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Meet the Team

The firm was originally formed in 1987 and is a family based practice, assuring clients receive a professional but personal service. Paul Watson (Principal) and Gemma Watson (Practice Manager) are a father and daughter team and have successfully run the practice together for the last 15 years.

All our Solicitors are members of Resolution.  Paul Watson is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Private Law Children cases, and Pam Kandola is an Accredited Specialist in Domestic Abuse and Public Law Children.

Paul Watson and Damian Sabino are both members of the Duty Solicitor Scheme and the Law Society Criminal Litigation Panel.  Damian is also a Higher Court Advocate.

Paul Watson

Principal Solicitor

Paul Watson

Principal Solicitor

Paul Watson is the Principal of the firm, a Solicitor with over 30 years' experience and Head of our Criminal Department. Paul is particularly experienced in defending sexual offences cases, and in defending RSPCA prosecutions. SRA: 120997.

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Gemma Watson

Practice Manager

Gemma Watson

Practice Manager

Gemma deals with all aspects of management and is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Managers Institute. She also manages the firm's website and social media. Gemma is the driving force behind our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

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Pam Kandola

Head of Family Dept. - Solicitor

Pam Kandola

Head of Family Dept. - Solicitor

Qualified in 2007, Pam is an experienced Family Solicitor and a tenacious advocate, with particular expertise in care cases, forced marriage and female genital mutilation cases. Pam is a member of the local professional FGM Network. SRA:374714

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Rebecca Jackson

Family Solicitor

Rebecca Jackson

Family Solicitor

Qualified in 2008, Rebecca specialises in divorce, finance and children cases (residence, contact etc). She has a thorough and methodical approach, progressing cases quickly. Her attention to the finer details allows her to consistently achieve excellent results. SRA:399580.

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Damian Alexander Sabino

Criminal Solicitor HCA

Damian Alexander Sabino

Criminal Solicitor HCA

Damian is our resident Higher Court Advocate Solicitor, representing Criminal Defence clients from police stations, through to crown court. He also specialises in defence of Driving Offences and Court Martials.

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Emma Richardson

Trainee Solicitor

Emma Richardson

Trainee Solicitor

Emma is a trainee Solicitor and an accredited Police Station Representative. From starting as a work experience graduate, she has worked very hard to ultimately obtain a training contract.

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Michelle Francis

PA to Gemma Watson

Michelle Francis

PA to Gemma Watson

Michelle has recently rejoined the firm after 5 years. She is PA to Gemma Watson, and assists her with administration in the running of the office, together with legal aid billing.

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Leanne Train

Family Secretary

Leanne Train

Family Secretary

Leanne is a mum of one and is Secretary to Pam Kandola. Leanne is a hardworking and very efficient member of the team, who has honed her skills over the last 10 years+ working in the legal industry.

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Mandy Thorp

Family Secretary

Mandy Thorp

Family Secretary

Mandy is a highly experienced Legal Secretary, whose accurate and quick typing skills have been very impressive. Mandy is Secretary to Rebecca Jackson, Family Solicitor.

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Katie Rae

Crime Secretary

Katie Rae

Crime Secretary

A working mum of one, Katie is training as Legal Secretary in our Criminal Department. Katie is highly conscientious and hardworking individual, who picks up new skills easily.

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Nichola Shaw

Crime Secretary

Nichola Shaw

Crime Secretary

Nichola joined the firm from local solicitors BBNM, after an 8 year period. Nichola is very conscientious and hardworking, and has fit well into our busy Crime team.

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Leah Nixon

Receptionist

Leah Nixon

Receptionist

Leah is our Receptionist, meeting and greeting our clients both face to face and by telephone in a professional and courteous manner. She is completing a Business Admin Apprenticeship.

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Cindy Watkinson

Accounts

Cindy Watkinson

Accounts

Cindy is our bookkeeper and has many years of experience working in accounts, working in the past for well known companies such as Quill. Cindy is a hardworking individual, who is diligent and pays attention to detail.

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Steven Askham

Costs Draftsman

Steven Askham

Costs Draftsman

Steven has worked in the legal profession for many years and is our resident criminal billing guru.  Steven has an outstanding knowledge of legal aid billing and also makes fantastic cakes!

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