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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

Elizabeth Shaduwa

Head of Commercial Property and Solicitor

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

Lindsay Dixon

Head of Dispute Resolution and Solicitor

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

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

Christopher Walton

Christopher Walton

Employment and HR Solicitor

Christopher is a solicitor in the Employment and HR team. Assisting the team, clients and Oracle subscribers with the full range of employment law services, Christopher drafts employment contracts, staff handbooks and associate agreements, and advises upon topics including disciplinary, capability and grievance procedures, discrimination, equality and diversity and sickness among other general employment and human resources topics. Christopher qualified as a solicitor in August 2010 and previously practised as a private client solicitor for over 11 years advising clients on the legal issues relating to death and mental incapacity. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a rock band, likes spending time with his wife and daughters, and enjoys reading, art and music.

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

Graham Dickson

Associate Solicitor - Commercial Property

Graham is a solicitor in the Commercial Property Department of over 18 years post qualification experience and deals with the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold commercial property and acts on the grant and assignment of leases. He also advises on matters of easements and covenants that may affect a property and any potential development. He has also dealt with business asset sales which were part and parcel of any property disposal. Graham is a keen cricketer and golfer.

Contact Graham on 0330 088 2275 or email

Elizabeth Last

Employment & HR Solicitor

Lizzie is a Solicitor in our Employment & HR team who specialises in advising on employment status and dealing with associate disputes and employment tribunal claims, and also assists our Oracle clients with their day-to-day HR issues. Lizzie started with the firm as a paralegal in 2018 and after completing her LPC and Masters in Law, completed her training contract with the firm undertaking seats in Corporate, Employment and Dispute Resolution before qualifying into the Employment & HR team. Lizzie is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and in her spare time Lizzie enjoys running, walking her dogs and travelling.

Contact Elizabeth on 0113 834 2275 or email

Abigail McGarry

Trainee Solicitor

Abigail is a Trainee Solicitor who has recently completed her LPC and Masters in Law. Abigail will be undertaking seats across the firm. Since starting at the firm Abigail has gained experience in Dispute Resolution assisting on claims from the pre-action process to the final hearing. Abigail has since moved to Employment and assists clients with day-to-day employment law and HR queries involved in running a business, including drafting the relevant documentation. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys reading, going to the gym, and travelling.

Contact Abigail on 0113 834 6039 or email

Charlotte Lindsay

Trainee Solicitor

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

Olivia Karitons-Ellis

Paralegal - Employment & HR

Olivia is a paralegal who works in the Employment and HR department at FTA Law. Olivia graduated from Newcastle University in 2020 with a degree in English Language (BA Hons) and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law in Leeds. Olivia advises clients on day-to-day HR and Employment Law issues, as well as drafting employment contracts and self-employed agreements. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her dog and dining out.

Contact Olivia on 0330 088 2275 or email

Jessica Rogers

Senior Paralegal - Dispute Resolution and Employment

Jessica is a Paralegal in the Employment and HR team who joined the firm as a Legal Apprentice and has recently completed her Level 3 Legal Business Administration qualification through Damar Training, she is now studying towards a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship through Damar Training. Jessica advises our Oracle subscription clients on day-to-day employment law and HR issues, drafts employment contracts and self-employed agreements and assists on Employment Tribunal files. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys reading, baking and walking her dog.

Contact Jessica on 0330 088 2275 or email

Laura Walton

Paralegal - Corporate & Commercial

Laura is a Paralegal in our Corporate and Commercial Department. Laura graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2018 with a degree in Law with Criminology (LLB Hons). She currently assists the Corporate Team with the dental transactions process from initial referral through to completion, dealing with client queries including CQC aspects and due diligence. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, going to gigs and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Laura on 0330 088 2275 or email

Beverley Hudson

Fee Earner - Dispute Resolution

Beverley is a Litigation Fee Earner specialising in dispute resolution and commercial litigation work. With a career stretching over a number of years working in Yorkshire’s largest law firm and being involved in different areas of law and managing teams. Beverley’s experience provides a focused, professional and friendly approach to clients. Client care is extremely important to Beverley and she enjoys building a rapport and a good relationship with clients enabling an easy transition though the litigation process. Beverley enjoys time with her son, loving anything outdoors including wild water swimming. She also enjoys interior design, more recently commencing her diploma and in her spare time, which is rare, she helps (or hinders depending on who you ask) at the local farm.

Contact Beverley on 0330 088 2275 or email

Hatti Dennon

Legal Apprentice

Hatti is a legal apprentice who has joined recently joined FTA law and is working towards an Advanced level 3 business and administration qualification through damar training. Hatti prepares legal documentation and helps fee earners and solicitors with their legal work. Hatti enjoys spending time with her family, dining out and going out with friends.

Contact Hatti on 0330 088 2275 or email

Olivia Canning

Legal Apprentice

Olivia has recently joined the firm as a legal apprentice and is working towards an Advanced level 3 business and administration qualification through Damar Training. Olivia mainly works in the employment and litigation team, assisting with legal and administration work. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and walking her dog.

Contact Olivia on 0330 088 2275 or email

Karen Jackson

Office and HR Manager

Karen is the Office and HR Manager. Her role includes the day to day managing the office and HRM for the FTA Law team. Karen is currently studying an Associate CIPD level 5 in People Management with DPG. Karen has also qualified as a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Contact Karen on 0330 088 2275 or email

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