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Andrew joined Buss Murton Law in 1995 and in 2015 became the firm’s Managing Partner. He is the head of the Employment Department, acting for both employers and employees. Andrew specialises in providing advice to employers on all aspects of employment law ranging from employment contracts for their senior executives to group redundancy arrangements. He also advises senior executives on their terms of engagement, revisions to their terms and conditions and, where necessary, negotiating their severance packages.
He has experience of all forms of dispute resolution ranging from the Employment Tribunal through mediation and arbitration to High Court action.
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Helen joined Buss Murton in 2008. She is a member of the Institute of Legal Executives and qualified with distinction in Conveyancing Law and Practice, as well as in 3 other heads of her ILEX exams in 2012.
The majority of work Helen undertakes on a day-to-day basis is dealing with freehold and leasehold residential sales and purchases, unregistered land, shared ownership purchases, sales of part of land, equity releases, mortgages and remortgages, joint ownership agreements, assured shorthold tenancy agreements, deeds of variation and lease extensions.
Helen has established proactive relationships with local estate agents to ensure that clients receive a seamless service in dealing with their most valuable asset.
Melanie was called to the Bar in 1984. For over 10 years she practised as a Barrister in a specialist set of London family law chambers, regularly appearing in the High Court and conducting a number of cases in the Court of Appeal.
Having taken a career break to care for her children, in 2003 she joined the Buss Murton family team. Melanie is now a partner and head of the family team. Her expertise and wide experience gained both from her time at the Bar and at Buss Murton, enable her to assist and advice on all areas of family law. She now specialises in high net worth financial cases and in complex children cases including those where a parent wishes to move abroad with children.
Melanie is one of the area's most experienced and active collaborative lawyers and, where possible, strongly supports the resolution of issues through negotiation, rather than through the courts. She is a founder member of the local collaborative lawyers' group and has given lectures to other family lawyers on collaborative law. Melanie is a member of Resolution (the organisation of family lawyers) and strongly supports the association’s aim to resolve issues in as fair and amicable way as possible.
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Graham joined Buss Murton in December 2003 having previously practised in Bromley and Dartford. Graham qualified in 1980 and has since the early 1990’s specialised in non-contentious Private Client work in particular Estate Administration, the drafting of Wills, the administration of the affairs of the Elderly and contested and non-contested applications to the Court of Protection on behalf of those incapable of dealing with their own affairs.
Graham is now a Partner in the firm and having spent 5 years at the Tunbridge Wells office Graham has since January 2009 been the Partner at the office in Cranbrook heading the Private Client team there.
Graham is Treasurer and occasional player for Meopham Cricket Club, one of the oldest Cricket Clubs in Kent.
After obtaining an LLB honours degree in Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2000 and successfully completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, Daldeep (known as `Dal') joined Buss Murton in September 2001 as a trainee.
At the age of 25, Dal set up Buss Murton's first standalone commercial property department. Three years later he became one of the youngest solicitors to be appointed partner at Buss Murton. Dal is now the partner in charge of the Property Department across its four offices, the firm's Senior Responsible Officer for its Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation and he is also the Training Supervisor for the firm's Trainee Solicitors.
Dal specialises in advising commercial clients on their property needs, in particular, landlords, tenants, developers and financiers.
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Alex leads the Company/Commercial team at Buss Murton. He joined the firm in 2012 from his own boutique corporate firm that he started up in 2010, bringing with him 20 years’ experience in leadership positions as in-house corporate counsel for such companies as FremantleMedia Limited (the makers of the X Factor and Grand Designs) and as Head of Corporate Strategy and General Counsel for the Jamie Oliver group of companies. Educated in New Zealand and the UK, and having worked with global organisations, Alex has gained significant experience, and led and contributed to high profile international media acquisitions and business strategy.
As a result, Alex is not only able to advise on the legal aspects of an enterprise’s business, but is also able to bring a unique perspective having been involved in the operational aspects of those enterprises. In addition to these insights, Alex has also been at the heart of a number of change management projects, and led transformation and integration initiatives.
With this wealth of experience, Alex can advise on a broad spectrum of company and commercial law. These include corporate and business acquisition and disposals, debt financings, corporate finance, insolvency, restructuring, and corporate governance right through to employment (non-contentious and contentious), commercial contracts, agency arrangements, intellectual property exploitation and protection, IT, data protection, franchising and dispute resolution.
Alex brings to the firm the passion he also exhibits in his interest in sailing and classical guitar. Originally qualifying in New Zealand, he still supports the All Blacks (and everyone else playing Australia). He qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 1990 and obtained a Masters of Law from the London School of Economics in 1991. He regularly speaks on such subjects as the legal and business impacts of social media, data protection and cybersecurity.
Alex joined Buss Murton in 2007 as a Business Analyst having previously worked in the shipping industry. Thereafter he headed up Buss Murton's IT and Management Information Team, then became Financial Controller in 2013, and was appointed as the firm's Practice Manager in June 2015. In June 2016, following the firm's move to an Alternative Business Structure, Alex was appointed the firm's first non-lawyer Equity Partner.
Alex oversees all aspects of finance & operations at Buss Murton and acts as the firm's Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).
Edward is a Partner in the Private Client Department. He started practising Private Client Law in 2000, initially as a solicitor in a well-known firm in Tonbridge and thereafter with several well-known East Sussex firms before joining Buss Murton in July 2014.
He advises and acts on all aspects of Inheritance tax planning and Capital Gains tax planning. He also acts in Probate administration matters and post death Variations for Inheritance tax and Capital Gains tax purposes. He also regularly advises clients regarding the making of their Wills, Powers of Attorney, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Declarations of Trust with respect to client’s properties.
He undertakes the full range of advice and work with respect to Trusts and advises on associated tax implications of those actions. He also advises generally on (tax) domicile and residence issues.
He regularly advises and acts on the registration of Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney, the making of Statutory Wills and gift applications at the Court of Protection.
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Gail is a Licensed Conveyancer in the Residential Property Department. She acts for clients in all areas of residential conveyancing and specialises in dealing with purchases through the Government Help to Buy Schemes for clients. Other areas which Gail has experience in are equity release schemes, transfers of equity, lease extensions and remortgage transactions.
Gail joined Buss Murton in July 2014 having previously worked at another Kent firm for 12 years where she worked her way from a Secretary to a Conveyancing Assistant. In January 2012, she began studying to become a Licensed Conveyancer and qualified in September 2015.
Emma joined Buss Murton in 2012 as a trainee solicitor, having graduated in law and business from Brighton University where she not only won the inter-university moot against Sussex University, but also achieved the third highest first class honours law degree in her year. Emma became a fully qualified solicitor in 2015 and practices in both family and employment law.
Emma's family law specialisms include divorce, the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and issues relating to the arrangements for children. Her employment work involves advising both employers and employees in relation to contracts of employment, grievance and disciplinary procedures, settlement agreements, as well as matters relating to the termination of employment.
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Christina joined Buss Murton in February 2015 and is local to the area. Christina deals with residential conveyancing including Freehold and Leasehold residential sales and purchases, new-builds, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, shared ownership and park homes. She has recently taken over conduct of commercial property work in the branch, the variety of which she enjoys. This can be from renewal of commercial leases, sales and purchases of business premises, option agreements and commercial loans.
Corinne has been with Buss Murton since 1977 and has many years experience of all types of property work acting for a variety of personal and commercial clients across a wide geographical area. Corinne typically handles residential and commercial property conveyancing, as well as financing both residential and commercial property. She has also acted for house builders in the acquisition of land for development and its eventual disposal as completed units.
She has acted for commercial landlords and tenants in respect of leases of offices, retail, industrial units and land.
Sharon is part of the Property Team at Buss Murton's East Grinstead Office. Sharon worked as a Legal Assistant for 25 years after which she pursued a career as a Licensed Conveyancer qualifying in March 2011 and passing her conveyancing module with merit.
Sharon deals with all residential conveyancing matters including a large amount of Park Home sales and purchases, Freehold and Leasehold sales and purchases, equity release and re-mortgages.
She is keen to ensure that clients receive an efficient and friendly service at all times.
Kerry is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Property and Private Client departments. After obtaining a First Class BA degree in Politics from Southbank University in 1993, Kerry went on to study Law and qualified as a Fellow in 2004 whilst working at a firm in Chancery Lane, London, specialising in property matters.
Kerry has many years experience advising in all areas of residential property work including freehold and leasehold property, unregistered land, equity release advice, new-build developments, shared ownership, declarations of trust, powers of attorney, transfers of equity, sales of land, auction properties, leasehold enfranchisement and the Help to Buy scheme. She has extensive experience in dealing with high value transactions and the accompanying complexities of dealing with listed buildings together with associated land.
Kerry also advises on all areas of Private Client work including Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as post death Deeds of Variation in relation to Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax.
Tim is a Trainee Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Department. He currently advises on a wide range of issues, including property litigation and contractual disputes.
His first seat as a Trainee Solicitor in the Property Department involved acting on typical residential conveyancing transactions & commercial property matters.
Tim graduated from the University of East Anglia with a 2:1 honours degree in Law. Whilst there, he gained experience with a Norwich-based law firm and after graduating, assisted the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance with a legal project. He then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course in London with BPP Law School.
Following his legal studies, Tim gained experience as a paralegal in a family law firm in London, with exposure to international disputes involving high-net-worth individuals.
He then completed a voluntary internship with a church in Kent, and also acted as a restorative justice facilitator, negotiating between young offenders and their victims in police custody.
Tim began his training contract with Buss Murton in October 2015.
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For the bulk of his career Alex has specialised in Estate Planning work for families, individuals, trustees and owner-managed businesses. This includes advice on taxation (mainly capital taxes such as IHT and CGT,) succession strategies, residence and domicile matters, Wills and Trusts.
Alex has a specialty in law for charities, advising many, both large and small, on their constitutional affairs, taxation and general commercial contracts. It helps that Alex has been the Chairman of a Hospice and is trustee of three other charities and has therefore hands-on experience of the issues that charities face day-to-day.
Alex has many years' experience representing individuals who have lost the capacity to make decisions concerning their personal and financial affairs. He has been appointed by the Court of Protection to be Deputy (formerly Receiver) to a wide range of individuals in that role. Alex qualified in 1973 and after 18 years as a Partner in a provincial firm in Sussex, moved to London to join Campbell Hooper in Westminster. There he was a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department, a post he held for 10 years.
Margaret is a Solicitor in the Family Department. Margaret started practicing Family Law in 1996 and joined Buss Murton in January 2000. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and was made an Associate in 2009.
Margaret has considerable experience in all areas of Family Law, specialising in issues relating to arrangements for children and financial provision arising from divorce. Where appropriate, Margaret advises and supports clients in reaching agreement on these matters, but when this is not possible, she guides and assists them throughout the court process.
Margaret also advises unmarried couples in relation to issues relating to children and finances.
Margaret is a member of Resolution and strongly supports the association’s aim to resolve issues in as fair and amicable way as possible.
Lora has been part of the Buss Murton family team since 2001. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and qualified with distinction in Family Law and Practice.
Lora has wide experience in all areas of family law and predominantly advises clients who are divorcing or separating and who need to resolve issues relating to finances and children. Lora particularly specialises in complex residence and contact cases, including cases in which one parent wishes to take children to live in a different country.
Lora also works closely with Melanie den Brinker who is head of the family team to provide an expert and cost sensitive approach to matters involving complex and high net value financial cases.
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Lucy advises on all aspects of private client work including Wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 having completed her training at a local Sussex firm. Lucy subsequently worked “in house” for Lloyds Bank as an estates administrator and also within their legal team advising on technical issues relating to Wills, probate and trusts.
Lucy also dealt with the contentious side of private client where claims arose from negligent Will drafting, questions of capacity of the testator when executing their Will or inadequate provisions being made for dependents within valid Wills.
Satnaam became a fully qualified solicitor in 2016. She completed the LPC at the College of Law and secured her training contract at Buss Murton.
Satnaam specialises as a Private Client solicitor. During her training contract at Buss Murton Law LLP she sat in the Private Client team for over a year
and obtained excellent exposure to drafting Wills and Trusts, registering Lasting Powers of Attorneys, managing Probates and Estates, handling and
registering Charities and general tax planning advice. Satnaam provides specialist advice to and manages clients in both the Tunbridge Wells and Cranbrook
offices at Buss Murton Law.
Satnaam completed her undergraduate degree in Law with Business LLB at the University of Birmingham. She was one of the top 5% of students to have been
granted a scholarship due to her academic grades. During University she won the first year's Mooting Competition Cup and held the position of Treasurer
of Sikh Society to finance charity events.
Alongside her educational achievements Satnaam worked during and after her studies to acquire practical knowledge in the legal industry. She secured places
at competitive legal vacation schemes and mini pupillages. She acquired further experience by working in a specialist legal recruitment firm and as
an in-house Paralegal at a leading insurance firm and insurance broker.
Should you require any Private Client services please get in touch with Satnaam.
Roisin studied Criminology at Nottingham Trent University and graduated in 2014. Then, studying at Nottingham Law School, Roisin went straight on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and a achieved a distinction in the Legal Practice Course.
Alongside studying Roisin volunteered with two Advice Clinics assisting with providing free legal advice for clients and, also, with the charity the Personal Support Unit where she supported litigants in person.
Roisin joined Buss Murton in September 2016 as a Paralegal in the Residential Property team.
Laura graduated from the University of Bristol with a law degree in 2011 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. During her academic studies Laura was a student member of the University of Bristol Pro Bono Law Clinic and volunteered at the College of Law with their LawWorks Mediation Scheme.
Following her legal studies, Laura gained experience as a paralegal at a family law firm in East Sussex. She then moved to another Kent law firm and worked as a probate legal secretary before being promoted to a legal assistant within the department. Laura joined Buss Murton in November 2015 and is a member of the Private Client team.
Matt completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature and Film at Bangor University, during which time he worked as a short-order chef at a local restaurant. After completing his PGCE in secondary education, he taught English and was Head of Careers at King's School, Rochester.
Matt left teaching in 2014 in order to undertake his law conversion training. He completed his GDL at Oxford Brookes, achieving a Distinction and winning the GDL Prize and completed his LPC at the University of Law, Bristol where he also gained a Distinction.
Matt began his training contract with Buss Murton in October 2016.
Noleen joined Buss Murton Law in c2006 when the firm of Baily & Goff where she had worked from 1996 was incorporated into Buss Murton. She was born in South Africa and has lived in Dartford over 20 years.
Noleen has worked in the probate department since 2000 and from 2010 has been meeting families personally to discuss the assistance they require to deal with their family/friend's estate.
Her assistance ranges from providing initial guidance when a death is reported to the firm to reviewing the extent of the estate with the Executors and advising how best to deal with the administration of the estate.
Whether the estate is straightforward or subject to inheritance tax, Noleen will work with the Executors to prepare the appropriate paperwork to apply for a Grant of Representation (if required), assist with claiming/transferring the assets and distribution to wind up the estate enabling closure for the family/friends.
David qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and has working in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area since 1978. He has dealt with both residential and commercial property transactions throughout his career and specialises in commercial leases.
Richard joined the Wealden firm of Murton Clark & Murton Neale in 1968 as an articled clerk. After qualification, he became a Partner in 1975, and was involved in the merger that created Buss Murton in 1985. Throughout his working life he has lived and worked in the Weald of Kent, servicing the legal requirements of his many clients acquired over the last 50 years.
Since his retirement as a Partner in 2000, he has worked with the firm as a full-time Consultant, dealing mainly with conveyancing work, both residential and commercial, as well as providing other general legal advice.
Katherine joined the firm in 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor in the Property team after spending two and a half years as a Paralegal in a London firm. While
working in London she also studied part-time for her LPC with the University of Law.
Katherine is now a qualified solicitor working in the Company Commercial and Commercial Property teams at Buss Murton. She has experience in corporate transactions such as business and share sales and corporate financing as well as commercial property work including leases (landlord and tenant), sale and purchases, overage and option agreements.
Claire started her legal career with an LLB(Hons) from the London School of Economics after which she trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1989. She retrained as a solicitor in Cambridge subsequently returning to her original home in Kent where she has worked for practices in Kent, Sussex and the City of London.
Claire specialises in residential property work but also undertakes some non-contentious private client work, particularly the administration of estates.
Pat has worked within a legal environment for many years and qualified as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in August 2006. She is based in Tunbridge Wells and manages the HR function for all of Buss Murton's offices.
Justine is Head of the Employment and Dispute Resolution Team in Tunbridge Wells. She is responsible for managing the team which deals with a wide range of matters from straightforward contract disputes to contentious probate and complex High Court litigation.
Justine herself deals with all types of commercial litigation and she has particular expertise in Property Litigation. Having previously worked in the City as well as here in Kent she has a very broad range of experience, from taking back possession of a commercial building occupied by multiple squatters to dealing with agricultural landlord and tenant disputes and disputes between neighbours over boundaries and easements.
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Julie joined Buss Murton in 2015 as a Solicitor in our Cranbrook office, specialising in family and employment law.
Julie acts for clients in all areas of family law, specialising in issues relating to arrangements for children and financial provision arising from divorce. She is a member of Resolution and understands the complex emotional processes involved in family law matters and promotes mediation and a collaborative approach where appropriate.
Julie also acts for clients in the field of employment law, in particular advising employers on business restructures and tribunal claims. Her background in financial services and her expertise in this area equip her to offer individually tailored and pragmatic solutions to employment law issues.
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Claire is a Chartered Legal Executive and is a member of the Private Client Team.
Claire acts for clients in many aspects of private client matters. She has a particular interest in, and experience of, probate and estate administration which are often complex in nature or of high value. Claire understands the importance to executors and beneficiaries of receiving support and guidance on the probate process at what can be a very difficult and emotional time and is mindful of this in her handling of each case.
She also advises regarding the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Claire can also provide assistance in Court of Protection matters and in the registration of historically made Enduring Powers of Attorney. Her clients appreciate her patient and caring approach to their instructions.
Claire qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2008 and joined Buss Murton in 2015 having previously worked at a mid-sized Westminster practice for over 14 years.
Kristy joined Buss Murton as an Associate in November 2015. She has over 20 years’ experience in family, general civil litigation, criminal, Wills & probate and financial planning areas of law.
In 2003 Kristy was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and in 2008 she became one of the first six Legal Executives in the country to obtain higher rights of audience as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate in Family Proceedings. She undertakes the majority of her own advocacy.
Since 2001, Kristy has been a full Member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors' Family Law Association) and adheres fully to their Code of Practice attempting to achieve a fair and amicable settlement.
Kristy specialises in all areas of family law, wills and probate and employment law.
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Therese joined Buss Murton in April 2015 as the firm's Marketing Manager and is responsible for developing the firm's marketing strategy and implementation.
Prior to joining Buss Murton, Therese worked in various marketing functions in the pharmaceutical industry and then moved into financial services working for NatWest Bank and Barclays Stockbrokers in London. She then moved to Scotland where she was in charge of marketing for an international paper manufacturer.
Therese holds a Law degree from the University of Durham and a Masters degree from Warwick Business School.
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Alan trained and spent the early years of his career with international firm Bird & Bird. Subsequently he worked as an in-house lawyer in industry, spent some years as managing director of a group of management training companies, and founded his own law firm. With that background, he has acquired a wide range of commercial experience and awareness, and is well placed to view matters from a client’s perspective.
He joined Buss Murton as senior partner in 2007, and advises on corporate and commercial matters including shareholder arrangements, corporate governance, venture capital transactions, company acquisitions, joint ventures and share options, and on partnership and commercial agreements generally. He holds the Corporate Finance qualification granted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is a co-author of Succession Solutions Manual, published in 2006 by Wolters Kluwer.
Mark joined Buss Murton as a Trainee Solicitor in March 2017. Currently in the early stage of his Training Contract, Mark will initially be advising clients in Cranbrook and Tunbridge Wells on a wide range of issues, including Residential and Commercial Property and Private Client.
Taking a non-traditional path into the legal profession, Mark commissioned as an officer in the Royal Navy immediately after Secondary School, specialising in Logistics and Personnel Management after graduating from the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. During his seven-year career, he served at sea and ashore in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, before leaving the regular Armed Forces in 2010 to pursue a career in Law.
Remaining in full-time employment throughout, Mark graduated from the Open University in 2013 with a 2:1 honours degree in History and completed the academic stage of legal training at the University of Law in London, gaining Commendations on both the GDL and LPC.
Having relished the challenge of balancing full-time work with study, including working as a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons and deploying on operations to the Middle East as a Royal Navy reservist, Mark is focused on qualifying as a solicitor and drawing on his experience to provide the best possible service to Buss Murton’s clients in Kent and Sussex.
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