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.

Claire Ward
Partner
Head of Residential Property
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  • Claire Ward's Bio

    I have worked in Residential Conveyancing for over 15 years. My experience has involved dealing with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing including leasehold and freehold sale and purchase transactions, New Build, Help to Buy, Buy to Let and Shared Ownership transactions.

    I have acted for clients as individuals and also small companies.

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.

Jacqueline Webb
Partner
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  • Jacqueline Webb's Bio

    As one of the Executive Partners at Pictons, I am a business owner too. I therefore understand that when employers are making decisions about their business, employment law is just one consideration for them.

    I provide practical and strategic advice to ensure that statutory provisions are no barrier to achieving great success for any business.

Siobhan Rooney
Partner
Head of Family
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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.

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Afsana Rahim
Solicitor
Commercial Property
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I advise corporate and individual clients on commercial property matters including freehold acquisitions, disposals, business and asset transactions, financing and refinancing, granting / selling / transferring leases, agreements for surrender, 1954 Act lease renewals, licences, deeds of variation.

I have acted for investors on Central London property, the acquisition of diplomatic premises, investment and development projects, schools and charities.

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  • Afsana Rahim's Bio

    I advise corporate and individual clients on commercial property matters including freehold acquisitions, disposals, business and asset transactions, financing and refinancing, granting / selling / transferring leases, agreements for surrender, 1954 Act lease renewals, licences, deeds of variation.

    I have acted for investors on Central London property, the acquisition of diplomatic premises, investment and development projects, schools and charities.

Cathy Sandbach
Solicitor
Dispute Resolution
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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Hazel Jones
Solicitor
Wills, Trusts and Probate
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I qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and am a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly.

I covers all aspects of Wills, Trusts and Probate including drafting Wills; dealing with all aspects of Trusts; Administering Estates; Court of Protection, Lasting Power of Attorney and Care Issues.

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  • Hazel Jones's Bio

    I qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and am a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly.

    I covers all aspects of Wills, Trusts and Probate including drafting Wills; dealing with all aspects of Trusts; Administering Estates; Court of Protection, Lasting Power of Attorney and Care Issues.

Helen Taylor
Associate
Head of Employment
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I am an experienced employment law solicitor handling both advisory and contentious work primarily for employers across a broad range of industries and sectors, with particular emphasis on manufacturing, recruitment, pharmaceuticals, education and professional services.

This means at any given time I can be steering an employer through a large scale restructure or redundancy project, advising on a complex dispute involving whistleblowing, discrimination or even TUPE, providing strategic advice on an executive dispute or dismissal,  or even an employment tribunal claim.

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  • Helen Taylor's Bio

    I am an experienced employment law solicitor handling both advisory and contentious work primarily for employers across a broad range of industries and sectors, with particular emphasis on manufacturing, recruitment, pharmaceuticals, education and professional services.

    This means at any given time I can be steering an employer through a large scale restructure or redundancy project, advising on a complex dispute involving whistleblowing, discrimination or even TUPE, providing strategic advice on an executive dispute or dismissal,  or even an employment tribunal claim.

John Bartholomew
Consultant
Commercial Property
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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.

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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.

Julian Ireland
Solicitor
Dispute Resolution
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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.

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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.

Kelly Mercel
Solicitor
Wills, Trusts and Probate
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I completed my Law degree at the University of Hertfordshire and have since worked at Pictons I worked as a part time Legal Assistant while studying a Legal Practice Course and I graduated with distinction.

I advise my clients on Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection cases.

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  • Kelly Mercel's Bio

    I completed my Law degree at the University of Hertfordshire and have since worked at Pictons I worked as a part time Legal Assistant while studying a Legal Practice Course and I graduated with distinction.

    I advise my clients on Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection cases.

Lisa Murphy
Legal Assistant
Wills, Trusts and Probate
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As a Legal Assistant here at Pictons, I have gained experience within different areas of our Private Client department, namely Residential Property, Family and now Wills, Trusts and Probate.

I find drafting Wills particularly interesting and I also deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney, Declaration of Trusts and I also assist our Solicitors on Probate matters.

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  • Lisa Murphy's Bio

    As a Legal Assistant here at Pictons, I have gained experience within different areas of our Private Client department, namely Residential Property, Family and now Wills, Trusts and Probate.

    I find drafting Wills particularly interesting and I also deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney, Declaration of Trusts and I also assist our Solicitors on Probate matters.

Lucy Harvey
Solicitor
Personal Injury
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I am a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor and have experience in most aspects of personal injury, including, road traffic accidents, slipping and tripping cases,  employers liability, occupiers liability and criminal injuries.

I understand that it can sometimes be a sensitive and difficult time for the client. I work with my clients to make the process as straightforward as possible resulting in a successful outcome.

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  • Lucy Harvey's Bio

    I am a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor and have experience in most aspects of personal injury, including, road traffic accidents, slipping and tripping cases,  employers liability, occupiers liability and criminal injuries.

    I understand that it can sometimes be a sensitive and difficult time for the client. I work with my clients to make the process as straightforward as possible resulting in a successful outcome.

Martin Boniface
Solicitor
Family
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I qualified as a solicitor in 2014. I specialise in private Children Act and Injunctive Relief (domestic violence) matters but also regularly undertake matters relating to Divorce, Finance Settlements and separating unmarried couples.

I have experience in dealing with high net-worth clients and have been involved in cases that have been reported in local, regional and national newspapers. I also have experience in dealing with mental health and severe health issues.

I am a full member of Resolution, an association of Family Lawyers who deal with matters in an amicable and non-confrontational way

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  • Martin Boniface's Bio

    I qualified as a solicitor in 2014. I specialise in private Children Act and Injunctive Relief (domestic violence) matters but also regularly undertake matters relating to Divorce, Finance Settlements and separating unmarried couples.

    I have experience in dealing with high net-worth clients and have been involved in cases that have been reported in local, regional and national newspapers. I also have experience in dealing with mental health and severe health issues.

    I am a full member of Resolution, an association of Family Lawyers who deal with matters in an amicable and non-confrontational way

Mary Johnson
Legal Assistant
Residential Property
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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.

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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.

Sarah Kane
Legal Assistant
Family
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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.

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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.

Sonita Kaur Vyas
Solicitor
Residential Property
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I qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and I’ve since gained extensive experience in residential property.  Having worked at a legal 500 firm and managed a small team, I take great pride in  passing on my knowledge to my peers.

I can appreciate the challenges involved legally and non-legally  in the process of purchasing a home having gone through it myself.

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  • Sonita Kaur Vyas's Bio

    I qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and I’ve since gained extensive experience in residential property.  Having worked at a legal 500 firm and managed a small team, I take great pride in  passing on my knowledge to my peers.

    I can appreciate the challenges involved legally and non-legally  in the process of purchasing a home having gone through it myself.

Sophia Pearce
Senior Legal Assistant
Residential Property
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I am an experienced Conveyancer with an excellent knowledge of Conveyancing transactions. I enjoy dealing with complex transactions and assisting clients with their move from start to finish.

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    I am an experienced Conveyancer with an excellent knowledge of Conveyancing transactions. I enjoy dealing with complex transactions and assisting clients with their move from start to finish.

Sorcha Monaghan
Trainee Solicitor
Commercial Property
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I am a Law Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

I recently joined the commercial property department to work alongside a full service team and bring with me extensive experience in residential conveyancing transactions.

I deal with lease extensions and acquisitions, transfers of equity, sales and purchases of commercial property and post completion matters.

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  • Sorcha Monaghan's Bio

    I am a Law Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

    I recently joined the commercial property department to work alongside a full service team and bring with me extensive experience in residential conveyancing transactions.

    I deal with lease extensions and acquisitions, transfers of equity, sales and purchases of commercial property and post completion matters.

Sue Micheal
Solicitor
Personal Injury
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I represent the victims of traumatic injury and physical and sexual abuse. I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and also the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.

I advise and represent families at the Coroner’s Courts in Luton and Bedford. We are accredited Personal Injury specialists with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and I am also accredited with Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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  • Sue Micheal's Bio

    I represent the victims of traumatic injury and physical and sexual abuse. I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and also the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel.

    I advise and represent families at the Coroner’s Courts in Luton and Bedford. We are accredited Personal Injury specialists with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and I am also accredited with Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Teresa Smith
Associate
Residential Property
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I have extensive experience in all residential property transactions and can guide and help you through a sale, purchase or transfer of property, including leasehold properties; shared ownership; freehold properties; right to buy and buy to let or a sale or purchase by auction.

I am a Chartered Legal Executive, Licensed Conveyancer and a Commissioner for Oaths.

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  • Teresa Smith's Bio

    I have extensive experience in all residential property transactions and can guide and help you through a sale, purchase or transfer of property, including leasehold properties; shared ownership; freehold properties; right to buy and buy to let or a sale or purchase by auction.

    I am a Chartered Legal Executive, Licensed Conveyancer and a Commissioner for Oaths.

Will Roberts-Phelps
Solicitor
Family
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I am a specialist family solicitor with experience in all areas of private family work including; matrimonial finances, cohabitation disputes, divorces, children matters, pre-nuptial agreements and non-molestation proceedings. I also carry out my own court advocacy where necessary.

I feel strongly that clients instructing me know that I will work with them to understand their circumstances and preferred outcomes. Accordingly I will endeavour to resolve these processes for them as successfully and swiftly as practicable by providing a high level of professional and personal service.

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  • Will Roberts-Phelps's Bio

    I am a specialist family solicitor with experience in all areas of private family work including; matrimonial finances, cohabitation disputes, divorces, children matters, pre-nuptial agreements and non-molestation proceedings. I also carry out my own court advocacy where necessary.

    I feel strongly that clients instructing me know that I will work with them to understand their circumstances and preferred outcomes. Accordingly I will endeavour to resolve these processes for them as successfully and swiftly as practicable by providing a high level of professional and personal service.