Personnel

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Senior Partners

SENIOR PARTNER

Leo Johnston

History

St Aidan’s Grammar School
Sunderland

University College London-Law
Upper Second Honours

Law Society Professional Exams
Chancery Lane London

Training Contract
Bischoff & Co
City of London

Expertise 

Residential and Commercial, Conveyancing, Commercial and Company Law, Employment, Leases, Commercial and Partnership Contracts

Favourite TV Show

The Night Manager

Favourite Sport

Tennis

Favourite Band

Take That (sorry!)

Favourite Places

Stratford upon Avon, Blenheim Palace

I couldn’t live without

SAFC

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Direct Line:0191 5666909

Residential and Commercial Conveyancing Team

THE LMJ TEAM

Christine Trewick

THE LMJ TEAM

Allison Stephenson

History:

Started at Hedleys over at the Fulwell Office in 2004 before leaving to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant. I came back to Hedleys in 2016 when the opportunity came up to come back to Hedleys in the Sunderland office

Expertise:

General residential conveyancing (and I’m also the best tea lady here!)

Favourite TV Show:

Peaky Blinders, Love Island and any thriller really

Favourite Band:

Favourite Place:

Anywhere I take my caravan with my family and dogs!

I Couldn’t Live Without…

My Dogs! (Oh, and my children)

THE LMJ TEAM

Ashley Clough

The New Build Property Team

CONVEYANCING

Richard Walls

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Email:r.walls@hedleyssolicitors.com

Direct Line:0191 5666908

CONVEYANCING

Anne Richardson

History:

Worked at another firm of solicitors until it closed in 2011, before making the move across to Hedleys and I have been here ever since

Expertise:

All aspects of conveyancing but mostly New Build, specifically for Bellway

Favourite TV Show:

I prefer the radio but if I had to pick I’d say Coronation Street

Favourite Band:

Bruce Springsteen, U2, Led Zeppelin – anything classic rock basically!

Favourite Place:

Home

I Couldn’t Live Without…

My record collection

CONVEYANCING

Demi Chambers

History:

Started working at Hedleys as an apprentice in 2010 before getting promoted to the New Build Department in August 2015

Expertise:

Any aspect of conveyancing work in the new build team, but mainly for Taylor Wimpey

Favourite TV Show:

It’s hard to pick just one but I would say my top three are Game of Thrones, Dexter and Friends

Favourite Band/Singer:

Rihanna or Beyonce

Favourite Place:

Home

I Couldn’t Live Without…

Oxygen

CONVEYANCING

Beverley Robson

CONVEYANCING

Adam Lawson

History:

Joined Hedleys in 2012 whilst at Northumbria University studying English Language and Literature. I graduated in 2015 before continuing my studies, alongside working at Hedleys, with a Masters in English Literature in 2017, before remaining at Hedleys as part of the New Build team whilst trying to develop my own Pro-Wrestling company.

Expertise:

General Residential Conveyancing as well as doing the Help to Buy work for Hedleys

Favourite TV Show:

Either the golden era of The Simpsons or anything WWE related

Favourite Band:

It changes daily but if I was pushed to pick one I’d say Queen

Favourite Place:

Any music festival ever, just leave me in a field with some bands on and I’m happy

I Couldn’t Live Without…

my headphones, especially on public transport!

Residential Conveyancing

Residential Conveyancing

Jackie Rutherford

History:

Began as a secretary to a Senior Partner in 1986 at another law firm, before working my way up at other law firms across the region. Started working at Hedleys in 2016

Expertise:

Senior Residential Conveyancer with over 30 years experience in the Legal Profession dealing with sales and purchases of leasehold and freehold properties, remortgages, transfers of equity and Right to Buy

Favourite TV Show:

Friends – they just don’t make them like that any more!

Favourite Band:

Has to be Pink or Bon Jovi

Favourite Place:

At home with my husband, son, step daughter and dogs

I Couldn’t Live Without..

.my car. I tried public transport once but it was just not for me!

Email:j.rutherford@hedleyssolicitors.com

Direct Line:0191 5666906

Residential Conveyancing

Lisa Copeland-Carr

History:

I first joined Hedleys in 2011 as a Conveyancer at the Fulwell Branch before leaving to take up a new challenge with another firm of solicitors in 2014. I then re-joined Hedleys in 2016 when a vacancy became available in the Sunderland office

Expertise:

I am a Residential Conveyancer and have been working within Residential Conveyancing since 2002

Favourite TV Show:

I don’t get to watch much telly thanks to my 5 year old daughter but we watch a lot of Disney movies

Favourite Band:

Hard to pick just one but I do have a soft spot for the 80s – much to my husband’s dislike

Favourite Place:

Vegas has to be my favourite place I’ve visited!

I Couldn’t Live Without…

Chocolate!

Email:l.copeland@hedleyssolicitors.com

Direct Line:0191 5666903

Residential Conveyancing

Emma Nellist

History:

Started at Haddaway and Haddaway after leaving school, starting as an Office Junior. Moved to Sunderland so moved across to Hedleys in 2000 and I’ve been here ever since

Expertise:

Conveyancing

Favourite TV Show:

I love any crime drama really

Favourite Band:

Haven’t really got just one but I love Scooter

Favourite Place:

Home

I Couldn’t Live Without…

my family and friends

Residential Conveyancing

Rebecca Downey

History:

After going to college to do an IT apprenticeship, I started at Hedleys in 2012 as a receptionist before working my way up to the conveyancing team!

Expertise:

Training in residential conveyancing

Favourite TV Show: Orange Is The New Black, The OC, Riverdale, One Tree Hill or anything on the Food Network!

Favourite Band:

Jay-Z

Favourite Place:

The Casino

I Couldn’t Live Without…

Food, Food and…Food!

Residential Conveyancing

Jan Frater

History:

Worked at a firm in Sunderland for 22 years before making the leap to a large multi-national firm in Newcastle. I made the decision to move back to a Sunderland as I prefer the personal touch with Clients that you get here and I’ve been employed by Hedleys since June of this year

Expertise:

I have worked in Conveyancing for 33 years dealing with sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfer of equities.

Favourite TV Show:

Not a big fan of TV

Favourite Band:

Hard to pick just one I think

Favourite Place:

My favourite place I went on holiday to was Kenya

I Couldn’t Live Without…

my family

Family and Matrimonial

Family and Matrimonial

Gulnaz Qurban

History:

Graduated from Northumbria University and qualified in 2010 after completing my training contract with a Newcastle based law firm. Moved to Hedleys in 2013 to work in the Matrimonial and Family Department.

Expertise:

Specialise in Matrimonal and Family Law including; Divorce and Separation, Civil Partnership Dissolution, Property and Financial Matters, Arrangemtns for Children, Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation Disputes and Cohabitation Agreements, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements and Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders

Favourite TV Show:

I’d say my top 3 are Peaky Blinders, Friends and Big Little Liars

Favourite Band:

Haven’t got just one but I love cheesy 80s music

Favourite Place:

My sewing shed

I Couldn’t Live Without…

what’s more important, my car or food? I’m going to say food!

Email:g.qurban@hedleyssolicitors.com

Direct Line:0191 5666907

Family and Matrimonial

Claire Roberts

History:

First started working for Family Law Solicitors about 18 years ago. Relocated to the North East in 2016 and joined Hedleys in May 2018

Expertise:

Family and Matrimonial

Favourite TV Show:

Homeland, but I love most Crime/Thriller shows

Favourite Band:

Hard to pick one as I like a wide variety of music, but I’d love to see Coldplay

Favourite Place:

The beach

Couldn’t Live Without…

my little family 🙂

Private Client

Private Client

Stuart Lisgo

History:

Graduated from University of Northumbria 2002 before commencing his training contract at Anderson & Haggie. Stuart joined Hedleys in May 2010 and became a partner in 2011

Expertise:

Wills, Trusts and Probate including all court of protection and contenscious probate matters

Favourite TV Show:

Match of the Day

Favourite Band:

Frightened Rabbit or The Smiths, it depends on my mood!

Favourite Place:

Bed

I Couldn’t Live Without…

Wikipedia

Email:s.lisgo@hedleyssolicitors.com

Direct Line:0191 566 6910

Private Client

Meaghan Redmond

History:

Graduated from Sunderland University with a Law Degree in 2011  and went on to become a Cost Draftsman.  Started at Hedleys in 2015 as a Paralegal in the Private Client department and then gained a Training Contract with the firm in 2016. Qualified as a Solicitor July 2018

Expertise:

Private Client including Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Deputyships

Favourite TV Show:

Criminal Minds or Come Dine With Me

Favourite Band:

Kings of Leon

Favourite Place:

Belfast – it’s like a home away from home!

I Couldn’t Live Without…

a cup of tea! (Biscuits optional)

Reception

RECEPTION

Lisa Kerry

History:

Worked in retail after leaving school before making the career switch to come to Hedleys as an apprentice in 2013

Expertise:

General admin work

Favourite TV Show:

Corrie and Love Island

Favourite Band:

Old stuff, new stuff, I suppose I like a little bit of everything really

Favourite Place:

Florida, I loved it when I went there on Holiday!

I Couldn’t Live Without…

my family…and chocolate

RECEPTION

Shauna James

History:

Came to Hedleys two years ago after finishing school, starting off as an apprentice

Expertise:

Administrator

Favourite TV Show:

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Favourite Band:

Haven’t got one but I love R&B

Favourite Place:

Ibiza or Marbella

I Couldn’t Live Without…

Prosecco