At Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP we have built an enviable team of highly skilled professionals that work across a number of specialist areas. If you would like to know more about the people that could be assisting you please click on the links below. Alternatively if you would like further information please contact us on 01992 578642, we look forward to meeting you too.

WILLS, TRUSTS AND PROBATE

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Ann Coutts Profile

Ann qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Having re-located from Kent she has joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP to be Head of the Wills and Probate Team. She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, STEP and the Probate Section of the Law
Society.

Ann specialises in the administration of estates, the creation of wills and trusts, having passed the STEP advanced certificate in Will Writing, related taxation and inheritance tax planning, powers of attorney, Court of Protection matters and elderly client issues.

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Nick Gadsby’s Profile

Nick joined the Firm in 1957 and has been an integral part of its development since then, including 25 years as Senior Partner. Nick is now in a consultancy role advising on a wide variety of clients in private and commercial matters.

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Phillip Bazley’s Profile

Phillip is a solicitor, specialising in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning.

Phillip grew up in Essex and graduated with a History Degree from the University of York, before studying for post graduate diplomas in Law and Legal Practice at the College of Law, York. He trained as a solicitor in Norwich, qualifying in 2001. After taking a short break in 2005 to travel the world, Phillip became a partner in a small Norwich firm of solicitors in 2006, where he worked until 2013. For several years Phillip acted as director and company secretary to a charity that provides day care centers for people who have suffered an acquired brain injury. He is also currently a director of his family’s property investment and development company as well as being a private client solicitor.

Outside of work, Phillip has successfully completed several marathons (often for charity). These include the London, Paris , Edinburgh, North Norfolk, Wales and Cologne marathons as well as the 100km Thames Path Challenge ultramarathon. In May 2014 Phillip participated in the London-Cardiff 24 relay race from Twickenham Stadium in London to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, an event rated by the Telegraph as one of the top 10 endurance events of 2014.

 

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Solicitor

Chantal Percival’s Profile

Chantal studied her Law degree at the University of Leicester and the University of Florence in Italy before completing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School in London. She qualified as a solicitor and joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 2014.

She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Chantal specialises in the creation of wills and trusts, related taxation and inheritance tax planning, the administration of estates, powers of attorney, Court of Protection matters and elderly client issues.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, skiing and the gym.

BUSINESS

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Senior Partner

John Worby’s Profile

John took a B.Sc.(Econ) degree and joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head as an articled clerk in 1980. He became a Partner in 1986 and Senior Partner in 2010.

He specialises in Corporate, Commercial and Property fields with particular emphasis on business acquisitions and disposals. He currently heads the Business Team.

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Partner

Robin Cearns’ Profile

Robin was educated locally at Chigwell School and qualified at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP as a Solicitor in 1995. He became a partner in 2004 and specialises in advising on and dealing with the various legal issues experienced by local and East London businesses. Robin has built up a loyal following of clients building on his connections locally and his family’s historic connections with West Ham United Football Club.

Robin is experienced in Commercial Property matters and Employment matters. He acts for both the Employer and the Employee in a wide range of matters ranging from Tribunal Cases to Preparing Contracts of Employment and advising on Compromise Agreements.

Robin also has some close links with local sports clubs and associations and is very keen to promote these within the local community.

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Associate Solicitor

Andrew Dongworth’s Profile

Andrew graduated from Durham University in 2004, before undertaking the legal practice qualifications at the College of Law. After training with Wollastons LLP, qualifying as a solicitor in 2009, Andrew joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 2010.

He undertakes work in relation to all aspects of commercial law, including commercial leases, company law matters, shareholders agreements and reviewing business terms and conditions. The area in which Andrew specialises is company sales and acquisitions and he has experience in advising a wide range of businesses, from sole traders to public limited companies.

Andrew is a member of the West Essex Young Professionals Group

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Solicitor

Harry O’Donnell’s Profile

Harry graduated from the University of Surrey in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Law.  Following completion of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2013, he joined the firm in 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in May 2016.

Harry is part of the business team and undertakes a broad spectrum of work with a commercial emphasis, including leasehold and freehold transactions, company law matters, reviewing and drafting terms and conditions of business and assisting with business acquisitions and disposals.

Harry grew up in Loughton, Essex, and has strong links to the area, having attended Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford.

LITIGATION & MATRIMONIAL

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Partner

Lynn Gooch’s Profile

Lynn previously worked for 17 years for one of the top five financial institutions, working in London and the provinces. She then decided on a change of career and read Law at Anglia Polytechnic University. She subsequently joined Foskett Marr Gadsby and Head LLP in 2000 and was admitted as a solicitor in the year 2002.

Lynn is the Litigation Team Head/ Partner. Her work involves all areas of family law including divorce, financial relief between both married and unmarried couples, cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements, contact and residence issues concerning children.

Lynn has been involved in numerous high value divorce cases where she has found her background in the financial sector to be an invaluable asset to understanding complicated financial issues.

Lynn has also established a niche practice in Landlord and Tenant Residential Possession Proceedings which is an expanding area of law due to the present economic climate. She is committed to providing a personal service to her clients.

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Partner

Richard Gordon’s Profile

Richard trained with Foskett Marr Gadsby and Head LLP and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He has strong links with the local area having attended both St Aubyn’s and Forest School.

Richard specialises in a wide spectrum of litigation matters and advises both businesses and individuals on the following matters:

• High Court and County Court Litigation

• Company / Shareholder disputes

• Employment claims (constructive / unfair dismissal)

• Compromise Agreements

• Sports / Media Law

• Defamation, Copyright and Passing Off

• Motoring Offences

Memberships

Richard is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and also a Registered Lawyer with the Football Association. As such he is authorised to undertake Football Agency and advise professional footballers and clubs on various legal matters.

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Solicitor

Ali Naqvi’s Profile

Ali was called to the Bar as a barrister in 2006 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in January 2013.

Ali has extensive experience of advocacy in the County Courts and in the conduct of a wide range of Civil Litigation and advisory work on behalf of both businesses and individuals including:

  • High Court and County Court Litigation
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Landlord & Tenant – Residential
  • Landlord & Tenant – Commercial
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Employee settlement agreements
  • Statutory Nuisance
  • Judicial Review
  • Unresolved Debts
  • Consumer Rights

Ali prides himself in providing clients with prompt, accessible and responsive service to achieve the best results for clients at an effective cost. Ali’s interests include watching cricket and playing squash.

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Paralegal

Alexandra Hedger-Rossiter’s Profile

Alexandra graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in July 2014 with a first class honours degree in Law. In September 2014 Alexandra joined the firm as a Paralegal in our Litigation and Family department and assists both Lynn Gooch and Richard Gordon with their cases.

Alexandra is currently studying the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law with a view to pursuing a career as a solicitor.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

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Partner

Howard Parkinson’s Profile

Howard joined the Firm in 1969 and has been a partner since 1979. He specialises in a wide variety of commercial and property related matters with a specific expertise in development work, planning and landlord & tenant.

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Partner

Duncan Gadsby’s Profile

Duncan is proud to have graduated from Lealands High School and Luton Sixth Form College. He took his degree at the University of East Anglia and has been at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head ever since. Duncan operates from our Epping office.

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Sara Barnett’s Profile

After taking a degree in Law at Leicester University and then completing the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Sara then secured a training contract with Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP and qualified as a solicitor in 1998. Sara has worked at the firm ever since.

Sara specialises in a broad range of commercial property transactions including commercial leases and land acquisition and has particular expertise in acting for property developers and landlords.

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Solicitor

Shaun Moody’s Profile

Having graduated from the University of Leeds with a Philosophy and Psychology degree, Shaun then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, where he also obtained his Law degree. Shaun thenjoined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 2011 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in August 2013.

Shaun undertakes a broad spectrum of work, with a keen focus on commercial and property related matters. Shaun’s work also includes a range of commercial and civil disputes.

Shaun is a member of the West Essex Young Professionals Group.

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Solicitor

Abirami Ragukaran’s Profile

After attending school locally at Woodford County High, Abirami went on to graduate from King’s College London with a degree in Law and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

Abirami trained at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP and qualified as a solicitor into the firm’s commercial property team. She works on a variety of matters including acquisitions and disposals, property development, planning and refinancing.

RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

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Partner

Duncan Gadsby’s Profile

Duncan is proud to have graduated from Lealands High School and Luton Sixth Form College. He took his degree at the University of East Anglia and has been at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head ever since. Duncan operates from our Epping office.

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Partner

Tara Granger’s Profile

After working within the firm for many years, Tara qualified as a Legal Executive in 2009 and works within the firm’s Residential Property Team.

Tara carries out extensive work for property developers, to include assisting in the purchase of development sites right through to dealing with the individual plot sales. She has experience in all transactional property related cases to include sales, purchases and mortgages and is committed to providing clients with a first class service.

Tara is a member of the West Essex Young Professionals Group.

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Associate Licenced Conveyancer

Andrea Reilly’s Profile

After joining the firm in 2001 as a legal secretary, Andrea took a forward step and spent three years at college and extensive practical training to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009.

As a specialist property lawyer Andrea can act on your behalf in all aspects of property law during the purchase, sale or remortgage of a property. She deals with all clients on a personal basis and is committed to providing a speedy and efficient service.

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Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Dorothy Purday’s Profile

Dorothy qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000, but has been working in residential conveyancing for some 30 years. She joined the Firm recently and works within the New Build Property Team, acting for purchasers buying newly constructed houses and flats from developers.

Dorothy is recommended by many well-known developers, and prides herself on being committed to her clients, making herself available for enquiries outside of normal office hours. She aims to keep her clients up to date throughout the transaction and give a high quality of service aided by use of the latest technology.

Dorothy tries to bring a commercial attitude to residential conveyancing, to communicate with all parties in the chain to achieve a smooth and stress free experience for clients.

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Senior Conveyancing Executive

Bob Sharp’s Profile

Bob joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 1998 and has over thirty years local experience. He specializes in all aspects of residential conveyancing and provides a friendly & efficient service.

EMPLOYMENT

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Partner

Robin Cearns’ Profile

Robin was educated locally at Chigwell School and qualified at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP as a Solicitor in 1995. He became a partner in 2004 and specialises in advising on and dealing with the various legal issues experienced by local and East London businesses. Robin has built up a loyal following of clients building on his connections locally and his family’s historic connections with West Ham United Football Club.

Robin is experienced in Commercial Property matters and Employment matters. He acts for both the Employer and the Employee in a wide range of matters ranging from Tribunal Cases to Preparing Contracts of Employment and advising on Compromise Agreements.

Robin also has some close links with local sports clubs and associations and is very keen to promote these within the local community.