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Thomas Coates

Managing Director

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 [email protected]

Sarah Buxton

Director / Employment & HR Solicitor

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 and provide pro bono advice to Bridge2Aid. 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 [email protected]

Christopher Walton

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 [email protected]

Roger Silvers

Consultant

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 [email protected]

Louisa Slimm

Corporate Executive - Associate

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 [email protected]

Carley Ellis (nee Jackson)

Associate Solicitor – Head of Commercial Property

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 [email protected]

Sonia Bhachu

Associate Solicitor – Head of Litigation

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 [email protected]

Deniz Altin

Deniz Altin

Assistant Solicitor – Commercial Property

Deniz is a commercial property solicitor with number of years experience in the legal sector. He has experience in dealing with commercial property transactions including freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant work and has extensive experience in handling residential sales and purchases as well as investment properties acting for individual and companies. In his spare time Deniz enjoys hitting the gym, playing football and spending time with his family and friends.

Contact Deniz on 0330 088 2275 or email [email protected]

Andrea Staley

Associate Solicitor – Employment and HR

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 [email protected]

Preea Bhullar

Associate Solicitor - Corporate Team

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 [email protected]

Hazel Puckering

Assistant Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Hazel is a Solicitor in our Litigation Department acting for a variety of clients within the dentistry and healthcare sectors. She has experience in dealing with all aspects of dispute resolution, including debt recovery, breach of contract, professional negligence and partnership disputes. Hazel aims to build and maintain good relationships with her clients from the outset of their matters by understanding their objectives and providing excellent client care throughout the process. Hazel studied History and Politics (BA Hons) as an undergraduate at Northumbria University, and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Leeds. Hazel worked for a number of years as a paralegal before qualifying as a Solicitor, her roles included working on the Hillsborough Inquests and an internship at a commercial firm in Singapore. Outside of work, Hazel enjoys trips to the seaside with her dogs, horse-riding, reading the latest crime-thrillers and travelling abroad to visit friends and extended family.

Contact Hazel on 0113 8346 037 or email [email protected]

Maddie Lawrence

Assistant 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 [email protected]

Callum Jackson

Senior Paralegal

Callum is a paralegal in the corporate team. He is currently studying with The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with a view to qualifying as a corporate lawyer. Callum has extensive experience in assisting with company acquisitions and disposals of varying sizes, company incorporations and Companies House formalities. Callum is a football enthusiast, following Leeds United. Callum’s other interests include cycling and horology.

Contact Callum on 0113 834 6038 or email [email protected]

Rachel Roughton

Rachel Roughton

Senior Paralegal

Rachel is a senior paralegal in the commercial property team and has a number of years’ experience in the legal profession. Rachel has acted for a range of different clients within the commercial property sector throughout her career, and has dealt with a wide a variety of transaction types and legal issues. Prior to commencing her professional career, Rachel studied the MLaw Exempting degree which incorporated elements of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Outside of work she enjoys running, walking in the Dales, travelling the globe and enjoys good food!

Contact Rachel on 0113 834 6035 or email [email protected]

Elizabeth Last

Senior Paralegal

Elizabeth is a paralegal in the Employment team. Elizabeth undertakes work for the annual subscription service clients which includes drafting contracts and agreements, and assisting clients with any disciplinary or grievance procedures they may be faced with. Prior to starting this role Elizabeth completed her Law LLB (Hons) at the University of Liverpool and also has previous experience working in the law industry. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, running, walking her dogs and travelling to different countries around the world.

Contact Elizabeth on 0113 834 2275 or email [email protected]

Abigail McGarry

Paralegal

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 [email protected]

Mathew Zamyslianskyj

Employment & HR Paralegal

Mathew is a paralegal in the Employment team. Mathew provides assistance to clients with capability and disciplinary procedures, drafting contracts and self-employed agreements, and various other contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Mathew graduated with an LLB Law with Politics degree from University of Hull and has previous experience assisting in with employment matters. In his spare time, Mathew enjoys keeping up with current affairs, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Mathew on 0330 088 2275 or email [email protected]

Elyse Catchpole

Employment & HR Paralegal

Elyse is a paralegal in the Employment team. Elyse graduated from Newcastle University with a Law LLB (Hons) and is studying her Legal Practice Course (LPC LLM) part-time at the University of Law. Prior to this role Elyse gained experience drafting and negotiating contracts within the Corporate Sector. In her spare time, Elyse enjoys online gaming and spending time with her cats.

Contact Elyse on 0330 088 2275 or email [email protected]

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