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Commercial Property

Charis Cossins
Head of Commercial Property

Direct Dial: 01709 388389


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Charis specialises in the following areas;
  • Commercial property – the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold land
  • Landlord and Tenant – drafting leases, assignment, renewals and sub-tenancies
  • Agricultural matters – sale and purchase of agricultural land
  • Secured lending – acting for lenders and borrowers, third party/director guarantees
  • Adverse possession applications
  • Applications for first registrations
  • Overage Agreements
  • Residential property – all aspects including sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold property, new builds (including shared ownership and help to buy equity loans), re-mortgages, equity release, transfer of equity etc.



Charis has always shown an interest in property work and prior to qualification in 2018 she worked extensively in residential conveyancing.


Charis trained in a small boutique firm in Pontefract to which she was able to develop her property knowledge and gained experience in commercial and agricultural matters.


Since qualifying Charis has focussed on commercial property but has always been happy to assist the residential conveyancing department; in particular with more complex and high value transactions.

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Dispute Resolution & Litigation

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

Direct Dial: 01709 511100


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Fiona is a specialist in dispute resolution and her areas of expertise include:-
  • Contractual disputes
  • Employment problems, including Settlement Agreements
  • Land issues, including boundary disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Pursuing debtors
  • Acting as a trustee of Attorney


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. She 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.


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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Laura Thorpe
Joint Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation
CILEX Lawyer

Direct Dial: 01709 388979


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Laura is a specialist in dispute resolution and her areas of expertise include:-
  • Contract disputes
  • Consumer claims, including faulty goods and poor workmanship
  • Property disputes, including boundaries, rights of way and nuisance claims
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Debt recovery claims
  • Employment claims, including settlement agreements
  • Landlord and Tenant possession claims


Laura obtained her degree in Law and Criminology from Sheffield University and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2009.

Laura previously worked at a local South Yorkshire firm as a fee earner more recently as a Manager of Dispute Resolution.

She has over 10 years’ experience dealing with a variety of dispute and litigation matters.

Laura was awarded the national award of Legal Expert by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2019 for the legal and technical application to cases.

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Business Immigration

Shazia Yousaf
Head of Business Immigration

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


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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Christopher R Cole
Consultant Solicitor

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


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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