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Our People

Michelle Ashby

Michelle Ashby

Michelle joined WGA in March 2016 as a Conveyancer at the Heacham office having gained over 10 years' experience. Michelle deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing matters and is working towards her final CILEx examination having already passed examinations in Conveyancing and Land Law.

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends. Michelle is a member of the Wensum Chapter of BNI (a business networking group) and attends a breakfast meeting each Wednesday. In the past Michelle has jointly organised seven Annual Summer Balls in the town where she lives and raised over £10,000 for charity. She hopes to continue to raise money for charity in the future.

Email Michelle Ashby 

Telephone Michelle Ashby 01485 571366

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin

Lisa is a Solicitor in our Commercial Property department and is based in Kings Lynn. Lisa joined Ward Gethin Archer in August 2014 from a local housing association and completed her training in September 2014.

Lisa advises on all areas of commercial property including landlord and tenant matters, sale and purchase of land and the sale and purchase of businesses. Lisa also deals with the sale and purchase of residential property.

Email Lisa Austin 

Telephone Lisa Austin 01553 667215

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey

Ruth is a Solicitor in our Chatteris office and specialises in wills, estate administration and powers of attorney.

Ruth joined Ward Gethin Archer in August 2016.

On a sunny day Ruth might be found wandering aimlessly around the countryside, rock climbing or riding her motorcycle, otherwise it's a cup of tea and a good book.

Email Ruth Bailey 

Telephone Ruth Bailey 01354 692607

Lindsay Baker

Lindsay Baker

Lindsay is a Chartered Legal Executive based in our Watton office, and specialises in residential property matters.

She joined Ward Gethin Archer in September 2016, relocating to Norfolk from the Hertfordshire / Bedfordshire area where she worked for a law firm in St Albans in the residential property team.

Lindsay qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2014, running her own caseload since 2010.

Lindsay was born in Canada, and moved to England a few months later.

Away from the office, Lindsay enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Email Lindsay Baker 

Telephone Lindsay Baker 01953 880813

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Richard Bamford

Richard Bamford

Richard is a solicitor and Consultant in the Ely office. He specialises in Private Client work and flood defence and land drainage matters, but over the years has helped clients with a wide variety of problems.

He is involved with several charities, currently Chairing one of them, in and around Ely, where he has been a city councillor and former Mayor of the city as well as being High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 1998.

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Telephone Richard Bamford 01353 646100

Sue Bloomfield

Sue Bloomfield

Sue is a Paralegal at our Dereham office specialising in conveyancing matters. She joined Ward Gethin Archer in October 2014 after may years with the planning department of a Local Authority dealing with agreements between developers and the Local Authority.

She is currently studying with cILEX tutorial college, having recently passed her conveyancing and land law exams.

Sue enjoys family life in a small village with her husband, spending weekends working on their home, taking their dog out for walks and socialising with friends. She has also volunteered as an Appropriate Adult supporting vulnerable persons in custody, an activity she hopes to return to in the near future.

Email Sue Bloomfield 

Telephone Sue Bloomfield 01362 852909

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Laura Broughton

Laura Broughton

Laura is an agricultural property and commercial law solicitor at our Ely office, having joined the firm in April 2016. Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has experience both in private practice and in-house.

Laura advises on a range of agricultural and commercial property matters, including sales and purchases of farming land, deeds of gift, farm business tenancies, commercial leases, licenses of agricultural land, overage, options, re-mortgages and the grant of covenants and easements. Laura also advises on commercial law matters, including shareholder agreements, share sales and sales of business assets.

In her spare time Laura enjoys travelling, studying art history, line dancing and long walks with her dog.

Email Laura Broughton 

Telephone Laura Broughton 01353 662203

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter

Karen is a Chartered Legal Executive and Director who heads up the Family Team based at the Ely office, where for over 30 years she has given help and support to all her clients who find themselves in situations of conflict and high emotion.

A member of the Law Society Family Panel and Resolution, Karen has undertaken mediation training and qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2005 (for more information go to www.ccflg.co.uk).

Karen deals with and has experience of all aspects of Family Law including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and all related financial issues, child welfare including residence orders and assisting grand parents and other family members to obtain Special Guardianship orders together with Step-parent Parental Responsibility Agreements.

Clients appreciate Karen's supportive approach throughout what can be a very difficult period, delivering legal advice with empathy and understanding.

Karen plays an active role in her home village. She enjoys amateur dramatics, reading and walking.

Email Karen Carpenter 

Telephone Karen Carpenter 01353 646105

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Family LawMember of ResolutionResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Yvonne Causton

Yvonne Causton

Yvonne is a Private Client solicitor at our Watton office. Yvonne studied Law at the University of East Anglia and undertook her Legal Practice Course in Nottingham. She qualified as a solicitor in October 2003.

Yvonne advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as making and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney. She is also able to help with Court of Protection matters, elderly client matters and Inheritance Tax Planning.

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Telephone Yvonne Causton 01953 880800

Claire Chapman

Claire Chapman

Claire has been with the firm since 1993. She is an Executive within the Wills and Probate Department based at the Watton Office, and she primarily deals with elderly clients by managing their day to day affairs.

She also advises on the registration of Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as the preparing of a Lasting Power. Claire also helps on Court of Protection applications, which are needed when someone loses their mental capacity and there is no Power of Attorney in place, as well as the administration of estates.

Claire's hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her family.

Email Claire Chapman 

Telephone Claire Chapman 01953 880804

Amy Clark

Amy Clark

Amy joined Ward Gethin Archer in May 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor and is currently in the Commerical Property team in our Ely office.

Amy graduated with a Law degree in 2013 and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP University Cambridge in April 2016.

Before relocating to King's Lynn, Amy worked as a Paralegal in Norwich for two years within the Civil Intervention & Asset Recovery and Insolvency Departments.

Amy previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau and is currently a member of the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division.

Email Amy Clark 

Telephone Amy Clark 01353 646101

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Claire Clark

Claire Clark

Claire is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Personal Injury Department at the Kings Lynn Office and has been with the firm since 1997.

Claire deals with all types of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, public liability accidents and claims involving medical negligence.

Email Claire Clark 

Telephone Claire Clark 01553 667244

Alix Cocks

Alix Cocks

Alix is a Trainee Solicitor in our King's Lynn office, and joined the company in June 2017.

She is currently undertaking her third seat in our Personal Injury and Litigation teams.

Alix enjoys playing the piano, especially by ear. She enjoys reading (her degree was in English Literature) and photography.

Email Alix Cocks 

Telephone Alix Cocks 01553 660033

Chris Cosgrave

Chris Cosgrave

Chris is a solicitor at our Watton office.

Qualifying in 1995, Chris has specialised in residential conveyancing for over 15 years including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

Out of the office, Chris sings Tenor with two local choirs, the Mid Norfolk Singers and Close Harmony. He also tries to keep fit with a bit of running and enjoys driving and occasionally maintaining his 1972 Alfa Romeo.

Email Chris Cosgrave 

Telephone Chris Cosgrave 01953 880800

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Louise Day

Louise Day

Louise is a Solicitor in the Residential Property team and is based in our King's Lynn office. Louise joined Ward Gethin Archer in March 2017 from a local firm of Solicitors where she completed her Training Contract. Louise qualified as a Solicitor in June 2016.

Louise handles sales, purchases and all related issues for both freehold and leasehold properties. She also deals with mortgages, transfers of equity, voluntary registrations and all related property issues.

Email Louise Day 

Telephone Louise Day 01553 667240

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Sally Dean

Sally Dean

Sally qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and is based in the family team in King's Lynn. Sally specialises in helping clients through all of the legal issues around family and relationships.

Sally advises on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, and the financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sally also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sally also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds.

When Sally is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her young family, making music, cycling and running.

Email Sally Dean 

Telephone Sally Dean 01553 667259

Julie Dear

Julie Dear

Julie is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Heacham office and specialises in residential property matters. She joined the company in October 2017.

Julie joined the legal profession in 1982 and was admitted as a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1990.

She has worked in a wide-range of roles in the property sector, from tackling repossession sales and re-mortgages for a leading high street lender, to working with a high-end developer dealing with high value, high specification plot sales.

She has worked in a law firm environment for the last 15 years, initially in Cambridgeshire, before moving to Norfolk in 2016.

Julie appreciates that moving house is a stressful time for anybody, emphasised by her own house move in 2016.

Her broad experience means that she knows the pitfalls, and can help smooth things through.

As well as dealing with houses in her working life Julie's interests include building dolls houses. She also spends time gardening and walking her Beagles in the countryside.

Email Julie Dear 

Telephone Julie Dear 01485 579203

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Georgina Devlin

Georgina Devlin

Georgina is a Commercial Property solicitor in our Ely Office having joined Ward Gethin Archer in August 2017. Georgina qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 and specialised in utility deeds, transfers and leases at her previous firm. Georgina advises on a range of commercial Property matters, including sale and purchase of commercial property, commercial leases and the grant of covenants and easements.

Georgina is personable and has an eye for detail.

Outside of work Georgina likes to keep fit and travel both in the UK and abroad.

Email Georgina Devlin 

Telephone Georgina Devlin 01353 646103

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Nicholas Devlin

Nicholas Devlin

Nicholas is a Private Client Solicitor at our Ely office, having joined Ward Gethin Archer at the start of 2016. He grew up and was educated in York. Nicholas read law at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle, completed the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University in Newcastle and qualified as a Solicitor in 2015.

Specifically, Nicholas can advise you on preparing a Will, pre and post death tax planning, drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney and administering an estate when someone has died.

Nicholas is a keen musician, having sung as a tenor Lay Clerk at Carlisle Cathedral for four years as well as being a cellist and pianist.

Email Nicholas Devlin 

Telephone Nicholas Devlin 01353 646125

Chris Dewey

Chris Dewey

Chris is a solicitor, the firm's Managing Director and a key member of both the Personal Injury and Employment Law teams. He is a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel, and specialises in helping Union members with accidents at work and occupational disease claims. He also has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of Employment Law including claims for unfair dismissal, disability claims and TUPE transfers.

Email Chris Dewey 

Telephone Chris Dewey 01553 667209

Lauren Dilworth

Lauren Dilworth

Lauren has been with the firm since 2010 and completed her training contract with Ward Gethin Archer. She is now a solicitor in the Residential Property Team, based in our King's Lynn office. Lauren handles sales, purchases and all related issues for both freehold and leasehold properties. She also deals with mortgages, transfers of equity, voluntary registrations, and all related property issues.

Email Lauren Dilworth 

Telephone Lauren Dilworth 01553 667223

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Joanna Duncan

Joanna Duncan

Joanna is a Trainee Legal Executive within the family department in our Ely office, and advises on all aspects of marriage and relationship breakdowns. In addition Joanna specialises in debt recovery. Joanna has completed her examinations with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has been with Ward Gethin Archer since 2004.

Friendly and approachable, Joanna is dedicated to supporting her clients through challenging times, and prides herself on her accuracy and attention to detail.

Outside of work Joanna enjoys running with her dog, whether it be at local parkrun events or with team members at her local canicross club, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Email Joanna Duncan 

Telephone Joanna Duncan 01353 646116

Sarah Fairbrother

Sarah Fairbrother

Having completed her training with Ward Gethin Archer, Sarah was admitted to the roll as a Solicitor on 15th September 2011 and is now one of the firm's Directors.

Sarah advises clients on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, in particular upon financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sarah also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sarah also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds.

Sarah is also a Trustee of counselling charity Relate and enjoys playing netball in her spare time.

Sarah is also a member of Resolution.

Email Sarah Fairbrother 

Telephone Sarah Fairbrother 01553 667250

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of Resolution

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim is a Chartered Legal Executive and a Director, working in the firm's Litigation and Employment Law Department. Kim joined the firm in 2002 and she advises clients on a wide range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, debt collection, commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes, professional negligence and contentious probate. In terms of employment matters, Kim advises both employers and employees in employment disputes including representing clients in Employment Tribunal claims and she drafts employment contracts for employers.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys keeping fit and spending quality time with her family.

Email Kim Faivelowitz 

Telephone Kim Faivelowitz 01553 667225

Nicola Firth

Nicola Firth

Nicola is a Private Client Solicitor and Director working primarily at our King's Lynn office. Nicola qualified as a solicitor in March 2012.

Nicola advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as making and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney. She is also able to help with Court of Protection matters, elderly client matters and Inheritance Tax Planning.

When Nicola is not at work, she enjoys all kinds of sports including netball and squash.

Email Nicola Firth 

Telephone Nicola Firth 01553 667212

Helen Godfrey

Helen Godfrey

Helen is a Trainee Legal Executive in our King's Lynn office and specialises in Commercial Property matters. Helen is qualified as an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is currently studying to become a graduate member. Helen joined Ward Gethin Archer in 2002.

Outside of work Helen enjoys keeping fit, spending time with family and travel.

Email Helen Godfrey 

Telephone Helen Godfrey 01553 660033

Cameron Green

Cameron Green

Cameron is a solicitor and Director of the firm and is based in our King's Lynn office. Cameron qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and specialises in all areas of commercial property including landlord and tenant matters, sale and purchase of land and the sale and purchase of businesses. As well as being able to advise on general commercial matters, Cameron also deals with sales and purchases of residential property.

Outside of work Cameron is a Governor of Sandringham and West Newton Primary School and plays cricket for Sandringham Cricket Club, having previously represented both Cambridgeshire and Norfolk at county level. Cameron is also a keen follower of Norwich City Football Club.

Email Cameron Green 

Telephone Cameron Green 01553 667245

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Jenna Green

Jenna Green

Jenna joined WGA in May 2014 as a legal secretary, and has recently taken up a new position as a trainee legal executive in the property team.

Jenna is enthusiastic and focused, committed to delivering a first-class service.

Outside work, Jenna enjoys travel, photography, and seeing friends and family.

Email Jenna Green 

Telephone Jenna Green 01553 667217

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Kirsty Haines

Kirsty Haines

Kirsty is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in our Property team, based in Chatteris.

Her work includes sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold land and all related issues, together with matters relating to mortgages and transfers of equity.

Kirsty joined Ward Gethin Archer in January 2016.

Outside work Kirsty is an avid reader and enjoys running.

Email Kirsty Haines 

Telephone Kirsty Haines 01354 692607

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Anna Hall

Anna Hall

Anna is a solicitor in the Residential Property team and is based in our King's Lynn office. Anna qualified in 2005 and joined the firm in 2010. She has a wide range of experience dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing for a variety of different clients including landlords and corporate clients. She has acted on the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold properties; lease extensions; auction sales and purchases. Anna also advises clients on shared ownership and equity release.

Email Anna Hall 

Telephone Anna Hall 01553 667214

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Philip Hasler

Philip Hasler

Based in our Ely Office Philip has recently joined our Residential Property Team.

His work includes sales and purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, right to buy and lease extensions.

Philip has been a solicitor for over 25 years. He has extensive knowledge of Property Law and worked for many years in London dealing with high value residential property transactions as well as specialising in leasehold enfranchisement.

Outside of work Philip has a keen interest in foreign travel and learning foreign languages. Closer to home he is also an avid theatre and cinema goer.

Email Philip Hasler 

Telephone Philip Hasler 01353 646106

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Peter Haynes

Peter Haynes

Peter is part of the property team based at King's Lynn and has many years' experience dealing with both commercial and residential property but now undertakes predominantly residential work for commercial clients including developers as well as for private clients.

Peter has previously been Chairman of his local Crime Prevention Panel and Business Forum and is currently involved in his local community in a number of local Charity initiatives. In his leisure time Peter enjoys walking, especially in his beloved Yorkshire Dales.

Email Peter Haynes 

Telephone Peter Haynes 01553 667216

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry is a solicitor in the firm's Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Team and is based in our Ely office. Joseph qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Ward Gethin Archer in June 2017.

Joseph specialises in civil litigation and is able to assist clients on a wide range of contentious matters including professional negligence claims, property disputes, inheritance issues and contract disputes.

Joseph trained and qualified at a Cambridge firm and before joining Ward Gethin Archer was working at a Legal 500 firm in London.

When he is not working, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and cooking.

Email Joseph Henry 

Telephone Joseph Henry 01353 646108

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

Rosie Herbert

Rosie Herbert

Rosie is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client Team working in our King's Lynn and Heacham offices.

Rosie qualified and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2005 following years of legal experience. She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Rosie advises on and deals with the making of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection, elderly client matters generally including managing financial affairs of a person who can no longer manage their own and dealing with the administration of estates when a person has died.

Email Rosie Herbert 

Telephone Rosie Herbert 01553 660033

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of Solicitors for the Elderly

Danelle Herring

Danelle Herring

Danelle joined Ward Gethin Archer in March 2015 and is a trainee legal executive in the Residential Property team in our Chatteris office.

She deals with sales, purchases and all related issues for both freehold and leasehold properties.

Enthusiastic, energetic and determined to deliver a high-class service, Danelle puts client service at the heart of her approach.

In her spare time Danelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys being active including swimming, trampolining and going for walks in the countryside with her two dogs.

Email Danelle Herring 

Telephone Danelle Herring 01354 691818

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Diane Hewitt

Diane Hewitt

Diane is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Private Client Team, working primarily from our Swaffham office. She joined the firm in May 2006, having specialised in Private Client work for 10 years before joining us.

Diane advises on the making of wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as the making and registering of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the appointment of deputies through the Court of Protection. She helps to manage people's financial and property affairs when family are not able to do so.

Diane has recently successfully completed the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioner's Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation (England & Wales) and is now a STEP affiliate.

Diane enjoys gardening, walking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Email Diane Hewitt 

Telephone Diane Hewitt 01760 727014

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Will Writers Code

Carolyn Hughes

Carolyn Hughes

Carolyn is a Chartered Legal Executive and primarily works as a residential conveyancer in our Ely office. Carolyn was originally taken on as a secretary to John Thorogood in 1989, before she qualified as a Legal Executive, being admitted in June 2002.

Carolyn's work involves mainly dealing with matrimonial transfers, re-mortgages, and residential sales and purchases.

Email Carolyn Hughes 

Telephone Carolyn Hughes 01353 646102

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Desmond Humberston

Desmond Humberston

Desmond is a Director in the Private Client Department, some 25 years a solicitor, with the vast majority of that time spent practicing in Dereham as a Partner with Hood Vores and Allwood specialising in Wills and Tax Planning, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work and Trusts.

He is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and was, for a number of years, dual qualified as a financial advisor. He has held many appointments over the years as Charitable Trustee, Clerk to the Income Tax Commissioners, Chair of School Governors and Treasurer of the local PCC.

He has always been, and remains, a keen sportsman, running and playing racket sports, squash and badminton regularly and as much golf as proves possible. He also enjoys watching sport, walking, film, theatre and reading and vegetable gardening.

Email Desmond Humberston 

Telephone Desmond Humberston 01362 852908

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Will Writers Code

Anna Kennerley

Anna Kennerley

Anna is a Trainee Legal Executive in our King's Lynn office and specialises in residential property matters. Anna qualified as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in August 2013 and is currently studying to become a Graduate Member. Anna joined Ward Gethin Archer in November 2015. Anna is also an accredited police station representative and is qualified to provide advice to those detained at the police station.

Anna enjoys the outdoors and outside of work can often be found riding, competing or caring for her horses, or walking her dogs.

Email Anna Kennerley 

Telephone Anna Kennerley 01553 660033

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Adrian Long

Adrian Long

Adrian is a Director in the Property Team in our Chatteris office.

Adrian joined the firm in 1986 and qualified as a Legal Executive in 1993. He has lived in and around Ely all his life, and is well known and highly regarded in the local property market.

Adrian has built up an extensive client base of local builders and residential clients, dealing with sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties.

Adrian enjoys playing and watching most sports, particularly skiing, and is approaching the time of life where gardening and reading hold increasing appeal.

Email Adrian Long 

Telephone Adrian Long 01354 691814

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Amy Macwhirter

Amy Macwhirter

Amy is a Probate Executive in the Private Client Department, and joined WGA in July 2017. She has been doing Private Client work since 2008, working with a law firm local to King's Lynn.

Amy prides herself on her friendly and caring approach towards clients.

In her spare time Amy enjoys reading and gardening.

Email Amy Macwhirter 

Telephone Amy Macwhirter 01553 660033

James Macwhirter

James Macwhirter

James qualified as a Solicitor in 1999, and joined Ward Gethin Archer in July 2017.

He is a Private Client Solicitor dealing with all aspects of private client work, in particular Wills, Powers of Attorney, the Administration of Estates and Court of Protection matters.

James is approachable and down-to-earth, with the aim of putting clients at ease throughout the legal process.

In his spare time James enjoys coarse fishing, and is an avid music fan.

Email James Macwhirter 

Telephone James Macwhirter 01760 721992

Charlotte Merrett

Charlotte Merrett

Charlotte is a Trainee Legal Executive in our Dereham office and specialises in residential property matters.

Charlotte joined Ward Gethin Archer in May 2014 as a Legal Secretary, commencing her legal qualification in May 2016.

Charlotte's interests outside of work include socialising with friends and family, travelling to new places and swimming.

Email Charlotte Merrett 

Telephone Charlotte Merrett 01760 721992

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Ana-Maria Nash

Ana-Maria Nash

Ana-Maria is a trainee legal executive in Ward Gethin Archer's residential conveyancing department, and is based in our Dereham office. She specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing work.

She studied at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where she earned her law degree. She continued her training at two Norwich law firms before joining WGA in August 2017.

Born in Eastern Europe, Ana-Maria has travelled extensively, living in Wales, then France, for nearly a decade, and now in Norfolk. She speaks three languages and brings a broad international perspective to her work in the legal profession.

She is a warm, people-centred person with a strong sense of justice and professionalism.

In her spare time, Ana-Maria enjoys meeting people from different countries and cultures, entertaining, walking and fitness, world literature and films, dining out and listening to 80s music on vinyl!

Email Ana-Maria Nash 

Telephone Ana-Maria Nash 01362 852914

Kim Neal

Kim Neal

Kim joined the private client team in our Chatteris office in April 2017, at the same time as she qualified as a solicitor.

She advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates, as well as making and registering lasting powers of attorney.

Approachable and understanding, Kim recognises that she is often providing legal support at difficult times for clients, and does so with professionalism and empathy.

She prides herself on delivering a timely service, whilst being honest and realistic with clients throughout about the legal process.

Kim lives locally to Chatteris with her husband and daughter, and her hobbies include yoga and reading.

Email Kim Neal 

Telephone Kim Neal 01354 691811

Megan Norris

Megan Norris

Megan joined the company in 2016 and is a member of the personal injury team based in King's Lynn.

She is a Trainee Legal Executive and assists her colleagues in all aspects of personal injury work. Enthusiastic and determined, Megan strives to deliver first class service and support throughout your case.

In her spare time Megan enjoys going to the gym, playing netball and spending time with her family and friends.

Email Megan Norris 

Telephone Megan Norris 01553 660033

Jane O'Beirne

Jane O'Beirne

Jane is a Private Client Solicitor at our Ely office, having joined Ward Gethin Archer in January 2016. Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and specialises in Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work, Probate and estate administration, elderly client matters and Trusts.

As a parent of two young children Jane has very little spare time but looks forward to a time in the future when she can re-engage with her passions for travel, hill walking, cycling and growing vegetables on her allotment.

Email Jane O'Beirne 

Telephone Jane O'Beirne 01353 646104

Cheryl Page

Cheryl Page

Cheryl is a solicitor, Director and Head of the Private Client Department. She advises on wealth management, trusts, probate, wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and elderly client and Court of Protection work and associated tax issues.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Cheryl has successfully completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

She is also a Notary Public.

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys coarse fishing, gardening and sewing.

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Telephone Cheryl Page 01553 660033

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Will Writers CodeMember of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Members of Solicitors for the ElderlyMember of The Notaries Society

Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Richard is a solicitor and Director in our Family, Civil Litigation and Employment departments based in King's Lynn.

Richard became a solicitor in 1986, and has been a Director since May 1991. Richard brings over 20 years of litigation experience and deals with particularly contentious financial issues in divorces for SME owners and their spouses, commercial disputes of all sorts, contentious probate matters and professional negligence disputes for the firm.

Richard is a trained civil litigation mediator, a Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a Resolution Trained Collaborative Family Lawyer able to deal with collaborative work, and is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Richard is also the Chair of YMCA Norfolk and a trustee of a number of local charities, a church elder and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.


As published in The UK Legal 500 2014 East Anglia Private client Family recommended Law firms:

"Richard Pennington at Ward Gethin Archer is 'an old-fashioned litigator with a superb legal brain and great tactical awareness'; he regularly advises on contentious divorce settlements."

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Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of ResolutionMember of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Sara Plummer

Sara Plummer

Sara is a solicitor in the Family Law team and works in our Dereham office covering Dereham, Swaffham and Watton. Sara qualified in 2006, joined the firm in October 2008 and has over ten years' experience in Family Law.

Sara advises clients on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, in particular upon financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sara also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sara also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds.

Sara is a Resolution Accredited Specialist with particular specialisms in Child Law, private proceedings and financial provision. She is also a member of Resolution, which is an organisation of Family Law that is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and conciliatory way. She has also been a trustee of charities that help victims of domestic violence.

Sara is also on the staff liaison committee with the firm. She enjoys keeping fit/relaxing by supporting her local villages with zumba and yoga clubs.

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Telephone Sara Plummer 01362 852905

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of ResolutionResolution Accredited Specialist

Sandra Rawson

Sandra Rawson

Sandra is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Private Client Team, working primarily from our King's Lynn office. She is our longest standing lawyer and specializes in Private Client work with a wealth of experience.

Sandra advises on the making of wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as the making and registering of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the appointment of deputies through the Court of Protection and managing elderly clients financial affairs.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

In her spare time Sandra enjoys gardening, walking , socializing with friends and supporting her son in his various sporting activities both for his school and local clubs.

Email Sandra Rawson 

Telephone Sandra Rawson 01553 667218

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Will Writers Code

Jo Sanger

Jo Sanger

Jo is a Conveyancer in the Residential Property team and is based in our Ely office. She joined Ward Gethin Archer in November 2016.

Jo handles sales, purchases and all related issues for both freehold and leasehold properties. She also deals with mortgages, transfers of equity, voluntary registrations and all related property issues.

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Telephone Jo Sanger 01353 646126

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Sarah is a solicitor and Director in the Personal Injury team.

She has been with the firm since 1994, initially as a trainee, qualifying as a solicitor in 1996.

Sarah specialises in industrial injury cases including asbestos exposure, occupational asthma and accidents at work generally. She also deals with claims involving medical negligence, road traffic accidents, accidents abroad and occupier's liability accidents. She is a member of the Law Society's Personal Accreditation Scheme.

Sarah is also a Notary Public.

When time allows, Sarah enjoys playing the piano and bassoon (albeit not at the same time).

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Telephone Sarah Scott 01553 667210

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Personal InjuryMember of The Notaries Society

Maria Short

Maria Short

Having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2010 with a niche commercial firm in Hampshire, Maria joined Ward Gethin Archer in April 2016 and is based in our office in King's Lynn and specialises in civil litigation and employment law, and is able to help and advise clients on a wide variety of dispute matters in various areas of law, for example commercial and consumer contracts, negligence claims, Landlord and Tenant matters. Maria also has experience in employment law and can provide advice on a range of Employment Law matters for clients both from an employer and employee perspective.

Maria is an experienced civil litigation solicitor who has until recently been working in the public sector for an NHS Trust, where she adapted her legal skills to assist an organisation working within a challenging financial environment, and brings a practical solution focus to her legal work

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Telephone Maria Short 01553 660033

Andrew Skuse

Andrew Skuse

Andrew is a Solicitor and Director within the Property Department responsible for our Watton, Swaffham and Dereham Property teams and works from our Dereham Office.

Andrew commenced his career in law in the year 2000 and has since developed a proven track record within residential conveyancing, including, sales, purchases, leasehold & freehold, new builds, shared ownership, right to buy, share equity, re-mortgage and buy-to-let properties for investors as well as experience with commercial property transactions.

Andrew is often praised for his "helpful, fast and efficient service", making clients feel "at ease", being "reliably available" and his working relationship with other professionals.

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Telephone Andrew Skuse 01362 692182

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

David Snodgrass

David Snodgrass

David is the firm's first non-lawyer manager, an accountant by profession, and the firm's Finance Director.

He has responsibility for managing all aspects of the firm's finances, including client money transactions, and is also the nominated Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).

He joined Ward Gethin Archer in January 2015, having previously spent nearly 15 years in a finance and operations role in another law firm.

Outside of work David enjoys photography, running and walking with his family and dog.

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Telephone David Snodgrass 01553 667229

John Thorogood

John Thorogood

John is a Director working in our Ely office and is a specialist in commercial, agricultural and residential property transactions. John qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and joined the firm in 1985.

His work encompasses sales and purchases of agricultural land, including farm sales and purchases, the sale and purchase of development sites; legal development of commercial industrial estates and the preparation of options, pre-emption and joint venture agreements. John also deals with partnership formation and franchise agreements as well as business start-ups.

John is a member of the Solicitors Benevolent Association and the Law Society Property section. He was a board member of Kings Forest Housing Association, and is currently Chairman of the Eric Drummond Mercer Trust, a charitable trust dealing with people with learning disabilities. John is a former Round Tabler and now a member of the Ely 41 Club (the ex-Round Tablers organisation). He is a member of Ely XT Limited, a charitable organisation responsible for organising the annual firework display in Cherry Hill Park, Ely. John was also the former Registrar to the Dean and Chapter of Ely Cathedral and was a former Governor of Soham Village College from 1996-2007, being Chair of the Governing Body from 1998-2007.

He is a keen cyclist and walker, having taken part in the National Three Peaks Challenge and having successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp.

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Telephone John Thorogood 01353 646111

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Natasha Tickle

Natasha Tickle

Natasha has been with the firm since 2003 and is an Chartered Legal Executive specialising in residential conveyancing, working in our King's Lynn office. She handles sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, as well as mortgages, transfers of equity, voluntary registrations, and all related issues.

Email Natasha Tickle 

Telephone Natasha Tickle 01553 667239

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Jill Wheeler

Jill Wheeler

Jill is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Conveyancing team, based in our Swaffham office having worked in the legal environment within the Norfolk area for the last 11 years.

Jill appreciates that buying or selling a property can be a very stressful time and where possible, with her calming approach and excellent negotiation skills, will ensure a smooth and trouble free transaction for everyone.

Jill believes that building a strong relationship with her clients is key to a successful resolution of a conveyancing transaction.

One of her many strengths is looking after her clients personally, ensuring all their needs are met, providing a high quality bespoke service.

In her spare time Jill enjoys badminton, cycling, walking, cooking and was once on Ready Steady Cook!

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Telephone Jill Wheeler 01760 727019

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Claire Williamson

Claire Williamson

Claire joined WGA in June 2016 in our Dereham Office as a Residential Conveyancing Solicitor.

Claire qualified in 2012, originally specialising in Criminal Litigation but found her vocation with residential conveyancing in 2013, specialising in all areas of Residential Conveyancing including buying and selling both freehold and leasehold properties, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys many outdoor activities from running and cycling to walking in the Lake District but also enjoys quality time with family and friends.

Email Claire Williamson 

Telephone Claire Williamson 01362 692182

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

Simon is a Director in the firm. He joined the firm in 2006 to lead the expansion of the Commercial Property team in King's Lynn. He has experience in all aspects of commercial property including landlord and tenant, site acquisition and disposal, and land development. Simon's client base includes a wide range of owner-managed businesses, property developers, entrepreneurs within the leisure industry, and established larger organisations. He also provides general commercial advice, and assistance with licensing.

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Telephone Simon Wilson 01553 667243

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Conveyancing Quality