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    Paul has been a qualified solicitor for 18 years and has spent the entirety of that time in the Commercial and Dispute Resolution department. Paul advises businesses in ownership disputes, contract disputes with suppliers and customers, employment disputes and preparing commercial contracts.

    Paul is also a specialist in Landlord and Tenant/Social Housing law and acts for Housing Associations, Private Landlords and Tenants. He deals with drafting tenancy agreements, possession actions, disrepair problems, issues involving anti-social behaviour and succession issues. Paul also deals with all types of property disputes including ownership disputes, boundary disputes, issues regarding rights of way and party walls. He has recently acted for a couple in a boundary dispute case which received coverage in the national press.

    Paul’s aim is to achieve the best result for the client for the least expense. If this outcome cannot be achieved through negotiation then Paul is able to fully prepare and assist clients in contested Court hearings.

    His recent cases include acting for a local business involved in a £14 million fraud and successfully negotiating a settlement, advising two company directors in a dispute with their co-directors upon the failing of a business and acting for a national transport manufacturer in a dispute with a customer.

  • Expertise

    • Property Disputes
    • Business Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Landlord and Tenant
    • Housing Management
    • Employment Law
    • General Litigation

    What clients say

    “Paul is a first class professional with excellent communication skills which he brings to bear to explain complex legal terms to enable quality business decisions. He has a strong business acumen and is genuinely interested in helping clients find solutions.” “A local specialist in landlord and tenant law who has proved very useful for both landlords and tenants of mine who need advice in this respect.” “Paul is great to deal with because he quickly grasps the legal issues involved and gathers together all the relevant evidence. He then presents the case to the judge in a comprehensive straightforward and organised way. But what I really like about working with Paul is that he’s approachable, sensible and fun.” “I would just like to say a massive thank you for your help with the case. Now we have the Injunction in place, the residents are empowered and it seems that things have improved.” “I appreciate the hard work you had to put in for this case. I know you went above and beyond and I am grateful.” "Paul Reader is an excellent litigation solicitor who we felt gave us the confidence to win our case."

    Other

    Paul is a keen guitarist and skier. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to live music events and also plays basketball.

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    Dhruva is currently on maternity leave.

     

    Dhruva qualified in November 2010 and has 8 years of post qualification experience, 4 years of employment law as well as Private Client.

    Dhruva is based in our Sevenoaks office and specialises in Private Client law including matters relating to the needs of older clients and life time planning. Since she qualified in 2010, she has gained a wealth of experience dealing with a variety of matters ranging in value and scale. She now regularly deals with high net worth clients and their Estates as well as assisting clients to manage their finances and personal welfare during their lifetime.

    Dhruva is keen on promoting the importance of planning for your future by presenting and giving talks to the local community, those affected by Dementia and their family members. She aims to build lasting legal relationships with her clients and is happy to tailor her service to the needs of her clients.

  • Expertise

    • Powers of Attorney
    • Deputyships
    • Wills & Estate Planning
    • Estate Administration
    • Trusts

    What clients say

    "I will certainly come to you in the future for legal assistance" “I am most grateful to Mrs Patel for all her help” “Very understanding” “Excellent service” “I am happy with all the help I have been given by Dhruva and her team” “Very good service” “Friendly and efficient service” “Very happy with the service, Dhruva and Jackie, her secretary, were extremely helpful and friendly” “Very friendly, professional, understanding and efficient” “I found Mrs Patel, her secretary and other staff very efficient”

    Other

    Dhruva enjoys getting out and about with her husband and daughter on the weekends, visiting her family in the USA whenever she can and watching movies or box sets on rainy days!

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    Matt heads up the Criminal Litigation team and has a strong focus on major crime, including successfully representing one of the defendants in the £53 million Securitas Robbery Trial and successfully representing a suspect in the “Body in the Suitcase Murder”. He is a member of The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and is Duty Solicitor qualified.

    Matt is currently instructed by a client suspected of being involved in one of the biggest frauds in the country with the value in the 100’s of millions. The case is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office who investigate and prosecute serious fraud, bribery and corruption cases.

    Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1999  and has an impressive academic career that includes a BSC (Hons) Psychology London University, Common Professional Examination in Law, Post graduate Legal Practice Course at College of Law London, Higher Court Advocate, Duty Solicitor Qualified. Matt initially practised family law prior to specialising in crime/ criminal litigation for the last 18 years.

  • Expertise

    Matthew regularly represents his client in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and has been a crown court advocate since 2005. His range of legal expertise includes dealing with investigations of:

    EXPERTISE

    • Regulatory and commercial crime
    • Drug supply, manufacture and importation
    • Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint
    • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Murder and other homicide matters
    • Sexual offences
    • Robbery, burglary and theft
    • Road traffic offences
    • Criminal Litigation with Focus on Major Crime

     

    What clients say

    "I had no complaints from start to finish with all the staff of the company" "Treated fairly, everything explained clearly." "Thank you for your support and kind words today, I was very grateful to have you on my side. I am looking to put the whole thing behind me now and start a fresh." "Many thanks for helping out yesterday ... I haven’t dealt with Berry and Lamberts before but am very pleased to have received the recommendation."

    Notable cases

    R v B and others –. Multi handed conspiracy to commit fraud I represented a director of a company was said to have conspired with an NHS employee to commit Fraud. Client case dismissed during the trial.

    R v B. International Ponzi fraud. Client was said to have committed a multi-million pound fraud against investors in the UK and the Costa del Sol.

    Other

    Matthew is a keen sportsman actively pursuing cycling, golf, football and basketball. He previously played Rugby at high level and has played in sides representing the country. He is also a devoted Francophile and fits all this in when not spending time with his family.

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    In addition to heading up our Property team Robert has developed expertise in specialist areas of property practice including residential conveyancing, lease extensions and freehold acquisitions on behalf of tenants, farming and agricultural property law, bank finance and secured lending, and commercial property.

    Robert also advises businesses on commercial leases, sales and purchases of going concerns, and new build development. He is also the firm’s senior responsible officer under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

    His recent high profile cases include the acquisition of a 220 acre mixed residential and agricultural farm site for £6.75m and acting for a borrower taking a £5m loan against a residential portfolio of 44 properties.

    Robert qualified in 2007 and trained with the firm before joining the Property Department, where he worked his way up to become a partner in 2010 and subsequently head of department.

  • Expertise

    • Residential conveyancing
    • Commercial property
    • Farms and agricultural land
    • Title issues
    • Landlord and tenant
    • Business transactions

    What clients say

    “Please accept a sincere thank you for your exemplary professional service whilst undertaking the sale of our barn.” “Robert is a highly professional and personable lawyer. He has a very good ability to explain complex legal issues and communicates well throughout any legal engagement. I would highly recommend him.” “Robert acted for me during the purchase of my business. I have always found him and all his colleagues at Berry & Berry thoroughly professional and they have provided me with sound advice.” "Excellent service, Robert is very good - will use again."

    Other

    Robert’s personal interests include landscape photography, travel, film and literature. He has an ambition to climb all 214 “Wainwrights” in the Lake District.

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    Yashin has been a member of the firm’s Family team for over 20 years. He is highly experienced and has an excellent reputation for dealing with all aspects of family law, with a particular expertise in resolving complex financial issues following relationship breakdown. Yashin is committed to finding resolutions through negotiations wherever possible.

    Yashin qualified as a solicitor in 1995, having trained at Berry & Berry.  Yashin is a member of Resolution and a Mediator.

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried couples
    • Pre-Nuptial  and cohabitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “Thank you for your help, diligence, professionalism and your management of my distress and emotions. You were kind enough to work with me and gain my trust. This was an extremely difficult thing to do after all i had been through. I thank you for that and I thank you for restoring my balance when I wobbled, which I did more than once.” “You have been such a support to me during this time.” “I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs a sympathetic but thorough solicitor.” “I would at this stage like express my enormous thank you for all your help, advice, patience, good humour and excellent service that you have given me.” “I very much appreciate all your assistance in advising me along the long and difficult road which we have travelled together. It was a pleasure to have worked with you.” "Fantastic service, sound advice. First class service at all times. Thank you" "Professional, calm and clear advice given."  

    Other

    Yashin lives locally and enjoys cycling, playing football and watching Tonbridge Angels Football Club.

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    Anna qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and spent the first half of her career working in a large city law firm where she dealt with all aspects of commercial real estate in particular advising both landlords and tenants on commercial leases.   During that time Anna developed a particular specialism telecoms law in relation to property and acted for a large well known telecoms operator on the acquisition of cell sites.  Anna is equally experienced in all aspects of residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.  Anna brings together all the skill of a city lawyer with the friendly pragmatic and commercial approach of an experienced residential conveyancer.

     

  • Expertise

    Residential conveyancing
    Commercial property including telecoms leases
    Landlord and Tenant

    What clients say

      “Many thanks for your work on this sale. It has been a great help to have your support through the process.  Your reputation for speed is now firmly embedded…. “

    Other

    Outside of work, Anna is a keen runner and recently completed her first ever marathon.  Anna also enjoys cooking and baking – particularly using eggs from her own brood of chickens!

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    Anthony Herman (known as Tony) joined the firm in 1964. Many of his clients have been with him for over 40 years and he is often dealing with matters for the children and grandchildren of his original clients.

  • Expertise

    During his career Tony has worked in most areas of law and this gives him an in depth understanding of situations where more than one area of law is involved. Tony has an excellent reputation for his skills in analysing situations and finding the best solution for his clients. Before entering into law Tony trained as an economist and has a particular expertise in solving financial problems.

    • Legal work for businesses
    • Commercial property
    • Trusts

    Other

    Tony enjoys spending time with his wife, son, three daughters and six grandchildren. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf.

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    Partner Iain works with in the  Private Client team specialising in Probate matters, Wills, Trusts and Vulnerable Client issues as well as conducting some residential conveyancing. He is the Honorary Secretary of the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society and is a member of the Paddock Wood Business Association.

    Iain is a Member of the LLP, a solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. He qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1982 and in England and Wales in 1988. Iain was a litigator at Berry & Berry from 1987 to 2014 when he joined the Private Client Department.

  • Expertise

    Iain qualified in Northern Ireland in 1982 and in England in 1988. After joining the firm in 1987 he ran our Criminal Department for many years before spending time in the Property Department and then migrating to the Private Client Department. He still holds his Higher Court rights of audience and has appeared in the Court of Appeal.

    What clients say

    “Thanks for being so good throughout this conveyancing process; it is very refreshing to find a solicitor that doesn’t even need chasing.” “I will most certainly be recommending you guys to friends, family and business colleagues.” “Thank you for dealing with my matters so swiftly and professionally.” “Thank you for guiding me through the process of making a new Will, for your kindness, patience and understanding.”

    Other

    A committed family man, Iain likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and children and, of course, being walked by his Siberian Husky, Denzel.

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    Kizzy Packer has been a member of the firm’s Property Team for over 20 years. Having worked and gained experience at all of the firm’s offices she was admitted as a Member of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2003 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2005.

    She has extensive experience dealing with residential property matters including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

     

  • Expertise

    • Residential Property including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases
    • Remortgages
    • Transfers of equity
    • Title issues
    • Tenancy Agreements
    •  Lease Extensions

    What clients say

    “Thank you for all your work, which was professional, efficient and courteous at all times.  You helped make an otherwise potentially trying experience quite enjoyable” “I would like to thank both Berry & Berry and especially yourself for the excellent service.  The effort given by you was second to none.  Many thanks for your help” “Nothing was too much trouble for you, I will have no hesitation in future to recommend you and your company.  A very big thank you” “Thank you and your staff for all you did to help us over a traumatic period of house selling and buying.  Your endless patience, expert guidance and always cheerful service were much needed to preserve our sanity during some trying times and the occasional crisis” “It’s very rare these days I get any sense of having received a good professional service so I feel I must praise the way you dealt with my matter and kept me informed even on matters that you could easily have assumed I already knew” "The service you provided was very good, particularly your knowledge of how things work in Kings Hill."

    Other

    Kizzy has two young children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the gym and holidays in the sun!

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    Melanie is a partner in our Property team and is expert in all aspects of residential conveyancing including transfers of equity, new build properties (acting for both developers and purchasers), commercial property and landlord and tenant.

    She has been a property solicitor for 31  years, working for a Central London firm, having qualified as a Legal Executive in 1992. She went on to work for two high profile firms in Kent. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.

    Melanie joined the Property team in October 2013.

     

  • Expertise

    • All Aspects of Residential Conveyancing
    • Transfers of equity
    • New Build Properties, (acting for both developer and purchaser)
    • Commercial Property
    • Business Transactions
    • Landlord and Tenant

    What clients say

    “I have never had such a wonderful service. Melanie listened to what I had to say and we were kept up to date.” ”My conveyancing had to be carried out unusually quickly and it was done effectively and efficiently.” “Quick, responsive, friendly, local.” “Thank you for the efforts you always make with such speed. I know we have been a bit demanding with the short notice we tend to give and yet you always deliver.” "You've been great throughout the journey. Thanks so much for your cooperation, professional approach and great management of this file. We are really grateful" "Thank you so much for your speedy  and efficient work, we will be recommending you to all our friends as we have had an excellent service from you" " Thank you for getting us to the finish  line with our first investment transaction. Your cooperation, professional guidance and great management  of the file was invaluable and greatly appreciated"    

    Other

    Melanie enjoys reading, walking and cycling and has recently taken up the very challenging and increasingly popular form of exercise using kettle bells. Melanie lives locally with her husband and her three children.

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    Sharon is a Family Solicitor with over 29 years’ experience, being admitted in 1988. She is a trained mediator, and a member of Resolution. She has extensive experience in dealing with the financial aspects of separation and divorce, dealing with disputes between parents in private law children cases (for residence and contact) and dealing with financial issues upon the separation of cohabiting couples.

    Sharon is an elected member of the Committee for Kent Resolution First for Family law and was the Secretary for Maidstone Domestic Violence Forum for a number of years. She is well known for the depth of knowledge and skill she brings to dealing with domestic abuse cases.

    She is the Vice Chair and the Trustee of Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureau.

     

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried and married couples and co-habitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown.
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “I would like to thank you very much for the very professional and efficient way you have dealt with my case and would not hesitate to recommend you and Berry & Lamberts to friends and family.”

    Other

    Sharon is a keen runner in her spare time, having run numerous marathons with a personal best of 2 hours 58 minutes. In 2010 Sharon represented Great Britain on the track at 10,000 metres in the European Masters Track Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also represented the England Masters Cross Country Team in 2010.

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    Will qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner in the firm in 2014. He specialises in both Residential and Commercial Property work and acts for a wide range of clients buying and selling properties in the local area and further afield. Will also acts for property developers on the acquisition of sites and then the subsequent plot sales, as well as for a number of businesses on Commercial Property matters.

    Will’s recent high profile cases include acting for a local authority on the acquisition of a freehold mixed use high street premises for in excess of £4m, acting for a tenant on a lease at Bluewater Shopping Centre and acting for a local property developer on the acquisition and refinancing of a town centre development site.

     

     

  • Expertise

    • Residential Property – sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties,  transfers of equity, remortgages
    • Commercial Property
    • Title issues

    What clients say

    “We just wanted to say thank you so much for assisting us with the sale of our property. We really appreciated the time you took to address any concerns that we had, and your speedy approach to the transaction. You did a great job.” “I was impressed with the care and attention provided in dealing with my house purchase. You were helpful and efficient at all times.” “It’s sometimes hard to find a solicitor who will be excellent through an entire process. Will and Berry & Lamberts were! I felt totally confident in your work through everything – so thank you very much!” “It was easy to make initial contact and Will was the most personable of the lawyers I contacted. He was happy to explain matters clearly and concisely and act efficiently and swiftly!” " Thank you for being brilliant throughout this process. You have far surpassed any other solicitor we have ever worked with in terms of your expertise, diligence, efficiency, thoroughness and demeanour." "I cannot recommend improvements. All the worry that usually surrounds the sale of a house was eliminated and everything was conducted smoothly. What more could we ask?" "Excellent all round service that I cannot fault." "Impressed with service- professional, hard working and readily available."

    Other

    Will supports West Ham United FC and has been a season ticket holder for many years. He also enjoys running, cycling and watching cricket. Will has taken part in several sporting events for charity including running the London and Edinburgh Marathons and cycling from London to Paris. Will also enjoys spending time with his family and is a life member of the National Trust.

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    Andrew joined the firm in 2016 following completion of his legal training with a London firm and is based in our Sevenoaks office.

     

  • Expertise

    • Residential property
    • Commercial property

    What clients say

    "We felt that, in addition to meeting requests, staff often went the extra mile on own behalf."

    Other

    In his spare time Andrew is a keen follower of football and cricket.

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    Anthony has been a solicitor for nearly 30 years having qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He joined the firm’s Private Client team in 2011 and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is very experienced in Probate, Wills and Trusts.

     

  • Expertise

    • Administration of Estates/Probate
    • Wills (UK and non-UK testators)
    • Trusts

    What clients say

    “Thank you for taking the time to explain everything so fully when we met. It made our decisions easy to make.” “Thank you for your patience and understanding with all of this! I appreciate all of your help with settling my grandmother’s affairs.” “It is not often one can say that there is great pleasure paying bills but enclosing this cheque does give it to me. Thank you very much for obtaining such a great outcome.” “I’m convinced I would never have got the tax back from HMRC without you.” “You are worth every penny.” "Excellent service by all concerned. Prompt replies and easy to understand" "Nice, friendly and helpful staff and atmosphere. Rates charged competitive too."

    Other

    Anthony enjoys reading, trying to tame his garden and learning (slowly) to cook.

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    Charlotte specialises in child care and domestic abuse cases. She is a member of The Law Society Children Panel and of Resolution. With over ten years experience, having qualified in 2002,  of care proceedings and private law children cases Charlotte has an in depth knowledge of her field of work. She also has a particular interest in assisting and representing individuals in cases involving domestic abuse. She has acted for clients in all levels of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

     

  • Expertise

    • Acting for parents, other family members and foster carers within care proceedings and adoption cases
    • Applications for wardship and Special Guardianship Orders
    • Acting for parents and other family members in private law children cases – residence, contact, enforcement of contact Orders, change of surname, abduction and removing children from England and Wales

    What clients say

    “Your patience, kindness and professionalism at all times sustained me.” “Charlotte was very professional, supportive and helpful throughout the proceedings. She responded to all my calls, texts or emails timely; providing advice and support. Charlotte managed highly conflicted parents with professionalism at all times.”

    Notable cases

    Reported Cases:

    Re A (care proceedings: non-disclosure) [2009] EWCA Civ 1057

    Re L-W (Children) (Enforcement and Committal: Contact) [2010] EWCA Civ 1253 [2011] 1 FCR 78

    Other

    In her leisure time Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and playing competitive netball for a local team.

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    David qualified as a solicitor in 2010, and joined Berry and Lamberts in August 2019.

    David is based in our Tunbridge Wells office, and works in the Private Client Department. Since qualifying David has always specialised in the field of Private Client law and has gained extensive experience in this area. He prides himself on being able to communicate effectively to explain complex legal issues in a language that clients can understand.

    David is a full member of STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and an associate member of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly)

  • Expertise

    Wills, Tax Planning, Estate Administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection, Trusts

    What clients say

    Very pleased. many thanks.

    Other

    David is a keen cyclist having completed the Ride 100 back in 2017 and having recently cycled 100km in a charity bike ride from London to Cambridge to raise money for a local hospice

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    Dianne has been a member of our Dispute Resolution team for over 15 years. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2000, obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with distinction in 2002 and qualified as a solicitor the same year.

    Dianne has significant experience of dealing with personal injury claims and is a member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).  She also advises on employment law, contract and consumer law and general dispute resolution.

     

     

  • Expertise

     

    • Employment law
    • Contract and consumer law
    • General dispute resolution/litigation
    • Neighbour disputes
    • Debt recovery

    What clients say

    “Like most people I expected to have very few dealings with Solicitors in my life time so when it was necessary to find one who was willing to deal with such a traumatic event in my life I did not know what to expect.  However, your professionalism encouraged me and my wife to see it through to the end.  Your calm and informative updates and guidance throughout are much appreciated.” “May I take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the whole family for your support, understanding and, in our opinion, total professionalism in dealing with what we regard as a very traumatic and tragic event.” “I wish to record my total satisfaction with the way in which this matter has been dealt with. Thank you very much indeed.” “This is just a short letter to express my sincere thanks for all the work you have done for me over the past 10 months, I think your professional attitude towards your work is a credit to you and I wish you all the best for the future. I would also like to say I would recommend your services to all who might come under the same situation as I did”. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your professional advice and excellent way in which you painlessly addressed the issues in hand, creating a positive outcome for myself”.

    Other

    Outside of work Dianne’s interests include cycling, swimming, camping, cooking, listening to music, spending time with her family and holidaying in new places.

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    Eleanor joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 2014 having graduated from Hull University with a 1st class honours degree in Law and with a distinction in her Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Law, York. Following being admitted in 2016 Eleanor chose to specialise in property work.

    Eleanor deals with sales, purchase, leases, and lease extensions as well as commercial property work.   solicitor admitted October 2016

  • Expertise

    • Residential Property including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases
    • Remortgages
    • Transfers of equity
    • Lease Extensions

    What clients say

    “Thank you so much for all your help and support while we were buying and selling our houses. Compared to the last time we bought a house ( through another firm) you were so much more supportive and explained everything in such clear detail it made a huge difference. We have already recommended you to friends!” “Thank you for doing such a great job over the last few months and holding my hand through this very stressful situation!” “I have had a very longstanding relationship with Berry and Lamberts … I decided this year to sell the flat and had the good fortune to have Ms. Eleanor Lister to handle the legal side of the sale. Matters were not entirely straightforward since the prospective buyer raised some complicated issues to do with the lease. Ms. Lister provided exceptionally helpful advice and managed the negotiations with the buyer with remarkable skill and efficiency.” "The whole process was pretty much seamless and as a client I found your service excellent. I am pleased that ........ recommended you and I would urge him to pass more business to you in future if the opportunity arose." "We have always been cared for very well in the numerous dealings with Berry and Lambert." "... thank you very much for all your help over the last 6 months!  Your service was first class! " "Dealing with Miss Lister was easy, she did her job well but was warm and friendly too."

    Other

    Eleanor spends her free time cooking for her friends and family, horse riding and enjoying walking around the countryside surrounding Tunbridge Wells.

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    Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor in 2008 Jane was a qualified Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care in an outer London borough. She was an experienced Social Worker practitioner, Senior Manager and Independent Reviewing Officer and has an extensive working knowledge of Children’s Services procedures.

    Jane is a member of The Law Society Children Panel.

  • Expertise

    Jane was admitted in 2008. Jane specialises in child care law, particularly:

    • Representing parents, children and other family members in Care Proceedings
    • Representing parents and children via their Guardian in private law children cases

    What clients say

    “Because of you today I have my children with me. I will never forget in my life those days when I had hard times and you helped me.” "I do not feel that I could have had better help or support anywhere else. I was involved in a complex case and Jane Quantrill supported me 100% throughout. I could not have got through it without her."

    Other

    In her spare time Jane enjoys cycling, walking and generally keeping fit.

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    Joanna qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and is based at our Tunbridge Wells office. Having worked in Private Client since 2012 Joanna has a wealth of experience in future planning for clients from various backgrounds and ages.

  • Expertise

    • Wills
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Attorney administration
    • Estate Administration

    Other

    Joanna enjoys reading and visiting museums in her spare time.

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    Karron is a member of the Dispute Resolution team based in the Tunbridge Wells office. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002 she has dealt with a broad range of litigation matters and has extensive experience in Property Litigation. Karron aims to provide practical and cost effective advice, negotiating settlements whenever possible.

    Karron deals with a wide array of civil litigation matters including contract disputes, property disputes (including boundary disputes and ownership disputes), residential Landlord and Tenant disputes (including possession claims), Commercial Lease disputes and probate disputes (including Inheritance Act claims and disputes over the validity of wills).

    Karron also deals with employment disputes and has advised on numerous Settlement Agreements.

  • Expertise

    • Property Litigation
    • Landlord and Tenant/ Lease Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Probate Disputes
    • Employment Disputes
    • Settlement Agreements
    • General Dispute Resolution/Civil Litigation

    Other

    Outside work Karron’s main passion is travelling. She loves visiting new places and aims to see as much of the world as possible. At home she is kept busy with her children, enjoys cooking and watching live music.

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    Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the firm’s Private Client team in July 2012 having worked previously for large city firms, a small niche private client firm and a local authority. She was also the external examiner for the property head of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT). Lisa deals with all types of Private Client matters.

    Lisa has  7 ½ years private client experience, 5 years as a commercial property lawyer between 1994-1999 and 6 years as examiner for QLTT covering property , wills and estate administration

  • Expertise

    • Wills
    • Estate administration
    • Trusts
    • Lasting Powers of Attorney

    What clients say

    "Friendly, approachable staff throughout making the whole process enjoyable. Thank you"

    Other

    Lisa enjoys the theatre, gardening and meeting up with friends. Family life occupies most of her free time.

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    A Family Law Solicitor with many years’ experience Simon has particular expertise in dealing with financial disputes arising out of divorce/separation, including cases involving international elements with assets abroad. Simon has extensive knowledge of matters concerning property disputes between co-habitees and is very skilled in acting for parents in cases involving the appropriate arrangement for their children’s care.

    Simon was admitted in 1982. Simon has been a Family Law solicitor exclusively for ten years. Before that, as well as Family Law, he also handled Conveyancing work both domestic and commercial , Landlord and Tenant Work and Civil Litigation.

  • What clients say

    "You have given me the best service I could have wished for and will not hesitate  to use you or the team at Berry & Lamberts in the future"

    Other

    Simon likes to spend time with family, reading, walking, canal boating and supporting the rollercoaster that is West Ham United.

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    Sohret is currently on maternity leave.

    is a Solicitor in the Private Client team. She was admitted  as a solicitor on 17th September 2018. Prior to this seat she was working closely with Yashin Masoliver, Head of Family, on matrimonial and financial disputes and Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, on complex care and children matters.

    Prior to joining the firm Sohret worked as a paralegal in London for two years specialising in care, child law and domestic abuse. She is currently on the Citizens Advice Bureau’s Solicitor’s Rota and sees their client’s, once every six months pro bono.

  • What clients say

    ‘I very much appreciate your prompt and thorough reply’ ‘Thank you for your helpful advice and prompt actions’

    Other

    In her spare time Sohret enjoys gardening, drawing, watching films and long walks with her family.

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    Jenny is an integral part of the Property team in our Sevenoaks office. She works with William Moore, Partner. Jenny has a broad range of property expertise and works efficiently with all parties to provide clear, effective communication and conveyancing within the fastest timeframe possible.

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    Verity joined the firm in 2018 having spent the last 17 years working in the residential property sector as a legal secretary, conveyancing assistant and conveyancer.  She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2015.

  • Expertise

    Residential Property including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, lease extensions and equity release mortgages.

    What clients say

    “Having worked in the mortgage market for the last 28 years I have dealt with many conveyancers from all over the country.  Verity provides an amazing service for her clients.  When you receive telephone calls from your clients thanking you for the introduction you know that she must be doing a great job.  Verity is always available when needed, deals with matters swiftly and efficiently, has a sound knowledge of property law and charges competitive fees.  I would highly recommend her services” – Glenn Fuller, Next Step Mortgages We have today completed on our mortgage and we used Berry and Lambert (Paddock Wood), our solicitor Verity was extremely helpful and the whole process has been stress free due to her due diligence and attention to detail! Would highly recommend your services

    Other

    Verity enjoys travelling and has been to many great places including Hawaii, Australia, New Orleans and Chile.  When she isn’t out of the country she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.  She also helps out at a local guide unit.

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    Anita is a Secretary in the Private Client team.  Her role is to assist the Solicitors in the Private Client team and in particular Jude O’Connor who specialises in Vulnerable Client work, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.

  • Expertise

    Anita has worked as a Legal Secretary for 15 years covering Probate, Wills, Court of Protection, Elderly Clients and Tax and Trusts.

    Other

    She is married and has three children.

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    Charlotte joined the Property team in 2010 as a Paralegal after obtaining the Ilex Paralegal qualification. Charlotte assists three solicitors by dealing with all post exchange, completion and post completion matters in both residential and commercial transactions. She has a high level of expertise in relation to registrations with the Land Registry, is bilingual in English and French, and fluent in Spanish.

  • Other

    Charlotte enjoys walking, running and dancing ceroc, as well as travelling, reading and watching films.

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    • Heather works with our property team and is based in Paddock Wood. She works with solicitors dealing with residential conveyancing, commercial property and landlord and tenant.
  • Other

    She is a keen walker, enjoys reading and going to the theatre.

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    Louisa works in the Conveyancing team at our Paddock Wood Office. She deals with all areas of administration relating to the buying and selling of commercial and residential property.

  • What clients say

    “Helpful, friendly and hard working”.
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    Melanie is a paralegal in the property team at Kings Hill and has been assisting Kizzy Packer since 2014. She deals with all aspects of residential and leasehold matters but mainly post exchange, completion and registrations with the Land Registry and all queries following completion.

    She finds her work interesting and varied and she always strives to go the extra mile and treat every client as an individual; she is part of a great team at Kings Hill and enjoys the way they offer a personal, bespoke service to all clients.  She is hoping to achieve her goal of qualifying as a Legal Executive in the near future.

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    With over 25 years of experience in residential conveyancing Melanie is a Property Paralegal for the Sevenoaks Branch dealing primarily with post exchange work although she is proficient and highly competent in all aspects of the conveyancing process from start to finish.

    Melanie prides herself in supporting clients through transactions, appreciating the stresses of buying and selling property, particularly the lead up to completion, and offering a professional friendly approach and a quality service where attention to detail is key.

  • Expertise

    Comprehensive experience dealing with residential property matters including freehold sales and purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

    What clients say

    “It’s been a pleasure to deal with you and the team and I would definitely use your services again.” “if only everyone else was as good.” “she was professional and helpful in answering my questions and keeping me up-to-date.”
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    Nina is the Department Manager in the Criminal Litigation team.  Her role also includes assisting the criminal litigation solicitors in the day-to-day preparation of cases.

    Nina has a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of our Criminal Litigation team for over 12 years.

  • What clients say

    "Has been a star over the last 4 years. She has kept it realistic on outcomes and any information I need always got answers for. She has always gone above and beyond to help."

    Other

    Nina enjoys going to the cinema and cooking.

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    Simeon joined the firm in September 2019 as a trainee, having graduated from King’s College London with a 1st class honours degree in law and with a distinction for the LPC in BPP University. While studying the LPC, he was a volunteer for the Personal Support Unit based in the Royal Courts of Justice.

    Simeon works with the Private Client team in the Sevenoaks office.

  • What clients say

    “Best trainee ever”

    Other

    Simeon is a follower of football and supports Tottenham Hotspur FC. He also enjoys playing badminton and is a keen traveller.

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    I have over 30 years’ experience of working within legal finance, this has been involving a mix of different companies from Magic Circle; large US Law Branch Offices to Boutique central London firms.

    As well as managing all Finance functions for Berry and Lamberts on an operational level. I am also involved with the Partners on a strategic level.

  • Expertise

    ACCA qualified Accountant.

    2:1 BA in Politics, Philosophy and History from University of London.

    Other

    I enjoy reading (mainly Detective, historical fiction) in my garden – weather permitting! At the weekend I enjoy visiting National Trust properties with my family. I am also a Governor at a local primary school.

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    I am an experienced generalist HR Manager with extensive international and multi-sector HR experience. I have spent the majority of my career with Shell International Limited, based in London, latterly as one of two Global HR Managers for Shell Legal Services

    I left Shell at the end of 2016 and took a conscious career break during 2017 but have now joined Berry & Lamberts in a newly established HR Manager position.

  • Expertise

    I have extensive corporate experience in all HR competence areas, with specific strengths and expertise in HR business partnering, talent, performance and change management, career development & coaching.

    Other

    I am very happily married to Paul for 25 years and we have one daughter Rebecca who is 23 and now living in London so Paul & I are still getting used to being ‘empty nesters’! I love travelling, gardening, walking and keeping fit, watching any type of sport and in the last 18 months have learnt to play golf.

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    Garry is responsible for maintaining IT systems and the case management system (ALB) for all staff. He maintains systems from desktops to servers and networks, organising and maintaining regular backups and disaster recovery. He also advises on and manages the annual budget for the department.

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    Melissa is an experienced Marketing Manager within B2B and B2C industries in both the public and private sector. She graduated with a BA (Hons) and Higher French Diploma in 1992 and has spent over 20 years working in marketing, the majority of which has been in the tourism and leisure industry, with over 10 years in a senior Marketing & Communications role at the National Trust.

  • Expertise

    • Marketing Strategy
    • Digital Marketing
    • Brand positioning
    • Copywriting and Proofreading
    • Public Relations
    • Events

    Other

    My passion is travelling and I spend as much time as annual leave will allow discovering new countries and cultures. I have two teenage children who mostly use me as a taxi service but often join me on my travels. I am a huge advocate of holistic therapy and am qualified in Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and first-degree Reiki. I also enjoy live music, good food and a good book

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    Mandy is a highly professional member of the team with a pro-active approach to encouraging and enabling a successful company. With a hands on attitude she understands what is needed and is willing to go above and beyond to enable the company to succeed.

    Having worked in the legal professional for over 30 years, starting as a Secretary/PA to her current role she has the knowledge to cope with a varied workload and has efficient organisational skills.

  • Other

    Mandy enjoys cycling and participating in fitness classes and is a keen skier. She also likes socialising with family and friends, travelling and experience new adventures.

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    Carol meets and greets clients and visitors in the reception area at the Sevenoaks Office in her smiling and friendly way making them feel welcome. She also assists the Property and Private Client Departments.   When the main receptionist is at lunch you will find Carol manning the fort.

  • Other

    Learning to swim has not gone so well for her – she is still searching for that ‘special’ instructor who will be able to take her on!  She enjoys going for long walks with her partner across the glorious hills and fields where she lives; she also loves reading romance novels and thrillers and she simply MUST keep up with all the ‘soaps’!

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    Chelsey has just joined our Sevenoaks Office as a Trainee Legal Secretary after passing her Level 2 & 3 CILEx Diploma as a Legal Secretary.

    She will be supporting William Moore in the residential and commercial property department.

  • Other

    I am very family orientated. I love spending days out with my family and friends visiting new places. I like going to the gym to keep fit and my mind healthy and I can also be very girlie and love pamper days.

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    Dawn is a Private Client Secretary dealing with all areas of administration for Probate, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship Orders, Probate and Conveyancing in our Paddock Wood office.

  • What clients say

    “Friendly, approachable and sensitive.” “Kind and thoughtful.” “Helpful and informative.”
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    Debbie is legal Secretary to Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, and Elizabeth Cookson, Solicitor, based in our Tonbridge office.. She works closely with the solicitors and clients to provide excellent service delivery.

  • Other

    Debbie is a fitness fanatic, enjoys body combat and spinning classes, holidays abroad and baking cakes in her spare time.

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    Denise joined the company in 2001 as Secretary in the Conveyancing team in Tonbridge where she worked for 12 years. In 2013 she became a member of the Conveyancing team in the Sevenoaks office. Denise supports the team in many aspects of conveyancing.

  • Other

    Denise enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

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    Assistant to Melissa Hirst, Marketing Manager. Emma has a degree with Hons and was lucky enough to have her dissertation published. She has worked in the TV and film industry for over 15 years at senior level .

  • Expertise

    • Production Management
    • Advertising
    • Post Production
    • Administration
    • Films, TV, music videos

    Other

    When not working  I am building my photography business and spending as much time as possible with my daughter and husband.  Friends mean the world too me and I try to squeeze in social visits where and when I can. As a family we  enjoy exploring Kent and  going to music gigs.

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    Supports the Private Client team dealing with probate, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. 

  • Other

    A caffeine addict that can usually be found holding a pint of coffee! Has travelled the world to find the best coffee and fell in love with Ugandan coffee (and Ugandan culture) so travels there at least once a year..

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    Gail is a Conveyancing Secretary in our Kings Hill office working with Kizzy Packer. She deals with the administration for residential property matters including freehold sales and purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

  • What clients say

    “Friendly, conscientious, sensitive, helpful and informative.”
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    Ginny works on the switchboard and receptionist at our Tunbridge Wells office. She has been in that role for 26 years and is a font of knowledge!

  • Other

    Her main hobbies are reading crime/forensic novels, cinema, music and motorcycling holidays here Europe  and the  U.S.A. Her favourite holiday destination Hawaii.

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    Jackie is a Property Secretary within the residential team in Tunbridge Wells. She provides secretarial support to the solicitors and assists them with their day to day workload.

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    Joe’s role is to support the Family team to provide a professional service at all of our offices .   She has many years’ experience within the Family team and provides support and knowledge where needed to the newer members of the team, encouraging them to grow.

  • What clients say

    "You have given me the best service I could have wished for and will not hesitate  to use you or the team at Berry & Lamberts in the future"

    Other

    In her spare time Joe enjoys gaming and socialising with friends.

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    Kate has worked for the firm since 2005. She currently works in the Criminal Litigation team in our Tonbridge Office. She has previously worked in the Family team and undertakes secretarial duties as well as dealing with billing, payments and time recording.

  • Other

    Kate enjoys cycling, watching films and bowling.

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    Kerrie works in the property department providing  secretarial  support for the  solicitors. Dealing with residential and commercial sales and purchases. Also carries out reception duties, meeting and greeting clients.

  • Expertise

    Conveyancing.

    Other

    I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I especially enjoy taking my daughter to the park. I dont get much spare time because I am a mum but when I do I like shopping, eating out  and anything girlie.

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    Lauren joined the firm’s Family team in June 2014.  She works closely with Jane Quantrill, Solicitor, undertaking administrative and secretarial tasks, liaising with clients and assisting with overall case management to ensure the smooth running of our cases.

  • Expertise

    CILEX Level 2 & 3 Certificate/Diploma for Legal Secretaries.

    What clients say

    “Lauren has been brilliant & helpful.  She should be a Paralegal.” Instructed Barrister.

    Other

    In her spare time Lauren enjoy holidays in the sun, reading & cooking.

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    Patricia’s role is to support the Solicitors in the Dispute Resolution team. She likes to ensure that everything in the department is well organised so the Solicitors can provide an efficient and caring service for our clients.  While not every case progresses to court, for those that do, she maintains regular contact with Counsel and the Courts to assist in the smooth running of those cases.

  • Expertise

    Patricia qualified as a legal secretary and as a paralegal and has worked in the firms Dispute Resolution team for 17 years.

    Other

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, line dancing, various crafts and writing short stories.

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    Selina is a Secretary in the Private Client team.  Her role is to assist the solicitors within the team, namely Anthony Kalp and Lisa Maley, covering Wills, Probate and Vulnerable Client work.

  • Expertise

    Selina has been a Legal Secretary for nearly 20 years.

    Other

    She loves cooking for, and spending time with, family and friends, reading, music, gardening and walking.

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    Stacey is a part-time Legal Secretary to Kizzy Packer, Partner, in a job share with Jemma Davis.  She assists in the management and execution of the workload for Ms Packer in the Property team. She works efficiently and accurately to meet the deadlines expected by our clients and feels that she makes a valuable contribution to the team (and the team agrees).

  • Other

    She has two young children so spare time is not something she has a lot of. She loves to travel as much as possible and try as many new things as she can.

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    Supporting Sharon Hawkins and the  Family Department at Tonbridge Office

  • Other

    I am happy to be working back at Berry & Lamberts for the Family Law    Department at Tonbridge as full time support staff.  I live in North Tonbridge and shall be walking every day into work to keep fit and I will enjoy taking lovely walks around Tonbridge Park at lunchtimes.

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    Verity previously worked for the firm as a Costing Clerk in 2014 and re-joined the firm in October 2015 as a cashier. She carries out all the day to day duties in the Accounts team.

  • Other

    Verity enjoys horse riding, running, reading and music.

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    Zoe is Assistant to Yashin Masoliver (The Head of the Family Department) She is often the first port of call for many of our clients. With many years’ experience working in law firms, she appreciates that her  role requires complete discretion and professionalism at all times.

  • What clients say

    “Yashin and Zoe were so professional and so supportive throughout the whole process. It is difficult to find good legal professionals so where possible I will recommend from personal experience – EXCELLENT”   "I cant thank you enough for your help. You have been amazing throughout - from my first appointment till now. "

    Other

    I have two children, three dogs, three ducks and three chickens so taking care of them all takes up a lot of my spare time. I also enjoy walking with my family, gardening, bike riding and socialising with friends and family.