Private Client Team
Our team has over 30 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills and Estate administration. The team has particular experience in administering estates.
We have five members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Jacqui Miles, Solicitor and Head of the Private Client department.
Jacqui Miles – Director & Solicitor
Jacqui is the head of our team and has over 18 years experience in private client work, specialising in complex Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax Planning.
Jacqui joined the firm (when we were Walmsley & Barnes) in 1984 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1988 after gaining Honours in the Solicitors final examination in 1986. Jacqui, became a Partner in 1989.
Kerry Pritchard – Solicitor
Kerry joined this firm in July 2019 having worked in both London for local authorities and high street firms in the local area. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 after completing her training in Liverpool, and after having practiced family law for many years, Kerry now specializes in Private Client matters.
Kerry has a caring and empathetic approach to her work and clients and can assist with Wills, Probate and estate administration.
Sarah Morris – Paralegal
Sarah started with this firm in 2004 as a Receptionist/Typist. Sarah has progressed her career with the firm since then, spending the majority of her time in the Probate Department.
Sarah was previously a member of CILEX and has passed her Level 3 examinations and half of Level 6. The arrival of 2 daughters has temporarily understandably curtailed her studies!
Sarah became a Paralegal in 2008 and specialises in dealing with Probate and Grants of Administration and has dealt with well over 300 estates since this time. She has a sensitive but pragmatic approach to the efficient administration of estates.
Angie Pratt – Paralegal
Angie joined this firm in early 2014 having spent approximately 15 years working for a bank. In her last years as an Assistant Branch Manager. Angie, very soon became a Paralegal in the Private Client department. Her main area of focus is that of Lifetime Management where her math’s skills shine, including the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Applications.
Angie’s area of work can become Estate administration and because of her methodical approach and sensitivity this transition to another member of the team is made stress free
Valerie Capel – Personal Assistant
Valerie joined the firm (when we were Walmsley & Barnes) in 1983 in the Civil Litigation department. Up until Christopher Cagney’s retirement in March 2013, Valerie continued as a Personal Assistant in that department playing a supporting role particularly when Christopher carried out his Deputy District Judge sittings.
Valerie then transferred to our Probate department dealing with all aspects of Private Client work and often assists with various aspects of estate administration.