Our Story

We are a friendly, professional firm of solicitors based in Bournemouth.

We specialise in all aspects of property law.

John Chester founded Chester & Co Solicitors in 2000. Since then we’ve focused on delivering the very best in client care through providing a truly personal service to our clients.

We seek to understand early on what our clients wish to achieve and provide efficient advice accordingly. We believe that clients should feel that they can call their solicitor to discuss matters at any time and build a good relationship with them directly.

We are proud to offer a set fee for conveyancing matters and this means that costs are completely transparent. We are highly competitive and have established a reputation within the local area as being the law firm that will offer excellent value as well as a particularly personal and proficient service.

Lucy Lafferty-Brown


“I am passionate about client care and I look to understand the needs and/or objectives of clients early on in the process.”

recruitment process & training

Chester & Co Solicitors

Our rigorous recruitment process and in-house training ensures that our team is made up of exceptional talent. We promise to keep things simple and jargon-free, we treat you the way we would like to be treated.

We pride ourselves on being an approachable firm, always putting the client first. We ensure to make ourselves always available to our clients. No matter how small the question, you can always speak to us for reassurance or clarification. It is our dedication to client care that truly marks us apart from other firms.

If you’d like to find out more about Chester & Co Solicitors, feel free to get in touch today.

Why Choose Us

Experienced team members

Lucy Lafferty-Brown

Lucy was called to the bar in 2007 and spent two years working as an Advocate in Civil Litigation across the Western Circuit. Through taking the QLTT, Lucy transferred across to join the roll as a solicitor and joined Chester & Co in 2012.

Becoming a Partner in 2015, Lucy specialises in property law. She has enjoyed moving the practice forward to new offices and developing a first class property team that is fast gaining a reputation for efficiency and service.

Lucy is passionate about client care and looks to understand the needs and/or objectives of clients early on in the process.

You can contact Lucy at reception@chesterlaw.co.uk

Holly Wakenshaw

Holly moved to the area from Northampton, at the same time as starting with Chester & Co in 2014. Holly started her career with us as Lucy Lafferty- Browns Legal Assistant, giving her great understanding on all aspects of the Conveyancing process. After studying whilst working full time, she is now qualified as a CLC Licenced Conveyancer, subsequently being promoted to a Partner in 2023.


Holly specialises in Residential Conveyancing, specifically covering buying, selling, and re-mortgaging freehold and leasehold properties. Holly has an excellent reputation in the local area with clients, agents, and brokers.


Outside of the office, Holly enjoys spending time with her family and makes the most of forest and beach walks, with her Daughter and puppy.

You can contact Holly at holly@chesterlaw.co.uk

Lucy Bowater-Sivell

Lucy has lived in the Dorset area all her life and has worked in the property sector for 8 years, joining us from Lester Aldridge Solicitors. Lucy is undertaking her CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) examinations and has completed her Level 3 Diploma and is currently working towards her Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice and is on the journey of qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive. She has gained tons of experience in residential property whilst working at LA for 5 years and developing a passion for property.


Lucy is one of our Paralegal’s and she deals with residential freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages, and transfer of equity matters.


Lucy has worked with charities in the past, such as volunteering and participating in The Big Sleep 2019 to raise money for the homeless. Outside of work, Lucy is usually seen at the gym, exploring places with her fiancée, or having a gin or two with friends. She did karate for 10 years where she achieved her black belt. She is a keen traveller and loves exploring new countries. She enjoys walking in the New Forest and by the beach with her family and her dog, Rosa.


You can contact Lucy at lucy.sivell@chesterlaw.co.uk

Pebelle Macwhirter

Pebelle has worked in Conveyancing for 8 years, joining us from a well-known firm in the area. Pebelle is a Paralegal and is currently undertaking her CLC training to become a Licensed Conveyancer. She is Assistant to Holly Wakenshaw Licensed Conveyancer, assisting in progressing Conveyancing Transactions. She is fantastic with Clients and Agents alike and building a great rapport with those she works with.


In her free time Pebelle can be found socialising with friends, travelling, or spending time with her very cute niece, Nelly.


You can contact Pebelle at pebelle@chesterlaw.co.uk

Pebelle Macwhirter

Tessa is passionate about all things business and gives her all to completing any task. Currently working as Lucy Lafferty Browns Personal Assistant, or as we like to call her, our superwoman.


Not only does she own this title in the office, but outside of work you can find her running into the sea in freezing temperatures, early morning gym sessions and a strong coffee to start her morning the right way.


Tessa has two wonderful boys and loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys exploring our beautiful part of the South Coast, where you will often find her at the beach at sunsets, she also enjoys walking, camping, and making the most of every day.

Alex Sivell

Alex is our Accounts Manager, dealing with all things financial and most importantly the Completion funds on your big day – Moving Day. Alex is a valued member of staff and is highly organised.


Originally from West Midlands, Alex moved to Lancashire & then to Christchurch, Dorset in 1996 with her family.


Alex spent 14 years as an Accounts clerk with a large local Law Firm before being offered an opportunity to become the Accounts Manager at Chester & Co Solicitors. It was a huge step for her having been with her previous employer for such a long time, but she made the jump & hasn’t looked back.


Alex says, “It is a joy to work alongside such a fantastic team”.


Alex is family orientated & her free time is spent with her family & close friends, enjoying our beautiful surroundings on the South Coast.

Jane Kent

Jane’s duties involve answering the telephone, directing calls to the relevant departments, dealing with general enquiries, updating people on their cases, meeting and greeting people that come through the door, arranging appointments, setting up new files and archiving old ones. She says ‘it’s never a dull moment, as you have no idea what to expect when you answer the phone!


Outside of office hours, Jane enjoys spending time with her boys, riding her bike, and cooking a roast dinner on a Sunday!

Amy Philbin

Amy has recently joined the team as Legal Assistant, assisting the Fee Earners with administrative tasks. Amy will be your first point of contact after you instruct us to assist you in your transaction, dealing with the initial stages of your matter. Amy is very organised and efficient and believes in a friendly approach to make the process as smooth as possible!


Outside of the office Amy enjoys spending time with her not-so-little children, baking, crafting, and exploring the beautiful South Coast.