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Forces Law

Forces Law

Forces Law is a network of private firms of solicitors, who've come together to offer legal advice and support to all members of the Armed Forces - Regular and Reserve, serving and retired - and their families. Although they're all civilians now, some of their member solicitors are ex-Service; and all have specialist knowledge and expertise in military as well as civilian law.

Forces Law members are not part of or paid for by the MoD or any of the three Services: our advice is completely impartial and independent, and while our members are based in the UK, you can call Forces Law from anywhere in the world if you're on deployment or active service.

Ward Gethin Archer are proud members of the Forces Law network. If you're a member of the three Services and wish to speak to one of our Solicitors about a legal matter then please contact your nearest office who will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.

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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."

Email Richard Pennington 

Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of ResolutionMembers of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer
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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

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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

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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 Ely 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

Email Maria Short 

Telephone Maria Short 01353 662203

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Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews

Amy joined Ward Gethin Archer in May 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor and is currently in the Litigation team in our King's Lynn 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 Matthews 

Telephone Amy Matthews 01553 667211

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

The Law Society Accredited: Personal Injury