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The Team

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The
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The Team

Anthony Smith, LLB(Hons) (Managing Director)

Anthony Smith, LLB(Hons) (Managing Director)

Anthony Smith is a specialist commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. After qualifying in Sheffield, Anthony spent 15 years working as a commercial lawyer in Bristol, the last 11 years of which were as a partner in a city practice leading commercial and residential property teams. Anthony Smith established Progression Solicitors in 2005 after… Continue Reading

Pamela Horobin, LLB(Hons) TEP (Director)

Pamela Horobin, LLB(Hons) TEP (Director)

Pamela Horobin specialises in providing advice on wills, inheritance tax planning and the administration of estates and trusts. Pamela also advises on issues relevant to elderly clients including residential care funding. Alongside estates and succession planning for the future, Pamela has considerable experience in advising on matters of contested wills and claims against estates, including… Continue Reading

Lisa Bell (Lisa Martin), LLB (Director)

Lisa Bell (Lisa Martin), LLB (Director)

Lisa joined Progression Solicitors in March 2012 and is a Director and Head of the Family Department.  Originally from Barrow in Furness, Lisa qualified as a Solicitor at Northumbria University and worked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the start of her career, before returning to Cumbria in 2012. Lisa has vast experience in all areas of family… Continue Reading

Richard Denby, LLB TEP (Director)

Richard Denby, LLB TEP (Director)

Richard Denby joined Progression Solicitors in June 2019 and promoted to director in June 2020, having worked locally since qualifying as a solicitor in 1993. Richard has amassed a wealth of experience with most of those years spent as head of Wills, Probate and Trusts department. Richard Denby dealt almost exclusively with all aspects of… Continue Reading

Claire Meehan, LLB(Hons) (Director)

Claire Meehan, LLB(Hons) (Director)

Claire joined Progression Solicitors in July 2020 as Head of the Residential Property Department and was promoted to Director in May 2022. Claire qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and spent many years working on the Fylde Coast until making her move to South Lakeland in 2017, where she has established herself within the local… Continue Reading

Warwick Alabaster, BSc (Director)

Warwick Alabaster, BSc (Director)

Warwick joined Progression Solicitors in October 2020 as head of the litigation and dispute resolution team and was promoted to Director in May 2022.  After obtaining an honours degree from Leicester University in 1994 he embarked upon his legal career, undergoing his conversion course and formal training in Leicester where he worked as a litigation… Continue Reading

Judith O’Brien (Judith Wright), LLB(Hons) (Senior Associate)

Judith O’Brien (Judith Wright), LLB(Hons) (Senior Associate)

Judith qualified as a solicitor in 1997, after working in the legal profession for 6 years prior to this as a paralegal.  Judith joined Progression Solicitors in September 2020 to provide advice to clients in Lancashire and the surrounding areas and was promoted to Senior Associate in May 2022. Judith is highly regarded by her… Continue Reading

Hannah Booth (Senior Associate)

Hannah Booth (Senior Associate)

With 7+ years’ experience as a fee earner in the private client department Hannah Booth specialises in the administration of estates both non-taxable and taxable which are simple or more complex. Hannah’s experience includes probate applications for non-domiciled individuals holding foreign wills, estates requiring overseas grants, and estates with issues of insolvency or maladministration. Hannah… Continue Reading

David Townend, BA (Consultant)

David Townend, BA (Consultant)

Throughout his legal career, David has worked almost exclusively on commercial matters, undertaking business sales and purchases, commercial property transactions and a considerable amount of landlord and tenant work. David also has significant experience in site acquisitions and disposals, for both residential and commercial developments and has acted for national retailers for a significant number… Continue Reading

Simon Rose, BA(Hons)(Oxon) (Associate)

Simon Rose, BA(Hons)(Oxon) (Associate)

Simon Rose is a well-known local Solicitor.  Simon specialises in both freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing. Simon has spent the whole of his professional career in South Lakeland and has over 30 years’ expertise in the buying and selling of residential houses, dealing with boundary issues and all aspects of residential property work. Simon now… Continue Reading

Barry Scott, LLB (Associate)

Barry Scott, LLB (Associate)

Barry Scott joined Progression’s commercial property team in July 2020. Barry has worked locally for a number of years, specialising in all aspects of commercial property including land acquisition, commercial purchases and sales and acting for landlords and tenants on new leases. Contact details: 01524 889854 Areas of Specialism Commercial Leases Commercial Property Acquisition Continue Reading

Michele Ashton, BA(Hons) (Associate)

Michele Ashton, BA(Hons) (Associate)

Michele joined Progression Solicitors in Summer 2018 as Progression’s Data Protection Representative after qualifying as a Solicitor in 2006 and practising family law at a local firm.  Michele advises clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family arrangements including divorce, financial remedy, separation agreements and applying for or responding to an Application for a Child… Continue Reading

Pollyanna McNeilly (Pollyanna Foster), LLM (Associate)

Pollyanna McNeilly (Pollyanna Foster), LLM (Associate)

Pollyanna McNeilly is an associate member of Progression Solicitors, providing specialist advice in the administration of both non-taxable and taxable estates, drafting simple and complex wills, trust creation, lasting powers of attorney, registration of enduring powers of attorney and deputyship applications. Pollyanna McNeilly joined Progression in 2014 as a clerk after graduating from Newcastle University… Continue Reading

Helen Lloyd, MA (Associate)

Helen Lloyd, MA (Associate)

Helen Lloyd is an associate member of Progression Solicitors. Following her qualification in October 2018, Helen Lloyd worked with both the commercial and residential property teams on acquisitions and sales. After taking a short break from work to support her family, Helen is now based in the office in Grange-over-Sands to specialise in residential property… Continue Reading

Scott Salisbury, LLB (Solicitor)

Scott Salisbury, LLB (Solicitor)

Since joining the Progression Solicitors team in October 2017 after graduating from University of Manchester with a First Class Honours degree in Law, Scott Salisbury has focused his expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. Whilst undertaking his training, Scott worked in various departments including commercial and private client which has allowed him to specialise in… Continue Reading

Edward Waind, MA (Solicitor)

Edward Waind, MA (Solicitor)

Ed Waind joined Progression Solicitors August 2020. After obtaining a First Class Honours degree in history and working in the nuclear sector where he developed experience in the legal and compliance aspects of safety and risk management, Ed embarked on and obtained his master’s in law with a view to working in legal practice.  Ed… Continue Reading

Rebecca Comber (Trainee Legal Executive)

Rebecca Comber (Trainee Legal Executive)

Rebecca joined Progression Solicitors in September 2020 as a Trainee Legal Executive.  Rebecca has worked in a legal environment for over 20 years, gaining a strong background in both family and personal injury law. Rebecca deals with all aspects of private family law including divorce and financial proceedings, child arrangements and Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders. … Continue Reading

Ammar Hassan (Trainee Solicitor)

Ammar Hassan (Trainee Solicitor)

Ammar joined Progression in August 2022 as a Trainee Solicitor.   Ammar completed his LLB from the University of London International Program.  Ammar has always had an interest in corporate law practicing it in Pakistan in the lower and High Court of Lahore for 5 years.  Ammar also taught as a part time lecturer at… Continue Reading

Kara Reed (Trainee Conveyancer)

Kara Reed (Trainee Conveyancer)

Kara joined Progression in September 2017.  Kara provides assistance to the Residential Conveyancing team with all conveyancing transactions.   Kara holds a SQA Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice and is currently studying towards her level 6 qualification. Continue Reading

Julie Harrison, ILFM(Dip) (Legal Cashier)

Julie Harrison, ILFM(Dip) (Legal Cashier)

Julie Harrison is a legal cashier at Progression Solicitors. Julie has worked in this role since 2006, with experience as a legal secretary and having also worked in personnel and marketing roles. Julie holds a diploma in Legal and Financial Management and Julie’s principal role is running the cash office at Progression. Continue Reading

Martine Rogerson (Office Manager and Head of Support Team)

Martine Rogerson (Office Manager and Head of Support Team)

Martine Rogerson joined Progression Solicitors in June 2020 in the Commercial Property team. Martine has extensive experience providing legal support to fee earners, having been head of a department in a previous employment and having run her own business. Martine was promoted to Office Manager and Head of Support Team in September 2022.  She is also… Continue Reading

Patricia Burns (Residential Property Support)

Patricia Burns (Residential Property Support)

Tricia joined Progression in 2006 assisting Anthony Smith in residential property transactions. Tricia assists in the residential property department providing support in freehold residential purchases and sales, primarily based in Ulverston. Tricia has many years’ residential conveyancing experience and offers clients a calm and efficient approach to the conveyancing process to minimise the stress of… Continue Reading

Kate Bradley (Commercial Property Support)

Kate Bradley (Commercial Property Support)

Kate joined Progression Solicitors in August 2022 providing assistance to Barry Scott in the Commercial Property team. Kate has 7+ years’ experience of working within a law firm, working her way from an administration assistant to a paralegal. Kate has a strong background in employment law and is keen to pursue this again in the… Continue Reading

Nima Attaie (Admin & Legal Support)

Nima Attaie (Admin & Legal Support)

Nima joined Progression in May 2022 as an admin assistant. Nima is based at our Lancaster office and provides support and assistance to the Residential Property team. Nima holds a law degree and is currently studying for his LPC and Masters in law. Continue Reading

Lilia Butler (Admin & Legal Support)

Lilia Butler (Admin & Legal Support)

Lilia joined Progression in August 2022 as an admin assistant. Lilia is based at our Ulverston office and provides support to the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Lilia holds a law with criminology degree and has completed her LPC.  Lilia’s intention is to complete a training contract with a view to qualifying as a Solicitor. Continue Reading

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