team: Lawyers

Jessica Pope

Jessica is a solicitor in the Private Client department at rhw. Jessica qualified in July 2019, having previously spent time as a family paralegal and gaining experience in other contentious areas of law before discovering a passion for private client work during her training contract. She works alongside Edward Pennington advising on Wills, Lasting Powers […]

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Richard Middlehurst

Richard is a widely known local solicitor with over thirty years of experience in Family Law. He is a Law Society accredited specialist in Family Law. He specializes in all aspects of Family Law including Civil Partnerships and cases involving unmarried couples. This covers disputes over money and/or disputes involving children His chief area of […]

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Debbie Carpenter

Debbie Carpenter is a Solicitor who works in rhw’s Residential Property Team. Debbie joined rhw in 2020 having trained and qualified at a regional firm. Debbie has experience acting for first time buyers, families moving home and individuals selling properties following the death of a loved one. Debbie also has experience in assisting with transfers […]

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Clare McNeill

Clare is an extremely experienced and highly regarded Family Law Solicitor. She has worked at a number of extremely high profile organisations and well known Law Firms.

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Hannah Gibbons

After joining rhw for work experience in the Summer of 2018, Hannah is now working as a trainee solicitor for the firm. Having attained a 2:1 in Classical Literature and Civilisation from the University of Birmingham, Hannah has also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP in London Waterloo. In September 2019 Hannah commenced […]

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Stephen Bottomley

Stephen is a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team where he is able to advise on a variety of matters covering civil, commercial and property disputes. Stephen’s clients include a broad range of SMEs and individuals. Stephen  qualified in 2013, having trained with a mid-sized City firm and gained post-qualification experience with two Legal 500 […]

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Richard Benny

Profile Richard practices employment law and has a particular interest in Age Discrimination. Richard is a keen advocate and regularly represents clients at Employment Tribunals. He has taught the law of tort, employment and discrimination on the LLB programmes, and was the Director of the LLM in Employment Law at Surrey University. He has taught [...]
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Margaret McDonald

Margaret has worked in the residential property sector for a considerable length of time. She has huge experience and has dealt with most situations that can occur when buying or selling property. A firm favourite with clients who often ask for Margaret as she has a no nonsense approach to property laced with a sharp […]

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Edward Pennington

Profile Edward Pennington is the head of rhw’s private client team. Before joining rhw in August 2013 he was head of the wills, trusts, tax and probate department at a regional firm for a number of years. Edward has lived in the Guildford area since 1980. He trained in the town and qualified as a Solicitor in [...]
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Nick Richardson

Profile Nick has been in practice since 1984 and heads up our company and commercial services team. He deals with private company work and general commercial law matters including joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, commercial agreements and buying and selling businesses (whether through the sale of assets or shares of a company). He also has substantial experience of commercial property matters [...]
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Laura Bentley

Profile Laura Bentley is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive who works in rhw’s Residential Property Team. Laura has several years’ experience acting for individuals in connection with their property-related transactions and specialises in freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity. Laura understands that moving house can be very stressful and will [...]
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Jack Lightburn

Profile Jack is a solicitor in our commercial property department. He attended George Abbot School in Guildford before studying history at Durham University.  After achieving a 2:1 in his degree, he then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford, obtaining a distinction in both. Jack [...]
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Elizabeth Leah

Profile Elizabeth Leah joined the family team at rhw Solicitors LLP on 3 January 2012, from a leading law firm in Sussex. Elizabeth has over 25 year’s experience. She has worked for clients in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, London, elsewhere in England and has international clients notably in France, the US, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Dubai and [...]
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Daniel Crate

Daniel works in the Dispute Resolution team where he assists individuals and commercial clients resolve a wide range of disputes, including Intellectual Property matters in a pragmatic manner. Daniel qualified as a Solicitor in October 2018. He is a member of IPSoc (a society dedicated to junior Intellectual Property practitioners).  Daniel helps law students as a Mentor at the [...]
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Brian Shacklady

Profile Brian qualified as a solicitor in 1977 after graduating from Cambridge. He was with a City firm for 12 years where he was a commercial property partner and latterly headed up the commercial property department of another Surrey law firm. He joined rhw at the beginning of 2004 as a partner and specialises in commercial [...]
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Alice Ryder

Profile Having gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Law at the University of Surrey, Alice went on to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law in Guildford, on a part-time basis, alongside working at rhw. Alice qualified as a solicitor in 2020. She achieved truly exceptional marks and won three [...]
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