Adams Harrison Solicitors, Team Members
We are a team of dedicated law professionals, ready to support all your legal requirements.
Rhodri Rees is a Senior Partner and specialises in Commercial Property and Business and Commercial work. He is also responsible for the residential property work undertaken in all three offices and is the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Senior Responsible Officer. He is also our Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO).
Melanie Pratlett qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has been with Adams Harrison since 1993 becoming a partner in 1996. She specialises in the Wills Estates and Trust areas of the practice and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Melanie Pratlett is our Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP).
Shoshana Goldhill heads up our family team and specialises in children’s issues and matrimonial finance and matrimonial property disputes. She is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution (Solicitors Family Law Association) and a Collaborative Lawyer and is Mediation trained but not practising currently.
Shoshana Goldhill is also the person responsible for the quality of all the services we provide to clients, and the person who will deal with any complaints.
Jennifer Carpenter became Managing Partner of the firm in January 2014. She was appointed as a Partner in January 2005, having qualified as a solicitor in 2000 after completing her training with the firm. She specialises in Employment, property dispute litigation and contentious probate. She has extensive experience of undertaking advocacy in the Magistrates Court, County Court and Employment Tribunals. Jennifer is also our Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA) and our Data Protection Officer.
Richard is the most recent member of staff to join the property team, based at our Saffron Walden office. He qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has worked in the local area for the last 11 years following a career break spent travelling. Richard has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of property work and has a personable and client focused approach.
From June 2019 he is also our most newly appointed salaried partner.
Tracy was appointed a Partner in February 2016. Tracy qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has worked in Haverhill Cambridge and Ely as a Conveyancing Solicitor. She joined Adams Harrison in July 2014 to complement Haverhill’s busy residential department. Tracy brings a friendly yet professional approach to her role.
Tracy Spilsbury is our Head of Residential Conveyancing.
Frances Walker specialises in Family Law. Frances qualified in 2005 and joined the practice in March 2009. Frances is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution and has a wealth of experience in divorce and other family related matters.
Hayley joined Adams Harrison in 2013 as a Solicitor in the Private Client department. She obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge before completing her Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.
Hayley specialises in preparing Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, registering Enduring Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work and administering estates. Hayley is based in our Saffron Walden office but is available to see clients at our other offices.
Hayley is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner, holding a diploma in Trusts and Estates and a diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients (which she passed with a distinction) from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). TEPs are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.
Hayley became a partner in the firm in January 2021
Wills and Probate
Christine has 32 years experience in the law but has specialised in Wills and Probate for the last 18 years having gained a Specialist Paralegal Diploma in April 2000. Christine is based at our Sawston office.
Leanne joined Adams Harrison after her A Levels in 2002, initially as an office junior/receptionist before working her way up to a secretary and then becoming a PA to the Head of the Department in the Wills, Estates and Trust Department. She has since qualified as a Graduate Legal Executive in April 2013 and was granted a Fellowship in June 2015.
She specialises in the preparation of Wills and administration of estates and can deal with various aspects of Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Order applications.
Winner of the Cambridgeshire and District Law Society Trainee Lawyer of the Year Award 2015.
Sarah joined the firm in 1995 as a trainee legal executive working within the Probate department. She carried out her training and examinations whilst working full time and gained fellowship to the Institute of Legal Executives (now Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) in 2002.
Jack qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and joins the Saffron Walden office as a member of the conveyancing team. He completed both his degree and Legal Practice Course in London and moved back shortly afterwards to begin training in Ipswich. Jack specialises in residential property work and prides himself on his approachability and client orientated service which he feels is key during what can be a stressful and testing process.
Lisa joined Adams Harrison in May 2014 as a solicitor in the Conveyancing department. She obtained her law degree from Keele University in 2009 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford in 2011. Lisa specialises in residential property work and has particular experience of transactions in and around Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Lisa is based at the Sawston office.
Matt initially joined the firm straight from University in July 2015 working as a paralegal within the firms commercial property department, he then undertook his training contract focussing on residential and commercial property work. After a brief stint working as a commercial property solicitor in Cambridge, Matt has joined the Sawston office as a member of the Conveyancing team.
Cathy Buck is a Legal Executive specialising in residential property work at our Haverhill office.
She joined the firm in 1993 as a trainee Legal Executive. She completed her ILEX Part 1 at Cambridge Regional College in 1995, her ILEX Part II at Chelmsford College and became a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1999 (now Chartered Institute of Legal Executives)
Rebecca Dedman qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 obtaining an LLB Law (Hons) Degree concentrating on family law from the outset. She became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in 2007 and specialises in representing parents and children in court. Rebecca has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of cases involving children. Rebecca joined Adams Harrison in March 2012.
Susan Kerr qualified as a solicitor in 1987. She joined Adams Harrison’s family team in July 2019 and specialises in divorce, finance and property claims and children disputes.
Emma joined Adams Harrison in 2006 after finishing her A levels and began working for the Head of the Family Department in early 2007. Whilst working in the Family Department Emma began studying to become a Legal Executive and qualified as a Graduate Legal Executive in August 2013. Emma is based in our Saffron Walden office in the Family Department.
Kerri joined Adams Harrison in 2003 as an office junior/accounts assistant. She worked her way up to a Legal Secretary and then became a Personal Assistant in the Family Department. Whilst working in the Family Department Kerri began studying to become a Legal Executive. Kerri left the practice for a short while to start her family and returned to the practice, having finalized her studies and qualified as a Graduate Legal Executive, in April 2015.
Anton Bilinski joined the firm in 2001 as a trainee working within the Litigation Department. He carried out his training and examinations whilst working full time and gained fellowship to the Institute of Legal Executives (now Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) in 2010.
Rob joined Adams Harrison in January 2020, having moved to the area from Devon , where he held a similar Practice Manager role.
He has extensive leadership and management experience gained in organisations across the Private, Public and Voluntary sectors.
He was awarded an MA Management (Distinction) in 2006 by Coventry University.
Rob works closely with the Partners of the organisation to ensure its operational and strategic effectiveness, efficiency and development.
Alison joined Adams Harrison in July 1981 and has progressed to the Partnership’s Accounts Manager.
She is therefore responsible for a wide range of the organisation’s financial matters. This includes working with accountants and auditors to ensure the accuracy and validity of company accounts; ensuring financial compliance with legal, regulatory and policy requirements; management of income and expenditure; financial reporting; contributing to the development of budgets and forecasts; managing organisational cash flows.
She is supported by an accounts assistant and works closely with the firm’s Partners.