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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Fiona Addison

Conveyancing Executive

Fiona began her career in law in the 1990s, where she worked within several firms as a Legal Secretary and thereafter as a Paralegal. Following this…

Oluwapelumi (Amanda) Adeola

Partner

Oluwapelumi (Amanda) Adeola specialises in private Family Law. She moved to the Northeast from London after completing her Legal Practice Course and trained…

Rachel Alder

Associate

Rachel started her career in the legal sector in 2009 and joins BHP Law’s Personal Disputes Resolution team after spending the past 11 years as an Associate…

Ben Armstrong

Apprentice Solicitor

Ben joined BHP Law in September 2022, after finishing his A-levels. Within Ben’s first year as a Solicitor Apprentice, he joined the Wills, Trusts,…

Megan Austin

Apprentice Solicitor

Megan joined BHP Law as a Solicitor Apprentice in 2022, following the completion of her A-Levels. Megan studies at Northumbria University one day per…

Jennifer Baister

Trainee Solicitor

Jennifer joined BHP Law in 2022, having previously specialised in handling a variety of personal injury claims arising out of Road Traffic Accidents at…

Ian Barker

Senior Associate

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

Jonathan Barker

Senior Associate

Jonathan advises on all aspects of Mental Health and Court of Protection Law, alongside work in Civil Litigation. He is an Accredited Member of the Law…

Natalie Bell

Partner

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…

Charlotte Brown

Associate

Charlotte joined BHP Law in February 2024 as an Associate Solicitor to help expand the child law aspect of the firm’s growing family team. Charlotte…

Lucy Burgess

Apprentice Solicitor

Lucy joined BHP Law as a Solicitor Apprentice in September 2022. As an apprentice, Lucy will experience working within different departments over the…

Victoria Burrows

Senior Associate

Victoria joined BHP Law in December 2022 as a Senior Associate bringing over 10 years experience of working in Court of Protection (heath and welfare).…

Lisa Cairns

Head of People Services

Alex Clancy

Senior Associate

Alex began her career as a Family Law Clerk at Watson Woodhouse Solicitors after graduating from Teesside University in 2004. She spent her first year…

Lisa Clark

Trainee Legal Executive

Lisa joined BHP Law in November 2003 to provide Secretarial/Admin support in the Industrial Disease team, she became a Paralegal in 2005. Lisa…

Jack Collins

Apprentice Solicitor

Jack joined BHP in September 2020 as an Apprentice Solicitor in our Family Team. In year one of the apprenticeship Jack predominantly assisted with private…

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

Senior Associate

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

Kieran Dolaghan

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations at BHP Law, Kieran oversees our legal services and operational functions across multiple practice areas and locations -…

Jemma Louise Ebdon

Partner

Jemma is our Residential Conveyancing Team Leader. Jemma became a Partner at BHP Law in 2022. She joined BHP Law in 2010 as Mr Peter Blackett’s PA and…

Rachel Elliott

Associate

Rachel is an Associate Solicitor working across the Dispute Resolution/Employment and Mental Health teams. She has excellent academic credentials including…

Tracy Farman

Solicitor

In January 2022 Tracy Farman joined BHP Law’s Personal Injury and Medical Negligence department, in Durham, after working for a solicitors practice…

Katie Farnish

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Catrina Hall

Trainee Solicitor

Catrina is currently a trainee solicitor having recently completed her LPC and Masters Degree in Law at Northumbria University, where she was awarded…

Akkelin Harris

Partner

Akkelin advises on matters relating to Wills, Trusts and Probate as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications. She is a…

Andrea Hewitson

Partner

Andrea is a specialist Family Lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. She undertook her law degree at Northumbria University and went on to study for…

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…

Yasir Hussain

Trainee Solicitor

Yasir completed his LLM Legal Practice (LPC) in 2021 at the University of Sunderland after graduating from Teesside University with a degree in law. During…

Lauren Jordan

Associate

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

Sara Khan

Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer

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

Peter Leach

Chartered 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 Law in 2018 as a secretary…

Gillian Mitchell

Associate

With over 20 years experience as a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Family Law, Gillian joined BHP Law's family team in October 2020 bringing…

Laura Nicholson

Lettings Manager

Ellie Phillips

Apprentice Solicitor

Ellie joined us in September 2020 as a Solicitor Apprentice in our Court of Protection team. Ellie continues to study towards her law degree one day per…

Bethany Pickering

Solicitor

Bethany was born and raised in Middlesbrough and has always had a commitment to developing her law career locally. She started her journey studying law…

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…

Holly Sanderson

Paralegal

Holly completed a four-year course at Northumbria University and received an integrated master’s degree as well as her Legal Practice Course qualification…

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…

Nicole Shaw

Trainee Solicitor

Nicole joined BHP Law in January 2023 as a Trainee Solicitor having worked at VCW Law for nearly five years within the Family Department. Nicole commenced…

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

Associate

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…

Lucy Watson

Associate

Lucy studied law at Newcastle University before completing her LPC in York and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2017. She is proficient in all matters relating…

Cheryl Whyte

Senior Associate

Cheryl joined BHP Law in January 2023 as a Senior Associate to help expand the public aspect of the firms growing Family team. Cheryl qualified…

Anthony Willis

Senior Associate

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

Emma Wood

Paralegal

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

Maariyah Zaman

Solicitor

Maariyah is a newly qualified Solicitor specialising in Family Law, predominantly public children law. Maariyah started her career as a legal secretary…

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