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Business Services Team

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Simon Parrott

I have lived in Bedfordshire for all my life, and studied at Bedford Modern School. I qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and have practiced in Bedford since then. I now lead our commercial team and deal with commercial property transactions and also disputes for private and commercial clients.

My experience covers the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial properties and advising on development sites. I also deal with agricultural land matters and agricultural leases. As far as disputes are concerned, my main specialisation is dealing with disputes involving property, particularly landlord and tenant disputes in relation to both residential and commercial properties. I regularly give talks and presentations on property topics to property owners.
















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Jonathan Copper

For many years I predominantly practised family and civil law. I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997 and in 1999 qualified as a solicitor.

I have experience of all types of litigation including housing, commercial, dispute resolution, disputed wills and probate, insolvency and debt recovery.

I have successfully concluded a case in the Supreme Court, which clarifies the law surrounding harassment: Hayes v Willoughby.

My main area of practice now is non contentious probate advising upon the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and dependants) Act 1975 and disputes in relation to trusts.
















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Mel Lawrence

I am a solicitor specialising in commercial property transactions. I deal with a variety of commercial property work including landlord & tenant issues (drafting and advising on leases, lease renewals, assignments and sub-letting), business sales and purchases, portfolio management and dilapidation settlements.

I have lived in Bedfordshire for the past 20 years and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Having undertaken most of my training in residential and commercial property, I specialised in commercial property from the outset. I joined Sharmans in April 2014 and I am based in our Bedford office. I take a practical approach to matters and find that clients appreciate my professional yet friendly approach.

















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Ruth Burrell

I moved to Bedford and qualified as a solicitor in Commercial Property in 2008. I act for a range of clients including Landlords, Tenants, Property Developers, Portfolio Owners, Farmers, Charities and Land Owners. My work is diverse and I have experience of many property-related issues.

Recently, an increasing proportion of my work has been dealing with residential lease issues including enfranchisement (freehold purchases and sales) and lease extensions. I have acted for both Landlords and Tenants on both agreed and statutory lease extensions and freehold purchases.





















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Hayley Jackson

I have lived in Bedford all my life and worked for legal firms since leaving school. The majority of my working life has been spent in residential and commercial property departments. I joined Sharmans in February 2018 and now assist with Lease Extension matters. Lease Extensions can be a complicated and daunting process but my aim is to provide a friendly and professional service so that my clients are kept updated and understand what is happening every step of the way.