Nigel is a Chartered Legal Executive working in the Private Client department based primarily at our Taunton Office, but will happily travel to our other offices to meet with clients.
Nigel’s main areas of work include wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate, elderly client matters, estate administration, and estate planning.
Prior to working in law, Nigel spent five years in the Royal Artillery and then 12 years as a retained firefighter based in Glastonbury. It was due to a back injury sustained in a fire that Nigel had to leave the fire service and retrain for another career.
He gained his Law degree from the University of Glamorgan and has worked in Private Client since 2004.
Nigel joined Everys in January 2021, having worked in local firms since qualifying. The most enjoyable part of work for Nigel is building up excellent client relationships and providing a professional, but down to earth, link with clients.
Nigel is a Dementia Champion and has connections to the local Dementia Action Alliance.
In his spare time, Nigel enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Bella. He helps out with his two younger sons in their rugby and football and particularly enjoys watching those sports.
Charlotte Thomas-Collins is a Senior Associate and Head of the Private Client department based at Exmouth.
With over 12 years’ experience in private client matters, Charlotte’s expertise lies in elderly and vulnerable care; tax; trusts and succession; and trust creation and administration. Described as “charming in manner”, “courteous” and “warm” by the Legal 500, Charlotte’s approach to her work particularly suits her elderly and vulnerable clients whom she often visits at their home or our other offices. Charlotte also acts for clients in relation to their wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney, and estate planning.
Charlotte graduated in law from Brasenose College, Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Jane Flaherty is an Associate Solicitor based at our Honiton office. She has over 11 years’ experience in private client and is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). She has further undertaken an advanced STEP certificate in advising vulnerable clients. This is an area of law Jane is particularly interested in.
Jane is an expert in later life matters, having had extensive experience in wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney, care fee advice and court of protection, including the management of someone’s affairs on their behalf.
Jane came to the law after a successful career in social housing where she developed the skills necessary to listen with intent, to speak in language easily understood by her clients, and learned that every family has their own unique needs.
Jane is a member of the Law Society’s Women’s Law Division, and also the Law Society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC).
Chris Lake first joined Everys in 2003 and stayed nine years before taking time out to fulfill a long-held dream to explore Australia and South East Asia. Upon his return to Everys in 2015, he continued with private client work and is now a Wills and Probate Practitioner advising on estate administration, probate, wills and lasting powers of attorney.
Chris is working towards his Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.