Our Team

Alan Craze - Non Practicing Consultant/HM Coroner for East Sussex - Alan Craze is a non practicing consultant with the firm. He is also HM Coroner for East Sussex.

John Crone - Conveyancing and Private Client Partner
John CroneJohn Crone qualified in 1973 and concentrates on property, wills and probate work. Outside the office he enjoys sailing, rugby and walking with the dog.

Fiona Duff - Solicitor Advocate and Head of the Firm's Civil Litigation Department
Fiona Duff Fiona offers clients a complete service from initial instructions to representation at a final hearing. With a Law Degree, Fiona graduated from the College of Law, trained in a Commercial Firm in London, qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and subsequently gained her Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification. She has considerable experience and her dedication to her work is the hallmark of her success within a case.

Mary Gillard - F.Inst.L.Ex - Conveyancing and Probate Executive
Mary GillardMary joined the firm in 1999 as a Trainee Legal Executive having worked for the previous 4 years in two top city law firms. Mary was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2003 and is also a Commissioner for Oaths.

Mary undertakes conveyancing work (both residential and commercial) and also probate and general private client work.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys dancing (salsa, jive and lindy hop), walking, all types of music, travelling and she supports numerous animal charities.

Richard Harrison - Managing Partner
Richard Harrison Richard qualified in 1975 and has been a Partner since 1982. He has always undertaken a mixed workload and has more recently specialised in commercial work and private client matters.

Richard is a former member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and is currently on the Deputy's Panel for the Office of the Public Guardian. He is a former President of the Hastings and District Law Society.

James Mountford - Partner
James MountfordJames is a Salaried Partner and has been with the firm since 2007. James specialises in Private Client work and is based in our Bexhill office. James is an avid runner achieving excellent results such as the first in the Battle Marathon.

James is also the firm's contact with John Atkinson who is the firm's investment consultant enabling clients to receive excellent investment advice.

Dhruva Patel - Partner
Dhruva PatelDhruva graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 holding a LLB Law Degree with Honours and subsequently worked as a voluntary Legal & General Adviser at Hastings and Rother Citizen's Advice Bureau for a year. In 2007 she completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Bloomsbury with distinctions. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2010.

She is a Trustee to the Board of Directors of Hastings & Rother (1066) Citizens Advice Bureau.

Debbie Purfield - Conveyancing Executive
Debbie PurfieldDebbie Purfield works as a Conveyancing Executive from our Bexhill Office. She is also the Personal Assistant to John Crone.


Alastair Reid - Consultant
Alastair ReidAlastair Reid is now a consultant with the Firm. He works from the St Leonards Office. He joined the firm in 1972 and became a Partner in 1973. Alastair's interests include sport, gardening and antique collecting.

Barbara Reid - Conveyancing Executive
Barbara RigbyBarbara originally joined the firm in 1977 and has over thirty years experience in residential conveyancing. She left the former Menneers in 1986 but was asked to return in 1997 as a Conveyancing Executive. Barbara particularly enjoys dealing with elderly clients who sometimes find modern day conveyancing a little daunting. In her spare time, Barbara is a keen gardener, has a passion for fast cars (she can often be found at Brands Hatch) and enjoys collecting antique silver and ceramics.

Anthony Shuttleworth - Consultant
Anthony Shuttleworth is the son of Colin Shuttleworth who founded Shuttleworth and Co. Anthony works from the Bexhill Office in the Private Client Department

Lucinda Smith - Solicitor
Lucinda graduated with honours in History from the University of Bristol in 2001. She then worked in local government and later studied law part time whilst working full time. Having obtained a commendation in her Graduate Diploma in Law Lucinda went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford, acquiring a distinction. She joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 2009 qualifying in 2011. Lucinda specialises in residential & commercial property and private client including wills, inheritance tax planning, probate, lasting power of attorneys, Court of Protection and elderly client issues.

Matthew Thompsett - Solicitor
Matthew ThompsettMatthew joined the firm as a Paralegal before completing his training contract and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2012. Matthew obtained a BA History & Politics (First Class Honours) at the University of Leicester before studying law at the University of Sussex and the College of Law, London. Matthew is based at our St Leonards office and undertakes conveyancing work, both residential and commercial, and private client work.

Amanda Wilson - Family Partner
Amanda WilsonAmanda is a Salaried Partner in the thriving Family Department and was employed as a Trainee in 2002, qualified in 2004 and became a Salaried Partner in 2007.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys horse riding and gardening and is kept busy outside of work with her children, horses and other animals.

Annette Wiseman - Accounts Manager
Annette WisemanAnnette is our accounts manager and works from our Bexhill Office. She enjoys spending her spare time with her grandchildren.

Ros Walter - Cashier
Ros WalterRos manages our busy St Leonards office Accounts Department. In her spare time she likes travelling to hotter climates and listening to music.

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