The Managing Director of the firm, John has worked at the firm since 1996, starting as the Office Junior, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2005.
John studied law at Nottingham Trent University and completed his Legal Practice Certificate at the Birmingham College of Law before later joining the firm full time.
As well as being responsible for the day to day running of the firm, John also handles cases of clinical negligence, commercial and general litigation cases. John regularly handles cases in excess of £100,000, and acts for both Claimants and Defendants in both the Courts and Tribunals.
Alex joined the firm in 2003 as a conveyancing assistant. She qualified in 2008, having completed her training contract with us. In July 2015 Alex was appointed as Director of the firm.
Alex studied law at London Guildhall University before completing the Legal Practice Course at Birmingham College of Law in Birmingham in 2002.
Alex acts for several major property developers and landlords, as well as handling sales and purchases for the wider community of Solihull. Alex has tremendous skill in ensuring that transactions run as smoothly as possible, and ensures that the stress of moving house is reduced to an absolute minimum for clients.
Please contact Alex for advice on any of the following matters:
– Residential conveyancing
– First registration, transfers or assents
– Sale of deceased estate properties
– Purchase of freehold
– Lease extension
Will and LPA caseworker
Michael joined the firm in 2004 and has experienced several roles within the legal practice.
Michael now runs the Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney Department, acting for the firm’s clients in ensuring that their testamentary wishes are recorded and adhered to.
Michael handles Lasting Powers of Attorney, which are essential for all to ensure that their wishes for their health as well as their finances, are in order should they lose mental capacity.
Michael is also a member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters.
Registered Trusts and Estates Practitioner
Sara has been with the firm since 2000, and runs the Probate Department. Sara has over 15 years’ experience of leading this Department and has helped hundreds of bereaved families to manage the estates of departed loved ones with skill, compassion, and attention to detail.
She is adept at ensuring that already distressed families do not have to cope with the additional stress of handling finances, bills and inheritance tax.
Sara also deals with Court of Protection applications and Deeds of Variation. For more information on any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact Sara.
Sara is a full member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Chris joined the firm in January 2017 having previously practiced at a firm based in Tamworth. He was born and educated in Solihull and having graduated from the University of Liverpool he went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham achieving a distinction.
Since qualifying as a solicitor Chris has specialised in commercial and residential property and undertakes a wide range of Commercial Property matters including freehold sales and purchases, commercial leases, commercial borrowing and site acquisition and disposal.
Head of Conveyancing
Gemma joined the firm in 2004 as a conveyancing secretary working in the conveyancing department. Since then, Gemma has been providing assistance to our clients and proving herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
In August 2014, with ten years’ experience under her belt, Gemma progressed to the position of Conveyancing Caseworker, with conduct of her own files, and is now working towards qualifying as a Licensed Conveyancer with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. In November 2018, Gemma became Head of Conveyancing.
Please contact Gemma for advice on the following matters: Residential conveyancing | First registration | Transfers or assents | Sale of deceased estate properties | Purchase of freehold | Lease extensions | Purchase of New Build and Shared Ownership Properties
Julie joined the firm in June 2016 to head up our new Family Law Department. Julie graduated from University with First Class Honours and qualified as a solicitor in 2005.
Since qualifying, Julie has specialised exclusively in all aspects of Family Law and adopts a pragmatic and cost effective approach to resolving issues in respect of all family issues relating to the breakdown of a relationship and issues relating to child arrangements.
Julie can assist with all aspects of divorce & the dissolution of civil partnerships, matrimonial finance, disputes regarding children, including representation of Grandparents, issues relating to the separation of cohabitees and separation agreements.
Zarah joined the firm in January 2016 having completed her law degree at Brunel University, followed by her LPC at BPP Law School in Birmingham. Zarah qualified as a Solicitor in September 2017 having completed her training contract with us, and has joined the Family Department as a Solicitor.
Zarah is a member of Resolution and can assist with all aspects of divorce & the dissolution of civil partnerships, domestic violence and injunctive remedies matrimonial finance, disputes regarding children including representation of Grandparents, issues relating to the separation of cohabitees and separation agreements.
Charlotte joining our firm in 2000 as a Trainee Solicitor having completed her law degree at the University of Central England.
Having completed her training contract, Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in 2001. She covered most areas of law whilst with us but finally settled in our Clinical Negligence department and went on to obtain her master’s degree in Clinical Negligence in 2010.
Charlotte has many years’ experience of handling complex and high value clinical negligence cases. She has experience in cases concerning GP negligence, gynaecological failure, general surgical error, delays in treatment and diagnosis including cancer cases and orthopaedic mismanagement.
Please contact Charlotte for advice on the following areas of law:
– Clinical negligence
Inayah joined the firm in February 2019 within the Family Department having previously practiced at a firm based in Birmingham. She graduated from Birmingham City University and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course achieving a distinction. Inayah qualified as a solicitor in October 2017 at a firm specialising in Family Law.
Inayah can assist with all aspects of divorce, domestic violence and injunctive remedies, matrimonial finance, disputes regarding children, issues relating to the separation of cohabitees and separation agreements.
Suraiya joined the firm as Head of Commercial Litigation in 2018.
Suraiya graduated from the University of Warwick with an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) degree in law and completed her Law Society Finals course at York College of Law in 1991.She has gained a wealth of experience from working in highly regarded corporate law firms.
Suraiya is a strong negotiator; renowned for providing pragmatic solution orientated legal advice all encompassed with a high level of client care. Litigation is a last resort but if needed is pursued with relentless vigour.
Suraiya can assist with all aspects of commercial litigation including contractual disputes, company law related disputes, banking disputes; building and commercial property disputes.
Farina joined the firm in November 2015 having already completed her BA in Human Rights in London and her law degree at University of Law in Guildford. Farina completed her Legal Practice Course and LLM at the University of Law in Birmingham in May 2018.
Farina gained practical & hands on legal experience when working in Central London. She commenced her training contract at the firm in May 2018 and is currently working in our Litigation Department.
Harriet joined the firm in August 2018 having completed her Law degree at Birmingham University in 2017 and successfully achieving a distinction in her Masters in Law. Harriet followed on to complete the Legal Practice Course and LLM at the University of Law in 2018.
Harriet is currently working in our Commercial Property Department and proving herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Victoria joined the firm in early 2017 as Marketing and Business Development Manager, having spent nearly her entire career working within the legal profession.
Vicki is responsible for various marketing and networking opportunities and ensuring Wadsworths Solicitors' continued growth and visibility in the local and wider area together with a commitment to ensuring we achieve our corporate social responsibility goals supporting local charitable and community events.
Victoria also assists in the day to day running of the office including HR and recruitment.
Sarah joined our firm in late 2012 as our receptionist. Sarah had held temporary positions with other law firms and as a result of this decided that she wanted to pursue a career in the field of law.
As well as being the friendly face who greets all of our clients, Sarah became our office manager as of July 2018 and also assists Alex Tait with the running of the office together with conveyancing administration.
Imogen joined the firm in 2018 as our Accounts Manager.
Vickie has been with the firm since 2006, having joined as a Trainee Legal Assistant in the Wills and Probate department.
In 2010, Vickie became a Legal Secretary having successfully completed Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries through the Institute of Legal Executives.
Vickie provides vital assistance to the Probate Department and has proved herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
Vickie also assists with the strategy planning relating to the firm.
Laura joined the firm in 2012 having gained legal experience prior to joining us and is secretary to Alexandra Tait.
Laura has successfully completed the ILEX Legal Secretary stage 2 qualification.
Laura provides invaluable support to Alex assisting with conveyancing matters.
Carol has been with the firm since its inception in 1986 in a secretarial capacity. She has worked in various departments over the years and has finally settled in the conveyancing department providing secretarial assistance to Gemma Dempsey.
Carol has over twenty years’ experience as a conveyancing secretary and provides essential assistance to clients who are completing residential transactions with the firm.
Wills and LPA Secretary
Laura joined the firm in January 2010 as a Trainee Office Assistant.Laura has gained experience assisting in various departments within our firm but is now a Secretary in the Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney department.
Laura provides vital assistance within the Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney department and has proved herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
Sue joined the firm in February 2016 as a legal assistant having gained many years of secretarial and administration experience.
Sue provides vital assistance within the Clinical Negligence department and has proved herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
Molly joined the firm in October 2016 as an office assistant having completed her law degree at Nottingham Trent University in July 2016.
Molly has joined our conveyancing department and is hoping to commence her LPC shortly.
In her short time at the firm, Molly has proved herself to be a quick learner and a very capable member of staff.
Michelle is the newest member of our Conveyancing Department, joining at the beginning of 2019 and providing secretarial support and assistance to Gemma Dempsey.
Lily joined the firm in January 2018 as a legal assistant.
Lily provides office assistance within the Probate and Court of Protection department and has proved herself to be an invaluable member of the team.
Rebecca joined the firm in October 2018 and quickly became an integral part of the Wadsworths team.
With her positive and bubbly attitude, Beckie helps ensure the office runs smoothly and efficiently on a day-to-day basis.