Ian Hunt is our Managing Partner and is an award winning and respected private client specialist with over 28 years
’ experience as a qualified Private Client Lawyer. Ian is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, having been admitted as a Fellow in 1992, as well as a longstanding full member of both The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (since 1995) and Solicitors for the Elderly (since 2001) and holds the Older Care in Practice Award. Ian is only one of 54 lawyers nationally to hold membership of the Equity Release Council and is a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum. He is also a panel advisor for Mencap and the National Autistic Society and a member of Action on Elder Abuse, as well as being a Commissioner for Oaths. Ian won the CILEx Legal Expert-Private Client Lawyer award in 2018 and the Devon & Somerset Law Society Chartered Legal Executive of the Year award in 2019 as well as being Highly Commended in the Joyce Arram memorial award in 2019. Ian is also a member of the CILEx Professional Board.
Derek Hunt is our senior Partner and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having been admitted as a Fellow in 1968. He was also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and a Licensed Conveyancer. Derek brings a wealth of experience of varied legal work from his 40 years in Local Government
, particularly in Conveyancing where he dealt with the Council’s major development projects. Derek is also a Commissioner for Oaths.
Robert Scott is our approved Probate Manager. A consultant Solicitor who specialises in contentious probate matters and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in such disputes over the course of the past 28 years since qualifying. Formerly a partner with Everys Solicitors and Kitsons LLP in Exeter and East Devon, Robert has worked as a Consultant since 2014. His practice has extended throughout the country, including the regular conduct of contested matters in the High Court in Bristol, London and elsewhere, as well as across the County Court Circuit. Robert’s style is one of patience and empathy whilst investigating matters with attention to detail, advising clearly and comprehensively ‘warts and all’. With openness in terms of costs, the client is enabled to make a fully informed decision before embarking upon what can be an expensive and distressing process but one which, nonetheless, seeks to achieve a just and fair outcome.
Gloria Ryden is a consultant Notary who initially studied Law at London University before qualifying as a solicitor and then subsequently becoming a Notary Public in 1994. Gloria spent many years teaching law at local colleges. Her specialism is in Private Client matters and she worked at Beviss and Beckingsale at Chard for many years before moving to become a Partner and Head of Department at Sisman Nicholls Solicitors in Bristol. Subsequently she retired as a practicing solicitor to concentrate on providing her expertise as a Notary Public across Devon & Somerset.
Jayne Deasy is a Consultant Solicitor who specialises in corporate and commercial work. She graduated from University College Cork with an honours degree in Law and French before gaining a distinction in her Masters in European Law at University College Dublin. She qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 2006 and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2015. Throughout her career she has worked for major commercial law firms in Ireland, the UK and overseas advising on a wide range of commercial and corporate transactions.
Anna Garland is a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (GCILEx) specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and Probate practice. She is passionate about good client care and clear communication with her clients. Formerly with Hedges Law and Slade Legal, Anna now works as a consultant for East Devon Law in Oxfordshire. Anna brings a wealth of experience to her role. She was previously a primary school teacher and a volunteer at Citizens Advice.
Adele Hunt is our Practice and Accounts Manager and was instrumental in helping Ian set up the firm in 2012. Adele has a teaching degree and is currently undertaking her Level 6 CILEX exams to become a fully qualified lawyer, having attained Associate status in 2019, which enables her to advise and act on elder client matters. Adele has great organisational skills as well as excellent inter-personal skills which will help her become a proficient private client lawyer. Adele is a member of the Institute of Legal Finance Management
Thelma Collier is our Compliance and Client Services Manager. Thelma has an Honours degree in Social Sciences and has worked in financial and legal compliance since 2001. Thelma ensures we maintain the highest standards of client care and that all the relevant legislation and regulation is adhered to. our approved Manager – Compliance
Steve Jupp is our deputy Compliance Manager and previously worked for many years in financial services before switching careers to become HR Director in the NHS via learning to teach the Alexander Technique. He also supervises our archive records and has a keen eye for detail and a deep respect for the personal privacy of all our clients.
Chris Seal has worked for law firms for nearly 40 years, principally in Private Client. She has always had an interest in IT and has developed that interest to be involved in the implantation of systems in various firms over the years. Chris looks after our form designs and precedents as well as assisting in maintaining our IT systems.
Wendy Jupp trained as a legal secretary, focusing on Wills and Probate on leaving school. After raising a family, she retrained and worked in education and then with a local Public Health team; all areas where discretion and client confidentiality are paramount. Wendy is very pleased to put her skills and experience to use within a legal environment again.