David has Higher Rights of Audience which means he can represent Clients at the Crown Court as well as the Magistrates Court. He undertakes Private and Legal Aid criminal cases including Road Traffic Offences. David qualified in 1997 and became Partner in 2010. David is a Duty Solicitor on the Bedford Duty Solicitor Scheme, the Luton and Dunstable Duty Solicitor Scheme and the Milton Keynes Duty Solicitor Scheme.
Deborah specialises in a range of legal issues for private clients, reaching from the frail and elderly to the high net worth individual and everyone in between. Deborah’s expertise covers all issues that surround a person’s estate in later life and on death, to include contentious issues regarding lasting powers of attorney, Care issues, claims under the Inheritance Act for maintenance or suitable financial provision, challenging wills and assisting executors in difficult situations. Deborah is also passionate in elder client law and protecting the vulnerable and their assets.
Negotiation and compassion are two of Deborah’s strengths and these are key to ensuring that her clients achieve the best result.
Deborah is an affiliated member of STEP, sits as a trustee and acts as attorney for clients.
In her spare time Deborah enjoys spending time sailing and running after her two children!
Mary trained with Austin and Carnley and qualified as a Solicitor in June 2010. She undertakes Private and Legal Aid criminal cases including Road Traffic Offences. Mary is also our Duty Solicitor on the Bedford Duty Solicitor Scheme, the Luton and Dunstable Duty Solicitor Scheme and the Milton Keynes Duty Solicitor Scheme.
Jeanie is a member of the Institute of Legal Executives and is an experienced Conveyancer and private client lawyer. She advises clients on all property matters and her clients find her approach down to earth , friendly and extremely competent. Jeanie is well known in Leighton Buzzard in the property industry and is an asset to our firm .
In her spare time Jeanie can be found with her feet up enjoying a good book!
Stefano is one of the region’s leading experts in Commercial Property law . Qualifying in 1978, there is very little Stefano hasn’t come across. He assists a wide range of clients from the large corporates and town councils to sole traders and families in the following :
Stefano brings his Italian heritage to the office and is passionate about not only his work, but also his Golf and is long standing member of Leighton Buzzard Golf Club
Graham has over twenty years of experience in Property Law in our region. living and working in Leighton Buzzard Graham’s knowledge of the local area and his professional contacts is a useful asset to his clients. His specialist practice areas include:
Graham understands the stresses of buying or selling your home and his relaxed, yet professional approach means he can explain the process simply and easily.
When not at the office Graham enjoys walking, music, sports and spending time with his family.
Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and since then has built up 36 years of experience in all three areas.
Simon handles all aspects of Family Law including Separation and Divorce, financial issues, disputes concerning children, and unmarried couples. He holds the Law Society Accreditation in Family Law.
In the field of dispute resolution he deals with both commercial and domestic civil litigation and contentious employment matters.
Simon is very conscious of the pressure that clients may be under and throughout his long career he had an empathetic approach, but at the same time strives to achieve the best outcome for his clients.
In his spare time Simon enjoys badminton, walking and even occasionally some jogging. He also enjoys quality time with his wife and children.
Derek has many years experience specialising in Probate and Trust work, Wills and Powers of Attorney. Qualifying in 1988, Derek has acquired considerable expertise in his chosen fields. Renowned for his warm and friendly manner, Derek has built up a considerable following of clients, some of whom have been with him for over 25 years.
Outside the office, Derek enjoys cycling, walking and visiting National Trust houses and gardens,
Behind every great lawyer is a team of talented individuals who help get the work done.
Our amazing support team have over 100 years of legal support experience between them and we recognise that they are the backbone of our success.
Kristina Richardson is our front of house Legal Assistant. She is the glue that keeps all the departments together and the first friendly contact our clients have with our firm.
Kristina works closely with our managing partners, David and Debbie, to ensure the smooth running of our firm.
Kristina is kept busy at home with her five year old daughter and husband. She enjoys baking which means we are never short of cake in the office!
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