Management

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Daniel Keane
Managing Partner Corporate and Commercial Work Phone: 01543 420009

Daniel has 20 years’ experience in advising buyers and sellers of companies and businesses and regularly acts for management buy-out/buy-in teams. He also has signifcant expertise in complex commercial contracts in a wide range of sectors, including IT, distribution and engineering. (Known for his pragmatic and constructive approach to contract negotiations.)

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Sharon Lawrence
Partner - Head of Finance and Operations Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420025

Sharon qualifed with the firm in 1989 and has specialised in property matters and related transactions ever since. Sharon has extensive experience in investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals as well as dealing with the ongoing management issues that arise. She is also part of the firms management team and her responsibilities include finance and IT.

Matrimonial

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Katherine Haden
Associate Partner Matrimonial & Family Work Phone: 01543 420406

Katherine Haden qualified as a Solicitor in 1997. She worked in Birmingham City Centre for just over 10 years for Challinors and Benussi & Co, a niche specialist firm. In 2007, she joined Keelys LLP as an Associate Partner. Katherine is a Resolution Accredited Specialist. She is a Member of the West Midlands Resolution Committee and also in 2008 became a Collaborative Lawyer. Collaborative lawyers are trained and skilled in helping people to resolve family disputes without going to Court. Katherine specialises in divorce, co-habitation, financial settlements, and Children Act disputes.

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Trevor Wright
Partner - Head of Family Law Department Matrimonial & Family Work Phone: 01543 420008

Trevor has over 35 years’ experience in Family Law matters and has specialised in Family and Matrimonial matters including divorce, pre-nuptial and co-habitation agreements for most of his legal career. He has particular expertise in complex financial cases and also advises on the financial implications for businesses arising out of matrimonial breakdown.

He is a collaboratively trained lawyer and a resolution accredited specialist member of the Law Society Family Law accreditation scheme.

Real Estate

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James Chisholm
Partner - Head of Real Estate Department Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420023

James is a partner in the Real Estate Department and was formerly with international law firm DLA. He joined Keelys in July 2002 and specialises in property development but also undertakes commercial property work of a general nature, including corporate support work.

I enjoy gardening, sailing, caravanning, DIY and I am still learning to play the stupid guitar (9 years after starting). I am a cub scout leader. I am married to Iona and we have four children . We now have an allotment to look after also which saves on gym membership!

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Sharon Lawrence
Partner - Head of Finance and Operations Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420025

Sharon qualifed with the firm in 1989 and has specialised in property matters and related transactions ever since. Sharon has extensive experience in investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals as well as dealing with the ongoing management issues that arise. She is also part of the firms management team and her responsibilities include finance and IT.

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Christen Mulingani
Associate Partner Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420053

Christen has over 11 years experience in Real Estate transactions. She was formerly at Eversheds and joined Keelys in June 2013. Christen deals with all aspects property work with a specialism in Landlord and Tenant matters.

Prior to having twins Christen enjoyed playing the piano and Ceroc dancing.

Kate Palmer
Associate Partner Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420021

Kate joined Keelys in April 2015, coming from international law firm Pinsent Masons where she trained and qualified.  Kate has extensive experience in investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work and ongoing management issues and deals with all aspects of commercial property matters.

In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit with Zumba and Pilates classes and enjoys spending time in the garden.

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Jasdeep Virk
Associate Partner Real Estate Work Phone: 01543 420035

Jas joined Keelys in August 2014, having trained and qualified at the Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance and having since worked at Freeths. Jas specialises in all aspects of Real Estate transactions including corporate support and real estate finance.

Residential Conveyancing

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Lisa Bourbonneux
Solicitor Residential Conveyancing Work Phone: 01543 420027

Lisa is a Solicitor in the Residential Property team and deals with all aspects of residential property including sales, purchases, leasehold/freehold, right to buy and property transfers. Lisa was a Paralegal for four years before qualifying with a firm in the West Midlands in 2007. Lisa joined Keelys in January 2014 bringing with her a broad range of experience. Lisa lives locally and is looking forward to continuing her career at Keelys and working with clients both locally and further afield.

In her spare time Lisa practices yoga and enjoys travelling.

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Loretta Hales
Executive Residential Conveyancing Work Phone: 01543 420010

Loretta has over 20 years experience in residential conveyancing to include both freehold and leasehold properties, remortgages, transfers of equity, right to buys and equity releases both locally and nationally.

Before joining Keelys Loretta was Office Manager of a dedicated Conveyancing team in Lichfield and she has brought with her a loyal following of contacts.

Loretta is looking forward to continuing her professional and personal service to her existing contacts whilst continuing to grow her client base under the umbrella of Keelys.

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Becky Hewitt
Conveyancing Executive Residential Conveyancing Work Phone: 01543 420019

Becky Hewitt has 12 years experience in residential conveyancing, specialising in sales and purchases of Freehold and Leasehold properties, together with transfers of equity and remortgage transactions.

Becky is currently studying for her final exam to fully qualify as a Legal Executive.

Becky gains enjoyment from Zumba, spending time with family and friends and has great job satisfaction.

Wills, Trusts and Probate

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Catherine Elliott
Partner - Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Department Wills, Trusts and Probate Work Phone: 01543 420016

Catherine is an experienced Private Client Lawyer and joined Keelys in November 2017 from Shoosmiths in Birmingham. Catherine is a qualified adviser for elderly and vulnerable clients and a member of STEP. Her specialties include Wills, Tax Planning, the Administration of the Estates of High Net Worth individuals, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and the creation and administration of trusts. She has also advised on issues relating to domicile and contentious probates. Catherine has also presented at a number of seminars for both advisors and clients.

Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation

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Andrew McManus
Associate Partner Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation Work Phone: 01543 420059

Andrew is a solicitor in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution department at Keelys.

Prior to joining Keelys in 2012 Andrew enjoyed a varied career which has seen him called to the Bar of England & Wales, and working in firms across London and East Anglia.  This breadth of experience is reflected in Andrew’s daily practice, which encompasses most forms of civil litigation, but with a particular emphasis on contractual disputes, residential and commercial landlord and tenant problems, insolvency and contentious probate matters.  Whatever the particular nature of your problem, Andrew will strive for a commercial and cost-effective outcome.

Away from work Andrew is usually found on the hockey pitch, representing North Stafford, or attempting to climb rocks.  Both of these pastimes afford Andrew the opportunity to discover new and ingenious ways to injure himself!

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Michael Phillips
Partner - Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Department Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation Work Phone: 01543 420043

Michael is the head of the Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation practice at Keelys. He joined Keelys as a partner in 1999, having been a partner at Eversheds before then. He trained at and spent many years with Freshfields, some of them in their Hong Kong office. During his time with them, he was involved in a number of large and high profile banking fraud and other commercial and cross-border disputes, and dealt with major international public and private institutions. He handles all types of complex commercial disputes, notably contract disputes, restrictive covenants, shareholder and partnership disputes, and professional negligence claims against solicitors, valuers and accountants.