Shaun Newis is an experienced Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client department. Since 1995, Shaun has been providing specialist advice in a variety of private client work including probate / estate administration, wills, powers of attorney and trusts. Shaun offers tailored advice relevant to particular objectives and personal circumstances, provided in a clear and easy to understand format whilst retaining a personal touch for his clients.
Shaun fully qualified in 2001 and, having previously worked at Everys in our Honiton office, returned to Everys in 2019. Although based in Taunton now, Shaun is happy to travel to see clients at any of our offices or their homes.
Rosie Ridgers is a solicitor in our Private Client team. She joined the firm in 2014 and worked in the Family and Private Client teams before commencing her Period of Recognised Training in 2017, qualifying in April 2019.
Rosie is now developing her practice in a variety of Private Client areas including wills, probate, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work.
Rosie studied Law at the University of Gloucestershire and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bristol.
Kim Knox is a specialist employment law consultant solicitor based at the Exeter office since April 2012.
Kim deals with all aspects of employment law disputes, both for businesses and individuals, including advising on disciplinary and dismissal procedures (including sickness procedures); reorganisations and redundancies; policies and procedures; drafting contracts of employment; TUPE; unfair dismissal and discrimination claims and settlement agreements.
Kim qualified as a solicitor in January 2002 and has practised employment law throughout that time at other large regional law firms.
Joan Pullin is an Associate who specialises in a variety of private client work including advising on and drafting wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. She also acts for executors in relation to estate administration and can assist with applications for BPR and APR as well as advise in relation to deeds of variation.
Although based at Honiton, Joan is happy to travel to see clients at any of Everys’ offices or their homes, if this is preferred.
Joan studied at the University of Southampton and at the College of Law in Guildford. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2013 and is an associate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Eleanor Rae is a solicitor in our Private Client Department, having joined Everys in 2018. Her work includes Wills, Powers of Attorney, probate and estate administration, as well as Court of Protection matters.
Eleanor has a background in Mental Health and Mental Capacity law, having previously represented people detained under the Mental Health Act and dealt with proceedings before the Court of Protection. She therefore specialises in dealing with vulnerable people and capacity issues and also has an interest in advising those acting under a Power of Attorney.
Eleanor is based in Taunton but is happy to meet with clients at home or at our other offices.
Eleanor studied law at Cardiff University and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Scheme.
Ellen Stratton is a self-motivated Litigation Executive and a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She obtained a first-class honours degree in law from The Open University whilst working full-time for a large regional firm of solicitors. Since joining Everys in 2014, Ellen has also completed the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice.
Ellen specialises in personal injury cases and deals with a wide range of claims: from straightforward lower-value claims, where the client made a full recovery from their injuries within a few months, to more complex cases for clients whose injuries have long-lasting or permanent consequences.
Vince Hawkes’ guiding principle is transparency. As a Chartered Wealth Manager with over 29 years’ experience, Vince has earned the trust and respect of his clients through his attention to detail, clarity and high-quality service. He constructs and manages investment portfolios for individuals, trusts, charities and pension funds and provides strong advice ensuring clients have a full understanding of their circumstances and ongoing investment requirements.
Vince joined Everys in 2015 and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). He also holds the Investment Management Certificate and the Private Client Investment Advice & Management Certificate. He is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as CF30.
Richard Stokes is a consultant in our Residential Property department based at Seaton. He joined Everys in 1995 and was a partner with the firm until September 2019. Richard’s specialist knowledge of the residential property market has been developed over more than 30 years, and he advises on all aspects of property law. His breadth of experience, personal contact, attention to detail and excellent service ensures his clients return and continue to refer him to others.
Richard not only acts for clients in the South West, but he also regularly receives instructions to purchase high-value properties in London.
Nicholas Strong is a highly experienced Chartered Legal Executive with over 30 years’ practice. He joined Everys in 2002 and specialises in probate matters. Nicholas is skilful in resolving complicated issues, especially those arising out of intestacy. His diligence ensures that the estate is administered according to best practice including finalising tax affairs, arranging for the tax due on an estate to be paid, preparing the accounts for the estate and distributing money or gifts due to beneficiaries.
Nicholas is a Chartered Legal Executive (a practising fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives).
Naomi Woods qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined the Private Client department of Everys in 2016. Her expertise lies in tax planning, wills, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, elderly client matters and advising businesses and farm owners on property relief and inheritance tax planning.
Naomi’s experience includes:
- Advising a client who has a share of a business about his will. This included drawing up a discretionary trust will with a detailed letter of wishes to ensure that the maximum amount of inheritance tax relief would be obtained upon the client’s death;
- Preparing a deed of variation for clients to ensure that an amount due to them passed directly to their children, thereby mitigating the amount of inheritance tax on their deaths. The deed also made sure that no capital gains tax was liable as a result of the transfer of assets; and
- Negotiation with HMRC over claims for agricultural property relief in farming estates.
Naomi is a Trusts and Estates Practioner (TEP) and is a full member of the Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and Solicitors for the Elderly. She is also on the Education and Training Sub-committee for the Devon and Somerset Law Society.
Louise Boden is Head of Residential Conveyancing and is based at our Exmouth office. With more than 20 years’ practice in residential conveyancing, Louise’s experience encompasses the whole gamut of residential property work.
Louise gives straightforward and clear advice on buying, selling and mortgaging freehold and leasehold properties. She has in-depth local knowledge and expertise and delivers her service in a friendly and courteous manner. This is reflected in her high levels of repeat business from existing clients and her number of personal referrals from professional contacts and clients.
Louise joined Everys in 2015 having previously worked for an Exeter firm for 10 years.
Julie embarked on her legal training in 2013 whilst juggling children, private tutoring and working for a law firm. Her skills of dealing with multiple tasks at once cross over into her role as a property lawyer, whereby she is able to work in a proactive manner. Her previous role as a teacher helps Julie to anticipate the unknown and to deal with her work calmly, efficiently and empathetically.
Julie is based at our Sidmouth office and is a member of the Law Society’s Non-Contentious Sub-Committee.
With over 20 years’ experience as a property lawyer, Helen Jones is well-versed in every aspect of residential conveyancing. Whether buying a first home or selling a large estate, remortgaging or buying-to- let, Helen is aware that it is not just a financial matter for her clients, but an emotional investment, too, and carries out each transaction as seamlessly as possible, minimising any potential anxiety her clients may encounter.
Helen joined Everys in 2006.
Gay is an Everys partner and is Head of the Disputes and Claims team. She specialises in a wide variety of claims involving wills, estates and trusts, and acts for family members, beneficiaries, charities, executors and trustees, often in the High Court.
Gay also deals with disputes relating to capacity and applications on the Court of Protection. She helps to resolve issues between attorneys and other money issues between family members where there are allegations of undue influence, fraud or wrongful removal of money.
Gay has been a solicitor since 1995 and has covered a wide variety of disputes in that time. She joined Everys in 2002 from a well respected regional firm. Currently based at our Exeter office, Gay regularly spends time at our other offices, including Taunton and Honiton.