After graduating with a Law Degree from Reading University in 1983 Neil started his career in Legal Book Publishing on The Strand, London. In 1987 he decided to change careers and started as a Legal Executive with Alan Bradley in Stevenage specialising in Family Law. In 1989 Neil was asked to work for Balderston Warren in Letchworth in their Family Department and for the next five years he undertook a very heavy Family Law caseload before moving to Whitehead Devereux in Hitchin in 1992 to head up their Family Section. While at Whitehead Devereux, Neil qualified as a solicitor in 1993. In 1998 he moved to Ross Williams to become a Partner and head its Family Department.
Neil’s main area of work includes Matrimonial and Family dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown including Divorce, Children Matters including Residence, Contact, Parental Responsibility, and Care Disputes, and financial issues arising from breakdown of relationship/divorce. He also undertakes some conveyancing work usually linked to his matrimonial work to provide continuity for his clients. A little general Civil Litigation is undertaken when the need arises.
Neil has a wide range of clients from the very wealthy to those who are on low income. He has been involved with some large money financial dispute cases and although most contentious matters are dealt with in the local County Court or Family Proceedings Court he has experience in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Neil is very much a fan of ‘why use 50 words when 5 will do’. He believes that reducing complicated matters to a much more simple and understandable format helps a client through what can initially seem like a daunting process. His major dislike is bureaucracy and delay.
After graduating with a Law Degree from Queen Mary and Westfield College (part of the University of London) in 1995, Emma undertook the required Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. Whilst studying Emma assisted at the Tower Hamlets Law Centre and undertook work experience for various law firms. Emma started her legal career as a trainee solicitor with Ross Williams in 1996. The sole practitioner at that time, Mr John Williams, was suitably impressed with Emma during the two year training period that, when she qualified as a solicitor in 1998, he offered her partnership status.
Emma’s work falls into three main categories:-
- Commercial law – from the grant of a lease (whether acting for Landlord or Tenant) and the sale and purchase of freehold or leasehold properties (sometimes with overage provisions, planning or options) to other property agreements/ documents and shareholder/partnership agreements and advising companies, individuals and partnerships on their terms of business, debts, matters relating to their staff and any other legal matters that arise during the course of their business.
- Employment law – from drafting contracts and procedures for employers and acting for them when proceedings are initiated by a current or former employee to acting for clients on the review of a new employment contract or advising/ acting in relation to claims against a current or former employer, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, unpaid wages and claims for flexible working. Emma deals regularly with settlement agreements.
- Domestic property law – including house sales and purchases (freehold and leasehold properties), deeds of grant of easements, releases of restrictive covenants and extensions of leases.
Emma’s clients range from individuals who have been dismissed and are seeking work to highly profitable companies. Emma regularly acts for one client in securing multi-million pound loans over property and companies here and abroad. She likes problem solving and finding a logical solution, wherever possible, for every client. Emma is hard working and very committed to her clients, regularly working unsociable hours, wherever required.
Sarah undertook her training contract at a small firm in North London and was thrown in at the deep end from the outset and packed off to Court on her second day. It was definitely a case of ‘sink or swim’ and thankfully she is a good swimmer. Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in August 1998 and moved to Ross Williams in September 1999. Sarah was made a partner in July 2001.
Sarah has significant experience in family work including divorce, cohabitee disputes, finances, children, pre nuptial agreements, injunctions and inheritance act proceedings. Sarah is a trained accredited collaborative lawyer. She is also a member of Resolution and the regional committee of Collaborative family lawyers, known as Hertfordshire Family Lawyers.
Sarah recognises and understands that separation and divorce can be traumatic events in a person’s life, with ramifications for the whole family. She is committed to working with clients to facilitate the best outcomes for them and their family members, enabling them to make decisions for the future and move forward.
Sarah also undertakes all aspects of Wills and Probate including the administration of estates, Inheritance Tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Public Guardianship work, contentious probate Inheritance Act claims. Sarah adopts a sensitive and practical approach to what can often be a very delicate situation. She finds that there is a nice crossover between her areas of practice.