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ADAM WHITTAKER ( Crime Partner )

Adam is an equity partner in the criminal defence department, working out of Russell & Russell's Bolton and Blackpool offices. He joined the practice in 1997 and is a qualified Solicitor with a LLB Law degree. In his role, Adam is responsible for all aspects of criminal law and also specialises in licensing. 

Outside work Adam is a member of a number of local sports clubs and enjoys skiing and travelling.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 547 103
E: adw@russellrussell.co.uk
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ALEX KORKO ( Conveyancing )

Alex joined Russell & Russell in 2015 and works as a conveyancer in our Bolton head office on Wood Street. He has over 10 years of experience in conveyancing and deals with all types of residential property transactions including freehold, leasehold, new build and remortgages. 

Outside work, Alex likes to spend time with his partner and son. He’s a keen sportsman and enjoys both playing and watching football and cricket.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE

AMANDA AMORIGHOYE ( Personal Injury )

Amanda graduated with a degree in law from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017. She’s currently studying for her masters and LPC at BPP University Manchester.

Having joined the personal injury department at Russell & Russell’s Middleton office, Amanda deals with all types of personal injury claims on behalf of clients.

Outside work, Amanda enjoys going to the gym, keeping active, spending time with friends and family, shopping, reading and cooking.

Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
DDI: 0161 503 6809
E: AA@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Jane Penman

AMANDA CONNOR ( Family Partner )

Amanda joined Russell & Russell in 1990 as a trainee Solicitor, qualifying in 1992. She is now an equity partner working from the firm's Bolton head office.

She found her niche early on within the family areas of the law and developed a reputation for providing excellent client care and a solution based ethos. Committed to providing sound legal advice, Amanda became an accredited Resolution member in 2001 for private law children work and advocacy showing a specialism in these areas.

In 2004 she was made a member of the Law Society Children Panel showing her experience and experience in representing children within care proceedings.

This commitment to excellence saw Amanda become a junior partner in 1997 and then take over as head of the department in 2000. Since then, the family department has grown considerably.

Amanda promotes a caring, solution based approach which can also be a firm one when required to protect a client’s interests.

When not in work, she enjoys riding her horse, walking her dog and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
F: 01204 389 223
DDI: 01204 372 001
E: alc@russellrussell.co.uk

AMY BELLIS ( Conveyancing )

Amy left the BPP Law School (Manchester) with a law degree in 2014. She continued her education with an LPC and LLM at University of Law (Manchester), graduating in November 2016. Following her legal training, she qualified as a solicitor in 2018.

She works from Russell & Russell’s head office on Wood Street in Bolton within the conveyancing department. Specifically, she works in the commercial property team, dealing with remortgages, sales, purchases and commercial buy to let properties on behalf of lenders.

In her spare time Amy likes to go to the gym, read crime fiction novels and socialise with family and friends.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375294
E: ALB@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

ANDREW COSTELLO ( Crime Partner )

Andrew read law at the University of Wales and completed his legal practice course at Chester College of Law, before finishing his training contract at a leading Brighton criminal practice. After joining Russell & Russell in 2001, he quickly qualified as a Duty Solicitor, becoming an equity partner in 2010 and now works from the firm's Bolton and Liverpool offices.

He was Russell & Russell’s first Higher Court Advocate at a time when there were relatively few solicitors exercising these rights in the Crown Court. His experience covers the whole spectrum of criminal offences - from motoring to murder - including dealing with high profile clients.

Andrew has had a pivotal role in developing Russell & Russell’s highly respected in-house advocacy team. He deals in all areas of advocacy with a particular interest in sentencing, proceeds of crime and mental health. This work has led to him dealing with specialist areas, such as Imprisonment for Public Protection, Extended Determinate Sentences, Section 37 Hospital Orders and Section 41 Restriction Orders. He has also dealt with complex cases involving explosive substances and firearms.

This work takes him to courts throughout England and Wales; The Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court (‘the Old Bailey’), Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Derby, Birmingham, Preston, Carlisle, Reading and Chester Crown Courts. He has had consistent success in jury trials, combating issues of bad character, joint enterprise, hearsay, identification and alibi to secure not guilty verdicts in offences ranging from theft to Section 18 Wounding.

He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal, successfully challenging various sentences over the years; Lord Toulson (now of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom) commented on one such occasion: "That was an excellent example of a concise and effective plea."

Other recent work has seen Andrew advising boxers and their management regarding issues involving work visas and contracts. Being a life-long Liverpool FC fan, and having acted for numerous footballers over the years, he is also a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

Andrew is a very sociable character with a keen interest in good food, wine and anything to do with cars. He has also been known to do the odd bit of running, although nothing more than a half marathon. All second to a wife, two children and, of course, Russell & Russell.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 07989 502 110
E: ajc@russellrussell.co.uk

ASAD KHAN ( Crime )

Asad obtained a psychology degree from the University of Bolton in 2006, before going on to complete his LPC at the University of Central Lancashire in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2011.

Working from the firm’s office in Bolton, Asad is involved in all elements of criminal defence work, including attending police stations as a Duty Solicitor.

In his spare time, he enjoys going to the cinema and watching sport – particularly Manchester United. He also to likes to spend time with his family and travel.

CARLY TRAVERSE ( Conveyancing )

Carly obtained a law degree from Durham University in 2008 and completed her LPC in Chester in 2009. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2012.

Working in the conveyancing department of Russell & Russell’s Chester office, she deals with all aspects of residential property, including sales and purchases, new build properties, properties with help to buy or shared ownership schemes, transfers of equity, re-mortgages, leases extensions and enfranchisement.

In her spare time she enjoys pilates, reading and spending time with friends and family.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 752
E: CT@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

CATHRYN MACLEAN ( Family )

Cathryn undertook a law degree at Birmingham City University, graduating in 1988. She went on to complete her Law Society Final Examination at the College of Law in Chester and qualified as a solicitor in 1992.

Specialising in family law, Cathy works from the firm’s Bury office. In particular, she deals with divorce and matrimonial finances, including high net worth cases and private law children matters. She also deals with cohabitation issues and domestic abuse.

She’s a member of Resolution, an organisation consisting of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. She has also been accredited by Resolution in finances for both matrimonial and cohabitation as well as domestic abuse. Cathy has also been an accredited member of the Children Panel.

In her spare time, Cathy enjoys her holidays, horse-riding, scuba diving and snowboarding. She also likes to keep fit by hitting the gym and running. She relaxes by spending time with her family, friends and walking her dog, Barney.

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
DDI: 0161 762 2870
E: CM3@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

CERI JONES ( Family )

Ceri studied law at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2013. She went on to complete her LPC and LLM at the University of Law, Chester in July 2014. It was here she received the SAS Daniels award for the student achieving the highest mark in family law. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2016.

Originating from Anglesey, Ceri is a fluent Welsh speaker and works in the family department at the firm's Chester office. She specialises in Children Act matters and assists victims of domestic abuse.

She is a keen musician, playing the piano and tenor horn. Ceri also enjoys charity work and is currently fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Her other hobbies include running, reading and spending time with family and friends.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 741
E: CAJ@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

CHARLENE HICKMAN ( Conveyancing )

Charlene joined the firm in 2018 as a Re-Mortgage Fee Earner in the conveyancing department. 

Having over 10 years of experience, she has dealt with all areas of residential conveyancing. She works from Russell & Russell’s head office in Bolton, dealing with re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

Outside work, Charlene likes to Socialise, play netball and go swimming.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 326
E: CH2@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

CHARLOTTE NEILD ( Wills & Probate )

Charlotte gained her law degree from the University of Manchester in 2013 and later that year, she joined Russell & Russell’s probate department. Working from our head office in Bolton, Charlotte acts for clients wanting to draft their will or set up a lasting power of attorney. She also deals with probate administration. 

In 2017, she qualified as a graduate member of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and is now working toward her fellowship. 

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends and family, good holidays and going to gigs.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 375 290
DDI: 01204 375 290
E: CN@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley

COLIN MCWILLIAMS ( Conveyancing )

Colin qualified with an LLB (Hons) Law degree from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012. He went on to complete his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law in 2014.

He joined the Russell & Russell in 2016 as a Paralegal and then as a Trainee Solicitor. Working from the firm’s Chester office, he deals with all areas of residential conveyancing.

In his spare time, Colin likes to hike, camp and tinker with motorcycles.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 749
E: cw@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

DANIEL DICKINSON ( Personal Injury )

Daniel began working at Russell & Russell in April 2013 as a Trainee Administrator. After expressing an interest in personal injury, he started working as a Paralegal in January 2015 at the firm’s Bury office.

Daniel works in the personal injury department, assisting solicitors with low value road traffic accidents, employer and public liability, clinical negligence and criminal injuries claims. He is currently studying for his Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) accreditation at The Manchester College.

In his spare time, Daniel supports Bury Football Club, he enjoys going to the gym and has a keen interest in health and fitness, and he plays football for the firm-sponsored AFC Swan.

Memberships:

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
DDI: 0161 762 2877
E: DD@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Vince Pearl

DAVID KITCHEN ( Conveyancing )

David obtained his degree at Queens University, Belfast in 2008, before completing his LPC training at the College of Law in Chester in 2009. He qualified as a Solicitor 2013.

Working from our Bolton head office, David specialises in all aspects of residential property, dealing with sales, purchases, auction properties, new builds, shared ownership and lease extensions.

In his spare time David is an avid Bury FC supporter and enjoys participating in, and watching, various sports. He’s also a keen gardener and cook, but likes nothing better than walking his border collie.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 299 399
DDI: 01204 375 354
E: DK@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

DEBRA KERRIGAN ( Conveyancing )

Debra is an experienced conveyancer with over 30 years experience in the sector. She joined the firm straight from college in 1986 as a secretary to Stephen Crompton and qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 1999.

Debra works from the firm's Bolton head office and deals with all types of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

Outside work, she likes walking, trekking, skiing and socialising.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
E: djk@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

DERRICK SMETHURST ( Personal Injury Partner )

Derrick obtained an honours degree in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1982.  After completing his Law Society finals, he joined Russell & Russell’s Farnworth office in 1983 as an Articled Clerk and completed his Articles in 1985, when he qualified as a Solicitor.

He initially practised in all areas of law, including personal injury and general litigation.  He has exclusively specialised in accident and injury claims acting on behalf of injured Claimants for almost 35 years.

Derrick is an equity partner at Russell & Russell and the head of the Personal Injury department where he has overseen the department’s development to a major player on a national level in a competitive and dynamic area of law. Whilst managing the department, he runs a case load including accident and injury cases in the workplace, industrial disease, repetitive strain injury, severe injury cases, and clinical negligence.

He has successfully concluded cases where the award of compensation has been above £1 million. He also deals with fatal accident cases.

He has the knowledge, experience and supportive approach to offer guidance and assistance to the victims and families of victims, involved in tragic and catastrophic accidents.

Away from the office, Derrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Gill and his family. He likes to play golf, follows most sports, and spends what is left of his time either in the gym keeping fit or listening to music and reading.

Memberships:

  • The Law Society Panel for Approved Personal Injury Solicitors
  • The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)
39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 375 700
F: 01204 399 923
DDI: 01204 375 704
E: jds@russellrussell.co.uk
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DONNA LEIGH ( Family )

Donna graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in law in 1997. After working as a Law Costs Draftsman, she went on to gain her LPC from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2006.

An accredited specialist with, and member of, Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, Donna works at Russell & Russell’s head office in Bolton.

Her specialist areas are divorce and matrimonial finances, including high net worth cases and private law children matters. She also deals with judicial separations, dissolution of Civil Partnerships, cohabitation issues and domestic abuse.

In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and cooking. She also likes to spend time with friends and family, along with taking her dog, Wilf on long walks.

Memberships:

  • Resolution, specialising in children law - private and financial remedies 1
Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 006
E: DL@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor
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EMMA FOUDY ( Personal Injury )

Graduated from Salford University with a degree in law and criminology in 2017. She went on to the University of Central Lancashire to complete a masters in law and her LPC, qualifying in 2018.

She joined Russell & Russell in 2018, working from the firm’s Newport Street legal advice centre as a Paralegal. She deals with all types of personal injury claims, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public liability and clinical negligence.

Outside of work, Emma likes to live life on the edge by indulging in the adrenaline fuelled activities of sky driving and rally car driving. When she’d not jumping out of a plane or driving at hair raising speed, she like to slow things down by taking her dog for a walk.

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 546 622
DDI: 01204 375 701
E: EF2@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Derrick Smethurst

EMMA SHEEHAN ( Wills & Probate )

Emma graduated from Bolton University with a first class LL.B hons degree in 2011. After her son was born, she embarked on an LL.M in Legal Practice from University of Central Lancashire, qualifying in 2016.  

Having worked as a Paralegal in the firm’s probate department since 2011, Emma's currently training to be a Solicitor. She deals with all elements of wills and probate, lasting power of attorney, Court of Protection and Appointeeships. She works from the firm's Horwich and Atherton branches.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys spending as much of the summer months in Wales along the Llyn peninsula with her family and friends. She also loves cooking and entertaining and a is a firm advocate of the Sunday roast.

21 Lee Lane
Horwich
Bolton
BL6 7BP
T: 01204 699 432
DDI: 01204 859 653
E: es@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley

EMMA WOOD ( Wills & Probate Partner )

Emma is a salaried partner at our Horwich office, working in the wills and probate department. Having completed her Law degree in 2002, Emma went on to complete her LPC at Hudderfield University. She joined the practice in 2003 as trainee Solicitor and qualified 2006. 

In 2015, Emma became a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent organsiation of solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. She has also been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2017.

Emma carries out all types of work in our busy elderly client department, specialising in 
wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney and advice on care fees.



In her spare time, she enjoys reading, golf, swimming, socialising and spending time with her family. 

Memberships:

Horwich
21 Lee Lane
Horwich
Bolton
BL6 7BP
T: 01204 699 432
F: 01204 668 011
DDI: 01204 859 657
E: ejw@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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FRANCESCA FARRELLY ( Personal Injury )

Graduating with a degree in law (European and International Law) LLB in from the University of Sheffield in 2018, Francesca works at the firm’s Middleton office.

She joined Russell & Russell in 2018, working in the personal injury department and deals with clients in all cases of personal injury.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and family and visiting different cities.

Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
DDI: 0161 503 6828
E: FF@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Jane Penman

GAIL TAYLOR ( Wills & Probate )

Gail joined the practice in 1997 as an office junior, before moving up through the ranks to become a Paralegal at the firm's Farnworth office in 2012. 

Working in the wills and probate department, she deals with wills, lasting power of attorney, court of protection and probate matters

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends. 
        

Farnworth
86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
F: 01204 861 306
DDI: 01204 707 926
E: gt@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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HANNAH FINCH ( Conveyancing )

Hannah has a degree in law and business from the University of Humberside and qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer
 in 2006


She joined Russell & Russell in 2000 and works in the conveyancing department at the firm's head office in Bolton. She deals with all aspects of the legal process, including buying, selling and re-mortgaging residential property.

Outside of work, Hannah is pretty busy being a keen traveller. She also enjoys going to the cinema and theatre and watching rugby and cricket matches. Hannah is an active member of a local tennis club, enjoys swimming, running and when she's not busy with that, she can be found happily digging away on her allotment.



Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 392
E: hjf@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

HARRY MISTRY ( Wills & Probate )

Harry carries out private client work within our very busy wills and probate department. He joined the practice on 2010 after gaining an LLB law degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2007. He went on to obtain his LPC at Nottingham Law School in 2009 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.

Harry joined Russell & Russell in 2010 and works at in the wills and probate department at the firm's head office in Bolton. In particular, Harry specialises in acting for older and vulnerable clients. He's a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and holds both the Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) and Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) certificates.

Outside of work, he enjoys watching cricket, usually at Old Trafford, as well as playing sports.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 350
E: hm@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley

HOWARD JONES ( Crime Partner )

Howard is an equity partner and heads up the firm's criminal defence department in Chester. He graduated with a degree in 1989 from North Staffordshire Polytechnic (now Staffordshire University), before going on to complete his Law Society Finals at the College of Law York in 1990. He joined Russell & Russell on a training contract in 1990 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1992.

Howard is an accredited police station representative and Duty Solicitor, representing suspects at the police station. He is also a Higher Court Advocate, enabling him to defend clients in both the Magistrates' and Crown Court.

In terms of other areas of criminal litigation, Howard represents clients charged with motoring and road traffic offences, private prosecutions from the DWP, RSPCA, LEA and the British Horse Racing Board. He also acts on behalf of those facing prosecution for more serious offences, including drug trafficking, murder, GBH, ABH, rape and sexual offences.

Outside of work he enjoys canoeing ,cricket and watching his own children play football and rugby. Originating from Stockport, he's a season card holder at Manchester City FC.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 705
E: hkj@russellrussell.co.uk
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IAN ROBINSON ( Crime )

Ian has been with the firm for over ten years and is a Crown Court Fee Earner and Accredited Police Station Representative.

Ian joined Russell & Russell in April 2002, having studied law at Newcastle University. He is responsible for a large number of cases in the Crown Court and is a fully accredited police station representative. He has dealt with a number of high profile cases and a large amount of offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.



His work has also extended to prison law and has carried out a number of successful parole applications as well as adjudications.



Notable cases dealt with by Ian include:



R v Robinson (Part of Operation Incrusto) – not guilty verdict to a large scale conspiracy to import heroin.



R v Lomax – Successful challenge to the presumption of a minimum sentence for firearms offences.



R v Smith – Successful defence of a person accused of the widescale handling of stolen vehicle parts.



R v McGuire – Offences of robberies and aggravated burglaries in which the police used a ‘supergrass’ to tackle offences of this nature for the first time.



R v Marr – Case of dangerous driving reported nationally.



R v Jackson – Allegation of robbery and false imprisonment which received attention in the national press due to the bizarre circumstances of the offending.



R v Sangster and others – Large scale national fraud committed against a bank.



R v Jackson – Attempted Murder.



R v U – Allegation of widespread familial sexual abuse.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 547 107
E: ir@russellrussell.co.uk
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JACKI ABBOTT ( Wills & Probate )

Jacki graduated with a degree in Law and Criminology from the University of Sheffield in 2010. She joined Russell & Russell in 2011, working as a Paralegal in the personal injury department whilst completing her LPC at Manchester University of Law (previously College of Law). She qualified as a Solicitor in 2015. 

Now working in the probate department, she deals with all aspects of wills, probate, lasting power of attorney, DSS Appointeeships, Court of Protection and elderly client work. Although based at Russell & Russell's Farnworth office, Jacki also splits her time between the firm's Bury and Middleton branches.

Outside of work, she is an avid reader and loves to travel.

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 613
E: JA@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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JAEDA MOAYEDI-AZARPOUR ( Conveyancing )

Jaeda completed her Law degree at Staffordshire University in 2005. She went on to complete an LPC in 2006 and her LLM in 2011. She also qualified as a Solicitor in 2011.

Since joining Russell & Russell in 2016, she has been working from our Chester office, dealing with all  aspects of sales and purchases, new build properties, shared ownership, transfers of equity, re-mortgages and lease extensions..

In her free time, Jaeda likes to read and is a regular cinema goer. She’s also an avid follower of Formula One.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 709
E: jma@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

JAMES BAGBY ( Crime Partner )

James obtained his law degree from the University of Wolverhampton in 1998 and attended the College of Law in Chester to complete his Legal Practice Course. His legal training was undertaken at a solicitors firm in Shrewsbury where he qualified in 2001.

He is a salaried partner and has worked in Russell & Russell’s criminal defence department in Chester since 2003. He has also been a Duty Solicitor since 2003 and a Higher Court Advocate since 2008.

Outside of work, James enjoys playing golf and is a loyal West Bromwich Albion supporter. He is also actively involved in raising money for the Wales Air Ambulance service.

Memberships:

  • Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association
9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 711
E: jmb@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Howard Jones

JANE PENMAN ( Personal Injury Partner )

Jane attended the University of Central England where she obtained a degree in Politics and Government in 1990. Following her graduation, she enrolled with Manchester Metropolitan University where she completed both her CPE and LPC with distinctions in 1997. After qualifying in 1999, she became a Solicitor within Russell & Russell's personal injury department.  

Gaining a reputation for winning cases other firms refused to act on, Jane’s talent as a litigator was clear. It was her passion for successfully helping clients that led her to become an equity partner in the firm in 2008.

As well as managing the personal injury department at our Middleton branch, Jane still runs a large case load, acting for clients who have sustained serious spinal or traumatic brain injuries. She also specialises in representing amputees and works closely with residential rehabilitation centres which provide an holisitc approach to restoring maximum mobility and independence.

Jane maintains her knowledge of serious injury law by attending training events provided by relevant industry bodies, such as the brain injury association, Headway. 

In her spare time, she likes to attend a Pilates class, spend time with family and friends or immerse herself in a good book.

Memberships:

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
F: 0161 655 3379
DDI: 0161 503 6820
E: jap@russellrussell.co.uk
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JANE WELCH ( Family )

Jane graduated with a degree in Law and Politics from Keele University, before going on to complete her Law Society finals at the College of Law Chester in 1988. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1990.

Working from our Bury office, Jane specialises is Children Act Public, representation of parents and children in care proceedings. She is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel, making her an accredited specialist to represent both children and parents in care proceedings.

In her spare time, Jane is involved in Scouting as a Cub Leader and enjoys travel and the theatre. She is also reluctantly committed to attending her local gym.

Memberships:

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2861
DDI: 0161 762 2888
E: JW@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Salim Ibrahim
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JANINE NAYLOR ( Conveyancing )

Janine is PA to head of the conveyancing department, Stephen Crompton. She joined Russell & Russell in 1999 and qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2005.

Working from the Bolton head office, Janine has undertaken a number of roles within the department, including Fee Earner and being a member of the new business team, dealing with enquiries from the public and professional introducers.



She's married with three children and outside work, enjoys Zumba, swimming and socialising with friends.


Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 374 886
E: jan@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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JEAN FLANAGAN ( Family Partner )

After obtaining an LLB (Hons) degree from Liverpool John Moores University, Jean went on to study for her LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2002. She joined Russell & Russell in 2005 and has been a salaried partner in the firm's family law department since 2015.

Working from firm's head office in Bolton, Jean's case load is predominantly public and private children law cases. Her specialist area of law is care proceedings, complex children cases, acting for children via their guardian and Advocacy.

Outside work, Jean enjoys her faith as a practicing Catholic, the odd spot of gardening and above all, time spent with her family.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
F: 01204 389 223
DDI: 01204 372 017
E: jf@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

JEANETTE GROARK ( Conveyancing )

Jeanette graduated with a law degree from Leeds University in 1977 and went on to Chester College of Law. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1980.

Having lived in Reading for over 30 years, Jeanette returned to the North West and joined Russell & Russell in September 2014. She works from the firm’s Middleton office, dealing with residential conveyancing matters.

In her spare time, Jeanette loves going to the cinema and learning about history. She also enjoys writing fiction and poetry as well as painting and visiting museums and art galleries.

Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
DDI: 0161 503 6814
E: JG@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

JENNIFER MASSEY ( Wills & Probate )

Jennifer has been a Paralegal at Russell & Russell's Bolton head office since 1999. She joined the practice in 1995, progressing from secretary in the commercial team to assisting in the day-to-day running of the wills and probate department. 

She specialises in private client work, mainly wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney. 

Outside office hours, she loves to shop (especially for shoes). Her time around the home is spent trying out new recipes, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. 



Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 316
E: jm@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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JILL HUGHES ( Conveyancing Partner )

Jill is a salaried partner in the firm's residential conveyancing department. She qualified with a degree in mathematics from Newcastle University in 2000, followed by a postgraduate degree in law on 2001. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2005.

She joined the Russell & Russell in 2005 and acts for clients at the Bolton and Bury offices, dealing with all types of residential property transactions. In particular, Jill specialises in separate representation and buy to let mortgages for individuals and companies.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 309
E: jah@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

JUDITH BROMLEY ( Wills & Probate Partner )

Judith is joint managing partner at the practice and heads up the wills and probate department. She completed her law degree and solicitors finals at Leeds University in 1985 and 1986 respectively. She qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and joined Russell & Russell in 1990.

Her passion for probate and court of protection work has enabled Judith to grow a successful team of 22 solicitors, legal executives and paralegals who offer a comprehensive service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to acting for clients with wills and probate requirements, Judith’s department also provides specialist advice for older and vulnerable clients.

Her drive to provide excellence as standard led her department to become the first legal practice in the Bolton area, and one of the first in the North West region, to have been awarded the prestigious Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation. This is the Law Society's standard for delivering tailored wills and probate advice and sets the benchmark for best practice and transparency in the provision of wills and estate planning services. Equally, she had ensured all the solicitors in Russell & Russell’s probate department are members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) as well as Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer's Society initiative which helps people and organisations learn more about what it is like to live with dementia.

Outside work, Judith enjoys anything to do with mountains - skiing down them or trekking up them. She is a keen walker and loves Cavalier King Charles spaniels. She is also chair of Bolton Hospice and spends a lot of her spare time fund raising for it.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
F: 01204 389 223
DDI: 01204 375 334
E: jb@russellrussell.co.uk
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JULIEANN FITZGERALD ( Conveyancing )

Julieann is a Paralegal within the firm’s conveyancing department. She will qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer in the summer of 2019.

Prior to joining Russell & Russell in 2016, Julieann worked as a Legal Secretary and PA for 20 years in London, Liverpool and Chester, covering commercial and residential conveyancing. She works from the firm’s Chester office, dealing with all elements of the conveyancing process.

Outside of work, Julieann likes to walk her dog, spend time with family and friends and she is currently completing a Humanities Degree with the Open University.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 723
E: JF2@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

KARA NICHOLLS ( Conveyancing )

Kara graduated with a degree in law with criminology from Edge Hill University in 2015. She joined Russell & Russell in 2018 working as a Paralegal.

Based at the firm’s Chester office, Kara deals with all elements of residential conveyancing transactions.

Outside work, she likes to go to the cinema, try different food and go home to visit family in Essex.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 758
E: KN@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

KAREN HUDSON ( Personal Injury )

In 1993, Karen graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in business management at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. For the next three years, she worked for the fourth largest Life Insurance Company in South Africa as a Broker Consultant, before leaving to live in the UK.

She started her legal career in Manchester in 2004, working as a legal assistant in conveyancing. In 2009 she moved over to personal injury, initially assisting on RTA claims and then, in 2013, began dealing with technical claims as a fee earner handling pre-litigation noise induced hearing loss claims. Having joined Russell & Russell in 2016, Karen now supports Neil Seddon in the personal injury department at the firm’s Newport Street legal advice centre in Bolton.

In her spare time she likes to read, watch movies, spend time with family and friends and loves the outdoors. She also enjoys walking and being around animals.  

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 546 622
DDI: 01204 375 711
E: KH@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Neil Seddon

KAREN ROBERTS ( Conveyancing )

Karen is a long term employee of Russell & Russell, having worked at the firm since she was 20 years old. She works in the conveyancing department at at the firm's Bolton office and is training to become a Solicitor.

Outside of work, Karen is kept busy by her four children. When she’s not taking them to football, rugby or helping them with their homework, she enjoys going for a run.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 359
E: kr@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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KAREN WOODS ( Conveyancing Partner )

Karen is an equity partner at the practice and heads up the conveyancing department at our Chester office. She graduated with an LLB Law degree from Manchester Polytechnic, before gaining her LPC in 1989. Following the completion of her training contract with a legal firm in London, Karen moved back to the North West to join Russell & Russell in 1991.

In her role, Karen leads a team of residential property specialists as well as managing a case load of her own. She deals with all aspects of home moves.  

Outside of work, Karen enjoys holidays, ancient history and mythology, food and friends.

Chester White Friars
9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
F: 01244 405 750
DDI: 01244 405 704
E: kmw@russellrussell.co.uk
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KARIMA AL-SAIDI ( Family )

Karima graduated with a degree in Spanish and English literature from Chester University in 2015. After travelling the world for over a year, she returned home to start a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University Manchester, which she finished in 2017. She’s currently studying her Legal Practice Course on a part-time basis at BPP University in Manchester.

Karima began working at Russell & Russell in 2018, working from the firm’s family law department at its Bolton head office. She deals predominantly with divorce, children and change of name matters. She also runs the legal advice clinics at Russell & Russell's Atherton and Newport Street branches as well as Leigh Citizens Advice Bureau.

In her spare time, Karima volunteers at Bolton Hospice six times a month. There, she has two roles: she works on the wards with the patients and as a bereavement support worker for family members of patients who have passed away at the Hospice. She also loves to travel, cook and exercise.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 372 016
E: KA@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

KATIE SHIRES ( Wills & Probate )

Katie graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with an LLB Honors degree in September 2012. She has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) since 2016, qualifying as Fellow in 2018.

She is based in the wills and probate department at the Farnworth office. As a Legal Executive, Katie acts on behalf of clients, dealing with wills, probate, corporate appointees, court of protection and lasting power of attorney matters.

Outside of work, she spends her time with family and friends, doing crafts and having days out with her daughter.

Memberships:

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 625
E: Kjs@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley

KEVIN LISTON ( Crime )

Qualifying with a law degree from the University of Liverpool in 2000, Kevin went on to complete his legal education at Chester College of Law and became a qualified Solicitor in 2003. He has also been a Higher Court Advocate since October 2010.

He joined Russell & Russell as a senior solicitor in September 2014 and now works from the firm's Atherton office. He deals with all aspects of criminal law, representing clients at police stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Happily married, Kevin has a keen interest in travel and is an active amateur footballer. When he is not playing, he is an avid spectator of the ‘beautiful game’.

43 Market Street
Atherton
Manchester
M46 0GQ
T: 01942 884 469
DDI: 01204 547 110
E: KL@russellrussell.co.uk
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LAURA LINDSAY ( Conveyancing )

Laura joined Russell & Russell in 2002, working as a secretary in the firm’s conveyancing department. She went on to become a conveyancing assistant in 2004.

Keen to expand her knowledge, she studied to become a residential conveyancing paralegal with the Institute of Paralegals, qualifying in 2016. Now working from our Farnworth office, Laura runs her own caseload dealing with all aspects of residential transactions.

Outside work, she likes to spend time with her husband, two dogs, three guinea pigs and their rabbit. She’s also a qualified Zumba fitness instructor and teaches four classes a week.

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 618
E: Lml@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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LAUREN HUGHES ( Conveyancing )

Lauren studied for her law degree at Edge Hill University in 2009, before going on to complete her LPC at the University of Law in Chester in 2010. She began her legal career as a secretary in 2010 and progressed to paralegal status in 2011. In 2012, she began her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor in 2013.

Now working in the conveyancing department of our Chester office, Lauren handles all elements of the home moves process, including buying, selling, remortgaging, self-build as well as conversions and buy to let.

Outside the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going the gym and participating in charity events.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 708
E: LH2@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

LEE HOLEHOUSE ( Conveyancing )

Lee’s career began in 1979 when he established his own catering business, which he ran for a number of years, before joining BT. He spent the next 18 years working in a variety of roles, including customer service, procurement and project management. In 2002, he became operational manager at Countrywide plc, running various teams. Lee joined Russell and Russell in 2016 and heads up operations for the conveyancing department, working from the head office in Bolton.

Married to Diane, he’s dad to Charlotte and James. In his spare time he cycles, does a spot of gardening and is an avid follower of rugby league. He also enjoys the company of friends and family and a cold glass of Pinot.  

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 311
E: LH@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

LISA JONES ( Conveyancing )

Obtaining a degree in English language and literature from the University of Salford in 1995, Lisa went on to study a Common Professional Examination (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law, Chester, qualifying in 1998. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001. 

Lisa has been with Russell & Russell since 2015 and is based at the Bolton head office, although she does cover other branches as part of the support team. In her role, she deals with all aspects of the conveyancing process.

When not at work Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends or indulging in her passion, running.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
E: LJ@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

LOUISE RANCE ( Wills & Probate Partner )

Louise is a salaried partner in the wills and probate department, based at the firm's Farnworth office. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2002 after completing an undergrad degree in English Language and Linguistics. Louise went on to undertake a Law Conversion and LPC at The College of Law in Chester, qualifying in 2007. The same year, she joined Russell & Russell on a training contract, and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2009.

She’s a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent organisation of solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. She also holds her Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation, a qualification she gained through the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). This enables Louise to advise on a range of much more complex areas of will drafting and probate law. She is also a Dementia friends champion.

Louise has two young children and enjoys spending time as a family and socialising with friends.

Memberships:

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 623
E: LRance@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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LOUISE SIMONS ( Conveyancing )

Louise attended university in Liverpool, graduating with BA Hons Law LLB degree in 2006. Following this, she received a commendation for her Legal Practice Certificate from the College of Law in Chester and qualified as a Solicitor in 2013.

She started working in the conveyancing department of Russell & Russell’s Chester office in 2011, specialising in all aspects of home purchases and sales on behalf of private clients and housing developers.

Outside of work Louise enjoys spending time with friends, quizzing, hosting game nights and keeping up to date with the latest cinema releases. She also plays soprano cornet in a brass band which competes across the country.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 745
E: ls@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods
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LUCY CARTWRIGHT ( Conveyancing )

Lucy obtained a criminology degree from Liverpool John Moores University in 2014. She went on to complete her GDL and LLM at the University of Law, Chester in 2015 and 2016 respectively. She's now in the process of completing her training contract with Russell & Russell.

She joined Russell & Russell in 2016 and works from the Chester, acting for clients involved in conveyancing transactions.

Outside of work, Lucy likes to socialise with friends and family, shopping and planning trips away.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 742
E: LC@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

MARIE NIELD ( Wills & Probate )

Having joined the practice in 1983 as an office junior, Marie went on to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 2010.

Working from our Bolton head office, she deals with all elements of wills, probate, court of protection, DSS Appointeeships and elderly client work.

In her free time, Marie loves spending time with my family and friends.

Memberships:

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 699 432
E: mn@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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MARTIN ROGERS ( Crime )

Martin is an experienced Police Station Accredited Representative and Crown Court Fee Earner within the Criminal Department.

He has been with the firm since 1999 and has dealt with a wide range of matters including allegations of Murder, Manslaughter, serious sexual offences and complex drugs cases.



Working closely with top Barristers and QC’s, and with the assistance of experienced experts, Martin has dealt with a high profile murder case which was broadcast on the Crime Watch television show in 2008, where not guilty verdicts were returned by the jury after a long trial process in 2009.



Martin also represented a defendant in a multi-handed allegation of manslaughter where an inmate was alleged to have been unlawfully killed whilst in a prison cell at HMP Forest Bank.



On behalf of the firm, Martin dealt with a multi-handed rape case, acting for the lead defendant in that matter. This case involved the joint instruction of computer experts to analyse the complainant’s online messaging accounts, the net result of which was to cause the Crown to re-consider their approach to the case and ultimately offer no evidence in respect of all defendants.



Martin also instructed an in-house advocate, Nick Ross, to deal with a substantial, complex and serious allegation of drug trafficking which resulted in several weeks of Trial hearing before the Minshull Street Crown Court before a not guilty verdict was returned by the Jury.



Martin has experience in Proceeds of Crime Act cases where the “intentionally draconian” nature of the Act generally leaves a defendant at substantial risk of confiscation of all assets and funds attributed to them. In one such case before the Liverpool Crown Court, Martin worked with Senior Queen’s Counsel and specialist Junior Counsel where the application for Confiscation was in excess of £2,000,000 – the end result of that case was a nominal Confiscation Order of £1, achieved as a result of enquiries made both in England and Northern Ireland regarding the defendant’s historical financial position.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 547 108
E: mjr@russellrussell.co.uk
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MICHELE BENSON ( Conveyancing )

Michele joined the conveyancing team at Russell & Russell’s in October 2014 and now works at our Farnworth branch. She has over 25 years’ experience of working within the legal profession, including working for a number of major house builders.

Michele qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2014 after attending a distance learning course through the Council of Licensed Conveyancers. She deals with all areas areas of residential conveyancing.

Happily married with a grown up daughter, she loves to socialise with friends and family and enjoys attending her local gym. With a particular fondness for all things Italian, Michele aspires to learn the language to help her on trips around the Amalfi coast.

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 614
E: MB@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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MICHELLE MOSS ( Family Partner )

Michelle began her career at Russell & Russell in 2006, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2008 when she became a permanent member of the family law team. 

She is now a salaried partner based at our Chester office where she has been developing the family law department since 2015.

Although Michelle's experience is in all areas of family law, she focuses on representing parties in care proceedings and children law matters. She's an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and a member of Resolution.

In her spare time, she likes to keep active and where possible combines this with charity events. When she is trying to save her energy, Michelle enjoys socialising, reading and cooking.

Memberships:

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 726
E: mm@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

NATASHA HOY ( Conveyancing )

Natasha joined Russell & Russell in 2012. She is a Paralegal in the conveyancing department and is working towards becoming a Licenced Conveyancer.

She works from the firm’s head office in Bolton and mainly deals with sales and purchases.

When Natasha isn't working, she enjoys walking her dog and watching motorsport, in particular the British Touring Cars.

Memberships:

  • Institute of Paralegals
Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
F: 01204 375 379
DDI: 01204 375 288
E: nhoy@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

NEIL SEDDON ( Personal Injury Partner )

Neil obtained a Law degree with honours at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1980 and went on to complete his Law Society finals course at the University. In 1981 he joined a law firm in Leigh as an Articled Clerk, qualifying as a Solicitor in 1984. He joined Russell & Russell in 1985 as a solicitor within our Horwich branch, working in general practice. He later went on to head up the firm’s Atherton office until 2016.

Neil’s considerable abilities as a litigation lawyer led him to become a partner of the firm in 1994. He now works from Russell & Russell's Newport Street legal advice centre in Bolton.

Neil still runs a substantial case load as well as managing staff. His knowledge and experience within the legal profession means that he deals with a broad range of accident claims and clinical negligence litigation. He has successfully run exceptionally high value claims and is qualified to act on behalf of clients with more complex maters and in serious injury claims.

Memberships:

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 375 700
DDI: 01204 375 707
E: ns@russellrussell.co.uk

NICK ROSS ( Crime Partner )

Nick obtained an law degree at the University of Central Lancashire and was admitted as a solicitor in 1986. He joined Russell & Russell the same year. 

He became an equity partner in the criminal defence department in 1995 and works from the crime team's Bolton and Manchester offices. In addition to heading up the Crown Court department, Nick is also a Duty Solicitor and a Higher Court Advocate, which he was accredited to in 2005.

Nick specialises in all areas of criminal defence, but spends most days in Crown Court defending high profile clients and cases. Notable cases have included R v Denniston and others, Southwark Crown Ct 2009 – a money laundering trial; R v Hadfield and others, Minshull St Crown Ct 2010 – an 11 week trial regarding conspiracy to supply drugs; R v Daniel Walker, 2012 Liverpool Crown Ct – murder trial and R v Brooks, Inner London Crown Ct, 2017 – £2½ million copyright fraud. Despite dealing with significant cases Nick also has a keen interest in defending motoring offences.

Outside work, Nick likes to spend time with his family, travelling, visiting the theatre, trips to the cinema and appreciating good food. He also enjoys sports, including football and skiing, although his interest is more watching than participating these days.

Memberships:

  • The Law Society
  • Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA)
  • The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)



Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 547 111
E: nsr@russellrussell.co.uk
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NICOLA GRIFFITHS ( Personal Injury )

Obtaining a degree in law from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997, Nicola went on to study her LPC at Chester College of Law in 1999. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001.

She joined Russell & Russell Solicitors personal injury department in Middleton in 2001. Although Nicola has the knowledge and expertise to deal with all forms of personal injury claims, her specialist area is clinical negligence claims.

In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her two sons, reading and walking.

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Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
DDI: 0161 503 6813
E: njg@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Jane Penman

PAUL BOARDMAN ( Conveyancing )

Paul graduated from Bristol University with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1982. Following that, he enrolled at Chester College of Law. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1988 and joined Russell & Russell in 2013.

Working from our head office in Bolton, Paul deals with all aspects of domestic property work, including sales, purchase, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

In his spare time Paul likes to socialise with friends and family. He keeps fit by walking and running.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 306
E: pab@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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PETER LEATHER ( Crime Partner )

Peter is an equity partner in our criminal defence team and head of the Magistrates Court department.
 He graduated with an LLB (Hons) Law degree which he obtained from the University of East Anglia in 1983, before going on to complete his Law Society Finals in 1984 at Guildford Law School. He joined Russell & Russell in 1984 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1986. 

As well as being a Duty Solicitor, Peter is responsible for all aspects of Advocacy in the Magistrates Court, including road traffic law, health and safety law and domestic violence.

 His biggest achievement at Russell & Russell is the sustained delivery of high quality Advocacy at local Magistrates Courts to ensure that every client gets the best possible outcome.

 

In his spare time Peter enjoy

s regular high-level fell walking with his wife, flat-coated retriever and circle of friends. He plays squash during the winter months and golf in the summer as well as being a keen cyclist. He is also a supporter and sponsor the Old Boltonians Association.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
E: tpl@russellrussell.co.uk

PIPPA TUDOR ( Family Partner )

Pippa obtained a law degree from the University of Liverpool in 2006 before completing her Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law. She began her career working as a paralegal in busy family department of a Liverpool based law firm before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2011.

As a salaried partner working in the family law department of Russell & Russell's Chester office, Pippa specialises in divorce and complex financial disputes from both marital breakdown and cohabitee separation. She has experience of Schedule 1 applications, pre and post nuptial agreements, Legal Services Orders and applications for Maintenance. She deals with complex financial matters involving assets outside of the jurisdiction, freezing orders, pensions, third party interests and committal proceedings.

She also undertakes private law children matters and protection from domestic violence and harassment - something she is passionate about; there is no excuse for domestic abuse - and has established links with a number of domestic violence organisations. She is a member of a local domestic abuse charity, Chester Women’s Aid and is a member of family organisation, Resolution. Being from North Wales, Pippa's second language is Welsh. 

In her spare time, Pippa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Memberships:

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 718
E: PJ@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor
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RACHEL FOX ( Personal Injury )

Rachel holds a law LLB from the University of Nottingham which she graduated from in 2014. She went on to complete a Masters degree in law, specialising in Human Rights Law (LLM) in 2015 from the same university.

Having joined Russell & Russell as a Paralegal in 2016, Rachel works within the personal injury department. Based at the firm’s Newport Street legal advice centre in Bolton, she deals with all aspects of personal injury litigation.

In her spare time, Rachel likes to spend time with friends, read and play guitar.

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NZ
T: 01204 546 622
DDI: 01204 375713
E: RF@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Derrick Smethurst

RACHEL HIGHAM ( Family )

Rachel graduated from Salford University with law degree in 2012. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Manchester in 2014. Following this, she moved to Australia for two years to work in various legal roles within government and private practice.

She began working at Russell & Russell on a training contract in 2017 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2018. She is based within the family law department at the firm’s Chester office, specialising in child protection.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys travelling, CrossFit and a glass of fine red wine.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
E: RH@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Amanda Connor

REBECCA HODGE ( Personal Injury )

Rebecca graduated with a law degree from Lancaster University in 2004. She studied for her LPC at Chester College of Law, before completing her training with the firm in 2010. 

Working from the firm's Newport Street branch, she specialises in personal injury.

Outside work, as well as being a busy mum of two, Rebecca likes to socialise with friends. And, when she gets the chance, she’ll relax with a good book.

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 375 700
DDI: 01204 375 703
E: rlh@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Derrick Smethurst

RICHARD DREW ( Conveyancing )

Richard studied Economics at Manchester University, graduating in 1986. He went on to complete his legal studies at the College of Law, Guildford in 1990, subsequently qualifying as a Solicitor in 1993. 

Working in the conveyancing department at the firm’s Chester office, he has substantial experience of all types of residential property work, including high value and complex transactions. Richard is also experienced in dealing with adverse possession claims, first registration applications and land with title problems.

When not at work, he enjoys playing tennis and golf to keep fit. He also likes reading and socialising with friends.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 747
E: RD@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

RICHARD QUERELLE ( Conveyancing Partner )

Graduating from Buckingham University with an LLB law degree in 1993, Richard went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 1998.

He joined the conveyancing department at Russell & Russell's Chester office in 2015. He is experienced in dealing with all types of property sales and purchases, but has a particular expertise in dealing with high value and complex residential sales throughout England and Wales.

Outside work, Richard likes to spend time with his family and enjoys keeping fit by running and cycling - he is a marathon mountain biker and ultra trail marathon runner. He relaxes by watching cricket and rugby.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 719
E: RQ@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods
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RICHARD THOMAS ( Crime )

Richard graduated from Bristol University with a law degree in 1996 and completed his LPC the following year. He qualified as a criminal Solicitor in 1999 and went on to ascertain his Higher Rights in 2009.

He has a successful track record at the Court of Appeal and has conducted cases at Crown Court. Working in the criminal defence department of our Chester office, Richard acts for clients involved in all manner of offences.

Outside of work, he enjoys running, playing cricket and watching films.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 714
E: Richard.Thomas@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Howard Jones

SAIRA ALI ( Personal Injury Partner )

Saira graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 with a degree in LLB Law. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and joined Russell & Russell in 2011. 

Working from the firm's Newport Street legal advice centre in Bolton, Saira has the expertise to deal with all types of personal injury claims. In particular, she specialises in accident at work and public liability claims. She also speaks fluent Urdu and Punjabi.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

39 Newport Street
Bolton
BL1 1NE
T: 01204 375 700
DDI: 01204 375 702
E: sa@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Neil Seddon
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SALIM IBRAHIM ( Family Partner )

Salim is an equity partner in Russell & Russell's family department and is based at the firm's Bury office.

He studied law and marketing at De-Montfort University in Leicester, having also completed his Legal Practice Course, achieving a commendation.

 Following his qualification in 2004, Salim joined Russell & Russell in 2005 and became a salaried partner in the family department in 2008.

He has extensive expertise and experience of dealing with all aspects of family and matrimonial work. He is particularly strong on child related matters and divorce, together with social services involvement and care proceedings, often acting for parents and children via their respective guardians in proceedings covering many areas in the North West.



His passion for his chosen area of law, and for making a real difference to the people he represents, meant that Salim was made an equity partner in 2010.

 

Away from work, he has a busy family life with his wife and four children. He also enjoys playing football and is a keen follower of most sports.

Memberships:

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
F: 0161 762 2889
DDI: 0161 762 2874
E: sai@russellrussell.co.uk

SAM MARTIN ( Crime )

Sam joined Russell & Russell as a chartered Legal Executive and police station representative in July 2018. Working from our offices in Bolton, he deals with many aspects of criminal law, in particular, providing advice and assistance at police stations.

Having qualified as a police station representative in 2015, and a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEX) in 2017, Sam intends to obtain his rights of audience in the Magistrates' Court and become a Criminal Litigator.

Outside work, Sam is a keen supporter of Bolton Wanderers and a football fan generally. He enjoys socialising with friends and family and is learning Italian as a second language.

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 547 106
E: SM@russellrussell.co.uk

SAMANTHA MEDHURST ( Wills & Probate )

Samantha has worked at Russell & Russell since 2006. She started as an office junior, progressing to receptionist, secretary, assistant until June 2018 when she was promoted to a Paralegal.

Working within the probate department of the Farnworth office, Samantha supports Louise Rance. She specialises in Court of Protection and administration of estate matters.

When not at work, Samantha likes to spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys watching comedians and going to concerts.

86 Market Street
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 619
E: smedhurst@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley

SAMANTHA WHITEHEAD ( Personal Injury )

Samantha attended Staffordshire University where she obtained an honours degree in law and business. She then went on to Manchester University where she completed her Legal Practice Certificate, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2001. She Joined the personal injury department of Russell & Russell in 2003.

Samantha works within the Bury branch and acts on behalf of clients in all types of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, accident in the workplace, slip and trip claims, Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims and industrial disease cases.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two young children, going to the gym and spending time with friends.

Samantha is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
DDI: 0161 762 2871
E: swhitehead@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Vince Pearl

SARAH LEATHER ( Conveyancing )

Having spent many years working in the property industry, Sarah joined Russell & Russell in 2018. She works from the firm’s Chester office as a Paralegal in the conveyancing department, assisting with all aspects of the home moves process.

Outside work, Sarah enjoys sailing with her husband on their J80 sports boat and spending time in Abersoch. She also likes to cook and sew.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
E: SL@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

SIMON TANSEY ( Conveyancing Partner )

Simon obtained his law degree from the University of Sheffield in 1991, before graduating with his Law Society Finals in 1992 at the College of Law in Chester. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2000.

He joined Russell & Russell in May 2014, dealing with residential conveyancing matters and works at the firm’s Middleton office.

When he’s not at work, he runs round after his two teenage children. On the occasion when time does permit, he enjoys a spot of DIY and follows the “world’s greatest team”; Warrington Rugby League Club.

Colmar House
Middleton Gardens
Middleton
M24 4DB
T: 0161 653 6200
DDI: 0161 503 6822
E: ST@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

SONYA MEHMOOD ( Family )

Sonya has a law LLB degree  which she obtained at the University of Leeds. She is currently in the process of completing her LLM Legal Practice certificate on a part time basis, at Leeds BPP University. 

Working as a Paralegal within the family department at the firm’s Bury office, Sonya deals with all areas of family law, in particular with children involved in care proceedings. 

Outside work Sonya enjoys interior designing, event planning and socialising with friends and family.

Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
DDI: 0161 762 2876
E: SM3@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Salim Ibrahim

STEPHEN CROMPTON ( Conveyancing Partner )

Stephen is an equity partner in the firm and a property lawyer with over 30 years experience. He joined the practice in 1978 and is a qualified solicitor holding a degree in Law. 

He is joint managing partner of the practice and deals with all types of property related transactions, both commercial and residential. This includes development work for builders, self build transactions and more complex residential property matters. He also provides advice and assistance to lenders including services in respect of LPA receiverships, re-mortgages, SIPS and separate representation.
 

His biggest achievement at Russell & Russell is playing an instrumental part in ensuring that the practice seeks to deliver quality legal services that meet the needs of our clients at a fair cost to them.

 

When not at work Stephen's interests are his wife and four children. He also enjoys watching films, music, most sports and a chilled New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

Bolton Head Office
Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
F: 01204 389 223
DDI: 01204 375 331
E: sgc@russellrussell.co.uk
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STEVE COUPE ( Crime Partner )

A salaried partner in the criminal defence department, Steve graduated with a degree in law and politics from Staffordshire University in 1998. He went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Chester, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2002.

He works at the firm's criminal defence department in Chester office, representing clients across North West and North Wales.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing football for his local side, Watergate FC. When time permits, he also tries his hand at golf.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 712
E: sjc@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Howard Jones
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SUSAN JOHNSON ( Conveyancing )

Susan began working as Paralegal at Russell & Russell’s Chester office in 2010.

With over 25 years experience, she acts for clients in all types of residential conveyancing. 

In her spare time she likes to garden, reads all types of books, foreign travel and sampling wine. She also enjoys spending time with her ever expanding family now that she has two granddaughters who keep her ‘young at heart’.

9 White Friars
Chester
CH1 1NZ
T: 01244 405 700
DDI: 01244 405 728
E: scj@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Karen Woods

URSULA ISHERWOOD ( Conveyancing )

Ursula originally joined the firm as a secretary in 1978 and, after a number of years working in the field, embarked upon on her legal training. She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009.

Having left in 1982, she rejoined Russell & Russell in 2014 and works from the Farnworth office. She deals with all types of residential conveyancing.

In her spare time she likes to go walking as well as socialising with family and friends. Most of all, however, she all enjoys looking after her two grandsons.

86 Market Street
Farnwoth
Bolton
BL4 7NY
T: 01204 707 926
DDI: 01204 859 616
E: ui@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton

VICTORIA MARSH ( Wills & Probate )

Victoria is qualified with a degree in geography from the University of Manchester, which she obtained in 2002. She went on to receive a Commendation when she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDipL) at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005. Following this, she undertook her Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2006 and embarked on her training contract at Russell & Russell. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.

Victoria is an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent organisation of solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. She is also a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP).

Working from the head office in Bolton, Victoria specialises in mental capacity law and assisting those with mental health issues either under the Court of Protection, lasting power of attorney or Appointeeship. She also undertakes wills and probate work.

Outside work, Victoria has two small children so, other than walking her German Shepherd, definitely has no spare time!

Memberships:


Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 286
E: vjm@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Judith Bromley
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VINCE PEARL ( Personal Injury Partner )

Vince started his legal career at De Montfort University in Leicester where he obtained an honours degree in law in 1981. Joining Russell & Russell in 1988 as an articled clerk, Vince completed his legal training in 1990 was made an associate solicitor with the firm that year.

Vince’s talent as a litigator was soon to show. His success and skills in acting on behalf of clients led him to become a partner of the firm in 1992 and an equity partner in 2002. 

As well as heading the personal injury department at our Bury branch, Vince still runs a large number of cases. He acts for clients all over the country, helping them obtain the compensation they deserve. His vast experience and knowledge mean that Vince tends to deal with more serious injury claims, including accidents in the workplace and industrial disease.

Away from the office he enjoys spending time with his family and has always been a keen musician, playing the trumpet and bass guitar in a soul band. He also enjoys attending concerts and the theatre, walking, socialising and, in his own words, is "a deliriously happy Manchester City supporter".

Memberships:

  • Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) 
  • Law Society personal injury panel (PIP)
Belgrave Terrace
10 Manchester Road
Bury
BL9 0EB
T: 0161 762 2888
F: 0161 762 2889
DDI: 0161 762 2868
E: vmp@russellrussell.co.uk

ZOE HARRYMAN ( Conveyancing Partner )

Zoe qualified with a degree in rural resource management from Aberystwyth University in 1998. She went on to complete her CPE at the College of Law York in 1999 and LPC in 2000. 

She joined Russell & Russell in 2000 on a training contract and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2003. Zoe was made a salaried partner in 2007. Working in the conveyancing department at the Bolton head office, undertakes all areas of conveyancing.



Outside work, she enjoys walking, sailing and is a group scout leader of her local scout group. 

Churchill House
Wood Street
Bolton
BL1 1EE
T: 01204 399 299
DDI: 01204 375 312
E: zharryman@russellrussell.co.uk
Supervisor: Stephen Crompton
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