Meet The Team

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Adam Corcoran
Principal Lawyer and Southern Region Head of Commercial Property Team

Adam became a Solicitor in September 2008 having already gained five year’s experience in residential conveyancing after graduating in Law at Southampton University in 2003

He joined the firm in 2009 and was its Managing Director from 2013 to 2019 when it merged with Verisona Law and was subsequently acquired as part of the Metamorph Group.

Adam is now the Head of our Commercial Property Team.

He has acted for thousands of clients in residential sales and purchases, as well as commercial property and business sale/purchase transactions in Hampshire and further afield.

He has a strong Commercial Property background and his business knowledge acquired whilst  running the firm gives him a keen understanding of his business client’s needs and demands.

Adam acts for trustees, Charities, individuals and companies, residential and commercial landlords and management companies in such matters as the sale and purchase of commercial property including retail shops, licensed premises, warehouses and offices, land for development, SIPP sales and purchases and commercial refinancing.

Adam can also deal with leasehold matters such as right of first refusal in selling freeholds,  enfranchisement and lease extensions. He is able to set up companies and tailor articles of association for instance in acquiring freehold reversions to blocks of flats.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys composing music through digital sampling, playing guitar and keyboards and spending time with his friends and family. He is an active trustee of Gosport Voluntary Action.

Adam is assisted by Lynne Pawley who has successfully completed her legal studies with the National Association of Licensed Paralegals to become a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals.

Member of: Hampshire Incorporated Law Society, Law Society Property Section, Portsmouth Property Association

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Anmol Ahluwalia
Solicitor

Anmol joined Verisona Law as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2018 and brings with her a strong academic background as well as first-hand experience of property auction purchases, Landlord and Tenant matters and commerce having worked in her family’s property business and retail shop.

Prior to being offered a training contract, Anmol worked for the firm whilst studying her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Guildford. Since starting her training contract, Anmol has assisted with various matters in the Commercial Property Department including getting to grips with the new licensing rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation, a complicated dispute over a right of way, assisting in the sale of a multi-million pound property company and assisting director Adam Corcoran in preparing detailed paperwork for the new commercial units at the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent. She has also been able to run her own residential conveyancing files.

She currently works in Commercial Property department.

In her spare time Anmol enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

Anmol qualified as a Solicitor in 2020.

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Claudia Peach
Conveyancing Executive

Claudia joined the team at Donnelly & Elliott in June 2020 as a Conveyancing Executive.

Claudia has been helping people move home for over 25 years’ and deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing including Sale, Purchase, Remortgage, Transfer of Equity, New Builds and Help to Buy.

She also has experience acting for certain High Street lenders on residential and commercial transactions where they require separate representation to protect their security.

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Gill Green
Legal Secretary

Gill is an experienced Secretary who has been part of the team since 1998, making her the longest standing employee here at Donnelly and Elliott.

Gill works in the family department at our Gosport and Waterlooville offices. Gill has also previously worked in the litigation department and was co-founder John Donnelly’s  personal assistant.

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Kerry Leigh Upton
Solicitor - Commercial Property

Kerry joined the team in August 2020 as a Commercial Property Solicitor. Kerry prides herself on her attention to detail and great communication skills that she gained during her training contract at another local law firm. Kerry has experience in assisting and managing both residential and commercial property transactions.

In her spare time Kerry can be found volunteering at The Stubbington Ark and Blind Veterans UK charities. She also enjoys travelling, running, hiking, yoga and reading and is a qualified scuba diver.

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Louise Warner
Client Service Coordinator

Louise runs reception and has worked for the Donnelly & Elliott since 2001. Over the years Louise has become the face of Donnelly & Elliott. Both long-standing and new clients rely on Louise’s knowledge of the firm and the local area.

As well as office administrator duties, Louise organises the firm’s charity work. This includes working with Social Services to collect food bank items and Mission Christmas to collect presents for young children.

Louise enjoys baking for friends and family and gardening. She has previously won three awards for her work in her own garden and the office’s flower baskets.

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Lynne Pawley
Paralegal

Lynne has worked at Donnelly and Elliott for nine years and is Adam Corcoran’s Personal Assistant. Lynne’s continued success in the conveyancing department is due to her outstanding attention to detail and admirable work ethic.

She is also qualified as a level six Paralegal, which was completed during her time at Donnelly and Elliott.

In her spare time Lynne enjoys listening to and attending classical music concerts.

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Roz Wyeth
Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate

After taking time to raise her four children, Roz Wyeth returned to work in 2002 by becoming a legal secretary. Displaying an aptitude for managing cases, she was encouraged and sponsored to study a degree with the Institute of Legal Executives.

‘It wasn’t something I had considered before, but I was enjoying the work, so it made sense,’ she explains. ‘I like working with numbers, so I found the figure work involved in estate administration and probate very satisfying and I also love working with the elderly.’

In 2013, Roz moved firms to not only deal with cases of wills, trust administration, probate and lasting powers of attorney, but take responsibility for establishing and developing an office in Gosport. After two years, she made the decision to live in Gosport and devote all her time to serving its local community.

Roz joined Donnelly & Elliott in July 2019, and is delighted to be heading up its Wills Trust and Probate department.  When not spending time with her four children and six grandchildren, Roz can be found at football matches cheering on Arsenal Football Club, a devotion she has inherited from her father.

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Sarah Pearce
Legal Secretary - Wills, Trust and Probate

Sarah works in the Wills Trust and Probate department and is secretary to Roz Wyeth.

She joined the team at Donnelly and Elliott in June 2019. Along with great communication skills, Sarah prides herself in her ability to complete large workloads in a short amount of time. Her success in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team is because of her understanding nature with clients. Sarah also demonstrates great team working skills which is evident throughout the whole department.

Sarah has a keen interest in motorcycles and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Sue Ball
Principal Lawyer, Head of Employment & Southern Region

Sue is Head of Employment Law. Praised for her combination of common sense and expert knowledge, she offers advice to commercial clients on all employment matters and has also handled complex cases for individual employees.

From defending claims for damages and allegations of breached restrictive covenants or franchise agreements, to helping a multi-national organisation achieve the favourable resolution of a claim from its former CEO, Sue has successfully represented clients in the civil courts and at employment tribunal.

Sue enjoys sharing her legal and HR knowledge with organisations in the fast-moving world of sport, particularly football. Sue understands the issues that are specific to the industry and deals with the many legal elements involved in employment contracts for non-playing staff at a very senior level. She regularly gives advice and support to individuals in contractual negotiations and disputes with Clubs in the Premiership, Championship and lower divisions. She also provides employment and HR advice to Clubs.

Sue is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a specialist trained ADR workplace mediator.

Sue is recommended in the Legal 500 2019.

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Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment Law

Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later became Verisona Law and joined forces with Donnelly & Elliott.

In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.

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Lucy Davies
Legal Assistant - Residential Property

Lucy joined the team at Donnelly & Elliott Conveyancing in February as Legal Assistant. Lucy joined us from the Police and now supports the residential conveyancing team.

In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit at her local CrossFit gym.

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Sara-Jayne Fildes
National Head of Family Law

Sara is an established senior solicitor with twenty years’ experience in all aspects of family law.

After studying Podiatric medicine and working for the NHS for several years, she made a career change in her late twenties to enter the legal profession. After finishing her studies at Nottingham Law School, she began a training contract in 1998 at The Owen Kenny Partnership and joined its Family Team as a permanent, fully qualified solicitor two years later.

‘I am sure that my years of caring for patients, listening to their concerns and trying to work out the best possible solution contributed to my aptitude for family law,’ explains Sara. ‘I have always enjoyed advocacy, felt comfortable in a courtroom, but work very hard to find a practical and cost effective solution at the earliest stage. I find using a wide range of skills helps achieve the most amicable and well thought through settlements, saving stress and expense.’

Sara specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship break down and family disputes and has particular experience in dealing with high networth separations, complex financial affairs and sensitive issues regarding children.

Sara has successfully handled cases as far as the Court of Appeal including acting for the father in the reported case E v E (shared residence: financial relief) [2006] 1FLR 1228 concerning relocating of children. She is qualified in Collaborative Law, a Mediator and a past president of the Chichester District Law Society. Sara is also a member of the national organisation of Family Lawyers, Resolution.

Away from the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, looking after twins with her partner.

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Jane Wheeler
Solicitor - Family Law

Jane is a Solicitor in the Family team.

After a successful twelve years in the fitness industry Jane decided to change careers. She attended the University of Southampton from 2005-08 where she obtained her law degree.

In 2010, Jane was offered a position as a Trainee Legal Executive at a firm in Portsmouth in their litigation department. After a couple of years she moved to a firm in Whiteley where she initially worked in the firm’s personal injury department. In 2014 Jane set up and ran the firm’s Family Law department, whilst studying CILEx part-time. Still keen to become a solicitor Jane attended the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford from 2016-17.

She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in June 2017 and then as a Solicitor in April 2018.

Jane’s areas of expertise include:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Dealing with finances upon divorce or separation
  • Private Children Matters
  • Injunctions
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Cohabitation Disputes

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Aimee Silver
HR Advisor

Aimee is our HR Advisor. She joined our team in February 2020 after relocating to Fareham with her Husband. Aimee has over 12 years’ experience in HR and has worked in the retail, logistics, manufacturing, higher education and engineering sectors.

“I really enjoy the process improvement aspect of my role, as it means always looking for ways to carry out work in the most efficient and straightforward way, which not only makes work more enjoyable for our employees, but helps us give the best service to our clients as well”.

After a hard day’s work, you can find Aimee in her local CrossFit gym or walking her French Bulldog, Angus. Originally from North Devon, Aimee enjoys any time spent outdoors, especially at the beach. She also has a big passion for history and enjoys visiting historical sites.

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Alice Langton
Marketing Manager

Alice joined Verisona in 2019 as Marketing Manager.

Alice has worked variety of industries including Engineering, Business Coaching and Recruitment. Having always worked in Marketing, Alice has a broad understanding of all marketing activities and is responsible for producing and implementing our marketing strategy. Day to day Alice manages all advertising, PR, networking, events, websites and social media for the business.

Outside of work Alice is currently studying for her Masters in Marketing, enjoys paddle boarding and is learning aerial hoop.

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