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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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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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Lisa Adams Solicitor

Lisa Adams – LLB – Solicitor – Commercial Property – Partner

Area of Expertise: Advising on a wide range of Commercial Property matters including –  Leases, Licences of business premises, Buying & selling of property or land with a commercial use, Development Agreements, Building leases & Overage Agreements

Background: Having been admitted as a solicitor in 2006, Lisa spent 6 years working in Local Government at District Level dealing with a wide variety of property matters which included large scale regeneration projects & acting as legal adviser to the Planning Committee. She returned to private practice in 2016, dealing with commercial property & planning matters.

Lisa is also qualified as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil.)

As a keen member of a local Athletics Club, Lisa regularly assists with the organisation of the local weekly park run. She has been a School Governor & is both Chair & a panel member for the Local Authority Schools Admission Appeals Panel.

Having lived in the Forest of Dean all her life, Lisa has a  good knowledge of that area. She is based at our Ross office but is available for appointments in either office.

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Samantha Doherty

Samantha Doherty – Legal Executive (FCILEX)

Background: Sam is a Chartered Legal Executive who leads our Private Client Team. Sam trained and qualified with a large Specialist Private Client law firm in Kent and moved to Gloucestershire two years ago with her young family.

Sam specialises in the administration of Estates, Trusts, Wills and Powers of Attorney. Sam also deals with Court of Protection applications. She has a particular interest in private client tax including the capital taxation of estates and trusts. Sam deals with the administration of estates which include farms and businesses.

Sam is immersing herself in the rural area and spends as much time as she can with her young children and her flock of seven chickens.

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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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Ian Goodwin – Solicitor

Areas of Expertise: Agricultural Law

Background: Ian grew up on the family farm in Herefordshire and is still involved in the day-to-day farm management.

He completed his first degree in Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, Kent.

Following graduation, Ian worked in the agricultural finance sector before qualifying as a solicitor specialising in agricultural law.

Ian has extensive agricultural knowledge and experience and acts for farmers, landowners and other rural businesses.

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Ellen Watkins

Ellen Watkins – Solicitor

Areas of Expertise: Wills, Probate & Private Client Work

Background: Ellen re-joined the firm in early 2021, having worked here some four years ago. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and has worked in Herefordshire all her career. She specialises in Will, Probate and all aspects of Private Client work. Outside of work Ellen enjoys walking, reading, crafting and is an avid supporter of Hereford FC.

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