and dining out, especially if she can combine the two!

Sarah Cheetham
Solicitor

Sarah Cheetham - 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.

Donna Fildes
Solicitor

Donna Fildes - Solicitor

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.

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.

Helen Griffin
Solicitor

Helen Griffin - Solicitor

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.

Hannah Craig
Solicitor

Hannah Craig - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Hannah qualified as a solicitor in 2013, graduating from the University or Chester before going on to complete her legal practice course.

Hannah works within the Commercial Property department and here day-to-day work involves freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, commercial leases and other tenant matters

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:

Commercial 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 University of Central Lancashire where she also gained a distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Rhian worked as a paralegal for Curtis Law Solicitors LLP in Blackburn, handling personal injury, road traffic accident and industrial disease claims.
During her time in the commercial property department, Rhian has gained 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. Rhian will spend the first six months of her training contract with the commercial property department before moving across a number of other practice areas in the firm.

Personal Interests:

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

Claire McCraith
Legal Executive

Claire McCraith - Legal Executive

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills and Probate

Professional Background:

Claire joined Harrison Drury in 1984 and returned to the practice in 2002 after a break to care for her young children.

Claire specialises in wills and probate and her calm and sensitive approach, coupled with her wealth of experience ensures clients receive excellent service.

Personal Interests:

Claire is a keen cook and enjoys entertaining. She loves fell walking in the Lake District and is a member of a local health club where she attends Pilates classes.

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.

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.

Laura Dover
Operations Manager

Laura Dover - Operations Manager

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.

 

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!).

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.

Andrew Wilson
Consultant

Andrew Wilson - Consultant

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Enforcement

Professional Background:

Andrew is a leading authority on enforcement of judgments, having run the Sheriffs Office in the Northwest of England for many years. He 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 he 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 has joined Harrison Drury as a consultant, while continuing with Cerberus, to provide expertise in this area.

Personal Interests:

Andrew plays real tennis and enjoys gardening and walking. He is also an enthusiastic bee keeper with 4 hives in the garden.

Laura Brereton
Trainee solicitor

Laura Brereton - Trainee solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Employment Law

Professional Background:

Laura commenced a training contract with Harrison Drury in September 2014.

She previously worked as a paralegal at firm in Blackpool specialising in personal injury law.

Laura graduated from Durham University in 2010 and completer her Legal Practice Course in 2011 at the College of Law in Chester.

Personal Interests:

In her spare time Laura enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and going to the theatre.

Jack Stephenson
Trainee solicitor

Jack Stephenson - Trainee solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation

Professional Background:

Jack commenced a training contract with Harrison Drury in September 2014.

He completed a law degree at the University of Central Lancashire.

He has previously worked in various areas of law including professional negligence, personal injury, noise-induced hearing loss and litigation.

Personal Interests:

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

Rabia Bapu
Trainee Solicitor

Rabia Bapu - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

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:

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:

Commercial Litigation

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:

Commercial Litigation

Professional Background:

Jacob joined Harrison Drury in November 2015, having already completed a number of work placements with the firm.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Jacob studied for the graduate diploma in law (GDL) and legal practice course (LPC) at Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a distinction in both.

He was also awarded the Best Performing Student award for securing top marks on his graduate diploma in law.

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, Jacob enjoys music, literature and travelling to many foreign places.

He has recently taken up long distance running and aims to complete his first marathon in Amsterdam in 2016.

Salma Yakub
Paralegal

Salma Yakub - Paralegal

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property

Professional Background:

Salma graduated from University of Central Lancashire in 2008 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course also at UCLan in 2014.

Her experience includes working in a law firm specialising in personal injury, conveyancing and litigation, as well as helping with the development of her father’s family property investment company – the Bhailok Group – since she was 17 years old.

Personal Interests:

One of Salma’s passions is travel, particularly to Europe and the Middle East. She is also a fitness fanatic – running the London Marathon every year and participating in various runs to raise funds for charities such as Breast Cancer Awareness.

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.

Robert Burn
Paralegal

Robert Burn - Paralegal

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation

Professional Background:

Robert started with Harrison Drury in September 2014.

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

He has gained experience in litigation working as a paralegal in road traffic insurance at DWF and at Fletchers Solicitors in Southport. At the latter Robert 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.