MEET OUR TEAM

Our specialist and friendly team are always on hand to help you ...

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Lucy Lafferty-Brown PARTNER
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
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Holly Wakenshaw PARTNER, CLC LICENSED CONVEYANCER
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
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Lucy Bowater-Sivell Trainee CILEX Lawyer
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
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Pebelle Macwhirter TRAINEE CLC LICENSED CONVEYANCER
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
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Tessa McMahon PA TO LUCY LAFFERTY-BROWN
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.

You can contact Tessa at tessa@chesterlaw.co.uk
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Alex Sivell ACCOUNTS MANAGER
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.

You can contact Alex at accounts@chesterlaw.co.uk
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Jane Kent RECEPTIONIST
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!
You can contact Jane at reception@chesterlaw.co.uk
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Amy Philbin LEGAL ASSISTANT
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.
You can contact Amy at amyphilbin@chesterlaw.co.uk