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Meet the Team

Richard J Knaggs
Solicitor

Richard J Knaggs is the founder of Richard J Knaggs & Co Solicitors LLP. Richard set up the firm in 1983 and is a Solicitor, Principal of the firm and Head of the Property Department. Richard has many years experience in both commercial and residential property matters.

Richard has personally represented many celebrities and sports personalities in high profile cases within the industry including Geoffrey Boycott. He has advised clients across the full range of legal disciplines relevant to the sports sector. He has advised clients across the business of sport, with a particular focus on sports media, and negotiations of contracts with both television companies and newspapers.

Also, specialising in media contracts for celebrities with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ESPN and daily newspapers such as telegraph and The Sun. Richard has an in-depth knowledge and experience of the sports market, and his firm has a consistently commercial approach, which enables it to add real insight and value to clients and their objectives within the sector

Jayne Acklam
Solicitor

Jayne Acklam joined Richard J Knaggs and co in October 2015 and was promoted to Partner in April 2018. Jayne studied law at Teesside University graduating in 1999.  She completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2002 and was called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn the same year.  Jayne also completed a Masters Degree in Advanced Legal Practice with commendation in 2007.  In 2008 Jayne cross qualified as a solicitor and in 2014 was accredited to the Law Society Childrens Panel and Family Law Panel.

Jayne specialises in all aspects of family law.  She has extensive experience in child protection and has been instructed in many complex care proceedings,representing parents and children in the County Court and High Court.  Jayne is a strong advocate in private law proceedings.  As well as offering fixed fee divorces Jayne also specialises in difficult divorces and the division of high value assets, domestic violence, issues involving Contact and residence and removal from jurisdiction as well as litigation and sexual abuse cases.

Jayne also provides advice in equine law.  She is a keen horse rider and competes with her horse in dressage competitions. Jayne can offer legal advice including sales disputes, ownership disputes, personal injury and any other disputes arising from all aspects of horse ownership.

Stephanie Swales
Practice Manager

Stephanie Swales joined Richard J Knaggs & Co in September 2013 and has predominantly worked in the Conveyancing Department.  Stephanie has worked in conveyancing for over 15 years within the local area and has a great relationship with all clients and local organisations.

After being promoted to Head of Conveyancing in 2016 Stephanie branched in to office management and was appointed Practice Manager at Richard J Knaggs & Co in September 2018.

Stephanie is responsible for quality control and compliance, office management, administrative systems, advertising and media in addition to being the practices Money Laundering Officer and IT specialist.

Stephanie demands and ensures a consistent high standard and has an in depth understanding of client care and service provision requirements.

David W French
Solicitor

David French joined Richard J Knaggs & Co Solicitors in June 2016 and is an experienced solicitor with over 45 years experience. David has spoken on local radio stations on numerous occasions providing legal advice relating to private client matters and has also been a legal advisor to a number of local and national charities. He has previously worked for a number of years as the head of the Property and Trust department for a large city firm.

David works within our Wills and Probate department.  There are many things to consider and deal with following the death of a loved one and this can seem very daunting.  David can give you advice on how to move forward at such a difficult time.

As dedicated probate solicitors we can ensure your loved one’s estate is dealt with efficiently and professionally, giving you peace of mind that all formalities are complied with, all legal requirements are met and any Inheritance Tax is kept to a minimum. We offer a professional and personal service helping to ease the burden,whilst ensuring you are informed of progress every step of the way.

Barry Hilton
Head of Claims

Barry Hilton joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in October 2018 and has over 25 years experience in claims handling, Barry has also worked with several major insurance companies dealing with claims handling and loss adjustment.

Barry can provide assistance to all clients needing to make a claim for personal injury and prides himself on delivering a high standard of service at all times to clients during the difficult times that an injury can cause.  Barry understands the significant impact an injury can have on all aspects of a clients life and is always on hand to provide expert advice where needed.

Barry holds a fortnightly free advice clinic relating to personal injury and Barry also handles debt recovery matters.

Victoria Christie
Solicitor

Victoria Christie joined Richard J Knaggs & Co in August 2018 to take over the Commercial Property Department.   Victoria Qualified as a solicitor in February 2008 and particularly enjoys dealing with more complex and unusual cases that test her application of the law.

Victoria handles commercial property matters and can provide advice when purchasing, selling or leasing a commercial property or business. She is focused on developing and expanding the commercial department and offering a bespoke service to clients and commercial agents locally and further afield.  If you have any commercial queries Victoria offers a free, no obligation consultation.

As an addition to the commercial aspects of the firm Victoria also assists clients with Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney alongside some residential conveyancing.

Theresa Taylor
Conveyancer

Theresa Taylor first joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2009 and has over 10 years experience in Conveyancing.  Theresa is very knowledgeable and prides herself on providing a fast an efficient service to her clients.  Theresa can assist all clients in their residential conveyancing needs and has experience in all areas of property law and will advise and guide you through the complex issues that you will experience when you move home ensuring the transaction is a smooth as possible.  Theresa is a highly valued member of the team and an integral part of the Conveyancing Department.

James Jeffels
Paralegal

James Jeffels joined Richard J Knaggs & Co in November 2018 as a Paralegal and has a fantastic legal career ahead of him.

James graduated from Teesside University July 2018 with a 2.1 Law Degree and was awarded the Thompson Reuters Law Prize for an outstanding contribution to Law.

James has joined our busy family team and is growing a specialist caseload consisting of family law and equine law matters.

Laura Huntly-Peck
Legal Assistant

Laura joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2017 and has over 3 years experience in a legal environment. Laura provides assistance within the conveyancing department and is  a valued member of the team.

Helen Pew
Legal Assistant

Helen joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2016 and has over 5 years experience in property matters. Helen is a Senior Legal Assistant within the Conveyancing Department and is a highly valued member of the team.

Liz Beech
Legal Assistant

Liz Joined Richard J Knaggs & Co in July 2018 and is a Legal Assistant in the Commercial Conveyaning Department.  Liz assists in all aspects of Conveyancing, Private Client matters and Probate.  She has over 3 years’ experience in conveyancing during which time has gained CILEx Graduate Fast Track Diploma in Legal Practice

Marie Hall
Legal Assistant

Marie Hall has been with Richard J Knaggs & Co for over 30 years predominantly as a Senior Personal Assistant.  Marie works within our Family Department and is a highly valued member of staff.

Beckie Beedle
Legal Assistant

Beckie Beedle joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2016 and has many years experience in the legal industry.  Beckie is a Senior Legal Assistant within the Personal Injury Department and Family Department. and is a highly valued member of the team.

Michelle Blackburn
Legal Assistant

Michelle Blackburn first joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP over 12 years ago and is a Senior Personal Assistant within the Wills and Probate Department.  Michelle is a very experienced assistant and is a valued member of the team at Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP.

Justine Hambley
Receptionist

Justine joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2017 and has over 25 years experience in reception work. Justine is the first point of contact for all clients and is a valued member of the team.

Kathleen Rowe
Receptionist

Kathleen joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in April 2018 and has over 20 years experience in the legal industry. Kathleen predominantly works on reception and also provides assistance to the Senior Legal Assistants and Fee earners

Denise Rogers
Accounts Manager

Denise Rogers joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2004 and is the firms Accounts Manager and Legal Cashier.  Denise’s role is an integral part of the legal business and day to day running of the firm.

Ann McBurney
Legal Cashier

Ann McBurney joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in 2017 and has over 25 years experience in tax and accounting. 

Sarah Anis
Legal Cashier

Sarah joined Richard J Knaggs & Co LLP in November 2018 and has many years experience as a Legal Cashier.