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Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris FALA – Solicitor – Senior Partner

Area of expertise: Business Affairs and Succession, Trusts, Commercial and Agricultural Property.

Background: Living in Ross-on- Wye Andrew is the firm’s senior partner. He has more than twenty years experience advising on substantial property and business transactions for clients. With a particular interest in agri-business Andrew enjoys acting for small and medium sized commercial enterprises and their owners. Succession to the family business, asset protection and diversification are all matters which allow him to use his experience in trusts, tax and efficient business structures.

Andrew’s property experience ranges from acquisitions and disposals of farms and commercial premises to leases of units, shops and licenced premises together with Farm Business Tenancies and AHA Tenancies.

A member of the Law Society Private Client Section, Andrew also advises on Wills, Powers of Attorney and acts as Executor and Trustee for clients when required.

Andrew’s community and charity work has included appointments as a Charitable Housing Association Director, a Chair of School Governors and advising local sports clubs, charities and community associations in the not for profit sector. He is also the current President of the Herefordshire Breconshire and Radnorshire Incorporated Law Society.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association

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Deborah Bullock

Deborah Bullock – Legal Executive – Partner

Area of expertise: Conveyancing and Land Law

Background: Deborah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with 17 years experience in residential conveyancing. Whilst qualifying as a Legal Executive she worked as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau and from there she joined another local firm of solicitors. She joined Okells in 2004 and became a partner in 2012 and is head of Residential Conveyancing at the firm.

She has lived and worked in Herefordshire for 27 years having moved to Ross on Wye from Lydney in 1990. Her local knowledge benefits clients by easing the often stressful house buying and selling process.

Deborah specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing and property matters including Freehold and Leasehold sales and purchases, mortgages and re-mortgages, property transfers, tenancy agreements and auctions.

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Sarah Whittall

Sarah Whittall – LLB – Solicitor – Commercial Property

Background: Living in Central Herefordshire, Sarah has practised as a solicitor in the county for more than 20 years, specialising in all aspects of Commercial Property work.

Her considerable experience includes dealing with residential and commercial development; incorporating financing, re-financing together with on going leasing of industrial units within Business Parks. Sarah acts for many well known local landowners and developers throughout the county.

As well as building a busy career for herself, Sarah is also married to a local farmer and involves herself on a daily basis with the running of this family business.

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Chris James

Chris James – Trust & Estate Practitioner

Area of Expertise: Wills, Power of Attorney, Estates & Trusts

Background: Currently living in Worcestershire, Chris originates from Gloucestershire. As a member of STEP, he has advised clients on all aspects of Wills & Estates for more than 14 years, helping them to secure the future for themselves & their families. His previous 20 years was spent in the banking industry.

Chris is a long standing & avid supporter of Gloucester Rugby Club. In addition to this he enjoys reading, films & has a wide & diverse taste in music.

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Gary Ellis

Gary Ellis – Solicitor – Consultant

Area of expertise: Property

Background: Gary graduated with an honours degree in law and after training with a large Surrey firm was admitted as a solicitor in 1975. Shortly afterwards he moved to West Gloucestershire and for many years headed a Solicitors Practice from the firms office in Lydney.

Gary is an experienced property lawyer acting for private individuals and business throughout England and Wales. His clients include builders/developers for whom he has set up and administered freehold and leasehold developments and include some of the area’s principal commercial landlords. He handles the property aspects of business sales and acquisitions in conjunction with the firms commercial lawyers.

Gary has acted for and advised a wide range of organisations including prominent local charities, local Councils, cultural, sporting and other voluntary groups. This aspect of his work epitomises the firm’s commitment to contributing fully to the public life of the community.

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Nigel Hodgson

Nigel Hodgson – Legal Executive (FCILEX) – Associate

Area of expertise: Property (Residential and Commercial Conveyancing) & Probate.

Background: Nigel graduated with an honours degree in law and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1986.

Nigel is an experienced property lawyer. He undertakes both residential and commercial property transactions. Nigel was instrumental in it becoming one of the first Solicitors Practices in the country to qualify for membership of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. On the commercial side he represents builders/developers and has advised both landlords and tenants of commercial leasehold premises.

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Carolyn Mills Solicitor

Carolyn Mills – Solicitor – Consultant

Area of expertise: Employment Law, Company and Commercial/Business Law

Background: Carolyn was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. Having started as a trainee solicitor, she has worked for the firm for many years and is now a consultant specialising in Employment law and company and commercial matters. This includes advice on all aspects of employment law , commercial agreements and sales and acquisitions of businesses. A resident of Monmouth, Carolyn is available to see clients at our Ross and Lydney offices or client premises, if preferred.

Tel: 01600 861886

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James Rogers – LLB – Solicitor – Family Law

Area of expertise: Divorce, Financial Remedy, Child Arrangements, Cohabitees, Pre & Post Nuptial Arrangements and Domestic Violence

Background: Living in Herefordshire, Jim has more than 30 years experience of helping clients with all aspects of divorce and family law. He is a member of Resolution, whose main objective is to assist clients in reaching amicable and caring solutions to their problems.

Jim’s considerable financial experience has also included advising on farming cases, family businesses, pensions, trusts and high net worth cases, sometimes with an international element. He has practised extensively in the Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Family Courts when necessary.

Personal interests include most sports, in particular, rugby, football, cricket and tennis together with local choral singing.

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Sue Russell – Legal Executive (FCILEX) – Associate

Areas of Expertise: Property (Residential and Commercial)

Background:  Sue is an experienced property Lawyer and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1997.  She spent 16 years working in Local Government at both District and County level dealing with a wide variety of property matters before moving into private practice in 2002 dealing with residential and commercial conveyancing

Sue specialises in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing.

Sue has lived in the Forest of Dean all her life and has a good knowledge of the local area. She is based in our Lydney Office but is available for appointments in either office.

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Jo Meek

Jo Meek – Solicitor  LLB (Hons)

Area of expertise: Family Law – Divorce& Financial Matters. Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements, Separation & Unmarried Couples, Residential Conveyancing, Wills, Probate & Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Background: Jo joined the firm as a Paralegal in 2014 and then went on to complete her legal training and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2017.

Jo is available for appointments in both offices.

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Graeme Guthrie – Solicitor – Consultant

Graeme Guthrie – Non Practising Solicitor

Area of expertise: Company/Commercial and Business Law. Buying selling and financing of businesses

Background: Graeme is a consultant to the firm specialising in business law and particularly the buying, selling and financing of businesses. Graeme qualified in 1974 having trained initially in Hay-on-Wye and latterly in Bristol. He was a partner for many years in Francis & Co in Chepstow, Lydney and Newport before moving to practice in central London.

Graeme lives near Chepstow and primarily advises clients on business law, banking and fund creation and administration. His clients are very varied in size and business sector

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