Meet Our People

"Let me introduce you to the team at BHP Law. Between us, we have years of experience in helping individuals and businesses with their legal requirements. We pride ourselves on making the law easy to understand for our clients and always being at the end of the phone when needed. We are happy to meet you at whichever office is convenient to you so you don’t have to travel miles to access the high quality legal services that you may need.

We’re here to help you, so please feel free to contact us directly. If you’re not sure who would deal with your matter, then please give us a call or get in touch here on our website."

John Pratt, Managing Partner

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Amanda Adeola

Partner

Amanda has worked in the North Eastern Circuit since qualifying as a solicitor. She trained and worked with two law firms in Darlington before moving…

Ian Barker

Senior Associate

Ian joined BHP as a Senior Associate in our Commercial and Agricultural Property team in November 2020. …

Guy Barr

Senior Associate

Having started his legal career in the Professions and Insurance team at Watson Burton in 2002, Guy qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and continued to…

Natalie Bell

Associate

Following University Natalie was employed by a firm in Gateshead and in 2014 began her Training Contract. The majority of her training was within commercial…

Helen Biglin

Partner

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and at that time joined Walton Hardy & Clough in Darlington as a member of their Wills, Trusts & Probate team.…

Peter Blackett

Partner

Senior partner Peter Blackett has practised for over 50 years in Durham & North Yorkshire and has been involved in many significant commercial and agricultural…

Dorothy Burgess

Conveyancing Executive

Dorothy has worked for BHP Law since 1987 initially as secretary for Norman Hart (now retired partner) and training as a fee earner in residential conveyancing…

Georgia Burn

Paralegal

Georgia graduated from Northumbria University in 2019, with the MLaw (Exempting) degree incorporating the LPC and joined Clifford Chance in their Capital…

Lisa Clark

Trainee Legal Executive

Lisa began her legal career with BHP Law in November 2003 when she joined the personal injury department in a secretarial/support role to assist three…

Jack Collins

Apprentice Solicitor

Jack joined BHP in September 2020 as an apprentice solicitor in our family team, alongside studying at Northumbria University one day per week. …

Gary Copeland

Consultant Solicitor

Gary has some 35 years advising on many high value share sales/acquisitions transactions for various businesses across the North East and internationally…

Michelle Coulson

Solicitor

Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 2006, specializing in criminal law. In 2013, Michelle also trained in private client services and private family…

Susan Cozens

Paralegal

Susan started working at BHP Law in 1996 as a secretary in the conveyancing department. Over the years she has gained valuable knowledge in conveyancing…

Emily Jayne Crick

Solicitor

Emily trained with Co-op Legal Services in London and Manchester where she worked in the family and probate departments and qualified into family law…

Helen Cruickshanks

Solicitor

Helen joined BHP Law in 2014 working within the Personal Injury team, progressing from paralegal to trainee solicitor and subsequently qualified Solicitor…

Jemma Louise Ebdon

Team Leader/Conveyancing Executive

Jemma is our Residential Conveyancing team leader based at our Darlington office with over 14 years experience. She joined BHP Law in 2010 and during…

Jane Ferguson

Solicitor

Jane trained at Atkinson Ritson Solicitors in her hometown of Carlisle, moving to Winskell & Winskell solicitors in Newcastle upon qualification to specialise…

Andrea Hewitson

Partner

Andrea took her law degree at Northumbria University and went on to study for the solicitors exams at Chester Law School. Andrea joined Harvey &…

Holly Hirst

Associate

Holly graduated from Keele University in 2005 with an LLB in Law with English and completed her LLM Master of Laws at Durham University in 2006. Holly…

Nicola Hobson

Conveyancing Executive

Nicola joined BHP Law as a conveyancing secretary in 2015. Following two years working as a conveyancing secretary at another local firm, Nicola returned…

Lauren Jordan

Solicitor

Lauren obtained her law degree from the University of Cumbria, graduating in 2012 and started her LPC at Northumbria University, graduating the following…

Simone Kent

Solicitor

Simone joined BHP Law in June 2016 during the course of her MLaw Exempting degree at Northumbria University. In the first semester of her final year,…

Sara Khan

Conveyancing Executive

Sara completed her Law degree in July 2016 at Teesside University and began working in a local firm doing residential conveyancing. She completed her…

Ruby Knapton

Trainee Legal Executive

Ruby began working at BHP Law in 2017 as an admin assistant in residential conveyancing. She quickly became fascinated by the legal profession and knew…

Peter Leach

Legal Executive

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executive and has over 35 years experience in dealing with Probate matters. Peter joined BHP Law…

Ruth Markham

Partner

Ruth is a former member of the Bar Council before cross qualifying as a solicitor. She joined BHP Law in March 2014 as an associate and was made head…

Phil Masters

Partner

Following university Phil was employed by Dawn Advice as a legal advisor. Dawn is a charitable organisation based near Cramlington that provided detailed…

Abi McDowell

Trainee Legal Executive

Abi studied law at A-Level and went on to successfully complete an apprenticeship in Business Administration. She joined BHP in 2018 as a secretary in…

Alex Millward

Associate

After completing the Legal Practice course from Northumbria University, Alex became director at Alexander Byers Millward Ltd, where he contracted with…

Gillian Mitchell

Chartered Legal Executive

Gillian joined BHP Law's family team in October 2020 as a Chartered Legal Executive. In 2013, Gillian achieved accredited status with Resolution in complex…

Melanie Morley

Solicitor

Law is Melanie’s second career, but over the last 18 years she has gained valuable experience working within the areas of construction, finance and…

Holly Naylor

Solicitor

Holly began her legal career as a paralegal in BHP Law’s Family team. She completed her first training seat in the Personal Injury team managing road…

Laura Nicholson

Lettings Manager

Ellie Phillips

Apprentice Solicitor

Ellie joined us in September 2020 as an apprentice solicitor in our Court of Protection team, alongside studying at Northumbria University one day per…

Zoey Phillips

Solicitor

Zoey was admitted as a solicitor in 2021 after securing her masters degree in Law from Northumbria University. In 2017, Zoey worked at TLW Solicitors…

John Pratt

Managing Partner

John is Managing Partner of BHP Law and as such has been responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the firm since the early 1990's. He…

Karen Pratt

Partner

Karen Stephanie Pratt is an equity partner and is head of the Court of Protection team. After being admitted as a solicitor in 1986, Karen became…

Meaghan Redmond

Solicitor

Meaghan qualified as a solicitor in July 2018 at Hedleys & Co Solicitors. She graduated from University of Sunderland in 2011 and began working in…

Karolyn Scott

Corporate Executive

Karolyn has worked at BHP Law for over 18 years. Within the business and commercial law team she has assisted on advising high value share sales/acquisitions…

Liz Smith

Solicitor

Liz trained in a general legal practice in Gateshead before qualifying as a solicitor when she moved to a law firm in Hartlepool, doing a mixture of commercial…

Claire Truscott

Associate

Claire graduated in 1999 from Northumbria University and secured a training contract in Sunderland, qualifying as a solicitor in 2001. Claire specialised…

Sapna Tugby

Partner

Sapna previously worked as a mental health paralegal for Thaliwal Bridge solicitors, in Leicester. She obtained a LSC funded training contract, then worked…

Lorna Turnbull

Conveyancing Executive

Lorna joined BHP Law as a secretary in our residential conveyancing team in 2019. She brings a wealth of experience working in residential and commercial…

Laura Vipond

Legal Executive

Laura has worked in the legal profession for over 20 years. She completed her training at J W Mitchell Dodds & Co and remained at that firm when it merged…

Leanne Walker

Trainee Legal Executive

Leanne made the change from the procurement sector to law, having completed her part-time Open University law degree with upper second class honours in…

Andrew Wigmore

Solicitor

After being admitted as a solicitor in 2004, Andrew worked for a firm in Gateshead specialising in criminal law where he gained the Criminal Litigation…

Stephen Williams

Partner

Stephen Williams is the head of the Court of Protection health & welfare department and specialises in community care, health and welfare and mental capacity…

Anthony Willis

Solicitor

Anthony worked at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors and qualified and worked at Thompsons Solicitors between 2003 and 2016. He joined BHP Law’s Employment…

Liz Winchester

Solicitor

Liz initially studied BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Forensic Science at Northumbria University followed by an MSc in Forensic Anthropology at the University…

Dermot Winters

Partner

After an initial career in merchant banking, Dermot subsequently took articles at a corporate boutique in Manchester (Turner Parkinson), after which followed…

Ken Wiper

Consultant Solicitor

Ken started his legal career at Latimer Hinks where he qualified as a legal executive specialising in litigation. He went on to qualify as a solicitor…

Emma Wood

Paralegal

Emma qualified as a paralegal and completed her police station accreditation before joining BHP Law’s Court of Protection team. …

Rosie Woodward

Associate

Rosie began her legal career at Darling & Stephensons Solicitors in 2004, assisting with residential conveyancing cases and then running her own caseload…

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