- Sukh Saini's Bio
I am the Managing Partner of Pictons with over 20 years of experience as a solicitor. I specialise in commercial law helping business owners establish, grow and protect their businesses. I work with businesses of all sizes but have substantial experience of working with owner managed businesses and SMEs.
I help clients with the following:
- Company commercial
- Company structures including partnerships and LLP’s
- Commercial contracts
- Commercial litigation and disputes
- Employment law
- Personal guarantees
I am the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice and the Compliance Officer for Finance.
I have a keen interest in sport, including cricket and I am a youth football coach. I also support a variety of local causes and am a former trustee of Keech Hospice.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2000.
Head of PropertyContact me
- Harshinder Hundal's Bio
I am Head of the property team at Pictons. My area of specialisation is commercial property.
My typical clients are owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs but I also act for globally recognised brand names, organisations with charitable status and some major public sector bodies. I have also completed projects with overseas organisations typically setting up or acquiring UK operating facilities. I also have significant experience working with agriculture businesses.
I can help client across a wide range of real estate areas including:
- Property acquisitions
- Property sales
- New build plots
- Services for developers
- Commercial lease drafting and negotiation
- Business purchases involving substantial property components
- Option agreements and overage payments
- Tenancies at will
- Licenses for alterations
- Surrender and assignments of leases
- Agricultural law
I have been with Pictons for more than 6 years. I qualified as a solicitor in 2003.
I have a strong family ethic, a very active networker, and am supportive of some community based organisations.
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- Siobhan Rooney's Bio
I am a Partner practising in both family law and private client law. I am also Head of the Private Client team.
I have substantial experience in dealing with all areas of family law, having practised exclusively in family law for over 10 years. I particularly enjoy dealing with financial disputes and undertaking my own advocacy at court.
In relation to my private client role, on behalf of the firm, I act as the appointed Executor for many Estates and as Deputy within Court of Protection matters. Whilst I deal with all aspects of private client law, my preference is dealing with contentious matters, such as disputing a Will, making a claim upon an estate or dealing with problematic Executors and Trustees.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
My areas of specialisation cover both family and wills and probate work as follows:
- Divorce and Separation
- Mid to High-Net-Worth financial matters
- Children matters including relocation and abduction
- Pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements
- International family disputes
- Contesting a Will
- Claims upon an estate
- Removal of Trustees/Executors
I support a wide range of community initiatives, am an active networker and kept busy outside of work by my large family.
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Head of LitigationContact me
- Deborah Saini's Bio
I am a solicitor specialising in litigation matters.
I provide support for clients across a wide range of contentious matters including; contract disputes, debt recovery, property related disputes, commercial disputes and contentious probate matters. I have a particular interest in contested wills and claims upon estates and disputes arising from problematic executors.
I joined Pictons soon after qualification having qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and as a result have substantial experience in representing the interests of clients facing a dispute. My approach is rigorous, considered and pragmatic.
I enjoy playing and watching sport and am currently spending time tending a newly acquired allotment.
Commercial PropertyContact me
- Dylan Kadiwar's Bio
I am a Legal Assistant within the Commercial Property Team and joined the firm in March 2023. I have experience within both residential and commercial property law, and I am keen to broaden this at Pictons.
I have experience with a range of commercial matters including grant of new leases, assignments and lease renewals for local businesses. I have worked with both specialised lenders and larger banks and have a keen understanding of security documentation, Lending regulation and compliance in acting for both borrower clients and lenders.
At Pictons I am directly assisting within a small team and have conduct over compliance and client-due-diligence on matters from inception to completion. Working as part of a close-knit team has allowed me to develop my drafting skills further with a range of leases, licences, business sale agreements and refinances for large property portfolios and local business at the heart of the local area.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking, playing badminton and am an avid traveller. My favourite part of the world to visit is the Far-East of Asia and I hope to return soon.
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- Gaby Staddon's Bio
I am the HR Manager at Pictons with over 25 years of experience working in people management. After qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, I became a chartered member in 2005.
Alongside supporting the firm with operational and people management I have begun to provide HR support to Pictons’ clients, which is something I am keen to continue.
My skills in people management are broad and encompass;
- recruitment and selection
- health and safety
- performance management
- training and development
- employee relations
- absence management
- terms and conditions of employment
- employee handbooks, and
- general HR policies and procedures.
I joined Pictons in 2013 after working in HR in a variety of sectors, mainly within SME’s. Gaining invaluable experience in my career in HR I have worked in a financial institution, for a construction contractor, a bathroom supplies and plumbers merchants and in a logistics and distribution company.
I am friendly and approachable and always strive to be of support to our staff and management alike.
I spend my spare time with family and friends. Music is a passion for me and I belong to a local choir and I attempt to sing back up vocals in a local band with friends whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have practised yoga and Pilates for many years and enjoy cycling occasionally and travelling when I can to experience different cultures.
Wills, Trust and ProbateContact me
- Grace Roe's Bio
I am an Apprentice Solicitor currently working in the Wills, Trust and Probate Team.
I jointed the Pictons in 2019. Prior to joining Pictons I gained experience working at another law firm working within the Family team drafting injunctions.
I started my formal apprenticeship with Pictons in January 2020. I have just started my 4th year of my apprenticeship with the University of Law working towards a degree in Legal Practice and Skills.
Following this, I will have a further two years devoted to the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
I currently assist Pictons team members and clients in drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorneys and assisting with Probate applications.
Outside of work I enjoy meeting with friends, working out at the gym and going to concerts.
- Helen Searing's Bio
I qualified as a Property Solicitor in 2003 at Collyer Bristow LLP. I managed a varied and busy workload of high value residential property work, including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, lease extensions, re-mortgages, first registrations of title, tenancy agreements, plot sales, matrimonial transfers and probate sales for high net worth individuals, public figures and professionals. Latterly, I worked for a family owned aircraft brokerage business, as Director and Company Secretary, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and agreements for the sale and acquisition of pre-owned corporate jet aircraft for governments, high net worth individuals and large corporations. I also managed the company’s property portfolio, assisting with the commercial leases of offices.
I joined Pictons in January 2021 as an Assistant Solicitor, based in the Property Department, supporting both the residential and commercial property teams with sales, purchases, leases and other commercial work. I also work closely with the Wills Trusts and Probate Department, on sales for executors.
My interests outside of work include watching my children play hockey and volunteering as a parent helper on Cub Scout camps. I also enjoy running and reading.
- Hugh Mulley's Bio
I provide practical advice to businesses on a broad range of company and commercial legal matters including:
• share and business sales and purchases;
• shareholders and joint venture agreements;
• corporate restructures; and
• commercial agreements and standard terms of business.
I joined Pictons as a Consultant in 2021 having previously worked at major London Law firms, and more recently at a leading Home Counties firm. In addition I spent 4 years working as a lawyer in the Middle East. I have over 20 years’ experience ranging from advising on multimillion Pound transactions with an international dimension to providing guidance to SMEs and family-owned businesses.
Away from work I enjoy travel (I grew up in the Middle East). I also play the guitar. Badly.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and gained a Diploma in Corporate Finance in 2005.
- Joe O’Brien's Bio
I have experience in all areas of private family law, including divorce, financial remedy, arrangements for children (including applications made by grandparents), injunctive orders, pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation contracts. I also have significant experience of cohabitee property disputes and TOLATA proceedings. I handle my own advocacy where necessary.
I have handled matters for clients from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, high net worth individuals, Police Officers, Doctors, Teachers, members of the Armed Forces, people with disabilities and victims of domestic abuse.
I completed my training at Brethertons, moving on to Wilson Browne before joining Pictons.
I have received a mention in the prestigious Legal 500 guide to the law and have provided commentary to the BBC on family law issues.
I completed my law degree in 2011, completing my LPC in 2012 and am a qualified solicitor.
Outside of work, I like to spend time with my young daughter and take her on holidays and days out. I also like to keep fit, I have completed a number of half marathons and I play for a local football team.
Commercial PropertyContact me
- John Bartholomew's Bio
I primarily provide support for clients in the Commercial Property department. I also provide some support to the Wills Trust & Probate department.
My commercial property work is broad and includes commercial and residential development.
I trained and qualified with Trower Still & Keeling and moved on to be a Partner at A J Harry. I also worked at Taylor Walton and Underwoods.
I joined Pictons as a Consultant in 2010 working across the offices of the firm.
Away from work my main interests are sport, particularly cricket, rugby union and golf. I also sing in a local pop and rock choir – ‘Choir on The Green’ based at Ashley Green near Chesham. I also have an interest in a family farming partnership in Cheshire.
I was admitted as a Solicitor in 1974.
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- John Gardiner's Bio
I am the IT Manager at Pictons joining the firm in 2006.
In February 2020 we overhauled our IT infrastructure, a project that I played a central role in. This project was well timed and has helped the firm work seamlessly during the pandemic.
My day-to-day duties include liaising with our team and suppliers to ensure the effective operation of our systems. I also perform some internal IT training.
I am passionate about IT and enjoying supporting our team across all offices.
As well as being the IT Manager I am also the Data Protection Officer for Pictons.
My main hobbies are keeping fit by running (I have run 7 marathons to date), cycling and swimming. I hope to be able to complete a half Ironman in the not too distant future.
Wills, Trusts and ProbateContact me
- Lydia Mills's Bio
I am a Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department. I joined Pictons in June 2023 after qualifying in September 2022.
I deal with the Administration of Estates, Probate applications, advising clients on Wills and Powers of Attorney, and Estate Planning. I am happy to travel to meet with a client if they are unable to attend any of our offices.
In my spare time I enjoy seeing my friends and family, going to the gym and playing competitive netball in the week.
Wills, Trusts and ProbateContact me
- Melissa Browning's Bio
I qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and since that date have dealt exclusively with private client matters. During this time I have developed a wealth of experience in this area and I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, which is the global professional association for those practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning.
I deal with the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications and the Administration of Estates.
I am very happy to travel to meet clients at their home if they are unable to attend at our offices.
Residential PropertyContact me
- Nick Ritson's Bio
I qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and have specialised in residential property for the last thirty years. I have worked in the Milton Keynes area since 2002, developing a successful practice based on good service and recommendations.
I have always been impressed by Pictons and its reputation for providing an excellent service, and joining the firm was a great opportunity. It was clear I had something to offer the enthusiastic Residential Property Department, and I am enjoying being in a vibrant and highly skilled team.
When I am not working I enjoy gardening and walking our dog. I am particularly interested in music and have a home music production studio, as well as many instruments that I attempt to play.
Dispute ResolutionContact me
- Oliver Richbell's Bio
Oliver operates on the basis of how can he help avoid, manage and resolve commercial disputes in the most cost effective and time efficient manner.
He focusses on providing the benefit of hindsight – beforehand – to his business clients.
An experienced specialist, who qualified in 2007, he is also a Partner in the Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Partnership, joining Pictons as a Consultant in September 2022.
Outside of work Oliver is Chairperson of a children’s charity, a multiple published author and a school governor. He is also a keen sports fan especially rugby, golf and football.
- Robert Males's Bio
Robert is an experienced senior solicitor with a wide range of legal and general management experience. He has acted on a number of high profile, publicly reported cases. He is widely respected within the profession in terms of his extensive legal knowledge and his commercial pragmatism.
His broad legal knowledges includes dispute resolution, employment, non-contentious commercial matters, contentious probate and insolvency.
He holds a LLB Hons degree from Bristol University and has been advising clients for many years. He has also provided mentoring and lecturing support during his career.
In his spare time he is a Member of Lords Taverners, is a qualified Hockey Umpire and has an interest in local football.
Senior ACILEx Paralegal
- Roxana Bacauanu's Bio
I am a ACILEx Paralegal within the family department of Pictons.
I have experience across a wide range of services within the family department.
I assist the team on a variety of matters including, divorce and civil dissolution, matrimonial finances, international jurisdiction issues, children matters and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
I work collaboratively with the solicitors and Partners within our team and have my own case load involving change of name deeds, statutory declarations, and divorce matters.
I enjoy my work and put my clients first in everything I do. Effective client care and communication is very important to me and has helped me to develop my own client and referral following.
I am qualified to CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice (with a focus on Family Law) and am an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I am currently working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.
Outside of work my hobbies include social activities and salsa dancing.
Sam Alexander Lyon
Associate Legal Executive
- Sam Alexander Lyon's Bio
I am a property specialist who helps clients to buy and sell commercial and residential property. As a specialist in residential conveyancing, I work with a broad cross-section of clients, including developers, investors, families, and individuals. Whether undertaking development sale work, or advising on the sale or purchase of a single property, I endeavour to provide prompt and pragmatic advice on all aspects. As a result, I enjoy a high level of repeat business from a loyal client base. I am also an ACILEx member.
Not wanting to miss a trick, I also have experience acting on behalf of lender and borrower clients in respect of bridging, refurbishment and development loans.
Residential property work can invariably be complex in nature and subsequently require input from other specialist legal fields. In this respect, being part of a multi-discipline legal services firm like Pictons LLP is worth its weight in gold.
When not consumed by work in the office, I like to mix my time with family, friends and the great outdoors. I have a real outdoor passion reserved for the both the cricket field and the golf course and can regularly be found there when fair weather chooses to grace us.
Wills, Trusts and ProbateContact me
- Sarah Bridge's Bio
I qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and have specialised in private client law ever since. I work for a broad spectrum of clients including high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, families, landed estates and trusts.
My expertise covers all aspects of private client work from wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and probate to estate planning, capital gains tax planning and trust planning.
I was formerly head of private client at west end media and entertainment law firm, Harbottle & Lewis LLP.
I am a keen traveler and skier and once spent 2 years travelling the world, including 6 months living in a VW campervan!
Chartered Legal Executive
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- Sarah Crook's Bio
I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010 and became a full member of STEP (The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) in 2015.
My main areas of specialism are Probate applications, Estate Administration, advising on and drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, Estate Planning and also Statutory Wills. I also have experience of Trusts. I am happy to meet with clients at their home if required.
In my spare time I enjoy walks in the countryside, running, watching football, music and films
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- Sarah Kane's Bio
I am a Legal Assistant in the Wills, Trust and Probate Team at Pictons.
I deal primarily with the preparation of Wills as well as the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney.
I also assist clients who require Wills – with Trusts included within them – such as ‘Life Interest Trusts’ or ‘Vulnerable Persons Trusts.’
I joined Pictons in May 1998 and have experience of working in the Wills Trust and Probate Team and also within the Family team. As such I have a wide understanding of the legal issues faced by private clients of the firm. I have an Ilex Certificate qualification.
In my spare time I am a keen quizzer and one day I hope to be able to set up a Pictons quiz team. I also enjoy painting, something I started to enjoy during the pandemic. I do however, need much more practice!
- Vaishali Faldu's Bio
I am a Solicitor in our Family department.
I advise extensively on a wide range of areas including divorce, cohabitation, financial disputes and disputes involving children, including contact and live with arrangements, specific issues relating to the care of a child and parental responsibility. I also have experience in preparing and implementing pre and post nuptial agreements as well as cohabitation and separation agreements.
I take a keen interest in dealing with equitable disputes in the family/domestic sphere, representing former co-habitees, and couples. I am often instructed to represent clients in their applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (‘TOLATA’) and have a track record of resolving these family/ domestic disputes via discussions.
I recognise that a relationship breakdown can be extremely difficult and my advice is tailored to each client’s individual needs. If possible, I will try to help clients find a solution in conciliatory and non-confrontational way but will provide firm and focused advice and representation if court proceedings become necessary.
I am passionate about achieving the best outcome for my clients and trying to reach a resolution without the need for formal court proceedings. I take pride in providing clear and pragmatic legal advice in cases where resources are more limited, so that parties’ are able to resolve matters in the most cost effective way.
I am also involved within the community and run advice clinics at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Milton Keynes.
I studied Law at Nottingham Law School and then went on to do the post graduate LPC at BPP Law in London. I qualified in November 2016 after completing my training contract at a North London Firm. I joined Pictons Solicitors in 2019.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.
- Vanessa Haynes's Bio
I joined Pictons in 2020 but have been working in law firms specialising in residential conveyancing since 1987. I have an excellent knowledge of property matters and the property market in the area surrounding our offices.
My support for clients is varied and includes; sending out contract packs, liaising with clients, solicitors and lenders on the phone and by email, facilitating exchange of contracts and the completion process and registration requirements following completion.
When not working I enjoy attending gym classes, walking my dog, family time, spending time with friends and good food and wine!