Elish Porter, Solicitor - Family/Care work

Bramley office

I am an experienced family law specialist.  I deal with divorce and domestic violence cases.  As a member of the Law Society Children Panel, I have a particular speciality dealing with cases involving children.I have extensive experience advising on complex contact, paternity and residence disputes including those with a foreign element.I am also skilled at representing both parents and children in public law care cases.I also advise on step-parent adoption and advice grandparents on contact and Special Guardianship cases.

 

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Rosanne Brady, Family Solicitor

Leeds office

Rosanne qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and Rosanne joined the family law team at GSB in March 2011.

Rosanne has experience in all areas of family law but has recently chosen to specialise in children matters and is in the process of applying to join the Law Society Children Panel.

Rosanne is a member of Resolution and is committed to resolving family disputes in a non - confrontational manner.

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Richard Crowther, Solicitor - Wills/Probate

Harrogate office

Richard joined the firm in 2007 having obtained an MBA from the University of Leeds in 1996 and then studied Law at the College of Law in York qualifying in 2006. Richard has15 years management experience and has run his own company while completing his legal studies and now specialises in probate, wills and trusts work.

 

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Sarah-Jayne Birch, Solicitor - Family

Leeds office

Sarah-Jayne qualified as a solicitor in 2006. After having focused heavily on Family Law throughout her training, upon qualification Sarah-Jayne continued to specialise in this field and joined Grahame Stowe Bateson in 2008.

Sarah-Jayne has experience in all areas of family law matters, with particular expertise in matters of Domestic Violence and Children matters. Sarah-Jayne has a passion for her work and prides herself on her client care.

Sarah-Jayne is a member of Resolution and is committed to encouraging and assisting clients in dealing with their matter in a constructive and helpful manner.

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Karen Davey, Conveyancer

Middleton office

I started at Grahame Stowe Bateson in 1994 as a Conveyancing Secretary in the Residential Conveyancing department of the firm and progressed to a Conveyancing Executive in 2000.  Over a period of 15 years I have developed experience in dealing with all areas of conveyancing.  For the last 7 years I have been based at the Middleton Office of the firm and have built up a well established conveyancing department.  During my time at the Middleton Office I have established a familiar and comprehensive knowledge of the South Leeds area and like to think, I offer a friendly and efficient service to all of my clients.Whilst I may work in the Leeds area, my interests out of work, involve a keen and some say obsessive interest in Castleford Tigers and Rugby related sports.  I am a “young” mum and enjoy spending time with my little boy.

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Gary Hesp, Police Station Representative

Leeds office

Gary started his legal career in 1985 as a clerk at Walker Morris.  As the Police and Criminal Evidence Act came into force he started regularly attending police stations to give advice to clients under arrest and became an accredited police station advisor in 1998.

Gary had worked for Robert Moore Colleton Solicitors since 2003 and moved to Grahame Stowe Bateson in 2008 when the firm merged with GSB.

Throughout this time Gary has mainly run the police station department, whilst also attending prisons and conducting civil actions against the police.  He has undertaken thousands of police interviews and maintains a client base who knows that they will be given the right advice.

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Malcolm Grainger, Chartered Legal Executive

Bramley office

Malcolm joined the legal profession in 1970 and qualified as a Legal Executive in 1980. He joined the Firm in 1986 and is based at Bramley Office specialising in Residential Conveyancing. Malcolm and Colleagues strive to provide an efficient fixed price and friendly Conveyancing service (house Sale/Purchase, Transfer of Property, Re-Mortgages, Shared Ownership and also Equity Release transactions) embracing modern technology to facilitate a fast track completion.

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Simone Taylor, Police Station Respresentative

Leeds office

Simone commenced employment at GSB in February 2006, following achieving a year's work experience with the firm.

She initially started as a Crown Court Clerk which involved the preparation of Crown Court cases, attending with Clients, briefing and assisting Counsel, attending with clients who are in custody, dealing with Proceeds of Crime matters, ensuring that relevant deadlines are adhered to, in keeping with orders of the Court, etc.

In January 2008, new regulations and procedures came in to force in relation to the billing of Crown Court cases upon conclusion and Simone then began billing the Crown Court files thereafter.

In June 2010, she went on to become an Accredited Police Station Representative for the firm

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Simone Voss, Mental Health worker

Harrogate office

Simone has been working for Graham Stowe Bateson Solicitors since 2008 in the North West Region and is based in Altrincham.

Before entering the legal field Simone qualified and worked as nurse in Germany for over 10 years. She decided to change career and studied Social Work and completed her Diploma at Manchester Metropolitan University.

During Simone's social work practice she was soon attracted to the work of Independent Advocacy in mental health and worked for a number of years for MIND in Rochdale, which gave her and initial insight into legal work.

It was some years later when she took the opportunity to work at a law centre in Manchester as a caseworker dealing with mental health matters.

Simone obtained her Mental Health Tribunal Panel Membership in 2002 whilst at the law centre and continued to work as a Mental Health Law Practitioner representing clients' views and wishes at Tribunals as well as Hospital Managers Hearings.

Within the last few years Simone has become more involved with the new mental capacity legislation.

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Adam Hall, Solicitor Criminal and Family Law

Adam joined Grahame Stowe Bateson in 2006. He practices both Family and Criminal Law. Adam has undertaken high level Public Law cases representing children, parents and Local Authorities. Adam is also extremely experienced in Private Law Children Act matters. Adam attends police stations and appears regularly in the Criminal Courts. He specialises in cases where clients face criminal charges and require assistance with related family matters.

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Rosemary Bell , Mental Health Law

Leeds office

I have a BA and LLM and am an experienced practitioner in the field of mental health law. I specialise in civil cases and have experience also with forensic areas of work. I provide advice to and represent patients at hospital managers hearings and mental health review tribunals, and I have been a member of the Law Societies Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel for 6 years now.

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Daral Beebe , Mental Health Solicitor

Middleton office

Daral worked for 8 years for the Mental Health Review Tribunal and was also a Mental Health Hospital Manager before joining Grahame Stowe Bateson in 2010.

Daral is a qualified Mental Health Advocate and has experience of conducting Hospital Manager Review and Appeal hearings for both the NHS and Private Hospital Facilities.

Her role at Grahame Stowe Bateson is to represent clients detained under  the Mental Health Act from initial advice and support  through to representation at both Hospital Manager and First Tier Tribunal Appeals.

Daral represents clients  in Yorkshire and the North East.

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Judith Campbell, Solicitor

Harrogate office

I hold a BD (Hons) from London University - gained when I originally left school I then worked for a number of years in sales, selling electronic components into industry.

After living in Australia and the USA whilst having my family, we returned to the UK and I did a Law Degree with the Open University to keep me occupied when my youngest child started Nursery.

I started work in Harrogate CAB, where I was a volunteer for many years, eventually representing clients at Welfare Benefits Tribunals; I won every case I represented!

I joined Grahame Stowe Bateson, Leeds in November 2008, and became a trainee in January 2009, qualifying as a Solicitor in January 2011.

I work in Grahame Stowe Bateson's Harrogate branch, specialising in Criminal Law, Family law and Mental Health. I enjoy advocacy, and have represented clients at Tribunal and County Court.

The most enjoyable part of the job is working with clients. I cover all aspect of family work - including divorce, contact, residence, and school appeals. I have also organised a number of parenting and marriage courses in the local Harrogate & Leeds community

Outside of work I cycle. I also ride a tandem with my longsuffering husband - have cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End, and ski, recently completing the Piccard Rallye in Obergurgle (Austria).

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Jonathan Smail, Conveyancing / Wills / Probate

Harrogate office

Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1992. Before joining Grahame Stowe Bateson he was a partner for 12 years at another Harrogate firm of solicitors.

He specialises in property law and has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of residential and commercial property. He also has a wealth of experience dealing with wills and probate.

In his spare time Jonathan is a keen tennis player having played to a high standard and is a qualified tennis coach.

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Guy Faber, Conveyancing / Wills / Probate

Harrogate office

Guy Faber started Faber Solicitors in Harrogate in 1970 and was the senior partner for many years.  Now working part-time with Grahame Stowe Bateson his workload consists mainly of Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Conveyancing.

Outside the office Guy was a Govenor of a well known Harrogate school for some years.  He has chaired NHS Complaints Procedure panels.  He has always been actively involved in National Hunt racing - first as an amateur rider and then as an owner and Jockey Club judge.  But his principal leisure time activity has for some years been speechwriting, mainly for weddings (it is interesting that there is an increasing trend for brides to make a speech at their weddings) and other special occasions as well as for sportsmen starting out on the after-dinner speaking circuit.

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Cathy Hodge, Solicitor - Family and Childcare Law

Leeds office

Cathy Hodge joined Grahame Stowe Bateson in September of this year from Murray's Solicitors in Bradford. She has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel for 10 years and has over 20 years of experience in Childcare Law.

She trained and worked in London before moving to Bradford in 1991.

Cathy also has considerable experience in Criminal Law. She is a duty solicitor and worked attending at Police Stations, and appearing in the Magistrates and Youth Courts.

Cathy acts for children, parents and other family members in cases involving the Local Authority or between family members. She has experience of representing individuals where there have been serious allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

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