Ann qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has worked in private practice since then. She joined Sharman Law in 2007, becoming a Partner in 2008.
She specialises in all aspects of Probate, Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning, as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work. Her work also involves helping elderly and vulnerable clients to find solutions to their problems.
She approaches her work with pragmatism and sensitivity, and clients appreciate her no nonsense approach to their problems.
She is head of our firm’s Private Client department and is also a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section, giving her access to the latest developments in her area of specialisation.
Ann was previously a member of the Bedfordshire Business Women’s group, as well as being a Governor of Bedford Girls’ School.
She lives in Bedford and is married with two daughters.
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Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has specialised in family law ever since. He heads the family law department of Sharman Law.
He specializes in dealing with the financial issues arising from divorce and separation including acting for clients of high net worth. Increasingly he is also consulted in respect of pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. He is also experienced in the law relating to children (including cases with an international element), domestic violence and co-habitee disputes. This experience is recognised by The Law Society which has appointed him to be a member of the advanced tier of the Family Law Accreditation Scheme.
Philip is a member of Resolution which is a body which encourages individuals to reach agreement through compromise and negotiation. This helps to avoid conflict and also keeps the costs down for the client. He has also been accredited by that organisation as a specialist in the field of dealing with and resolving financial issues.
He is also a qualified collaborative lawyer. This is a relatively new concept in family law which builds upon the principles of compromise referred to above in order to achieve a fair solution for all. For more information on Collaborative Law in the local area, please visit :
Philip’s leisure interests include being an active member of the local Inter-Varsity Club and a member of Ampthill Chamber of Trade and Commerce. He has also completed the challenge of abseiling 475 feet down Guy’s Tower of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London for charity!
Simon has lived in Bedfordshire all his life and went to Bedford Modern School. He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has practised in Bedford since then. He now heads our commercial team and deals with disputes for private and commercial clients and also commercial property transactions.
As far as disputes are concerned, his main specialisation is dealing with disputes involving property, particularly landlord and tenant disputes in relation to both residential and commercial properties. On the transaction side, his experience covers the purchase and leasing of commercial properties and advising on development sites, and dealing with agricultural land sales and leases. He regularly gives talks and presentations on property topics to property owners and is a regular speaker at the Landlord Law conferences held each year by Tessa Shepperson of www.landlordlaw.co.uk
He is a member of the Bedford Surveyors 1921 Club and was President of that club for 2010/2011. He is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
Outside the office he enjoys spending time with his family and is also a Governor of the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre. He occasionally finds time to perform in the theatre, and enjoys taking part in triathlon events, cycling, swimming and watching his son play football.
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Steve is the Head of our Conveyancing team. He has lived in the Bedford area since 1971 and qualified as a solicitor in 1977. He has specialised in residential and commercial property work for many years, dealing with sales and purchases (both freehold and leasehold), mortgage work, transfers of equity and other types of transaction including complex property matters.
He has considerable experience with the acquisition of sites for property investors, understanding their requirements for quick timescales and creative transactions.
Outside of work Steve is a keen golfer and enjoys watching sport, listening to music, playing guitar and ukulele and spending time with his Family. He is a governor of Rushmoor School and is a member of two village Trusts.
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Jonathan has for many years predominantly practised Family and Civil Law. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997 and in 1999 qualified as a solicitor.
He has experience of all types of litigation including housing, commercial, dispute resolution, disputed Wills and Probate, insolvency and debt recovery.
Jonathan has successfully concluded a case in the Supreme Court, which clarifies the law surrounding harrassment: http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/decided-cases/docs/UKSC_2012_0010_Judgment.pdf His experience in Family Law is recognised by the Law Society and in 2011 he became a Resolution Specialist in Advanced Family Provision 1 and 2.
Jonathan is happily married and has two children. He is also a member of the Round Table and spends some of his spare time raising money for local charities.
Phil graduated from Coventry University in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Law.
He followed this by a further two years study at Birmingham City University, being awarded an LLB in Legal Practice.
He joined Sharman Law LLP in March 2009 and now works as a Solicitor in our dispute team. His particular interest is in dealing with property and employment disputes, but he also deals with more general disputes on behalf of our private and business clients.
He lives in Bedfordshire and has spent many long hours working on local farms to fund his university education.