Our Team

Meet the team

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Fiona Shinner
Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Senior & Managing Partner
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
fionashinner@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Fiona is a Specialist in the following areas:
Personal Injury Claims
  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Work Accidents
  • Slips and trips
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
  • Employment

Bio:

Fiona was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1993 after a short career in education teaching law and liberal studies.

 

Fiona trained at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts and has happily stayed with the Firm all her legal working life.

 

Fiona has always specialised in Dispute Resolution and has, over the years, assisted hundreds of clients with, amongst other things, personal injury or criminal injury compensation claims, contractual disputes and employment problems.

 

Fiona has always favoured a plain, straightforward approach and strives to demystify the law so that clients represented by her fully understand the legal process.

 

Fiona became an Equity Partner in Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 1996 and the Managing Partner in 2004.  Under her leadership the Firm has increased its market share and its fee income.

 

Fiona heads the Dispute Resolution Department and is also the Firm’s Senior and Managing Partner, dealing with most of the Firm’s regulatory obligations, including those relating to legal and financial problems.

 


Client Testimonials:

“In difficult times Fiona Always pulled through.”

 

“I would recommend you. I know you would not let me down.”

 

“Very honest and very helpful.”

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Brian Fowler
Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Solicitor
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388979
brianfowler@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Brian is a Specialist in the following areas:
Litigation & Dispute Resolution for Personal & Company Clients
  • Building claims
  • Boundary and Trespass matters
  • Professional Negligence
  • Company and Commercial Disputes
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Injunctions and Interim remedies
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Debt Recovery
  • Landlord and Tenant, Rent Recovery, Disrepair

 


Bio:

Brian trained and qualified in a large regional law firm in the Midlands. Following qualification in 2011, Brian continued to work within the Dispute Resolution department at a large regional firm and specialised in commercial litigation. His work ranged from contractual disputes, debt claims, shareholder disputes to business rating disputes.

 

Brian moved to Yorkshire in 2014 following which he has worked for 3 large Yorkshire based firms. The move to Yorkshire provided Brian with exposure to a large variety of property litigation matters ranging from boundary disputes, renewal of business leases (both opposed and unopposed), possession of residential and commercial property for various landlords. During that period Brian also continued to deal with commercial litigation matters and gained experience of litigation in the healthcare sector.

 

Brian joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2018. Brian is recognised for his straight forward down to earth advice and commercial thinking when dealing with disputes.

 

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Residential Conveyancing

Claire Marsh
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388975
clairemarsh@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Claire is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Residential Sales and Purchases
  • Re-mortgage Transfers
  • Right to Buy Transactions
  • New Build Purchases
  • Transfers of Equity
  • Shared Ownership Property
  • Leasehold Property Purchases.
  • Unregistered Title Transactions
  • Voluntary Registration Applications
  • Equity Release Transactions
  • Buy to Let Purchases

Bio:

Claire has worked in residential conveyancing since 1998. She previously worked within conveyancing before joining the team at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in November 2012.

 

Claire has vast experience and knowledge in residential conveyancing.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Always on hand to answer any questions and were extremely efficient and professional at all times.”

 

“Impressed with the communication and how smooth things were.”

 

“Claire has yet again found why I continue to use PRH. Informative, helpful fantastic customer service.”

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Joanne Clarkson
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388924
joanneclarkson@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Joanne is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Residential Sales and Purchases
  • Re-mortgage Transfers
  • Right to Buy Transactions
  • Transfers of Equity
  • Leasehold Property Purchases
  • Unregistered Title Transactions
  • Voluntary Registration Applications
  • Buy to Let Purchases

Bio:

Joanne began working at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts as a Conveyancing Assistant in 2009.

 

She was promoted to the role of Conveyancing Advisor in March 2010 and completed the training programme to become a Conveyancing Executive in July 2013.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Total professionalism and commitment.”

 

“Easy and effective communications.”

 

“Every question and query answered in good time.”

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Joanne Abrahams
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388977
joanneabrahams@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Joanne is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Residential Sales and Purchases
  • Re-mortgage Transfers
  • Right to Buy Transactions
  • New Build Purchases
  • Transfers of Equity
  • Shared Ownership Property
  • Leasehold Property Purchases
  • Unregistered Title Transactions
  • Voluntary Registration Applications
  • Equity Release Transactions

Bio:

Joanne began working in Conveyancing in 1995 as a secretary for a local firm of solicitors before moving to Parker Rhodes Solicitors in 2000.

 

Joanne attended College 1998 – 2000 and obtained Part I of the CILEX qualification.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Quick, easy and highly responsive to emails.”

 

“All paperwork was well written and easy to understand, especially for a first time buyer.”

 

“We felt Joanne was a great advocate for us.”

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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Bridget Thorpe
Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate
Partner
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388934
bridgetthorpe@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Bridget is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Probate & Administration of Estates
  • Trusts
  • Advice to the elderly
  • Court of Protection Applications

Bio:

Having undertaken her training at Parker Rhodes, Bridget qualified as a Solicitor in 2004.

 

Bridget has a wide range of experience, having specialised in this type of work and having practised in South Yorkshire since qualifying. Bridget is committed to providing clients with clear, practical advice and support during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

 

Bridget returned to Parker Rhodes Hickmotts to head the Wills, Trusts & Probate Department in January 2015 and became a Partner in the firm in October 2016.  She is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section.


Client Testimonials:

“Very professional, felt that you took the time to listen and understand our situation.”

 

“We were kept fully informed throughout and the advice we were given was appropriate to our needs.”

 

“Very compassionate in dealing with my requests.”

 

 

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Katy Delaney
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Solicitor
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388978
katydelaney@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Katy is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Probate and Administration of Estates
  • Court of Protection Applications
  • Residential Conveyancing

Bio:

Katy Delaney began her legal career in 2009 with a local firm of Solicitors and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.

 

Katy joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts Wills, Trusts and Probate Department in September 2016. Katy specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, administration of estates and Residential Conveyancing.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Quick, made easy to understand, very personable experience.”

 

“Easy to make contact, recommended by work, nothing to improve”

 

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Lynsey Oxley
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Associate member of CILEX
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388354
lynseyoxley@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Lynsey is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Probate and Administration of Estates
  • Court of Protection Applications

Bio:

Lynsey Oxley is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and will complete her studies in 2016.

 

Lynsey started her career in Wills Trusts and Probate in 2003 before joining Parker Rhodes Hickmotts as a fee earner in 2015.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Highly satisfied with the level of service, staff pleasant and helpful at all times”

 

“You gave excellent service in all matters - thank you”

 

"Overall service was fantastic - Lynsey was a pleasure to liaise with"

 

 

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Claudia Hall
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Solicitor

Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388389
claudiahall@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Claudia is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Administration of Estates
  • Probate
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney

Bio:

Claudia is an experienced Wills, Trusts & Probate Solicitor, having worked for a number of law firms in Yorkshire as well as for a Bank Trust company. She is approachable, explains things clearly and always tries to find the best solution.

Claudia is a member of STEP (The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) and the Law Society’s Private Client Section.

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Karl Taylor
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Executive

Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388971
karltaylor@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Karl is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Probate and Estate Administration (including related taxation issues)
  • Advising elderly clients
  • Inheritance Tax planning
  • Trusts
  • Estate and asset protection planning (e.g. nursing home fees)
  • Deputy Orders and Court of Protection

Bio:

After graduating in 1999, Karl began working for HSBC in their Probate Department dealing with the administration of estates. In 2002 he took a position with a Sheffield based law firm, where he remained for 16 years.

 

There he continued to further his experience in the administration of estates and related matters, such as the advice and preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Deputy Order applications, including acting as an attorney and a Court of Protection Deputy.

 

As well as many years’ experience dealing with a variety of Private Client work, ranging in complexity, Karl has the following professional qualifications with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP):

 

  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estate
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Trusts
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting

On completion of the STEP Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts & Estates, Karl will become a fully STEP qualified Trust Estate and Practitioner (TEP).
Karl joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in April 2018.

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Family & Child Care

Julie Munday
Head of Family & Child Care
Senior Solicitor
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388387
juliemunday@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Julie is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Representation in Public Law Care Proceedings
  • Advice on all aspects of Private Law Children Disputes including Residence and Contact
  • Advice about Social Services involvement with children
  • Children Act complaints
  • Grandparents' Rights

Bio:

After a varied career in welfare rights advice and adult education and training, Julie qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 after passing the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University Law School with commendation.

 

She moved to a large high street firm in Sheffield to undertake her training contract and worked there for many years before joining Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2013.

 

In her career as a Solicitor Julie has always specialised in children law especially the representation of parents, children and other relatives in care proceedings before the Court.

 

Julie became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in 2006 and has had conduct of many complex cases in both the County Court and the High Court. Julie is also a member of Resolution.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Once I’d found the courage to phone, the process was made really easy by Julie Munday.”

 

“Friendly and approachable, Kept up to date.”

 

“They put the wishes of the child before anyone else.”

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Louise Maden
Family & Child Care
Affiliate Member of CILEX
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388370
louisemaden@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Louise is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Divorce and the resolution of financial issues
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Injunction and Non-molestation applications
  • Advice on all aspects of private law children disputes including child arrangements orders (formerly known as residence and contact orders)
  • Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps applications
  • Grandparents' rights

Bio:

Louise joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2006 having previously worked exclusively in the legal sector for around 11 years.

 

Louise specialises in divorce, finance, private law children matters and occupation orders and has an involvement in cases with Social Services and a Public Law element.

 

Louise is also experienced in working with victims of domestic abuse and is a member of the Domestic Violence Forum and a Committee member of the Rotherham Women’s Counselling Group.


Client Testimonials:

“No words of gratitude are enough to express how we feel. We are so very happy and grateful for you always being there and for going that extra mile.”

 

“This card is our way of saying thank you for all you have done for us, thank you again for everything.”

 

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Barbara Stevens
Family & Child Care
Head of Matrimonial Department
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388381
barbarastevens@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Barbara is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Divorce
  • Financial settlements
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Private Law Children matters

Bio:

Barbara is Head of the Matrimonial Department. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1988, she has worked throughout in family law and is a member of the Law Society.

 

Barbara has a wide range of experience in family matters and specialises in complex financial settlements relating to divorce. She has a great deal of experience in Court applications and is also a trained Collaborative lawyer.

 

She is a member of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association) and is on the Advanced Family Law Panel.

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Immigration, Asylum & Human Rights

Christopher R Cole
Head of Immigration
Partner
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100 chriscole@prhsolicitors.co.uk

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Christopher is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law

Bio:

Christopher has a degree in Politics & Law from the University of Southampton and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in Immigration and Asylum Law ever since.

 

After working in London for a number of years, Christopher moved to Yorkshire in 2001. He headed the Immigration Team at Parker Rhodes before establishing Cole & Yousaf Solicitors in 2007. Cole & Yousaf then merged with Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2012.

 

Christopher specialises in complex Asylum and Human Rights cases, although he has extensive experience across the whole spectrum of Immigration Law. He is accredited at the highest level of the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme – Immigration Law Advanced. He has been recognised as a Leading Individual in Immigration Law by the Chambers UK Directory for a number of years, having been praised for his “sharp intellect and inspiring level of knowledge and commitment.”

 

Christopher is a Law Society Council member and also a member of the Law Society’s Immigration Law Committee. He is co-convenor of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association’s Yorkshire & the North East Sub-committee.


Client Testimonials:

 

“Professional, friendly and personal service.”

 

“This has been our best experience with a law firm.”

 

“Helpful and useful.”

 

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Shazia Yousaf
Deputy Head of Immigration
Partner
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388359 shaziayousaf@prhsolicitors.co.uk

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Shazia is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law

Bio:

Shazia has a Law degree from Sheffield Hallam University and embarked on her Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield.

 

She undertook her legal training at Parker Rhodes, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2005.

 

Shazia is now a Partner at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts, specialising in complex Asylum and Human Rights cases.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Very approachable, kind and gave excellent, professional advice at all times.”

 

“Informative and extremely helpful, also sympathetic at difficult times.”

 

“Courteous, friendly service.”

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Claire Crossland
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388355 clairecrossland@prhsolicitors.co.uk

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Claire is a specialist in the following areas:
Immigration, Asylum & Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Asylum
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law

Bio:

Claire obtained a BA (Hons) Criminology degree from Sheffield Hallam University in 2005.

 

After travelling through Australia for six months she began working at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts Solicitors in July 2006.

 

Claire is accredited as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

 

Claire deals with the whole range of Immigration and Asylum Cases, but has particular interest in Asylum matters and claims involving unaccompanied children.

 


Client Testimonials:

“Happy with my solicitor.”

 

“Good communication, advice and understanding.”

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Rob Worthington
Immigration
Solicitor
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388360
robworthington@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Robert is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law

Bio:

Robert studied Physics at the University of Leeds before converting to law. He trained as a Barrister and was called to the Bar in 1996.

 

Robert worked for many years for the Refugee Legal Centre (latterly Refugee & Migrant Justice) where he specialised in higher appeals work. In 2010 Robert joined Cole & Yousaf Solicitors and in the same year he cross-qualified as a Solicitor.

 

Robert is accredited as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

 

Robert specialises in asylum law and he has extensive experience of advocacy before the Immigration & Asylum Chambers of the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.

 

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Joseph Baguley
Immigration
Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388388
josephbaguley@prhsolicitors.co.uk

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Joseph graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2013 with a Bsc (Hons) in Criminology. Prior to joining Parker Rhodes Hickmotts Joseph had worked within the Immigration and Asylum field.

 

In January 2017 Joseph became accredited at Level 1 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

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Rebecca Neill
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388976
rebeccaneill@prhsolicitors.co.uk

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Bio:

Rebecca joined Hickmotts Solicitors in 2005. Hickmotts Solicitors merged with Parker Rhodes Solicitors in 2009.

 

Rebecca has worked within the Immigration Department as a secretary since May 2010, leaving in September 2014 before returning to Parker Rhodes Hickmotts as a Casework Assistant in January 2016.

 

In August 2016 Rebecca became accredited at Level 1 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, and in June 2018 became an Immigration Senior Caseworker.

 

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Paul Hindley
Immigration
Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388360
paulhindley@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Paul is a specialist in the following areas:
Business & Points Based System Immigration
  • Experienced in all aspects of the Points Based System, including Investors & Entrepreneur
  • Knowledge of Partner Applications made under Appendix F
  • Experienced in obtaining & managing Sponsor Licences for Employers
  • Knowledge of the EEA Regulations
  • Ability to advise on Employers’ Compliance Responsibilities and Reporting Requirements

Bio:

After working for a number of years in the transport industry, Paul returned to university as a mature student graduating in 2007 with a degree in Criminology and Sociology. After university he worked at the Home Office in Sheffield deciding immigration applications made under the Points Based System.

 

From there Paul moved over to the private sector where he worked for a firm of renowned Specialist Immigration Advisors advising on all aspects of the Points Based System. Paul joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts as a specialist in the Points Based System and Business Immigration.

 

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Brandon Butterfield
Immigration
Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388382
brandonbutterfield@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Bio:

Brandon is a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire having completed a Law Degree and a subsequent LPC qualification from 2013-2017. He joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2017 after completing his time at University. Brandon is currently working towards accreditation in the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

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Samuel Lovell
Immigration
Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388368
samuellovell@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Bio:

Samuel is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having read Jurisprudence from 2012-2015. He joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2017 after working for a church, and spending some time in the field of recruitment.

Samuel is currently working toward accreditation with the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

 

 

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Office Support

Gail Harris
Practice Manager
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
gailharris@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Mark Allen
IT Administrator
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
markallen@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Our Teams

Reception
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Immigration
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Family & Child Care
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Residential Conveyancing
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

The Partners
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Office Support
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk

Wills, Trusts & Probate
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 511100
info@prhsolicitors.co.uk