Solicitor, Trusts & Estates
Catherine is a legal assistant in our Trusts and Estate’s department. Previous to Hart Brown, Catherine has worked for two Criminal law firms, and also for a Probate Genealogy law firm.
Working from our Cranleigh office, Catherine assists the team with all aspects of Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts and powers of attorney.
Here are Catherine’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements :
What’s your favourite saying?
“Everything is always ok in the end, and if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Buy and run a riding school!
What are your outside interests?
Horse riding and playing football, I’m a goalkeeper on a women’s football team and I used to play for Chelsea FC Ladies!
Partner, Head of Residential Property
David has a wealth of experience in residential conveyancing having specialised in this area since qualifying in 1983.
He has a well deserved reputation for excellence and his clients repeatedly recommend him to their friends and relatives.
“Your services came recommended to me by a family member and I shall have no hesitation in doing so myself in the future. I shall also have no hesitation in using your services again should the need arise. I would say a big thank you to David Knapp and his team as our instruction was of an urgent nature and their efforts ensured that the purchase of our property was completed well within our required timescale” fed back one client.
Another said “A very professional service but also user friendly. Moving house can be traumatic but a good solicitor who knows exactly what to do at each step is vital. I was very lucky to have David Knapp for my house move”.
David joined Hart Brown as a trainee in 1981 and became a Partner in 1987.
He became Head of Hart Brown’s residential property department in 2004 and manages a large team of residential conveyancers spread across Hart Brown’s six offices.
Another client has provided feedback for David: “In October 2010 we confronted a major issue with our house sale. Our solicitor at the time was simply not up to the job. We were stressed, very unsure of where we stood or what to do next and desperately needed someone who knew what they were doing.
It was by recommendation we came to David Knapp. And we’re extremely glad we did. Put simply David’s been brilliant in every respect.
Not only did David sort out all the unpleasant issues (dealing with councils and tricky buyers) resulting in a successful house sale. It was the way he went about doing it. Unlike our previous solicitor David is a great communicator – clear, straight to the point and speaks in language we all understand – not legalese. He was a total professional, answering questions quickly, working with us to plan our strategy and simply getting the job done.
Most importantly we had the peace of mind knowing we had an astute fellow in our corner – who knew what he was doing every step of the way. It’s this peace of mind which really counts and I couldn’t recommend David strongly enough.”
Solicitor, Residential Property
Nicole studied Law at the University of Reading before working as a paralegal in a busy conveyancing department whilst completing the LPC on a part-time study basis at the College of Law, Guildford. She completed her training contract with a Hampshire based firm and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales on 17 February 2014. Nicole then worked briefly in family law before choosing to specialise in residential property.
She specialises in the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties, Transfers of Equity and re-mortgages.
Here are Nicole’s answers to a brief interview about her interests:
What’s your favourite travel destination?
I have been lucky enough to visit a number of different countries over the years, but I recently spent some time in Lake Como, Italy and fell in love with the place. I am hoping to explore more of Italy in the years to come.
What are your outside interests?
I recently took part in the London Triathlon (super sprint) and hope to take part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon next year. I also enjoy baking.
What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
I undertook some social policy work for my local citizens advice bureau prior to starting my legal career and would have probably have tried to work for a charity in some form or another.
Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates
Sonia specialises in trust and investment work with particular emphasis on wills, powers of attorney, estate administration, IHT, and trusts.
She is a member of STEP.
Sonia joined Hart Brown in 2008 after having worked initially for LexisNexis (a provider of legal textbooks/online legal authorities) before training and qualifying as a solicitor. She recently relocated to Hart Brown’s Woking office to head up that office’s trust and investment department.
Sonia receives excellent feedback from her clients: “Very happy with service, convenient and efficient. Many Thanks!”
Here are Sonia’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements:
Favourite travel destination
Italy but my most memorable holidays have to be Sweden where I stayed at the Ice hotel and slept on a block of ice at a room temperature of -5 degrees and to Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis.
I visit the gym regularly, enjoy swimming, bowling, cinema, theatre and Latin dancing.
What was your first car?
A purple VW Polo