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 joined Harrison Drury in 2006 and was elected managing partner in 2007 since when he has spearheaded the firm’s growth and development.

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 completed a number of triathlons including the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

David Edwards
Associate Solicitor

David Edwards - Associate Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

David studied politics at Hull University and completed the Legal Practice Course at UCLan before joining Blackhurst Budd solicitors in 2005. He qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He has specialist expertise in commercial disputes, property and employment litigation, and regulatory work. His wide range of experience also includes General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council cases, benefit fraud cases, and trading standards and food hygiene cases. David, who lives in Lytham St Annes, joined Harrison Drury in 2012.

Personal Interests:

When he’s not working David enjoys keeping fit at the gym and also has a passion for road cycling and road racing. His charitable giving work also keeps him busy.

Brett Cooper
Associate Solicitor

Brett Cooper - Associate Solicitor

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.

Simon England
Associate Solicitor

Simon England - Associate Solicitor

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.

Simon also plays football, cycles and regularly takes part in running events with the London Marathon the next big one to look forward to.

Nick Booth
Associate Solicitor

Nick Booth - Associate Solicitor

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.

Amanda Marwood
Associate Solicitor

Amanda Marwood - Associate Solicitor

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.

Joanne Fong
Solicitor

Joanne Fong - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Wills and Probate

Professional Background:

Joanne completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the Legal Practice Course at Chester Law School. She did her legal training with Brabners solicitors going on to specialise in residential conveyancing and wills and probate. She developed her career further during spells with Laytons and Lawton Murray. During a career break to raise her two children, Joanne worked with disabled students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She joined Harrison Drury in 2012, specialising in wills and probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Personal Interests:

Joanne loves football and is a lifelong Manchester United supporter. She also plays tennis and enjoys the theatre and concerts.

Janine Hutson
Associate Solicitor

Janine Hutson - Associate Solicitor

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.

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.

James Robbins
Solicitor

James Robbins - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Dispute Resolution

Professional Background:

James joined Harrison Drury in 2011, having completed the first year of his training contract at Birchall Blackburn, 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 Legal Practice Course, both with distinctions, at the University of Central Lancashire. James has experience of acting in a wide range of legal disputes involving bankruptcy and winding-up proceedings, insolvency litigation, breach of contract and negligence claims, landlord and tenant, property and intellectual property disputes. James is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and holds the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency.

Personal Interests:

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

Katie Kozlowska
Solicitor

Katie Kozlowska - Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Property

Professional Background:

Katie joined Harrison Drury in 2012 after completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Katie, who also gained a first class honours law degree at UCLan, is working across a number of practice areas for the firm as part of her training contract. As part of her training contract she is also taking the Professional Skills Course which is also a pre-requisite for qualifying as a solicitor.

Personal Interests:

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

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.

Shena Baron
Chartered Legal Executive

Shena Baron - Chartered Legal 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 Fogg
Operations Manager

Laura Fogg - 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. The management of estates and facilities is also a priority of the position to ensure that the organisation performs at its optimum level. Laura joined the firm after working in a liaison role for primary health care providers across Lancashire and Cumbria and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA Dist.) from the University of Central Lancashire.

Personal Interests:

With an eight year old daughter and the recent addition of a puppy to the family much of Laura’s spare time is spent out bike riding or walking in the local parks. She is a keen middle distance runner/jogger and has competed in the last three Manchester annual 10k races.

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.

Amanda Webster
Consultant

Amanda Webster - Consultant

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).

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.

Holly Clayton-Smith
Trainee Solicitor

Holly Clayton-Smith - Trainee Solicitor

Harrison Drury & Co Solicitors

Practice Area:

Commercial Property

Professional Background:

Holly joined Harrison Drury in 2013 having previously worked for London-based commercial firm Rosling King LLP where she was a paralegal working with the professional negligence and property litigation teams.
A former Bradford Girls’ Grammar School student, Holly gained her undergraduate degree in law at the University of Liverpool and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Manchester.

Personal Interests:

Holly keeps her own horse and has been a keen rider for many years. She is also into travelling, having spent a year travelling around South East Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. She also likes socialising, eating out and going to the gym.

Rhian Hawkins
Trainee Solicitor

Rhian Hawkins - Trainee 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!

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.

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