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Thomas Coates

Managing Director & Solicitor – Corporate

Thomas is a Corporate Solicitor specialising in the sales, acquisition and restructure of businesses, commercial advice and drafting commercial agreements. Thomas’s practice includes a particular specialism in acting for dentists and healthcare professionals ranging from sole practitioners to large corporations. Thomas has firmly held beliefs as to the way in which legal services should be provided, free from the legal jargon and stuffy approach of the traditional law firm placing client care at the centre of everything we do. As well as providing legal services to our clients and managing the firm, Thomas also regularly writes articles for the business and healthcare press and speaks at industry seminars. Outside of the office, Thomas is a lover of all things car and motorsport related and his pride and joy is his classic BMW. Thomas can also be found watching Doncaster Rovers Football Club, playing golf or walking his dog Bertie.

Contact Thomas on 0113 834 6033 or email

Sarah Buxton

Director & Solicitor – Employment & HR

Sarah specialises in employment law for businesses and the healthcare profession. Her specialisms include drafting Associate Agreements and Consultancy Agreements, Self-Employed Hygienist and Therapist Agreements, contracts of employment and staff handbooks. Sarah also advises on the day to day HR and employment issues that a business owner is often faced with such as maternity/paternity leave, disciplinary/grievance procedures and termination of an employee whether due to misconduct or redundancy and is also on hand when matters go wrong representing both employer or employee in the Employment Tribunal. Sarah provides the HR and Employment Service to ADAM (Association of Dental Administrators and Managers) members, provides pro bono advice to, and is a Trustee of Bridge2Aid, and is the Equalities and Diversity Officer for the British Association of Private Dentistry. She can often be found sharing her wisdom at seminars and speaking events and keeping employers up to date by writing in the business and healthcare press. Sarah is also a keen runner and ran the London Marathon in April 2016 for the PSP Association.

Contact Sarah on 0113 834 6031 or email

Christopher Walton

Consultant – Private Client

Christopher is a solicitor dealing with planning and resolving issues around death and mental incapacity. This includes drafting wills, trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney, making probate applications and administering death estates, making Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection and assisting Deputies and advising on inheritance tax and care fees planning. He has extensive experience acting for a broad range of clients including business owners and partnerships as well as private individuals and families. Christopher is a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly. In his spare time he enjoys looking at wildlife with his wife and daughters and plays a growing number of musical instruments including banjo, guitar and synthesizers.

Contact Christopher on 0330 088 2275 or email

Roger Silvers


Roger Silvers MA, LLM, SiiRSM has joined FTA law as a health & safety consultant; this enables us to provide a wider range of services to our clients. Roger has extensive knowledge and experience in health & safety and accident investigations, working with and advising a range of clients in dentistry, transport and manufacturing. Roger is a specialist member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, he is NEBOSH qualified in health & safety plus fire safety and risk management, and is also qualified by the Institute of Acoustics for conducting workplace noise risk assessments.

Contact Roger on 0330 088 2275 or email

Louisa Slimm

Associate Manager – Corporate

Louisa is a Business and Healthcare Executive and has over 10 years’ experience in providing commercial legal advice with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions within the healthcare sector. Louisa has a varied caseload of general commercial sales and acquisitions alongside acting for a number of healthcare professionals, particularly dentists. Louisa aims to ensure her clients receive the best possible service and understands the commercial and healthcare world which enables her to give confidence to her clients when providing them with quality advice. Louisa enjoys the daily interaction with clients and always ensures that they are relaxed in the knowledge that their matter is being dealt with professionally and expeditiously. Louisa originally worked for a large Commercial law firm in Birmingham and made the move to Leeds in December 2015. Since moving to Leeds Louisa quickly realised that stilettoes had to be replaced with some comfy walking boots and now enjoys long walks around Yorkshires beautiful countryside and has recently taken up horse riding, although she is still a way off from entering the dressage category in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Contact Louisa on 0113 834 6032 or email

Carley Ellis (nee Jackson)

Head of Commercial Property & Solicitor

Carley is an experienced commercial property solicitor with many years in the legal profession prior to qualification. Carley has experience in dealing with all aspects of commercial property transactions including freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions, small business sales and acquisitions, new leases, licences and lease assignments. Carley is also instructed regularly by clients and high street lenders in refinancing and new funding over commercial and residential properties. She has extensive experience acting for a broad range of clients including healthcare owners, business owners and partnerships as well as private individuals and investors. Carley understands how complicated the process can be and aims to make things as smooth and free from legal jargon as possible. In her spare time Carley enjoys travelling, cooking and baking (she is very much a foodie) and spending time with her friends and family.

Contact Carley on 0113 834 6036 or email

Sonia Bhachu

Head of Dispute Resolution & Solicitor

Sonia has acted for clients ranging from individuals, small/large companies, senior executives, associates, practices owners, professional and regulatory bodies. Sonia is experienced in acting with regulated professionals in a regulated setting, advising and representing on matters such as breach of contracts claims, associate disputes, partnership disputes, debt recovery, insolvency proceedings, trademark infringement, disputes with NHS contracts, property disputes and negligence claims. Sonia’s primary concern when dealing with matters is where appropriate to seek a resolution. Costs are always at the forefront of her mind. Sonia ensures that she takes time to ensure that she knows both the client and the heart of the matter well as this enables her to reach a desired outcome for her clients. She prides herself on building quality relationships with all her clients and regularly receives positive feedback about the strength of her insight and ability to understand the finer nuances of each client’s needs. When Sonia is not in work, she is a mum to two who enjoys travelling, walking, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

Contact Sonia on 0113 834 8171 or email

Elizabeth Shaduwa

Associate Solicitor – Commercial Property

Elizabeth is a Commercial Property Solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in Property Law. Elizabeth qualified in 2009 in a city law firm and has built a wealth of experience in varying types of Commercial Property matters from Landlord and Tenant work such as granting new leases and licences, assigning leases. Licences to alter, exercising break clauses, serving Section 25 or Section 26 Notices for Lease renewals to development work such as sales and acquisitions of land on conditional Contracts subject to obtaining planning permission or plot sales. Elizabeth’s Clients have ranged from individuals, Landlords, Tenants, Property Developers and Property Investors to nationwide Companies. Away from the office, Elizabeth spends time with her husband and two children, Esmé and Théo. She also enjoys going on cruises, travelling and spa days.

Contact Elizabeth on 0330 088 2275 or email

Andrea Staley

Associate Solicitor and Manager of the Employment & HR team

Andrea is an employment law solicitor and has over ten years’ experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters, having assisted both Claimants and Respondents. Andrea’s specialisms include assisting businesses with the day to day issues which may arise including managing sickness absence, maternity leave, time off for dependants, flexible working requests, grievances, disciplinaries and redundancies. Andrea also has experience of dealing with restructures and changes to terms and conditions of employment. Andrea also assists Sarah with providing a HR and Employment Service to ADAM (Association of Dental Administrators and Managers) members. In her spare time she enjoys reading and meals out.

Contact Andrea on 0113 834 8176 or email

Preea Bhullar

Associate Solicitor – Corporate & Commercial

Preea qualified as a solicitor in September 2016 and has acted for a variety of clients in different sectors. Preea advises on a full range of corporate transactions including private company acquisitions and disposals, company restructuring, management buy ins and outs and the sale and purchase of business assets. Preea’s expertise also include drafting shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements and forming Community Interest Companies. Preea also advises on various corporate governance matters including share buybacks, share redesignations, share for share exchanges and drafting of articles of association. Preea was a finalist at the YABA Awards 2017, Professional of the Year. In her spare time Preea enjoys keeping fit, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Preea on 0330 088 2275 or email

Maddie Lawrence

Solicitor – Employment & HR

Maddie is an Assistant Solicitor in the Employment Team. Maddie advises on all aspects of Employment and HR from day to day issues that arise within a business such as grievances, disciplinaries, redundancies and drafting of contracts and agreements, etc. to assisting within the Employment Tribunal claims. Maddie is also able to advise on settlement agreements. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her friends and family and cooking/baking.

Contact Maddie on 0113 834 8172 or email

Harvinder Sehmbey

Employment & HR Solicitor

Harvinder is an employment law solicitor who qualified in 2006 and has experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters, having assisted both Claimants and Respondents. Harvinder also has experience in HR. Harvinder’s specialisms include assisting businesses with the day to day issues which may arise including managing sickness absence, maternity leave, time off for dependants, flexible working requests, grievances, disciplinaries and redundancies. Harvinder also has experience of dealing with restructures and changes to terms and conditions of employment. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and practising yoga.

Contact Harvinder on 0330 088 2275 or email

Lindsay Dixon

Associate Solicitor – Dispute Resolution

Lindsay is an experienced litigator and has acted for individuals and businesses of all sizes; from sole traders to multinational companies; across a wide range of industries. Lindsay has a particular specialism in the field of professional negligence. She is also experienced in dealing with property disputes, complex contractual claims, defamation claims and construction disputes as well as international contract disputes, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes and misrepresentation claims. Lindsay prides herself on being able to deliver sensible commercial advice in a friendly and approachable manner. She has worked with clients based locally, nationally and internationally in resolving disputes both in and out of Court. Outside of work, Lindsay is an avid quizzer and once appeared on BBC1 quiz show Pointless. She also enjoys travelling, reading crime fiction and eating out.

Contact Lindsay on 0330 088 2275 or email

Elizabeth Last

Trainee Solicitor

Lizzie is a Trainee Solicitor who has recently completed her Legal Practice Course and Masters and will be undertaking seats in our Corporate, Employment and Dispute Resolution departments during her training contract. Lizzie previously worked as a Paralegal in the Employment team assisting our Oracle clients with their day to day HR issues as well as guiding them through Employment Tribunal claims and dealing with associate disputes. In her spare time Lizzie enjoys running, walking her dogs and travelling.

Contact Elizabeth on 0113 834 2275 or email

Abigail McGarry

Senior Paralegal – Dispute Resolution

Abigail completed her Law LLB (Hons) at Leeds Beckett University and continues to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) online at the University of Law part-time with a view to qualifying as a solicitor. Abigail assists Sonia in the litigation team in all aspects of litigation including breach of contract claims and associate agreement disputes. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends and family, including visiting them across the world.

Contact Abigail on 0113 834 6039 or email

Daniella Stocki

Paralegal – Commercial Property

Daniella is a paralegal in the Commercial Property team and completed her LPC in 2017 at BPP University Leeds. Daniella has several years’ experience working in commercial property and has assisted various clients on both freehold and leasehold transactions. Daniella enjoys travelling the world in her spare time, reading and dining out.

Contact Daniella on 0330 088 2275 or email

Charlotte Lindsay

Paralegal - Corporate & Commercial

Charlotte is a paralegal in the Corporate team. Charlotte graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a degree in Classical Civilisation (BA Hons) and went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the University of Law in Leeds. Charlotte completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law in Manchester in 2020. Charlotte assists the corporate team with all features of dental transactions, including NHS and CQC regulatory aspects. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Charlotte on 0330 088 2275 or email

Jessica Rogers

Legal Apprentice

Jessica is a Legal Apprentice who recently joined the firm and is working towards a Level 3 Legal Business Administration qualification through Damar Training. Jessica assists solicitors and fee earners in each team with their legal and administrative work. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys reading, baking and walking her dog.

Contact Jessica on 0330 088 2275 or email

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