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Thomas Coates

Thomas Coates

Managing Director

Thomas is a corporate solicitor specialising in the sale and acquisition of dental practices, practice incorporations, commercial advice and drafting the full range of commercial agreements applicable to practice ownership including Expense Share, Shareholders Agreements and Partnership Agreements. Thomas has acted for dentists and practice owners for many years at a number of dental specialist law firms providing advice across the sector to everyone from sole practitioners to dental corporates, from first time buyers to retiring practice owners. 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 dental press and speaks at 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 337 2042 or email [email protected]

Sarah Buxton

Sarah Buxton

Director / Employment & HR Solicitor

Sarah specialises in employment law for the dental and healthcare profession, including drafting associate agreements, self-employed hygienist and therapist agreement, contracts of employment and staff handbooks. Sarah also advises on the day to day HR and employment issues that a practice 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 dental press. Sarah is also a keen runner and ran the London Marathon in April 2016 for the PSP Association.

Contact Sarah on 0113 337 2041 or email [email protected]

Cordelia King

Cordelia King

Associate Solicitor – Commercial Property

Cordelia is a commercial property solicitor and has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of commercial property transactions including freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant work, small business sales and acquisitions and property finance. Cordelia’s vast experience includes acting for private investors and developers, small businesses, retailers and funders as well as for the dental and healthcare profession. Outside of work Cordelia is a busy mum of two young boys while also running her husband’s construction business and a budding yoga enthusiast when she finds the time.

Contact Cordelia on 0113 337 2044 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 0113 337 2049 or email [email protected]

Louisa Slimm

Louisa Slimm

Legal Healthcare Executive

Louisa is a Legal Healthcare Executive and has over 10 years’ experience working on dental transactions with a focus on Sales and Purchases of Dental Practices, Regulatory Notices with Local Area Teams, Due Diligence Investigations and Care Quality Commission Applications and De-Registrations. Louisa aims to ensure her clients receive the best possible service and understands the healthcare world which enables her to give confidence to her clients when providing them with quality advice. She is the ‘go to’ person when clients need assistance in dealing with the complexities of making CQC applications and de-registrations upon them acquiring or retiring from practices. 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 dental specialist 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 337 2042 or email [email protected]

Carley Jackson

Carley Jackson

Assistant Solicitor - Commercial Property

Carley is a 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 and property finance. In her spare time Carley enjoys travelling, cooking and baking (she is very much a foodie), watching films and indulging her cat Ralph.

Contact Carley on 0113 834 6036 or email [email protected]

Rebecca Blake

Rebecca Blake

Trainee Solicitor

Rebecca is a Trainee Solicitor with many years’ experience in the legal profession. Rebecca assists the Commercial Property team with all aspects of Commercial Property transactions including freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions. Prior to starting her Training Contract, Rebecca undertook her Legal Practice Course (LPC) & LLM at BPP University Law School in Leeds and spent many years in practice dealing with both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys salsa dancing, skiing and travelling around countries across the world.

Contact Rebecca on 0113 337 2030 or email [email protected]

Callum Jackson

Callum Jackson

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 337 2050 or email [email protected]

Joe Porter

Paralegal

Joe is a recent LPC graduate from the BPP university. He has now joined the team as an Employment Paralegal and aims to qualify in this area of law. He will be assisting the team in advising on employment and HR issues within a dental practice including drafting employment contracts and staff handbooks and advising on disciplinary and grievance procedures and whistleblowing. In his spare time Joe enjoys watching sports, travelling and walking his dog.

Contact Joe on 0113 3372049 or email [email protected]

Faith Colling

Legal Apprentice

Faith is a legal apprentice, currently studying with Damar Training. She assists all members of the team in all aspects of selling, buying and running a dental practice. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, shopping and eating out. Faith also enjoys travelling and exploring new places around the world.

Contact Faith on 0113 834 3740 or email [email protected]

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