Our People

Paul Berwin
Senior Partner/Director/Solicitor

Paul Berwin has been a Solicitor since 1982. and  founded the organisation now known as Berwins in 1993. He is the company’s Senior Partner, leads the firm's Commercial and Digital Department and heads up its Leeds Waterfront Berwins Digital office. Paul deals with Acquisitions and Disposals, Company Restructures, Shareholder and other Company Agreements as well as having a speciality in dealing with Information Technology matters, including Software Licensing, developments and related matters.

He is a member of the Law Society's Management Section. Paul is also an active sportsman and fundraiser, competing regularly as a runner and triathlete, and raising considerable sums for charity through his efforts. Paul is highly rated in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Directories for his IT and Intellectual Property specialisms, and is an IT accredited member  of the Society for Computers and Law.
Paul Berwin has been a Solicitor since 1982. and  founded the organisation now known as Berwins in 1993. He is the company’s Senior Partner, leads the firm's Commercial and Digital Department and heads up its Leeds Waterfront Berwins Di...
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01423 543101
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Stephen Root
Director/Solicitor

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1985 joining Myers & Co. He became a partner in that firm and later in Berwins after the merger of the two firms in 2002. He is now a Director specialising in family law, leading the Legal 500 recommended family team and Chambers.

Stephen was one of the first members of the Law Society's Family Law Panel and is a member of Resolution, a Solicitors' association dedicated to seeking constructive solutions to matrimonial issues. He is also one of the first accredited collaborative lawyers in Harrogate and heads the local collaborative group. He is designated by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in his field.  He gives training and presentations to groups such as CAB advisers and NYCC social workers on collaborative law. Stephen can often be heard commenting on family issues on the local radio station Stray FM. He has substantial experience in relation to farming businesses and having gained experience in a breadth of legal areas is able to bring a pragmatic approach to clients' cases. He is also the company's regulatory and compliance officer.

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1985 joining Myers & Co. He became a partner in that firm and later in Berwins after the merger of the two firms in 2002. He is now a Director specialising in family law, leading the Legal 500 recommended fa...
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01423 543122
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Sue Avery
Director/Solicitor
Sue qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 with A M Hall & Co after prior experience in Retail Management. A M Hall & Co merged with Berwins in 1995, and Sue became a partner in Berwins in 1996 and a  Director on incorporation in 2009. Having gained wide experience in a number of legal areas, Sue now concentrates on Residential Property, but brings to her work the benefit of her wider experience.  Sue is a member of the Law Society's Property Section.
 
Sue is particularly valued by clients for her down-to-earth approachability and good sense and specialises in higher value properties, rural property and complex transactions. Sue also undertakes a business development role in the company, particularly in her area of property.
Sue qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 with A M Hall & Co after prior experience in Retail Management. A M Hall & Co merged with Berwins in 1995, and Sue became a partner in Berwins in 1996 and a  Director on incorporation in 2009. Havi...
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01423 543125
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Carolynn Peace
Director/Solicitor
Carolynn qualified as a Solicitor in 1991, and joined Berwins as a partner in 1998, specialising in residential property where her technical expertise and ability to find solutions to difficult problems provides a valuable resource to the company’s CQS accredited  residential property team. She is the conveyancing department’s Senior Reporting Officer and was responsible for the firm achieving and maintaining its CQS accreditation. As well as leading the firm’s residential property team Carolynn is Berwins’ Marketing Director, having obtained the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Professional Diploma in Professional Services Marketing in 2011.
 
Carolynn is also Chair of Berwins’ Board of Directors and sits on the company’s management executive. In her spare time Carolynn enjoys the Arts, sat on the Board of Harrogate Theatre for seven years and is now a trustee of NYMAZ (www.NYMAZ.org.uk). Carolynn is a member of the Law Society's Property Section and the Association of Women Solicitors and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Carolynn is also a member of Berwins' CSR committee.
Carolynn qualified as a Solicitor in 1991, and joined Berwins as a partner in 1998, specialising in residential property where her technical expertise and ability to find solutions to difficult problems provides a valuable resource to the company&...
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01423 543115
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Sarah Smith
Managing Director/Solicitor
Sarah is Berwins’ Managing Director and chairs the company’s management executive. She  qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, practising in London until she relocated to North Yorkshire and joined Berwins in July 2008. Sarah became a Director on Berwins' incorporation in 2009 taking on responsibility for the personal development of Berwins’ people. Sarah's work area is family law; specialising in relationship breakdown for married couples, unmarried couples and Civil Partners.
 
Sarah is trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and is a member of Resolution. She is also a qualified family mediator.  Her specialism and experience have been recognised with membership of the Law Society's Family Panel and Accredited Specialist status from Resolution as well as contributing to the team's recognition in the Legal 500.  Sarah has been designated a leader in her field by Chambers and Partners since 2010 and was instrumental in that team achieving its top-ranking status.
Sarah is Berwins’ Managing Director and chairs the company’s management executive. She  qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, practising in London until she relocated to North Yorkshire and joined Berwins in July 2008. Sarah...
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01423 543117
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Julie Jewers
Director/Solicitor
Julie leads Berwins' Life  Team, specialising in, Wills, Probate, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, with a particular interest in advising clients on later life issues.  Julie is an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly  and is a  long-standing member of the Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an organisation of specialist practitioners with exacting entry requirements. Julie became a Director on Berwins' incorporation in 2009 , is the company’s Finance Director and sits on Berwin’s management executive.
 
Under Julie's leadership her team was once again recognised in 2012's Legal 500  - the industry  guide  to the UK's top lawyers, and is ranked in Chambers and Partners where her team is described as "well-qualified, professional people who are able to explain complex matters to clients.".
Julie leads Berwins' Life  Team, specialising in, Wills, Probate, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, with a particular interest in advising clients on later life issues.  Julie is an accredited membe...
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01423 722565
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Caroline Davison
Director of Operations

Caroline joined Berwins as Practice Manager in June 2005, having fulfilled a similar role for a large Leeds Practice. It is a testament to Caroline's contribution to the business that she became one of the first non lawyer directors in the country, becoming Berwins' Operations Director on incorporation in 2009. Caroline is head of Berwins' Operations Support Unit responsible for keeping the rest of the organisation in check, and enabling Berwins' lawyers to provide the best possible service to its clients.

Caroline joined Berwins as Practice Manager in June 2005, having fulfilled a similar role for a large Leeds Practice. It is a testament to Caroline's contribution to the business that she became one of the first non lawyer directors in the country...
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01423 543109
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James Martin
Associate Director
Described in The Legal 500 as a “first-class litigator” and by Chambers & Partners as a “fantastic lawyer”, James is an Associate Director with Berwins specialising in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and mediation, together with general commercial law.
 
James’ areas of specialism include contract disputes, fraud, professional negligence, defamation, intellectual property, media & entertainment, shareholder and partnership disputes, arbitration and commercial contracts. 
 
He has worked on a number of high profile and reported cases and has dealt with cases from small claims right through to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  
 
James has also worked as a visiting lecturer teaching Contract Law and Advanced Commercial Litigation to postgraduates at BPP Law School and is co-author of BPP's Textbook on Contract Law.  He is also an ADR Group accredited civil and commercial mediator.

Outside the legal world James enjoys mountain biking, snow-boarding, painting and drawing. 

Described in The Legal 500 as a “first-class litigator” and by Chambers & Partners as a “fantastic lawyer”, James is an Associate Director with Berwins specialising in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and me...
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01423 543128
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Rachel Robinson
Solicitor - Senior Associate

Rachel is a Senior Residential Conveyancing Solicitor, who qualified in 1998 and joined Berwins in 2002. Having worked for major Leeds-based commercial practices, as well as small firms, Rachel brought to Berwins a breadth of experience in residential Conveyancing and building on that has become a particular specialist in dealing with complex leasehold and development transactions. Rachel is Chair of Berwins' CSR committee.

Rachel is a Senior Residential Conveyancing Solicitor, who qualified in 1998 and joined Berwins in 2002. Having worked for major Leeds-based commercial practices, as well as small firms, Rachel brought to Berwins a breadth of experience in residen...
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01423 543134
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Sophie Barton
Solicitor - Senior Associate

Sophie qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and joined Berwins the following year. She specialises in Commercial Property matters and business sales, and has played a major role in the development of Berwins' Legal 500 listed Commercial Property Team into one of the strongest in the area. Her positive approach and thorough technical grasp have earned her a growing following of loyal business clients.

Sophie qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and joined Berwins the following year. She specialises in Commercial Property matters and business sales, and has played a major role in the development of Berwins' Legal 500 listed Commercial Property Team ...
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01423 543103
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Gareth Marland
Solicitor - Senior Associate

Gareth qualified as a Solicitor in July 2007 following a previous career as an engineer and joined Berwins' Life team  in June 2008. During training Gareth gained experience in property and litigation work as well as private client matters. Now specialising in private client matters he advises on Wills, Probate and elderly client matters. Gareth is a member of the Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Law Society Probate Section and is an accredited Solicitor for the Elderly. Gareth has particular expertise in advising farmers on succession issues having gained experience in this area in a previous position in the Yorkshire Wolds. When not at work Gareth is most likely to be found camping, hiking, kayaking, ski mountaineering or in a jazz bar. Gareth is a member of Berwins' CSR committee.

Gareth qualified as a Solicitor in July 2007 following a previous career as an engineer and joined Berwins' Life team  in June 2008. During training Gareth gained experience in property and litigation work as well as private client matters. N...
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Mike Patterson
Solicitor - Senior Associate

Mike is an experienced Employment Solicitor who has worked for regional and national law firms, having qualified in 2006. He has gained invaluable experience working in house for public and private sector organisations, including the Department of Health, Harrogate Council and leading food manufacturing company, the 2 Sisters Food Group (formerly Northern Foods plc), advising all on a wide range of day to day employment issues. 

Mike provides practical, commercial advice to employers and individuals on all aspects of employment law, including policies and procedures, dismissal, maternity issues, sickness absence, changes to terms and conditions of employment and redundancy (both individual and collective). He also advises clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, TUPE and employee issues (including service provision changes) on corporate transactions and procurement projects.

Experienced in dealing with contentious issues, Mike regularly appears in the Employment Tribunals on behalf of clients, conducting own advocacy in respect of many types of claim, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and wages. 

Mike is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association
 
An avid sports fan, Mike enjoys playing hockey (for Leeds Hockey Club), football and golf in his spare time. 
Mike is an experienced Employment Solicitor who has worked for regional and national law firms, having qualified in 2006. He has gained invaluable experience working in house for public and private sector organisations, including the Departme...
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01423 542778
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Theo Evans
Consultant/Solicitor

Theo qualified as a solicitor in 1998.  As well as working for national law firms, as an employment specialist, she also spent 6 years in a senior in-house role in a financial services plc, giving her a real insight into the operational and commercial  side of businesses.

Her experience covers both high-level strategic and corporate advice to businesses, including  workforce restructures, business sales and acquisition/outsourcing as well as representing clients at tribunals and in court.  She combines her client work with teaching and training, and is a visiting lecturer at BPP Law School.

Theo qualified as a solicitor in 1998.  As well as working for national law firms, as an employment specialist, she also spent 6 years in a senior in-house role in a financial services plc, giving her a real insight into the operational and c...
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Edward Taylor
Solicitor
After achieving his degree in Politics at the University of Nottingham, Edward returned to Yorkshire to complete his studies at York College of Law before training and qualifying into a prominent Harrogate private client firm.   He joined Berwins’ Life Team in 2012, welcoming the opportunity to develop his expertise in Wills, trusts and probate, capital tax and estate planning, elderly client services and provision for disabled dependents. 
 
Ed has passed the rigorous entry requirements of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is a fully qualified member which means that he is a real expert in his field.
 
He is also a member of Berwins’ CSR committee. In the little spare time that is afforded to him he has captained a successful club cricket team in the York and District Senior Cricket League, is a football supporter and qualified football referee and plays guitar.
After achieving his degree in Politics at the University of Nottingham, Edward returned to Yorkshire to complete his studies at York College of Law before training and qualifying into a prominent Harrogate private client firm.   He ...
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Hollie Marcham
Solicitor

Hollie qualified as a solicitor in September 2013 and joined Berwins’ Life Team in April 2014, having trained at a Leeds City Centre Firm.

Hollie’s specialism is in inheritance disputes, court of protection matters and private client work. Hollie graduated with a degree in Law, obtained a commendation on her Legal Practice Course and has also successfully completed the LLM (Masters) in Professional Legal Practice.

Hollie is currently studying for the Society of Trust  and Estate  Practitioners (STEP) diploma in Trusts and Estates and joined Berwins’ Life team in order to develop her expertise in estate planning, trusts and probate.   

Hollie has recently become a member of Berwins’ Corporate Social Responsibility  committee and in her spare time she likes to sign herself up for extreme challenges to fundraise for charity, such as a 12 mile assault course  built by ex-marines or 100 Kilometre treks over the Yorkshire Dales in under 30 hours. 

Hollie qualified as a solicitor in September 2013 and joined Berwins’ Life Team in April 2014, having trained at a Leeds City Centre Firm.Hollie’s specialism is in inheritance disputes, court of protection matters and private client wo...
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01423 543131
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Jane Kendrew
Conveyancer

Jane is a member of a well-known family of Lawyers and has been with the Firm since 1994. With her long experience as a Conveyancer, she is able to work closely with the rest of the Conveyancing Team, and specialises particularly in dealing with mortgage and remortgage work. With her long service with the Firm, she has developed a devoted and long-serving clientele.

Jane is a member of a well-known family of Lawyers and has been with the Firm since 1994. With her long experience as a Conveyancer, she is able to work closely with the rest of the Conveyancing Team, and specialises particularly in dealing with m...
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01423 543124
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Claudette Miller
Probate Clerk

Claudette joined Berwins in 2003 and assists in the Life Team in  the administration of deceased estates. Claudette's clients comment on her calm helpful efficiency. Claudette has worked in the development of the Firm's systems in this and other areas in order to improve the quality of service which the Firm seeks to provide.

Claudette joined Berwins in 2003 and assists in the Life Team in  the administration of deceased estates. Claudette's clients comment on her calm helpful efficiency. Claudette has worked in the development of the Firm's systems in this and ot...
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01423 543129
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Diane Scott
Conveyancing Executive
Diane is a specialist practitioner in residential property and conveyancing,  with particular expertise in leasehold and new-build conveyancing.  
 
Diane has many years of experience  in her field, all in Harrogate and District, most recently at Ashworth Law.  Diane is known and admired for her approachability, good humour and can-do attitude.    Sounds familiar?  Long-standing clients may remember Diane from her last  residency at Berwins from 1997 to 2002, having previously worked for A M Hall & Co from 1978. 
 
Away from  work, Diane is a member of the Bradford Guild of Handspinners, Weavers and Dyers and enjoys all forms of these textile crafts.
Diane is a specialist practitioner in residential property and conveyancing,  with particular expertise in leasehold and new-build conveyancing.   Diane has many years of experience  in her field, all in Harrogate and Dist...
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Liz Grayshon
Graduate Member Legal Executive

Graduate Member Legal Executive Liz has always lived in the Harrogate area, mainly the surrounding villages in the countryside. Liz graduated from De Montfort University in 2007 and has worked in Family Law ever since, gaining experience in both Public and Private Law cases. She has developed a particular interest in Children Act proceedings, contested Financial  proceedings and Collaborative Law. In her spare time, having a farming background, Liz still shows  an interest in local and national agricultural shows with horses and pedigree cattle

Graduate Member Legal Executive Liz has always lived in the Harrogate area, mainly the surrounding villages in the countryside. Liz graduated from De Montfort University in 2007 and has worked in Family Law ever since, gaining experience in b...
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Danielle Day
Solicitor

Danielle qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and joined Berwins on qualification having trained with a prominent regional family law practice.   

She specialises in  Family Law and has quickly become a valued member of Berwins’ Legal 500 and Chambers-ranked Family Team.  

Her positive approach and thorough technical grasp combined with approachability and genuine care for her clients have, in a relatively short time earned her praise from clients and their other advisers alike.  

Away from the office Danielle enjoys playing the trumpet and piano, being a member of a semi-professional band for the last 10 years. 

Danielle qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and joined Berwins on qualification having trained with a prominent regional family law practice.    She specialises in  Family Law and has quickly become a valued member of Berwins&rsq...
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Hayley Maxwell
Trainee Solicitor

Hayley grew up in Thirsk and was educated there and in York. She joined the Berwins Residential Property Team in 2013. Hayley has a first class Law Degree and has completed the Legal Practice Course and in 2011 obtained a Distinction in her LLM in International Corporate Law at Leeds University. In her spare time Hayley enjoys sport, especially running and plays for a local hockey team.

Hayley grew up in Thirsk and was educated there and in York. She joined the Berwins Residential Property Team in 2013. Hayley has a first class Law Degree and has completed the Legal Practice Course and in 2011 obtained a Distinction in ...
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