Our Team

Meet the team

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Fiona Shinner
Joint 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 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.”

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Laura Thorpe
Joint Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Contact

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

 

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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

Bio:

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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Residential Conveyancing

Rachel Weaver
Head of Residential Conveyancing
Contact

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

 

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Rachel 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:

Rachel has recently joined us at Parker Rhodes Hickmotts Solicitors but has worked in residential Conveyancing for 22 years having started as an office junior at a local firm and qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007.

Rachel currently deals with both Freehold and Leasehold residential sales, purchases and re-mortgages, right to buy, transfer of equity, new builds, buy to let and shared ownership.

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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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Rachel Mallinder
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

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

 

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Rachel 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.

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Donna Linford
Residential Conveyancing Executive
Contact

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

 

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Donna 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:

Donna started out her working life in the Police Force in the 1980s, before going into Law in early 2000s.

 

Donna studied Residential Conveyancing and Wills and Probate at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a CILEx Associate Member.

 

She specialises in both freehold and leasehold residential sales, purchases, remortgages, right to buy, transfer of equity, new builds, buy to let.

 

Donna is also Police Station Accreditation Trained.

 

She hopes to become a Magistrates when she retires.

 

In her spare time, Donna is a semi professional dog handler and owns her own kennels.

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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Fiona Shinner
Acting Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate
Contact

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

 

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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

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.”

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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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Marie Gooder
Wills, Trusts & Probate
Solicitor

Contact

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

 

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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.

 

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Karen Barton
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)

Contact

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

 

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Karen is a specialist in the following areas:

• Powers of Attorney
• Wills
• Probate and Administration of Estates
• Court of Protection Applications

Karen Barton began her legal career in 2003 and has spent most of her career working in the Rotherham area. Karen joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts as a fee earner in the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department and became qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2014.
Karen specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and the administration of estates.

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Gina Brabham
Wills & Probate Paralegal

Contact

Direct Dial: 01709 388367
ginabrabham@prhsolicitors.co.uk

 

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Gina is a specialist in the following areas:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Probate & Administration of Estates
  • Court of Protection Applications

Bio:

Gina started her career in Wills Trusts and Probate in 2015 before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2020. Gina joined Parker Rhodes Hickmotts in 2021.

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Immigration, Asylum & Human Rights

Shazia Yousaf
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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Christopher R Cole
Consultant Solicitor
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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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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Joseph Stickland
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

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

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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).

 

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

 

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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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Megan Foster
Immigration
Senior Caseworker
Contact

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

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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.

 

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