Elish Porter, Solicitor - Family/Care work
Bramley officeI 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.
Rosanne Brady, Family Solicitor
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.
Richard Crowther, Solicitor - Wills/Probate
Harrogate officeRichard 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.
Sarah-Jayne Birch, Solicitor - Family
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.
Karen Davey, Conveyancer
Middleton officeI 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.
Gary Hesp, Police Station Representative
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.
Malcolm Grainger, Chartered Legal Executive
Bramley officeMalcolm 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.
Simone Taylor, Police Station Respresentative
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
Simone Voss, Mental Health worker
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.
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.
Jonathan Smail, Conveyancing / Wills / Probate
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.
Guy Faber, Conveyancing / Wills / Probate
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.
Cathy Hodge, Solicitor - Family and Childcare Law
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.
Joseph Nahal-Macdonald, Criminal Defence Solicitor
Joseph Nahal-Macdonald studied law at Leeds Metropolitan University at undergraduate level (LL.B) between 2004 and 2007, before completing his LPC between 2007 and 2009.
He joined Grahame Stowe Bateson as office junior in 2009 and was eventually rewarded with a training contract in 2011. Joseph undertook work in Family, Mental Health and Criminal Defence during training. Whilst working at GSB as a Trainee Solicitor, Joseph also undertook a Masters Degree (LL.M) in the field of Privacy Law which was completed in October 2013.
He qualified as a Solicitor in March of 2013, and currently practices almost exclusively in Crime, though still holding interests in other areas of practice. As of August 2013 Joseph is a probationary police station representative, and aspires to gain duty accreditation and higher rights of audience in the future.
Joseph practices a general mixed crime caseload, including; Fraud, Assaults, Drugs, Sexual and Motoring Offences. He is adept at applying knowledge and experience of other areas of law, such as Mental Health, to defences and mitigation in the criminal sphere, and is especially interested in cases concerning forensic evidentiary and psychiatric issues."
Rachel Jamieson , Mental Health Law
Rachel qualified as a Probation Officer in 1993 following her MSc/Dip Social Work (Oxon). She worked in West Yorkshire and Oxford until 2004, when she then began her career in the legal profession.
Rachel Jamieson is a panel member of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme. She joined the firm in May 2014, prior to which she practiced Mental Health and Prison Law for another Leeds based law firm. She is an experienced practitioner in representing those subject to forensic, civil and community based sections, providing advice to and representing patients for Hospital Manager’s hearings and Mental Health Tribunals.
Sarah Tweedie, Family Law
“Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and since that time has specialised in family law. Prior to training as a solicitor she studied History at Newcastle University. Sarah has worked in Teesside and Newcastle before joining Grahame Stowe Bateson in 2014.
Sarah represents clients in all areas of family law including divorce, financial matters, children cases where there are disputes over residence and contact as well as in public law proceedings.
Sarah is a member of the Law Society Children panel representing parents, extended family members and children themselves in cases where the local authority are involved. Such cases are often an emotional time for all those involved. Sarah aims to provide a professional yet down to earth approach to assist clients in understanding and dealing with these complex cases.
Sarah is also a member of Resolution and an accredited specialist in the areas of children advocacy and domestic abuse cases. Sarah conducts her own advocacy in both the Family Proceedings and County Courts and aims to provide clients with consistency from the 1st appointment in the office through to representation in Court.
Sarah also assists with our free legal advice clinic on a Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm.
Alexandra Hurwood, Trainee Solicitor
Prior to obtaining her training contract at Grahame Stowe Bateson Solicitors Alexandra worked as a paralegal for two and a half years and gained experience in Civil Litigation and Employment Law.
Alexandra acted for private individuals at every stage of litigation from drafting Particulars and issuing claims to dealing with disclosure and drafting Witness Statements.
Alexandra's employment caseload included a wide variety of claims including claims for unfair and constructive dismissal, race, sex, sexual orientation and disability discrimination, as well as unlawful deductions from wages, and breaches of the Working Time Regulations.
She achieved successful results for the many of her clients as a result of negotiating settlements and success at Hearings in the County Court and Employment Tribunal.
Alexandra commenced her training contract in May 2013 and will complete seats in the Probate Department, Family Law Department and Employment Department. She is due to qualify in November 2013.
Although based at the Harrogate office, Alexandra is happy to meet clients in the Leeds and Bramley areas to discuss any employment queries with clients.
Outside of work, Alexandra is a keen runner.
Kaitlin Whelan, Trainee Solicitor
Kaitlin is a Trainee Solicitor based at the Middleton Office of Grahame Stowe Bateson after joining the firm in August 2013. She originally completed a BA (Hons) in English before converting it into LLB (Hons) whilst working in several legal practices across North Yorkshire, gaining experience and knowledge in numerous fields.
She is also an experienced Mental Health Legal Representative and is an Accredited Member of Law Society's Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, advising and representing clients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 at tribunal and Hospital Managers Meetings.
Kaitlin has experience of representing both restricted and non restricted clients detained in hospital of all securities, as well as those subject to Community Treatment Orders under s17A. She committed to providing open and honest advice and robust representation before tribunal.
Claire Garside, Family Law
Claire Garside joined the firm in 2013 after leaving for a short period of time to work in Pontefract.
Claire has over 15 years’ experience working in the legal profession and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2006. Claire specialises in all aspects of matrimonial and family law matters. Her main emphasise is on Divorce, Matrimonial Finance, Private Children Law and Domestic Violence work.
Claire qualified as an Advocate in 2013 meaning that she can undertake more complex cases and give clients the continuity of representing them from first appointment to final hearing.
Claire is also a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Law Panel and often represents clients whose liberty has been removed at the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
This dual qualification means that Claire can apply both areas of law to often very difficult circumstances where clients are experiencing both mental health problems and matrimonial/relationship breakdown.
Gary Bullock, Head of Conveyancing
Gary has recently rejoined GSB as our Head of Conveyancing. He was previously the Managing Partner for many years until 2007 of our former office at Meanwood. Gary has a wealth of conveyancing experience and deals with sales, purchases, equity release, remortgages, leases and some commercial matters.
Gary is a keen angler,golfer and musician and is a keen supporter of Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos.