Family team

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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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    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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    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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    Colin Dearmer specialises in all areas of child care, including care proceedings, private law children proceedings and wardship.  He has a formidable record in acting for parents, children and children’s guardians.

    A qualified Social Worker from 1991, Colin worked as a senior Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care for a London Local Authority before qualifying as a solicitor in 1991.  He practised in Brixton and Southend, prior to joining our firm in 2007. Colin qualified as a solicitor in 1991.

    He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and previously was an Assessor for the Law Society’s Children Panel since 1992. Colin is a member of the legal group of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and has twice been Chair of the legal group. He is a member of the Adoption Panels for the London Borough of Bexley and the London Borough of Croydon.

    Colin has practised as a solicitor for 27 years and has been a member of the firm’s family dept since 2007

  • Expertise

    • All aspects of care proceedings
    • Wardship
    • Adoption
    • Any other disputes involving children

    Other

    Colin is a lifelong supporter of Portsmouth Football Club.

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    Liz is a solicitor in the Family team. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2009 and joined the team 2017.  Liz is a member of Resolution and specialises in all aspects of family law. She approaches complex and challenging matters discreetly and sensitively.

  • Expertise

    • Separation and divorce
    • The financial aspects of divorce (including pre/post-nuptial agreements and cases involving competing jurisdictions),
    • Private law cases concerning children
    • Cases involving domestic violence
    • Disputes between cohabitees

    What clients say

    Clients praise Liz for her down-to-earth approach and ability to put them at their ease. She is highly regarded for her first-rate legal knowledge and judgement and takes particular care to give every client her undivided attention. "Thanks for all your hard work and support this year. I hope you know it has meant a lot to me and I am most grateful for it."

    Other

    When Liz is not at work she enjoys skiing, reading a good thriller and socialising – but not all at once. She takes a keen interest in antiques, including rare and first edition books.

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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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    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.

  • 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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    Kevin has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives since 1985. He has wide experience in all aspects of private family law matters, with particular emphasis on financial disputes arising on the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation. In addition to offering practical advice to clients, he has been a regular contributor of family law articles to The Journal of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial remedies relating to divorce
    • Financial claims where insolvency is an issue
    • Orders relating to children such as Child Arrangement Orders (formerly called contact and residence)
    • Disputes between cohabiting partners, including Trusts of Land applications
    • Pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements
    • Schedule 1 Children Act applications
    • Living together agreements

    What clients say

    He was polite, efficient, professional and supportive – a bit of a star actually.” “Please accept my sincere thanks for all the help you have given me with my divorce. Your assistance has been invaluable to me during this process.” “I really appreciate everything you have done for me. You are fantastic at your job. I just wish everybody had that much passion and commitment to their jobs. I feel that you have gone over and above and can’t thank you enough.” “Thank you for all your help over the last few years. You truly are an outstanding lawyer and a great asset to your firm.”

    Other

    Kevin is the Secretary of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust for Ebbsfleet United Football Club. His other interests include natural history and the environment. He is a member of Kent Wildlife Trust and other environmental organisations. He also enjoys listening to live and recorded music.

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    Emily joined the company in 2017 and assists Charlotte Sloan and the Family team in our Tonbridge office. She studied at Canterbury Christ Church University.

  • Other

    Emily enjoys going to the theatre and cinema. She also enjoys travelling and has visited many countries.

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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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    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.

  • Other

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

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    Kay is often the first point of contact for clients wishing to speak to Colin Dearmer when he is with clients or in court.

  • Expertise

    Kay has been involved in the legal system for over 15 years working in many areas of Law.  She completed “Law and Society” at the University of Kent which gave her an even better understanding of the legal system.

    Before joining the firm she worked as a barrister’s clerk in a couple of chambers, so has worked on both sides and understands the roles of solicitors and barristers.

    Throughout working in the legal system she has met many people from all walks of life and has good relationships with Court staff, other solicitors and barristers alike.

    What clients say

    “Kay is excellent at communications and in relationships with the people surrounding her.  She has a depth of understanding and empathy which she uses naturally in her working life and in the voluntary sector where she teaches children.  Her honesty and integrity stand out as exceptional and her set of principles are strongly upheld whilst having the ability to accept another’s point of view constructively.  Her organisation skills are put to good use at work and socially.  I recommend her as a colleague and staunch friend.” Cherri Morrish. C M Accounting LLP
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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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    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.