Meet the Team

To learn more about who we are, and the background of our staff, please select from the profiles below.

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    Sharon Pegler

    Senior Partner
    Wills & Probate
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    It is true that many lawyers act for their clients at difficult times in their lives, but this is especially so with the work that I do. People are living longer but sadly, not always in the best of health. As head of Dale & Newbery’s Wills, Trusts and Probate department I act for clients that may have suffered a a bereavement, been diagnosed with a serious illness or who are concerned about these things and want to plan for a time when they will not be around or when they may not be able to deal with their own finances or affairs.

    I would never presume that I can help a client come to terms with whatever personal crisis they face, but I do hope that by guiding them through the legal processes involved and taking care of that side of things, that this will in some small way make a difficult time in their life a little easier to cope with.

    I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); the Law Society’s Private Client Section and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). I have specialised in these areas of law for 25 years.

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    Patrick Cotran

    Partner
    Wills & Probate
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    I have been with the firm for more than 25 years therefore bringing great experience.. As a partner, working in Wills and Probate, I appreciate how distressing it is to lose a loved one and how daunting it can be to sort out all the paperwork involved at what is already a very difficult time.

    I can deal with all the aspects of the administration of an estate for you if you wish or, if you prefer to deal with most matters yourself but would like help with any difficulties you encounter, then I am happy to assist with any particular problems.

    You can ask me to do as much or as little as you choose. I can also help you to prepare a simple or more complicated Will and to make and Register a lasting Power of Attorney. We cater for your individual needs including visiting you or your relatives at home or in Hospital whenever necessary.

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    Lynda King

    Solicitor
    Wills & Probate
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    As a solicitor in the wills, probate and private client team I see how our lives both personal and financial, are becoming increasingly complicated.

    I see my role in protecting families and wealth and have many years experience in this complex area of law.

    I understand the trauma and worries inflicted on individuals and families. With sensitivity and practical assistance I help to navigate our clients through the relevant legal processes such as drafting Wills, executing Lasting Powers of Attorney for property and financial affairs and personal welfare, applying to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy for mentally incapable clients and obtaining Grants of Representation and administering deceased’s estates.

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    Graham Burton

    Partner
    Civil Litigation
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    I qualified as a Solicitor in 1980, and I am the Partner in charge of Civil Litigation at Dale & Newbery. As such, I am involved in a wide range of work for both private individuals and limited companies, including attending Court. What I do can best be described as the resolving of disputes.

    I act in debt recovery cases for clients who are owed money, in which case I will try to recover all that is due to them. I may act for the party who is in debt, and I then try to negotiate a repayment programme in order to avoid my client being taken to Court. If matters become more serious, I am sometimes instructed to become involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Bankruptcy is a very serious step and, whether I am acting for the creditor or the debtor, I will try if possible to encourage the parties to enter into a settlement agreement.

    In terms of general disputes, I act for clients who have entered into agreements, and then need assistance to resolve the situation if the other party does not honour their side of the bargain. If someone is negligent and causes another party to suffer a loss, I try to negotiate an agreement for compensation.

    Where appropriate, I offer similar assistance to commercial clients and limited companies. In addition, for limited companies, I will often become involved in liquidation proceedings, sometimes instructed by a client who wishes to put a company into liquidation, and sometimes instructed to save a company from liquidation.

    I also deal with commercial leases, acting either for the landlord or the tenant. In general these disputes relate to either non-payment of rent or the breach of a covenant in the lease. Sometimes I will deal with the Court proceedings relating to the extension of a business lease.

    Sadly, contested probate work is now common, and I am involved in an increasing number of such cases, assisting either the Executors or the Beneficiaries with contested Wills, and the bringing or defending of claims where a member of the deceased’s family feels they have not been treated fairly in the deceased’s Will. In this respect I am a member of ACTAPS, the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists.

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    Stephen Tame

    Partner
    Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
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    I qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and I joined Dale & Newbery in 1984. I became a Partner in 1987.

    Over the years I have handled all types of medical negligence claims. I have a particular expertise in high value clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity, such as cerebral palsy claims.

    I am a member of AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) and APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).

    I have been a member of the Law Society’s specialist Clinical Negligence Panel since 2000.

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    Craig Taylor

    Partner
    Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
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    I started working for Dale & Newbery as a trainee solicitor in 1992 and since qualifying in 1994 have specialised in personal injury work. I am now a partner in the personal injury team and deal with the full range of claims, providing both a professional and personal service to all of my clients, regardless of the value and complexity of their claim.

    My experience in dealing with claims on a “no win, no fee” basis is extensive, having done so since these arrangements were introduced shortly after I qualified, and over time I have built up access to a wide range of experts who help to ensure my clients receive the best possible advice and outcome to their claim.

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    Kulbir Rahi

    Solicitor
    Family
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    I am a Family Law specialist solicitor with over 25 years’ experience.

    I support couples and families through the painful process of separation and divorce, helping them to resolve difficult and emotive issues such as contact/residence in relation to children, and division of finances.

    I also assist couples to manage their financial arrangements by advising and preparing cohabitation agreements and pre/post-nuptial deeds, to avoid acrimonious disputes in the unfortunate event of future relationship breakdown.

    The law has changed to keep up with the changes in society and family structures, and I can therefore provide assistance to couples wishing to enter civil partnerships.

    I am a member of Resolution, a body of Solicitors working to a specified Code of Conduct, designed to resolve family disputes in a non-controversial and cost-effective manner.

    I am also a member of the Specialist Family Law Panel, and a trained Collaborative Lawyer committed to the collaborative process whereby parties agree at the outset not to issue Court proceedings, but to resolve matters amicably by the process of constructive discussion through face-to-face meetings with legal representatives.

    I am bi-lingual and can offer legal advice in Punjabi and Hindi.

     

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    Bill Singh

    Solicitor
    Property
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    I have been with Dale & Newbery for over a decade, having qualified as a Solicitor in December 1993 and I now work within the Residential Conveyancing Department.

    I put my experience to good use in a busy and dynamic Property Department, where we pride ourselves on excellent client care.

    During my spare time I enjoying travelling with my wife and indulging my hobbies of Cinema & the study of Ancient History.

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    Hayley Barry

    Solicitor
    Property
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    I joined Dale & Newbery Solicitors in 2011 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2014, now specialising in residential conveyancing.

    Moving home can be a stressful and daunting experience. This is understandable; after all it is the most expensive purchase you will ever make. It is my pleasure to reassure, sympathise with and help clients achieve a smooth transaction with as little stress as possible.

    During my spare time I attend the gym and enjoy training for events. I completed the Brighton marathon in April 2014 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the grand union canal half marathon in November 2014.