Richard Hornby is our Managing Partner. He qualified in 1983, joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner the following year. Richard has extensive experience in the broad spectrum of property work generally but now these days with something of an emphasis on Commercial Conveyancing, Landlord & Tenant matters and Equity Release. Outside of the office he is heavily involved with his local rugby club.
Howard Smith – Partner
Howard Smith joined the firm in 1987, qualified in 1990 and became a partner in 2001. He specialises in Civil Litigation, Commercial and Property Disputes, Family Law, Employment Law and legal spats and squabbles generally. He has represented clients in most courts and tribunals imaginable, from magistrates and county courts, to the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords (as it then was) and the European Court of Human Rights. Outside of the office, when not distracted by the increasing demands of his three children, he is an avid sports and music fan.
Graham Sharpe – Partner
Graham was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and is very much a property specialist. He joined the firm in 2014 and when he’s not completing a transaction, he’ll be keeping fit as a keen cyclist.
Simon trained in a leading Legal500 practice and qualified in 2002. He joined the firm as an assistant solicitor immediately on qualification and is now a Senior Associate Solicitor in the firm. Simon deals with a broad spectrum of property work generally, with an increasing emphasis on Commercial Property, Estate Development and Leasehold Enfranchisement. He holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Commercial Property Law.
Grazyna qualified in 1998 and joined the firm as an assistant solicitor in 2003. She deals with Tax Planning, Probate matters, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney. She speaks Polish fluently and is a full member of STEP, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
We were pleased to welcome Karin to the firm in 2014. She brings a wealth of experience, having been a qualified solicitor since 1996. Karin is another of our property experts and is fluent in German.
Claire joined us in 2019 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2018 as a mature student having undertaken study whilst juggling family life. She has completed the academic training for the bar and worked as a law reporter in the Court of Appeal and in legal publishing. During her studies she acted pro bono for several charities, representing victims of domestic abuse in emergency injunction applications and parents of children with special educational needs.
Since qualifying she undertakes all aspects of family law, including Child Arrangement Orders and divorce as well as conducting civil litigation. She is experienced in representing both individuals and commercial organisations in court and using alternative dispute procedures, including mediation, to resolve disputes. Outside of work she enjoys watching contemporary dance and is a regular spectator at women’s gymnastics competitions.
Peter Lever – Consultant
Peter Lever is one of our current consultants. He immediately joined the firm after he qualified in 1962 and became a partner in 1965. He now deals solely with Residential Property Development. In his spare time he is a keen fell walker.
Glen Rodgers – Practice Manager
Glen has been with the firm as Practice Manager and Head of Accounts since April 2019. He brings with him a wealth of experience in financial management and control.