Ash joined Steed & Steed in 2000 and was admitted to the partnership in 2002. He is Head of the firm’s Family Law Department.
Ash developed a keen interest in family law early on in his legal career and with over 20 years in practice he has helped many clients navigate what is often a very challenging time in their lives.
He specialises in divorce and finances including cohabitation disputes where a separating couple is not married, and assists his clients with arrangements for children to determine how much time they spend with each parent.
Ash also helps clients that are victims of domestic abuse in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.
Ash’s approach is to accompany each of his clients throughout the process of their individual matter, to help them to find workable solutions, and where possible, to represent them in court.
Like all the lawyers in Steed & Steed’s Family Law Department Ash offers clients a free 30 minute consultation during which clients can explain their situation and he will give them some initial advice outlining the options available to them.
Anglia Ruskin University, LLB (Hons), 1994
Anglia Ruskin University, Legal Practice Course, 1995
Trainee Solicitor, 1995-1997
Admitted as a solicitor, 1997
The Law Society – Family Law Advanced
Member of Resolution
Karen joined Steed & Steed in May 2002 and was admitted to the partnership in 2010.
She began her legal career in Cape Town, South Africa where she specialised in the field of private client law, in particular wills and probate. In 2002, Karen relocated to England and joined Steed & Steed. She studied law in England at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2007.
Karen has more than 20 years experience in South Africa and England and has handled a large variety of matters in the area of private client work with a particular emphasis on probate.
In the field of probate, she regularly advises a wide range of executors and administrators of both straightforward and complex estates on their duties and obligations under the law.
She helps them navigate through the process of administering an estate, from valuing the estate for inheritance tax purposes to producing and submitting inheritance tax accounts to HMRC and applying for a grant of probate. Upon receipt of the grant, she helps with the subsequent gathering in of assets, settling of liabilities and distribution of the estate to the beneficiaries.
The matters that Karen handles often incorporate both national and international aspects, and she regularly deals with the estates of high net-worth individuals with agricultural and business assets.
Karen also has broad experience assisting clients with Lasting Powers of Attorney (property and financial affairs and health and welfare), drafting wills and advising on associated matters, such as guardianship of minors, property trusts, inheritance tax, care home fees and legacies.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2007
Sian joined Steed & Steed in 2015 and was admitted to the partnership in May 2017. She is a solicitor in the firm’s Family Law Department.
Sian decided early on during her career that she wanted to specialise in Children Law. She finds it rewarding to work closely with her clients and to help make a difference in their lives. She adopts a very hands-on approach accompanying her clients throughout the whole procedure from the first meeting to representing them in court.
Sian’s practice incorporates all areas of Children Law. She regularly acts on behalf of parents and other family members in Care Proceedings issued by local authorities. She also represents children both through guardians, and directly if they are deemed to be competent, ensuring that their voice is heard throughout the proceedings.
In addition, Sian represents Grandparents and other parties in private law disputes in respect of children.
Sian is an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel which demonstrates her experience and commitment in the field of Children Law.
Sian offers a free 30 minute consultation to family law clients where they can discuss their individual matter with her. Based on the discussion, Sian will be able to provide them with initial advice outlining some of the options that may be available to them.
Sian supervises assistant lawyers in the firm.
University of Aberystwyth, Law degree LLB Hons, 2008
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Legal Practice Certificate, 2009.
Trainee Solicitor, 2009-2011
Admitted as a solicitor, 2011
Leigh joined Steed & Steed in 2007 and was admitted to the partnership in 2019. She is Head of the firm’s Private Client Department.
Prior to joining Steed & Steed, Leigh worked in legal support roles in a London firm. She commenced her formal legal training with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2013 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2015.
Leigh’s practice focuses on all aspects Private Client work.
She helps clients to draft Lasting Powers of Attorney (property and financial affairs and health and welfare), which enable clients to decide in advance who will be able to make decisions on their behalf in the case that they are no longer able to do so themselves. Leigh also deals with the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney.
She also assists clients, often close family members or friends of someone who lacks mental capacity, in their application to the Office of the Public Guardian to become a deputy in cases where there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place.
Furthermore, she has extensive experience assisting clients to draft their wills, whether simple individual or mirror wills, or more complex wills that incorporate, for example, guardianship arrangements for young children, property trusts and multiple bequests or legacies. Within the scope of this work, she also advises clients on inheritance tax matters and care home fees.
Leigh also deals with probate administration and assists executors to comply with the legal formalities required to administer a deceased person’s estate.
She regularly assists vulnerable or elderly people and often acts on behalf of the firm as their attorney.
Leigh and the Private Client Team also support local and national charities including St Nicholas Hospice Care, Farleigh Hospice and Cancer Research by participating in their wills campaigns.
Leigh supervises assistant lawyers in the firm.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2015.
Nikki joined Steed & Steed in 2014 and is a Paralegal in the firm’s Conveyancing Department.
Her career in the legal sector spans over 25 years in legal support roles in law firms in London, Essex and Suffolk in a variety of areas including conveyancing, family law and wills and probate.
Through her work in Steed & Steed’s conveyancing department, Nikki has developed a keen interest in the conveyancing process. She particularly enjoys the diversity of the work and finds it rewarding to assist the firm’s clients to buy or sell their home.
In 2018 Nikki decided to further advance her knowledge and commenced formal legal training through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers to become a Licensed Conveyancer.
Joanne joined Steed & Steed 2012 and is a solicitor in the firm’s Residential Conveyancing Department.
Joanne has worked in the field of property law for a decade and has wide-ranging experience in conveyancing. She regularly deals with matters including voluntary first registrations, new build purchases, transfers of equity and gifts of properties and lease extensions.
Joanne also acts on a daily basis for clients that are buying or selling freehold or leasehold residential property.
She appreciates that the decision to buy or sell a home can be a significant and important one for her clients. In order to guide and support them throughout the process she provides them with regular updates on the progress of their transaction. Additionally, to help ensure that each matter proceeds smoothly, she works collaboratively with the other lawyers and the estate agents involved in the transaction.
Joanne supervises assistant lawyers in the Conveyancing Department.
Kingston University. LLB(Hons), 2006
College of Law Guilford, Legal Practice Course, 2007
Training contract, 2008 - 2010
Admitted as a solicitor, 2010
Melanie joined Steed & Steed in 2018 and is a solicitor in the firm’s Residential Conveyancing Department.
After a career in banking, Melanie decided in 2006 that she wanted a change of direction and studied for a degree in law.
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2016, Melanie has worked in a number of law firms in Essex and Suffolk where she has gained experience dealing with a broad range conveyancing matters for clients.
In particular she guides clients through the process of buying and selling a house. She appreciates that moving house is one of the biggest financial decisions that many people will make in their lifetime and that it can be a stressful time so she works with her clients to make sure that their transaction runs smoothly.
Alongside buying and selling houses Melanie also has experience in other areas of property law, such as, property registration, lease extension, new builds, transfer of equity, re-mortgages and plot purchases.
Anglia Ruskin University, LLB Bachelor of Laws, 2009
University of the West of England, Legal Practice Course, 2012
Trainee Solicitor, 2014-2016
Admitted as a Solicitor, 2016
Michael joined Steed & Steed in 2015. He is a solicitor whose practice spans the Family Law Department and the Dispute Resolution Department.
Michael has more than a decade of experience in the field of family law. Throughout his career he has advised clients on a wide range of family law matters including divorce and financial matters, children law, co-habitation, domestic violence and injunctions.
Michael aims to advise and support his clients and to enable them to get through what can be quite a difficult time in their lives. He works with his clients, discusses their options and helps them find appropriate solutions for their individual circumstances.
Michael offers a free 30 minute consultation to family law clients during which they can discuss their situation and he will give them some initial advice outlining their options.
In his dispute resolution practice, Michael deals with civil litigation, including, inter alia, debt recovery, contract disputes, landlord & tenant and property litigation including possession claims, claims under Mobile Homes Act, boundary disputes, trusts of land disputes.
Michael also has a particular interest in the niche field of Park and Holiday Home law (under the Mobile Homes Act legislation). He has acted in proceedings in the Supreme Court establishing legal precedent concerning the Mobiles Home Act 1983: Telchadder v Wickland Holdings Ltd  UKSC 57.
University of Essex, Bachelor of Law with Honours, 2004
College of Law London, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Commendation, 2005
Training contract, 2006-2008
Admitted as a solicitor, 2008
Janet joined Steed & Steed in 2000 and is a solicitor in the firm’s Residential Conveyancing Department.
Prior to joining Steed Janet was a Partner in firms in Kent and London. She has decades of experience in the field of residential conveyancing.
The scope of Janet’s conveyancing practice is broad and covers remortgages, property registration, lease extension, new builds, transfer of equity and buying or selling a leasehold or freehold property.
Janet studied at Lancaster Gate College of Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1980.
Jenny joined Steed & Steed in 2011 and is a Licensed Conveyancer in the firm’s Conveyancing Department.
She began her career in the legal sector as a work experience intern at an Essex law firm in 2001. Subsequently, she was offered a permanent role with the firm as a conveyancing secretary. She also gained experience as an assistant through the firm’s estate agency subsidiary, which has given her valuable insight into the conveyancing process from an agent perspective.
With a strong background and interest in conveyancing matters, Jenny decided to further develop her knowledge by undertaking formal legal training through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2019.
Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Licensed Conveyancer, 2019.
Kim joined Steed & Steed in 2019 and is a solicitor in the firm’s Family Law Department. Her practice focuses on divorce, separation and finances.
She also represents clients in the field of private children law. When a couple separates, one concern if not the major concern, is the well-being of the children. Kim works with her clients help them to find workable arrangements that are in the best interests of the children.
Whilst Kim always aims to assist her clients reach an amicable agreement with their former spouse/partner, she understands that sometimes this is not possible. In such cases where the matter goes to court, she is able to draw upon her extensive litigation experience to assist her clients.
Kim also has experience obtaining non-molestation and other related court orders for clients.
Kim enjoys helping her clients navigate through a difficult time in their lives. She adopts a very straight forward approach and believes in being totally transparent with her clients by clearly setting out the options available to them and how any decisions they take may affect them in the future.
Kim offers a free 30 minute consultation to family law clients where they can talk with her about their particular set of circumstances, based on which she will be able to provide them with initial advice outlining some of the options that may be available to them.
North East London Polytech, LLB Hons 1986
Training Contract, 1987-1989
Admitted as a solicitor, 1990
Estelle joined Steed & Steed in 2018 and is a Trainee Legal Executive in the firm’s Family Law Department.
Originally from the Burgundy region in France, Estelle moved to the UK in 2013. She initially worked as a bilingual assistant before moving into the legal sector as practice manager at a Suffolk law firm. Whilst there she became interested in a career in law and in 2015 began her formal legal training at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to become a Legal Executive.
Estelle’s practice focuses on family law. She has experience representing clients in care proceedings and helping them at PLO (Public Law Outline) meetings. She has also worked on private children law matters and has assisted clients with divorces and financial arrangements. She is supervised by senior lawyers in the firm.
Vivienne joined Steed & Steed in 2019 and is Head of the firm’s Conveyancing Department.
Since qualifying in 1985, Vivienne has specialised in conveyancing. She trained with a city firm and spent several years working in London before moving to Essex. She has also lectured in law at Princes Road College.
Vivienne enjoys helping clients at every stage of their journey through life. She assists a variety of clients including first time buyers who are buying their first home, couples who are either moving up the property ladder or downsizing for retirement, elderly clients moving into sheltered accommodation and executors handling a probate sale.
Vivienne’s experience spans buying and selling residential property, property registration, non-statutory lease extension agreements, new builds, buy-to-let, remortgages and plot purchases.
Vivienne supervises assistant lawyers in the Conveyancing Department.
Queen Mary University, London, LLB Hons, 1981
College of Law, Guilford, Part 2, 1982
Trainee Solicitor, 1983-1985
Admitted as a Solicitor, 1985
Linsey has a range of experience, working initially in Private Practice as a paralegal and Trainee, exclusively dealing with Private matrimonial, private and public childcare matters.
Linsey then joined the Local Authority where she spent 12 half years working, becoming one of their experienced childcare lawyers, regularly representing the Local Authority in public law child care proceedings.
Whilst at the Local Authority Linsey also specialised in Adoption, as a legal adviser to the Adoption Panel, and represented the Local Authority within Adoption proceedings. Linsey also specialises in No Recourse to Public Funds, having provided training countywide to social services.
Linsey is an accredited member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and has recently joined us, where she now undertakes all areas of public and private childcare work, representing parents, and children through their Guardian.