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

 

» Read More


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

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.  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.”

» Hide

Residential Conveyancing

Vicky Woodhouse
Head of Property
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388373
vickywoodhouse@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

» Read More


Vicky is a specialist in the following areas:
Commercial Property
  • Landlord & tenant - to include leases, assignments, renewals, and all aspects of landlord and tenant work
  • Development work - to including site acquisition and plot sales, option agreements / conditional contracts/overage
  • Acquisition and disposal of property
  • Agricultural matters - to include sales and purchases of farms and farm land, business farm tenancies and leases
  • Secured lending-to include acting for lenders/funders and borrowers, third party guarantee advice and acting for charities obtaining charity funding
  • Franchising and business sales and purchases
  • Adverse possession and first registrations
  • Complicated residential matters

 


Bio:

Vicky has specialised in Commercial Property since qualifying in 2007.

 

Vicky has successfully built up a property department at a previous firm and she also headed up a property department at a firm in Sheffield.

 

» Hide

Claire Strawford
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

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

 

» Read More


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.”

» Hide

Joanne Abrahams
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

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

 

» Read More


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.”

» Hide

Joanne Clarkson
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

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

 

» Read More


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:

"The level of service was first rate at all times. I found Joanne to be most professional, open, honest and friendly. Very proactive and quick to respond to my questions"

 

“Total professionalism and commitment.”

 

“Easy and effective communications.”

 

“Every question and query answered in good time.”

» Hide

Rachel Mallinder
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388973
rachelmallinder@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

» Read More


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:

Rachel worked in residential conveyancing for over 5 years and joined PRH in 2017 as a Conveyancing Advisor.

She studies CILEx part time and has completed level 3 to achieve Associate status in July 2018. Rachel was promoted to Trainee Conveyancing Executive in September 2018 and continues to study via distance learning with an aim of achieving Graduate status.

 

Rachel currently deals with Freehold residential sales, purchases, remortgages, right to buy and transfer of equity, with the help of the team expanding knowledge into leasehold purchases and new build transactions.

 

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.

» Hide

Shanice Robinson
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388972
shanicerobinson@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

» Read More


Shanice is a specialist in the following areas:
  • Residential Sales and Purchases
  • Leasehold Flats
  • Leasehold Purchase
  • Transfer/ Re-mortgage

Shanice begun working in Conveyancing 7 years ago as an assistant. Shanice then pursue her career as a Conveyancing Executive 5 years ago.

Shanice has just qualified as a Conveyancing Technician and is completing her course to become a Licensed Conveyancer.

 

» Hide

Wills, Trusts & Probate

Bridget Thorpe
Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate
Contact

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

 

» Read More


 

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.”

 

 

» Hide

Karl Taylor
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Executive

Contact

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

 

» Read More


 

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.

» Hide

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

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

 

» Read More


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"

 

 

» Hide

Marie Gooder
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Solicitor

Contact

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

 

» Read More


Marie is a specialist in the following areas:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Probate & Administration of Estates

Bio:

Marie started her career in Wills Trusts & Probate in 2015. Marie qualified as a Solicitor in 2019 and joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts shortly thereafter.

 

» Hide

Family & Child Care

Bruce Jackson
Family & Child Care
Chartered Legal Executive
Contact

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

 

» Read More


Bruce 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

 

» Hide

Immigration, Asylum & Human Rights

Christopher R Cole
Head of Immigration
Partner
Contact

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

» Read More


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.”

 

» Hide

Shazia Yousaf
Deputy Head of Immigration
Partner
Contact

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

» Read More


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.”

» Hide

Claire Crossland
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

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

» Read More


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.”

» Hide

Joseph Stickland
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388366
josephstickland@prhsolicitors.co.uk

» Read More


Bio:

Joseph is a graduate of Durham University, having read Law at Collingwood College (2014-2017). Following a period of travel, he joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2018.

He is an accredited Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, specialising in asylum matters.

Outside of the law, Joseph is a keen cricketer and mountaineer. He is also a member of British Mensa (the High IQ Society).

 

» Hide

Joseph Baguley
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

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

» Read More


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 June 2019 Joseph became accredited at Senior Caseworker level of the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, specialising in asylum matters.

 

» Hide

Rebecca Neill
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

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

» Read More


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.

 

» Hide

Megan Foster
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388371
meganfoster@prhsolicitors.co.uk

» Read More


Bio:

Megan joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts Solicitors in January 2015 working within the Immigration Department as a Secretary. In April 2019 Megan became accredited at Casework Assistant level of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, and in December 2019 became an Immigration Senior Caseworker.

 

» Hide

Jason Griffiths
Immigration
Caseworker
Contact

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

» Read More


Bio:

Jason is the newest member of the team, with vast immigration casework experience, having worked at the Home Office and then becoming an Immigration Advisor in 2016. Jason has over 6 years immigration casework experience. He covers many application types, including:-

  • Point based system
  • Appendix FM
  • Human Right
  • Family and Private Life
  • Long residence
  • EEA and Appendix EU
  • SET(P)
  • Family Reunion

» Hide

Office Support

Mark Allen
IT Manager
Contact

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