Partner, Head of Residential Property
David is Partner of the firm, head of residential property and a qualified solicitor.
David has worked at Hart Brown for 37 years, joining the firm in 1981. He graduated from the City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1980, attended Guildford Law School in 1980 and qualified in 1984.
David’s specialism in residential property and progression throughout the firm has enabled him to build many long-lasting relationships with clients he has helped over the years and continue to do so. He has a great deal of legal and life experience and enjoys interaction with those known to him as well as newly introduced people.
Associate and Chartered Legal Executive, Residential Property
Debbie, who is an Associate and Chartered Legal Executive, specialises in residential property. After joining Hart Brown in 1984 she quickly progressed through the ranks qualifying as a Legal Executive in 1996. She was admitted to the Fellowship in 1997. Debbie is well known in the Godalming area and receives rave reviews both from clients and agents who come back to her time and time again.
Her most memorable case was the purchase of a property for clients who were looking for a quick turnaround. It was a mere 3 working days from instructions to exchange of contracts.
Debbie often receives excellent feedback from her clients, here are just a few of their statements:
“This is the second time we’ve used Debbie at Hart Brown, and yet again she has given us fantastic service. Shall certainly be using you again.”
“It’s a quick, efficient and friendly service – just right for the somewhat fraught process of buying and selling property.”
“We had our smoothest sale ever thanks to Debbie Beswick.”
“Second time we’ve used you, second time we’ve been impressed.”
Here are Debbie’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements:
What is your favourite film?
Dirty Dancing – Patrick Swayze was amazing.
What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
I would have loved to have been a police woman. I am told that I would have been very good at organising everyone!!
I took part in the Breast Cancer Moonwalk in May 2009 and walked the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in 8 hours.
Partner, Trusts & Estates
Emily specialises in inheritance tax planning, the administration of estates, trusts, wills and lasting powers of attorney.
She is a member of the Law Society Probate Section and takes the opportunity to write articles and has been published in the local, regional and national press.
Her clients are delighted by her kind approach and efficient way of dealing with their matters, regularly writing to the head of department to comment on how pleased they have been with the service.
Having trained in the City, Emily joined Hart Brown in 2004.
Emily ‘s clients have commented: “Emily was very helpful and a pleasure to work with – she made the experience very easy we will happily recommend Hart Brown.”
Conveyancer, Residential Property
Jackie is a licensed Conveyancer based in our Godalming office, she deals with residential conveyancing including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, remortgages, shared ownership, transfers of equity and more.
Jackie has worked in conveyancing for approximately 15 years, having qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer some 10 years ago and has worked at Hart Brown since August 2016.
Jackie has an abundance of experience in residential conveyancing matters, she is an approachable and friendly individual, whom is very efficient in helping her clients achieve their desired outcome.
Partner, Head of Family
Sharon has over 20 years experience on all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects in high value divorces. She is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.
“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.
Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.
Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!
She qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.
A client thanked Sharon for her work: “I would especially like to thank Sharon Powell for all her support and guidance throughout. Thanks indeed.”
Here are Sharon’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements.
What are your interests?
Cooking and enjoying a well prepared meal.
Where is your favourite destination?
Tell us about your notable achievements?
I was particularly proud when I became a partner and then head of the family department. I like the challenge of developing a department and helping others develop in their own careers.
Associate, Trusts & Estates
Sue’s specialisms are wills, probate, tax planning and trusts.
Having qualified as a solicitor in 1994 Sue joined Hart Brown in 1997. She left in 2006 to look after her young family and returned in May 2010. “I am delighted to be back. Hart Brown has always been a lovely firm to work for and they really care about their clients which is also important to me” says Sue.
Sue’s clients provide excellent feedback: “An excellent and efficient service. Would highly recommend to friends and family.”
Here are Sue’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements.
What do you count as your interests?
Pilates, running, book club. I am also Vice-Chair of the Governors of St Mary’s (Church of England) Infant School in Frensham.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
What is your favourite film?
Vanessa trained and then qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with Hart Brown working in the Cobham office, family department for a decade. She then worked for us on a part time consultancy basis while devoting more time to her family. During this period she was instrumental in implementing Hart Brown’s family department’s case management system and later, the quality system that led to the firm’s ISO 9001 accreditation.
In 2005 Vanessa returned to client work and joined Mackrell Turner Garrett where she stayed for ten years, before re-joining Hart Brown in 2015. Vanessa knows Woking and the surrounding area well and enhances the work covered at our Woking office as she re-joins the family department.
Vanessa has been a Resolution member since 1991, committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. She has served on the Surrey Resolution committee since 2008. She is a Resolution accredited collaboratively trained lawyer and welcomes the opportunity to help separating couples adopt this process as an alternative to the more traditional options available.
Over the years, Vanessa has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with all the legal aspects of relationships coming to an end. She prides herself on being approachable and understanding as she helps her clients go through the legal process.
Vanessa often receives praise and positive feedback from many of her clients:
“Hi Vanessa, thank you for all your help in this matter. You have been brilliant – not least in managing my expectations and keeping my stress levels to a minimum…
All the best
Here are Vanessa’s answers to a brief interview about her interests:
What’s your favourite book?
Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Rebecca, The Kite Runner, many more…
What’s your favourite saying?
‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’
What are your outside interests?
Getting out in the fresh air with her dogs, theatre, reading, entertaining at home with friends or family