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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    Urmilla Seenath

    Solicitor
    Family
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    I have been a Family Law specialist Solicitor since 1999 dealing with a wide range of family issues including private children disputes and ancillary relief cases involving financial provision following the breakdown of a marriage, division of the matrimonial home/assets, freezing assets, cases with a foreign element, cohabitees, pre-nuptial
    agreements, domestic violence and child abduction.

    I understand that dealing with any family legal action can be daunting and emotionally difficult. I will assess your issues, explore the most appropriate way of resolving them, and advise on the process involved at each stage. I also provide practical and cost-effective advice on all levels of complexity to enable you to choose the options suitable to your requirements.

    I conduct family matters in a non-confrontational way whilst protecting your interests: this may include negotiation or commencement of Court proceedings to achieve your desired outcome. I am a member of Resolution which follows a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular, the best interests of the children. I aim to minimize conflict wherever possible taking into account practical considerations. Where necessary, I take strong and effective legal action.

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    Bill Singh

    Partner
    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.

  • Andrew Cox

    Andrew Cox

    Legal Assistant
    Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence
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    I joined Dale & Newbery in July 2019, having worked in the Legal and Insurance industries acting for both Claimants and Defendants, who have been involved and/or suffered Personal injury, in addition to those individuals in Clinical Negligence claims. In that time, I have been able to study and attain my Law Degree (part-time at London Metropolitan University).

    These claims can be stressful for a Claimant, therefore I hope that my depth in experience in working “both sides of the fence” so to speak, can be beneficial to our Clients. Enabling me to have an insight, how the Defendants may be thinking and of course managing our Client’s expectation, in order to successfully resolve any claim.

    My spare time is taken up, in the main by my daughter, who enjoys participation in Chess (at County level), Hockey, Netball and Football. My role is, as designated driver. The family all enjoy walks along the Beach and South Downs with our dogs, which has led to my involvement in 2018 participating in the Mighty Hike (across the South Downs) from Brighton to Eastbourne, supporting MacMillan Cancer Support.

  • Matthew Finn

    Matthew Finn

    Solicitor
    Clinical Negligence/Personal Injury
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    I joined Dale & Newbery in September 2019 as a Clinical Negligence Solicitor and as well as clinical negligence cases, I also have conduct of Personal Injury Claims resulting from accidents (including accidents at work, car accidents, tripping/slipping accidents and other general accidents). I have worked in the Claimant Personal Injury Sector since 1999 and I qualified as a solicitor in 2015. I have a great deal of experience with Claimants and from having dealt with new enquiries over several years, I am a good listener and can identify the relevant issues quickly in order to plan the next steps. I can explain complex legal issues in a straightforward manner that can be easily understood. I have dealt with all types of claims from low value whiplash claims to high value clinical negligence matters. I have been a member of ‘APIL’ (‘The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’) since 2015. I always try to do the utmost for my clients and achieve the best outcome possible, whilst also managing expectations in a realistic way. I understand the claims process can be daunting, but with my experience and approach I can provide valuable assistance to ensure the claim proceeds as smoothly as possible.

    Outside of work I enjoy family days out with my wife and children. I live for holidays – as a family we enjoy anything from camping in the New Forest, various American road trips, exploring the South West of England, and the odd UK music festival thrown in. I am a big football fan and try to watch my team whenever I can and I also go to live music gigs when possible. I enjoy photography, cycling, playing with our two young cats and I invest in wine (although I prefer to learn about wine and attend the tastings!). My favourite leisure activity by far is watching films – I have completed several online cinema courses, am turning my front room into a cinema room and hope to one day make a short film noir!