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Senior Partners

Conveyancing Solicitor and Senior Partner

Leo Johnston

Leo Johnston specialises in Commercial and Residential Conveyancing. He has practised as a Solicitor for over forty years.

Leo graduated from University College London with a degree in law (longer ago than he would like to admit!). He completed his training at Bischoffs in the City of London before returning to the North East.

In his spare time, Leo enjoys long beach walks with his treasured Labradoodle Ruby and the odd spot of Tennis.

Direct Line:0191 5666909

Residential and Commercial Conveyancing Team

Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Legal Assistant

Christine Trewick

With over 30 years’ experience under her belt, Christine assists Leo Johnston in all areas of Commercial and Residential Conveyancing transactions.

In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her family.

Residential Conveyancing Secretary

Allison Stephenson

Alison has been with the firm for almost 20 years after first joining the firm in 2004. Alison supports Leo Johnston in all areas of Residential Conveyancing.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.

Residential Conveyancing Legal Assistant

Ashley Clough

Ashley joined the firm in 1990 on a 2-year YTS, after leaving school. After beginning her Hedley’s career as a Receptionist, she advanced to the role of Assistant, which she continues to hold today.

Ashley assists Leo Johnston in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family.

The New Build Property Team

Residential Conveyancing Legal Assistant

Beverley Robson

Residential Conveyancing

Head of Residential Conveyancing

Lisa Copeland-Carr

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
Lisa has over 20 years experience in dealing with all matters relating to Residential Conveyancing. She has been with the firm for over 10 years and during her time, she has developed strong networks with local Estate Agents and Solicitors firms.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit, and travelling.

Direct Line:0191 5666903

Residential Conveyancing Legal Assistant

Emma Nellist

Emma has been with the firm for over 20 years after having joined the Legal field at the tender age of 16. She began working as an Office Administrator, progressing to the role of Float Typist and then onto her current role as Conveyancing Assistant. Emma assists Lisa Copeland-Carr in all areas of Residential Conveyancing. Given her long tenure in the Sunderland area, Emma has developed a good working relationship with local Estate Agents and other law firms.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys socialising with her friends and family. She also holds the post of Safeguarding and Welfare Officer for her son’s local football team.

Residential Conveyancing - CLC/SQA Licenced Conveyancer Apprentice

Maddison Hunter

Maddie assists Lisa Copeland-Carr in matters relating to Residential Conveyancing.

Maddie joined the firm in April 2021 following completion of a Paralegal Training Diploma and her A-Levels at Durham Sixth Form Centre, which included A-Level Law, and attended St. Leonards Roman Catholic School in Durham.

Maddie is currently undertaking her CLC/SQA Licensed Conveyancer Diploma with the Law Training Centre to obtain her Conveyancing Licence having attained a CLC Level 4 qualification in Standard Conveyancing Transactions.

In her free time, Maddie is a member of The Society of Licensed Conveyancers, and she enjoys traveling.

Residential Conveyancing

Caroline Doignie

I am an Conveyancer with 15 years experience. I deal with matters relating to sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity

Post Completion Clerk in Residential Conveyancing

Kieran Bromiley

Keiron joined the firm in 2021 as a Business Apprentice. He works in the Conveyancing Department focusing on Post Completion matters, whilst continuing to develop his learning in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing.

Outside of work, Keiron enjoys watching sports and socialising with his friends. He particularly enjoys following Sunderland AFC across the country.

Residential Conveyancer

Kirsty Hudson

Kirsty works as a Conveyancer with over 20 years experience in Residential Conveyancing. Kirsty deals with all aspects of Conveyancing including Freehold, Leasehold, Right to Buy, re-mortgage and Transfer of Equity files with a speciality in Newbuild Purchase transactions.

Family and Matrimonial

Managing Partner & Family Law Solicitor

Gulnaz Qurban

Gulnaz joined the firm in December 2013 and is the Head of Family Department and is also the firm’s Managing Partner.

Gulnaz deals with all aspects of Family Law including Divorce, Finance, Trust of Land Claims, Non-Molestation Orders and Children Act matters.

Direct Line:0191 5666907

Assistant to Gulnaz Qurban

Claire Roberts – Finch

Claire’s role includes directly assisting and supporting Gulnaz in respect of Children, Divorce, Financial matters and business matters relating to the general management of the firm.

Claire joined the firm in May 2018 and has been working within Family Law for over 20 years. Claire successfully completed the CILEx Paralegal Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Family Practice) in 2015.

Wills and Probate

Head of Probate and Wills

Lisa Caine

With over 15 years’ experience working in law firms, Lisa joined Hedleys in June 2022 as the Head of the Wills and Probate Department. Lisa specialises in Probate matters, Lasting Power of Attorneys, Wills and Court of Protection matters.

Lisa obtained her Law Degree from the Open University in 2007 before completing the Fasttrack Graduate Diploma with CILEX. Lisa is a Chartered Legal Executive.

Paralegal in Probate Department

Hayley Brown

Hayley joined the firm in May 2022 as a Paralegal in the Wills and Probate Department.

Hayley first started off working in law firms as a Legal Secretary where she was trained in Probate Law and broadened her knowledge.

Hayley deals with all aspects of probate under the supervision of Lisa, Head of the Department.

Hayley has recently started her CILEx qualifications.


Accounts Manager

Lorraine Lundy

Lorraine joined the firm in April 2021 and is the firm’s Accounts Manager.

Lorraine has many years of experience in her role and deals with the day-to-day account’s functions of the firm.


Vicky Robinson

Vicky has over 28 Years experience working in the Accounts Department of various law firms both in the North East and the South East of England both in Private and Legal Aid practices. Vicky began her legal Accounts career as a Cashier before progressing to the role of Head Cashier, gaining experience in Accounts Management, Accounting & Finance, enabling her to deliver the best service to both Law Firm and Client.


Head Receptionist

Amy Dolan

Amy joined the firm in 2022. Amy is the firm’s ‘front of house’. Coming from a strong Customer Service background, Amy brings a wealth of experience to the role and is sure to greet you with a warm welcome.


Amelia Stubbs

Amelia joined the firm in 2022 as a Level 3 Business Administrator Apprentice. She is one of the firm’s three full-time Receptionists.


Emma Bartlett

Emma Joined Hedleys in 2022, having completed her Level 3 qualifications at Durham Sixth Form Centre, which included a distinction in Law.

She is currently undertaking her NAPL Paralegal Diploma to advance her Legal Career and knowledge.