Sophie Davies

Sophie Davies

Sophie Davies is a Senior Associate in the Private Client Department and has over 12 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of Wills, Estate and Tax Planning, Trust Creation and Administration, Powers of Attorney, and the Administration of Estates.

Sophie joined Everys in April 2022, having relocated from Dorset to Devon with her family. She is based at our Exeter office primarily, although she is frequently at our Honiton and Exmouth offices, as well as our other offices when needed.

Sophie enjoys the opportunity her role gives her to spend time with, and get to know, her clients and their families – helping them to plan for the future, and offering advice, guidance, and support, particularly in times of great distress. Sophie is friendly, approachable, and has a kind manner.

Sophie Davies

Claire Agnew

Claire Agnew is a Senior Associate in our Private Client team and has over 19 years’ experience in private client matters. Claire specialises in a variety of private client work including advising on and drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and acting for Executors and Administrators in relation to estate administration.

Although based at our Exeter Office, Claire is happy to travel to see clients at any of our offices or at their homes, if this is preferred.

Claire studied Law at the University of Hull and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Sophie Davies

Susan Fairless

Susan Fairless is a Senior Associate in the Private Client department. Although based at our Taunton office, Susan is happy to see clients at their homes, where necessary. She joined Everys in 2022 having previously practised as a private client Solicitor in North Somerset for over 10 years.

Susan qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and is also a fully accredited member of both the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Susan advises on a wide range of private client matters including wills, lasting powers of attorney, estate administration, trusts, and succession. Susan is known for her approachable manner and clear, understandable advice.

Susan originally trained as a registered nurse and spent several years working for the NHS, mainly in A&E. There is very little left that surprises her, and her nursing experience has informed and influenced her approach to clients and their families, who may be going through difficult times.

 

Danielle Eriksson

Danielle Eriksson

Danielle Eriksson is a senior paralegal in our Private Client department and is based at our Honiton office. As part of her role, Danielle assists in the administration of deputyship and attorneyship files. She is also involved in the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorneys.

Danielle joined the firm in 2022 and enjoys working in a role that takes a person-centred approach. Her work ensures that she can use the skills she’s developed to provide an effective and helpful service to all clients.

Before joining Everys, Danielle worked in healthcare and developed a passion for helping and supporting others. During this time, Danielle completed the LLM in Mental Health Law at Northumbria University.

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys walks in the countryside with her spaniel.

Nigel Isaac

Nigel Isaac

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

Charlotte Thomas-Collins

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

Jane Flaherty

Jane Flaherty is a Senior 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).

Joan Pullin

Joan Pullin

Joan Pullin is a Senior Associate and Trust and Estate Practitioner. Joan 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 our Honiton office, Joan is happy to travel to see clients at any of Everys’ offices or their homes, if this is preferred.

Joan was admitted as a solicitor in 2013 and is a fully accredited member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Eleanor Weller

Eleanor Weller

Eleanor Weller is an Associate in our Private Client Department. 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. She joined Everys in 2018.

Nicholas Strong

Nicholas Strong

Nicholas Strong is a highly experienced Chartered Legal Executive with over 30 years’ practice. He joined Everys in 2002 and is an Associate in our Private Client department based at Exmouth. Nicholas specialises in probate matters and is skillful 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 fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Chris Lake

Chris Lake

Chris Lake is an Associate in our Private Client department and is based at Sidmouth. He 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 now advises on estate administration, probate, wills, and lasting powers of attorney.

Chris is working towards his Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.