Partners

Amy Chesterfield
Partner
Family
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  • Amy Chesterfield's Bio

    I am a Partner and have worked exclusively in family law since 2006. My experience and expertise includes divorce and dissolution, financial matters, children matters including relocation and child abduction, cohabitation, pre and post nuptial agreements and transfer of tenancy,

    I have specialist expertise in police and fire service pensions and often advise officers with pension assets of over £1m. I also undertake all of my own advocacy in court.

Harshinder Hundal
Partner
Head of Commercial Property
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  • Harshinder Hundal's Bio

    I specialise in Commercial Property transactions including agricultural tenancies, site acquisitions, disposals of properties, new build plots and businesses, tenancy related matters and general property management and development.

    I draft and agree contracts relative to acquisitions and disposals, option agreements and overage payments, leases, rent deposits, tenancies at will, licences for alterations, surrenders and assignments of leases.

    I am a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Julian Ireland
Partner
Dispute Resolution
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  • Julian Ireland's Bio

    I have been a Commercial Litigation Solicitor for over 10 years. I have represented multi national companies, local businesses and individuals and have extensive experience and expertise in most areas of litigation.

    I believe in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) whether by Mediation or Arbitration as it is usually cheaper and quicker than Court proceedings and gives the parties some control over the outcome.

Pauline Carlin
Partner
Head of Residential Property
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  • Pauline Carlin's Bio

    I am a specialist Residential Property Solicitor with experience in all areas of Residential Property including leasehold and freehold Conveyancing transactions, new build both for a purchase and for the developer, and buy to let transactions.  I have also acted for both buyers and sellers in auction transactions.

    I also specialise in Leasehold enfranchisement including lease extensions and  purchases of freehold of both flats and houses, acting on behalf of both tenants and landlords.

    No matter what the transaction, I work with my clients to achieve the outcomes they want in the most efficient way possible.

Siobhan Rooney
Partner
Head of Family & Wills
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  • Siobhan Rooney's Bio

    I ensure that my clients make decisions based on all their options and the consequences of each one. I’m a qualified Family Mediator as well as being an expert in all aspects of Family law and matters relating to Children.

    My speciality is advising on financial matters following separation and I am able to represent my clients in the local courts.

Sukh Saini
Managing Partner
Family
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  • Sukh Saini's Bio

    I am a Matrimonial solicitor with particular expertise in financial matters. I have been Managing Partner of Pictons since 2012 and the firms Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Compliance Officer.

    I am a Trustee of Keech Hospice Care.

Meet The Team

Amber Rothwell
Trainee Solicitor
Residential Property
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  • Amber Rothwell's Bio

    I’m currently undertaking my Training Contract here at Pictons and work within the residential property department and have worked at Pictons for over three and a half years as a Legal Assistant.

    I deal with both freehold and leasehold transactions and I am able to deal with; sales, purchases, sale and purchase of auction properties, lease extensions, new builds, transfers of equity and remortgages. I also have experience in dealing with shared ownership property and the Help To Buy Scheme.

Cathy Sandbach
Solicitor
Dispute Resolution
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  • Cathy Sandbach's Bio

    I am a solicitor and have been working in litigation since I qualified.  I have a varied caseload, and have represented insurance companies, banks, professionals, local businesses and individuals in disputes ranging from breach of contract to European cross border debt recovery, from residential possession claims to complex trust claims or insolvency matters.

    I represent clients in court proceedings, but also firmly believe in alternative dispute resolution methods to try to bring matters to a conclusion without involving the courts.  This can often be more cost effective, less of a risk, and may also be a better fit for your overall objectives.

Deborah Saini
Associate
Head of Litigation
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  • Deborah Saini's Bio

    I am an Associate Solicitor, accredited with Senior Litigator status by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

    My varied experience and expertise includes the entire spectrum of personal injury work including road accidents; slipping and tripping cases; package holiday claims; accidents abroad; product liability claims; Animals Act claims, negligent beauty treatment and hairdressing claims; fatal claims and criminal injuries compensation claims.

Fazia Hussain
Solicitor
Wills, Trusts and Probate
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  • Fazia Hussain's Bio

    I qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 and specialise in Private Client matters. My experience and expertise includes the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Administration of Estates.

    I thoroughly enjoy the work I do and I am known to be an empathetic and approachable Solicitor who is there for her clients every step of the way, offering comprehensive and effective advice.

John Bartholomew
Consultant
Commercial Property
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  • John Bartholomew's Bio

    I have over 30 years experience and specialise in commercial property matters, specifically property development both for residential housing and commercial developments, the granting of new leases, acting for landlords and tenants and in lease renewals.

    I also advise private clients on inheritance tax, estate planning and succession issues particularly with a commercial or business element or trust involvement and partnership issues.

Lisa Murphy
Trainee Solicitor
Residential Property
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  • Lisa Murphy's Bio

    As a Trainee Solicitor here at Pictons, I have gained experience within several different areas of our Private Client department which are Residential Property, Family and Wills, Trusts and Probate.

    Currently I work in the Residential Property department dealing with sales, purchases and remortgages. I have over 3 years previous experience in this department. The role demands a high turnover of clients due to the length of time each transaction takes but I make it a priority to get to know each one of my clients to ensure they get the client service levels we offer as a Lexcel Accredited firm.

Martin Boniface
Solicitor
Family
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  • Martin Boniface's Bio

    I qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and specialise in all aspects of family law including divorce, matrimonial finances, private children matters and disputes between cohabiting couples. I also undertake my own advocacy whenever required.

    I deal with client’s of all income levels, from low earners (including regularly assisting local charities) to high net-worth individuals. I deal with client’s of all income levels,  from low earners (including regularly assisting local charities) to high net-worth individuals and matters that have attracted media attention in both local and national newspapers.

    I have experience in dealing with discreet issues such as mental health and physical disabilities. I pride myself on my ability to engage with any client and I provide a comprehensive service to anyone who instructs me.

Mary Johnson
Legal Assistant
Residential Property
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  • Mary Johnson's Bio

    I have many years experience in Residential Conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of property. My extensive knowledge of the local area and my links with local estate agents, established over many years, is of great benefit to my clients.

    Our highly experienced Conveyancing team is able to speed up the process so that your transaction proceeds to completion as swiftly and as smoothly as possible.

Melissa Chaffey
Solicitor
Wills, Trusts and Probate
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  • Melissa Chaffey'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.

Michael Doyle
Legal Assistant
Residential Property
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  • Michael Doyle's Bio

    I am a legal assistant within the residential property department and have experience in dealing with various types of transactions such as sales, purchases, re-mortgage and transfers of equity.

    Due to the nature of the property process, it is important to be able to deal with matters quickly while maintaining an eye for detail. Regardless of the nature of the transaction, it is important to me that I achieve my client’s wishes.

Nesta Gresham
Consultant
Corporate Commercial
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  • Nesta Gresham's Bio

    I’m a qualified Solicitor with 12 years post qualification experience. Having worked in-house and within private practice has allowed me to work in both challenging and fast paced environments as well as being able to identify and understand business needs.

    Having Higher Rights of Audience, a Master Degree and judicial experience has enabled me to identify and negate legal problems before they arise.

    Holding positions of sole responsibility for an international and multi jurisdictional company demonstrates the abilities I posses when dealing with company affairs. Having Pictons as part of your team ensures your company is in good hands

Renata Upperton
Trainee Solicitor
Residential Property
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  • Renata Upperton's Bio

    I am currently carrying out a training contract at Pictons and I initially worked in Wills, Trusts and Probate I am now in Residential Property. I enjoy all aspects of legal work, but particularly Private Client and enjoy dealing with the personal aspects of the law.

Sarah Kane
Legal Assistant
Family
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  • Sarah Kane's Bio

    I have specialist expertise in divorce, co-habitee, children and financial disputes. My experience includes divorce and children matters such as obtaining Parental Responsibility and Access to children. I am also a Change of Name expert.

    I have a wealth of experience in applications for contact when the whereabouts of a child is unknown and I have assisted many grandparents in obtaining contact with their grandchildren.

Vahideh Hojatoleslami
Solicitor
Commercial Property
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  • Vahideh Hojatoleslami's Bio

    I deal with all aspects of commercial property related matters and particularly enjoy the logistical aspect of transactional work.

    I have recently acted on the acquisition of prominent leasehold premises in the Home Counties, and acted on the acquisition and technical surrender of a sports centre in Hertfordshire.

    The majority of my work involves the sale, purchase and financing of businesses and commercial property including agricultural land, retail units, office space, and new build plots.

Vaishali Kotecha
Solicitor
Residential Property
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  • Vaishali Kotecha's Bio

    I specialise in all types of Residential Property matters ranging from Freehold, Leasehold, New Builds and Shared Ownership.

    I have dealt with complex title issues, acted for the local council and successfully defended clients against lenders from repossession. I have been a practising solicitor for over 8 years and have also acted on Commercial Property and Litigation cases previously.